defining the glass wall

A funny thing happened before Christmas – I found out that I lost my job. It’s a common tale in the advertising industry; agency loses the account, people get laid off… Fortunately, I found a new gig pretty quickly. I’m one week in (loving it so far) and now that my career is feeling sorted again…We’re ready to move forward with building the glass wall in our living room!

Reminder, here’s a sense of the space.



There are a couple of essentials for our glass wall design. I want the doors to be huge sheets of glass and flush from floor to ceiling. They should be thick enough to ensure that Brian has privacy when he’s playing music and so that we don’t have to be concerned about them shattering if Mabel’s running around. When open, the study should feel like a continuation of the living room (i.e. minimal stationary glass pieces) and when closed, they should be feel secure and private (i.e. floor to ceiling curtain).

To finalize our direction, we had to figure out the following elements:



Axis or accordian-style both give us the potential to have a totally open space. However, both require a good deal of clearance and the larger the panels get, the more clearance needed (which is why I’m opting for 6 smaller panels. We don’t have the luxury of any wasted space so we’re going with the sliding doors. I’m leaning towards 6 panels (roughly 24″ per panel) vs. 4 panels (roughly 35″) since I want the stationary panels on either wall to be as short as possible.


I really love the look of the steel doors, especially in industrial spaces, but our apartment was built in the 60’s and it seems a little off style-wise. I like the idea of tying in the grey trim with the rest of the room. Seamless is probably my first choice, but is it even possible with slide doors? In terms of frames, any and all start to break the view. I’m leaning towards one wood frame per panel, painted grey to match the trim in our apartment.

Also, I want the doors to be totally flush to the ceiling and the hardwood. Even if that means cutting into the hardwood to run a track. I’ll work with my contractor to figure out the best approach here.


For the curtains, I want the track installed in the ceiling. It needs to be heavy duty and potentially, I’ll look into a remote opening or have the side cord set up (like in hotels) to make them easy to throw open or close. I need to find a way to secure then tightly (but keep them hanging straight) when they are totally open.

In terms of panels, I like the idea of two panels which will frame the room when the doors are open. I’m also thinking about a heavy curtain with a sheer behind it.


Next steps are to meet with some contractors to get a sense of what we can actually do then hire an architect or designer to draw up the plans for our co-op board review. Hoping our contractor will handle sourcing the glass and supplies. And then I’ll need to figure out how to create the curtains (hire someone like the Shade Store or have the contractor install the track and have the curtains handmade.)

Gosh, it was helpful to work through all that! Is there anything I’m not thinking of? What are your thoughts on this project – suggestions, recommendations?

Images sources on my Inspiration… Study/Guest Room Pinterest board

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