5 inspiring ideas for aluminium bifolds
Aluminium bifolds are often one of the must have features in a kitchen extension - folded right back they allow a seamless extension of your living space into the garden. Aluminium is a popular choice of material as it's so strong and therefore offers excellent support for a large amount of glass; narrow aluminium frames allow excellent views into your garden and let plenty of light into your home.
We have chosen our favourite ideas showing that aluminium bifolds can work in all sorts of homes - from small spaces to character properties.
Bifolds create the illusion of a larger space
If you have a small indoor space, aluminium bifolds can create the illusion of a larger area. You will ultimately have a better view into the garden than you would with French doors and when the doors are open, the outdoor and indoor space will flow giving you a larger living area.
This small contemporary extension on a Victorian property has incorporated bifolds at the rear in a space of 3 metres. Making the most of this small space, the owners opted for narrow frames which have a minimal siteline of 120mm when the doors are closed. The casement window to the side works so well with the bifolds, letting even more light into this kitchen/diner.
You can install aluminium bifolds upstairs too
Aluminium bifolds are perfect for upper floors in a home, flat or a maisonette. The owners of this property have installed bifold doors in the basement and ground floor to give an ultra-modern look to the period property. These bifolds let so much light into the rear of the home - far more than a window would.
Glaze a corner of your extension for a modern look
Two sets of aluminium bifolds meeting at a corner can create a contemporary look, like the kitchen extension below. It's common to have a steel support column, but you can have this completely open if your builder installs the correct structure.
Aluminium bifolds look great in character homes
We often think of aluminium bifolds as part of contemporary extensions - either giving a modern twist to a traditional property or in-keeping with a new home. But aluminium bifolds can look great on character properties too, like this stunning barn conversion where the black doors blend with the black cladding.
Bifolds allow the seamless integration to the outside
To make the whole space feel as one, choose as wide a glass door panel as possible with narrow frames. Try and keep the floor in the garden and inside of your home the same level so that the threshold is flat - this will further add to the flow from the inside out.
In the home below, the doors have been fitted with large panels and narrow frames to allow excellent views outside.
Published: November 13, 2018