Large expanses of floor to ceiling glazing are one of the big trends in garden office design. Whole walls of glass not only flood the office with natural light but can create a real connection with the garden. This connection being one of the big bonuses of working in a garden office building.
There are many ways to create a glazed wall, the most desirable of which is bi-fold doors which can be pushed back to open up the wall completely, creating a free flowing space between the office and the garden. The thing is bi-fold doors are the most expensive door option on garden office buildings.
Create the look with cost effective French doors
Luckily there are more cost effective options open to you. French doors are commonly the standard door option in a garden office, if you choose these and mix them with a standard size floor to ceiling fixed, glazed panel you can create a large expanse of glazing at a fraction of the cost of a set of bi-fold doors.
French doors come in different widths, so ask your office designer which size doors they use. A pair that will create an opening 1500mm or more is going to give you a similar free-flowing space as bi-folds create.
French doors will open outwards into the garden; this is a great use of space as their swing is not going to steal space from inside your office – an important consideration when space is tight. You also have the option of opening one door or both.
In most cases, French doors are positioned in the centre of a wall with a glazed panel either side. However, many garden room designers will allow you to position the doors to one side to create your own configuration, as you can see from these images moving the doors to one side creates a different look and feel.
French doors are great on small office pods
When you are buying a small garden office French doors can be a great way to create a whole wall of glazing. Go for as wide a pair of doors as you can, and they will allow light to flood into your office pod. French doors on a small office can really make the space seem bigger too, so are a good visual trick.
Secure locking systems
The house quality French doors used in garden office design have multi-point locking systems. When the key is turned bolts shoot into the frame at several points, making them a secure option.
If you are thinking about creating a whole wall of glazing on your garden office building, ask you designer about your options of achieving this look with French doors and glazed side panels. If you also get a quote for bi-fold doors, you’ll be surprised at the price difference!
The garden office designers on this page will be more than happy to advise you on your door and glazing options.