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French Doors

French Doors By Miriam Kasdan
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

French doors add a touch of class and style to the living or dining room of almost any home. Homeowners have a myriad of options at their disposal, from what the doors are made of, to the direction of the swinging doors, to sliding or non-sliding doors.

There's no question that French doors add an air of elegance to any home or apartment, whether they be interior or exterior doors. There are many varieties to choose from. Homeowners can opt for sliding French doors made of glass and wood in the living, dining, family, or bedroom, possibly providing a view of the backyard. An arched or elliptical top adds a stylish look. French doors with two facing door panels gives any room a more traditional look.

There are choices for doors swinging in or out. French doors swinging out give more room inside and reduce interior clutter. French doors made of glass and wood can be constructed with tempered, insulated glass, and pine or mahogany wood. Exterior French doors can also be installed with sidelites.

Installation Tips

For do-it-yourselfers, installing French doors, while difficult, doesn't have to be impossible, and can be done in about a day. You can choose French doors that swing in or out, or have one fixed while the other swings or slides. Shop around at building supply stores, armed with the exact measurements of the doors you're replacing. With a vision or idea of what you want, you should be able to find the French doors that perfectly fit your needs and tastes.


About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

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