Last April, when we built the doghouse under the stairs, it was always with the intention that we would put a gate on it and use it as a kennel for our next Golden Retriever puppy (who will finally be here in 9 days!).
Max always sort of imagined he would build a gate himself out of wood, but I had other plans. I told him a couple months ago that I really wanted a metal gate.
He said he probably couldn’t make that himself.
So I sent this bad sketch of what I was looking for to a local business, Sam’s Fabrication, to see if he could build me something like this. He does a lot of metal work and welding so I figured he would be the man for the job.
He got back to me right away and said he could do it, and after a bit of back and forth on whether to use a frame or just install it into the door jamb, he started building.
He was great to work with and consulted me on everything from hinges to latches, sending me pictures along the way. He then painted the gate flat matte black as requested and I sent Max to pick it up (it weighs a ton – which I guess I should have expected from a metal gate).
We were excited to install it right away.
Unfortunately because of the way the hinges sat up against the trim, we realized we wouldn’t be able to inset it in the door frame as much as we had hoped, and the deadbolt wouldn’t be able to go right into the jamb without the door sitting crooked. Nothing can ever be easy.
So we decided to wait until the next day to install and figure out the latch.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’ve linked Sam above but you can also click here.
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