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New Doors and Replacement Windows Boost Kitchen Design

by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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As you plan a cabinet refacing project, take a look around the room. Does your kitchen receive enough sunlight? Would new French doors help blend your kitchen design with your patio or deck?

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Consider Light Pattern in Kitchen Design

The amount of natural light that comes into the kitchen can have a big effect on the look and feel of your kitchen. One way to update a small or dark kitchen is to open up a few walls and add windows and doors. Among the options are:
  • French doors or sliding doors to the outdoors.
  • French doors as a decorative element leading to an adjacent dining room or breakfast room.
  • A new window to break up a large wall.
  • Replacement windows to update older, inefficient windows.

French Doors can Enhance Kitchen Design

French doors and sliding doors are made in a variety of styles. Look for a design that blends with the architecture in your home and compliments your kitchen design. For example:
  • Use a divided light pattern that blends with stained glass windows in your dining room.
  • Use the same dividing bar pattern that blends with double hung windows.
  • Use a window with a vinyl cladding to reduce maintenance.

Replacement Windows Help Small Spaces

New replacement windows are particularly helpful in a small kitchen, where natural light may be limited. Consider a replacement window in these places:
  • Over the kitchen sink
  • Near the ceiling. Use a transom window, which does not open, to bring in light.
  • The breakfast room. A new bay window or wall of windows will add a nice view from the breakfast table.

Add Windows with Modern Features

Technology has helped boost the energy efficiency and design options in windows and doors. Look for:
  • Insulated glass to reduce air infiltration.
  • French doors with head and foot locks to keep inactive doors secure.
  • Aluminum clad doors and windows for low maintenance.
  • Ergonomically designed handles for ease of use.

New windows and doors can make a significant difference in your kitchen design. By adding more light and energy efficient features in your kitchen, you can make the space even more enjoyable.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.

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