Monthly Archives: May 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015 — Week Seven


Brian the door guy made his fourth visit to our project today. He’s providing doors for the new addition and also replacing all of the doors in the rest of the house. Now that framing for the addition is completed, Brian came by to make final measurements.

The addition includes two pocket doors and a few conventional doors. Throughout the rest of the house we are replacing a large sliding exterior door, several conventional doors, and a few closet doors. One of the new closet doors will be a large barn door on rails for Lynda’s quilt studio.

Part of the universal design philosophy includes large door openings that can accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. Many home builders now routinely install such wider doors as standard equipment in all new construction. We are fortunate that our home was ahead of its time when built in 1957. The original owners at the time specified extra wide doors to make the home accessible for a member of their family.


Thursday, May 28, 2015 — Week Seven


You can never have too many electrical outlets, so we’re have a lot of them wired into our addition. We are also taking the opportunity to install more outlets in other parts of the house, including Lynda’s quilt studio and my workshop. We’ve been living with extension cords stretching across the studio and the garage for way too long, and we are finally doing something about it.

The same can be said for lighting. We’ve had too little of it for too long, so we’re installing lots of can lights (recessed fixtures) in the addition and adding a few elsewhere in the house.