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Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms, and the Hardware that makes it possible!

I’ve been blogging now for about 5 years and it’s funny to look at the statistics of what videos or blog posts get the most hits.  By far my #1 most watched is the Hidden Door video I took 3 years ago which is approaching 250,000 views!  Who exactly is watching and why I wonder?
  Anyhow, I love doing these hidden doors.  The Sugatsune hardware I’m using is so sweet.  Here’s a few pictures of some recent ones I’ve done.  This is a Powder Room tucked under the stairs on a 1940’s house we remodeled with Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects.

The doors that open out into the room all utilize this Airplane hardware that Eric Rauser who works with me found. He tracked down this Industrial Touch Latch hardware from St Louis Designs in Austin TX who makes hardware for Lear Jet cabins!  The cheap ones you find in most cabinet hardware catalogs don’t have enough muscle to throw a heavy door out.  This one produces 12 pounds of force to push out a solid/heavy door.   

St Louis Designs Industrial Touch Latch (Magnetic)

Here’s a 1935 house where we re-used the ship-lap sheathing for an interior paneling and hid the door to the hall bathroom in the horizontal ship-lap. Hugh Jefferson Randolph was the Architect on this one too. 

Close up of the Sugatsune three way adjustable hinges I use most often for these hidden doors. 

 Finally, we worked with FAB Architecture on this remodel below.  What you are seeing is an Oak paneled basement wall with two hidden doors.  The door on the right is to a secret media room.  You can see the vertical outline of another door to the left which hides a mechanical closet for a wine conditioning HVAC unit. 

This hardware isn’t cheap but all good hardware is well worth the price paid.  The expensive part is paying a fine craftsman & Builder who can actually pull this all off and make it flawless.  Fun stuff!
Matt Risinger
Risinger Homes in Austin TX
Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that specializes in Architect driven and fine craftsmanship work. We utilize an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy and durable homes.
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