Reversing the Door

Not reversing the peephole like Kramer did

Although, I do look to Kramer for inspiration sometimes.

But really, this post has nothing to do with Kramer or Seinfeld.

Our bathroom is small - 8' x 7' small (and take away about 20 sq. ft. that is the bathtub and it shrinks even more).

Our bathroom door opened into the room like this

Which I couldn't STAND. I really wanted to reverse the way the door opened into the room (in this drawing it opens toward the right, I wanted it to open to the left.)

To me, with the room being so small, if the door opens into the middle of the room, it makes it seem smaller. You have to shimmy around the sink (it comes out futher than my "drawing" shows) to get to the toilet, and if you ever have to get anything (medicine, etc.) from the storage cabinet that will be in the corner you have to open the door all the way, walk around it, close it, grab what you need, open the door again, walk around the door...I thought that would be QUITE annoying.

Chris was not a fan of reversing the door though and REALLY didn't want to do it. He had already wired the lightswitch a few months ago to the left of the door and wasn't looking forward to changing it.

But a few weeks ago we decided we weren't going to do an addition in the attic (something we were thinking we would do in 5-10 years). I had really wanted to do one and Chris REALLY didn't want to (we have about 500 sq. ft. of usable space in the attic). We talked about it for a long time, talked with an architect and ultimately Chris convinced me not to do it

It seems like something a bit ridiculous to be talking about now, I know, but it would influence a lot of what we do to the rest of the house, so we wanted to tackle it as early as possible.

After Chris got me to agree that we shouldn't do an addition, we agreed that everything in the house then had to be "perfect." The things that would take a bit more time, but we knew would make the house better but we were too lazy to do...now we would do them.

LONG story short, the door was one of those things.

Therefor, I was able to convince Chris that we should reverse the door. Yay!

Now the bathroom will look like this

I know that doesn't seem like a very big deal and you must all think I'm crazy for thinking it makes a big difference. But now (well, once the bathroom's done), when you open the door into the room, you'll actually be opening it INTO the room, and not into a wall.

Chris wasn't super excited about reversing the door in the jamb and all the work it took to do it, but now it opens the other way! Yay!

And even Chris said it was better (after all of the sighing, eye rolling, loud exhaling, and pursed lips, etc. it took to get there)


Gene said...

Definitely better that way. It may have been a lot of work, but it'll be right forever instead of you cursing it forever.

meryl rose said...

that is pretty much EXACTLY how I put it to Chris! :)

LeighC said...

Our downstairs bathroom has pretty much the same setup with the same (changed) door swing.

meryl rose said...

the reversed door swing is a BEAUTIFUL thing

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

You are not crazy, whoever put the door in that way is crazy! Much better now.

meryl rose said...

It's amazing how the littlest things can make SUCH a difference. I'm glad I was able to convince Chris to do it!