Pocket Doors: The Ideal Choice
Pocket doors are the ideal choice for so many situations. Practical, stylish, easy to install, and an incredible space saver…what’s not to like? Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider some pocket door options for your next home project.
Practical things first. To fit a pocket door, you need to prepare a stud wall cavity to hold the door. This is something that can be decided early in the planning stages, which means you won’t have to work around existing spaces or knock down any internal walls in order to install the pocket door.
Pocket doors are excellent for areas in your home where you want to save space. That’s because the clever design slides in and out of a cavity in your wall, rather than opening out into a room using a hinge. You should consider using them anywhere in the home where space is at a premium and where you would otherwise hang a single door. Utility rooms often fall into this category, as do bathroom doors and closets. Pocket doors will pay huge dividends when it comes time to place furnishings in the room without having to consider where the door will swing.
Pocket doors aren’t just practical, they are very stylish too. Wherever you’re using pocket doors in your home, the sleek design will seriously impress guests as well as any future buyers, should you ever decide to sell. And almost any kind of door style is suitable for a pocket door system. In fact, a single pocket door system with opaque glass could be a stylish and practical option for a bathroom that perhaps doesn’t benefit from its own natural light, as light from the adjoining bedroom will be able to illuminate the space to maximize that valuable square footage.
Installation is simple
If the wall cavity is cleared out, pocket door systems are easy to install. And door styles can be changed in the future, without the need for structural alteration to the wall.
If you choose to use these versatile, clever and stylish doors in your home, you’re certain to enjoy the many benefits for years to come.
The Latest On Barn Doors...
Barn doors seem to be everywhere these days. You will find them featured constantly on HGTV, Instagram, and many other home remodel sources. The timeless look of a door that looks like it came straight from a barn combines beauty, taste and practicality to tie a room together perfectly. And while there has not been any major shifts in the world of barn doors, we thought we would list a few trends we have noticed this year.
Simple and subtle colors, such as grays and whites, have become very popular as color choices in rooms throughout the home. Adding a white barn door can be the perfect addition to a room with these trending colors.
Or Choose To Contrast
Another choice that will definitely call attention to your barn door is to choose a wood that looks different than anything else in that room. If you have white or light painted walls, consider a wood that will stand out against it. Good choices for that would be cherry or walnut.
Think About Glass
While all wood barn doors are stunning, choosing a barn door with glass not only adds a beautiful, modern look, but will also bring more light into the room. Whether you choose half-lite, full lite, or textured glass, the choice to brighten up your room can be easily attainable using a glass barn door.
It’s no secret that a barn door is a coveted addition to the home. According to Zillow, listed homes that include “barn door” in their description, sell for more than expected, and sell faster. Which means that while you are jazzing up the look in your home, you are also adding value if you ever decide to sell.
Check out Doorvida’s barn door options.
Barn Doors or Pocket Doors?
Trying to decide on the best sliding door option can be a difficult decision. Both pocket doors and barn doors are designed to save space, and both are ideal for closets and rooms that you don’t want doors that swing out. But which one is the best option? Here are 4 things to consider before making your choice:
Of the two options, pocket doors can be more challenging to install because they need a thick wall to be done properly. To install a pocket door, you must cut into the wall, so the wall would need to be thick enough to allow for the space to be cut out, and the door to slide in. On the other hand, a barn door is positioned on the outside of your wall and is therefore easier to install. So your specific wall may answer this question for you.
Pocket doors are great space savers and when they are open, they don’t block any furniture or wall fixtures that you may have. But you can’t say that about barn doors. Although they are nearly right up against the wall, barn doors don’t disappear in the same way that pocket doors do. If you want a chair or end table tucked back in the corner of the room, for example, you may have to move them out away from the wall so that they don’t get hit by the barn door opening. You probably won’t want any furniture near the door so that you can reach over to open and close it without any difficulty. And don’t forget your light switches, picture frames and outlets that could create a space challenge if you install a barn door.
For the most part, pocket doors and barn doors are very close in price if you are talking about the doors themselves. However, the installation process is where the cost starts to separate them. As we already noted, barn doors are relatively easy to install, and therefore the total costs stay relatively low. But an involved pocket door installation that requires cutting into the wall can escalate the cost quickly. That price tag will vary based on how much work is required, but the installation cost difference may be a deciding factor when choosing between the two.
This is the component that no one can help sort out for you. You will have to decide what style suits your personal style best. Many often love the clean lines and hidden feel of a pocket door, but a barn door can be a real knockout feature in a room.
So, these are the things to consider when choosing the best sliding door. The decision will ultimately come down to your budget, your personal style preference and what will work best in your space.
Bathroom and kitchen cabinets often look pretty much identical. Yet, there are key differences in the design and dimensions of each that can complicate trying to remodel your bathroom using kitchen cabinets. But are they so different that they can’t be used interchangeably? We don’t think so!
Before you take this project on though, there are some important concerns that need to be considered first. The first thing to understand is that bathroom and kitchen cabinets are designed for different rooms with different needs. Bathroom and vanity cabinets are usually shorter and not as deep as kitchen cabinets. This makes sense because the pots, pans, plates and glasses that are normally stored in a kitchen need more storage space. In addition, kitchen and bathroom countertops tend to differ in thickness and material.
So how do you make it work? Well first off, if the kitchen cabinets have shelves, they will need to be removed to make room for your under-sink plumbing. You will also need to pay attention to the material of the cabinets because the humidity level in the bathroom is higher which can potentially cause damage. You may have to take the cabinet apart to seal the wood first so that the cabinets are not vulnerable to moisture. The last thing is to make sure your new cabinets fit the room comfortably and don’t block the doorway or any other fixture in the bathroom. Since kitchen cabinets are often taller and deeper than their bathroom counterparts, this is definitely a concern.
