Back room

As with most of the parts of our renovation project changing our back door and windows to French doors is only partially finished due to the domino effect. Each part of a room is stacked next to another job, another room and once you start one the chain of dominoes start to move and spread out.
Instead of letting this stop us, or wait until we have the time and money to complete a room or the whole house at once we’ve settled on doing what projects we can when we can and living with areas unfinished but still on the path to improvement.

Before we started there was a back door which didn’t close well and some low dingy windows, it wasn’t nice but it wasn’t the highest priority on our list. Then I came home one afternoon to find the back window broken and the door forced open thanks to a break in. What was a pretty distressing event also meant that the back door overhaul was pushed up the list as we didn’t want to waste money on repairing the existing structure.

Before changes (post break in)

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Plaster removed

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Doors installed

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Temporary walls in place

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As you can see the ceiling needs replacing, as do the walls. The floors need sanding and polishing and cupboards and a laundry are also going to go into this space so that it becomes functional rather than a small unused room.

Doors, who knew?

So doors have been a major focus for me in the last week. I’ve been to every door store in town, several times, which might sound arduous but there’s only about four places, this really is a small town masquerading as a city.

We have a small “room” that the back door currently opens on to, if it was at the front it would be a lovely entryway, where it is it’s just a puzzling waste of space. The wall is 20cm too short to have French or double sliding doors open fully on to it, which leaves us with trying to find the true French doors that are narrower (620mm instead of 820mm) or putting in a pivot door (1200mm).
Have I lost you in the tedium yet? No?

Next hurdle is of course pricing, a pivot door, while absolutely gorgeous and a little bit different as a back door is almost certainly the most expensive. The door and frame coming in at $2288 at one retailer and a slightly more reasonable $1683 for the exact same set up at another (both excluding handles and locks).

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Then there’s the standard door size in the same style $1314 – $1028, or a horizontal glass version (which is my less preferred frosted glass) $478, which we’d turn in to double doors opening outwards, due to the lack of inside wall space.

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Or these salvaged doors $1200 which I love but I’m a bit unsure of the security, but I LOVE. So I’m kind of hoping that we measure them and they’re too tall*.

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Sorry for all the crappy photos, but I figured they’re better than none.

For anyone who got through the door conundrum without snoring here’s a picture of how much Eve loves balloons.

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*I should be careful what I wish for the beautiful arched doors are 20cm too tall, it seems like all of my good ideas are out by 20cm!

Doors, who knew?

So doors have been a major focus for me in the last week. I’ve been to every door store in town, several times, which might sound arduous but there’s only about four places, this really is a small town masquerading as a city.
We have a small “room” that the back door currently opens on to, if it was at the front it would be a lovely entryway, where it is it’s just a puzzling waste of space. The wall is 20cm too short to have French or double sliding doors open fully on to it, which leaves us with trying to find the true French doors that are narrower (620mm instead of 820mm) or putting in a pivot door (1200mm).
Have I lost you in the tedium yet? No?

Next hurdle is of course pricing, a pivot door, while absolutely gorgeous and a little bit different as a back door is almost certainly the most expensive. The door and frame coming in at $2288 at one retailer and a slightly more reasonable $1683 for the exact same set up at another (both excluding handles and locks).

Then there’s the standard door size in the same style $1314 – $1028, or a horizontal glass version (which is my less preferred frosted glass) $478, which we’d turn in to double doors opening outwards, due to the lack of inside wall space.

Or these salvaged doors $1200 which I love but I’m a bit unsure of the security, but I LOVE. So I’m kind of hoping that we measure them and they’re too tall*.

Sorry for all the crappy photos, but I figured they’re better than none.

For anyone who got through the door conundrum without snoring here’s a picture of how much Petite loves balloons.

*I should be careful what I wish for the beautiful arched doors are 20cm too tall, it seems like all of my good ideas are out by 20cm!