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Old 05-30-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Have extremely small bathroom. Door opens inwards and when opened, hits toilet bowl. If convert to outward opening door the door blocks the small hallway and disallows admittance/exit from room left of bathroom. Budget in mind and eliminating bumping of toilet, interested in "how to" convert the standard inward open door to French doors either opening inward or outward. Suggestions and/or diy instructions greatly appreciated.

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How wide is this door way?
Easyest way would be to just remove the door and install a prehung double door like this.
http://www.menards.com/main/interior.../p-1518206.htm

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Pocket door.
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Pocket door.
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A pocket door is not very budget friendly though, since you'll need to rebuild a section of wall and make it thick enough to accomodate the door. If that doesn't seem like it will work, then a french door may work, just remember that you'll need an overlapping astragal to close the crack between the panels and a method to latch the idle panel into the floor or header. Then you can latch the live panel into the idle one.
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...interested in "how to" convert the standard inward open door to French doors either opening inward or outward.
I suspect you mean split doors like is used for a closet.
French doors would DOUBLE the problems you have.

Assuming I'm right...
it's nothing that a decent carpenter and $100 worth of stuff can't manage.
Probably all in the course of a morning.
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I suspect you mean split doors like is used for a closet.
French doors would DOUBLE the problems you have.

Assuming I'm right...
it's nothing that a decent carpenter and $100 worth of stuff can't manage.
Probably all in the course of a morning.
If she's talking bi-fold doors, 1 would be all she needed.
And that's as simple as attaching a track to the top jam and A bracket to the floor.
Very simple DIY project.
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Only thing about a bi-fold is that you'll have open cracks around the door panels and down the center to deal with. More of a nuisance to get around than the French doors.
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If she's talking bi-fold doors...
We may never know

I suspect she simply wants two separate doors...
exactly like the "french doors" she has asked for.

Just that each door needs to be narrow.
To fit the existing opening.
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[QUOTE=Maintenance 6;1192066]A pocket door is not very budget friendly though, since you'll need to rebuild a section of wall and make it thick enough to accomodate the door. If that doesn't seem like it will work, then a french door may work, just remember that you'll need an overlapping astragal to close the crack between the panels and a method to latch the idle panel into the floor or header. Then you can latch the live panel into the idle one.

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You're right, checked both pocket and barn doors...not budget friendly. Greatly appreciate your advice as this sounds to be my solution.
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The downside to two narrow doors is you end up having to open both and close both,every time, to use the room. It's bit tedious. Especially if you want the doors to actually latch when closed for security/privacy. So unless there's really enough width to allow passage through just one door it might be more problematic than you think.

A pocket door does not need to be any wider than a regular 2x4 stud wall. We've got several of them in our new house. They're being used where we really don't expect the door to actually get closed most of the time (an office, a pantry, etc). Retrofitting one in an existing wall will of course be more complicated than installing with bare framing but it's not impossible, nor does it need to be a "a lot" more expensive. But what you DO need it clear access for the door to retract into the wall. Again, it's possible to keep electrical connections by using shallow boxes instead of the more typically deeper ones. We have one set of switches set up that way and the door clears fine.

I'd focus more on changing it to an out-swinging door. Remember, you can change which side has the door hinges. The temporary blocking of the other doorway while using this door is perhaps a lot "less worse" than switching to narrow double-doors.

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