Why refacing is the new renovating
While updating the interior of a building is often at the top of the list when undertaking a renovation project, the external appearance is often left much to be desired for. Although making changes to the outside of a building may seem like a large and daunting affair, updating the primary features such as external joinery can make a world of difference.
As the gateway into your home and the first thing guests see, updating exterior doors can undoubtedly help make a great first impression and establish the look of your home. There are a range of styles and collections to choose from which give you unlimited potential. Exterior doors can create a classic or contemporary appearance depending on style and you can tailor your look further by choosing hardware to match your décor, or glazing for added light in the hallway.
Opt for classic timber materials such as white oak for a traditional look, or choose to paint a plain door in a bold colour to create a statement entrance. For the best of both worlds opt for doors that with a dual colour finish, enabling you to select a standout colour for the front of the door and a more neutral colour inside to suit your hallway décor.
Replacing the windows in a property can make a real difference to the light, ambience and feel of the interior space, with design and performance being vital considerations.
From traditional to contemporary, casement to slider and painted to stained, you’d be amazed at the range of options on offer, as well as the possibility for made to measure sizes. Once you’ve picked a style to suit, the wood finish and final touches will allow you to be creative.
The joy of timber is that it can be painted or stained in any colour, with the possibility of a dual colour finish making it easy to reflect the style of your home. Fully finished and factory glazed timber windows also save both time and money due to not having to be decorated, and in the long-term provide even more value thanks to greater guarantees with premium manufacturers offering up to 10 years paint finish guarantees – delivering true peace of mind.
For further customisation and a look that matches local styling, there are a number of different bar designs to choose from too. Single horizontal or deco bars are ideal for subtle detailing, whereas Victorian or cottage bars can add more personality.
Although easy to get carried away with style and design, remember that the operation of the window itself e.g. a hinged casement or slider, can also make all the difference to a home update.
Just adding a small patio doorset can transform a living or dining area and have an immediate effect on light, space and functionality. Even if space is restricted, patio doorsets can still be a possibility as there are many styles available to suit properties of all shapes and sizes, with made to measure options available to fit even the most awkward of openings.
For a smaller opening or window replacement, French patio doorsets are a great option and offer an understated and traditional look. To open the space further without adding another door, it’s possible to incorporate sidelights, which allow extra light to flood in.
However, to truly merge indoor and outdoor living areas, folding sliding patio doorsets are an ideal solution, especially if there is a larger opening. They can be configured so that all the leaves fold all the way back, or with a single independent opening door for added ease of daily access.
Not only should style, strength and performance be a consideration, but the ability to choose a colour that blends perfectly with the exterior of a property should be too.
Open up your living space with timber patio doorsets
There’s nothing more uplifting than the sun shining and the smell of freshly mown grass – and the promise of BBQ’s being fired up for some al fresco dining.
It doesn’t get much better, does it?
It’s in our nature to welcome the warm weather with open arms and to grab onto every last moment, as we’re never too sure how long it will be here to stay.
To make the most of the longer, sunnier days, timber patio doorsets are a welcome addition to any home and can really open up your living space. From traditional French two door designs through to folding and sliding options that have large floor to ceiling panes of glass, patio doors let the light in and work to blend your indoor and outdoor living spaces – all year round.
No matter how big or small your home, patio doors are a real option worth considering if you want to make the most of your very own great outdoors whilst welcoming in plenty of natural light to make your rooms feel more spacious and airy. They are also a solid investment and something that will enhance the appeal of your property should you come to move in the future.
There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing the best solution to suit your home…
1. Design: When it comes to design, there are many styles available to suit properties of all shapes and sizes, with made to measure options available to fit even the most awkward openings.
A good starting point is to think about the operation of the doors. A traditional French patio doorset is a good replacement for a window, or if you have a small opening that you want to make the most of. A sliding mechanism can also be the most practical solution in a small area. On the other hand, if you have a larger opening to work with, a full folding sliding patio doorset will really open up the home.
Next, choose a design that’s complementary to your home and don’t be afraid to have fun with the design for example adding bar detailing.
2. Configuration & operation: if you opt for a French doorset then consider whether to add side lights to allow extra light to flood in.
If it’s a bi-fold patio doorset that gets your vote then you’ll not only need to consider the amount of doors required, but also the way the doors open. Folding sliding doors can be configured with a full set of doors that fold and slide back together, or with a single independent opening for added ease of daily access – whichever works best for you and your family.
And don’t forget to consider whether you want your doors to open in or open out, it may sound obvious but this decision can have a big impact, especially if space is limited.
3. Finish: as with the design, the type of finish you go for will often be influenced by the look of your existing windows. Opting for timber patio doorsets that are supplied fully factory finished will take away the initial stress of finishing them yourself, plus you can choose from a vast array of paint and stain colours.
Oak patio doorsets have high-end appeal, whereas paintable materials such as hardwood or softwood will allow you add interesting paint finishes so you can be as bold or harmonious as you like. Paint finishes such as slate grey and conservation green are very popular of late and add a touch of personality, white and black are classic choices.
4. Energy efficiency: patio doorsets as with other exterior joinery products offer varying levels of thermal efficiency. Opting for a patio doorset that offers Low-E coated double or triple glazed units with low U values can increase your home’s energy efficiency and keep heat in which will ultimately save you money on your energy bills.
5. Security: this is usually the number one concern for us all. When choosing your patio doorset look for ranges that offer high quality hardware including multi-point locking systems. For added peace of mind choose a patio doorset with Secured by Design specification.
Whether the warmer weather is set to stay or the summer is cut short, with patio doors you can be sure to make the most of your outdoor space whilst making a real difference to your indoor environment, come rain or shine.