Door dilemma: a lot of work for a little extra space
Rob and I (OK, actually Rob and his dad) finished tiling the shower surround in our bathroom last month.
(The project took a long time, so long that I decided to skip blogging about it altogether. I am infinitely grateful for his dad stepping in and fixing our little bathroom boondoggle.)
As they did, we started discussing the bathroom door. It opens in, taking up a significant amount of space and whacking the toilet every time.
A pocket door would be perfect there, but no one involved is interested in opening a wall to install one.
We discussed moving it to open out into the hallway. I'm not a fan of the idea, though, because I'm afraid it will break up the visual space you get when you sit in the dining room and look through the hallway door into the bathroom.
I know it's not much of a view, but I'm afraid seeing a door instead of into a pretty, newly-tiled shower will make my house seem all the smaller.
Rob and his dad, who love thinking about this kind of thing, started wondering if they could saw the bathroom door in half, hinging it on both sides and giving it French-door hardware. They'd create a stop and seal the gap using a piece of trim down the middle.
(Other people have done this with actual mini French doors, although I couldn't seem to find anyone online who cut an existing door in half.)
Rob's dad even scoped out a door the correct size at PACA that he seemed to think might stand up to being cut in half. Rob works with some professional carpenters we might be able to pay to take on our little side job and do it right.
We haven't totally decided whether we're going to do it yet, but Rob and I are both intrigued. What do you think – would you go to this amount of effort to save a little space in your bathroom?
Photo is from Apartment Therapy.