Add exterior door from dining room? Seeking opinions

mrsgomezJuly 8, 2013

We will be making some extensive repairs to our 100 year old Victorian house that involve opening up the rear exterior wall in the dining room.

Our structural engineer and GC say that this is a good opportunity to incorporate other improvements, such as replacing the window with a door and perhaps adding a porch, deck, or patio. We agree that it would be nice to make some sort of change here, as it would make the side yard more accessible

I would appreciate some advice or opinions on the matter. Based on the layout attached, would it be advisable to add an exterior door (single or double) from the dining room? Kitchens are a more traditional place for patio doors, but that's not an option given the current layout.

What we'd really love is to add a screen porch, but I'm afraid that's not an option given our limited space (per setback rules, shown in gray in the image), plus the fact that there is only one window in the kitchen which would likely get enclosed if a porch were added.

So, I'd love to hear some ideas about what we could do to make the most of this situation. Thanks in advance!

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millworkman

I think a double french door or 2 panel slider would work perfectly there.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 11:52AM
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mrsgomez

Thanks! I was concerned it would be a traffic flow issue with a dining room table in the middle of the room.

Now I just have to figure out what the doors will lead out to since the dining room sits about 4 feet above grade. Architect comes tomorrow so I'm hoping to have a plan by then!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 3:44PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Fit people will walk around a table and chairs to go to an inviting space outside. I say fit because depending on the space, fat might not fit!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 4:37PM
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mrsgomez

Thanks! I was concerned it would be a traffic flow issue with a dining room table in the middle of the room.

Now I just have to figure out what the doors will lead out to since the dining room sits about 4 feet above grade. Architect comes tomorrow so I'm hoping to have a plan by then!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 5:33PM
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Fori is not pleased

With French doors it'll be lovely even if it's tight. Just plan for door swing! We had a dining room with a pair of doors to a room that had started life as a porch and chairs had to be tucked in well to operate the doors. Totally worth it though.

You get stuff like this in old homes. It's part of their charm when done right.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 7:58PM
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