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March 25, 2013

Sliding glass doors and walls take center stage in these 10 homes that seamlessly transition between indoors and out.

For more indoor-outdoor design ideas, pick up a copy of our April 2013 issue.

Modern bedroom office with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors

The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from Metal Window Corporation open up the entire corner of a modern Malibu house's bedroom to the outdoors. Photo by J Bennett Fitts.

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The exterior walls of the Bercy house are constructed with Thermasteel, panels made from galvanized steel and a unique resin that provide structural framing, insulation, and vapor barrier with an R-29 rating twice the required amount. “We have so much gla

Thomas Bercy selected sliding glass walls from Fleetwood for his Austin, Texas, house. “They’re a little more expensive, but when you slide the heavy doors open, you’re making a profound gesture to leave the house and step outside,” says Bercy.

Originally appeared in Red, Wood, and Blue
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The living and dining rooms are joined together in one large central space. When the sliding doors on either side of the room are open, cross-breezes can flow through—a passive cooling technique that helps keep the interiors comfortable in Brisbane's sub-

The living and dining rooms of John and Cahty Dillon's Brisbane house are joined together in one large central space. When the sliding doors on either side of the room are open, cross-breezes flow through—a passive cooling technique that helps keep the interiors comfortable in the city's sub-tropical climate.

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Modern living room with glass windows and woven plastic chairs

Once past the main threshold, the Pentimento house  opens up to the outside, literally and figuratively. Three courtyards built around existing trees flow seamlessly into a series of rooms with glazed walls and sliding glass doors.

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Joao Canziani
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Unlike many other houses, whose views occur only out front, the 2inns offer a glimpse of the Pacific through the house and from the backyard.

On the first floor of architect Sebastian Mariscal's San Diego abode—site of the main social space, kitchen, and dining area—three of the four walls are formed by a 25-panel retractable glass NanaWall. Sliding on a hidden track and tucked out of sight in a glass storage closet, the NanaWall allows the glassed-in common space to morph into a massive outdoor living room in a matter of minutes.

Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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Modern home in Scotland with Japanese and Scottish influences

The back of a Japan-inspired house in Scotland has sliding doors that open far enough to expose the entire livingroom to the families' back yard. Architect Kieran Gaffney purchased the door from Timber Tech.

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Dining room with wood-and-metal long table

Marmol Radziner designed this house in Ukiah, California so that its residents have “the ability to be indoors or outdoors with ease.”

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Originally appeared in When Prefab Is Painless
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The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the recently completed home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.

The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.

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Urban living room with tall glass windows

The large windows in the background and throughout this house in Hollywood are from Western Window Systems.

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Originally appeared in You Won't Be Calling This House a "Man Cave"
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Modern kitchen with granite island and Porcelanosa cabinets

This affordably designed vacation home located in Mexico features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls.

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Originally appeared in Two Brothers Bring Their Families Together to Share a Scenic Getaway
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Modern bedroom office with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors

The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from Metal Window Corporation open up the entire corner of a modern Malibu house's bedroom to the outdoors. Photo by J Bennett Fitts.

Photo by J Bennett Fitts.

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