Home Improvements with Origin French Doors

Origin French Doors are ideal for replacing old patio doors or as part of a new extension.  Made of premium-grade insulated aluminium, matching the best-selling Origin bifold door,  and better than PVCu residential doors with slimmer sizes and bigger glass areas. At Open Living, we work with many Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire properties, improving their security, appearance and energy efficiency.  In this article, we explain more about aluminium french doors with or without sidelights.

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The benefits of Origin French Doors in the home.

One of the best features of having a French door in the house is converting an existing window.  Ground floor rooms such as a study, dining room or reception room are all ideal for removing the old window and fitting a French Door or set of French Doors with sidelights.

Not only do you gain a desirable access route out to your patio or garden, but other benefits too. Firstly is the improved light in the home.  With doors being bigger than windows usually, you’ll notice a brighter room.  Another benefit is improved security.  Most windows above 800mm from finished floor level don’t need safety glass.  Doors come with safety glass as standard. As a result, you’ll get a more secure glass compared to a window. You’ll also get enhanced security, thanks to the 8-point locking fitted as standard to Origin single and double doors.

Of course, adding an extra doorway is more functional, appealing and looks better than a smaller window. At Open Living we often work with our customers, enlarging their existing window openings, changing them for a doorway.

Aluminium French doors for slimmer lines and bigger door sizes.

Best of all, aluminium doors by design come at bigger sizes than PVCu doors. Therefore, where PVCu doors typically only go to about 900mm wide and 2200mm high, aluminium doors go up to 1100mmwide and up to 2700mm high.  As a result aluminium doors give you reduced visible frames, no toplights and again, bigger glass sizes.  The profile on aluminium doors is substantially thinner too.

French Doors with Feature Windows.

Origin French Doors with sidelights create impressive screens at the back of your house.  If you have an existing old aluminium patio door in a timber frame, why not consider changing to aluminium? You’ll benefit from a more flexible opening, improved energy efficiency, better security and a coloured aluminium product if you want this too.

For your new extension or modifying an existing opening, Origin French Doors with sidelights are a great alternative.  You can even add a gable or feature window above the doors.  Once again you benefit from a better-looking feature window and more light coming into your home.

French doors for bedrooms and Juliet Balconies.

With Origin French doors opening inwards, why not think about creating a set of doors upstairs with a Juliet or glass balustrade?  Not only do you enhance an upstairs room, but you also increase the ventilation over a conventional window.

Origin double doors with sidelights, matching bifolding doors.

One of the best features of an Origin French door with or without the sidelights is they match our best selling range of bifolding doors.  The same door profiles, the same style of handles, and the colour matched gaskets.

For new extensions with more than one door set in the design, we think there is no better way to get matching doors throughout your home.  This is also something many of our competitors don’t offer as they offer residential doors and bifolding doors often from two different brands.

Other great reasons to consider Origin French Doors in your home.

As well as a British-made product with a 20-year guarantee there is even more reason to consider an Origin door set in your home.

  • Colour matched gaskets in seven different colours, looking better than black gaskets on most other products on the market.
  • Premium Hafi hardware – again this gives matching luxury stainless steel handles to your bifolding doors as well as a utility room and dining room French Doors.
  • The fastest lead times in the UK – no other product helps you complete your extension as fast as an Origin door, thanks to revolutionary manufacturing and unbeatable lead times.
  • The choice of optional midrails, solid panels, pet flaps and over 150 colours to choose from.

Even better is the complete range of Origin aluminium windows, Front Doors, and even garage doors.

Get your quote for Origin windows or doors today.

Our Letchworth showroom showcases a selection of colour Origin doors and the entire Origin Home range of products.  Or why not visit us to view our range of sliding doors, lantern roofs and other home improvement products?  Get in touch today for your free quotation.

