Cavity Sliding Door Opening Sizes – The open plan living is great when it comes to family time, interacting with guests, or making small rooms look bigger. But what do you do when you have an open space that you want to close to create a separate room?
As a business owner, I spend many hours in my home office every week researching, writing quotes, invoices and keeping track of business, so I need a quiet place away from my family (3 kids and my wife). I have an open study plan which is why I have not been able to separate my work/home life or parental responsibilities. My sons could be heard crying, squabbling or screaming on every phone call and I found this very distracting. I had to finish my studies and give myself a suitable working environment.
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I’ve looked at cheap options like office partitions, due to work on building a wall, but decided it wasn’t good enough. I first called a company to ask how much and they quote $2,500 without paint. They framed and clad the wall, fixed the cornices and washed the joints. I’ve been wanting to solve this problem for several months before I finally get enough and decided to do it myself. I had the tools, basic knowledge and some time, so I decided to give it a try.
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I did some research through my home builders handbooks and prepared the materials I needed before visiting my local rabbit. I was going to use 90mm x 45mm lumber for the frame, so I measured the dimensions of the frame to make room for the cross members and joists. I wanted to close off the area, and due to limited space for the swing door, I decided to install a sliding door. I also purchased a solid door as well as insulation to block out sounds and create a quiet working environment.
The first task was to measure and cut my top and bottom panels. This will be the guide for the rest of my framework. I had cornices in place, so I had to cut them just enough for the frame as well as the 10mm cladding on each side with room to play. I marked my base plate and attached it to the concrete floor by drilling and sliding (many different ways of doing this). Once I attached the floor board, I could mark the wall using a spirit level and find the position of my top board. I needed to find the joists in the ceiling and fortunately they ran the opposite of my frame so I could install them on the 600mm posts. I used a stud finder to locate my jack and screwed the top plate in place.
Now the side pins can be measured and fit. It is a good idea to cut it to fit snugly so that it stays in place when nailed and also attached to the walls for support. You have to calculate the distances to match the sizes of the panels, but since my wall isn’t that big, this wasn’t a problem. The board comes in standard sizes of 2400mm x 1200mm, so it’s a good idea to fit the studs into space so that the joints of the breadboard meet in the middle of the studs to allow for screws. The nails are usually 400-600 mm spaced. Each tongue should be supported horizontally by pieces of wood called noggings. One peg can be used for heights up to 2.5 m and two or more when heights over 2.5 m. I chose to use 2 for stiffness but that is personal preference. Once I had the roofs I needed a top support to override my door frame, bearing in mind that the bore door frame may not be square and 10-30mm around to be unloaded. The top rail is equipped with some small nails for strength.
The recessed door frame can now be installed by positioning, leveling, and locking in place prior to installing or screwing in the bolt arm. I started at the bottom and checked the level and surface, installing small gaskets between the bore door frame and the screws, before screwing the frames together. The door frame was not of good quality and was a little crooked which made it hard to get it perfect (I used Hume Doors from rabbits but have heard good reviews about Corinthian Doors). Now that the frame is in place I can put my door on. The bore door frame came with plenty of fittings and screws, but the instructions didn’t say which one had an odd number of screws (I used my own). I marked and fitted the door hangers, before attaching them to the frame and checking the measurements. I was lucky I didn’t have to cut through the door. Now I can prep and paint my door.
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Now the cladding can be installed. I chose 10mm plasterboard and used beads on the edges to get a nice edge. The panels can easily meet in the middle using only two sheets of paper per side with some earthen wool 2.5 bats between them for insulation. I sanded it and used paper tape to fill in the holes. The cornice can now be installed once I cut the edges (about 45 degrees) to match the existing cornices, secured them to the wall with cornice cement and upgraded the joints. Once the plaster had dried I gently sanded all the wall joints, edges and eaves before applying a top coat to finish. This step would require waiting all night for it to dry, so I had plenty of time to finish painting my door.
The next day I was able to clean all the joints easily and prime the walls. I chose to apply two coats before painting in two because I love creating extra work for myself. After the paint was dry, all that was needed was to put the inscription on both sides of the entrance. I used double semicircular lintels and painted them as well. This project took about three days while working and doing my normal parenting duties (hence all the night photos).
The materials for this job cost me less than $700 and gave me a great experience doing something completely new. It saved over $1800 and when people commented on it they say it seems to have always been there. Why don’t you try it yourself.