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Barn-Style Doors

Author: Susan Regan
Issue: July, 2012, Page 45
Photo by Taube Photography


Taking cues from rustic buildings, today’s design professionals and homeowners are maximizing space and aesthetic possibilities by utilizing barn-style doors. These newfangled sliders typically hang from overhead hardware that allows them to roll across an opening, closing off an area without taking up the space of a traditional swinging door. Barn-style doors also can function as alternatives to pocket doors, serve as stylish yet practical room dividers and create visual interest.

One Phoenix-area homeowner did just that by commissioning Arizona artist Kristine Kollasch to make the wood and mixed-media barn-style door pictured below to separate main living spaces from a game room. Interior designer Melissa Audrain says that each of the panels on the front of the door opens to reveal inset artwork, and one panel functions as a speakeasy into the game room. Turn the page to see a sampling of other creative designs.

Scottsdale artisan Greg Schadt crafted this 9-foot-tall kiln-cast glass door that hangs from a concrete entry and divides a kitchen and pantry. The ribbed texture was inspired by an ocotillo; the custom metallic finish and streamlined hardware emphasize the Contemporary feel.

“A barn door worked well in this application because the space is small and a swinging door would have impeded the room,” explains interior designer Leigh Kohrs. She repurposed a white oak front door, sanded it and added a charcoal-gray stain.
Horizontal frosted-glass panels create visual interest in this custom wood sliding door designed by Traci Shields, ASID, which separates a home office from a meditation room. A coordinating wood valance hides the track system.

This Southwest-inspired barn-style door with custom iron onlays divides a master bedroom and bath. It was designed by KT Tamm and crafted from knotty alder by Sonoran Doors.
“The owner wanted to keep a very open feel and let a lot of light into the bathroom, while providing privacy with the obscured, sandblasted glass,” explains builder Greg Smith of this clean-lined door that was added during a remodel.

Wood artisan Allan Rosenthal crafted this pair of custom barn doors from ribbon sapele wood. Art-glass insets lend color.

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