French Doors: Why They are Called Such (Part 2)

The roots of French doors could be traced back to 16th to17th century when France was at war with Italy, which had been experience. After victories by the French over the Italians, the former brought along with them some Renaissance artworks as well as some Renaissance architectural ideas. Since the Renaissance style focuses on proportion and symmetry and places emphasis on light, the French incorporated this form and pattern on their doors. The French found out that a window-like door -- with glass panes extending for most of its length-- provides a perfect sense of regularity, proportion and illumination. This was a perfect setup for that time, since humans have yet to discover and generate electricity for household consumption. This means that even by the day, a house may become dimly lit. French doors and windows were seen as the perfect solution for this problem. Not only that French doors and windows allow more light to come into a room, they are also provide elegance and beauty, thus adding to the aesthetics of a single house.

A couple of history essay says that French doors were originally made from wood and wrought iron for added style. At first, individual glasses were embedded into the structure, which enables light to pass through unlike solid materials. French doors of today are made from a variety of materials like wood, PVC or aluminium. Whatever material a French door is made from, it does not lessen the fact that such door is practical and stylish.

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French doors are also a fantastic and very stylish way to add interest to absolutely any room, even a bath room. Simply apply some frosted window film and you have a beautiful addition to the bathroom and a soft glow in the room leading into the bath when the doors are closed and the nightlight is on.

I built a home for myself  a few years ago and used them throughout the house, even the bathroom. They are a great way to add visual aid to smaller rooms because you can see what's on the other side.

French doors can be purchased as small as 48in. (50in. rough-in) so if you think you can't install them because your doorway is to small...it does take a lot to gain the extra 6in. on each side. Matter of fact the finishing work of installing the header is the most time consuming part.

Most of the major building store outlets carry them 'in stock' !

Another version of the French door is a double panel door, they can easily be made by purchasing a set of reg. bi-fold panel doors, disassembling them, and finishing them out to open left and right.
Great space saver and a neat alternative to a much harder to install pocket door. No framing changes is required when installing these. However it does require a small amount of finishing skills.

Cool post...glad to see it Jeff.
-Joseph-
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During the wars of the 16th century the French returned home with some borrowed ideas of art and architecture. Nature, light and symmetry reminiscent of Roman culture were taken and translated.

A view onto the flower garden was now a work of art. Both stylish and functional French Doors will immediately improve the look and value of most rooms.
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