I briefly mentioned it in this post, but I wanted to elaborate further and even get your opinions. My bigger renovation dream for our current condo is replacing the sliding barn door in our living room with Crittall doors!
The space is technically our third bedroom, but from the original listing and photos I’ve found, it seems like the developers thought of the space as more of a dining room since it’s off the living room and kitchen. We need to use the space as an office, but thinking of the resale value, no matter if it’s an office or a dining room, I think the black steel would be more sought after. Plus, I think the Crittall doors would complement our large black frame windows so well!
What Are Crittall Doors?
It took me a while to figure out what this type of door is called… Steel frame? Black iron? Aluminum? Turns out the proper name is Crittall doors or windows. Crittall style refers to a style of black steel-framed windows invented by ironmonger Francis Henry Crittall in the late 19th century. The more you know!
The Reason for Replacing the Door
Dave’s office is right off our living room, just to the left of the sliding barn door you can see in a few photos here. Save for replacing the light fixture that came with the condo, his office is pretty much done. As soon as we get his new fixture installed, I’ll share more photos of the space. (Update: It’s installed and I can’t wait to share photos soon!)
Don’t get me wrong, I love the aesthetic of Crittall doors much more than a barn door! I would want to take on this project for looks alone, as I feel like barn doors feel a bit dated. However, the idea to replace the door honestly spurred from a functionality aspect.
My ‘office’ is on the landing at the top of our stairs, which is a wide open space. Since Dave’s office doors merely act as a partition, there’s a solid gap between the door and the floor and even a few inches between the door and the walls. With both of us working from home 100% of the time, we’re essentially working in one big open floor-plan office.
As someone with ADHD who’s sensitive to noise, our setup makes it challenging for me to get work done. I wear my noise-canceling headphones all day, every day, but the noise in our space really carries. Dave works in sales and is on calls most of the day, so I hear every word of every meeting. 🤫 Great for feeling connected to his job and day-to-day, but not so great for my focus.
What do you think? Would you spend the money to take on this project? Should we leave it as is? Do you think it would add value to our home? Admittedly, I’ve never taken on a home renovation project and wouldn’t even know where to start. With us both working from home, I’m sure any type of renovation would throw a wrench in our daily routine. Would love to hear your two cents! Any and all advice is welcome.