Bi-folding doors have become increasingly popular in recent years as many homeowners are opting to enhance their home with an extension rather than move. As a result, Bi -folding doors are now an established and often preferred component of extension and renovation projects as they offer a much larger opening than conventional patio doors.
The main reason for home extensions is, to state the obvious, the creation of more space, and the beauty of Bi-fold doors is that they can make a room appear even larger as you can draw them back across virtually the whole width of your room, with the individual sections folding back o themselves.
Making the Most of ‘Inside – Outside’ Space
When Bi-folds open onto a patio of the same height as your living space, your rooms immediately feels larger and airier as you have an unbroken flow between your house and garden. Your patio feels like an extension of your room, it’s a clever design trick and one that really works.
It’s not just a design gimmick though, it works on a practical level too, especially in the summer months when outside dining becomes no more than a step away. And instead of having to walk through a single, standard door size opening, as with say conventional sliding patio doors, you can access your garden across the whole width of the room.
Low Thresholds for Equal Floor Finishes
Originally Bi-fold doors were designed for swimming pools, hence the extremely low threshold required, no one wants any trip accidents round a pool.
With advances in technology and mas production driving costs down, the open plan, low threshold attributes of Bi-folds has literally opened up your options when planning an extension, or replacing old patio doors.
Even more traditional structures like this extension below can look stunning with Bi-Folds fitted.
The Kitchen Garden
With the potential to connect the inside & outside like this kitchen diner and patio below, brings new meaning to the term ‘kitchen garden’ You can even sit on the patio here and still talk to someone in the kitchen, so in terms of maximizing the use of all your space, inside and out and increasing the sociability of your living areas, I think Bi-folds are a real win-win option.
Even in the winter months, with the doors closed, this area will still be flooded by masses of natural light.
And if it’s even more natural light that you’re after, then when planning your extension, build in the option of corner Bi-Fold doors like these to really connect with the outside.
This extension below has been especially well planned. Open all your doors and step out in one direction for outdoor dining, or straight ahead onto the garden.
Having a two glass walled room like these also means that in the winter months, you’ll benefit from masses of extra daylight enhancing your enjoyment of the room.
The Wow factor
If your budget allows, don’t forget that the original use for bi-fold doors was to provide as much light and as spacious a feel as possible to pool houses like this. Wow, indeed!
And if your pool happens to be outside, no problem. Just add Bi-fold doors, an inviting expanse of deck ….. and enjoy.
Just imagine how different, and much less inviting this area would look if, in place of the stunning Bi-folds, you had a large expanse of wall to either side and just a double sliding patio door leading out from the dining space.
Have you had Bi-fold doors fitted? I’d love to know what you think about them and if you now use your garden more. Leave a comment and let me know. It’s always great to hear from you.
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