There are a lot of really great advantages to working with a cabinet builder. One of the biggest is customization. In many ways, the sky is the limit. (Assuming you can afford it.)
In our case, our friend Dave built the kitchen for us – which was an incredible gift. And he had his work cut out for him – because I had lots of ideas. And I also had Pinterest.
Red alert: Danger.
In the end, the way our kitchen was built meant that we could truly make the cabinetry fit the kitchen, instead of just trying to shove all the standard cabinets into our space. And even more exciting was that we could add some unique features that fit our lives and family.
One of those features was the hidden doggie gate.
I have received so many questions about this little feature, so I thought I’d share some additional details and photos. The gate was built to extend and block off the mudroom from the kitchen. This is the area where the dogs stay when we aren’t home, so it’s a practical way to avoid the ugly plastic dog gates.
Because not only are they flimsy and ugly, they need a place to be stored when they are not in use. I was inspired by this forum at houzz with this image of a built-in gate.
And because I’m really helpful, I just showed Dave and Ryan this photo and asked them to recreate it. No details, no specifics.
And Dave totally came through. He created the gate to slide behind the built-in cabinetry, designing some of the cabinetry to a narrower depth to allow space for the gate. (This ended up being the set of drawers on the far left size.)
The gate needed to span the hallway, so he added some extra length to that measurement. Then, he placed the gate on wheels to slide in and out. Inside the cabinet, they used carpet to hold the gate tight inside. (No drawer slides needed).
Dave notched out the handle in the trim piece, which makes it easy enough to pull out that even Henry can do it.
And when it’s completely closed, it blends in well with the trim work. But it’s also super easy to slide out the gate and cut off the kitchen from the mudroom.