My # 2 Fear


After putting in our new door, I realized that it is really easy to see into our kitchen from outside at night.  I, on the other hand, can see nothing outside- which led me to think about whether or not I was okay with this.  I played with the idea in my head of putting a fabric curtain over the window – but then I had to ask myself why I cared – firstly our neighbourhood is not the most safe and Lee has frightened my to death about making our home secure – so that was my first thought.  Secondly, I felt weird thinking about people looking in, watching my mundane existence in my kitchen.  But then I thought about my  love of glass houses and how I would love to build/live in one some day.

For some reason the thought of having a completely clear house out in the woods doesn’t scare me  in the slightest.  Never mind that it would be totally secluded from civilization where random creepy bush people could stalk you and watch your every move, just as I am assuming they are doing in our current hood… But what overrides that thought is being one with nature and having the BEST 360 degree view all the time.  Why do I not think crime / creeps are in the country?

Maybe I am being over sensitive right now in our current house? When we lived high in the sky I had no issues having glass walls.  Perhaps I need to embrace the glass house lifestyle?  Maybe no one really cares about me and what I am doing and I am over thinking the entire thing.  Anyway, while I sit and think on this subject some more, enjoy a compilation of some beautiful glass houses I came across.  What are your thoughts?

beach house


intersting shape


looking in

night time

outside growing in


window art

garage doors



(my favourite)

I can see clearly now

step 7

(before we put the flashing back on)

I decided we needed more light in the kitchen and the existing door was just basic, so we waited until a full pane window door went on sale at Lowes.  My dad came down to help us install it (as we have never done this before and he is one handy guy).  It took the majority of a day to complete, but we love the result.  I love all the light that pours in and it looks a heck of a lot better than the solid door with the half moon windows.  Luckily our neighbor across the street is looking for anew steel door, so we will give her the one we just replaced.

step 1

(this is the thickness of our walls when we ripped the old frame out – pretty thick!)

step 2(this was the big gaping hole under the threshold – didn’t find any treasures in there )

step 3

(The open hole to our house – thank goodness it didn’t rain!)

step 4(rule #1 when leveling a door – have lots of shims on hand)

step 6(we needed power – our trusty assistant held the cord – it also helped open our drinks!)

step 5(teamwork – my dad and Lee replacing the threshold with a new piece)

step 8(r.i.p. old door)

step 9(not a great shot -but here’s the finished product!)

gooseneck_lighting_fixtures(1)(we would like to get a lamp like this for over the door – more expensive than I had assumed)

step 10(after finishing the door, my dad helped up knock together a cute little deck 12 x 12′ I think?)

shipping(I am planning a project similar to this for an outdoor lounge area)

Stay tuned as we have just purchased a new front door and will be installing it shortly!!