*Sorry about that title, I have a thing for alliteration.
I received a lot of great advice on my sliding glass door dilemma last month... so much so that it took me a while to come up with a decision. If you don't remember, I was trying to decide whether to replace my 1980's sliding door with a nicer (more expensive) set of french doors or go with a standard in-stock sliding door. After considering all of your points, I decided to go from this:
Honestly, anything would have been an improvement! The reason why I decided not to splurge on the nicer door was because I started to feel like I wouldn't get my money back out of the purchase. I already have upgraded granite countertops in the kitchen, wood floors in the living areas, and a nice tub in the bathroom so it was about time to go with a moderately priced option to balance things out.
Even though this was a cheaper(ish: $900) choice, I think the change you feel in the room makes a world of a difference. The modern glass lets in a lot more light while sealing out the draft and the fresh, white look cleans up the look of the space.
This was never intended to be a blog picture, but it's the only one I could find with a picture of the sliding door from the inside during the day:
Trust me, the difference is amazing in person!
A few additional thoughts:
1. Yes, I know about the 2010 energy rebate program; this door would not have qualified, but is barely out of range and costs less than my alternative -rebate.
2. Yes, I could have saved a ton of money if I didn't pay for install, but I have no idea how to install doors and I hear that they can be pretty tricky. It was worth the extra money not to deal with those issues.
3. This is an example of "the extra."
4. I saved an additional $75 by using one of those Lowe's moving coupons (Google it), but made the purchase the day I found out my credit card is having triple points in February (boo!).
5. I skipped the screen doors because: a. my dogs walk/ run into them b. it saved me money c. I think it brightens the room up more
How do you feel about adding curtains around sliding doors? I'm thinking it might balance out my room a bit. Thoughts?