Eichler's are cool -- literally. And very breezy. Now that the weather has turned cold in Concord, we're no longer cursing the 110 degree days... well, at least not as much as we were in August.
While it's known that these houses are poorly insulated, the "outside/in" concept definitely takes center stage when the winter winds gust. And having removed the paneling and trim in the den (which backs up to the garage), we we're getting a bit chilly. The replacement of the very drafty garage door was top-of-the-list. Additionally, we're trying to make the house a bit more fire-proof and the previous hollow interior door provided little fire protection.
Surprisingly, Big-Orange had just the door we were looking for: a luan "20-minute" pre-hung door that meets current building codes for a garage-to-living space door. So, $225 and a fortnight later, we had our door -- ready to install. This one also came with really neat self-closing hinges (current code) which are powerful enough to swing the heavy door closed.
My dad was visiting from the East Coast, so we decided to tackle the installation while he was here and after a few hours (and a can of spray foam) later, the door was completely installed and air tight. A replacement knob from Defiant finished off the installation (Big Orange's cheapest lockset is also the best match to the Eichler originals). Since the fire-rated jamb came in a primed white color (rather than the original luan matchsticks), we'll eventually paint it to match the beams and other exposed non-luan wood in the house. The threshold was a bit weird in that the aluminum extended past the jamb on one side necessitating the creation of a support plate which I covered in my new favorite VCT tile for kick-protection -- and once we drywall the garage, we'll take care of the rest of the trim around the door on that side.
Now that the door is installed, we can re-drywall the wall. We're not going back to the original paneling here simply for fire protection... and noise -- we're planning on using 1/2in QuietRock again here to help combat some street (and garage) noise. We'll also be using some GreenGlue between the 5/8in drywall and sheathing on the garage side to help with the noise. Not that it's overly loud here, but these products are fairly affordable when used strategically and sparingly and very, very effective.