Sometimes renovations can be almost instant, although they come at a price.
I have this kitchen door to the side yard which I never liked very much:
I saw an advert for a firm that puts new windows in existing doors. I called them to drop by to look at the old door, and give me an estimate:
“Structurally sound, lot’s of life left in the door, easy to replace … $350. And it we will do it right now, be done in forty minutes.” They popped the old door out, cut out the panel, inserted the glass:
Zowee, lots of light now ! And yes, I had already planned to replace the older storm door on the outside with a full-pane-of-glass model.
- there is no caulk to dry or resulting uneven edge to paint: the window trim is self-sticking rubber, pressure adhered, making four layers of sealant (on door, on glass, other side of glass, other side of door) and a dead straight and true edge on the frame
- the specialization that goes on in our society is amazing. Thirty years ago the first specialty firm I recall was Gautier seamless eavestroughing. Who could make a living only installing eavestrough? Now it’s an industry. Instead of calling general carpenters and Mr Fix It’s, there’s a specialty firm just for wainscoting and chair rails, another for coffered ceilings, another for verandah pillars, another just for fences vs the firm just for decks … It’s wonderful, efficient, clean … specialization drives down costs, increases accuracy. It’s a shame we don’t yet have that for our medical system.