Thursday, February 27, 2014

i can see clearly now

 i'm a firm believer in getting all the light you can into a house in vermont.  
the upside of that is you get to see out good too.
 this client called me back in october with 'a problem'
 he loved the view from his living room through the front door
when it was open, but he felt 'closed in' and like he was missing something 
when the door was closed, and i agreed.  our first plan was to make a new door
to match the glass layout in the sidelights, and you can see that concept in 
the drawing below.  click the photos to enlarge them ..

 but then, after i made a simple photoshop mockup of what it would look like
if the glass went all the way down, like my front door below,
the clients decided that that was the way to go for them too.
photoshop is your friend
this is our front door at home, and you can see the full height glass
 back door through the left sidelight.  so, ground floor on our house,
there are three full height glass doors and two full height all glass sidelights.
we did a little practice run at the shop, routing the door panels out on the cnc.
  will has now turned my old office closet into his dust free banjo finishing area.  the glass in
the doors made it so i didn't lose the light from the closet window when will was finishing.
we did this panel to glass thing a few years back for another client and trevor has
definitely dialed in the technique on the cnc.  first 'test' pass above.
final pass ... where there were formerly rails and interior stiles, there is no paint.  
where there was just a molding, he left the paint .. that is just amazing to me.
pretty close in the corners too
easy to square up though .. the view through our back door below .. after a quick mental count, i realize between the wood shop, the finish room, the new metal shop, the house, and the old metal shop, 
there are 15 doors with full height glass.  i really like light.

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