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!

Zilker Modern: From Builder Grade to Custom Finishes

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Have you ever wished your home looked and felt a little more like you?

One of our recent renovation projects accomplished that very goal—to transform a standard builder grade home in the Zilker neighborhood into a dream custom home for our clients. Etch Design created the custom design plans, Skelly Home Renovations executed the construction and installation, and the result is a one of kind, modern design!

In the kitchen, dark cabinets were paired with bright white, creating a striking look that is especially popular in modern design, thanks to Etch Design Group. To start off, we built a custom floor to ceiling center cabinet to replace the current unit. Next, we sanded and sprayed the existing kitchen cabinetry + new custom cabinetry to a dark gravel gray. We installed Maestro Quartz on the perimeter countertops & backsplash, and gold polished pulls on the cabinetry. Finally, custom lighting replaced builder grade lighting, and Cambrian Black 2cm countertops were installed on the island to complement the white cabinetry underneath.

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Haven’t you heard? Wallpaper is making a huge comeback! The homeowners were on board with Etch Design when they proposed this trend and the featured variety of styles that transformed this home into a custom one of a kind space. One of the main features of this renovation plan: custom wallpaper! Notice in the rooms below how custom wallpaper adds character and authenticity to a space!

Back Powder Room: First, the existing mirror and light fixture was demoed and hauled off. Next up was some drywall work. Before installing any kind of wallpaper, make sure your walls are smoothed out and prepped properly! After prepping, we installed this eccentric geometric new wallpaper and the half bath ceiling received a new coat of paint and ceiling trim. To finish out the room, a new mirror that perfectly fits the space replaced the existing one.

Back Powder Room: First, the existing mirror and light fixture was demoed and hauled off. Next up was some drywall work. Before installing any kind of wallpaper, make sure your walls are smoothed out and prepped properly! After prepping, we installed this eccentric geometric new wallpaper and the half bath ceiling received a new coat of paint and ceiling trim. To finish out the room, a new mirror that perfectly fits the space replaced the existing one.

In the front powder bath, we installed wainscoting, which provides the perfect mix of function and style by adorning the lower half of walls while also protecting the wall from scuffs and smudges. The shiplap trim was then painted a dark gravel color that matches the newly installed print wallpaper.

In the front powder bath, we installed wainscoting, which provides the perfect mix of function and style by adorning the lower half of walls while also protecting the wall from scuffs and smudges. The shiplap trim was then painted a dark gravel color that matches the newly installed print wallpaper.

Yet another bathroom received a brand new look when we smoothed out the walls and installed this fun patterned wallpaper!

For the laundry room, the design team decided to move from the walls to the floor for inspiration. A little tile can go a long way to transform a space and make it look like a custom project. Skelly Home demoed out the current flooring in the laundry room and replaced it with black and white accent tiles. The flooring is the star of the laundry room— it provides the pattern and interest, while the walls and cabinets were painted more muted colors that do not compete with the flooring.

Are you getting ideas how to transform your space into more of a custom home that reflects your style and interests? Skelly Home can help you turn that vision or design plan into reality! Contact us today to get started on an estimate for your home!