Blending the home with nature using large openings

Phantom Screens / May 1, 2015

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More homeowners are looking to diminish the separation between indoor and outdoor living spaces by beginning a remodeling project. Adding large openings is one of the more popular options for creating indoor/outdoor areas because these designs allow people to move from interior rooms to nature without crossing an obvious threshold. Consider building large openings with glass doors if renovating your home to blurs the lines between the outdoors and interior spaces has been on your mind lately. Here are some details to examine:


Picking a location is your first step in creating a unique transition from indoors to outdoors. The opening should be on the first floor of your house and lead to a yard space. Because large glass doors are so unconcealed, you may feel more comfortable facing the opening away from the street side of your house. The backyard or area with a beautiful view is probably the best choice.

Examine the room from which you want to exit the house. Would you rather your large opening be off of the living room or a bedroom? Imagine how you would use the space to determine your answer. If you love to entertain guests, then creating an opening from the kitchen or living room could be the best fit for your lifestyle – it allows your guests more freedom to move inside and outside. However, if you lead a more private life and love the outdoors, then adding an opening to your bedroom would be a good option.

Door type

Large openings aren’t your standard type of door, so you’ll need to choose a system that fits into your home’s architecture and your lifestyle. Here are the best doors for large openings:

Stacker: This design works like your standard sliding door, only with more panels and tracks. Several glass pieces sit on top of one another when opened and cover more space when closed. These doors are built with stops that halt the panels in the correct sequence and allow the next panel to slide. Designs made completely of glass mesh together to create what looks like a floor-to-ceiling window.

Sliding: When you refer to a sliding door in terms of large openings, they are a little different than the standard backyard versions. These designs are made of a single panel that runs along a channel either in the floor or above the opening. Industrial models have wheels that hang off a track, allowing the door to slide. Glass versions of these doors are ideal for your large opening, as they allow you to see the outside.

Bi-fold: These designs use several panels that are connected by hinges. The panels fold together like an accordion and lay flat when open.


Blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces is a beautiful way to design your home, but you’ll have to consider a few environmental issues. A giant wall of glass doors provides a breathtaking view, but it also will let in a lot of sunlight. Prevent your home from getting too hot and increasing your energy bill by installing retractable screens. You can have your oversized door screens recessed into the adjoining wall so they are hidden when not in use.

Retractable screens will prevent bugs from getting in the house, keep out unwanted ultraviolet light, allow for natural ventilation and create privacy all while you have the beautiful look of an indoor/outdoor space. Depending on the mesh you choose, the screens will block anywhere from 40 to 90 percent of ultraviolet rays from entering your home.


Invest in glass doors with the Energy Star seal that will ensure your large opening is energy efficient. Double-paned glass is also the best option for reducing heat transference.