There is merit in replacing a sliding patio door system with a French door. Going old school is a major aesthetic upgrade, for the broad frames rarely cease to be charming. However, switching from a gliding door to a swinging one will almost always leave some part of the opening uncovered. Adding windows is a neat solution.
Since combining French doors with windows is an art, here are some expert tips to help you pull it off.
Flank the Door With Double-Hung Windows
An excellent way to help fill in a wide opening is to introduce one double-hung window on each side of French doors. This configuration works wonders for a property with a patio since the sashes of operating windows will not interfere with foot traffic when open.
Building a seat next to each double-hung window makes it easier to join in the conversation or simply enjoy your outdoor space without actually going outside.
Install a Sliding Window on One Side
Using one sliding window in lieu of two double-hung ones can achieve the same goal, plus it provides top-to-bottom ventilation. Only do this when the remaining portion of the opening is wide enough to accommodate a pair of staggered operating units.
Top the Door With a Decorative Transom
If you have tall sliding doors, your French doors do not have to match their height. Rather, crown them with one fixed window. The additional glass can make up for the less transparent surface of the French door.
Form a Glass Wall With a Picture Window
If you want a no-frills, door-window pairing, there isn’t a better one than a combination of French doors and picture windows. Passive fixtures require much less maintenance since they have no moving parts.
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