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Glass Doors Open to Contemporary Balcony
A wood framed glass door and a large sliding glass door offering multiple exits out to a spacious patio that offers spectacular views. Metal balcony railing combines with a gray stained, wood deck for a sleek and contemporary look.
Folding glass doors are ideal for opening an interior space to an outdoor living area — creating flow between a living room and deck, for example. “A folding system allows the panels to neatly fold accordion-style and remain 90 degrees to the opening for a wide-open, unobstructed view,” say the pros at LaCantina Doors.
Sliding glass doors open to the backyard, creating a seamless transition from the living room to the pool area. During the day, a large overhang provides shade from the sun, but at night, it helps illuminates the water.
Grand double doors swing open and welcome visitors to this home. A matching set on the other side of the sitting room leads out to the patio and nearby pool. Open them all and a cool breeze constantly flows through the house.
The type of door you choose depends in part on the size of the opening. Many manufacturers offer a range of options for larger and taller openings. For example, LaCantina’s Aluminum Wood System is a unique design innovation based on the same styling as a traditional wood-clad door and engineered for large openings requiring oversized door panels.
Sliding Glass Doors Open to Sitting Area
Sliding glass doors with white trim not only create an easy transition to this outdoor sitting area, but also complement the home's warm shaker siding.
Sliding Glass Doors Create Seamless Transition to Balcony
There's a lot to love about this living room, including the spectacular city views. In the morning, the owners can sip coffee and enjoy the sight from their sofa, or they can open the sliding glass doors and take a seat on the balcony.
“Folding systems allow you to easily open up your space to invite the outdoors in when desired, and to maximize your space by connecting to the backyard, patio or balcony,” say the experts at LaCantina Doors. A unique advantage of this style is the ability to create a 90-degree angle, surrounding a space on two or three sides with glass.
Of course, you want your glass wall to make a style statement and open your interiors to outdoor living spaces and views, but it’s also important that they keep your home safe and comfortable. All of the Kolbe’s sliding and folding doors have the ability to have both dual-pane and triple-pane glass installed within the panels. Along with several types of low emissivity (LoE) coatings, these units can be produced for maximized thermal performance in any region and with any desired performance, from the heating regions of the north to the cooling in the south. And, says Lance Premeau, LEED® Green Associate Product & Market Manager, Kolbe Windows & Doors, “There are areas in the United States that require window and door products to be impact-rated. This means that the units have passed rigorous testing protocol and can be used in areas ranging from the eastern seaboard, around Florida and along the Gulf Coast.”
French Doors With Frosted Glass Open to Pantry
French doors with frosted glass conceal the pantry, which is located just off the kitchen. Canisters of sugar and salt wait at the ready and give the space a decidedly farmhouse touch.
Frosted Barn Doors Open to Contemporary Guest Bedroom
This 1,952-square-foot condo actually has three bedrooms, one of which is located just off the living room. Thus, frosted barn doors were a smart choice for the space, as they can easily be pulled closed whenever guests need privacy *or* left open to maintain the flowing floor plan.
Kitchen and Dining Room Open to the Outside through Large Sliding Glass Doors
Here's a feature few can boast -- a kitchen/dining room that essentially opens up completely to the outdoors! Just inside the mammoth sliding glass doors, you can see an expansive kitchen island and cozy dining table. Glass windows extend far above the doors, allowing maximum light and creating a reinforced sense of openness.