French doors are a beautiful style of door that essentially turns the door into a hybrid window/door. The design of French doors has been in use since antiquity and have always been associated with a level of class and sophistication that is really unparalleled in the world of doors. It probably goes without saying that these doors offer an incredible opportunity to really enhance the value of your home, and they also provide an incredible aesthetic value to those who have them installed in their own living spaces. In this article we delve into what makes these doors so special, where the most ideal places to install them are, and the extent to which you can customize them.
Why So Special?
French doors are considered to be so special mostly because they simply have an incredible aesthetic appeal. They add a real sense of welcomeness to any space they inhabit, and the sight and feeling of walking through two beautiful open doors is something that is hard to beat. These doors are also renowned in renovation projects because they offer a surprising amount of customizability, from the materials, hardware, number, size, and shape of the windows installed in the doors themselves. Finally, one of the most important aspects of French doors is that they allow the ability to create a sense of continuity between spaces, but one that is optionable. They easily close to allow more privacy, but also allow you to maintain a degree of visibility betwen spaces.
French doors offer a surprising amount of customizability. The first thing you will want to consider when contemplating installing French doors is whether or not you want them to operate on hinges, or if you want them to operate as sliding glass doors. Both have plenty of pros associated with either option. For example, sliding glass French doors offer the ability to completely maximize that space that separates one area of the home from another. With sliding glass French doors, you won’t have to worry about placing furniture too close to the doors, as nothing can obstruct their ability to open and close. With French doors that operate on hinges, however, there really is a sense of welcoming when the doors are left wide open. Either way, both styles allow you to have customizable level of visibility between two spaces, whether or not they are open or closed.
The customization doesn’t end there, however. Still left to be considered is the material of the door itself, whether it be wood, aluminum, or vinyl. The style and design of the hardware materials you desire is also a great consideration, and you can choose from our dazzling array of options, from sleek door handles to brass locking mechanisms, and almost any other option you can imagine. Another important consideration is the number, size and shape of the glass window panes that are installed in the door itself.
Ideal Places to Put French Doors
The most ideal places to put French doors are in between spaces where you want to be able to have at least some level of visibility from either side of those two spaces. For example, one really ideal place to have your French doors installed is in the entrance to a patio or yard. This is an ideal place to place your French doors for a number of different reasons. One potential reasons is that you might want to keep an eye on the kids who are playing in the yard while still being able to stick to whatever task is keeping you inside. Another reason why the patio entrance is an ideal place for French doors is that it offers the ability to let in natural light to the room, and also gives you the ability to have a relatively large view of the beautiful outdoors.
When installing French doors on the interior side of the home, say leading from the master bedroom to the master bathroom, or from the dining room to the living room, it’s important to keep in mind that they really do allow you to have complete control over whether or not there is privacy. Shades or blinds can easily be installed on French doors, allowing you to simply close or open the door, adjust the shades, and completely control whether or not the visibility from room to room exists. Having visibility between rooms is a really nice way to make it feel like the space in the home is much bigger than it really is, and it creates a very aesthetically pleasing sense of continuity between rooms.
Installing French doors is one of our favorite tasks, and it is also one of our very top specialties. Wherever you are thinking of having these doors installed, we are able and eager to make it happen. Remember, we offer free estimates on all of our services and on any project, no matter how big or small. So if you’ve been thinking about adding French doors to your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right away for a free consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you!