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John Uttenreither

A New Way To Think About Room Dividers

Have your cake and eat it too!

Maintain flexibility in a way you may not have seen before.

John Uttenreither

Designer, builder, husband, father...

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John and Ben Uttenreither are award winning remodeling experts, ready to serve you!

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We moved a gym in an area open directly to our wonderful two story room. (Bought the gym stuff off Craigslist by the way.) It was great for working out, but ruined the space otherwise.


What to do?


I was having a little trouble with this one. I wanted to divide and unite. I didn’t want to wall the room off and limit future uses of the whole open space. But I did want to close the room off visually with the ability to open it completely at whim. I love flexibility.


Yes I wanted to have my cake and eat it too.

Can you relate?


Well I couldn’t imagine what to do about my dilemma.

I was stumped.

Then surfing through Craigslist, again, I saw some unusual, used bi-fold doors for sale in an old church building.


My dilemma was solved!



Here’s my cake. 

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Great Room Idea

Things seemed so perfect.

Then real life happened.

Home Gym Dilemma
A New Use For Old Doors, Grand Father Clock
Folded Room Divider

Here’s me eating my cake.


Yum! Yum!

Adding Wheels To Doors
Fasten Room Divider To Wall

The doors weren’t quite tall enough for the opening, so Ben and I went to work.


Like I said, I love flexibility and freedom, and wheels are great for that. So between the wheels and a couple wood blocks we screwed to the bottom of the doors, we had the height we needed for our new room dividers.


The doors just happened to be the perfect width to fit the opening!

But of course that wasn’t good enough for me. I wanted to do something unconventional.

We fastened them to the wall by making a mounting strip, and made a hinged door extension so the doors would be wider than the opening.


Wider than the opening?

Too big for the opening?



Room Divider, Great Room
Great Room Idea, Indoor Palm Tree

Are you looking for remodeling design solutions? 

Do you live near the Baltimore area?

Want John and Ben Uttenreither to be your remodeler?

We are award winning remodeling experts, ready to serve you!

Lazzell Design Works is our remodeling company. Visit our website to learn more

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Too wide for the opening according to my tape measure.

But just right for me. The offset folding design adds a nice dimension to the two story area.

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