When the new front door to the Cottage was installed I left out a detail.
The new door has a louvered shade built between the two panes of glass.
The shade is controlled by a slider on the inside of the door. There are no rods or strings.
If the shade needs to be removed the glass can be unscrewed.
The new door has made the Cottage more insulated and quieter.
The muntins and mullions are also between the glass.
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When I first moved into The Glade in 1997 we used The Cottage as an office. At the time we called it The Little House.
It had a Dutch door.
After awhile the Dutch door became structurally unsound so we replaced it with a $35 door from Second Chance Warehouse, a Baltimore salvage center.
Now the Cottage is getting a better treatment.
In order to keep the Cottage filled with light we decided to replace the nine-light front door with one almost exactly the same except the new one is more energy efficient.
The main door which erroneously opens “out” has been replaced on the interior and opens “in” like most residential doors.
We’re expecting the screen door which was on the inside to be replaced with an exterior storm door.
The Cottage will soon be ready for a new coat of paint.
Who needs a door?
What color is your front door?
The big picture window in the Cottage, that is, is being replaced.
The carpenters started this project after the other 4 single windows had been replaced.
They removed the triple window one sash at a time.
When Charlie sent me the “in progress” photo I noticed one of the shingles was chipped (to the left of the window) so I texted him to ask him to repair it while the trim was off.
He Dremeled the nailheads off, removed the old shingle, and replaced it with a salvaged unbroken shingle.
There are a few more cracked shingles which he will also replace before the tenant repaints the entire exterior in June.
Meanwhile the window installation continued. The sill under this window was also repaired due to some rotting wood.
The new sashes look very much like the old ones except they were single panes and these are double-glazed Pella TermaStar windows.
The new ones equally so.
What is your most energy efficient quality?
The contractor came to remove and replace windows in the Cottage.
There are a total of 5.
Happily yesterday was a beautiful day to take the windows out and let the fresh air in.
In the middle of the day I received a text with two photos — one for each window that had been removed.
Interestingly the first ones to go were the 2 single sash windows: in the bathroom and in the bedroom areas.
These two have now been replaced with weather efficient models: Pella Thermastar.
Do you prefer a sash or casement window?
The windows in the Cottage are and have always been haphazard.
Each one is a different shape and size — a triple-panel picture window and 4 other windows.
I think the former owner who was an architect just used leftover pieces from his various projects.
The lady that lives in the Cottage now decided she would like more insulation from her windows than the old ones provide.
As a matter of fact the first winter in the Cottage she covered the insides of all the windows with window insulation film which helped a bit to retain warmth.
Today the windows are being replaced by a qualified contractor.
Big project planned?
April plans were begun and not much was actually completed. Nevertheless, here’s the new list for May:
While it is warm but not yet too hot we MUST clean, paint, and hang exterior shutters.
They’ve been off the house since 2015 when we painted the exterior of the house. I have the paint in hand. This is an enormous job.
On rainy weekends we’ll continue to install trim and to work on the master closet.
We’re still working on the Fiesta Bridal shower which will be this coming Saturday.
The house is becoming a South-of-the-Border cantina.
Charlie is a piano player who also plays the organ.
And he loves organ music so we’re planning to attend an organ concert on May 21.
The Cottage is getting new windows and doors but this project will be contracted out.
There will also be a new gable roof over the Cottage doorway.
The most important improvement is that I’m heading back to the gym beginning this morning.
The key will be consistency.
Do you have an exercise regimen?
The homemade stairs to the attic in the Cottage were replaced with a new disappearing attic ladder.
Moving the ladder created a large section of ceiling that needed to be repaired.
The carpenter filled the hole with drywall and 3 layers of joint compound.
The ceiling was then trimmed with crown molding.
The tenant painted the patched ceiling and stair door the grey-green ceiling color.
She also decided to paint the beam that runs from the front to the back of the Cottage the same ceiling color. That decision really made the new white crown molding pop.
What color is your ceiling?