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Are Bi-fold Doors Worth It?

Glass doors continue to be a highly sought-after product across the US housing market and interior design trends. If you are planning a renovation, you might want to consider a modern glass bi-fold door. Bi-fold doors are, in many settings, functional and practical solutions to unique settings in your home. You may consider a bi-fold door because of the following reasons.

Bathroom space with bi fold doors
Left Pull Bi-fold Door

Space-Saving Bi-fold Doors 

In a small footprint or tight location, a bi-fold door can be created to open and close inward or outward to be more convenient in your space. The Sliding Door Company offers left pull, right pull, and even double pull bi-fold door options. This style frees up floor space where it’s needed most—in cramped bedrooms, narrow hallways, small laundry rooms, and tiny pantries and linen closets. Additionally, you can easily move large furniture through and have more space on the sides of the door opening. Even in very small openings, a bi-fold door may be a better choice for your needs than a traditional door. 

Are Bi-fold Doors Expensive?

Bi-fold doors are quick and painless to configure and install. Depending on all the specifications, there are situations in which this solution can be more budget-friendly than alternative options. Bi-fold doors are more current and popular than old-fashioned pocket doors and accordion doors. Especially with our timeless glass and sleek frames, you can find the best cost-effective bi-fold doors for your home.

Double pull bi-fold door
Double Pull Bi-fold Door

Privacy with Bi-fold Doors

Fully flush to the wall in which the panel is created, when closed, the bi-fold door keeps a separation between the rooms it divides. Choose from a wide range of glass opacities to find the right mix of maximizing natural light while creating your desired level of privacy. Folding the door back opens up your space. 

Where to install a Bi-fold Door?

Bi-fold doors are a smart choice for your:

  • Bedroom closets
  • Coat closets
  • Laundry closets
  • Children’s playrooms
  • Linen closets
  • Home offices
  • Kitchen pantries
  • Wine storage
  • Narrow hallways
  • Unconventional layouts
  • Tiny homes

Bi-fold Door Types

Our high-quality Bi-fold System offers a stunning, brilliant solution to any workspace, home or children’s playroom. Since it allows the doors to fold towards the edge of the frame, this optimizes the space and is suitable for narrow closets or ‘phone booth’ type applications as well as larger spaces to allow access through almost the entire width of the opening.

In addition, our bi-fold doors are safe for your fingers! Our unique anti-finger pinch system sets this Bi-fold System apart from any other in the industry. Reach out to learn more about all our options! 

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Interiors for the Modern WFH Professional

Working from home has been a challenge for just about everybody this year. Especially as a professional bringing your work home, it’s not always easy to find the space and sanctuary one needs to put in a full day’s work. Especially if you live with other roommates, or simply don’t have the space you need for a home office (like a whole extra bedroom), making an office out of your living room is not ideal. Because of this predicament, many have sought entirely new living situations and have packed up entire lives just to afford more space to work from home. But if moving apartments isn’t an option, and if you don’t have the time or resources for heavy construction, how can you craft a home office within your sprawling apartment affordably and swiftly? What options do you have?

Bringing the office home without compromising the aesthetic or functionality of your luxury apartment has been a constant struggle for any working professional this year. Let’s change that. Here are the top spatial solutions for your new work-from-home lifestyle.

Bookshelves

A smart, inexpensive (and cute) DIY trick is to buy (or use ones you already own) tall standing bookshelves or wall organizers as a series of wall partitions that, when combined, create a new space. Use this physical barrier to block off a section of a shared interior space such as a living room, or a corner of your bedroom- if square footage allows! You can use two or three of these shelving units to construct a square or triangle study, and though it’s not a soundproof solution, the visible barrier from the rest of the shared space is enough to feel focused. Next, fill the wall shelf or bookcase with books, knick-knacks, and sculptural pieces to further block off visibility. Consider adding medium-sized succulents or even hanging plants to the shelving unit for a nice pop of green and a natural air purifier!

a series of bookshelves with colored folders

Partitions

Of course, the most standard solution to creating a home office within your open floor plan is to install large Sliding Glass Wall Partitions or floor-to-ceiling sliding glass room dividers. With these flexible wall partitions from The Sliding Door Company, you can create entire rooms without construction or disruption! Because they offer innovative glass wall dividers ranging from sliding glass Barn doors, to Bi-Fold Doors, you can choose from a number of solutions and then customize your partitions to match the interior of your home! Plus, their team of professional installers will come and install your unique partitions in a matter of hours- not days or weeks. That means no moving apartments, no major remodeling, and no stress about creating your dream office. During these turbulent times, the best way to combat an overwhelming workday is to find space where it doesn’t exist!

Plants

People have been utilizing plants as spatial dividers for centuries, from lining pathways to planting “privacy plants” as a living solution to an outside fenceline. Now, we bring the plants inside to do the same. And in order to create the most ideal enclosed environment, you’ll need to invest in plants that have some height to them in order to achieve the visible obstruction you need for your home office.

