French doors have become a popular design feature in modern Perth homes. However, they aren’t for everyone. So, how do you know if French doors are right for you?
What are French Doors?
French doors are a design that consists of two panels that are mounted on hinges. Traditionally, they had a lot of small window panes within each panel, separated by timber slats called mullions. They can swing inward or outward and can be used indoors or outdoors.
While the traditional design with many small panes of glass is still used, more modern configurations use larger panes of glass and less mullions. At Fremantle Door & Window, our custom built doors are made of heavy duty glass manufactured here in WA and sustainable timber frames and mullions.
Why You May Love French Doors
French doors let in a lot of light. Their design can be traditional, lending an air of old world prosperity or they can be daring and modern. Either way, they provide a great view to the outdoors, serving as a wonderful transition between nature and shelter.
One of the more common uses for French doors is as an alternative to bifold doors. They can be configured to open from a living room or family room into a patio or alfresco living area. They open wide and allow for a lot of ventilation.
Because of all the natural light they let in, they make your house look “roomier.” They can also help you save on heating during the cold months.
When used indoors, French doors are great for dividing rooms but leaving the option for a wide opening to integrate the rooms together. This is great in a modified open floor plan involving a living room, a family room and a study, for example.
Two Reasons to Choose Another Design
There are two reasons why French doors may not be right for you. The first is if you are cramped for space because you need clearance to open them inward. The other is if you just don’t like their look.
For a free design consult or to learn more, call Fremantle Door & Window Company today: (08) 6500 6888.