The patio doors have been broken ever since I was a little kid. It never seemed to be a big deal, since we never used the patio. However, now that we are fixing up the patio ( pictures still to come) and having the other windows in the house replaced (yet more pictures to come), it was imperative to have new patio doors. We went through Home Depot for the windows. Using Home Depot has been nothing short of a disaster, but I need to hold off on a blog rant until the window job is completed. Home Depot used two different contractors, one for the patio sliders and one for the other windows. The patio sliders were done by a company called Adan construction and although they did a good job, I felt very much slighted by the head builder, who would direct everything towards Dan. I was also upset that they did not bother to cover any of the work area with tarp to minimize the dust. The head guy basically told me that it would be very messy and it was. A fine layer of dust covered the entire master bedroom. Every other contractor that has worked on the house has placed plastic coverings to lessen the mess. I expect there to be some clean up on my part, but I thought the mess that Adan construction left was unacceptable and unprofessional. If they were not going to make efforts to cover the work area, I wish that we had been warned when the appointment had been set up. Ridiculous. Here is a picture taken mid construction.
I do think that the new sliders look great and I am happy the job is done. Here are some pictures of the 1970's sliders that were original to the house. One is located at the top of the stairs and the other is in the master bedroom.
A close-up of the really old door handle from inside the master bedroom.
The old sliders were ugly, old and didn't even lock! We also had vertical blinds and decided to go with horizontal blinds that are between two panes of glass. This means no more cleaning blinds, a big win in my book. The new sliders are not only practical, but look so much better in the space. They have thick, white molding that frames the sliders and makes it look modern and pretty. Here are pictures of the new windows.