Windows Become Walls: How Big Doors & Windows Add Wow Factor

BY Kristen Fowler | Mon May 15, 2017
Windows Become Walls: How Big Doors & Windows Add Wow Factor

Any homeowner knows there’s more to love about your home than what’s contained inside four walls and a roof. From the style, the size, the way you could see yourself living there for years to come, a dream home is as much about the surroundings as it is about the house. Whether designing a new home or improving an existing structure, homeowners want to emphasize all the things they love about their home. Windows and doors have played a significant role in those decisions before, but as technology has refined, their role has gotten bigger and better. The emphasis, in this case, is on the “big.”

From the simple act of letting light into a room to the emergence of energy-efficient options, windows and doors have changed quite a bit over the centuries. This latest evolution took root in the Southwestern United States, using big doors to not only provide light and protection from the elements when closed; but to open up your home to outdoor living spaces when open. This flexibility can double or even triple in size on a beautiful day as the wall opens to connect indoors and out. This idea has expanded inland, and thanks to design and engineering innovations, are possible even where there are climate extremes.

These are not merely oversized patio doors. Big Doors can span a distance up to 45 feet and reach height up to 16 feet, literally becoming a wall when closed. Opened wide, and the amount of livable space expands without any square footage being added. Even when closed, the expanded view offered through a wall of windows changes the conversation about what makes your home your castle.

One example of this type of door is the new MultiGlide Door from Andersen. Ideal for home designs that emphasize large expanses of glass in a contemporary or traditional panel style, MultiGlide doors are custom-crafted for each project – from sill styles to hardware, even the energy efficiency of the glass. With careful consideration and thoughtful design, the focal point of your home will become the feature that changes your home for the better.

Big doors take the definition of home and garden and blends them together in a visually breathtaking way. Patios, conversation pits, and outdoor kitchens are no longer separated by solid walls. Exploding the open concept, big doors help promote the flow between interior and exterior spaces in a completely intuitive way. Doors can even be curved to follow a walls lines or wrap around a corner.

A concept as big as these doors requires skills and advice from the professionals. Design and engineering considerations for homes new and old mean bringing in the field experts to make sure the process is one a homeowner can enjoy from start to finish. Depending on the final design specification, most big doors don’t take much if any additional time to build.

The dramatic statement offered by a big door is one that not only adds flexibility to a home’s selling features, or one that boosts your quality of life, but will also continue delivering value years from now. The tangible wow factor they bring to a home makes big doors unique in unexpected ways.

The art of big doors is how they elevate their supporting role in defining a space by literally removing the walls that used to be a point of separation and unifying spaces that were once considered separate. Reconsidering the potential doors have to add – not separate – to a space is a meditation on the ripple effect a single decision can have on an entire structure. Taking the time to design it right means you get to enjoy more of what you love about your home for as long as you live there.

Guest Author Bio: Nathan Cregeur is a Business Manager at Andersen Windows. For more information, visit

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