Attic Access Door

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Project by Tooch posted 01-22-2019 07:24 PM 837 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this door to cover the new attic access point (inside a linen closet off of the new bathroom) and also to match the doors of my previous project . The most important thing that I was hoping to achieve was a functional way to hold it in place without being too cumbersome to remove or put back in place. Hinges were out of the question because of the close quarters in the linen closet. My dad gave me the idea of using hardware tabs, but I ended up making small pieces out of wood to hold it in place and attaching those to the studs behind the wall.

When I need to open the access, I simply twist the tabs and I can grab the door by each of the handles to lift it out of the way. Because the attic is un-insulated, I needed to put something on the back of the door to keep the cold air out. My original plan was to build a frame and use standard insulation, but that would be way to heavy. I decided on using rigid foam insulation, and attached it with construction adhesive/liquid nails. Just for smiles and giggles I doubled up the insulation to bring the thickness to 4” total (picture 5). The door is fairly larger than the opening, especially on the top so that it can hide a spot where a couple drywall screws popped out.

Picture 4 shows the scale of the attic access to a standard 80” pocket door. It is slightly smaller than a regular door, but the step down is the height of a 2×12” which makes me not have to crouch too much. The last picture is my new storage area above the addition for the kitchen. This is much nicer than needing to get out a ladder and/or screw gun, which is what I had to do before the addition.

Also in picture 4 you can see some cleats on the wall, which will be another post regarding the linen closet organizational shelves.

Unfortunately I am waaaaay behind in my blog entries about the addition, but I’m too excited to get the work done and cant seem to find time to blog about it.

Thanks for looking! Comments appreciated, any questions will be replied to.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 01-22-2019 07:31 PM

Looks good and you can never have to much storage.

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#2 posted 01-22-2019 07:46 PM

That is really cool and love the door. Great job buddy

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#3 posted 01-22-2019 07:56 PM

great solution to the problem and looks nice,matches your other cabinet perfectly.i see the celabratory beer waiting on the counter-lol.good job buddy.

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#4 posted 01-22-2019 09:38 PM

That’s the way to make life easier, nice job. Now get back to work.

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#5 posted 01-23-2019 12:55 AM

Best looking Attic door I have ever seen! Tooch I did the same thing when we moved into our house!

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#6 posted 01-23-2019 06:43 AM

See a frown on that door, not sure I’d want to enter that space? :)

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#7 posted 01-23-2019 09:36 AM

Wouldn’t mind to have them in my living room. ...they looks so great!

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#8 posted 01-23-2019 10:22 AM

Tooch, great job on the door. I would have insulated the roof and walls in the storage space.

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#9 posted 01-23-2019 11:22 AM

Good idea. Good work on the door.

-- Petey

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 01-27-2019 06:33 PM

Real nice door!!

cheers, Jim

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