For this modern home’s kitchen, architect John Bertram wanted a strong relationship between the kitchen and pool area, so he designed a frameless folding window system that stacks flat against the wall.
If you can’t incorporate a whole wall of glass, think smaller. “There are many areas in the home that would benefit from the features of a folding wall system, but may not have space to accommodate such a large opening. JELD-WEN® Custom wood folding windows offer the same advantages of a folding wall system — increased natural light, easy access to the outdoors for entertaining, gorgeous views — in any room of the home,” says Jim Parello, Vice President of Marketing for JELD-WEN.
Enclosing an area with sliding or folding windows allows you flexibility in how you use and experience the space depending on the season, the occasion, or just your mood. When choosing a large-opening door, your choices are virtually limitless. Here, folding doors open an intimate dining area to a much more expansive space. “Keep in mind that folding panels can be configured in numerous ways, from folding all to one side to splitting in the middle and folding to both sides. This unit also has the unique available option of a swing door within the folding door system. This means that the user can operate the user-friendly single door like any other door without having to open all of the panels,” says Lance Premeau, LEED® Green Associate Product & Market Manager, Kolbe Windows & Doors.
Moving glass wall systems can maximize your living space, opening interior rooms to decks and patios. But don’t forget to account for the floor or deck space taken up by folding doors themselves when in the open position. “Folding door units are always stacked perpendicular to the opening. The amount of space that the folding doors will take away from the opening is dependent on the number of panels, panel width, height and thickness,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
Huge windows with accordion blinds allow for full control of the natural light into this transitional bedroom. A dark orange accent wall adds depth to the design without being overly bright. A large tufted headboard folds at the corners to fully enclose the bed space. Yellow accents on the bed add the perfect touch of sunny color.
When choosing the products for any expanse of glass, it’s essential to consider energy efficiency — otherwise you could end up with higher energy bills and rooms that are too hot or cold. Fortunately, many manufacturers offer doors and windows that pair timeless looks with high-tech energy efficiency. LaCantina’s Wood System, for example, features the organic aesthetic of wood while providing excellent thermal performance.
This stunning pool house interior features an open space with high ceilings and white, textured accents. The dining and the living space offer comfortable seating with pleasing views of the pool from wrap-around folding windows.
The window over this kitchen's sink folds back, accordion style, to connect to an adjacent porch. Outdoor parties are a breeze with this access to meals and all their fixings...and the arrangement makes cleaning up so much simpler, too.
Joanna’s design incorporates a stylized take on an old-fashioned Murphy bed, allowing the space to be used as sleeping quarters when guests are visiting. The bed folds up and out-of-sight when the room is being used as a kids’ space.
The kitchen invites the outdoors in with bi-fold windows and glass doors that open up to the stone patio. High end appliances make cooking effortless, and the design is kept simple with a neutral palette to allow the countryside views to be the main focus.
The Noho Duplex in New York City has street level entry. With the windows on the front exterior of the space, this left little room for privacy in the home's previous design. The homeowners wanted an industrial feel for their home, so they wanted to stick with a more modern design and didn't want the clutter of having to hang curtains to get privacy, so designers created a two-fold privacy plan. First, they replaced the homes existing windows with frosted paned windows to obscure the view from the street. Then, they added custom fabricated, full height, glazed steel bi-fold doors with frosted glass panels to create a sort of "foyer" in the space. These doors are retractable, so once the family is in for they night, they can fold up the doors and enjoy the open spaces in their home.
Enjoy your cabin days in style! This cozy cabin features country white wall paneling and cabinet doors in the bathroom and red toile fabric for the adjoining bedroom. The folding shutter window dressing and decorative plate wall art add charisma and charm to an already adorable palette.
This beautifully-designed, traditional pool house offers a private getaway just steps from the main home. With wrap-around Pennsylvania bluestone and long, pebble finish pool and hot tub, guests are invited to relax poolside in lounge chairs, or step inside the pool house and enjoy views from the folding glass windows.