Are you looking to replace your old doors with some French doors? We have used french doors to help numerous Perth homeowners update their homes and “keep ahead” of the neighbours. Here are some ideas that can keep your home fresh and modern.
Why French Doors?
French doors, like a lot of doors in modern design, let a lot of light into your home. They look great from both the inside and the outside. Their distinctive design is both visual and practical. They can be incorporated into a door space or along an entire wall. French doors allow you to integrate your home into nature and nature into your home.
Even when you have the doors closed, French doors create an illusion of more living space. This takes advantage of an old design axiom: perception is reality. However, French doors can actually increase living space. When the weather outside is appropriate, you can open them wide and turn your patio or garden into more living space while allowing refreshing billows of fresh air into your home.
French doors can also be used inside your home to separate rooms. They have many of the same advantages indoors as they do outdoors. They allow light to pass from room to room, brightening up both. They also allow you to use the space as two small rooms or one large room, due to the wide arch opening.
Why New, Custom French Doors?
Older French doors, while still providing great design benefits, weren’t made as solidly or with the materials we can provide at the Fremantle Door & Window Company. Due to stronger materials, exterior French doors now provide better security for your home. They also help to insulate your home better, keeping hot air out on a summer day and cold air out on a winter night.
Our custom built French doors are also much more durable and solid than older ones made with outdated materials and technology. This also means that you spend less time maintaining or repairing custom built doors.
But what about those design ideas for a modern touch? Read on…
Natural Timber Frame, Tinted Glass
We can tint the glass on your French doors to allow one-way vision. You will be able to see out your windows, but nobody will be able to see in. This allows you to enjoy great views, but in total privacy. The natural timber frame not only insulates, but fits in perfectly if you have trees in or around your garden. Timber is the perfect blend of timeless beauty and modern functionality.
Contrast with Floorboards
There are two ways to go about selecting colours and timbers for a timber frame. One is to try and match the floorboards. The other is to go for bold, striking contrast that makes your French doors stand out. We can provide either for you, but we heartily recommend exploring the visual possibilities of contrast.
Sometimes the hardware on French doors is an afterthought. We recommend seeing what can happen if we make the hardware the focal point of the doors. This can be as simple as a matching timber slimline handle instead of a standard door knob.
Muntins are the timber frames that break French doors up into segments. While these squares are a distinctive design factor for traditional French doors, we can also provide a solid glass door, similar to the panes in sliding doors and bifold doors. This allows even more light in while allowing you to retain important French door design elements such as the arch over the top.
Natural Timber Colours
White muntins and frames have become a cliche in French door design, especially for exterior doors. If you want to be modern, don’t be like everyone else used to be. Let us work with you to help you select the timber and the colour that work the best for your home and its surroundings. We usually default to a more natural appearance, but the choices are limited only by the imagination.
Call Fremantle Door and Window Today
To learn more or for a free design consult, call us today: 1300 308 323.