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Thursday, September 26 2019
Folding glass doors are a unique design feature that can transform your home by creating more natural light, expanding views, and extending your living space to the outdoors. When investing in these luxury door systems, you want to consider your home design and decide which part (or parts) of your home needs this lavish upgrade.
Folding Glass Doors are Perfect for Your Living Room
Using folding glass doors to create an open-air living room and to extend the space to the outdoors is the perfect application. With doors folded open, your space will instantly feel larger and brighter, creating a more comfortable area for entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or having a lazy Netflix day, your folding glass doors will add luxury to your space and enhance your lifestyle.
Create an Indoor-Outdoor Kitchen with Folding Glass Doors
Folding glass doors can also be used in your kitchen design! Enjoy an open-air cooking experience with plenty of ventilation. You can even use a folding glass window to create a kitchen passthrough to the outside entertainment area. The passthrough window will add additional dining space with bar seating at the counter on either side of the opening.
Folding Glass Doors Create an Al Fresco Dining Experience
Connect your dining room to the outdoors and enjoy al fresco dining at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Folding glass doors can eliminate entire walls in your home and give you the open-air dining experience you’ve been dreaming of. Family dinners, holidays, and barbecues will be better than ever!
Wide-Open Resort-Style Views in the Master Bedroom
You can use folding glass doors to create a luxurious, resort-style experience in your master bedroom, so it will feel like you’re always on a grand vacation. Stay cozy in bed and enjoy the natural light, expansive views, and fresh air. If you want to glamp from home for the night, make sure you invest in the optional retractable accordion screen so you can sleep with doors open while protecting yourself from insects!
Open-Air Pool House for the Ultimate Entertaining
Folding glass doors will open your pool house to the outdoors and connect it to the pool and patio area. This makes it easy for swimmers to access the bathroom or get towels and snacks from inside the space. You can even use folding glass windows to create a kitchen pass through to the outside.
Folding Glass Doors in Your Sunroom
Complete your sunroom with a folding glass door—bring in an abundance of sunlight and fresh air to your space. Your door system can be energy efficient and suitable for hot or cold climates.
Use Folding Glass Doors to Open Your Gym to the Outside
With folding glass doors in your private gym, you can fold doors open and enjoy the fresh air during your workout routine. Having a wall of glass patio doors will enhance your view and create an indoor-outdoor exercise experience.
Folding Glass Doors are a Luxurious Room Divider
You can use folding glass doors in the interior of your home to separate two spaces. In the photo above, a large door system creates a divide between a sitting room and dining room. With doors folded open, the two spaces become one.
Wherever you choose to install your folding glass door system, it is important to take the structure of your home into consideration. Because these door systems are top-hung, they require strong headers to support the weight of the door panels. Be sure to talk to an expert about where you want to install your folding glass doors so you can ensure you have the necessary engineering.
To learn more about folding glass door systems, visit our folding glass door product page.
Tuesday, September 24 2019
Luxurious outdoor living is one of the hottest home design trends of 2019. What was once just a space to place some patio chairs and a grill is now an elaborate outdoor room designed for entertaining and equipped with outdoor kitchens, dining tables, cozy couches, fire pits, and TVs. If you plan to update your outdoor living space, these 19 outdoor living designs will inspire you to create the ultimate indoor-outdoor lifestyle in your home.
1 | Coastal cottage with kitchen passthrough window.
This beautiful outdoor space features a kitchen passthrough window for easy entertaining. The folding window, French swing doors, and oversized bi-fold door connect the home to the outdoors and blur the line between inside and out. A covered outdoor courtyard-esqe space lies between the two wings of the home and makes for a cozy conversation area with an outdoor kitchen. The infinity pool and jacuzzi complete the space, creating a luxurious outdoor lifestyle.
2 | Craftsman style cabin with folding window and doors.
This home in Washington connects with nature using a pair of folding doors and a folding passthrough window. The expansive deck wraps around the home and creates the ultimate outdoor entertaining space with views of the surrounding forest. The natural wood roof extension draws the eye and adds a tasteful design element while providing a shaded seating area.
3 | Custom home with great deck for outdoor living.
This custom home features two folding door systems that expand the interior spaces of the home to the outdoors. The main home and the guest house studio fully open to the outside deck to enjoy lovely California weather, the infinity pool, and the fire pit. These open spaces create a smooth entertaining experience where guests can easily migrate from inside to out.
4 | Stylish home built for indoor-outdoor living.
This home was designed with luxury outdoor living and entertaining in mind. With three outdoor seating areas—a dining space, lounge area, and fireside seating—this residence is outdoor living goals. When weather permits, this home features two folding doors that open to the outside and create expansive views of the surrounding vineyards.
5 | The ultimate outdoor entertainment space with expansive pool.
