Renovation Update #28
‘I’m doing this big renovation in West Vancouver and we are taking out a set of $4000 sliding glass doors because they are the wrong colour. And they’re only a year old, why don’t you use them for your studio?’.
I thought, ‘Well, they are not the double french doors I had envisioned, but the’re free and we’d be recycling them instead of just being taken to the dump, okay thanks!’.
You know how renovations always have stuff that goes sideways? Well, whoever pulled them out, treated the windows like they were going to the dump and damaged the two in the middle beyond repair.
And I didn’t know that until I spent $300 to ship them all the way to my house!
So then someone said, ‘Maria, keep the sidelights and just order french doors to replace the damaged ones.’.
However, the opening for the doors was already framed in, so instead of a minimum of 30″ french doors, we had to order them at 28″. When they arrived, I hated them instantly. See how much skinnier the frame is on the outside? So bad.
And then I started picturing how they would all look together, two sidelights with basically no frame and then the framed french doors? Two sets of windows that it no way relate to each other? Yuk. I thought, not to mention “OMG I will have 170,000 people saying ‘Why did she do that?’.”
So back they went and I scrapped the sidelights.
Now because the opening was already framed in at 118 1/2″ I could no longer do regular french doors with sidelights so it was Tyee Windows in Abbotsford to the rescue.
The owner, Bryan Kornelius, happened to be in the office when I arrived and he came up with the solution of one door with two sidelights.
I also eliminated the window style (in the second photo). They arrive with those little plastic caps you have to nail into the window frame to cover the screws. Then, eventually the white frame turns a putrid yellow in the sun. Very annoying.
So here it is when we first took possession. Storage sheds were built all around it!
Here it is with the additional sheds removed and the demolition complete.
Here you can see the totally overgrown hedges behind it. We just had them trimmed a couple weeks ago.
Here it is with my new windows! My contractor built a temporary step and the vinyl siding is not finished at the bottom because all this concrete is coming out this fall. I have to look at our ugly back and front yard for a couple months longer. It’s hard to plant grass in the middle of summer!
So that’s the update on my design studio! I am still working on decorating it inside so I can show it to you!
The winner of my 50 Must-Have Colour Boards is Carol Sander from Boston! She was the 23rd person to buy my book yesterday. Congratulations Carol!
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Have a happy weekend my lovelies! xo Maria
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