Summer-Ready Your Pool House or Cabana with Operable Glass Walls
Mar 1, 2022
Excitement for a new season starts by getting your home and grounds ready. This is a chance to savor the warmer breezes and get lost in a fantasy of a dip in the pool followed by a chocolate-dipped strawberry. One thing to consider this year is taking your amenities to new heights.
If you have a pool house, cabana, or pool enclosure on your property, operable glass walls can make a big difference in terms of functionality — and not just during the summer.
Panda Windows & Doors can customize glass walls for your outdoor structures, transforming them into your new favorite spot on the property. Whether you want aluminum or steel, interior glass walls or exterior, we can help you nail down a wall system that works with the rest of your space.
The Pool House: A Summer Living Space
A pool house is similar to a guest house. The only difference is that it’s conveniently built near your water feature. People have access to a kitchen for snacks between swims, a bathroom for changing clothes, and a living room for lounging when the sun sets. When you install sliding glass doors, it makes it that much easier to slip from the structure into the water and then back again.
Sliding Glass Doors in Your Pool House
More than convenience, sliding glass doors offer a safety angle. Parents who don’t want to dangle their feet in can still watch their children from the comfort of an air-conditioned pool house. A pool house with operable glass walls gives people a sense of space without hemming them in. It can make everyone more comfortable, so they can actually enjoy their (often limited) leisure time.
A glass wall system can replace major sections of your pool house and give it an impressive makeover for you and your guests. (Incidentally, interior glass walls can do the same if you want to revamp the whole house.) Thermally broken aluminum windows and doors can also reduce heat loss during the winter, which can keep your utility bills lower all-year long. Impact-rated glass doors are also available to withstand even Category 5 hurricanes.
Find a Wall System for You
There are a number of glass wall options that can fit the bill for your upgraded space. Consider accordion doors that fold with the help of a top-hung design. These doors stack against one another on one or both sides of your door frame and, when fully open, can give your pool house up to a 90% view of your outdoor space.
Think of how that view can change your perception of the space and the way you use it. Sliding glass doors blur the lines between the breathtaking views beyond your pool house. The right glass wall system can be exactly what you need to give your pool house a much needed revamp.
The Cabana: A Stunning Hideaway
A cabana is usually a three-sided structure outdoors. Cabanas are most often associated with pools, but it’s not unusual to see them on lake- or ocean-front properties. It may not have the same amenities as a pool house, but it can be frequently used for relaxing, eating, or just taking a break from the summer sun.
Installing a Surrounding Door
This space was always made to be more of an outdoor amenity of the property than an indoor one. Yet many homeowners enclose their cabana to get more use from it year-round. Sliding doors or other space dividers can have a transformative effect on both the aesthetics and the practical aspects of the structure.
So while you might not be ready for a lap in the outdoor pool in December, you might grab a glass of wine and take a break from the more familiar interior glass of your home. Large glass panels offer a window onto your property that you might not have realized even existed.
A Glass Wall that Showcases It All
Cabanas are a huge draw for homeowners because they’re so versatile. From the simple to the ornate, you can go in so many directions. Lift & Slide glass doors from Panda Window & Doors can be installed as the fourth ‘wall’ of the cabana.
The levers and wheels of the Lift & Slide make it possible to drop the panels of the door to the floor. These glass wall systems feature double V-gaskets that create watertight and airtight seals. The additional insulation surrounding the individual panels translates to all-over protection for your cabana.
Wall Systems that Extend Your Space
A sliding glass door in a cabana can also be used to expand your space, depending on its proximity to other structures on the property. If you want to host more people, the installation of customized glass walls can help you build out the area the way you want it.
The Pool Enclosure: An Escape from the Pressure
An enclosed pool can be a home away from home for many property owners, especially if there’s some distance between it and the main house. Whether you’re renovating the existing structure or building four walls and a ceiling from scratch, sliding glass walls can add a little character to the enclosure and highlight your best landscaping features.
Like a cabana or pool house, this design choice can also make a building more all-season friendly. Insulate yourself from the chill as you get your laps in. Plant a few flower beds alongside the enclosure to provide bursts of color at every glance. The sliding glass door you install will make it easy to appreciate anything from holly to tulips.
Peer Through Your Glass Wall
Glass wall panels can be customized for any size space and include a number of design options. For instance, a zero-post corner door eliminates the supporting post, giving you unadulterated surrounding views from the water.
Weather is usually the first objection for homeowners who are hesitant to make the investment in a sliding glass door. Glass on a gentle summer day can behave very differently from glass during a hurricane. The good news is that modern glass doors were created with the worst storms in mind.
There’s no reason for a pool house, enclosure, or cabana to sit unused for several months of the year. Nasty clouds and whipping winds too often keep us holed in when they don’t have to. Glass walls framed with aluminum can improve the entire space without compromising the stability of the structure, making it visually interesting and a welcome breath of fresh air.
Panda Windows & Doors
Indoor/outdoor spaces aren’t just popular because they’re trendy or a status symbol. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Having a way to connect with nature is vital for our health and well-being. A pool house with operable glass walls will provide ventilation when the door is open and sheer comfort when it’s closed. At any time of year, the oversized panels provide a visual reminder that there’s a big world out there just waiting to be explored.
Panda Windows & Doors has embraced design elements that lift people’s spirits. Whether it’s interior glass walls or swing doors, our attention to detail is unparalleled. It’s why we offer a number of customized sliding glass options for homeowners who want to make their pool house or cabana more than it is.
If you’re curious about the right kinds of walls or doors for your property, Download Panda’s Residential Door Buying Guide or find a local dealer to talk through the parameters and vision for the property. When you want to maximize your enjoyment of every season, we can help you make it a reality.
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Expand Your Horizon with Accordion Doors
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