If there is one thing I’ve learned from building houses; there is a lot of dead space. Especially in 2 story homes. When I walk a buyer through before Sheetrock, I always tell them to take notes and pictures of places they can expand closets or other rooms.
So I started from the laundry room side and made a few holes to see how much room I had. I bought a 2040 door to put on the laundry room side. This gives initial access to whatever we put under there. We decided a dog house would be perfect for us.
So I cut out and framed the space to fit my door, then cleaned out the space and took measurements for my design.
I really wanted a light in the room so I used a cedar fence picket to create a ceiling area. I wanted a 2 way light, so I cut an outlet wire and added a light switch on the living room and laundry room wall.
I tried to do as much as I could before making a hole into the living room. That kept the dust and dirt to a minimum. Finally I decided on a door size and framed the wall for it. Since I had to remove a stud, I added a header on top to give it strength
I trimmed around the opening with 1×6 common boards and stained them. I used door casing to give the outside a natural look. I also decided on cedar fence pickets to line under the stairs. I figured the cedar will help with the dog smell.
My design for the living room door was to use stair balusters and frame around them. We were in need of a door quickly so I used a kennel gate and I sandwiched it between 2×4 and 1×4 wood. We painted it the trim color for now.
Overall I am happy with the final product. It was a little nerve racking cutting up a new house, and it tested my skills a few times. Mattis loves it too.