A home filled with boundless creativity and huge glass openings to match.

Vast expanses of glass and huge multi-slide doors have become an essential part of the custom-home landscape in parts of the country where beautiful weather is a luxury nearly year-round. That doesn’t mean they don’t fit in where indoor-outdoor living is limited to just four, maybe five, months of the year.
Hoosier Magnificence
A huge sliding glass door opens from the master bedroom to an enclosed outdoor living space.
Take, for example, this stunning lakehouse south of Bloomington, Indiana, where pleasant indoor-outdoor weather starts around Memorial Day and usually gives away to rain and a chill in the air by early October.
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This rustic guest bedroom is bathed in natural light thanks to a pair of casement windows from Western Window Systems.
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A combination of fixed and awning windows frame beautiful views of Lake Monroe.
Designed by Jason Wolfe of Indianapolis-based Demerly Architects, this 8,500-square-foot mansion sits high up on a narrow peninsula on Lake Monroe, a popular leisure destination for residents of southern Indiana. The beautiful, extensive views of the lake are made possible by a massive aluminum Series 600 Multi-Slide Door that opens up to a furnished back patio with fire pit and hot tub overlooking the lake.
“Western Window Systems was a perfect fit for the project,” Wolfe says. “They were extremely accommodating for the sizes that we needed.”
“The client definitely had some extremely creative ideas.” Jason Wolfe, Demerly Architects
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Banks of windows in the second-floor rec room give gamers loads of natural light.
But the company’s huge moving walls of glass also found a place inside the $3 million home, in one of the most unique facets of the structure: an indoor swimming pool.
Hoosier Magnificence
The 8,500-square-foot home features multi-slide doors and windows of all shapes and sizes.
Hoosier Magnificence
A massive multi-slide door opens from the kitchen/living area to a giant outdoor living space overlooking the lake.
A first-time design challenge for Wolfe, the infinity-edge pool, with its attendant water features and beautiful limestone wall, posed some interesting obstacles for the architect.
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Huge panels of glass augment the sense of fun in the Lake Monroe mansion.
“In general, you don’t want to put water inside of a house, especially in a climate that gets cold,” he says. “It can potentially create problems inside a house with condensation. A lot of time went into detailing that space, and there’s some extremely sophisticated mechanical equipment taking care of the humidity generated by the pool.”
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The indoor swimming pool is separated from the main living space from a huge multi-slide door.
To combat these humidity and condensation issues, Wolfe felt it was necessary to isolate the pool room from the rest of the home as best as possible, and for that he separated the space from the home’s great room with an impressive floor-to-ceiling three-panel multi-slide door that runs nearly the length of the pool. And on one end of the pool is a Series 600 Window Wall that provides swimmers views of the woods outside the home.
“The client definitely had some extremely creative ideas,” Wolfe says.
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Huge panels of glass bring the outdoors in to this cozy bedroom.
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A view of the back of the Lake Monroe home.
One is a screened-in covered patio just off the master bedroom that features a huge Series 600 Sliding Glass Door, which, Wolfe says, helps merge the inside and the outdoors to create a much bigger space. A floor-to-ceiling combination of fixed windows and Series 670 Casement Windows on another wall of the master suite allows tons of natural light into the room.
Still another expanse of moving glass opens the kitchen and dining areas to an indoor-outdoor living space (featuring sofas, fireplace, barbecue, and big-screen TV) that overlooks Lake Monroe.
“There’s just so much more demand for these larger openings, even in the Midwest.” Jason Wolfe, Demerly Architects
Hoosier Magnificence
A multi-slide door seamlessly merges the great room to a fire-lit back patio.
But there’s more. The second floor of the home is a handsome, rustic-looking recreation room with stunning wood paneling, vaulted ceiling, and banks of windows providing elevated views of Indiana’s largest body of water. Darts, air hockey, table shuffleboard, and projection screen are among the pleasurable distractions offered by the cozy, loft-like space.
Elsewhere throughout the vast home are countless shapes and sizes of Western Window Systems window solutions.
“There’s just so much more demand for these larger openings, even in the Midwest,” Wolfe says. “And with these Western Window Systems products, there’s a great balance between performance and that experience that provides the homeowner indoor-outdoor living.”

