Opening Your Space with French Doors

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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French doors have a way of welcoming people inside and opening up a room. We’re about to add them in our sunroom as a way to access the yard. If you’re struggling with how to bring in more light, open up a space, or just add architectural detail to your home, consider French doors.

French doors can work in several locations:

  • Dining room. Gives that elegant look and still allows you to close them to muffle noise.
  • Kitchen or family room. Lead to a deck or patio.
  • Den or study.
  • Sunroom.

Talk with a contractor about the best size to use and what features you need. Here’s an overview on features from Marvin Windows. This is one project that is tough for a do-it-yourselfer to tackle because it involves cutting out walls. Plus, French doors are heavy and typically require the contractor to have one or two other workers around just to help carry the door.

French Doors: Swing Out, In, or Slide?

French doors come in a variety of styles, from the traditional ones that open and close like a door to those that slide sideways. The latter style is ideal for tight spots, as we discovered when trying to figure out how a four-foot door could swing out onto our deck without ruining furniture placement and the location of our grill. The interior space is also limited, so the solution was a sliding glass French doors.

Energy Savings and Tax Credits

If you buy them before Dec. 31, new French doors also can save you money at tax time, according to Energy Star. Check with your contractor or door retailer to make sure the model you select qualifies for these tax credits.

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