a door opening on the road, where the priority is
privacy, any door that leads out into the garden needs
to bring inside and outside together. The British
climate being what it is, garden doors have to stay
closed a fair amount of the time, so they should offer
a broad view of the garden from the safety of the
house. And, when the weather permits, they should
allow movement between house and garden as if they
french windows and sliding doors have answered this
need up to a point, but both have limits. For a completely
flexible solution, experts such as Sarah Beeny recommend
bifold doors to connect inside to outside and make
the whole area feel larger.
doors can fold away to leave 90% of the available
space open, offering a wide vista onto your garden
and easy movement in and out. Real
Homes Magazine recommends using a flush floor
track and building up the patio so it's level with
the internal floor, to make the transition unnoticeable.
Of course, this has the potential to cause drainage
problems, but an easy solution is to have the patio
sloping very gently away from the doors.
thing that can help make inside and outside flow together
seamlessly is to match the surfaces of the floor and
the patio, such as using slate tiles for both. Alternatively,
you shouldn't have difficulty getting a synthetic
floor-covering that looks like the patio without having
to tear up the floor. Choosing interior and garden
furniture to match can also create a continuous feel
and add to the "wow factor".
Ideas like this can work in most properties
where there's room for a substantial opening
onto the garden, but bifold doors can be incorporated
to enhance the most specialised conversions.
Telegraph describes an ingenious conversion
of a house from two bedrooms to six, including
"cover[ing] the outside courtyard to turn
it into a flexible everyday room with large
bifold doors leading to the garden." The
courtyard conversion in itself would blend inside
and outside, with the bifold doors creating
a smoother transition.
doors are extremely versatile, coming in a variety
of styles and materials and ensuring there's something
that will match the rest of your home's style. View
a wide range of aluminium bifold doors at foldingdoors2u.co.uk,
as well as timber and uPVC, so whatever your needs
are, you can have bifold doors that bring the outside
in for you.