The One Architectural Trend that is Breaking Boundaries

Massive doors are redefining the boundaries of architectural design.

Brought to you by Andersen Windows

For centuries, doors have been a defining point of any home. An entry door sets the tone for visitors by making a grand statement, while other doors throughout the design impact the flow and function of the home. The latest trend in doors takes creative license to open up living spaces to their surroundings…in a big way.

We’re not talking about your parents’ patio doors. Big doors are state-of-the-art products, which offer grand sizes, superior performance and virtually limitless configurations. These doors create an unobstructed connection with the outdoors while still offering the shelter and comfort of the indoors.

Caterpillar House Feldman Architecture Santa Lucia Preserve LEED Platinum Project Completed January 2010 Aluminum wood curved corner Liftslide, flush drainage track, pivot door Photo: Joe Fletcher Photo FULL BUYOUT RIGHTS

Big doors are engineered to function multiple ways to meld effortlessly into any design or accentuate a home’s distinctive features. If maximum clear opening is the design criteria, but the structure doesn’t enable pocketing, doors which fold like accordions are the perfect choice. If bold and non-traditional functionality is the desire, pivoting doors that rotate on a pivot box create a dramatic opening. And then there are gliding and hinged doors, which function like traditional patio doors but on a much larger scale. In many cases, these doors can literally take up an entire wall, spanning widths up to 60’ and stretching up to 16’ tall. Big doors can be made from aluminum, wood or a combination of the two materials depending on size and performance criteria.

Investing in big doors changes the dynamic of a home, bringing a tangible sense of spaciousness and unprecedented openness.

Hollywood Hills, California Aluminum Liftslides Architect: Gerhard Becker Photo: Chipper Hatter FULL BUYOUT RIGHTS

If a home was bought for the jaw-dropping views or incredible surroundings, then big doors are just what the architect ordered. Whether opening a home to ocean breezes, mountain views, or the aromas of pine needles crushed on a forest floor, big doors deliver a powerful reminder of the reasons a homeowner fell in love with their surroundings.

Learn more about big doors at Weiland by Andersen’s website.

Victoria Keichinger is the Vice President, Brand Marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. When she's not managing national media and advertising for the Coldwell Banker brand at work, she finds herself most at home in Jersey City, NJ with her pre-school crush turned spouse and son. A true Francophile, she loves to travel and will go anywhere there are ski slopes.

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  1. Sue Weiland
    August 15, 2016


    Great article! We love the way you described our big doors!

    Thanks so much,
    Sue Weiland

    • Victoria Keichinger
      August 16, 2016

      Our pleasure, Sue! Andersen provides such fantastic content for Blue Matter.


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