In any remodeling project, a primary goal should be to seize on any element you might put to your advantage. An alteration to a door opening can make a very significant change. • In this photograph, the smaller-than-expected double doors lead from a master bedroom to the master bath. During the bathroom renovation, the door was to be moved about a foot to the left. Though the bathroom beyond did not allow for a standard width pair of doors, the 32-inch-wide opening created could still accommodate a set of custom-made double doors. • Since it was being moved, why not consider what else might make the door look and function better? This more elegant entrance was further enhanced by thickening the wall beyond the doors, which allows the doors to lie back against the new arched opening instead of just hanging in the floor space of the room. This wall thickening also allowed for a beautiful display niche. • Note that flush ring-pull door handles prevent knobs from hitting the trim behind when opened, and edge mounted roller door latches at the top of the doors complete the clean, unencumbered look. • A number of other hardware solutions are possible, and careful selection can further enhance the character double doors offer. Whether mounted as pocket or swinging, doors used in pairs can make a much grander entrance than a single door.
Scott Scherschel and Chip Vogel are designers with Interior Spaces Inc. If you have a design question for Interior Spaces, email your question with a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. A solution could be used in a future article.