New Door Opening

ALMOST.

I’m so annoyed with myself, because we’re supposed to be well on our way to the amazing new downstairs of our dreams, but our project hasn’t kicked off yet because we’re big fat gross smelly failures.

That’s right – Team Temple actually failed to complete our ONE assignment this past weekend. Just ONE, in between playing with our dog and drinking Arnold Palmers in the backyard.

Gross gross gross, failure. Gross.

I’ve been dreaming and scheming of remodeling our downstairs – our two bedrooms, master bath, and “laundry room,” aka, the one habitable corner of our basement – since we moved in almost three years ago now. And the time has finally come.

OPERATION: NEW DOWNSTAIRS was first on the list for 2015. The cash is in the bank, the contractor has been hired. Pre-inspection happened last week. We had only that one assignment:

Go to Ashby Lumber, and pick out new doors.

That’s right, the interior doors were the offending party that prompted this whole project. Our downstairs doors are THE WORST. The. Worst. Interior doors on the face of planet house. I hate them with a passion.

So come Saturday morning, we dashed off to Ashby Lumber, ready to pick out six new solid-core Craftsman dream doors. Doors so awesome they would keep the sound out and the heat in all throughout the lower level, only…

The “door department” closes two hours before the rest of Ashby Lumber. For crying out loud.

And now here I am… Instead of blogging about how BEAUTIFUL my new doors are, and how excited I am for Manny + Crew to show up later this week and GIVE ME THE BEDROOM OF MY DREAMS, I’m merely hate-blogging about my existing doors.

Seriously, look at their suckiness:

Piece of crap "midget" plywood door to the laundry room, which someone just sawed off with a handsaw at the bottom. It looked REAL special before we at least closed the gap with a stop to keep the bugs from coming through.

Piece of crap “midget” plywood door to the laundry room, which someone just sawed off with a handsaw at the bottom. It looked REAL special before we at least closed the gap with a stop to keep the bugs from coming through.

Awesome unavoidable step up into the laundry room. I have yet to figure out what we'll do about this, but at least we'll have a real door?

Awesome unavoidable step up into the laundry room. I have yet to figure out what we’ll do about this, but at least we’ll have a real door?

The non-door to our closet. This will be replaced with an ACTUAL door.

The non-door to our closet. This will be replaced with an ACTUAL door.

I hate this door most of all. Door to the bathroom from our bedroom. It's plywood and it's garbage, but the way the jam is literally popping out of the wall is REALLY special.

I hate this door most of all. Door to the bathroom from our bedroom. It’s plywood and it’s garbage, but the way the jam is literally popping out of the wall is REALLY special.

The door to the guest room. It stops about three inches shy of the ground, so you might as well be sleeping outside, it's so cold in that room.

The door to the guest room. It stops about three inches shy of the ground, so you might as well be sleeping outside, it’s so cold in that room.

The door to our bedroom. Also does not reach the floor.

The door to our bedroom. Also does not reach the floor.

The closet door in the guest room, on the left. It is completely crooked in the wall, has no catch to actually close, and the closet behind it is actually just a hole through to the basement beyond. This door is going to be REMOVED entirely because it has no right to live. The door on the right is just a plywood piece of crap, and we will replace it.

The closet door in the guest room, on the left. It is completely crooked in the wall, has no catch to actually close, and the closet behind it is actually just a hole through to the basement beyond. This door is going to be REMOVED entirely because it has no right to live. The door on the right is just a plywood piece of crap, and we will replace it.

Thanks for humoring me. Stay tuned for an update on how I got my life together, got new doors, and got the bedroom of my dreams soon enough…

 

 

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3 thoughts on “New Door Opening

  1. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    You missed a project deadline?!?! Good for you! I think that is a very healthy sign. But your doors do suck. I didn’t realize how much until I actually read your “door treatise”. I never read a commentary on doors before. Thank you for making them “come alive” for me. You have an artful way of expressing things that makes me want to know more. Yes, I am interested in your progress on the “door saga”, as will be the grandparents. When you get done, I am sure they will be the best damn doors imaginable, and your house will now be air tight, sound tight and totally gorgeous. Except for the upstairs bathroom, of course. Love it!

  2. […] At long last (or at least what FELT long), actual progress has been made on our downstairs renovation project! […]

  3. […] This is our new door and trim, installed in the guest room leading into our jack-and-jill bathroom. Next to it, you can see the new wall where we removed the crappy old half-built, happy-hands-made-me closet. […]

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