I'm looking to put a door in the hallway to the bedrooms. But I don't want the 'open floorplan' to be destroyed. So I think the best thing to do is to install a 'pocketdoor', this seems to me an elegant solution. Could someone give me some advice ? Would I need a carpenter who is specialized in Eichlers ?
Pocket doors are pretty standard, but can be tricky since there cant be a wall intersection or any electrical or plumbing in the pocket section. Also typically Walls are thicker where a pocket door is due to having 2 sets of 2x4's plus a door. They can be made normal thickness but they arent't as sturdy and you may get some flex to the wall.
Hi: I just installed a pocket door in my one car garage, carport, atrium model leading to the two bedrooms and bath. It looks beautiful and like it is orginal. I bought the pocket door kit and frame at Sunnyvale Lumber for a little over $100.00. I chose to use a hollow door instead of a hard core solid one just because it was lighter. I have drywall instead of the orginal walls and they do not look any thicker because of the pocket door. It you are interested in seeing it, you would be welcome. I can also recommend some people to help you, or install it for you. I am very pleased with mine and only wish I had done it many years before.
I'm curious. Can you tell me the reasoning for installing a pocket door in the hallway--what problem you were trying to solve or what benefit you were hoping for? Did that solution/benefit actually result?
I have a San Jose 1960 Jones and Emmons atrium design (one car garage, one car carport)--it sounds like my home might be similar to yours. In my home, the hallway pocket door you describe would block off the laundry area, hallway (guest) bath, and 2 central bedrooms from the rest of the house. Just wondering what you noticed that I didn't.
Hi Jake: Sounds like we have the same or similar floor plan. I installed the pocket door on the hallway wall by the laundry area, straight ahead is the guest bath and there is a bedroom on either side. I installed sliding glass doors where the windows were in both bedrooms and in the front bedroom I added a window facing the street. I installed a hard core door and extra soundproofing in the front room that is now my counseling and consulting office . I wanted to insure a quieter space and to have privacy for my clients. Also, with the pocket door my animals and guests can be in and use the rest of house and not disturb me while I am working and vise versa. I also like to maintain my personal privacy with my home and that it be separate from my "public" work area. Also the pocket door can be left open when I am not working which is very appealing to me. If I had to do it over, I may have put the pocket door on the other wall on the laundry room but I did not want to mess with moving the electrical at the time. Looking back, it would have been easy and cost would be probably only a few dollars more as I was already doing the electrical.
I hope this helps and I answered your question.