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Why French Doors Are So Attractive

Sep 5, 2008
Most people when beginning home improvement projects opt for extensions, a new conservatory, loft conversion, new bathroom or a newly fitted kitchen. Often these come along with a lot of stress, time, money and patience. The most popular choice for change comes from replacing their existing windows and doors. If their house is too dark or does not allow too much scope for natural light, then the next step for improvement is to allow for more light to enter into the rooms.

Popular choices for new doorways to the garden are French doors, which allow the person to have a full few to the outside world. Debates have arisen as to whether French doors can come as single or just as double. However, the double doors are the most popular choice for installation because they allowing much more light to enter in and they make the entrance to the garden appear larger. They also make for an attractive feature to their house, due to their intricate wood carving and glazed glass window.

These may not appear to be a very secure and safe feature, however with modern advancement and new locking methods they can be designed to be fairly heavy duty and difficult to break through. However, these are far from being a modern feature as they have been around since the 17th century. These were seen as window encasements, which were tall, wide and extended to the floor. They often referred to as French windows as they were built specifically for allowing a large amount of light into the rooms.

These were the days without electricity, so features like French doors were useful especially when there was no other means of allowing light into the home. This was later introduced to the English an American architecture towards the end of the 17th century. They were more popular on wrought iron balconies, however, as time passed on these became more of a fashionable feature and were used more for garden conservatories and within the house.

In comparison to the old fashioned French homes in Louisiana, French doors have become larger, allowing in more light and can open up outwards towards the front or back porch. Older French doors tended to be smaller and only opened up into specific places, these were never intentionally meant to be a design piece added to the house. Also in this style is sliding doors which are designed in a very similar way as the standard French style doors, however, instead of being opened by their hinges, they slide open. These are just as safe as can be secured with a three point locking system.

Aside from lighting up several rooms naturally these also make a room seem wider and more appealing to walk into. They are also relatively cheap to install and can come with an arched shaping.
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Anna Stenning plans to install French doors into her new home as it makes for an attractive feature adding in more light.
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