FEBRUARY and MARCH 2012                                   Click on (most) images for a larger view.

Hanging an interior door is not as easy as it looks...

- Since there is no threshold the sides of the door frame must be custom trimmed to keep the top level.
- To square the door we fastened the bottom of the hinged side of the frame to the rough opening side first. Of course we placed a spacer to allow for shim adjustments.
- Using spacers we plumbed the hinge side and confirmed the top gaps were good before fastening the top of the hinged side.
- Then we confirmed the latch side of the door frame was trimmed to the right height before fastening the top of the latch side.
- Finally we shimmed the latch all the way down making sure the gap is consistent and true.

Checking the floor for level Custom cutting frame bottoms checking door gaps before hinges are installed
We used a home made jig to guide the hinge cuts.
Even with a pilot bit you have to be careful to center hinge holes. The finishing room is kept busy
Door is ready to be hung Door is hung as described above.
    Final sound proofing Making trim from scrap
 We had to trim our door just a little because our jamb turned out a sixteenth too narrow. Here is how we did it.

Templates are great for custom milling trim. More love applied in the finishing room
Banister required a 90 degree butt-joint. Newspaper is easy to sand off and prevents the work from being glued to the table.
Pre-drilling for nails Proud... Jamb is finished in place Time for the lach
marking for strike plate drilling and chiseling countersinking finishing nails insulating gaps around jamb
fitting trim to front door first layer second layer Voila!
Same thing around Dutch door first layer second layer

We're calling it a "Library door" because it looks like one!
 In most houses you can tell right away which door leads to the bathroom; we didn't want ours to be that obvious, so we chose an FSC mixed sources, Masonite pine-panel, solid core wood door with veneered stiles.  We then framed it in custom milled Douglas fir trim.  To further enhance the look it is illuminated by one of the dimmable pot light in the foyer creating a lovely ambience.


Cedar t&g makes a light weight panel cover that removes easy and acts as a backdrop for prints.

moisture seal on dishwasher

As we finished little odds and ends before our break we refocused our attention on the wonders around us. Spreading compost revealed hundreds of little helpers and the shore beckoned us to come on early morning walks to the beach.

  worms in active compost... seaweed in sunrise... wood chips on driveway...

We spent the time from Feb.18 - Mar.18 to see to other things. 
Thomas spent a month at the cottage and I continued clearing out the old house and moving more in to the new house.  It really is amazing the "stuff" we have accumulated over the years.  With the realization that everything eventually ends up at the dump, we have now become more mindful of consumerism and therefore really limit what we purchase. For the items we no longer need, we will donate some to charity and sell other items in summer yard sales and/or on www.usevictoria.com.

After moving our office to the new house, the last two weeks of March were spent engaged in business activities; we reviewed our business plans for presenting workshops, wrote scripts and video taped pieces for our YouTube Channel!

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