Indoor-outdoor living exemplified in Santa Barbara.

Architect Dan Weber calls the Santa Barbara climate – where “it’s never hot, it’s never cold, there are no bugs, no wind, and it never rains” – pretty much perfect.
So it stands to reason that his firm, Santa Barbara-based ANACAPA Architecture (which also has an office in Portland), makes the most of bringing together the indoors and the outside when designing homes for clients.
A Perfect Match
One of two massive pocketing Series 600 Multi-Slide Door in the master suite increase the residents' living space.
Such is the case with the Crestline project, a former 1960s tract home in a neighborhood full of them. When Weber started working with a young couple with modernist sensibilities and a budget that was hardly unlimited, he envisioned a stunning renovation of the outdated home. And it all started with improving the connection between the indoor living spaces and the beautiful, oak tree-lined backyard.
“Few places on Earth are better for indoor-outdoor living than Santa Barbara,” Weber says. “The original house had just this little door opening to the backyard. We asked ourselves, ‘What is the best way to get the absolute maximum indoor-outdoor connection in that house?’”
A Perfect Match
This view of the main living area from inside the master bedroom shows how two 90-degree multi-slide doors seamlessly blend the indoors with the outside.
With the living room, kitchen, and dining room separated from each other, Weber envisioned a great room that could completely open up to the backyard using huge moving walls of glass from Western Window Systems. But it would take some surgery, he says.
“In the living room, the existing roof form had a pretty low eave,” Weber says. “So we opened up the walls and vaulted the ceiling. We actually inserted a new steel beam to hold up the existing roof rafters, and we inserted that steel beam and a column inside the glass line, so that it didn’t interrupt the line of sight. And we cantilevered the steel beam out past the corner so we could open the corner out into the yard. That flying cantilever provides a really spectacular effect.”
“Few places on Earth are better for indoor-outdoor living than Santa Barbara.” Dan Weber, ANACAPA Architecture
A Perfect Match
When open, the main living area's multi-slide doors let the perfect weather of Santa Barbara into the home.
The result: Two floor-to-ceiling Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors running the length of two walls and meeting at a 90-degree angle when closed. When they are opened, the living room is totally open to the backyard, providing Weber’s clients with great views of the mountains, tons of natural light, and fresh Pacific air coursing through the home. And he also designed a complete outdoor living space with big outdoor kitchen, built-in barbecue, fire pit and wooden shade structure.
The architect wasn’t done maximizing the indoor-outdoor living possibilities for his clients, who had an inkling about ways to improve that connection, but “I don’t think they quite envisioned going all out as we did,” he says with a little chuckle. “Fortunately, they were fully committed.”
A Perfect Match
When closed, the room's multi-slide doors meet at 90 degrees without a connecting post.
So Weber and his team added 600 square feet to the master bedroom, with its 10-foot ceilings, and again added another set of floor-to-ceiling 90-degree Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors, these ones pocketing into the walls of the bedroom, providing a second seamless transition to the backyard.
“I really like the huge panes of glass and small frame profiles,” Weber says. “That’s what we’re always after. We want to be able to open up a whole wall quickly and easily and have very high level of transparency both in the open position and closed position.”
Weber also utilized various shapes and sizes of Western Window Systems windows throughout the home, as well.
“We want to be able to open up a whole wall quickly and easily and have very high level of transparency both in the open position and closed position.” Dan Weber, ANACAPA Architecture
A Perfect Match
The flying cantilever provides a spectacular effect, says architect Dan Weber.
“In minimalist and modern design, we are always trying to get more glazing and less frame, and these are super-minimal and clean,” he says.
Since its completion about four years ago, the single-level home has generated a bit of buzz for Weber and his firm, appearing on Dwell’s website and earning some ink in local publications.
“We all always design homes with these big multi-sliding door systems,” he says. “There are these certain locations where they work great and people actually use them. This is one of them.”

