Help! I really want a door!

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JMc1219

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We are in the middle of a renovation on a small beach house. In the process of redoing the kitchen, I decided to get rid of a small closet and use it for a stackable washer/dryer unit. I know the depth will have to be extended to fit the unit in there, but I also REALLY want to put a door on this space. I’m being told that it will be difficult to do because of the width of the opening. I would love the opinion of others. The dimensions of the opening currently: W-34 ¾” H-96” D-28” (See picture.) The dimension of the washer/dryer unit is: W-27” H-74 3/8” D-30 3/8”

If we extend the wall on the left side of the opening to accommodate the needed depth will there be enough room for a 30-inch bi-fold door/frame in that 34 ¾” width? Is there something else we can do? All suggestions will be greatly appreciated!


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I don’t see any reason you can’t extend the wall out a foot or so and do a bi-fold door if you want to close in the spot. For a beach house I personally have seen quite a few with stackable unites in kitchens with no door and I thought they looked fine.

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I too do not see the problem with leaving the W/D visible. Closing it in with a wall extension and doors creates little hard-to-reach abysses into which socks will disappear.
 

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I would probably go with visible and some custom framing. However something similar to the hardware in the picture below might work.


 

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I have a linen closet with wooden bifold doors set inside 36"W jambs. The jambs prevent the doors from folding back against the wall. So the clearance as shown is 26" W.

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You will have a problem with the bi-fold as they do NOT open all the way and will block you from opening the dryer door. Look for another option or leave the door off.
 

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I think we are just talking amongst ourselves ourselves. The OP only read the first response and hasn't returned. However this link has instructions for building a cabinet with pivot/pocket doors that someone else might be interested in. Of course the OP wouldn't need a full cabinet maybe sides and a top for a shelf above. For the doors I think I would look for cabinet doors as it's hard to keep plywood flat. Maybe building face frames with thin plywood or hardboard backing would work.

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JMc1219

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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I especially like the pivot/pocket door idea. I'll definitely pass all these thoughts on to our builder. :)
 
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