Bifold at top of stairs?

Old 01-04-04, 03:33 PM
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Bifold at top of stairs?

We're nearing completion on our basement (still no finish flooring, but that's our fault for not choosing). Curious to read what all of you thought of this idea:

I'm thinking of putting a bifold french door at the top of the stairs in place of the existing regular door.

Let me explain the reasoning: We finished the basement to 'match' upstairs, including finishing the stairs in oak with an open rail, 8' ceilings, etc. We'd like to keep it tied into the rest of the house, but would like to be able to close it off when we're not using it. Problem with the door is that when it's open all the way it opens into a hallway (we have a center entrance colonial). The unfinished portion of the basement is hidden behind an exterior-grade metal door, not visible from the top of the staircase.

Also, after having spent $$$$$$$$$$$ I don't want to hide the work! <g>

So, if we did this, you'd walk into the kitchen and see a french door, if you looked down you'd see a gorgeous oak staircase, oak landing, and pewter-finish sconces (we went a little overboard). If we don't do it, you'll see a door <g>

Old 01-04-04, 03:42 PM
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Sounds good to me.
Another idea: I recently sold a house that had a "hidden" door in the kitchen. The door was covered with two large paneled cabinet doors matching the rest of the kitchen cabinets (like a pantry), and when opened, it actually opened (surprise) onto a stairway to an upstairs room.
Good Luck!

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