French doors: practical or just for show?
March 8, 2005 5:37 PM Subscribe
I'm starting work on a new deck and ideally when the project is finished, I'd like to swap out the standard sliding glass door that leads out from the kitchen with out-swinging double french doors (something like these
). But can they also be practical?
posted by mathowie to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
I would love to have the dramatic ability to open 8ft of the house out into the world with french doors, but we do use the existing sliding glass door screen in the summer to let cool breezes blow through, especially after dark when the air cools down.
My big worry is with two outward swinging (due to a cramped eating area, there's no room to swing inwards) doors, do I lose the ability to run a screen for breezes? Oregon isn't that buggy, but I would like to have a kitchen free of flies buzzing about.
Would one of those new hidden retractable screens
do the job if affixed inside the door frame? Would I need to lash the door handles from the outside to make sure winds don't shut them?
Or do french doors pretty much negate practical screen use? I don't know, because I've never lived anywhere that had them, but I think they look fantastic and would like to have a set, even though I know they'll cost a fortune (quotes currently hover around $2k for the doors). But I do hope they are just as practical as sliding doors.