I'm trying to keep costs low as possible which makes putting a pocket
door more expensive ($80 pocket hardware hardware) than a pre-hung
traditional door. Traditional door knobs are less $ than pocket door
latching mechanisms. The downside is that a swinging door may hit
the other door if partly open in one area--is this common or ok?
Sure. In my bath, the main door will strike an open pantry door. The obvious
trick is to close one before you open the other.
This can be facilitated by providing the doors with automatic door closers -
just springs on the hinges will help.
In a friend's new place, custom designed by an architect, the entry
door and the cellar door hit each other when open. To improve the
situation, the guy used a style of knob such that if the two knobs hit
just right they can get entangled.
After seeing that I'm much less impressed with architects than I was.
Chuckle. An ADA stamp is no substitute for experience. My father has
been designing custom houses for 50+ years, and he has a whole bunch of
stories of stuff like that, that he has run into over the years. Bad
traffic patterns, stuff that looks pretty but isn't practical to build,
dramatic roofs that would take off like an airplane in the first
windstorm, etc. And these were designs by real architects, while he was
'just' a designer.
He's 83 years old now, half-blind and crippled, and people STILL seek
him out for design work. I wish I had 1/10th his design skills. I had
hoped to be able to afford to build a house that he designed for me,
while he was still around, but unless I hit the Lotto, doesn't look like
that is gonna happen.
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