ProGlide high performance sliding doors from ALSPEC were specified for an old Adelaide home during its renovation.

The 1900s Adelaide home had been previously modernised with an open plan living extension; however, the new owners of this St Peter’s home felt there was something lacking in their new living spaces.

Following an interstate relocation to Adelaide, the clients purchased the home with the intent to make the required modifications and create an environment that would better suit their way of life. While the kitchen, dining and living spaces already had an open plan layout, the existing windows and doors made the outdoor area less accessible, leaving it underutilised. Keeping the garden views in mind, the family sought a large open plan kitchen, living and dining space, which could be effortlessly integrated with the leafy outdoor entertaining area.

The ArborCrest team installed Alspec’s ProGlide high performance sliding doors that provided a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living areas, breathing new life into the old home.

ArborCrest worked with the client to determine the right door solution for the space. Bi-fold doors were initially considered, but ultimately ruled out because of the space they would occupy when stacked and the number of visible upright panels they would feature when closed.

Instead, they chose a four-panel sliding door, which stacked to one side and would maximise the opening as well as minimise the obstruction of the garden views when closed. Alspec’s ProGlide high performance sliding doors were specified as the ideal aluminium sliding door product, given that their large panels easily had the capacity to span the 6.4m opening.

ArborCrest completed the project in a few days, beginning with the removal of the old framing, installing a new structural supporting beam, and fitting the ProGlide sliding doors and a matching Centor fly screen. The Centor screen was ideal for this project because it retracts completely out of the way when not in use, and provides an effective barrier to insects without compromising the views when closed.

The design aesthetic draws on the contrast between the dramatic black powder coat finish of the doors and the existing polished concrete floors and red brick exterior. This design theme continued in the final styling of the area by ArborCrest, which included furnishings from Domo comprising of a statement red couch, coffee table and lamp for the interior and outdoor furniture including a dining setting and armchair.

The renovation of this home with modern aluminium sliding doors is a classic example of how the right window and door framing products can be used to create a visually appealing and practical family living space in a short period of time.