The Choice of Patio Doors for Period Properties
With advances in door design and manufacture, the extensive choice of patio doorsets can be almost overwhelming. Then there is the choice of which material – wood, aluminium, composite or uPVC. In this blog, we explore the warmth, beauty and value that different wooden patio doors can add to period properties, from traditional cottages and barn conversions to Victorian terraces.
Classic Wood French Doors
The original patio door, wooden French doorsets provide a timeless and traditional feature to effortlessly tie your home and garden together. Allowing more light into a room than a single or a stable door would, French patio doors are ideal for homes that have smaller openings, as is the case for many period cottages and Victorian terraces. If room allows, additional glazed sidelights and fanlights to the side of and above the doors themselves can be incorporated, letting even more light in.
For traditional detailing, you may wish to consider the integration of astragal bars and period, wrought iron door furniture. However, French patio doors are not just confined to traditional refurbishments. For instance, if you are considering a more contemporary extension to your period property then at George Barnsdale we can incorporate modern features into the design, including linear stainless steel door furniture, dual colour coatings and sandblasted glazing.
Wooden Bifold Doors
Bifold doors allow the creation of a clear opening, providing a seamless connection with the outside. This type of wooden patio door is a popular addition to extensions on terraced or semi-detached Victorian properties. Whilst modern in functionality, the wood frame does not conflict with the existing fabric of period properties.
Wooden bifold doors are not just restricted to new extensions. Doors that are finished in a heritage paint colour, or a traditional stain, can open-up any existing living space without compromising the character of a property when closed.
Traditional Wooden Sliding Doors
The great advantage of sliding patio doors is the extent of uninterrupted glass that they allow when closed, resulting in increased natural light and an unobstructed view of the outside. Whereas wood bifold and French patio doors are more suited to those homes wishing to remain sympathetic to period features, sliding doors are perfect for those homeowners looking to add a contemporary twist. Subsequently, sliding patio doors are more suited to modern ‘statement’ extensions where the homeowner still desires the natural warmth and beauty that wood can bring.
Wooden Tilt and Sliding Doors
Even outward opening French doorsets can be problematic for those homes with limited space. In these situations homeowners should consider tilt and sliding door designs. A perfect space saving solution, tilt and sliding doors are especially suited to Juliet balconies. They open up the room with natural light when closed and can provide secure ventilation without having to slide the entire door.