Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Hallie and Nick continue to make steady progress to bring their 1929 Tudor into the 21st century. Hallie writes:

Upon our return from vacation, Nick started painting our new garage door. Our only option was to receive it in white, so we set about painting it inside the house prior to installation. The door is comprised of four panels. The top panel is slightly larger and has windows--the design of the door is to mimic a carriage door from the era of the home, yet we'll have the modern convenience of an insulated lift door.

Due to the lack of clearance on the north side of the garage, we were going to have to make the frame on that side of the garage 4 to 6 inches wider than the other side. This thought TORE at Nick's perfectionist soul and he agonized over a way that he could accept this flaw in the house. He triumphantly said to me one day, "I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to build a frame and pour concrete to extend the foundation and then I'll brick up the top so that it matches the house." He beamed at this solution. The next day, I carefully said to him, "Nick, I think you should reconsider this idea about the garage. It's going to be a lot of work and it might not come out the way we want and we don't have time before the installation is scheduled to execute this big idea." If you know how things go at our house, you'll be unsurprised to know that on Saturday we headed to Home Depot to get all of the supplies for framing and pouring our new foundation. After speaking my piece, I put up little resistance. I do have confidence in Nick's abilities, I just don't always have confidence in the timeframe. Here are some photos--you might notice that it's dark outside in the photo where Nick is mixing the concrete.

In the next update, I'll show you the finished framing and the installed garage door. I can't wait!

[Well – and Hallie couldn’t wait. Here’s what she sent today:]

Check out the garage. It looks amazing!!! The installer brought the wrong color trim, so the white will be replaced. Also, Nick will add the brick mould and brick up the section on the right and it will be done. Boy oh boy, we're so close to having a respectable looking home. :)

[The pictures have a mind of their own and are difficult to configure.]


Chris said...

Hmm, I thought I'd actually commented on this post, but I guess not. The garage doors are PERFECT! And Nick's work is amazing. Someday I hope to see this restoration in person.

Hallie said...

Certainly! I do hope you'd think to swing by if you find yourself in the Seattle area. You can see us and your friends a few blocks away. ;)