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Opening the Outdoor Room

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Opening the Outdoor Room

By Lyndall Lee Arnold

Planning ground floor extensions is the ideal opportunity to maximise space by creating an indoor-outdoor room. A family/living area, which can be opened up fully onto a paved courtyard or terrace makes a sensational entertaining area.

Bi-fold glass doors are an exciting alternative to traditional sliding glass doors. They create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors, allow a larger opening than sliding doors and the lightweight new range of aluminium frames are stylish, easy to care for, long lasting.

When ordering the door locking device, ask the manufacturer for an easy to operate, non-key locking devices and make sure that they are installed within easy arm’s reach not at the top of the doors which are usually too high for the average adult to reach.

To allow for ventilation and easy access when the entire set of doors is closed, install a fixed door and a set of frameless sash windows or louvres at one end of the set of bi-fold doors.

Install the fixed door with a parliament hinge so it opens out to 180 degrees and lies flat against the outside wall or windows for a streamlined effect.

Security screens can also be installed on the louvre or window section so you can leave them open for ventilation. Prior to installation, make sure that the louvre casing is large enough to accommodate the screen with the window fully open.

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