Award-winning minimalist design driven by clients’ unique pet-related needs

Architects Kathy Hancox and Michael Kothke have been creating minimalist gems for over two decades in British Columbia, San Francisco, and, for the past 14 years, Tucson. They’ve designed homes with the cold, the heat, the rain, and the sun in the mind. But cats had never been a factor. Until now.
“We’d never had an animal-focused project before,” says Hancox, of HK Associates in Tucson. “So it was a fun challenge to come up with a design.”
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“We all like to think of architecture in the daytime,” says architect Michael Kothke. “But this house is equally impressive at night.”
The couple’s clients own more than a dozen rescue cats that require being separated into three colonies, so Hancox and Kothke got to work figuring out a way to accommodate the felines and provide their pet parents with the indoor-outdoor living they also requested for their first custom home.
What the architects came up with is the Courtyard House, a 3,500-square-foot home with a spatially layered, free-flowing floor plan (in fact, the only interior door is to a powder room off the main living space) interspersed with a series of courtyards where the cats reside and Tucson’s bountiful natural light fills the interior.
The home has been a hit with Hancox and Kothke’s clients and, presumably, the cats. But it also was recognized as the American Institute of Architects’ Southern Arizona division as the 2016 Home of the Year. The same group also bestowed upon the husband-and-wife team the 2016 Honor Award for Distinguished Architect, no doubt for the architects’ use large glass to create visual and physical indoor-outdoor connections.
Custom Cat House
HK Associates also designed the interior of the home, focusing on furniture that can withstand the rigors of the more than a dozen rescue cats living in the house.
“There’s the illusion that from certain angles that all the courtyards are connected. It’s interesting because you can look from one courtyard through the inside of the home through another courtyard through another courtyard to the outside of the home,” says Kothke. “The main courtyard is U-shaped, and then there’s a series of four smaller courtyards that really create unique outdoor spaces.”
And leading to the main courtyard from main living/kitchen/dining area is a massive, four-panel Western Window Systems Series 600 Multi-Slide Door, which seamlessly merges the interior with the outdoors, letting in natural light and fresh air that courses through the open floor plan.
Also opening to the main courtyard on either side of it, with the master suite on one side and the office and guest bedroom on the other, are Series 600 Sliding Doors flanked by huge floor-to-ceiling fixed windows from Western Window Systems.
“Our objective is always to do something that’s elegant and timeless and modern.” Kathy Hancox, partner, HK Associates
Custom Cat House
Huge panels of glass give the clients the ability to see into any number of the home’s courtyards at once.
“The sliders really allowed us to economically access the main courtyard while still providing the same visual punch you get from the multi-slide,” Kothke says.
That visual punch is one of the several reasons the couple likes to use Western Window Systems doors and windows in their minimalist designs in the Tucson area.
“Our objective is always to do something that’s elegant and timeless and modern. And those words describe the Western Window Systems products,” Hancox says. “They have a slim profile that we like, and they maximize the amount of glass.”
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The architects liked the visual punch and economical price of Western Window Systems’ sliding glass doors.
Despite the dozens of large glass pieces throughout the home — none of which is adorned by curtains or blinds, by the way — the layout successfully “visually edits out” the rest of the neighborhood subdivision in which home sits while still providing views of mountains in the distance and, at night, the vast, clear Tucson starscape.
“We all think of architecture in the daytime,” Kothke says. “But this house is equally impressive at night. We’d get emails from the clients after they moved in saying, ‘Wow, we were looking at the moon tonight from the bed.’ The Western Window Systems windows allowed us to articulate what we like to call a 24-hour occupation of the house.”

A modern farmhouse befitting its desert setting.

