One of the biggest challenges in designing the new layout for the bathroom was the door between the master bedroom and bathroom. The original door, which swung into the bathroom, would not work with the design that I wanted. If it swung open to the left, it would block the closet door, and if it swung in the other direction, it would block the entrance to the water closet.
We thought about reversing it, and having it pull open into the bedroom. But, that didn't work either. A pocket door was the logical solution, and we were thrilled to learn that the existing wall could accommodate one.
Originally, I had envisioned a frosted glass pocket door, but the ones my contractor showed me were too expensive, and a bit too ornate for my taste. We decided that they would just put in a 6 panel wood door to match the other doors in our home.
Now, I have to tell you that one of the things I love about my house is the fact that it is really well-built. The builder used quality materials and paid attention to detail. So, when the contractor said he'd match the door to the others in the house, I expected to see a door of the same quality. Imagine my surprise, when I saw what was behind Door #1.
The door was hollow, had a
We expressed our concern to our contractor, and he had a solution. He would take our original door, fill in the hole where the hardware had been, and turn it into a pocket door. Thus, the original door became Door #2.
But, in true "game show" fashion, I was still nagged by the thought that another door could reveal something a bit more exciting. I was perusing some design blogs one night when I stumbled upon this beautiful bedroom and bathroom remodel by Chania at Razmataz. You can check it out here. I saw her door, and my heart stopped.
Not only was this door the one I had originally envisioned for my space, Chania had scored it for a mere $99 at Home Depot. Cha-ching! I couldn't get to HD fast enough.
I found a similar door, but not at the same amazing price. Wah wah wah... However, it was much less expensive than the original frosted glass door options, far superior quality to Door #1, and a lot more exciting than Door #2.
Well, shut the door! I love it!
The door situation taught me a valuable lesson. When you are working with a contractor, don't expect him/her to ask your approval on every detail. You need to ask questions, be very specific about what you want, and stay on top of all the details. If you don't, you may end up staring at an ugly composite door for the rest of your life.
So now you know the story behind the door. Wait til you hear about the windows...