Beautiful, open-plan kitchens with glazing to a rear garden is a hugely popular way to enlarge and enhance a home amongst our customers at Simply Extend. However, when it comes to choosing the windows or doors that lead to your garden, the range of choice can be a little overwhelming. So, our experts at Simply Extend have put together some tips to help you find the right choice for your North London extension.

Bi-folding glazed doors

Bi-folding doors can create a fully glazed rear to your North London garden, which can be folded back on warmer days to create a completely open plan kitchen/garden – perfect for garden parties, BBQs or just family time.

There are a wide range of different options to choose from when deciding on your bi-folding doors, from aluminium to timber that vary in quality, thermal efficiency and cost, so speak to your Simply extend design team who will happily talk you through all of your options.

Sliding doors

Whilst bi-folding doors really help to maximise the openness between garden and home, when closed you can see multiple framed panels, which can restrict your view of the garden on days you don’t require them to be open.

Because of this, many of our North London customers are opting for straight sliding doors instead. Whilst sliding doors can’t be opened up completely, the frames tend to be thinner and panels tend to be a lot wider giving much more uninterrupted glass area when closed – and a much better view of your garden.

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French windows

French doors are a much more traditional alternative, to sliding or bi-folding doors, which is why any of our customers choose them to accentuate their classic North London homes. They also tend to be a less expensive option, for families trying to keep the costs of their extensions down.

With many of the properties in North London containing Victorian influences, the idea of a huge opening at the rear of their traditional home with modern, aluminium framed panels can seem a little too bold, which is where simple hinged French windows or multiple pairs of French windows, are an ideal choice.


At Simply Extend, our team of expert designers and builders are on hand to help during every step of your home extension. So if you have any questions about kitchen extensions, or any other aspect of improving your North London home, please do not hesitate to contact our team today on 0800 917 7571 or email us on

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