Consider indoor plants such as:

  • Fiddle Leaf Fig
  • Albertina Banana Leaf
  • Madagascar Dragon Leaf
  • Bamboo Palm Slate
  • Mass Cane
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Cactus

After you bring your beautiful new plants home, arrange them in neat single-file rows to form a “living wall”. Give them enough space to grow and sprawl so their leaves aren’t knocking into each other. Then, make sure you understand how much water you’ll need to give each of them per week so that you aren’t over or under watering them. Then fill the inside space with your office desk, computer, filing cabinets, and whatever else you’ll want to feel like you’re in a fully enclosed office. Then sit back, relax in your new indoor/outdoor sanctuary, and enjoy the fresh air!

a plant

Now that you have the basics for transforming your home into a work-from-home haven, let the interior remodeling begin! For more info on the floor to ceiling wall partitions and Sliding Room Dividers from The Sliding Door Company, check us out online. Book a free consultation with one of our representatives and start your hotel transition today!

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Minimalism, the What, Why, and How

When we think of minimalism, we tend to associate characteristics such as; stark, white, decluttered, avant-garde, artistic, inspired, and sometimes, even a tad cold. Everyone has their own gut reaction to modernism and minimalism. Some absolutely adore this less is more approach, while others crave a bit more vibrance and materialism within their spaces. No opinion is better or worse, but simply desertion of taste and opinion. Regardless of judgment, this minimalist approach is one that is currently flourishing and making itself known as a pioneering force in the architectural industry and as a trend that is here to stay. So, what are the defining principals and benefits of minimalism? Well, there just may be more than meets the eye.

The What

Minimalism is a product of the early 20th century and was introduced right around the beginning of the 1920s. This style of design was not only meant for interior spaces and architectural plans but also as a cultural evolution and vanguard lifestyle choice. What with its confounding starkness, lack of material items and a transition away from using personal things to characterize a home, this was a completely new concept, that revived the world of design. Many attribute this daring new development to the brilliance of Post-World War I architect Van der Rohe, as he was one of the first prominent architects to use minimalist principles in his designs. But what simplistic blueprints he first began with, would later come to define a widespread cultural zeitgeist, shaping our buildings and homes for decades to come.

The Why

So why exactly are we so drawn to minimalism? This approach to design is not just deeply pleasing to behold, but it also evokes many unsuspecting health benefits. Many believe that it’s clean, crisp lines, use of geometry, clutterless simplicity, and carefully considered color pallet and objects lend an opulence that allows us to makes sense of the space. We are able to exist in minimalist environments much more freely because it allows for it. Many report feelings of serenity, relaxation, mental clarity, and happiness when existing in a minimalist space. Overcrowded interiors can oftentimes take up too much space, clutter our minds, and create a claustrophobic experience. This concept stretches much further than architecture and interior design, with its employment in almost every industry today- from website design to furniture, cell phones, children’s toys, apps, cars, even clothing and visual art. We enjoy this straight-forward approach that seems to offer space for us to think, and create. Minimalism allows something other than the space to be the focus, therefore encompassing the beauty in honesty simplicity.

The How

What are the defining characteristics of interior minimalism? Though this may seem like a paradox, the truth is that there are many. Often times, designers report that crafting a bespoke minimalist interior is actually much more work and difficulty than going about a typical design process. With every detail carefully considered, and a constant subtracting of items and clutter, creating successful minimalism is no easy feat. Here are the main design principals to use when crafting your perfect minimal interior:

  • Ultra-modern furnishings
  • Vast open floor plan
  • Disregard frills, fringe, sparkle, and embellishments
  • Employ the use of contrasting textiles such as glass and metal, wood and wool, steel and greenery
  • Use geometric shapes, furnishings, and features (such as tables, countertops, lighting fixtures, and textiles)
  • Create balance
  • Stick to a monochromatic color scheme
  • Use textiles to introduce color rather than oversaturating walls and furnishings
  • Eliminate all unnecessary items
  • Reduce the amount of personal clutter (small photographs, little knick-knacks)
  • Install sliding glass doors, bathroom sliding doors, and bi-fold doors to integrate thoughtful space savers and clean design in the areas that typically go unnoticed
  • Allow for tons of natural light (use features like glass modern sliding doors, and frosted glass wall partitions to allow natural light to pass through and spread throughout the space)

For a successful minimalist interior, the job of the designer is to essentially create a showcase for exceptional architecture and a space in which you can call attention to stunning furniture design, brilliant woodworking, and the highest level of craftsmanship. It should be a space wherein it’s inhabitants can come home from their daytime lives and sink into their relaxing sanctuary, devoid of clutter and distraction.

The Sliding Door Company has everything you’ll need to get started on crafting the minimalist home of your dreams. Visit Us Online to browse our online viewing catalog and Enjoy A Free Consultation from one of our team members to actualize your vision today!

