Is it possible to install french doors where one swings in and one swings out? These are interior doors that would go into a sunroom, so although I would like them to latch--perhaps to the floor?--they don't need to lock or anything.
Why? Because the flow of traffic, location of furniture, and the logical door swings make it so that the left hand door should open in (and prop against a wall), while the right hand door should open out (and prop against a wall.
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The biggest problem with this as a DIY project is sealing these doors against Winter winds and driving rains. There are no door stops so the wind can howl in around the sides, top, and bottom while the heat can escape as if the door has been left open. An Astragal betwee the center
stiles is not possible because both door need to swing.
The colder and wetter the weather, the bigger this problem will be. If the doors are under a deep overhang and you live in California this weather problem will be reduced but not eliminated.
Commercial doors (e.g. 1st Link to Terrace Doors) have custom engineered weather stripping that reduces leakage.
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Last edited by PaliBob; 08-19-2009 at 06:49 PM.
Oh, yes, I see what you mean, PaliBob, with the locks that would slide into the floor or above. That's what I was looking for. These are interior doors, so I'm not worried about weather. They go from a kitchen area into our sunroom, which is completely an indoor room.
Bear with me, as I am quite a newbie. I've learned lots from many of you. We're building a house, so I have a rough opening that I can do anything with.
So if I get two french doors and just hinge them how I want, and put those door bolts on them, that would give me a way to close them.
Is that a special door that has no actual knob function?
That's pretty much what I'm picturing. Thanks for the help.
When I mentioned this to my Pella door guy, he looked at me like I was crazy, as did the Home Depot guy. I can't say that I've ever SEEN doors that don't swing the same way (unless they were actually swinging doors), but I did think it was possible, and even practical...in the right situation.
I've got too many animals at my house for true swinging doors...I have pictured their tails getting caught way too many times to be able to do that!
Okay, now on to my next question, posted in the flooring section. So many questions, so little time.
If you buy an off-the-shelf double door set you will need to rework the jamb. Specifically take off the thin molding around the door opening perimeter that the doors butt up against when closed (perhaps for both doors). Sometimes this and the rest of the jamb is all one piece so it has to be planed off as opposed to crowbarred off.
The doors are not centered exactly in the jamb so it might not be easy to re-attach the molding if the door (half) being altered is only going to swing the other way.
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