Seattle-area firm SHED Architecture and Design recently used the Axel sliding door hardware system in a unique project in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Kirkland, Washington. Like many of the surrounding homes, this property had a stables. However, by the time SHED’s clients bought the property, the stables had fallen into disrepair. Not owning horses, they worked with SHED to completely renovated the detached stables into a flexible painting studio and guest bedroom.
Axel, a modern twist on the classic barn door hardware that has been around for more than a century, was key to the design. Not only does the system add flexibility to the space, it alludes nicely to the stable’s past life. The two massive bi-parting doors, run on a continuous track to hide or reveal a studio space, a storage closet and utility sink, a mud room, and a guest room, depending on the configuration.
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