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. 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.

Tue Feb 11 00:00:00 PST 2014