Friday, March 2, 2018

The Door

One door, and only one
And yet its sides are two,
Inside and outside,
On which side are you?

One Door, and only one,
And yet its sides are two,
I'm on the inside,
On which side are you?

"Before" and "after"

We recently had a home improvement make-over in our laundry room. The original plan was to order and install white cabinets to replace the wire shelving. We also put  up a pole for hanging laundry.

That went well and made a wonderful difference. The cabinets improved the view significantly from the rest of the house, and now I have more storage for what won't fit in the kitchen pantry.

But then it came up in conversation how the door opening into the laundry room to the garage took up some valuable space. Our installer offered that he and his assistant could turn the door around, so it would open into the garage.

I took the bait and said "Yes! How soon can you do it?" They turned the door around that very day, but then the hinges were on the opposite side of the door frame, making it very awkward to reach the light switch and garage door openers.

original door turned to open into the garage

While I was very pleased to not have that door opening into the laundry room, it was not satisfactory to have to fumble in the dark to find the light and door switches (we have no windows in the garage at all). So, a new door was ordered.

old door on left; new door on right
Happily, the new door took just a few days to arrive and within a week it was installed. 

However nothing is ever simple it seems. Work had to be done to make the trim around the door frame fit and look right, adjustments to be made on the threshold both inside and out, and the door itself had to be painted. Our workmen are good at what they do and accomplished it all in just two days. We are very pleased.

left: new door in the laundry room; right: new door as seen from the garage

Of course, all of this reminded me of a Bible verse about a door in the New Testament book of Revelation:

Here I am!
I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with that person,
and they with me.
Revelation 3:20, NIV

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