It may seem like customizing kitchen cabinets to fit your bathroom can be too much of a hassle, but with some hard work there are some real benefits to doing it. Since kitchen cabinets are usually taller, you may not need to bend over to use the sink anymore. It will also create more storage space for your toiletries, towels and bathroom items. Plus, you can have the cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom match each other!
So kitchen cabinets can certainly be used in the bathroom, but it will take some hard work and planning. And we can help! Call Doorvida at 407-593-0258, or visit our website and use our contact us page to send us a message.
5 Benefits of a Barn Door
Considering installing a barn door? Not only are barn doors an unexpected design element, but they can also serve multiple functional purposes, especially when every square foot counts!
Here are 5 perks of barn doors worth mentioning:
1) No door swing - sliding doors save space because they don't need the floor area where the doors swings from open to close.
2) Space dividers - large sliding doors can actually act as room dividers, that can transform the function or feel of a room in one easy step.
3) Art piece - sliding doors often act as functional art.
4) Opportunities for creative reuse - old doors or lumber can be reused in a new way, saving resources and money.
5) Not just for doorways - sliding doors are also great solutions for pantries, shelving units and media centers.
We all want to stay away from frustrations when we are designing our perfect home, but that is not always easy to do without proper planning and knowing some things to avoid to help keep our heads on straight and our vision clear. Here are our suggestions to make your interior design project go as smoothly as possible.
1 - Don’t match too much and don’t match too little
It’s easy to pick your furniture to be all the same styles and colors, but you don’t want to make your rooms look like a store display. Having some matching pieces is great but you want to stay away from keeping the same look throughout the house. You definitely want a little variety in your choices to keep it looking fresh.
On the flip side, you don’t want to have too many different patterns and styles. The more differences you have, the more they will end up competing with each other and will start to take away from your creative vision.
So try to find a happy matching medium and let your creativity shine!
2 – Leave some wall space open
Believe it or not, rooms can look more spacious when the furniture is NOT pushed all the way up against the walls. If you have the space to do it, place your furniture creatively around the room and see how nice it can feel to be able to navigate the room in different ways. It will also set the room up for some great entertaining!
3 – Don’t just look good, be comfortable!
We all want our room to look fantastic, but don’t forget that it needs to be able to be lived in with comfort and ease. It won’t matter if it looks great if you can’t sit comfortably and have a table to put your drinks and things. So make sure to consider how cozy and practical your pieces are going to be for you and your guests when deciding what to buy. Your guests will appreciate feeling like they are at home in your home.
4 – Don’t paint yourself into a corner
The options for decorating your walls and choosing paint color are endless. But if you commit to your wall color and décor too early, you will have a harder time picking the right furniture pieces to match the room. It would be a shame to find that perfect couch only to have it clash with the walls. So be patient and let your paint and decor accentuate your furniture for that perfect look.
5 – Let there be the right light
Lighting can make or break a room. Make sure the natural lighting you have coming in is supplemented effectively with your ceiling lights and other lighting. It is important to consider the height of the ceiling lights and how it will coexist with any lamps or table-top lighting to make the light levels versatile and vibrant.
The Door Difference
Most people assume a door is a door and that there are no basic differences in doors. You may be tempted to choose one based on the lowest purchase price. If you choose a door on the basis of lowest purchase price and choose a door company for the same reason, you may be vulnerable to spending your money more than once to replace a door not carefully selected.
Most doors are built in places called millworks shops, and there are many in Central Florida and throughout the state. These shops build doors based on volume and pricing, and quality is not always paramount. In fact, to be competitive, especially when supplying doors to builders or home improvement warehouses such as Lowe's or Home Depot, you can be assured that quality takes a lower position on the priority list.
These generally are builder grade doors and their claim to fame is a lower price point. To achieve that lower price point, inferior products will be used. For instance, the hinges will be anodized or painted and will be low grade residential, which means they are stamped out with very thin metal thicknesses. The weather stripping will be nylon, which loses its ability to conform and seal tightly to the door slab over time. The threshold will be thin cast aluminum with a wood support plate, inviting both termites as a food source and wood rot if moisture gets under the threshold (it will, be assured).
The frame (jambs) will likely be a fir wood prone to splitting, termites, and wood rot. Look for fancy wording by some companies about their jambs and thresholds, but hedge their claims by adding "Limits jamb rot". In a quality door system, wood rot and termite damage should be eliminated, and stated so in the warranty.
The frames (jambs) on low price doors will always be stapled onto the threshold. This type fastening system lends itself to production, but is also limited in strength.
Builder grade low price doors almost always have excessive reveals, the narrow gap between the door slab and the jamb itself. Wide gaps allows for doors to "fall" in the opening over time, a common problem with doors using inexpensive hinges. This is why doors "stick" or rub, it's because the door has fallen or shifted in the opening. Since there is limited money to be made on inexpensive doors, the manufacturer limits their warranty expense by creating these excessive reveals or gaps. This allows the door to "fall" further before sticking, resulting in less service calls and warranty issues.
There are other options to buying a builder grade door unit. One is to seek out quality name brand doors, such as Steve’s Doors, ThermaTru, or Jeldwen (often retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s sell cheaper, fabricated knock-offs of these companies). These name brand doors are generally sold through independent door shops and may sometimes command higher prices, but the quality far exceeds doors sold at the D.I.Y. home improvement warehouses.
DoorVida builds doors to a quality standard, and feature components not found on most doors at any price. We invite you visit our showroom and let us show you the quality difference.
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Know Your Door Company
There is as much difference in door companies as there are in doors themselves. Some questions you may consider when shopping for your door:
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Not All Doors Are Created Equal
Doors are built in different grades with different price points. Here are some facts to keep in mind as you shop for doors: