When opened all the way, the door to our basement becomes our kitchen door, which then closes off the kitchen from the rest of the house (our house is old and has weird/neat features like multi-functional doors — and other awesome things like no insulation and dangerously steep stairs).

This feature has come in handy quite a bit when we need to keep the dogs corralled. Of course, they’re not huge fans of being unable to see the goings on when this happens (can you blame them?). The folks at Better Homes & Gardens have a very clever DIY solution: a half-door that includes a screen so your dog can still be part of the action while, of course, staying safe and out of the way. Brilliant!

Check out the how-to for this and other interior door updates over on BHG.com.