Thursday, April 13, 2017

Remodeling and energy conservation

Having been married to a builder, I understand about home construction. While many may* simply wish to have a cosmetically updated home, I have a much more intimate understanding of the mechanicals of a home and what the norm is for construction. I remain baffled that the cellar hatchway entrance had remained without a door for 57 years. The only thing protecting that area from the harsh elements of Winter was the steel metal hatchway doors. My parent's circa 1954  home also had a metal hatchway but had a wide door at the base of the stairs into the cellar, although it was a flimsy one offering little energy conservation. DX had replaced it with a steel door early in our relationship, with my parents only covering costs of material.

Here is the installed, steel, insulated door from the cellar to the hatchway. A deadbolt also secures the door, for added security. Spray foam in a can was used to fill gaps, additional insulation will be added before  sheet rocking over it all. A possible entry by mice, it's good to get this sealed up.

The stairs also were repaired: 2 treads were replaced, an additional, center brace added to the stair system. Good, solid stairs now.  This area needs a good vacuuming and perhaps a coat of spray on paint to make it light and bright.


Linda said...

Can you enter the basement from the outdoors? If so, the strong, security door should be the outside door AND the bottom of the stairs door. The reason--if someone can easily enter the basement through any door from the outside, then the person has all day to get the secure door open without fear of being seen and heard.

I am glad you are making it nice and tight so you will use less energy and be warm!

CTMOM said...

No, there is a set of steel hatchet doors on the outside. If one had the hatchet open and wish to close them, one enters the stair well to the cellar, bring the right door down shut, then the left. They are secured by a thick, metal pin that is like a slide bolt. If for some reason someone welded the hatchet open, after working on the doors for some time, and was able to enter the stairwell, they would be met by my newly installed, insulated steel door with deadbolt. Pretty unlikely that would ever happen. Backyard is visible by 5 ajoining yards, so that is a major deterrent. This install mostly was for energy conservation, decreased rodent activity, increased security.

meme said...

I can't believe there was no inside door to the basement - my family always referred to the "hatch door" as a "bulkhead" - I think it was pronounced. I remember we had latches on the inside to keep it locked from inside too, and then the door, which was also locked.

CTMOM said...

Yes, bulkhead is another term for hatchway

Kathy said...

Glad you have a secure door and sturdy steps now. Looks great!