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External Pocket Doors

External sliding pocket doors are a useful variation to the minimal windows sliding system that allows you to maximise space, door apertures and glazing design.  

The external sliding door is a variation of the typical ‘pocket door’ design however, instead of sliding into a hidden pocket, the sliding panels are designed to slide over the external face of the building. This can be a useful alternative to a pocket door for renovations, refurbishments or projects where creating a pocket within the wall structure is not possible.  

The head and base frame of the minimal windows slider is continued over the outside of the building, with all necessary supports and structures. The sliding panel then slides externally over the wall with within this framework. The pocket door detail for weather sealing is used, engineered and adapted to this unique use.  

Due to the nature of the external pocket doors, the sliding configuration is more suited to single track sliders however, any number of sliding tracks can be created as an external sliding pocket door.  

Why choose external pocket doors?

External pocket doors are exceptional at saving valuable space. Smaller patios, balconies, or decks may benefit especially from this. External pocket doors can be specified to fill any structural openings instead of using a traditional door, this allows for a dual function that the end user can benefit from. It is similar to “two for the price of one” as you will get a functioning door and large viewing window. External pocket doors can be specified up to 8.5m2 for double glazing and 12m2 for triple glazing. Larger sizes can be specified upon request. 

Increased ventilation: You can easily let fresh air into a project by using external pocket doors. This is especially beneficial in pleasant weather because it encourages natural ventilation and may lessen the need for air conditioning, this is very cost effect for the end user while opening opportunities for more architectural design flair. 

External pocket doors provide versatility and flexibility in how you use your space. They offer protection from the elements, privacy, and soundproofing when they are closed. They open up a living space and create a smooth flow when they are open. You can specify the space to meet various needs and preferences thanks to its adaptability. 

Examples of external pocket doors.

South West London

The rooftop glass extension was created using structural glazing with a minimal windows slider in the left wall of the glass structure. The sliding door sits below a bespoke steel goalpost structure within the glass extension, used to create the door opening within the glass elevation.  

This external pocket door allows for the glass box to open and become one with the patio space outside. It is also a key feature for ventilation as this full glass box was not designed with any opening windows. The track system is also external and has been specified for a double track system which means that the glazing sits and slides both above and below for full stability.

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Examples of external pocket doors.

Brixton House

Studio Carver was commissioned to remodel a poorly constructed two storey addition to an end of terrace property in Brixton for a young family. A single storey glazed extension connecting to the side and rear garden would create a flexible space for modern living.

Brixton house has two pocket door systems, one inside and one outside. The exterior pocket door is a single pane system that slides and opens to act as a side entrance to the kitchen area. External pocket doors in this case are used as windows as well as doors. The floor to ceiling specification allows for ample light to enter the space when closed, when opened the door allows for a great deal of fresh air to fill the home.

For more information about pocket doors, or to get a pocket door system specified for your project, give minimal windows a call today.