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Old 10-05-2005, 10:06 PM   #1
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I just took possesion of a home that came with a wonderful loft that I intend to turn into an office. Off this loft area is an unfinished room over the garage. What I would like to do is finish the ROG and where the existing doorway is, I would like to install a hidden doorway that includes a set of shelves that match the existing built-in shelf units. The simple answer would be to attach the shelf unit to the door, but I realize that the existing hinges would not hold the additional weight of the shelves, let alone any books. I also need information about a latching mechanism for the doorway. The intent is to make this a safe room should there be any type of home invasion, etc. since it is opposite the master suite. Any help, as far as resources or advice, will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-15-2005, 03:13 AM   #2
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You should be able to attach matching bookshelves to the existing door by adding strong cross-bracing to the other side, and a small roller under the outer swing end of the door. You also could add larger gate hinges on the back side. Good Luck!
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