We are planning a kitchen extension and considering having bi fold doors leading to the garden. I am concerned about whether these are actually worth the money if they can only rarely be fully opened. French doors would be a less expensive option but these wouldn't have the wow factor. I would love to hear from anyone who has bifolds to know if they work and if they are worth it.
We're putting them in - ours are pretty cheap though. They're about £1500 for 2.8m of door. If they date the property then we'll replace them at a later date (probably will anyway as we can only afford cheapo ones right now). I can't see them dating for a few years though, and probably no more than my oak flooring or the high gloss kitchen ;)
We had a contemporary townhouse and put them in, we used to open one panel like a regular door and I had the whole lot open fully because of the design of the patio and having 3 small children in and out. We now live in a Victorian terrace and are looking into french doors. I think it would very much depend on the style of your property and the rest of the doors and windows.
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We are having French doors in our new extension. Several reasons, including cost. Whilst I love the look of bifold doors at the moment and opening them up to the garden is a lovely idea, I question how much we'll actually use them like that and will probably get more use from a more traditional door. French suits the age of our house better and I worry there's a hint of the avocado bath suite about bifolds!
Thanks for all your replies I can see a case for both and I am still undecided. I worry that with our garden being west facing that the wall of glass will make the room really hot when it is not always practical to open all the doors. Also do you block out the out the sun when shade is needed as blinds would not look good?