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Old 10-03-2013, 08:08 PM   #31
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Nice, better keep those pooches off that sofa.

Have you thought about putting some books on your wall unit?

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Old 10-03-2013, 08:27 PM   #32
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I have a dog cover for the sofa, I took it off to take a picture. But I don't mind dog hair being on it...it's a quick fix with a lint roller. They aren't allowed in the room unless I'm in there with them because I'm so afraid they will chew the cabinets.

I don't really have books because I only buy paperback ones and donate them after I read them. DH has a kindle so no books from him. Funny huh, I get nice bookshelves and nary a book on them.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:41 AM   #33
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My daughter has a large bookcase/wall unit
flanking her FP in the family room. It has lots of
books and some framed photos. If you want books,
try the good-will stores, yard sales, and the public library
often has free books they want to get moved out.
If you don't want books, that's ok too.

As far as the dogs, they will ruin that sofa in a very short time.
My Grandpuppies visit often...just yesterday I noticed one cushion
on the living room sofa is dirty from the dogs running in from outside
and landing on the sofa in the LR to look out the front window.
We plan on re-upholstering that sofa this winter, so I'm not too
upset.
My old beagle was afraid of bubble wrap, all I had to do
was lay a small strip of bubble wrap (6" x 24") on the cushion
and he wouldn't go up there when I wasn't home.
They are allowed on the leather sofa in the FR, as well as the other
two leather chairs in the same room.
I love dogs, but they sure can ruin a fabric sofa or chair in short order.
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Yeah, the pups did a lot of damage on the furniture that we used to have in the living room. They chewed all the corners off our tables, chewed the bottom of the tv hutch, started nibbling on the entry bench but only managed to scrape the stain off of one corner, and they've chewed on some trim pieces (door casing and baseboards). They also got two of our couch cushions off the sofa and obliterated them. I bought new foam and padding and mended the cushions and locked them out of the room with a gate that extends between the hallway and living room. That's one of the reason why I wanted to makeover this room so badly - it looked like crap and it's the room we first see when we walk into the house.

The pups are not allowed in this room unless one of us is with them. They were in there last night when I was breaking down boxes, Lexi laid on the couch and Harley laid on the floor. When they started to wrestle (jumping off the couch and back on), the were banned from the room. They have free roam of all other rooms in our house so I don't feel bad for their exile from the living room.

Another good thing about the sofa is that it's completely washable. Everything is a slip cover so if it gets stained, I can just pull it off and wash it. I bought some fabric spray and a gel stain stick to be on the safe side. I'm also going to buy a replacement cover should I ever need it. But I think we'll be okay since we have one of those Sure Fit dog blankets that pretty much covers the entire couch and arms.
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You only have one opening to the hall from your LR, right?
You could install a 15 pane glass French Door closing off the
LR from the rest of the house; this will keep the dogs out
of the LR without dealing with the hassle of pet gates, that
look unsightly, besides the dogs will most likely chew their
way through the gates.

I have two separate French doors to close the pups in the kitchen when
we go out...one from the foyer into the kitchen and from the kitchen
to the family room, it keeps the dogs from roaming free when we're
not home.

Our daughter has a series of French doors closing off rooms in her
house. She also confines her dog to her kitchen and family room
when she's not at home.
Think about it...in bad weather when they come in from the outside
wet and muddy who needs them running all over. You could also
put one in the hallway so that if their dirty -- you can clean them up before
letting them roam free...it's just an idea.
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Yes, we only have the one opening that goes from the living room to the hall and to the kitchen. We block that off with a 55" gate that isn't the most eye-appealing thing but I don't know about putting in french doors. We thought about putting in knee walls (is that what they are called) and creating an opening into the living room only - creating a formal foyer - and putting in a high pocket door to keep the pups out of the living room only. But I think it would block off the room too much and foyer would only be 5' across. I like wide open spaces without a lot of doors/walls in my way. We've had plastic baby gates in the kitchen to block access to the den, or to keep them contained in the kitchen only. They don't chew on the gates, they chew on the door trim instead.
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Yes, we only have the one opening that goes from the living room to the hall and to the kitchen. We block that off with a 55" gate that isn't the most eye-appealing thing but I don't know about putting in french doors. We thought about putting in knee walls (is that what they are called) and creating an opening into the living room only - creating a formal foyer - and putting in a high pocket door to keep the pups out of the living room only. But I think it would block off the room too much and foyer would only be 5' across. I like wide open spaces without a lot of doors/walls in my way. We've had plastic baby gates in the kitchen to block access to the den, or to keep them contained in the kitchen only. They don't chew on the gates, they chew on the door trim instead.
How big is the opening on that doorway from the kitchen to the hall?
I'll get pics of my doors and my daughters doors. She has a golden
lab and a white couch in her LR.
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What's a high pocket door? I am assuming that your doorway to
the hall is 36" (that's standard)
We bought two 15" pane doors --They were labeled outdoor doors,
I'm telling you this because friends copied our idea to close off their
kitchen and bought interior door --which were thin, light and one big
piece of glass with a wood grill in the center.
Our doors are all seperate panes of glass. The door frame was constructed by the head knot.