An intentional mashup of traditional and modern design. A blend of old and new with both rustic and refined touches. In the desert.
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Several multi-slide doors appear in the Modern Farmhouse in Phoenix.
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With the two multi-slide doors opened, the kitchen/dining/living space becomes one with the outdoors.
That’s the Modern Farmhouse in a nutshell. The 7,500-square-foot home in Paradise Valley is a fun amalgam of styles that makes the most of indoor-outdoor living and, of course, the amazing views of Phoenix’s two major urban mountains: Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak.
“Indoor-outdoor living was a top priority for the design of this home.” Tom Knutson, principal, K2 Signature Homes
Modern Farmhouse
A seamless merging between the indoors and outside.
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Arizona sunshine fills the master suite.
It’s why Western Window Systems is such a good fit for the Modern Farmhouse, designed by architect Richard Doria and built by K2 Signature Homes.
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The spacious, modern kitchen is just one stunning aspect of the Modern Farmhouse.
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Western Window Systems casement windows provide a view from the kitchen sink.
“Indoor-outdoor living was a top priority for the design of this home,” says Tom Knutson, principal at K2 Signature Homes. “We incorporated a large covered patio with the interior tile flooring continuing to the exterior so as to blur the line between inside and outside. This works perfectly on a quiet, breezy day or during a large gathering.”
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A wall of fixed and awning windows.
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A hinged door and several windows provide a welcoming entry to the guest house.
Three 12-foot-wide, three-panel Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors create that seamless transition, both in the great room and the master suite. Two of the pocketing multi-slides open to a huge covered outdoor living space, which backs up to a swimming pool and uncovered sitting area complete with fireplace. The master suite multi-slide leads to an auxiliary backyard patio and grassy yard beyond it.
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The clean aesthetic of Western Window Systems’ hinged windows is on display.
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An exterior look at the guest house.
In the front of the house, three sets of 5-foot-wide Series 900 Hinged Doors open to a courtyard-style patio outfitted with another fireplace. In the main entryway is a 5-foot-wide Series 980 Pivot Door flanked by two columns of four fixed windows. Elsewhere in the home are dozens of Series 670 Casement Windows of numerous shapes and sizes, including some as wide as 8 feet and as tall as 5 feet.
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A wall of windows bathes the master bathroom with natural light.
When it’s 110 degrees outside, we wanted the A/C to stay in and the heat to stay out.” Tom Knutson, principal, K2 Signature Homes
Modern Farmhouse
Multi-slides open to a huge covered outdoor living space.
“You’d think that with three multi-slide door systems, a large pivot door, and all the patio doors and operable windows that the building would leak like a sieve,” says Knutson, referring to the energy efficiency of Western Window Systems’ products. “But these doors and windows do a great job of keeping the building tight. When it’s 110 degrees outside, we wanted the A/C to stay in and the heat to stay out.”
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Fixed windows let in copious amounts of Phoenix sunlight.
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A trio of hinged double doors in the front of the house.
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Indoor-outdoor living at its finest.
In addition to the three-bedroom, three-bathroom main building, a quaint guest house on the property includes a 3-foot-wide Series 900 Hinged Door accented by a stack of three Series 670 Casement Windows and a Series 670 Awning Window.
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A massive pivot door greets visitors to the dramatic front entry.
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The double doors open to a front-yard patio.
“From our perspective, we could’ve saved money by cobbling together a system of doors and windows from other brands that may not have the same quality fit and finish as Western Window Systems, but that’s not worth it to us,” says Knutson. “Western Window Systems helps us achieve our goals of high quality and high style at a price point that does not exceed the point of diminishing returns.”
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The Modern Farmhouse at twilight.

A three-volume mountainside retreat forms connection to the terrain.

