Sunday, March 27, 2011
Work Space - a Brighter Garage
It was interesting to find out that many of you share my preference for scrapbook pages with more photos than embellishments. I do love some of the layouts I see that go "over the top," but to my mind those are pages that I would hang on the wall, not pages I would include in an album. I like my pages to be nearly flat and my albums to close neatly. I will try to do more posts with this type of pages and I encourage you to find the "happy medium" in your own albums.
Spring cleanup is upon us - if only the weather would get warmer. We had temperatures in the low 30s on Saturday - not the weather you want if you plan to work outside. I did a bit more organizing and thought some more about my latest ideas for making my crafting space work better. I predict a second trip to IKEA very soon... If everything works out according to plan I should be able to complete another project that I have been trying to do for over a year.
I imagine you are wondering about the photo at the top of this post. I decided to share one of our home improvement projects - partly so I could tell you about the clever name that Matt uses for his company. We needed a new garage door - ours was original to the house and the springs had broken. My husband thought it would be a good idea to upgrade the door to one that would work more smoothly and would have better insulation to keep the house warmer. The door arrived the day before we left for the cruise. Fortunately that was an unseasonably warm and sunny day so it could be installed right away.
Here is a photo of the old door - very plain and rather boring. This photo is from January and the snow was not yet at the highest depth of the season.
It was amazing to see how quickly the old door could be dismantled - power tools are a great help. It makes me think of the difference between using scissors and using an electronic cutter - you can get the job done manually but it is so much more efficient to use the best tool for the job.
At this point it looked like we could open an ice cream stand. There are many garage type structures in the Northeast that turn into seasonal ice cream shops with half doors and counters (in case you didn't know what I meant by that).
In a very short time, Matt and his assistant had the new door in position. The windows still need their grids and the finishing touch - the handles to make the door look like two pairs of old style barn doors - still must be added.
The light in the garage now is amazing - the row of windows makes such a difference. This new door has three sections instead of four and is much quieter. Now my husband can help build my new project with lots of light and still stay relatively warm with the door shut.
Putting the handles on took about the longest of all of the segments of the installation process. Fortunately Matt is familiar with the "measure twice, cut once" rule and made sure he got the handles on straight and in the position we wanted on the first try.
So here is our new door - it will need painting to match the rest of the house and we are debating on whether it should match the trim, the door or the body of the house. I think it is a big improvement and the added insulation should be a bonus for the next heating season.
So do you see the name of the company? The owner is named Matt and he named his company "Mattadoor." I thought this was clever - and then I saw the horns on his truck and I just had to take a photo. I mean really - isn't that funny (and rather charming). I'll always remember the name so I think he has a good marketing plan - just drive that truck around town - people will talk.
I hope you are having a good weekend - I am finishing up the "Martha on Monday" post for Scrappy-Go-Lucky and working on a couple of other projects to share tomorrow. I also just received a package with a few new cartridges I ordered and I can't wait to try them out...
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