Qs about adding a pocket door
WeÂre considering adding a pocket door from our kitchen to our dining room. It would solve lots of layout problems and would match a pocket door at the other side of the kitchen that we really like. While interviewing contractors (for a kitchen renovation), however, weÂve been receiving very different reactions from each of themÂincluding some contradictory descriptions about installation. I have no way of judging which contractor knows what he is talking about, so I thought IÂd try asking some of you very knowledgeable GW-ers. In particular:
1. If one were to install a pocket door between the kitchen and the dining room, would one need to tear out the drywall (actually, itÂs some sort of plastered wallboard but I assume that doesnÂt matter) in both the kitchen and the dining room, or could one open up the wall on the kitchen side only?
2. Would one have to widen the wall that contains the pocket door (thereby reducing the size of the kitchen by several inches)?
3. Is it true that a wall with a pocket door is substantially weaker, and therefore one could not hang wall cabinets on the portion of the wall with the pocket?
4. Is it possible to fit an electrical box within the pocket door area or would the light switches in the dining room (currently where the pocket of the new pocket door would be) have to be moved?
Thanks in advance for your help.