our adventures fixing up 'the little house' on the land
Monday, February 20, 2012
Goodbye Slider, Hello New Front Door
Like a daisy, I popped up out of bed Saturday morning! Exuding the same excitement of a Christmas morning, I jumped on the bed waking up J. It was 5:00 in the morning and I wanted to know if it was time to go to Lowes. Needless to say I was just a little excited! We were putting in the new door and y'all know how much I've been anticipating that!
Finally around 8 we headed over to the land to pick up the trailer and off to Lowes we went. We needed a few basic supplies. You know, 2x4s, nails, a door handle, and a light fixture.
Once we got back to the little house we got to work right away! We decided to remove the old vertical blinds very professionally- jumping up and hang on them until they fell. Unfortunately, those silly blinds were hung very, very well. (I suppose that actually is a good thing but in our case it was more annoying than anything.) J got out his drill and removed them the right (boring) way.
Up next was removal of the sliding door. (woo hoo!) There weren't any real hang ups with pulling it out. It was just a matter of using the drill to unscrew and number of screws and a little lifting. Before we knew it we had a gaping hole in the front of the house! exciting!
When the slider frame and glass panels were removed Joshua turns to me and says, "ok, it's Bible story time." I look at him quizzically and say, "ok". He asks, "What did God say about building houses?" Now, I'm really confused and wondering, 'where is my precious hubby going with his Bible story.' Graciously, he helps me out with, "He said don't build your house on..." "Sand!" I reply, now following his train of thought and remembering the familiar Sunday school song. He sweetly shows me that the 'sand' in our case is a rotted piece of wood under the door frame. As he replaces our metaphorical rock, a fresh new 2x4, he concludes our Bible lesson for the day. We built the little house on a 'rock.'
Now, we are all set to put in the door and very thankfully the existing frame matched the door perfectly! It was only a matter of time before the door was up and we got to put on the hardware. J wired a new light switch by the front door so we can also have a light fixture to light up the new entry. While he worked on that I got busy with my insulating foam. Again, I went crazy with it but Uncle Allen says that's ok. The more the merrier! What could be bad about a little extra insulation? I have a funny feeling I'll be eating those words when it's sheet rock time- we'll see. :)
After all this work you'd think we were done for the day but with a little encouragement from Uncle Allen we were on our way to replacing our first window. :) We decided to time the process to see how long it would take and how exhaustive the process was going to be. Fortunately, it wasn't too bad. All they had to do was pull back all the siding surrounding the window (easy peasy, haha!) It took them about 40 minutes and now we have a lovely new kitchen window over where the sink will be. I love it!!!!