Bi-fold doors open up two California communities for the luxury homebuilder.
For luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers, using Western Window Systems’ Series 9500 Bi-Fold Doors was a no-brainer. “We plan our architecture in advance to fit their door systems,” says Seth Ring, Toll Brothers’ division director.
The bi-fold doors are offered in two of Toll Brothers’ most recent community developments in Orange County, Calif.: Baker Ranch and Amalfi Hills.
In the Baker Ranch community, potential homebuyers can see nine model units equipped with the bi-fold doors. Since Baker Ranch opened in February 2014, approximately 25,000 visitors have toured model homes at the site. Within that same time frame, Toll Brothers sold 250 homes.
Ring says the Western Window Systems products are often something homebuyers look and ask for in Toll Brothers’ developments.
“There’s a lot of demand for designs that squeak every inch out of [small California] lots,” Ring says. In the Toll Brothers model units, bi-fold doors blur the transition between the indoors and outdoors, opening the home to an outdoor kitchen, courtyard, swimming pool, or yard. Opening a home to the outdoors is especially useful in California, where lot sizes are only 50-by-90 feet on average.
The bi-fold doors also give homeowners the most out of California views, Ring says. “They enhance any view that we have,” Ring says.
The large expanses of glass can elegantly fold away and stack against the sidewalls for homeowners to enjoy another aspect of California: warm, dry weather for six to seven months of the year.
Because the Series 9500 Bi-Fold Doors are available in a variety of sizes and configurations, it makes the product flexible and more affordable for customization, Ring says.
Baker Ranch homes sell for $700,000, whereas homes in Amalfi Hills sell in a more upscale market at approximately $2 million. “There is a good array of Western Window Systems products offered,” Ring says. “They can fit in a very high-end home as well as one for the median income type of buyer.”