07 May 2013

Porch French Doors Reveal


The mess is par for the course around here.

In the near past this was a rotted wall held only by gravity with four windows and a door.  It was unattached to the roof or the foundation!  


In the past week or two my spouse re framed the sleeping porch wall and the new support posts he put in are bolted to the beam and the foundation.  He added insulation.
He also used pressurized wood where it was needed.
So over the weekend, we moved the French doors into place and installed them.
Rolling them on the dolly was easy,  but there were a few precarious moments when setting them into place.  I kept envisioning them falling through the openings.
When we did the second door, it opened too soon,  because my spouse removed the screw holding them closed a bit too soon!  The doors twisted there for some moments.  Yikes!
But we did it!

Next we have to install waterproof paper before we can install siding.  We also have to insulate the one other wood wall.  There are two wood walls and two brick walls.

See those pavers just lying just placed on the dirt.
There are probably a thousand, maybe more.  
There are also piles of brick and retaining wall bricks left by a previous owner.
 Even though the backyard might be more than a year away, I am already planning on refashioning them into a proper patio for the future,
 since there is no simple solution to dispose of  them.

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25 comments:

  1. Wow that is looking good, it is going to bring so much light in

    Lisa

    Creative Raisins

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I think so, and keep the dust out.

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  2. Oh my ! You are really keeping up the pace here. The place of your will be fantastic when you are done. The french doors are stunning :))

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    1. Thank you, Anne. We had a big dust storm the other week, and we want to get this closed before the monsoon.

      Your spring is so lovely, but your winters last long. In Arizona the winters are probably the temperature of your spring, and our summers are too long. It's already reached 100 Fahrenheit at least once. It will be hot until the end of September.

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  3. Wow, I can't believe you are doing this yourselves. I would have broken everything. You all should have your own home improvement show! It's looking so good. Can't wait to see it all finished!

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    1. Thank you, Bobbypin. It is quite an undertaking.

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  4. Oh the french doors are fabulous. I love them. The light will be fantastic. Can't wait to see more. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Those doors are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. The doors themselves are not expensive, it's the labor. Fortunately my spouse knew how to do it.

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  6. That is such an ambitious project! So glad that there wasn't a construction mishap. All that wonderful light with your lovely new doors will be so welcome, and someday the view will be your new patio. Thanks so much for your tip about IKEA sheets as fabric yardage. I will have to look at those the next time I am there!

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    1. You are welcome, Linden Townhouse. They were pretty, and I was tempted.

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  7. OMG - these turned out beyond gorgeous!!!
    Lucky you!
    XOX

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  8. WOW WOW WOW - what gorgeous doors! They look fab already! Pop over to my place & help me install some here too will ya?? pretty please??

    xox

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I would if I could!

      Anne, the doors themselves are not that expensive, it's the labor. It costs more to install one then to buy two and install them yourself. It was tricky, but worth the effort.

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  9. :D Wow, y'all are really seeing some progress, aren't you! How exciting! Your double set of French doors are *pretty* :D

    xo,
    RJ

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  10. Oooh, so exciting! It's going to be beautiful when it's gone. Oh yes, and meanwhile, your new blog header is FANTASTIC!!!! Really beautiful. I might have to copy you I love it so much! :-) Just love it. ~Angela~

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  11. Wow! It is really coming along. French doors are a favorite of mine!

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  12. The French doors are going to make such a nice light inside and they sure look lovely from the outside.

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  13. They look great! The light they bring inside must be amazing. I am sure you are going to enjoy them.

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  14. That's quite an undertaking. It's going to be great! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah
    Green Willow Pond

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  15. With those two French doors, I'm sure your house is a lot brighter than before! The best thing that I like about it is that it opens up a space in style. Doors like that deserve a good view, so better fix your yard soon, ok? Hope to see your house once it is finished!

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  16. Hello there! With the way you planned and worked on this project, I am confident that you made it as wonderful as you imagined it. Will you show us some pictures of how it looks like now? It will be nice to see the French door and the rest of the area completely furbished. ;)

    Roselia Mangione @ All County Exteriors

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  17. Your newly installed French doors look awesome! It fits perfectly on your porch, and it'll pave way for natural light inside your house. There's a lot yet to be done around your place. Hope to see it once everything is all set. By the way, let me congratulate your husband for doing a good job in installing your French doors.

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