We are about to start building and would like to have a sliding glass door in the wall between the kitchen and living room. Are there any good systems and manufacturers, and is there anything I should look into?
Who has sliding doors that go in the wall and can recommend them?
I'd rather pay a little more but get a stable system than have something cheap built in and it breaks in a few years.
It all depends on what kind of wall, solid wall or drywall?
In the case of solid walls, the "niche" must be bricked up after the support system is installed with thinner stones so that the sliding element can slide freely in the wall pocket, then the interior plaster . There are often problems finding a standard frame here, so it will probably be custom made.
As an alternative, I can personally recommend the drywall system from Knauf, 125-150mm wall thickness, door can vary 3-4 times as you wish, height and width can be found on the Knauf website!
I've built about 250 myself in a building project (100 apartments), in the sliding door area there are problems hanging on the wall, but the problem is not much less in the solid version.
Problems? Yes! Improper installation will cause problems with every door!
We will also have a glass door in the wall of our house, but I can't tell you which manufacturer it is from. However, keep in mind that the wall where the door disappears will be thicker than the regular wall. This means you will have a little loss of space and possibly a step in the wall if the rebar is not extended to the next corner.
We decided against a sliding door going through the wall.
There may be some bias here, but we have decided against it for the following reasons:
1. if (for whatever reason) the door pops out of the rail or any other damage to the mechanism occurs, it can be difficult or too expensive to replace/repair (everything is inside the wall).
2) Even in a semi-closed system, contamination will occur at some point (whether it's the popular wool lint, which over time thickens into hard lumps, or through minimally abrasive metal shavings or perhaps "stone dust" from the wall). In my opinion, cleaning/removal here will be difficult (like you want to get behind a doorway with a vacuum cleaner). Sooner or later this could cause the treadmill to become dirty or, at worst, blocked.
It may turn out that these reasons are just prejudices and our philistine opinion is not true. It was important to us to minimize the risk of breakage/damage, so we opted for an exterior sliding door.
We are also going to install a sliding door in the wall between the kitchen and dining room in the new building, but we are not sure yet if we will use an all-glass door or a combination of wood and glass.
The door will be installed directly into the wall. So the frame builder will create a wider opening in the wall, into which the system will then be inserted. The part where the door goes in will be covered with drywall. If I remember correctly, a wall thickness of 17mm is required.
By the way, the combination of wood and glass is expected to cost about $1,700 total.