Open Corner Bifolding and Sliding Doors

What are open corner bifolding and sliding doors and how do you get this distinctive look in your home? In this article we tell you everything you need to know about creating statement piece extensions with open corner bifolding and sliding doors.

Open Corner Bifolding and Sliding Doors

Creating new extensions with open corner bifolding and sliding doors

One of the best things about the open corner design is its look. Closed, the doors create a double-sided glass wall, joined together with either our latest sliding folding door designs. Open, the doors fold or slide back. then end result is your doors moving away, revealing a gorgeous open aspect and unusual design. Statement piece doors, promising a talking point. Of course, it’s not just about how they look, but also about the functionality provided.

Above all, design your new extension with a fully open corner and the effect is quite dramatic. From the outside or viewed internally, your ceiling and roof appear to flat. Many people are familiar with structural and supporting walls. Therefore, seeing no support surprises most.

What is best? Open corner bifolding or sliding doors?

The good news is, this open corner design is available with both bifolding or sliding doors. Our Origin product is widely used in an open corner design. For sliding doors, Schuco, air sliding doors and our other brands offer this outstanding design feature.

With an open corner design, there’s no compromise. These doors provide all the weather protection, energy efficiency and security of regular doors. But they come with this focal-point design leaving people wondering how it was done and what’s holding up the roof!

It’s your choice what you have but generally speaking our advice is this. If you’ve a smaller or typical family home with an average or good size garden, bifolding doors suit. These create a better illusion of opening up the space.

Where you’re lucky to live in a larger property or even better, enjoy great views of a large garden or countryside, sliding doors are great. The larger panels with fewer visible mullions really make the most of the outdoors and create fantastic views.

And for those feeling even more ambitious with their build, pocket sliding doors open up even more of the space. At the build stage, the doors are designed to slide completely into the side walls, fully opening up the aperture and disappearing from sight.

How to create open corner bifolding and sliding doors in your new extension.

There are two ways of creating this style to a new extension and therefore benefit from open corner bifolding or sliding doors.

Either of the two popular ways creates the same effect, but it’s also down to personal taste, the nature of your build and your own property type.

Open Corner Bifolding and Sliding Doors
Sliding doors with internal supporting post

First of all, is the supporting post option. Usually cheaper but less effective visually. Here, the supporting posts and columns sit back from the door opening. Often they’re in the room or outside where there’s some kind of canopy arrangement.

The purpose of these posts is to do the work of a supporting column or wall. They can be brick or concrete, or steel. Of course, if they’re inside, many people make these a feature of the room. Therefore with open corner bifolding and sliding doors, the post can become a structural as well as a design feature.

Open Corner Bifolding and Sliding Doors
Cantilevered roof arrangement

Then is the cantilevered method. This is where the roof has steel beams strengthening the structure and providing the essential support to the roof and the build generally. In short, they replace a typical steel post or structural column. Typically they sit on either side of the new opening. Their purpose is distributing weight evenly.

It’s usually the case you’ll get an architect or structural engineer involved. There’s no concern over the strength and stability of the floors above either as these have their own weight supporting properties.

As far as the open corner bifolding and sliding doors are concerned, done right, there’s no excess weight on the head of the door. No bowing or flexing. The doors work correctly and smoothly as intended.

Planning a new extension? Get in touch with us today.

At Open Living, we specialise in creating dream extensions and dramatic property renovation projects. Our bespoke and highly engineered range of open corner bifolding and sliding doors create distinctive designs and a spectacular end result. More light, better views and beautiful new rooms.

Contact us today to discuss your project requirements and arrange a free quotation.

Published on March 31, 2021

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10:44 25 Sep 21
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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.
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11:21 29 Aug 20
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08:40 02 Jul 20
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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.
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11:06 05 Jun 20
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14:37 21 May 20
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10:01 18 May 20
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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.
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07:52 10 Mar 20
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Dino L.
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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.
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11:30 17 May 19
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07:32 13 Mar 19
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11:11 10 Dec 18
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11:15 27 Nov 18
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Niall R.
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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
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18:33 18 Aug 18
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Stuart C.
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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.
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20:02 22 Jun 18
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11:15 06 Jun 18
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