Hey y'all. I have another project I'd like to start on this summer.
Our house has an attached garage that shares 1.5 walls. Near the door connecting the hall with the garage is a small closet. We currently put our paper recycling in this closet, and our glass/metal/plastic bin just outside the door in the garage. In the winter, opening this door to put a bottle in the bin lets out a significant amount of warm air...and the same for cool air in the summer.
My idea is to create a "pass-through" door in this closet that is spring-hinged and sealed with foam gasket tape. The concept is pretty simple. Create a rack in the garage on the other side of the closet wall, and place 1 or 2 recycling bins on the rack...about 4 feet in the air (the garage floor is 20" below the main floor of the house). Cut a hole in the closet wall, and finish off the exposed edges. Then create an insulated door that swings out into the garage, mounted on a spring hinge so it closes automatically. It could be sealed with some wide strips of foam gasket material (~ 1/4" thick).
Stuff falls into the recycling bin, and air/heat loss is minimal. Paper mess in the closet is a thing of the past. Everything looks good, right?
Any other ideas? Does something like this exist pre-built?