How To Design Your Own Window And Door Openings

How To Design Your Own Window And Door OpeningsHow To Design Your Own Window And Door Openings

The most common reasons for ordering customized windows are filling a non-standard window opening and creating a window that suits your design needs better than off-the-shelf solutions. There can be many things to consider when it comes to customizing your own windows and doors. We will walk through the different aspects to help you make the best choice.

Deciding on a Type of Door

The type of door affects the appearance of your home as well as how it functions:

  • Hinged doors swing open on one side, which is how most standard doors work.
  • French doors are two hinged doors that swing open to create a larger opening from one space to the other.
  • Bi-fold doors run along a track, allowing you to stack the doors on top of each other.
  • Dutch doors are also called stable doors because the top half of the door can open while the bottom stays shut.
  • Sliding doors are mostly used between the patio and the back of the home.

Choosing the Right Material for your Door

Doors are usually made from strong materials such as steel, Fiberglas, or wood which can be painted over using a color of your choice. Some doors will also have a glass inset which has a variety of features to choose from:

  • The size can range from a small inset to nearly the entire area of the door.
  • Different shades of glass will change the color of light it lets into your home.
  • If you don’t prefer a smooth pane of glass, there are other textures to choose from as well.
  • The glass can be cut into interesting geometric shapes.

Sidelights and transoms are commonly used next to the front entrance for decoration. The most common transoms are arched, box-shaped, or elliptical.

Window Types

There are just as many modifications that can be made to windows in order to make them unique:

  • Casement windows swing open from one side and open using a hand operated crank.
  • Double hung windows are made of two panes: the top one is fixed while the bottom one slides open vertically.
  • Fixed window installation can come in shapes that aren’t rectangular and exist to let light in.
  • The hinge of an awning is at the top of the frame and opens with a slight push to activate an internal spring mechanism.
  • A gilding is a smaller version of a sliding door.
  • Some skylights are fixed while others can open slightly to let hot air escape.
  • A bay window takes up much more room than the windows described above and it’s so structurally imposing that it’s often used to form a ledge or nook.

Moulding and Trim

Moulding and trims are mostly decorative with little functional value. Simple mouldings cover seams between edges, but they can be incredibly ornate to suit your tastes or the general design of your home. Though they seem delicate, mouldings and trims are made from wood, polyurethane, and MDF.

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Mark Clair was born in Ontario in 1986. Born and brought up in Toronto, he was graduated from the University of Western Ontario. He has been working as an interior designer in a private company in Toronto. He has had splendid experience working in the field of home improvement. He is very much passionate about designing interiors and he is a good writer too. He could create fabulous designs for many clients and he loves helping people bring their dream from inspiration to realization! For more information, catch him on twitter.

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New Listing - 3 weeks online
$210,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,601
SQFT
6796 Foxfire Place Place SW
Atlanta, GA 30349
COOKS LANDING Subdivision
Open House 08/24 at 2PM
$283,951
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Open House 08/24 at 2PM
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
7064 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$299,026
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7057 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Open House 08/24 at 2PM
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
663 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$310,270
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
7024 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Open House 08/24 at 2PM
$309,473
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Open House 08/24 at 2PM
$301,438
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7007 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Foreclosure
$215,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,080
SQFT
6629 Overlook Ridge
Atlanta, GA 30349
Cooks Landing Subdivision
$4,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
15,159
SQFT
4690 Thompson Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$12,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
9
BED
14
TOTAL BATHS
26,000
SQFT
4965 Butner Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
Short Sale
$195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,639
SQFT
432 Hammock Loop
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$274,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3200 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 23 hours online
$257,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3213 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$271,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3239 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 23 hours online
$264,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3204 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 20 hours online
$261,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3243 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Short Sale
$209,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,676
SQFT
2927 Chilhowee Drive
Atlanta, GA 30331
Legacy at Cascading Creek Subdivision
$245,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,404
SQFT
3492 Dacite Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Flat Shoals Manor Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6683 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2205 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$174,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6790 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6690 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6679 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6742 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6735 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6687 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
2281 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
2273 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2285 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,045
SQFT
505 Hererra Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,200
SQFT
210 Rivermere Way
Atlanta, GA 30350
Gates on the River Subdivision
Short Sale
$129,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
6111 Lamp Post Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Buffington Park Subdivision
$224,420
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5001 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$224,196
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5042 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$224,788
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5034 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$226,696
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5044 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$226,496
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5013 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$223,536
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5031 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$230,586
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5035 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$232,696
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5037 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Short Sale
$115,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,912
SQFT
2180 Crossrail Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Fairfield Square Subdivision
$211,775
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,176
SQFT
4065 Alveston Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Riggins Ridge Subdivision
Short Sale
$135,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,660
SQFT
4765 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,046
SQFT
4307 Bellwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30349
Stonewall Manor Subdivision
$329,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,759
SQFT
4288 Bellwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30349
Stonewall Manor Subdivision
$212,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,006
SQFT
5015 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$208,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,050
SQFT
4960 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,050
SQFT
4915 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
Short Sale
$160,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,808
SQFT
3027 Sable Run Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
SABLE CHASE Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$354,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,433
SQFT
787 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$333,840
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,331
SQFT
6312 Jasper Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
$348,841
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,433
SQFT
775 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$284,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,237
SQFT
763 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$355,676
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,760
SQFT
112 Old Wolf Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5618 Livesage Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Union Crossing Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5622 Livesage Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Union Crossing Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5667 Eternal Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
UNION CROSSING Subdivision
$360,670
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,905
SQFT
359 Woodmill Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
$362,750
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,905
SQFT
354 Woodmill Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision

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