On a starkly magnificent mountainside 800 feet above El Paso, Texas, architects Darci Hazelbaker and Dale Rush have designed a modernist masterpiece befitting the rugged landscape on which it is perched. Sweeping views of the city below and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the distance are matched in beauty only by the terrain surrounding the 5,200-square-foot home. Backing up on two sides to national parkland, the three-story home essentially becomes one with the natural wilderness it abuts.
To blend in the Franklin Mountain House with its environment, Tucson-based firm Hazelbaker Rush built much of the three-story residence with the naturally occurring volcanic rock basalt and granite. Only the white stucco of the third level provides contrast to the rocky hillside. In fact, when viewed from a distance, the lower floors seem to blend into the terrain like a modernist chameleon.
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The white stucco volume stands out amid the rocky terrain of the Franklin Mountains near El Paso.
And to make the most of the unfettered views of downtown El Paso and bountiful West Texas sunshine, Hazelbaker and Rush turned to Western Window Systems, with its huge panels of glass and contemporary sightlines, to make the most of the vistas.
“Each room of the home has a direct connection to the adjacent outdoor living spaces and to the mountain landscape and valley views beyond,” says Rush, who founded the firm in 2009 with Hazelbaker. “The sliding doors and large windows are integral in reinforcing this connection with the natural world beyond the envelope of the home.”
“Each room of the home has a direct connection to the adjacent outdoor living spaces and to the mountain landscape and valley views beyond.” Dale Rush, Hazelbaker Rush
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When the massive west-facing multi-slide door is open, cool Texas breezes course through the home's main volume.
Indeed, in the third-level master suite, a massive Series 600 Stacking Multi-Slide Door opens to the eastern lawn and patio facing up the mountain slope, seamlessly merging the indoors with the outside.
“The multi-slide in the master suite allows the owner the option to open up the bedroom to the patio or the bathroom,” Rush says. “It’s a flexibility that isn’t afforded with standard sliding options.”
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A multi-slide door in the master suite opens up to the natural mountain preserve.
Similarly, a huge four-panel stacking multi-slide door, with its easy and reliable operability, opens up the wide kitchen and dining area to a patio and swimming pool on the west side of the home. Given the elevation of the hillside home, cool Texas breezes can course through the main level when the doors are open.
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The upper-volume living quarters feature unparalleled views of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the distance.
“We like to use well-engineered products with clean lines,” Rush says. “Function is paramount, but the aesthetic can be just as important. Doors and windows are some of those elements that you touch and interact with on a daily basis. How they look, how they feel, and how they work can all determine the quality of the home.”
Completed in August 2014, the three-year undertaking includes many indoor accents hand-fabricated by the architects themselves, including a concrete pedestal bathroom sink, the wooden bed frame in the master bedroom, stitched leather and steel drawer pulls, and the desk and oak shelving in the office.
West Texas Vistas
The master suite's multi-slide door seamlessly merges the interior of the upper volume with the rugged landscape outside.
The third-floor volume features in an eye-catching triad of Series 670 Fixed Windows, each just a couple feet tall by several feet wide, creates a south-facing strongly horizontal wall of glass overlooking the pool that gives a glimpse of the horizon while not flooding the bedrooms with the strong West Texas sun.
A similar treatment of strongly horizontal fixed windows set among the thick rock walls form a 90-degree corner cut into the second-floor volume’s sitting room, providing striking views to the south and west.
“Function is paramount, but the aesthetic can be just as important.” Dale Rush, Hazelbaker Rush
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The main level of the Franklin Mountain House is built with volcanic rock basalt and granite from the region.
“Western Window Systems products met our design objectives,” Rush says. “Energy-efficient performance, thin-profile frames, reliable operation of the sliders and casements, while fitting into a no-nonsense, modern aesthetic that meets the budget.

A minimalist desert home half-full of glass.

