Ease of access to each room is something that should be on your mind when you with custom home builders. One perhaps unconventional idea, but one that is highly practical and that you'll appreciate, is to mount swinging doors to certain rooms instead of traditional latching doors. Think of saloon doors — when you walk into them, they push open, thus allowing you to get through with ease. Many homeowners favor swinging doors in certain areas, and it's worthwhile to brainstorm this idea and discuss it with your builder. Here are three rooms for which swinging doors may be appropriate.
Think about how you walk in and out of the laundry room. Most of the time, you'll be carrying a laundry hamper or an armload of clothing. This can make it difficult to turn the door handle and open the door to the room if you conventionally keep it closed. Swinging doors can be perfect for the laundry room. They'll create some separation so that you're not looking at the washer and dryer when you walk past, but you'll be able to easily push the doors open with your backside or with a laundry basket when your hands are otherwise occupied.
Children's Play Room
If you're building your custom home to include a children's play room, you'll likely want to consider the merits of swinging doors for this space. With a conventional door, many issues can arise. Children can shut the door and barricade it to prevent each other from getting in and out, for example. At other times, the children may close the door when they're getting into something that they shouldn't, and you might not immediately notice. With swinging doors leading to the children's play room, these issues won't be a factor, and your kids will enjoy pushing through the doors.
The kitchen of your custom home is another viable candidate for swinging doors, given that you often have your hands full when you walk in or out of this space. For example, if you're carrying groceries or serving food, it's nice to be able to push through a pair of swinging doors, rather than try to turn the door knob if another member of your family previously shut the door by accident. Many professional kitchens have swinging doors that lead to the dining room for this purpose, and this is something that you'll grow to appreciate.