French Doors: Let There Be Light--And Unobstructed Traffic
You don't have to be a movie star to make your entrance through a set of French doors. If you're looking for a way to liven-up a room and make it appear more spacious, consider making a window a door. When you replace a window with a set of French doors, you've opened the way for foot traffic. Or, if you yearn for the look of French doors but want to make a smaller change, consider replacing a sliding door with an exterior French door.

Patio Access: Exterior French Doors Swing Smoothly and Open Wide
We've all experienced the sliding door that didn't. Exterior French doors function on hinges that allow for smooth opening and closing--a real advantage. In addition, they open fully, giving you a great view and the ability to transport nearly anything into or out of the house.

Interior French Doors: Which Way Do You Swing?
Traditionally, French doors swing into a room. This can be a disadvantage, as it cuts into the room's usable space. Fortunately, some savvy manufacturers have gotten wise to the French door's limitation and decided to produce a French door that swings out. Look for this option where space is a concern.

Major Style Points
The "ooh la las" will abound when you replace a window with a French door inside your home. And the process isn't nearly as dramatic as the style points you'll earn. If you already have a large interior window, you may be able to find a French door that fits the space exactly. In that case, the whole process: taking out the window, installing and finishing the door, could take just a day or two.


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About the Author
Ellen Foster is a freelance writer and teacher. She has worked with students aged five to forty-five.