In Praise of Dutch Doors

By Dan Gregory

Dutch doors add flexibility -- for fresh air and easy communication while maintaining privacy and security.

Dutch doors have two operable panels: the lower one can remain fixed in the door frame while the upper one swings open. It's an old idea -- also used for horse stalls in stables -- that is making a comeback, as seen at the 2014 Home Builder Show.

The example shown above is from Jeld-Wen, a major door and window manufacturer: used as an exterior door it allows air flow and visual communication while retaining a measure of security.

According to Jeld-Wen, Dutch doors are also often used on the interior. Here's an image from the Jeld-Wen website showing some of the options available.


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