Keep in mind that glass lets the light through, it's not confining
and also it keeps the sound out. I can be in the kitchen cooking and watching TV on the kitchen TV,
while the head knot is in the den watching TV and it's sound proof.
But, best of all it keeps the dogs in the kitchen when we go out.

This is from the kitchen looking into the den...
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This is the same door looking from the den into the little
area off the kitchen.
There is another French door in the eating area of the kitchen
but, it's the same door so you get the idea.
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oops, forgot the pics.
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oops again..i'm in a big hurry...the head knots wants me to get
in the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans!
this is the door from the den view.
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The doors are gorgeous!

Here is the layout of the front of the house. We thought about building a half wall adjacent to Wall D - but putting in a 4' opening in the middle to access the living room. Within that half wall we would have put in pocket doors the same height, so we could block off the entire living room.

The space from Wall D to Wall B is 55". We could possibly put in a french door there but DH would be against that. We have a baby gate there now and it keeps the pups out of the living room. The bedroom shown is actually our pups bedroom. It has a futon for them to lay on and all their toys. Our den is on the other side of the kitchen in the back of the house. It has a standard opening and use a baby gate there to keep the dogs contained in the kitchen, hallway and their bedroom during the day.

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Ok, The opening is 55" from the LR into the hallway.
It doesn't look that wide?

option one...On your 55" opening, You could add a 36" french
door in the middle, and close
off both side with a piece of wall that would be 9 1/2"
on each side. By the time you put 2 1/2" molding down the side
you would have a wall on each side about 7" wide.
Then you could have your Brother make you a nice mantle
top to match your wall unit. Paint the whole door and moldings to match your wall unit.

option two... on the 55" opening...you could look for two 24" French doors --that would be 48" total doors.
By the time it was framed out and 2 1/2" molding on each side, you
would only have about 1" of wall on each side...again your Brother
could make you a nice top.

option three...Between the foyer and the LR (it looks to be about 11 FT?)you could create a foyer by adding two 36" French Doors in the middle
--that would be 72" -- between the foyer and living room you would have to build a wall on each side of the doors...2 1/2 foot (that looks like
11 foot total wall you have there?) But, I think it would make the LR look small and confining, and the real purpose is just to keep the dogs out of the LR, isnt it?
I think I prefer option two.
If you want I can show you my daughters LR with French doors closing off her LR from her kitchen.
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We would probably go with one door if we were to close it off. We have a bench that was built by my brother on Wall D between the closet door (behind the front door) and the entrance to the hall. Having two doors there would mean that we'd only be able to use one (unless they opened into the hallway). I've thought about putting in a door there but DH doesn't want to. He hates anything that blocks access to a room.

For your option 3, that's what I was thinking but instead of building walls and putting in a french door, we'd build half walls to close off the room. We'd build pocket doors into the half walls so we can close off the opening to the LR thereby keeping the dogs out. But the husband is against that idea since that only leaves the 55" foyer - and again with the bench it will close off the space. Plus as soon as you walk in the door you'd hit a wall and we both like the idea of open space there.

And yes, it's exactly 11 feet from Wall B to the front door. The room width is 13' but there is a 2' nook at the corner of the room by the door.

Eventually when we do a kitchen remodel, we're going to knock down most of Wall B to open up the kitchen. But that project is a million years away or a lottery winning.
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A door would look great if we had space on either side of it. If we put a door across the entrance to the hall, we'd have a 4' hallway closed off by a door/mini-wall. If we put it in across the front of the living room, we are creating a 55" entryway that will be closed off from the living room. Neither option will get DH's approval.

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