This outdoor living space was made for pool parties. With a huge walk-in pool, integrated jacuzzi, and covered seating area with an outdoor TV, this is the perfect spot for summer barbecues and sports viewing parties. This outdoor lifestyle is complete with two folding doors and a pocketing sliding door system.
6 | Infinity pool with folding doors make for perfect outdoor entertaining.
This expansive outdoor space has a full outdoor kitchen with a gas range, grill, sink, and bar seating. With a full dining table, comfortable lounge seating, and lawn chairs, this outdoor design is perfect. The indoor-outdoor pool house boasts two folding door systems that can connect the space to the outdoors or fold closed and act as a media and game room.
7 | Spanish style villa with an expansive balcony and views.
This custom Spanish style home in Santa Barbara features a large upper balcony and deck that is accessible via the large folding door system and four French swing doors. The overhead pergola adds shade along with a unique design touch for the ultimate aesthetic. The large opening created by the folding doors creates a smooth connection between the kitchen and outdoor entertaining area.
8 | Craftsman style home with bi-fold kitchen passthrough counter.
This outdoor living design highlights the bi-fold kitchen passthrough window on this craftsman style home. The folding window creates extra bar seating and makes it easy for meals to be passed from kitchen to outdoor dining space. The hand-made iron table and chair set matches the craftsman design and makes for perfect entertaining.
9 | Custom craftsman style home wows with bold blue outdoor living space.
Another custom craftsman style home, with coastal design touches, creates the ultimate outdoor living experience with bi-fold and French doors. The covered seating area enjoys comfy couches, a fireplace, and an outdoor TV to maximize luxury. The double-sided fireplace can be accessed from the covered seating area or from the al fresco kitchen and dining space.
10 | Cozy al fresco living room with all the necessary luxuries.
This intimate outdoor entertaining area has all the luxuries—an outdoor kitchen, bar seating, lounge seating, and sparkling pool. The large folding door system maximizes space by connecting the indoor and outdoor living spaces.
11 | Fresh air and ocean views featuring a folding door system.
This is what open-air living looks like. A huge folding door creates a wide-open space with major indoor-outdoor vibes. The stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the infinity pool, and the outdoor kitchen is what outdoor living dreams are made of. A few steps down to the sand makes this al fresco home the ultimate outdoor lifestyle.
12 | Mediterranean home with open-air living.
This Mediterranean villa has every outdoor living amenity you can imagine—two folding doors open to the expansive deck, glistening pool, and dining set. Past the jacuzzi and pool lies the outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and tennis court. The master bedroom opens onto a balcony with mountain views.
13 | Craftsman style house boasts major outdoor living vibes.
This craftsman style home will fulfill anyone’s outdoor living dreams. A large folding door system expands the home into the outdoor living space, which features a fireplace and outdoor TV with comfortable seating. To the right of the covered living space is the al fresco dining area. The luxurious folding passthrough window connects the large farmhouse kitchen to the outdoor entertainment space and adds additional seating at the outdoor breakfast bar.
14 | Walls disappear in this indoor-outdoor living space.
Nothing screams outdoor living more than opening an entire wall of the house to the outdoors. This pool house features a folding window-door combination. The window and door meet in the middle and lock together to create a combination system. This space opens to the outdoor barbecue and dining area, with the pool not far behind.
15 | A compact outdoor space blends inside with out.
This modern home upgrade fully opens to the outdoor balcony and creates an al fresco living and dining space. The inverted zero corner bi-fold system is what makes this space so light, airy, and spacious.
16 | Barbecues, an infinity pools, and grassy pastures.
Another craftsman style home with a beautiful infinity pool and an outdoor kitchen and dining area. The interior dining room is blended with the outdoors thanks to a multi-slide door system. With mountain views and an expansive grass pasture, this outdoor living design is perfect for the whole family.
17 | Contemporary space opens to the outside.
This contemporary home adds warm touches to the design with the natural wood bi-fold doors and pergola. This outdoor space features two folding door systems that blur the lines between inside and out.
18 | Custom lakeside home built to entertain guests.
This lakeside home has a large outdoor entertainment area featuring an outdoor kitchen with grill, a TV and fireplace, and dining area. The folding passthrough window creates an opening from the indoor wet bar, making it the perfect party design. The large folding doors create a smooth transition from interior to exterior.
19 | A wrap-around porch on this mountain home.
This mountain cabin boasts a beautiful, covered wrap-around porch. The folding door system extends the indoor living area to the open-air entertainment zone. This outdoor living room has a modern dining set, additional bar seating at a passthrough window counter, and a firepit area. This is the perfect space for cozying up by the fireplace and star gazing.
