We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home than planned this year, and with this, inevitably come lots of exciting new home improvement ideas you want to put into place. Perhaps you’ve realised that you’re not quite making the best use of your space, would like to extend your home or create a more seamless transition from inside to out. Whatever your goals may be, now is the time to start planning! I’ve teamed up with bespoke glazing experts, Kloeber, to offer a little inspiration when it comes to thinking about your glazing, and in particular, your patio doors.
Patio doors are an ideal way to introduce more natural light into the home, and also open up your living space. When it comes to choosing the perfect patio door, you’ll be faced with lots of different options, and it can feel overwhelming when it comes to making the right decision for your home and lifestyle! Hopefully, this guide will help you along the way…
First up, let’s talk design! The term ‘patio door’ is quite broad and covers lots of different style options, so let’s take a look at them in more detail.
Open up your home with Bifold Doors
Bifold doors are an incredibly popular choice among homeowners, and suit all styles of property from period to contemporary. The multiple door panels fold in an accordion-style opening, which means you can essentially open up a whole wall of your home and really integrate your garden with your interior. It’s a fantastic way to connect your home to nature and make the most of all of your land! Perfect for families who love to entertain and spend lots of time outside with friends, especially during the warmer months. Configurations are also flexible too, Kloeber’s bespoke bifold doors enable you the choice of opening direction, panel numbers and the handy option of a single opening door. There aren’t really any downsides to bifold doors, but they are on the frame-heavy side, so if you’re looking for something a little more discreet with that ‘frameless’ look then a slimline sliding door might be best for you.
Keep it minimalist with Slimline Sliding Doors
Sliding doors have had a less-trendy reputation over the years, but they’ve definitely brushed off their association with the 80s and seen a huge resurgence in popularity thanks to contemporary new styles. Kloeber’s ÜberSlide is a slimline sliding door boasting 20mm sightlines and that ‘barely there’ look. This style of door is ideal for minimalists, those who want to let in as much light as possible and for more contemporary properties. Retaining the high-performance of more traditional sliding doors, you can still enjoy a thermally efficient design just with less frame. Imagine sunny afternoons with all of that beautiful light flooding through your home, dreamy!
Add a touch of chic with French Doors
Offering elegance and style, French doors are a classic, reflecting design influences of the 16th and 17th century. While they may indeed be a true classic, this doesn’t mean they should stay in the past. Nowadays, French doors are as popular as ever thanks to their timeless design. Sophisticated yet functional, French doors can sit happily in both period and modern properties. While they tend to be a little smaller in dimension compared to bifold and sliding doors, you can still enjoy plenty of natural light thanks to the high glass to frame ratio, this also helps to create a greater feeling of spaciousness. Kloeber’s made to measure French doors are also available in any RAL colour, or choice of wood stains! How about an elegant white or country cream?
Once you’ve got a good idea of the style of patio door you want to go for, the next decision comes down to the material. Will it be timber? Aluminium? Or perhaps a combination of the two with a composite? With all three boasting various different qualities, you might want to check out this handy guide.
Hopefully this has helped with your patio door planning, and if you’ve got any further questions or queries when it comes to bifolds, sliding or French doors then the team at Kloeber are sure to be able to help. Happy home improving!