Reinforce Your Home’s Connection to its Surroundings with Big Doors

Reinforce Your Home’s Connection to its Surroundings with Big Doors
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    By Nathan Cregeur, Andersen Windows

    Finding that just-right home in the always-wanted-to-live-there neighborhood is the aim of any home buyer.

    The two are intertwined in the decision criteria to the point that many buyers see houses as a celebration of their connection to the space around them.


When the right renovation opportunity comes along, homeowners often want to reinforce the connection of a house with its surroundings. That’s why big doors are the next evolutionary step of home design.

As a window evolves

Windows have come a long way from the simple act of opening windows to let in fresh air. Over the centuries innovations have refined windows, such as the revolutionary development of the screen to keep unwanted pests out. Big doors represent the latest evolution and hold the interest of many designers for their dual purpose: serving as a wall and window.

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Big doors help boost the flexibility and quality of home life: walls separate inhabitants from weather and pests that could interrupt a good night’s sleep, but their living rooms can double or even triple in size on a beautiful day as the wall opens. The new MultiGlide Patio Door from Andersen is ideal for home designs that emphasize large expanses of glass in a contemporary or traditional panel style.

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Clear views, blurred lines

Big doors take the definition of home and garden and blends them together in a visually breathtaking way. Patios, conversation pits, and outdoor kitchens are no longer separated by solid walls but instead melt into the flow between interior and exterior spaces in a completely intuitive way. These are not your parents’ patio doors; big doors can span a distance anywhere from 20 to 40 feet. Doors can even be curved to follow a wall’s lines or wrap around a corner.

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Adding a big door isn’t as simple as picking one up at the local home improvement store, though. Enjoying this investment in your home means investing time up front on design and engineering considerations to make sure the doors are made exactly to your needs, and installed with minimal fuss and few surprises. Depending on the final design specification, most big doors don’t take much if any additional time to build.

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With renovations today adding more flexibility to a home’s features, it’s no wonder that Big Doors are projected to deliver value for many years to come. The tangible “wow factor” they bring to a home makes big doors unique in unexpected ways. Taking the time to design it right means you get to enjoy more of what you love about your home…indoors and out.

Nathan Cregeur is Door Product Manager at Andersen Windows —

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