Aesthetics of Window Next to Sliding Door

dan_in_austinMay 21, 2012

We've got 3 windows in a bedroom wall that look out onto a second-story deck. We are considering replacing some or all of these windows with a sliding patio door, to give us more light and that "tree house" feeling.

The wall is only 12 feet long, and the existing windows take up about 9 feet (approximately 3 feet per window including trim). We originally considered a 9 foot sliding door, but felt like that would turn almost the enitre wall into glass, which just seemed a bit overwhelming. We settled on the idea of a 6 foot door, and just enclosing the other 3 feet.

However, one contractor suggested that we could install a 6 foot door on the right (when viewed from inside), and replace the leftmost window with one that matches the door. We like this idea, as it gives us some more light/glass, but doesn't turn the entire wall into glass (i.e., we could have furniture underneath the window).

I'm having a hard time finding a picture of a similar setup, and we're wondering how it will look. There's not going to be a lot of space/trim between the window and the sliding door frame (maybe 3 inches?). Tried to do some photoshopping, but that required so much manipulation (and skill) that I'm sure it would look nothing like the abomination that I created.

Any thoughts or suggestions? I'll put up a pic of the wall if I can remember how to post a photo.

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dan_in_austin

Here's a picture of the wall in question.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 8:16PM
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windowsonwashington

I think that would look a bit funky.

Either go with the 9' door or close up the opening to a 6' door would be my recommendation.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 8:35AM
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lkbum_gw

Maybe a three panel slider. This is a Marvin Wood/Ultrex, 9' wide, 8' tall, center panel slides. Around $2k without screen. (note photo is during construction so pavers are not in yet)

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 8:49AM
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WindowDog

I'm with them. Do a 3 section door, or a 6 ft door with no window. You'll like the extra wall space and it won't look goofy.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 1:57PM
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millworkman

+1, center the door you will end up with only 3' on each side which will be perfect.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 3:44PM
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dan_in_austin

Thanks for all the input. The "funky" and "goofy" is what we were concerned about and trying to avoid. I think we're going ahead with the 6' door with NO adjacent window.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:20PM
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