Partial Kitchen Remodel, Wayne (Part II, The Door)

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)

This is the view of the door from the Entry/Living Room.  Not very attractive with the door opened or closed.  As you can see the fridge sticks out well beyond the cabinet.

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.

From the living room you now see a nice four panel side on the fridge.

From the game-room/garage stairs there is an elegant look of raised panels and nothing protruding to nab you.

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.

Not sure of the source of the photo, it may have been House Beautiful.

To see Part One of this post scroll down or click Partial Kitchen Remodel, Wayne

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.

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1 Response to Partial Kitchen Remodel, Wayne (Part II, The Door)

  1. Sally says:

    Bruce, what an ingenious idea! Working for a custom cabintet company I often see these sorts design obstacles, but never saw it addressed this way. I will keep this idea in my own arsenal for future.

    ….again, a really great solution.

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