One of the largest issues when we converted the old milk house into Betsy’s office for Tint Press was that there was no outside access. The only way you could get in there was to walk through the work areas of the barn. That was solved with a quick call to my father, who loves a challenge. The solution was to chisel out a door through the cement block. Although labor intensive it really was not that complicated. It took about an hour to chop through the concrete block and create an opening. That only left me to have to make a custom door to fit the new opening. My father solved that problem again with some pre-painted salvaged wood. I decided to use the salvaged wood to mimic the other door to the inside.
Using the barn red painted wood I was able to construct the door in an afternoon. First, I laid out the vertical boards that had tongue and groove so they fit together snugly. Then I nailed in the top, bottom and side boards to secure the boards together. Then I did the same on the opposite side. Once complete, I cut the angled boards and installed the hinges and door latch. In an afternoon, I had created a fully functioning barn door with salvaged material. The only cost was about $35 for the hinges and door latch which had to be more sturdy because of the size and weight of the finished door.