Just As I Pictured It

Once upon a time I had a vision of how the newly built conservatory would look.

The 36-inch doorway on the left enters the bathroom; the 2 doorways on the right open to the closet.
The 36-inch doorway on the left enters the bathroom; the 2 doorways on the right open to the closet.

I didn’t know all the details but I had a concept.

A quick mock up of the closet/bathroom wall in the conservatory from 2013.
A quick mock up of the closet/bathroom wall in the conservatory from 2013.

I even mocked up a photo way back in November of 2013.

The doors are ready for installation.
The doors are ready for installation.

I knew the closet and the bathroom would need doors so I ordered some pre-hung doors.

Doors are heavy -- a helper is helpful.
Doors are heavy — a helper is helpful.

This past weekend our friend came over and installed them. Charlie gave him a hand moving them into place but door hanging is a one-man job.

The doors had to be carefully tipped due to the low ceiling in the conservatory.
The doors had to be carefully tipped due to the low ceiling in the conservatory.

First the supports which keep the door together in transport are removed.

If the door frame is not carefully set the doors won't close properly.
If the door frame is not carefully set the doors won’t close properly.

The door was slid into the opening made for it.

Shims are used to adjust the plumb of the door frame.
Shims are used to adjust the plumb of the door frame.

Then the side to side movement was controlled with shims between the door frame and the wall studs.

Pneumatic nailers are a great convenience.
Pneumatic nailers are a great convenience.

The door frame is held in place with pneumatic trim nails.

The middle hinge screw was replaced with a longer one.
The middle hinge screw was replaced with a longer one.
A long screw helps anchor the door frame.
A long screw helps anchor the door frame.

One trick which makes the door especially secure in the opening is taking one of the hinge screws out and replacing it with a long screw (at least 3 inches) that screws into the stud.

The closet doors and the bathroom door should line up along the top.
The closet doors and the bathroom door should line up along the top.

The conservatory has a 36-inch wide bathroom door — wider than most interior doors — to allow for universal access.

We're so delighted with the doors.
We’re so delighted with the doors.

The closet doors are Shaker-style double doors that match the doors to the pantry and the mudroom closet doors.

I don't think anyone will mistakenly move into the closet when they need to use the bathroom.
I don’t think anyone will mistakenly go into the closet when they need to use the bathroom.

These natural wood doors will get stained at a later date.

These doors look so great.
These doors look so great.

Doors make such a difference.

Next task: Knobs and trim.

Is there a door in your house you could do without?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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