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French Doors Add Space and Class

French Doors Add Space and Class By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Do you want to remodel your home but don't know where to start? Perhaps you have a small room that you wish could appear larger? French doors, in all sorts of variations, have become an increasingly popular renovation through the years.

Many home-owners have chosen to replace old sliding patio doors with French doors, also known as French windows, due to their many advantages:
  • Creates an illusion of space: French doors open up a room to either the room beyond or to the outdoors.
  • Increased light: obviously exterior French doors add far more light to a room, especially when you select two doors opening in opposite directions.
  • Double or even triple panes of glass block out noise and provide far superior insulation to sliding doors. In general, French doors also have better weather-proofing, which saves you money on your heat and air-conditioning.
  • New high-tech glass options can block out harmful ultraviolet rays.

In addition to all of those benefits, the range of style options makes French doors even more popular:
  • Single door versus double French doors
  • Full length panes of glass separated by a piece of wood or smaller glass panels in whatever configuration you choose
  • Etchings on the glass
  • Colored stain glass options
  • Type of wood: mahogany, cedar, maple, birch, and many more
  • Color/stain of the wood to better blend or contrast with its setting

French doors can look clean and modern, yet are so classic that they can pull off an elegant look in older homes too. And it's easy and affordable to customize French doors to your specifications. Talk with designers about the space and setting of the room to determine what works best for your home--do you want the opulence of a cathedral or a simple, homey touch? It's all up to you.

About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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