What a surprise to be leisurely reading today’s Kansas City Star House and Home Section and to see a picture of my living room in it. I have written articles for the KC Star. The picture was a from a story about doors I wrote a few years ago. Hard to imagine pocket doors being trendy as they just make good sense! I use pocket doors all the time in my clients’ homes. Pocket doors have come a long way from the fall off the track closet doors everyone mentions when a pocket door is introduced. First you need a great track which can be more than you think usually at-least $ 100 but can many times that for a barn door exposed track. The pocket door between my bedroom and bath/closet/dressing area my cat can open it with a single paw! We don’t lock it so she isn’t Houdini but a very petite 11 pound curious cat! Pocket doors really do glide easily when properly installed.
Here is the article about doors I wrote in Spring 2012 for the Kansas City
Star House and Home Section
Don’t forget the interior doors!
Doors are a key part of a new home design or a home renovation. Considering how many times a day an interior door is used careful attention is needed while deciding on a style or even size. I always stress to spend time selecting home elements that you will use and enjoy every day. There are many styles, shapes and sizes of interior doors available.
Deciding on a door style can either be daunting or exciting. Often clients are surprised to learn that they have the option to select an interior door style for their home. If a door is not selected by the homeowner, the standard default of a six panel colonist hollow molded door is frequently installed. A solid interior door with frame (stile/rail) and panel(s) is more expensive than a hollow door. Just one test swing at a home building showroom and clients are sold on the feel of a sturdy and beautiful door that can even bring back memories of an older home. Sometimes it is the first item to be replaced on a home renovation dream list when a client will mention their existing doors feel flimsy!
Even within a door style there are many options. Craftsman style doors with simple square detailing can have several panels within their frame or just one. There are many panel configurations available and just as many detail options. What makes sense with your home? Do you want to dress it up with applied trim, accent arches with an arched top panel or quietly add detail with an elegant yet simple panel design?
Once a door style is selected other features should be considered. The panels can be glass providing a great solution where you need acoustical privacy but still want see into room and feel connected to the nearby activities. The glass doors can help create a quiet zone within the house for reading, homework or even to make a phone call while the adjacent room has a television or music playing.
Interior doors can be pocketed doors to save space as they slide completely into a wall and out of the way which makes them a possibility for a small room, hallway or where wall space is at premium. With the pocket door concealed in the wall it creates a wider clear opening which can be a benefit for access to bathroom, pantry or laundry where every square inch counts.
Even the numbers of doors in an opening should be thought through. Pair of smaller doors rather one large door or a bifold door can save space, frame the doorway and add interest. This works well in a formal dining room to create a separation from the kitchen but there might not be enough swing space for a single door to “park” in either room.
Doors can save wall space too if a full length mirror is desired in a bedroom, bathroom or closet. A single panel will easily allow a mirror to be added in the panel for a custom traditional look. Many doors manufacturers will allow the option of a mirror on one side when specified during ordering.
Even the size of the door should be considered. Compare what doors you have now to confirm what size works for you. Often larger bathroom and bedroom doors are currently being selected to accommodate future potential needs. Take time to carefully select your new interiors doors and you will enjoy them every day!