How to best link indoor and outdoor living space using bi-folding doors?

In traditional properties there is a clear distinction between the inside and outside of the house. In more modern properties this distinction is beginning to become blurred to optimise indoor/outdoor living.

Homebuilding and Renovating magazine, alongside Origin have put together a helpful video which provides tips and advice on how to best create that relationship between the inside and outside of your home, to optimise indoor/outdoor living.

The video features one of Aspect Windows case studies which has successfully blended the inside and out of the property, using a mixture of bi-folding doors, glazed walls and French doors.

The architecture of the property takes advantage of the views across the garden, giving an outdoorsy feel when you’re actually inside. The natural light from the glazing, makes the home feel light and bright, with a feeling of space.

Bi-folding doors, Sliding Doors or French Doors

Bi-folding doors, sliding doors, and french doors, can all be used to help create a seamless transition between the inside and outside, all with their own list of pros and cons. The functionality of the doors and the aesthetics you are looking to create, will have an impact on which are the right choice for your property. If you are unsure on which is the best option for your home, pop into our showroom and we can help you make the right decision.

Open Corners

An open corner will allow you to open up an entire corner or corners of a room, by having doors that open around the corner, completely removing any barriers to the outside. Achievable with both bi-folding and sliding doors.

Flush Thresholds

A level threshold will also help to create that seamless transition, however be sure to choose a weathered threshold for your doors to ensure that your property is well protected from the elements (learn more about how to achieve a flush thresholds here). Creating a flush threshold needs to be planned in at the design stage, therefore forward planning really pays off.


Choosing the same flooring inside and out, is another was to help create a free flowing transition. Be sure to choose a material which is suitable for both internal and external use.

People typically choose to have the seamless transition to the outside in their kitchen/dining rooms as these tend to be towards the back of the house, however it can also work well in living rooms, home offices/studies or bedrooms.

Start by thinking how you could enjoy your garden from both the inside and the outside of your house.

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Mr & Mrs Leonard, Exeter

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Mr Marsh, Exeter

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Mr & Mrs Miller, Exmouth

"I wanted to just send my thanks and appreciation. We had an install approx. 6 years ago including some bi-fold doors which in recent weeks appeared to have dropped and became very difficult to lock. I called the office on Monday and a lady took my details and quickly called me back suggesting you had an engineer locally the following day. He arrived and was extremely polite and efficient and diagnosed a broken hinge. He went back to the depot collected the replacement part, then returned to Budleigh and completed the repair. We really appreciate the speed and efficiency with which you dealt with the issue and the ease from a customer perspective. "

Mr Ashby, Budleigh Salterton

"I just wanted to say thank you for the excellent service you have provided in the planning, removal & installation of our beautiful new windows and doors. We were completely amazed & delighted at the speed of which the installation took place and the hard work put in by the installation team. They worked very efficiently and communicated with me at ease through the week so I knew their plans with each room for installation. All the windows & door look great and we have already had lots of compliments. "

Mrs Oakes-Ash, Exmouth

"We would like to thank everyone at Aspect Windows for the fantastic service that we have received on our project. From start to finish, you have been so professional and we are totally thrilled with our sliding doors and our side door. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone thinking of undergoing a similar project."

Mrs Moores, Templecombe

"We would just like to say how excellent the service has been from Aspect Windows from beginning to end. The salesman could not have been more helpful, we felt completely unhurried and un-pressured. The fitter was also extremely good, he was neat, careful and very respectful of our property as well as being very sociable and polite. Congratulations Aspect Windows on a really good job I wish everything in life could be so straightforward!"

Mr Foster, Exeter

"I had chosen Aspect Windows in Exeter to supply the glazing as they had a good reputation and specialised in aluminium doors windows and curtain walling. Aspect were brilliant throughout the design and fitting process, working to incredibly tight tolerances especially on the curtain walling."

Mr Abdilla, Exeter