10 Favorites: Exterior Sliding Barn Doors by

Issue 48 · The Rural Life · November 30, 2012

10 Favorites: Exterior Sliding Barn Doors

Issue 48 · The Rural Life · November 30, 2012

Here at Remodelista we often joke that sliding barn doors are the crack cocaine of architectural elements: people are addicted to using them indoors and out. Here are several suggestions for exterior use in a range of materials.

aluminum hadn cranked sliding barn doors on renovated 19th century Michigan barn

Above: A renovated 19th century Michigan barn by architectural firm Northworks sports aluminum crank operated panels that slide open like traditional barn doors revealing 15-feet-tall windows.


Above: A 13-foot-wide zinc sliding door conceals a window on the side of this Renovated Shed in the Sydney suburb of Randwick designed by Richard Peters Associates.

Wood slat sliding door in New Zealand beach house

Above: A modern sliding door hides an outdoor shower at the Otama Beach House in New Zealand by David Berridge.

Sliding barn door by Wolveridge Associates

Above: The large sliding doors on Hill Plain House in Metcalf, Victoria designed by Wolveridge Associates keep the searing summer heat at bay while creating a filtered internal light.

sliding barn doors over garage doors by Canadian architects Yiacouvakis Hamelin

Above: Canadian architects Yiacouvakis Hamelin designed this summer retreat, NB20°5 in Canada's maritime province of New Brunswick. The cedar sliding barn doors conceal large garage doors that open up in the summer months.

estes/twombly sliding barn doors

Above: A Rhode Island home by architects Estes/Twombly with more traditional sliding barn doors.

Barbara Colvin Napa Valley Home Sliding Barn Doors

Above: Interior designer Barbara Colvin's Napa Valley home with two sets of sliding barn doors leading to a courtyard.

Sliding barn style doors on boathouse

Above: Designed by Seattle architects Bosworth Hoedemaker, these plywood clad doors slide apart on extended rails opening up this Hood Canal Boathouse to the outdoors.

Sliding barn doors in New York field house by Paul F. Shurtleff and interior designer Thad Hayes

Above: Traditional sliding barn doors, spotted in Architectural Digest, in this upstate New York property designed by architect Paul F. Shurtleff and interior designer Thad Hayes

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