You know how sometimes something SEEMS like a good idea.....right up until the time when you realize it might NOT have been so good? Recently I saw how homeowners who installed a cat door in the door between their house and garage discovered how true this can be.
They had loved the convenience of having that cat door so they could locate the cat's litter box and food on a bench in the garage. So nice to have it out of the house and out of reach of the dog (who liked to steal the cat's food and dig in the litter with equal delight). And the cat was very happy to have a quiet hangout where she could escape the small children who were SURE she would like to be picked up and hauled around...
Then comes time to sell the house. And the buyers were actually NOT so crazy about having that cat door. Their inspector pointed out that the cat door basically compromised the fire rated quality of the door - plus they just didn't like the looks of it. So they requested that the door be replaced. And the sellers agreed - how hard could it be?
Hmmmm - well, harder than you might think! Several trips to Lowes and Home Depot made it obvious that the doors readily in stock were not ones that would fit. OK... time to call the contractor buddies and see if they can adjust one so it will work. Hmmmmm - still not so easy - the ones they could find have hinges and doorknob that don't line up with the existing ones. And the door jamb itself is not a standard size.... So some MAJOR retrofitting would be needed.
OK - Plan B. Contractors special order one from a local door making company - whew, only a 2 day wait for it to come in. Then they go to work creating the places for the hinges to attach ( yes, those probably have a name, but I sure don't know it!), and boring the opening for the doorknob. And voila! New door installed. And perfect match for all the other doors! Success! Hooray for having contractor friends!