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Home Renovation Project Tips and Tactics

Tackling a home remodel or renovation project can be quite the task. Regardless of size and scale, any home improvement is likely going to cost you- not only in financial terms but also in mental taxation, your physical wellbeing, and the unavoidable disruption to your present life. So, how can a home renovation project become an easeful, relatively painless experience that doesn’t totally drain the bank? We’ve got some tips and tactics to consider before you start out on this new journey.

Before diving in too deep, you’ll have to understand that there are multiple factors at play during a home renovation- think of it as a symphony that must work with total cohesion to reach a beautiful harmony. In order to save money, stay on a time schedule, and not completely disrupt your life, all of these considerations should be employed.

Conserving Your Resources

In the beginning stages of any home improvement project, you’ll need to work with a great contractor or architect to identify what visions you have for your space(s), how long you can budget build time, and most importantly- the relative cost of all of this work. Set a clear budget with your team and stick to it. Be very clear that you don’t have a flexible budget (if this is the case) so that they don’t make costly decisions without your approval or enjoy too much wiggle room. When allowed for invited, often time architects and builders will try to push the budget and possibilities for extra add-ons and certain materials. Make sure you outline your boundaries and let them know you’re aware of your finances.

Choose the right materials

This can be a tricky process, as picking textiles and building materials can often be a frenzy of options and unknowns. First, try to identify the overall aesthetic of what you’re trying to achieve. Next, talk with your contractor about these main considerations:

  • Quality
  • Cost
  • Sustainability
  • Aesthetic
  • Availability
  • Long-term Use
  • Environmentally Responsible

All materials vary greatly in regard to the above factors. New wave building consciousness has led us to become acutely aware of the sustainability of our materials and textiles. This refers to the ethics and environmental impact of where and how these materials are sourced, as well as how long they will last and if their deterioration could be a potential environmental hazard/harm. Your contractor should be well versed in a plethora of material options and will be able to talk with you about your options. Typically, there is a great medium to be reached with regard to cost and quality. If you only select the top tier materials, you’ll end up paying the price for them in the end. Sometimes homeowners don’t realize that the relatively small price difference, while seemingly minuscule per unit, adds up quite a bit with the volume of units. Be aware of these factors.

Choose Flexible Solutions Whenever Possible

There are many fantastic options out there for space optimizing designs that don’t require full (and costly) wall construction. For example, full-length sliding wall doors are a stylishly modern and innovative solution to install in place of permanent drywall. This option allows for spatial flexibility, increased visibility, and light flow, as well as the option for a thoroughfare between two distinct spaces. Wall doors and frosted glass wall partitions, even a stylish barn door room divider still offer the option for privacy (depending on chosen glass opacity) yet they slash the cost of constructing an entire wall, and fortunately, are very easy to deconstruct when needed. These options will save time, money and add a lot of practicality to your new space.

Clear Design Direction

A lot of homeowners, when setting out to update their homes, are somewhat unaware of the necessity to outline- and stick with- a consistent design theme. This is such a crucial factor in the renovation’s success. While upgrading to a more modern look is a great design choice and probably a good return on investment, you’ll want the right accessories, fixtures and hardware to ensure your theme works within the full scope of the home. Below are a few considerations to attaining a consistent modern look:

  • Furniture and art curation (pick one or two themes and don’t deviate from them)
  • Smooth dyed cement retaining walls and siding
  • Wood accents (siding, fencing, hardwood floors, cabinetry)
  • Sliding bathroom door, mirror sliding door, or mirrored closet doors
  • Stacking room divider, pocket doors, or bi-fold doors
  •  A blend of elements throughout the house (wood, stone, fur, granite, metal)
  • Large, open windows
  • Plenty of light
  • Open floor plan
  • Large open kitchens

Relinquish Overzealous Design Choices When You Can

During the design process, we tend to get a little excited, and can at times go a bit overboard with our vision. Most times, architects will go through a series of designs, with each round cutting back and refining the overall choices and aesthetics. Throughout the first few rounds, there are typically ideas thrown out there that are inherently too costly to remain in the project in order to stay on budget. Work with your contractor to figure out which parts of your blueprints you are willing to give up to achieve financial harmony.

Frosted glass sliding door divides reading room with two pictures on the wall

Plan For The Unexpected

There are situations that will unavoidably arise throughout a building/renovation project that you hadn’t expected, and you’ll have to face these roadblocks head-on. If you and your contractor only budget both time and money for smooth sailing, most likely you will exceed your budget on all sides. Factor in an emergency cost budget, as well as plan for extra time in case unfortunate situations arise, causing delays and increased finances.

By being prepared for the unexpected, following a consistent design theme, employing flexible construction solutions, and carefully choosing materials you’ll set yourself (and your home renovation project) up for success. No one should endure a terrible renovation experience- leave those for television. Consult us at The Sliding Door Company- the experts in spatial optimization. For more exciting solutions and inspiration, Visit Us Online to browse our online viewing catalog and Enjoy A Free Consultation from one of our team members to actualize your design dream today.

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