Windows & Doors

While we pretty much had to make do with the doorway sizes and windows which came with the shell of the apartment we bought - chiefly because it would cost too much money to change them straight away - we did create a new double-sized doorway out onto the terrace from the kitchen (which we widened in order to do so, and also to allow clearance for a wheelchair to pass through the kitchen) though this is still a single door with a side-pane so we either need to think of putting a sliding door there or maybe have an outward opening double door.

The other consideration we have is the need for mosquito screens. All the windows and balcony/terrace doors are inward opening tilt & turn types, so we can fit screens on the outside, but even if we decide to go for a pair of outward opening doors leading from the kitchen to the terrace we could fit the screen on the inside.

Force fields would be much better!

The internal doorways are too narrow but there’s too much involved to change them at this stage though we are leaving the entrance to the kitchen area door-less, having a right-hand reverse swing door on the bathroom, and maybe we can think about either a sliding door or some other solution to allow Georgi to get in and out of his bedroom. We only really thought of putting a double door on his room so we could man-handle him through the doorway, but he’ll soon be too big and heavy for us to do this so we decided to leave it as it is to preserve the symmetry of the living room (from where the bedrooms are accessed).

Lorient Door Drop Seals

These are the drop seals which I want to install in the bottom of the interior doors. They neatly install in a routed channel made in the bottom of the door and are held in place by two end plates.

They are adjusted by screwing the operating button in or out to allow for different gaps between the bottom of the door and the floor/threshold.

Used in conjunction with perimeter seals (from the same company) and decent quality doors this should provide and effective sound barrier between the bedrooms and the living room, and also between the corridor and the entrance lobby.

How drop seals work

They are also made in Britain!

The Arch

I quite like the archway into the kitchen now, even with all its current imperfections.

Maybe we could have a bigger archway (or half-arch) at the wall in front of the side window?

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Internal Doors

We need to decide which type of doors to buy for the inner entrance door and the two bedrooms.

Door from entrance to corridor

For the inner entrance door I think we should have one which lets plenty of light through so we have at least some natural light getting through to the front door - it was already very dark there but with the new inner wall and door it will be as black as a tunnel if we use a solid door.

I would love a door like this TWENTY (20) pane one, using hand made glass panels (or anything except perfectly flat clear glass). This water effect is quite interesting.

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Door to bedrooms

For the bedrooms Lana in keen on have some kind of “Eurodesign” doors with a wavy glass panel in them, but I saw these which looks like a good compromise between what we both want - it lets a fair amount of light through without causing privacy problems and also looks good. We could possibly even use the same design for the inner entrance door, if the one I like proves unpopular.

One other thing we need to be careful with is the handing - it may give us a little more room to manoevre Georgi though the door (or let him drive through himself) if the door was hinged on the left so we could open it nearly 180 degrees, though it will open to mabe 100 degrees as already planned so it might be ok (and would look better).

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We could get some custom made using the glass wall blocks I saw in Domino. You can get some quite interesting designs and lighting effects…

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I would REALLY like to have concealed dropseals fitted to the bottoms of the internal doors too:

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Archway to the kitchen

The archway to the kitchen is better than it looks…

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A more head on view, and you can see the profile looking rather better in the reflection in the balcony door, shows that the arch is not too far from being a perfect hemisphere. If this was done purely by hand and eye then it’s not a bad effort.

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The green circle is what I would have considered to be perfect but I actually prefer the top of the arch being a little higher (as shown by the red circle) and it doesn’t stretch the imagination too much to see how good it could be made to look with a bit of fine tuning… and with the walls being finished properly. Perhaps even line the arch and/or disguise any rough edges with architrave, or some creative paintwork…

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Our new doorway

We have our new doorway between the entrance lobby and the hallway. There’s storage space behind the facing wall - plenty of room for shoes and stuff!

The door will hinge on the right hand side of this photo and swing towards the front door - more for emergency exit reasons but there’s also no obstructions swinging it wide open that way.

For the uninitiated this would make it a left hand reverse swing door - doors are “handed” according to which side the hinges are on, and from the side of the door you would be on if you were entering the room.

It’s about a metre wide at the moment but we need to add about 100mm to the left hand side to allow room for the door frame… it wouldn’t look good if the door closed right against the wall. It’ll still be wide enough to get a wheelchair through it.

Inner door at entrance