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A Hole in the Wall

Just a few days ago, our dining room had a large 8 foot tall door in a room with 8 foot ceilings.  From day one, we didn’t like how it looked in the room.  And the header-less wall wasn’t the most rigid.

Dining-Room-Painted-Oyster-Pearl

This summer we have grand plans to replace the remaining windows and siding the house.  It’s a big task, but we’re anxious for the change.  Each big project is usually broken up into many smaller segments to make it more manageable.  While the weather was warm last week, Ben and my dad pulled out the big door, leaving a slightly larger hole.

Old-Dining-Door-Out

Together they built a sturdy header and a knee wall to build the space to fit the replacement window.

New-Window-in-Dining-Room-Framing

So, why a window instead of the door?  Well, we will replace the bay window with a sliding door and extend the deck over.  We’re 95% sure this was the layout when the house was built.

Dining-Room-Bay-Window-Deck-Extension-Area

See that little brown rectangle on the bump out?  That’s where the deck railing was attached and painted around.  Right around four feet wide, this will become a perfect walkway.  Which allows us to better use the covered section of the deck.  Instead of a grilling/smoking station, we’ll have shaded seating.  The area behind the grill will become the deck extension.

New-Window-in-Dining-Room-from-Deck

Back inside, my recent paint job isn’t looking so hot.

New-Window-in-Dining-Room-Front

Rather than adding small pieces of sheet rock to fill in, we plan to recover the entire wall.  Some outlets and switches will move, and the texture is terribly mismatched from the door install.  Small seams are more likely to crack, too, so we’d prefer to avoid that situation.

New-Window-in-Dining-Room-Angle

That big, expensive door didn’t go to waste.  At 6 feet wide and 8 feet tall, proportionately it is better suited for the 12 foot tall entry.  Ben pulled out the old door and picture window.

Installing-New-Front-Door

Replacing it with a thick header for stability, leaving room for a smaller, transom style window above.

Installing-New-Front-Door-Header

Voila, new front door.  Most exciting to me is the amount of light this door lets in.  Several times, while walking past, the light catches my eye and my first reaction is, “Who left the door open?”

Installing-New-Front-Door-Overall

Clearly we still have work to finish it up.  Exposed header and yellow foam insulation isn’t going to cut it.

New-Front-Door-Installed

Big, exciting changes, though.

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28 Comments

  1. Oye, no header! Crazy town!! :D It’s great you were able to use the door in another space – it looks great up front!

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    • Hey Mary!

      I know, right?! It’s not a load bearing wall, but it still wasn’t super sturdy. So glad we already had the wider opening to reuse the beast. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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  2. So pretty!! What a great use of material. :)

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  3. Wow – what an exciting change! The door makes so much more sense in your entry way. It’s really great that you had such a good spot to reuse it!

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    • Hi Sarah!

      We love the light that pours in now. And the double doors feel so much bigger than the door + sidelight combo.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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  4. That looks GREAT! I can’t wait to see the whole shebang with the porch area etc. Meantime, I’m totally loving your new front entry… congrats!!

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    • Thanks, diypassion! I’m excited for the porch, too but it’s going to bea a while until things really take shape out there. Still, happy to have things headed that direction.

      Reply
  5. Mar

     /  April 14, 2014

    Front door is nice. Like the double door:)

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  6. blythespits

     /  April 14, 2014

    Fantastic!!!

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  7. Looks amazing! Good choice. Also, love that light fixture in the entry!

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  8. Looks so good. What a difference!

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  9. Jackie

     /  April 14, 2014

    Whoa you made a TON of changes – it looks awesome. I love all of these moves you’re making!!!! So excited for you!

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  10. Maryanne

     /  April 14, 2014

    Wow! That is so cool!

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  11. Love the changes that you made! I think the new front door looks amazing!!

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  12. Love how you were able to reuse the door again!

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  13. Robin

     /  April 16, 2014

    Great job! I love extra light in my house

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