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Case Study: Folding Doors and Windows Create Expansive Views in Bellevue, Washington
Thursday, October 24 2019

A home in the illustrious Bridle Trails neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington underwent a full-home remodel. Gallagher Construction LLC worked with the homeowners to create a home that embraces the lush forest it resides in and that has a cohesive and flexible design for entertaining. The remodel modernized the space, created tremendous views of the surrounding nature, brought in more natural light, and created an indoor/outdoor lifestyle made for entertaining.

The exterior of the home models a true craftsman style, with wood panel siding painted a bold navy blue, and a bright white trim. The pillared entry way, partial stone siding, and huge wrap-around deck create a picturesque craftsman home. The back deck boasts a beautiful exposed wood roof overhang extension that provides plenty of shade and creates a central gathering area for lounging, bird watching, and outdoor dining.

A special feature in the modern farmhouse style kitchen is an AG Millworks Folding Kitchen Passthrough Window, supplied by Classic Window Products. This folding window opens the kitchen to the outdoors and creates a passthrough to the adjacent deck, making entertaining and serving food from kitchen to deck a smooth and easy task. The kitchen counter extends to the outside, creating a buffet or bar counter that can be used as additional outdoor dining space. The folding window is equipped with a fully integrated retractable accordion screen so the homeowners can let in fresh air while protecting the home from unwanted insects.

Before the remodel, the home had standard 8-foot ceilings, but the homeowners wanted something grander and more impressive—Gallagher Construction LLC took the building down to the foundation to create 10-foot high walls with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. The higher ceilings make the space feel bigger and more open. The dining room connects the kitchen and the living room, creating one large great room perfect for living and entertaining. An AG Millworks Folding door creates a smooth transition from the indoor dining space to the outdoor entertainment area. When weather permits, doors can be folded open to create airflow and blur the lines between inside and out. On cooler days, doors can remain closed without compromising the stunning forest views. The folding door is also designed with a retractable accordion screen that disappears out of sight when not in use.

The new living room is complete with a beautiful stone feature wall that hosts the wall-mounted TV. A built-in wet bar can be found on the adjacent wall and is any wine lover’s dream—a custom wine rack houses room temperature reserves while the wine fridge chills the vino and other beverages. The AG Millworks Folding door makes the room airy and bright, allowing plenty of natural light to illuminate the space. This compact living room is extended to the outdoors and gains extra square footage thanks to the folding door system.

The folding doors and passthrough window transform this home into an open-air paradise and make it the epitome of outdoor living. The quality craftsmanship and unique design details of this custom home remodel exceeds the homeowners’ design dreams and creates a luxurious indoor-outdoor lifestyle for them to enjoy and share with friends and family. Click here to learn more about how you can use folding doors to create the indoor-outdoor living space of your dreams.

To see more photos from this project visit the Gallagher Construction LLC Project Page. To see additional projects and case studies by AG Millworks, visit the AG Millworks Case Studies Page.


Gallagher Construction LLC was founded and is run by Sean Gallagher and Adam Hunnicutt. Their team includes: Jim Wanichek on framing, Bart Nordstrom on interior ceiling, Robert Brown on the trim and base, and Spencer Gross, Tyler Barberi, and Brian Star providing their expertise throughout the home. Eli Grassley with ESG Design handled all engineering for this project. Gregg Periggoue at Classic Window Products in Redmond, Washington provided all AG Millworks folding doors and windows. All photography by Dave Steckler.

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