Renowned architect Richard Meier called white the “most wonderful color” because it’s “against a white surface that one best appreciates the play of light and shadow, solids and voids.”
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Shades of White’s large moving walls of glass flood interior spaces with natural light.
It’s with this notion in mind that Nevada designers Katie and Charles Reibel set about creating the 8,150-square-foot home they call Shades of White. Located in the Ridges desert development west of Las Vegas, the home — conceived, designed, and built for the wedding of the Reibels’ daughter Catherine, also an architect — is an all-white modernist marvel of indoor-outdoor living, with interior spaces flooded with diffused sunlight thanks to doors and windows from Western Window Systems.
“The importance of glass in the design of this home cannot be overstated.” Katie Reibel, co-owner, Simply+Modern
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A virtual wall of windows in the master suite.
“A strong connection to the outdoors embraces and supports the surrounding nature and desert landscape, thus enticing the residents into an enriching living experience,” says Katie Reibel, co-owner of Simply+Modern design firm. “Massive glass windows extend indoor living areas into the curated landscape, creating a visual conversation between nature, architecture, and art.”
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The home’s design has a strong connection to the natural desert landscape.
In fact, glass is the most significant architectural design element of the minimalist but ultra-modern home, Reibel says, making up almost half of the structure.
“Every light-filled vision, every picturesque view is my favorite.” Katie Reibel, co-owner, Simply+Modern
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Glass makes up almost half the structure in Shades of White.
“The importance of glass in the design of this home cannot be overstated,” she says. “Sunlight and shadows dance throughout the home during the day, inspiring an environment of optimism, well-being, and creativity.”
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“An environment of optimism, well-being, and creativity.”
The showpiece glass element is a 25-foot-wide, five-panel Series 600 Pocketing Multi-Slide Door in the great room that frames spectacular views of the mountains in the distance. The 12-foot-high multi-slide door, which opens to a backyard patio complete with fire pit and swimming pool, “enhances the ethereal vision of sunlight and shadows, desert and water, city lights and mountain ridges.”
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Each of the bedrooms features a Series 600 Multi-Slide Door.
Elsewhere in the home, 12-foot-high, three-panel Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors open up each of the bedrooms to furnished balconies. In the master bedroom and master bathroom, impressive arrays of nine Series 600 Fixed Casement Windows form a virtual wall of windows. A similar arrangement of 12 casement windows achieves the same effect in the dining space, adjacent to the great room. And a stunning two-story atrium that encloses the staircase, which is visible from the front of the home, features walls of windows on two sides.
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A wall of windows bathes the bathroom in California sunshine.
“Every light-filled vision, every picturesque view is my favorite, depending on the ever-changing luminosity and shadows during each day and throughout each season,” Reibel says.
The clean aesthetic and environmentally sensitive design is the perfect home for Western Window Systems’ forward-thinking products.
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The clean aesthetic of Western Window Systems’ products was perfect for the Shades of White design.
“Simply+Modern prides itself on a reputation of using only the highest-quality products, fixtures, and finishes,” says Reibel. “And Western Window Systems products are durable, energy efficient, well-crafted, and beautifully engineered.”

Rolling panels of glass highlight the perfect woodland getaway.

