Thursday, February 26, 2015
To Door, or Not to Door, That is the Question!
I have a quandary. Yet. Another. Quandary.
First off, I don’t like the smell of poo near my kitchen. And for that reason, I designed my home to have the poo smelling room as far from the kitchen as possible. And, because I was also attempting to incorporate efficiency into my design, the washer and dryer closet is near the shower. (same source line, same grey water tank, uber efficient, right?)
So, I have bathroom on the back section of my tiny house with two adjacent closets. That gives me, not one, not two, but THREE door decisions to make.
To have a door, or not to have a door, that is the question.
Right? Not exactly.
Here is a listing of my options and the reasons why I love, and hate them all.
Yay! - They are super lightweight, cheap, easy to make myself, and are an easy way to add color and texture to a space.
Boo – They will not keep smells, or sounds, that are happening in the bathroom and laundry area from permeating the main living area.
Vintage / Solid / Traditionally Hung Door
Yay! – I already have a really cool vintage door and I love the look of them. They’re fairly easy to cut-to-size, and not too hard to hang. They also provide additional storage options. (Don’t forget your vertical storage options, people!!)
Boo – They’re heavy and I need three of them in a very, small, space. You literally couldn’t have more than one of them open at any given time.
Yay! – They’re a very efficient use of space. They disappear when not in use. What’s not to love?
Boo – The wall you “push” them into needs to be free of any other attributes (electrical, framing, etc….) and have you ever tried to un-stick one? Ugh!!! Just imagine having to pee and not being able to get the door open, or closed. (and since I am old, this is a huge consideration! LOL)
Sliding Barn Door
Yay! – Since I have only one vintage door, it makes sense that instead of hanging it in one of the three door openings, I could use it for the main entry to the “back area” and just skip the other three. As a slider, it would really open up the three mini spaces into one big space. I have to admit I LOVE this idea.
Boo – Not only would I be sacrificing the vertical storage space of the door itself, I would not be able to utilize the wall space it slides ONTO for anything either…..no pictures, shelves, electrical outlets, light fixtures. That’s a LOT of sacrifice for not a lot of house.
Built in Bookcase Door
Yay! – If I am going for cool factor, this would certainly put my tiny house over the top. Imagine sitting in the living room with a very cool built in bookcase that…..oh wait….opens up into the laundry / bathroom area!? Whoa!? It utilizes the vertical storage area of the door itself AND I wouldn’t have to sacrifice the adjoining wall space.
Boo – Pinterest to the rescue! There is literally no downside to utilizing this idea.
I am going to have THE coolest tiny house on the interweb. I swear it.