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Installing an Outside Doorway for a Guest Room

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By : Fiona Creech    99 or more times read
Having a guest room in the home is a wonderful way to enjoy overnight company. Making them comfortable and offering guests their own space in which to relax, ensures that they will have a wonderful visit. However, when the guest room is in close proximity to other bedrooms in the home, it can be a little inconvenient for both the homeowner and the guest, especially if they are on slightly different schedules. For example, if a guest is visiting while attending a work conference, they may return later in the evening than the family is awake, and leaving the front door open for them is out of the question. In this type of situation it may be convenient for guests to have a separate entrance to their room.

When creating the new entrance for the guest room, it can be added as a completely new entrance to the home, and there are a couple of different ways to go about adding the new entrance. The first way to add the new doorway is to simply add an exit from the room to the outside. Something like French doors or a sliding glass door would work quite well. The second option would be to create a formal entryway, and block off access to the guest room from the home making it a separate living space. The guest room, in effect, is set up like a small efficiency apartment.

Making a Mother-in-Law Suite

In some instances the guest room is in a part of the house where a separate door to the outside may actually come in handy. For example, when the guest room is in the garage, basement or attic, having a spare door to the home is a great addition to the house. This extra entryway might even qualify the guest room to be a “mother-in-law” suite and bump up the home's resale value. The exterior door helps to give the room the feeling of being a completely separate space, and if the room has its own bathroom, so much the better. If there are two rooms available, then one can be enlisted as a sitting room or turned into a small kitchenette.

When the guest room is on the second or third floor, it may need more than an outside door. It may also need a staircase complete with landing, and while this addition probably requires some excavation, the net result can be worthwhile if you frequently have long term guests or can rent the unit.

Removing the Inside Door

Having an inside and outside door to a guest room may be redundant, so closing off the inside door is a viable option. When teens remain at home to go to college, it makes a perfect living situation for them where they can be semi independent. An important thing to consider before blocking off the inside door to the guest room is whether or not the guest room has its own bathroom. If it does not, then it would not be wise to block off the inside entrance to the home. However, if there is a budget to add a half bath to the room, or if there is already a bathroom in the guest suite, then it stand alone as an independent unit.
Fiona Creech, is a design specialist and writer at, and she offers many suggestions and unique ideas for designing with nude metal wall sculptures and sunshine metal sculpture.

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