Avoid conflict. This house was a rebuild on top of an existing foundation, and the architects were limited by a tiny footprint. The two upstairs bedrooms were very small as well."If you look to the left in the photo, you can see the door into the room from the stair hall
," says architect Peter McDonald. "If we had made the closet door swing in a more traditional way, it would have conflicted with that door — and I hate doors that conflict."Instead, his team used doors that slide in front of the window seat. They also found barn door hardware that matched the hardware they used in the rest of the house and stayed within their beach cottage theme.