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When one door closes…


A neighbour came in the other day. It was COLD, so I had the hall doors closed to keep the heat in the living areas. First time she had noticed the doors. I’m pretty sure she has gone home to plot how to change her hall door, she asked so many detailed questions about the process. When I think about it, it probably is the biggest change I’ve made to the house.

When I took over the house I moved into the main bedroom, the opposite end of the house to my childhood room.  Originally I planned to  let out the 3 spare bedrooms, so the nail salon moved into my new study. I started coming and going through the front door instead of the back door which was closer to the old study and old bedroom. And  when I heated or cooled the house, I’d shut the hall doors to halve the space.  Problem was,  it halved the space visually too.  Visitors were stunned to find out I had more than 1 bedroom.  Despite walking down the full length of the house to get to the door,  most people apparently were quite happy to believe that only the back part existed and that I lived in a small one bedroom unit. Even though I had to go through the hall doors to the bathroom I found I rarely ventured further. It was like a different planet (and it was usually a different temperature too.)

The front hall (yes there’s a front and back hall), as it was for most of my life, varied only by the potted plant or vase of flowers on the hall stand. Master bedroom off to the right of the entrance.





The other end of the hall leading into the living room after I started converting the hall into the library The closed door leads to the living room/kitchen. Open it covered half the DVD shelves, closed you couldn’t open the cupboard. Over the years I spent a fair amount of time trying to get out of the way of that door.


The middle of the hall from the new study/old lounge room which has a glass wall into the hall. The closed door leads to the back hall,  bathroom and sunroom and other bedrooms.



From the other side –  the back hall

ImageThe door took up so much space in this tiny hall.

I started out dreaming of a door with glass in it.  I even found some unfinished ones that had 10 panes down the full length. I considered frosted glass and eventually decided I would probably get clear and then frost/etch/or do something to it to obscure the direct view. But doors aren’t cheap, and the new ones were not the right size, they would have to be cut down (of course my doors aren’t standard, the standard came in long after this house.) So I dreamed on and did nothing.

My sister and my best friend both have  bi fold doors in their houses which I have long coveted. But holy cow, the prices! Nearly 3x the price of the cheapest single door.

I mentioned my dream to a client one day who responded that she had 2 spare bi-folds that wouldn’t fit their house. Some measuring and bargaining later and I had 2 doors –  5mm too wide!

They sat in my shed for ages (5mm was not a width I was willing to tackle). I bought the tracks (Nearly twice what I paid for the doors!).

I pulled the doors out and propped them up to see how they would look.


The fake stained glass had to go. I could, I suppose have lived with the red highlights (red is  one colour that does not appear in my  house as a rule), but the kookaburras –  no way. If I wanted doors with pests on them (kookaburras are introduced in Tasmania, not native, and take many native birds from their nests) I’d rather have something furry. Rats maybe. I pulled the glass out and sold it for enough to buy plain glass panels as replacements.

The doors got varnished.


Finally I got a friend’s husband over to trim the 5mm from the middle of the doors, and help install them.

What a difference!


The hall/library now feels like a room instead of a passageway. I can’t wait to be able to replace all the temporary shelves with floor to ceiling built in shelves.





The back hall feels so spacious now you don’t have to walk around the door to get to the toilet.


I love my new doors, feels like a different house.




































Tour Time: The Library

Finally, some pics of my house. I know I’ve been promising them for ages, but somehow they are never quite ‘good’ enough, I always think I could take better ones tomorrow when the light is better. No more. Post now is my new motto.

Ladies and gentlemen, gather around, we are starting our tour at the front door. Yes, I know it is on the side. Yes, I know it is closer to  the back fence than the other outside door. I know you  walk past the bathroom windows. I know it LOOKS like a back passageway but trust me, it’s the FRONT ENTRANCE!

The trek to the front door

The path to the front door

I have plans for this area (heck I have plans for every where.) I’m actually finding I’m getting defensive about that because a few clients have indicated that it’s not a good thing to make a lot of changes, or have a lot of plans. Apparently it’s ‘going to cost a lot of money’ – well duh, but not everything will, and 1. I only said I had plans, not instant deadlines, and 2. hopefully I will earn money one day 😉 Anyway the plans for this area include some wall art to pull the eye away from the toilet window, painting the concrete and building a water feature on the back of the wall to  the left.

The FRONT door. Yes, really.

My plans for this door at the moment mostly involve it not being white. Actually it has spent a lot of the last 6 months open (with the screen door locked) to  air the house from sanding, varnishing, painting and just because the fresh air is nice.

Until a few weeks ago  when you walked in the front door the hall looked like this.

The front door and hall

Interestingly I went back through at least 8 years of photos and this view only changed with a  christmas decoration or two.

It’s a little different now.

The Library

This is only the beginning. At the moment these are shelves from the old study and the sunroom. After Christmas I plan to  pretty much line both walls with  floor to ceiling (or windowsill) shelves in a walnut stain (to go with my Aunt’s blackwood cabinet). At present the books are merely stashed on the shelves, I can’t wait to  be able to sort them (and have shelves the right heights for them!)

Looking from the front door to the living room

The glass wall on the left looks into the formal lounge room (now the study/salon/craft /sitting room). I can’t show you that room just yet (you  actually can’t see it for  boxes), but looking out of it into the hall used to look like this:

Looking into the hall in the past

Now this is what you see:

The book corner

I love love love my new  feature wall colour, and it doesn’t show well in photos but the new lampshade in the hall is a perfect match which changes into purple with the light, or as you move around it.

New shade and garage sale base.

Now, for a sneak peek of the future.

Having moved from living basically in one end of the house to the other, one thing I noticed was that whenever the doors to the hall were shut (often for heating purposes, and probably more often in the future for privacy) it feels very much like I live in a 2 room unit. I found clients were totally unaware there was more house  beyond the hall. I was looking for a bifold glass door for the ensuite, and a client mentioned she had  2 she was willing to  sell as they didn’t fit her place. Now, nothing in this house is standard, so I didn’t hold much hope oif them fitting here either, and as it happens they are too wide for what I need in the bedroom, but they are only  3mm too  wide for my current doorways. So the other day when I was shifting them around to make more room in the shed I couldn’t resist seeing what they looked like in situ. (All I need to  do  is work out the mysteries of bifold door runners, figure out a way to  shave a couple of mm off and replace the glass (I hate kookaburras –  going to  put some clear or nearly glass in and then frost it myself, and see if I can sell  the awful  birds.) And I can’t wait. They look amazing. I was a little worried that they wouldn’t fit in a house with all but one door painted wood and no panelled doors at all, but I think they are going to fit just perfectly (and it’s my opinion that matters :P)

What do you  think?

The dvd library and door to the living room 'before'

A look into the future. Clearer glass will give more depth, and show the teal blue on the wall ahead.

And looking across the hall from the study out to the bathroom area and sunroom…

Across the hall in the future

Going with not quite clear glass here, it looks into the shower from certain angles, but enough to be able to see someone standing at the cupboard  behind it and let the light through.

I hate waiting. I have no patience what so ever.

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