|floorplan when we purchased her|
|two years in|
This diagram is also a lie, as it would lead you to believe we were some of the lucky few that found unmolested pocket doors in the wall, never fear, the previous owners of our home would never let us off that easy. What actually happened is that a year ago I noticed (in our neverending basement of mysteries) a particularly lovely toilet partition in our Pittsburgh bathroom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_toilet). Said partition was crudely sawn off on one end, solid cherry and uniquely paneled. Naturally this discovery led me to grab a grinder and cut some viewing holes between the cracks.
|head sized holes that could be hidden behind|
furniture, that window should be the entry doors
We weren't just missing a door or an arch, we were missing pocket doors! Sadly the holes revealed that there were no doors hiding out in there, but they did suggest that the track may be intact. Fast forward a year . . .
|everyone agreed this was a squirrel . . .|
|mystery diagrams, and you can see|
the large pocket on the right
Both sides of the wall demoed, filler studs (that we could tell were reused from elsewhere in the house because of the lath shadows to the inside of the pockets) removed, and 30 bags of plaster from the floor and pockets swept up and we now know we're missing two 9 foot by 3 1/2 foot quartersawn cherry pocket doors. Thanks to ebay we've identified what they looked like (we have the top 2/3's of one door).
|same panel detail, but pine and 10 feet tall|
Our track however is perfectly intact, and seems to be made up of two 12x4 iron I beams (this is the Steel City after all) on top of parallel brick and fieldstone walls, which explains why the center of our house has no sag what-so-ever. We've given ourselves another week or so to find temporary doors and hardware that we can use (the originals are so lovely we'll have them replicated at some point in the distant future after we win the lottery). The doors are easy to find, but while all the rollers seem to fit in the track, our hardware requires a two inch drop to the top of the stop that keeps the doors from derailing, instead of the one inch that seems more common. We have one last lead, but if that falls through we'll treat the opening like an arch and trim it out, because the chimney effect we have going on is astounding (and starting to get down right frigid).