Indoor Outdoor Living: What is Your Take?

Jenni Chase
February 18, 2014

In the May 2013 issue of Window & Door, we explored the growing “indoor outdoor living” trend, a trend that was increasingly visible at the International Builders’ Show this year. Folding, sliding, swinging―you name it―large, multi-panel door systems that connect homeowners with the natural environment were on display in full force.

First-time IBS exhibitor LaCantina Doors introduced a new class of multi-slide doors to complement its existing folding door line. Western Window Systems, which recently added its Series 9500 bi-fold door to its volume program, showcased its doors in the Fire Island House. Royal Building Products introduced the Slide and Stack Patio Door System. And the list goes on, including exhibitors like Panda Windows & Doors, NanaWall Systems, Panoramic Doors and others.

While increasingly popular in high-end homes, these large door systems are making their way into more mid-priced homes as well, and not just in warm-climate applications, manufacturers say. My question is: how do you perceive the potential for these products?

What about your builder and consumer customers? Do they still view multi-panel door systems as a luxury item, or is that changing already? And how are you interacting with manufacturers to understand the scope of what's available? Please take the poll and post a comment to share your thoughts.

Survey Results for 02/19/2014 :

What is your customers' take on multi-panel door systems?

They are a luxury feature for high-end homes





Customers are interested in them and requesting more information





They are both





Customers don't know enough about them yet





They are a value-add option for mid-priced homes




Chase is editorial director of Window & Door, and its sister publication, Glass Magazine. Write her at

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Sold several of these, mainly on high end homes and country clubs in the NE. US. Floor flatness and sufficient overhead structural support is most critical in a successful installation. Typically installed they run upwards of $1000.00/lin. ft. Not for that budget installation.

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