As outdoor remodels surge, glass walls and multi panel doors emphasize a visual and physical connection
Outdoor living has been one of the hottest trends for years. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the popularity of year-round outdoor gatherings. Match every style with large expanses of operable glass and multi panel patio doors that offer uninterrupted views and outdoor access.
Outdoor living continues to be one of the hottest trends in the residential sector, and that includes remodels. The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the desire to have private space just beyond your doors. Now, more than ever, with the increased popularity of year-round outdoor gatherings, indoor-outdoor spaces are a top project. According to an NKBA 2021 survey, outdoor kitchen renovations are seeing a 65% increase in interest. And in AIA’s 2021 Home Design Trends survey, outdoor living spaces and blended indoor-outdoor spaces, like kitchens that connect to the outdoors with glass walls, continue to grow in popularity.
Indeed, for homes of all sizes, a well-appointed exterior with dedicated seating and cooking space has become its own room, an extension of the square footage and an ideal spot for entertaining and relaxing.
Just as important to the trend is the wish to blur the line between indoors and out, a feat achieved with large expanses of operable glass and multi panel patio doors that slide or accordion open to reveal uninterrupted views and access. JELD-WEN offers many patio door options in wood, vinyl, and fiberglass ranging in size from 10′ wide up to as much as 32′ and can combine fixed and movable windows and doors to meet design needs.
For remodels especially, enhancing and connecting to an outdoor space can expand the home’s visual footprint without moving any walls. If a home isn’t being completely gutted and the overall floor plan is staying intact, an operable glass wall can also be an effective way to add more openness and increase sightlines. It can bring in much needed daylight and ventilation as well.
JELD-WEN® Premium® Vinyl sliding doors bring in light, creating the feeling of an expanded footprint and connection to the outdoors.
As the market for multi-slide patio doors has expanded, so have the options, which is making it even easier for remodelers to find a standard unit that fits the size, style, and color needs of each project. And it’s a trend that’s no longer reserved for high-end custom homes. Thanks to the proliferation of materials and the option for slightly smaller sizes, multi panel doors and windows are now available in a range of price points, keeping them within reach for any size budget
For example, JELD-WEN just introduced the F-2500 fiberglass 2-panel folding door. are another alternative, offering big glass panels, wide openings, and options for virtually any residential requirement.
Incorporating expanses of glass can be more complex than traditional window replacement. Remodelers may want to partner with an architect, an engineer and even a designer to help maximize the beauty of the window system as it relates to the rest of the room to ensure flow and an inviting experience. An engineer can determine how walls will need to be reframed to accommodate the new larger glass units.
“Though incorporating a multi-slide patio door or other opening glass wall can take a little more planning than a traditional window or door, the result is all the more spectacular,” notes Sean Smith, vice president of business development for Service Building Supply. “Whether you’re undergoing an extensive outdoor remodel or a simple kitchen rehab, a wall of glass is an essential element in the physical and visual connection of the indoor and outdoor spaces.”
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