Pocket Doors

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As cute as they sound, pocket doors can be one of the most useful, space saving elements when renovating your home. A pocket door is a sliding door that disappears, when fully open, into a compartment in the adjacent wall. They’re there when you need privacy and gone when you don’t. We have installed many pocket doors throughout many of our projects here at Skelly Home. They have saved a lot of space for homeowners and helped them be much more practical in the conservation of space. Can you find the pocket door in each of the images below?

What are the benefits of having a pocket door in my home?

In a bedroom or living room, a swinging door may slam into nearby furniture and make it difficult to open the door fully.  In a closet, the swing of a door can mean fewer shelves and less hanging space inside. In these instances, a pocket door can be the best option. Did you know…installing a pocket door rather than a hinged door can add an average of ten square feet of floor space!

When you have a pocket door installed, you no longer have to worry about keeping a door closed or losing space with an open doorway. Also, some spaces like a closet only require privacy sometimes. When privacy is not needed, the pocket door can remain open and create a much more spacious feel to the room.

This type of door doesn’t just save space—it can also solve problems, particularly in tight spots. For example, a pocket door might be used in a small half-bath or powder room that simply doesn’t have enough space for a door to swing in or out. Therefore, the use of a pocket door could eliminate the need for stealing space from a nearby closet or similar area. This is a big payoff!

So what do you think?  Do you love pocket doors?  If you have a pocket door in your home, what do you like/dislike about it? Let us know in the comments below!

NW Hills Bathroom Makeover

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When we say we’re “tackling a room” it’s usually a figure of speech. But saying “tackling a room” in this bathroom renovation is pretty close to being a literal description! We demoed out the hallway cabinet, bathtub, shower surround, shower fixtures, vanity and lighting. The drywall was also demoed out for the new bathroom layout and pocket doors. The toilet was moved to a different location to accommodate the new bathroom design. The tile was demoed out for a new flooring installation. In short—no corner was left untouched in the transformation of this space!

TOP ROW B & A: The current vanity plumbing was moved to accommodate the new sink and faucet location. Afterward, the new sink and faucet were installed. BOTTOM ROW B & A: We then moved the shower plumbing to the new wall and began the installation for the shower fixture and trim pieces. A new shower pan with curb was built into place. Fabrication and installation of hardiboard and waterproofing were set for tiling. Framing with schulter edging was done for the shower niche. New tiling was also laid for the shower floor and shower walls up to the ceiling.

TOP ROW B & A: The current vanity plumbing was moved to accommodate the new sink and faucet location. Afterward, the new sink and faucet were installed. BOTTOM ROW B & A: We then moved the shower plumbing to the new wall and began the installation for the shower fixture and trim pieces. A new shower pan with curb was built into place. Fabrication and installation of hardiboard and waterproofing were set for tiling. Framing with schulter edging was done for the shower niche. New tiling was also laid for the shower floor and shower walls up to the ceiling.

PRO TIP: Shower niches are game-changers when it comes to in-shower storage. When renovating your bathroom, it's easy to let this detail slip your mind. As you design your new shower, think through how you use the space and what niche needs you might have.

For the drywall work, new drywall was installed and textured. The texture on the ceiling was worked to a Level 5 finish, allowing wallpaper installation. The Level 5 finish is required to achieve the highest degree of quality by providing a uniform surface that does not have any kind of superficial blemishes that will show through the wallpaper. (BOTTOM RIGHT): Wallpaper was then installed on the ceiling of the toilet room.

For the drywall work, new drywall was installed and textured. The texture on the ceiling was worked to a Level 5 finish, allowing wallpaper installation. The Level 5 finish is required to achieve the highest degree of quality by providing a uniform surface that does not have any kind of superficial blemishes that will show through the wallpaper. (BOTTOM RIGHT): Wallpaper was then installed on the ceiling of the toilet room.

Much of the beauty of a newly renovated space has to do with proper construction of the things underneath…the things you don’t naturally see. For example, we wired and installed new bathroom can lights, light fixtures, and 2 scone lights. All of the new lighting contributes to the aesthetic of the design. For the flooring, once we moved the toilet we brought in fresh concrete to level out the floor and prep it for the amazing new green tile pattern that contributes so much life to this newly renovated space. New baseboards and door trim were set throughout the bathroom floor.

And the final step: PAINT. In addition to the bold, newly painted black custom cabinetry, the walls, ceiling, trim and doors were prepped and painted to give a full repaint and fresh new feel to the entire bathroom and hallway wall.

Are you a visionary? Can you imagine what you would want for a “new” bathroom in your home? Do you know you need help? Contact us today! We can put you in touch with a designer that is perfect for your space, and give you a complimentary estimate on your home today!

Designer: Natalie Howe Design - Photographer: Sophie Epton Photography