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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Adding Privacy to Your Glass-Pane Patio Doors

by Mike Brewer

If you have patio doors installed in your home, you most likely enjoy the convenience of being able to go out to your backyard with ease. Many patio doors have glass panes installed so people can enjoy the view outdoors. If you feel a bit apprehensive about the lack of privacy your doors have, there are several options available in making the view looking in toward your home less visible. Here are some privacy options you can add to your patio doors.

Add Some Window Film

Window film is available in a wide array of patterns and glazing intensity, giving you the chance to cover your glass panes without totally taking away the light the windows emit into your room. This film can be purchased in a hardware store and is quite easy to place over the window portion of your patio doors. Simply unpeel the film from the paper backing and stick over the interior glass on your doors. Trim to fit using a pair of scissors. The window should be cleaned beforehand so the film sticks easily without any bumpy spots underneath. When you feel like changing the design or amount of privacy your windows give, you can peel off the film, clean the glass to remove glue residue, and apply a new patterned film. This is a great non-permanent option in increasing privacy.

Distort the View With Tint

Window tint can be placed over your patio door glass panes to make it harder for people to see what is going on inside the house. The film is darker from the exterior view but lighter from the interior view, allowing you to enjoy the aesthetics of your backyard without worrying about someone peering inside your home. This is applied similarly to window film, only water is applied to the glass before the peel and stick process. A squeegee is then used to push out any liquid from between the tint and the window.

Change the Glass Type

You can have your panes replaced with opaque or frosted glass to give your doors a permanent security solution. This glass will still allow ample lighting into the room, but will no longer have a clear view in either direction. If you do not wish to commit to this, consider having double-paned glass installed with mini-blinds incorporated between the glass layers. This gives you the option to shut them at times you wish to have some more security, and open them when you wish to view your yard.

Add Decorative Coverings

If you enjoy the view of your yard and do not like the idea of altering the glass in your doors, but still need to add security, then putting window coverings over your doors may be the solution. You can purchase blinds or curtains which fit over the window portion of each door, allowing you to still access the outdoors without them being in the way. Blinds or curtains can match the decor of the room and can be removed whenever you wish.

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