Update: Thank folks, looks like a camera is the best solution

DWQA QuestionsUpdate: Thank folks, looks like a camera is the best solution

Update: Thank folks, looks like a camera is the best solution for right now, but in the future I’ll research fireproof doors with visibility that someone mentioned and find one that is up to code for our area (I didn’t know they existed and that’s what we’d want for sure!)

Let’s talk doors. Specifically – I have a door that goes from my kitchen into my garage. It’s a continual hassle to have to open it and see what my kid is doing in there and we’re discussing options. Our inspector said that code says that it has to be fully sealed (so even something like a kitty door is not allowed). What are your solutions for a situation like this?

Update: Thank folks, looks like a camera is the best solution 1

18 Answers
answered 1 month ago

Okay so make a Dutch door. We did this when we built. Our kids were little and those are stairs to our downstairs living space. Over time we just removed the top half.

answered 1 month ago

By law and for your safety it’s important that the door installed meets fire code, I like the idea of a window but make certain it’s a “fire door”

answered 1 month ago

Why worry about the inspector unless you are selling the house?

answered 1 month ago

Code is not just for fire it’s also to limit the Carbon monoxide from coming into the home.

answered 1 month ago

Doesn’t it has to be be fire resistant? Anyway, we have a simiar door. Can you not put a sliding lock further up so the kid can’t get in and out?

answered 1 month ago

As a window and door contractor there is no legal way to get around the building code for this situation. For safety reasons in my municipality (ON, Canada) panel must be solid with no glass with self closing device or self closing hinges installed. The only real solution is to set up a cheap wifi camera or another device.

answered 1 month ago

Install the same doors as the starship enterprise. Job done

answered 1 month ago

Can you put a window door??? One that has a screen to open it?? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️like my front door.

answered 1 month ago

answered 1 month ago

What about a frosted center in the door. Or if you have a portable ac in there, just leave the door partially open.

answered 1 month ago

It’s too much of a hassle to open a door? Prop it open when your son is in the garage.

answered 1 month ago

I would do a storm door with a screen. Or prop the door open during “business hours” and close it during the nighttime. Code just says there needs to be a door there, doesn’t say it needs to be closed 24/7.

answered 1 month ago

Split door? Would be fully sealed when closed…

answered 1 month ago

Can you just keep the door open when they’re out there? We have a magnetic doorstop that works pretty well.

answered 1 month ago

A door with windows or a Dutch door

answered 1 month ago

Your GC is right. It’s for your own protection as it relates to fire safety.

answered 1 month ago

The door between an attached garage and living space is required to be fire rated, therefore if you wanted visibility you’d have to find a rated door with fire glass. That’s not something typical in residential construction, but it is possible.

answered 1 month ago

There’s lots of people in my neighborhood that put a storm door between the garage and house. FYI most of our garages are downstairs and once you enter the house from the garage you are in a living area. So by adding a storm door in the garage, we are able to open the garage door and solid door from garage to house but still have a breeze through the storm screen without bugs.