Everything is Predicated on this Door

Welcome back to our home renovation addition project. Today is the start of a very exciting thing: converting our wall of OSB to a wall of windows. We are starting with the most important thing, the door.

The door, as we’ve said many times, sets everything else. Everything in the layout in here is set based on the location of this door, so the first thing we’re doing today is putting it in its final place and getting rid of our temporary door.

As a quick refresher, here is our floor plan. So our door goes here, with two windows on the same wall as the door. Five windows will span the other wall, and then a single window on the small wall that ties into the existing house. 

The actual finished head height of the door needs to be the same as all the windows so that our trim all lines up, because we’re wrapping the whole room in a band board up top. This door is what sets the height of this band which then sets the height of all the windows. Another detail of interest is the casings. The casings on the door and the window line up so they’re right in the middle of our light switches. That means there’s no room for play here, and we have to get the door exactly where it needs to be. 

First we’re going to frame the opening.

Donavan is adding the extension jambs on to the door now. 

Next up, prepping the opening and making the pan.

Finally time to set the door! Had to bring in some reinforcements with Scott in order to be able to slide it in.

Okay, there it is! It’s been a heck of a journey to get this door. We ordered this back in October and the lead time was 18 weeks. The door came in, but we didn’t have the extension jamb yet, which has to go on first. We were going to temporarily set the door, but thankfully the extension jamb came in yesterday. And of course, this door is the critical piece that determines the rest of the work we have to do in this room. And now we finally have our head height, so we will be able to set all of our windows at the exact same height as this door. 

Next week we’ll start setting all of these windows, but it is really coming along and starting to come to life. 

So there it is, we finally have a door! I can’t even really explain how excited I am about this, because it’s been such a process to get to this point. We looked at these doors and windows in October, and it’s the very end of April now, just to give you some frame of reference for the how long it has been. 

That’s going to do it for this one though. Thank you as always for joining us, we really appreciate it! If you have any questions or comments on this home renovation/addition/remodel, please feel free to leave us a comment. As always, we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. And until next time, happy woodworking.

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