Published on April 21, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Ordered Origin bifold doors. Diane, Marsha and Danny have been a pleasure to deal with. Slight delay to install date but all handled professionally. Fitters completed in one day as agreed. The product is excellent, would thoroughly recommend.
David N
David N
10:44 25 Sep 21
Lovely aluminium French Doors.Initial issue with square of door sorted out immediately and the response from both the office and the fitter was excellent. I would fully recommend Open Living Ltd.
colin H.
colin H.
13:43 02 Feb 21
Excellent service designing, removing previous (tough job it was) and installing two bespoke floor to celing windows.
Richard J.
Richard J.
13:22 19 Jan 21
Open Living was one of the last suppliers we discovered, but we were taken by their great range of windows, doors and lanterns as well as their sales team. Diane walked us through the many options but also listened to our preferences. Rather than steering us toward the most expensive option they were usually able to offer a choice on each aspect and the pricing was very transparent and competitive. Excellent quality ranges of windows, doors and lanterns. We opted for the Origin bi-fold doors, Origin aluminium windows and Atlas roof lights, all superb build quality/spec and great colour options.The installation team led by Danny and backed up in the office by the all-knowing Marsha and Linda were efficient, thorough and a pleasure to have on-site, coordinating well with our builder. Our neighbours also used Open Living before us and had a few issues at installation, but we believe these were mainly due to a supplier issue. All our windows, doors and roof lights went in as planned, well secured and sealed, with no damage.The only little point of feedback on their whole process is that the final quote and specification can spread across more than one document which did add a little uncertainty. This meant we had to double-check exactly what was coming. An all-inclusive final statement of all the options would be good. However, with a little bit of checking everything did come exactly as expected and we are extremely happy with the finished project.We would definitely recommend Open Living.
Paul E.
Paul E.
11:21 29 Aug 20
Fantastic service, great customer care. 5****
Angela I.
Angela I.
08:40 02 Jul 20
Good staff ,great fitters excellent product!
Paulo R.
Paulo R.
17:45 07 Jun 20
Open Living installed Origin bi-folding doors for our home. Their quality and service has been excellent throughout. Very trustworthy company. Right from the start, they provided good advice to help us select the right doors for our home; their quote was very competitive; their customer service was excellent throughout as they kept us updated on progress. The quality of the doors and the installation has been top-notch. Would highly recommend.
Kinjal P.
Kinjal P.
11:06 05 Jun 20
Bought a bifold door for our house extension. Great quality products and fantastic service. Very happy with Open Living
Ajith S.
Ajith S.
14:37 21 May 20
We have just had are bifolding doors fitted,We're over the moon. Marsha is very helpful and friendly.Service was great 😀Would recommend open living.Geoff
Geoff P.
Geoff P.
10:01 18 May 20
Open living installed our ORIGIN bi-fold doors about a year ago now. The fitters were great guys with really good standards. We are so pleased with our installation. It’s great 👍
Phil B.
Phil B.
22:48 02 May 20
We purchased 1 set of bifold and 1 set of French patio doors, both Origin. Sales approach and customer service was excellent. Fitting and installation also excellent. Can't fault the product, either. Would have been 5 stars if it wasn't for an issue we had around the height of the threshold, which turned out to be much higher than we wanted/were expecting. This issue was resolved in a satisfactory way after discussion. Would definitely recommend, but my advice is to make sure the threshold height for patio doors is agreed at the survey and written on the paperwork before parting with any money.
Ashley B.
Ashley B.
07:52 10 Mar 20
Lovely people to do business with, we bought some BiFold doors and a window from OpenLiving. We did have a couple of minor teething issues once fitted but these were dealt with quickly and without fuss. Recommended!
Dino L.
Dino L.
14:03 28 Sep 19
I looked into a number of companies before deciding on Open Living in Letchworth for our bifold doors. I wanted the bifolds to be from a manufacturer that was very regarded, and Origin (though Open Living can also supply from Schuco and some other suppliers) certainly fall in that camp. I also liked the fact that Open Living were close to home, which made repeated visits to their showroom easy to make. Throughout the process, Linda and Marsha were professional and courteous and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking to get bifolds to put OpenLiving Ltd on their shortlist.
Roy
Roy
16:16 04 Jul 19
So far I have ordered 12.5m sliding doors, 1 set of aluminium bi-folds and 5 windows from Open Living. The fitters are all great guys, and they take time to do a good job.The service and the products supplied have been excellent. I will be ordering more windows and do not hesitate to recommend them.
jeff H.
jeff H.
11:30 17 May 19
Had some OW80 windows that were fitted some time ago (by other installers, who had lost the cill caps).Marsha kindly helped me get some replacement items from Origin despite there being no financial incentive for open living to do so.Assistance has been very much appreciated and would highly recommend.
Mark I.
Mark I.
07:32 13 Mar 19
Great service and choice of products. Highly recommend Open Living
Allison M.
Allison M.
11:11 10 Dec 18
Great service from start to finish. The origin windows and doors look fab. Can highly recommend.
Emma G.
Emma G.
11:15 27 Nov 18
Great price on a roof lantern. Installed on schedule.
Niall R.
Niall R.
14:51 31 Oct 18
Great Service from start to finish. Communication was great. The fitting team were first classWw will recommend and use again in the future.
Asa H.
Asa H.
18:30 04 Sep 18
Superb all roundMarsha was polite and informativeThe system itself is sleek and works greatThe fitter I had was polite and very effective, clean and professionalAnd the price was not only reasonable but the cheapestI genuinely don’t know why you would opt for a more expensive system or company when the origin system provided by this company does it allSuper happy and will use on other properties I haveUse these guys, awesome3772.00 for 3 leaf fitted in a week!! Immense !LukeBishops Stortford
luke J.
luke J.
18:33 18 Aug 18
Great service and brilliant product. Really happy with how the house now looks. Couldn’t recommend them any higher.
Stuart C.
Stuart C.
18:06 23 Jun 18
Had a great experience with Open Living. We had a 6m run of Origin bi-fold doors, an Atlas sky light some upvc windows installed. Customer Service and communication was good throughout, the installation guys did a good job and their technical guy was helpful with determining levels so we could achieve a level and flush threshold on the door. On top of this they were by far the lowest priced installer we found for the Origin doors which we had quoted by another three suppliers. Would recommend to others and will use again.
Richard N.
Richard N.
20:02 22 Jun 18
Great customer service from start to finish. Very helpful and competitive price.Installation was fast and of good standard.Would highly recommend Open Living.
Noleen P.
Noleen P.
11:15 06 Jun 18
We weren't quite sure what bi-folding doors would be best but all the options were clearly and concisely laid out before us and some great solutions suggested to the issues we hadn't been able to work out on our own or with our builder. The showroom has lots of choice, brilliantly set out. We decided that Open Living would install our doors and they came and did a wonderful job.Looking forward to the spring to really get our new "open living" lifestyle underway!!
Paul S.
Paul S.
17:26 27 Feb 17
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