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Jane Palmer Williams
We recently did an extension and have used pocket doors on small rooms where we wanted to optimise space /en-suite, laundry, etc). They are really fantastic for these - really a perfect solution.

Definitely worth doing as part of a renovation, as have to be used with stud walls. Not possible with brick for obvious reasons.

The only thing I would say is that with the shallow in-set handles, there isn’t much grip.... our builder resolved this by adding an extra ‘finger-pull) hole which has proven very useful!
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Our three pocket doors have proved to be great space-saving solutions in our small terraced cottage. The two standard-sized pocket doors off the tiny hallway (cloakroom and lounge) have self-close mechanisms whilst a much larger pocket door between the lounge and the kitchen-diner is generally left open throughout the day. We've not encountered any problems with draughts or sound-proofing. Using pocket doors in the hallway allowed us to change the layout to make the cloakroom smaller and create better access to the staircase. A dear, wheelchair-bound friend would be unable to visit us without these doors as the access was too restricted by the original swing doors. Hubby is a competent DIY-er and he created the necessary pockets and made the glazed oak doors, except the cloakroom door which only needed a cheap standard door because it was being wallpapered on both sides.

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Great article and thank Houzz for some ball-game costs, an aspect sadly (if understandably) usually omitted. Is this a New Year's resolution? If so, I look forward to more articles getting down to the nitty-gritty including cost-range of projects. I don't need to be sold a concept, but thirst for more technical and practical knowledge even at the initial "collecting ideas" stage.

With so much old housing stock, I just wish an example of the listed building + skirting-board retention issue had been illustrated as well as addressed. I cannot understand how it would be possible to "retain skirting" but also install a pocket door? Am I missing something?

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