The clients had always wanted to eliminate the door at the top of the stairs that connect the game-room & garage to the kitchen. The doorway was narrow and the door was rarely closed. The knob stuck out and would snag purse strings, bag handles and loose clothes. We had looked at the possibility of replacing it with a pocket door in an earlier remodel and decided it was impractical. Now that we were working in the kitchen Renee asked me again if it would be possible to do something, anything, to improve it.
The design solution to this challenge turned out to be simple, elegant, and a surprise to me, (yes, I was the one that created the solution)
The solution was to create a fridge side panel that hinged to double as a door to the game room when the parents tired of listening to the Wii.
So where did the design inspiration come from? I don’t know but my guess; I have always been fascinated by interior window shutters that open into the jambs to become decorative elements. This is an extension of that idea from a window to a door. I scan interesting pictures and keep them in “idea files.” Below is a picture that shows shutters of this type in the open position.
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Bruce Gingrich is a residential designer and custom builder based in New Holland, PA. His company, Glenn Gingrich, Inc. is a design, build, remodel firm that executes projects from conception to completion. His functional insight, meticulous planning, building expertise, and customer collaboration can give you the living space of your dreams.