Tuesday, September 10 2019
Doors are the gateway to your home, literally and figuratively. That’s why choosing and understanding which large glass door systems you need can truly create the perfect indoor-outdoor lifestyle you desire. Now finding patio doors for your home can seem like an easy and simple task, but when you start looking at the different options available, it can be overwhelming. Here is a simple break down to help guide you to your perfect patio door.
There are four popular styles: Bi-Folds, Multi-slides, French Doors, and Lift and Slides.
The most popular large glass door system is the Bi-fold. Bi-fold doors can eliminate entire walls in your home and bur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. Bi-folds offer a unique design in which door panels fold up accordion-style on one or both sides of the opening, connecting each space. With almost unlimited folding door configurations available, you can find the perfect Bi-fold door for your space.
Multi-slide glass doors are another great option if you are looking to expand your living space to the outdoors. The Multi-slide operates like any sliding glass door: the panels slide open smoothly and stack at either side of the opening. If you want the door panels to completely disappear, pocketing Multi-slides are an option. A pocketing Multi-slide system will stack neatly inside the wall and leave behind a wide-open space. Keep in mind that pocketing doors require a wider jamb, and space inside the wall to stack all sliding door panels.
If you love the idea of updating your patio door but lack the space for a larger glass door system, then French Doors are a tasteful alternative. French doors are the essence of class and elegance with a classic European design. French Doors can swing-in or swing-out, so you are guaranteed to find the proper door that will compliment your space. Installing French doors in your home is one of the best ways to create a light-filled, indoor-outdoor living space.
Lift and Slides
No, you don’t have to actually lift the door in order to slide it (although that would be impressive to show off to your guests). The Lift and Slide has a small lever that needs to be turned and with a slight nudge, the doors will smoothly roll away. Like the Multi-slide, the Lift and Slide has a guided track for the doors to slide and stack open. Lift and slides also have pocketing or non-pocketing options, depending on your design needs.
Now that you have a better explanation of the most popular large glass door system styles, you can begin to do more research about the doors you are interested in and talk to your architect or contractor for guidance. You may also visit your local door and window dealer to learn more about product features and view displays. Click here to find an AG millworks certified door and window dealer near you.
Thursday, September 05 2019
Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas on Saturday, August 31st, and left damage and devastation behind. As a Category 5 hurricane, wind speeds reached more than 157 mph which, combined with torrential downpours and flooding, caused maximum destruction. According to The New York Times, Dorian has “likely destroyed more than 10,000 homes and wiped out much of the infrastructure.”
According to U.N. officials, “more than 60,000 people on the hard-hit islands will need food” (Orlando Sentinel). If you want to support the Bahamas as they deal with the aftermath of this natural disaster, consider donating or volunteering for the cause. There are many organizations who are working to provide emergency aid and supplies to the Bahamas.
You can donate to the Bahamas Red Cross to help provide shelter, food, water, clothing, blankets, and other resources. The Red Cross currently has 200 volunteers in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, with more relief to come.
Headknowles is an organization that raised funds and provided volunteers for both Hurricane Joaquin and Hurricane Matthew. The foundation is accepting monetary donations for Hurricane Dorian relief, as well as emergency supplies. If you are in Florida, there are two donation drop off locations where you can donate items such as generators, tarps, chainsaws, portable stoves, butane canisters, air mattresses, liquid baby formula, diapers, wet wipes, toiletries, and more.
Global Giving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. All donations will support relief and recovery efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Tuesday, September 03 2019
Maintaining an energy efficient home should be a priority to all homeowners despite legal requirements. An energy efficient home will help reduce your carbon footprint and can also save you money in the long run. When planning a new home build or remodel project, it is important to consider the energy efficiency of your new doors and windows.
If you are including a large folding glass door in your home design, you might be wondering if the door system will be energy efficient and meet new energy requirements. The good news is, choosing the right folding glass door for your space doesn’t mean you have to give up on energy efficiency—the large folding glass doors you want to use to create an indoor-outdoor living space can be energy efficient and meet California’s Title 24 requirements, all while creating a large opening to the outdoors.
Not ALL Large Folding Glass Doors are Energy Efficient
When selecting a large folding glass door for your project, you need to pay special attention to the product specifications. Be sure to only choose a folding glass door manufacturer who can guarantee a Title 24 Prescriptive Compliant door system with low energy ratings. To meet California’s Title 24 requirements for 2020, your large folding glass door will need a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of .23 and a U-Factor of .30. Though energy ratings can be confusing, your window and door dealer will be able to answer any questions you have and help you choose an energy efficient folding glass door for your remodel project.
Benefits of an Energy Efficient Folding Glass Door
Sticking to an energy efficient folding glass door is in your best interest. If your door system has excellent energy ratings, it can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter and save you money on cooling and heating bills. An indoor-outdoor living space created by large folding glass doors that are energy efficient can increase the value of your home as it is a highly desirable feature among homebuyers today.