Your newly renovated space is nearly built out. You’re starting to picture how great your furniture is going to look in it and how wonderful it’s going to be to relax in it. But have you given enough consideration to how you’re going to get in and out of the space? Doors can have a huge impact on both the style and functionality of a newly renovated space. What about the closets? Have you thought about what kind of doors you’re going to put there? When you do your research, you may find that there are more options out there than you thought. Working with your contractor to include doors that fit the space as well as your personal preferences will lead to greater satisfaction.
Long used as an entryway to porches, patios, decks and other outdoor spaces, the most basic sliders consist of two glass panels that slide past one another. A common variation consists of four panels with the two center panels sliding apart from each other over the outside panels. Sliders allow for plenty of natural light to enter the space and for people to easily access the outdoor space. Sliding glass doors are made in a variety of styles and fit well into the design of nearly every home, however, given their sliding functionality, they lean more towards the modern and less towards the more traditional designs.
For a more traditional aesthetic, French doors fit the bill. The French set-up consists of two adjacent hinged doors with the knobs in the middle and the hinges opposite one other. French doors can also be used as entryways to outdoor space, but are commonly used to separate one room from another. Space is an important consideration with French doors, however. If they open by swinging into the room, you will need to allow for that space in your furniture plan. You can choose to have them open outwards, but if you have them swinging out into outdoor space, be sure to equip them with special hardware that prevents the wind from slamming the doors shut.
If your tastes tend more towards the modern, stacking doors, also known as telescoping doors, are a cutting edge variation on the traditional slider that you should consider. Consisting of three or more panels that slide past each other (into a stack), stacking doors can be opened just a little to allow some fresh air in or they can really bring the outside in and nearly eliminate the barrier between the interior and exterior of your home when fully open.
Sliding Barn Doors
The name implies a more rustic design, but sliding barn doors are being installed in homes that range from modern to traditional. Sliding barn doors rely on an exposed piece of hardware above the opening that they both hang from and slide along. This configuration allows for many options from doors that blend in with the surrounding walls to doors that truly become the highlight of the room whether they are opened or closed.
An alternative to hinged and sliding doors, the pivot door, as the name suggests, pivots on a point well inside the edges of the door. This configuration allows the door to swing in, out or both. It also increases the maximum size that a single door can be, allowing designer and architects to create dramatic impact with a single, large panel.
You may think of bifold doors as being perfect for closets – and they are – but creative architects have specified them for use as entrances to exterior spaces and many other uses. Because they hinge in the middle and slide on a track much like sliding doors, bifold doors intrude less into the space when open, as compared with traditional French doors and many other door types. A bifold door can be opened just a little bit or opened fully and when placed side-by-side, a series of bifold doors can span a wide area and create an openable wall of glass.
Yet another variation on the sliding door, the pocket door slides into a compartment – or pocket – on the adjacent wall when it is fully open. If you have a room that doubles as a common area and sleeping quarters for guests, for example, the pocket door is a perfect solution because when it’s fully open, you can hardly tell the door is there. Pocket doors are also perfect for small spaces because you do not need to accommodate for door swing into either room.
It’s easy to select basic, functional doors for your renovation, however, like many of the choices you will make, the doors are an opportunity to incorporate your own style and make sure that your home suits your lifestyle. Taking the time to fully consider the options will lead to an improved final product and increase your enjoyment of the space.
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