My office internet has been down, so I haven't been posting... (far too busy at home to blog - must blog at work - ha!)
I talked through the pocket door idea with Red and reluctantly concluded that a pocket door is a bigger project than I want to take on. The type of construction of my walls, combined with having to relocate electrical, and topped off -- so to speak -- with the need to install a header was just too much.
So now I am back to either an oversized traditional hinged door, or a barn door style. Here are a couple of photographs of the barn door styles:
|Photos courtesy of www.BarnDoorHardware.com|
I could still make my own door -- in a traditional style that matches the other doors in the house but wider -- or I could do a rustic barn door style. I could have one large door, or I could have two narrower doors where one slides left and one slides to the right...
Because I have a light switch and an outlet just 4-5 inches away from the door frame, I would need enough track to allow the door to go all the way past those to have access to them; but that doesn't seem like a huge deal. It would also bump into my row of 5 clothes hooks, but I think I could put 2 of the hooks on the door itself, and/or move the hooks closer to one another. A less attractive option would be to reduce the number of hooks from 5 to 3, but if you could see what heavy use they get you'd agree: not optimal.
I found http://www.barndoorhardware.com/ which has a mind-blowing selection of styles and types and lots of fun photos of doors in place to help you dream.
Right now I am leaning towards the barn door style over the traditional hinged door style. What do you think? Which do you like?