Love this idea!--- for the next house you build - Pocket gate for kids or pets. One of the best ideas I've ever seen. I could see doing this instead of a baby gate between the kitchen and living room area or the basement stairs etc.
Doors on the stairs to keep the noise down, heat down, and/or pets on one side or the other. Also pretty! Like the glass on these. I like the idea if the laundry room is upstairs. I wouldn't want to carry a hamper through doors on stairs