Friday, December 11, 2009

Defying The Flow

This post will probably be of interest to few people other than me (and possibly my dad). We've been hit by a cold spell here and I've been trying to think of ways to further weatherproof my house. I've done a lot already.

But, my dad suggested that maybe putting the door to my basement back up might be a good idea. The PO removed a bunch of doors to "open up the flow" of the house. I gagged a little typing that. Thankfully, they were stored in the basement.

I wrote a few months ago about hauling up the door for my kitchen and getting that back in place.

I've also written about this silly hallway I have whose walls are filled with doors. Well, now there is one more. Each short wall, two doors (the oak door leads to the "formal" space of the dining room). 8 doors total.

I like it. It's quirky. It defies "flow."

Having the old door back in place has raised the temperature a couple of degrees.

And, yes, that's *still* the bathroom sink laying there.


Kate H. said...

Reminds me of what one of my architecture profs used to beat into our heads: "Space doesn't flow!! You can enclose it, open it up, limit it, define it, but SPACE DOESN'T FLOW!!!" And woe to us if we used the phrase during a crit.

He said this, who was a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright's, no less.

Mike said...

I wish we could completely close our basement AND upstairs doors. I know it would make a huge difference, but with the cat litter downstairs it doesn't happen. At the old place I had made a cat door for the basement by getting a 4 panel door and then taking one bottom panel out then re-attached it with a piano hinge. I put a slider bolt in too so when allergy prone guests came we could keep the cats downstairs. Of course I took the door with us a put the original back on, but it doesn't fit here!

AmazonVBS said...

Don't feel bad about 3M wrap for your windows. It used to be visible, but now their product is so crystal clear you can't tell it's there until you tell someone it's there. We have frost on our exterior storms, but a good storm should keep the frost off of the interior side of the windows ... you'd hate to see moisture damage your nice woodwork inside. Our new place has baaaaaaaaad broken un-weatherstripped windows. Lotsa work to do.

Shy said...

I thought my short hallway with 6 doors was a lot. Now I know better. I do have an additional 4 doors (with a place for a 5th) in my kitchen alone, though.

Keep warm!

Laurie H said...

I have seven doors and a linen closet in my hallway - close but no cigar, I guess. I totally agree with the ability to separate public and private. I love closing the door to the front of the house at night.

Gwen said...

Hi. I have a 1950's Hotpoint built-in oven. I'm looking for someone who could do some repair work. Know anyone?

Omar said...

Interesting that the informal doors aren't stained to mimic the color of the formal oak door. Is that original?

StuccoHouse said...

Kate - An architect after my own heart :)

Mike - I'm surprised at the difference. I have a door to the upstairs & now the basement....I feel like I have zone heating now.

Amazon - Yup, slowly replacing the storms with wood.

Shy - You have me beat int he kitchen then...mine only has two.

Laurie - It's weird, but I like it too. It would be nice for a household with small kids w/ an early bedtime, I'd think.

Gwen - I don't know where you are located, but old gas stoves are pretty basic. Give your gas company a call. Or click on the label "vintage stoves" in the left side of my blog and you will find all of my posts on the topic. Take a look in the comments, and you will find lots of suggestions.

Omar - The doors are original. It's pretty common here to have public & private rooms w/ different wood/stain (or private are often painted). It's funny, the other side of the furthest door on the left in the photo is stained to look like maple on the other side to match the kitchen....but the swing door from the kitchen to the dining room is also stained to look like oak (I suppose because when it's pushed open it's exposed to the public area.). Haven't quite figured out why the side of the "oak" door in the hallway isn't stained to match the rest of the hallway doors. Who knows?

Joanie said...

Ah, yes - my hallway has 6's only wide enough for 1 door at each end and then I have 2 on each side with a little bit of wall. I just think of it as 1930's charm!

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