The beauty of pocket doors is they can be used for any project, big or small. Whether it be a renovation or a new build, installing pocket doors can help to maximise space and improve the layout and flow of the interior.
We spoke to Frankie Seamark, who recently purchased her first home with her partner Connor. The 1950’s, 3 bed semi-detached house in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire had been seriously neglected and was far from habitable, so the project to renovate the house needed to start straight away. Starting with the two biggest jobs, rewiring the electrics and updating the central heating system, the couple got to work.
As soon as they viewed the house, the couple knew they needed to change the layout downstairs. The kitchen was tiny with a serving hatch opening onto the front room dining area. Frankie and Connor wanted instead for the downstairs to be open plan and with the lounge and dining area leading into the kitchen. This meant knocking down a wall and adding two supporting steel beams. Opening up the kitchen would mean they were able to entertain friends and family as the original kitchen wasn’t big enough for a dining table.
The couple have recently completed the upstairs bathroom and the bedrooms have all been decorated ready for carpets and furniture. Next on the list is the challenge of the kitchen and living room. Tragically Frankie's dad who is a joiner, lost his workshop in a fire at the beginning of a July. He had been planning to build the kitchen for them from his workshop but now the couple are having to think of a plan B.
Frankie and Connor have been sharing their renovation story on Instagram from the beginning. That is where Frankie original asked for recommendations on sliding doors. The Instagram community provided some suggestions, and after some research Frankie and Connor decided that the ECLISSE Classic Double Pocket Door System was the best option in terms of strength and quality. The couple are planning for the ECLISSE double pocket door system to sit between the dining room and living room giving them more flexibility for their downstairs space. Opening the doors will create an open plan feel. Closing the doors will create a cosy living room. Another reason for choosing pocket sliding doors was because they are limited on space in this house. Hinged doors that opened up could potentially obstruct where they had planned to put their dining table.
Please take a look at Frankie and Connor's renovation story Instagram at ridgeway_renovation
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