Kitchen window/light - door to parlor/2nd floor deck

dreamojeanMay 22, 2013

I'm interested in suggestions for door combinations off our parlor floor kitchen in the rear of our old brownstone in Brooklyn, New York, that allow sufficient light to the kitchen but also protection against weather, and bugs, and provide decent security. (although our yard is fenced in, so security issues aren't tops on the list) We're converting a window to a door and adding a small/medium sized steel deck off the kitchen/dining room, and the door will be the only source of natural light to the kitchen (with 2 picture windows off the adjoining dining room providing less direct natural light).

Do people usually have an inward-swinging wood door on the inside and outward-swinging door on the outside for example, with a lot of glass? Is there a way to incorporate a screen into the mix for summertime, by having a glass pane or two that are convertible to screen for the warmer months?

On our ground floor kitchen/dining room deck (soon to be a rental), we have an inswinging wood door off the dining room (next to 2 windows, so light is less of an issue) and an outswinging screen door to the deck. This protects against bugs when the inside door is open, but we get some real drafts in the winter and some real heat in the summer.

I'd love to see pictures if anyone has them. Thanks for any suggestions.

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I have a single inswing Marvin french door with transom in my brownstone parlor kitchen. They are made with an integrated frame so the seal is pretty good and less draft/heat/cold issues than I expected. They are made to order so you can order them to fit your brick opening. Although I looked into having a screen (retractable or outswing) I never bothered. The door is open a lot all summer without much of a bug issue.

IIRC, your kitchen is tight and an outswing might suit you better. I didn''t need an operating transom but that might address your desire to "open" a window. Or you could just open your dining room windows - your kitchen is totally open to it. Go to some window dealers with big displays - not HD/Lowes - and take a look at the door displays.

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