Easy Access

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One of the things I am really enjoying about our redesigned house is the easy access we now have to the back garden from our basement — and vice versa.

Steps lead down from the garden level…

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to a light and spacious covered entrance area.

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From here one can enter the basement through a new partially glazed door.

Dan did a beautiful job designing a pleasant sequence into the lower level of the house (see June 4, 2012 posting ‘Seeing Through the Wall’).

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It’s a big improvement on what used to be there — Bilco doors!!

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Anyone who has encountered Bilco doors will know how cumbersome they can be. I found ours to be precarious and a little scary too. Even though I locked in the braces, I always felt the doors could slam shut at any time. They were a real deterrent to accessing the basement.

Now we actually enjoy entering and exiting the house via this convenient access point,

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and the basement feels less subterranean, especially with views out to the garden…

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and up to the sky.

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Another thing I like about our new basement access is that we now have a convenient and dry spot where we will be able to build a log pile — right outside the basement door.

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Again, this will be a big improvement on our pre-Destruction set up. Our logs, that I’ve accumulated over the years from cutting trees and branches in our garden, used to be stored in the dilapidated garage.

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During The Destruction we split the log pile and relocated it to a couple places in the back garden. One pile is up at the Camp.

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Having to fetch logs into the house from far away was a deterrent to having a fire.

With our new basement access it’s easier to fetch in logs and light a fire…

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and keep Jack at his most content.

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live. enjoy. repeat.

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