Award-winning architect Danny MacNelly found 44 acres of untamed land along Virginia’s James River on which to build the ultimate weekend getaway for a family with three small boys.
Using the wilderness an hour and a half from Richmond as the canvas for his artistry, MacNelly and his architect wife, Katie, set forth creating a home that they could treat as much like a cabin as possible while still utilizing modern architecture and design elements. The result: a three-volume edifice connected by decking and outfitted with large rolling glass panels made by Western Window Systems.
Think of the three volumes as stones scattered around a campfire.
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Huge moving walls of glass frame beautiful views of the Virginia countryside.
“We wanted to make things respond to the landscape,” says Danny MacNelly, partner at Richmond, Virginia-based ArchitectureFirm, about the home on a bluff overlooking the James River. “We wanted it to feel like it was sited naturally.”
For the MacNellys’ efforts, the James River house was recognized in 2016 by the Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects with its Residential Design Honor + Excellence Award.
“The home was meant to blend in naturally, which is why I tend toward very simple and very clean, very big ideas,” MacNelly says. “Sometimes it takes a lot more work to execute simple ideas, but that is some of the stuff that I think is more powerful.”
“Sometimes it takes a lot more work to execute simple ideas, but that is some of the stuff that I think is more powerful.” Danny MacNelly, partner, ArchitectureFirm
James River House
The 28-foot-wide, five-panel multi-slide door seamless merges the indoors with the outside.
To give the home the most naturalistic feel possible, MacNelly used Western Window Systems large moving glass walls and windows, which provide a true indoor-outdoor living experience with a contemporary aesthetic.
“To some extent, the whole indoor-outdoor living notion is the basis of the entire project,” MacNelly says.
A Series 600 Multi-Slide Door is the centerpiece of the home’s middle volume — the main living area and kitchen — where the huge rolling panels of glass virtually disappear into the wall leading out to the large deck to completely open up to the deck, where the family and guests spent much of the warm-weather months. The 28-foot-long multi-slide door comprises five 10-foot-tall panels of dual-paned, low-E glass, which helps keep the house warm during the Virginia winters. And despite the incredible volume of glass, the door is surprisingly easy to use.
“The ability to push those sliders out of way makes it feel like the whole thing is one big covered deck,” MacNelly says. “It’s got these big rollers, and even the kids have no problem opening the multi-slides. The other reason these are great is because you get these huge 10-foot-high doors with very little frame, and there really are no residential products like that. It was the size that really set me down the path toward Western Window Systems.”
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When the multi-slide is opened, the center volume becomes an indoor-outdoor campsite.
Around the corner from the deck and in the buildings flanking the middle volume, where the bedrooms are situated, three 10-foot-high Series 600 Window Walls frame magnificent views and scenic colors of the Virginia woodland and the James River below.
“If you want giant expanses of glass, but can’t afford to build a glass house, these are really nice products,” MacNelly says.
James River House
A contemporary aesthetic meets rustic living.
The architect also employed a Series 900 Hinged Door in the front of the home as well as Series 670 Casement Windows throughout. All products feature energy-efficient thermally broken aluminum.
“Aluminum is usually very commercial,” MacNelly says. “But the thing I found with Western Window Systems is that it does a great residential aluminum product that isn’t very expensive. The details are minimal, clean, and refined. It’s been a really nice product.”

A flair for drama in an expansive, day-lit Phoenix home.

For its first home design in Phoenix, Charles Cunniffe Architects of Aspen, Colorado, envisioned a plan that maximized two of the desert city’s two appealing attributes: sunshine and a climate conducive to nearly eight months of indoor-outdoor living.
The result is an 8,000-square-foot contemporary home (aptly named The Phoenix) that features numerous vast expanses of glass, including large multi-slide doors that seamlessly merge the inside of the home with a large outdoor living space and a huge backyard and pool.
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Vast expanses of glass bathe the 8,000-square-foot home in natural light.
“The design approach was initiated based on creating a dramatic formal entry flanked by more everyday living space,” says lead architect Jim Kehoe. “And that evolved to a very open space, day-lit with floor-to-ceiling glass walls with a close connection to the landscape in the front and back.”
Kehoe’s design employed a full complement of Western Window Systems products, including a fixed Series 600 Window Wall, multiple Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors and Sliding Glass Doors, Series 900 Hinged Doors, and Series 670 Awning, Casement, and Fixed Windows. All the products, Kehoe says, fit in well with the design philosophy of Charles Cunniffe Architects because of the products’ clean appearance, minimal sightlines, and their ability to maximize glazing units.
“The design approach was initiated based on creating a dramatic formal entry flanked by more everyday living space.” Jim Kehoe, Charles Cunniffe Architects
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A dramatic formal entry opens to the great room, with its extra-high ceilings.
“Given the aesthetic quality the owner wanted,” he says. “Western Window Systems provided a huge advantage when you’re looking at a modern approach to the design and reductive approach to the material palette.”
The ability of Western Window Systems to create very large floor-to-ceiling glazed units meant that Kehoe could design 12- to 13-foot openings, which in the front of the house gives the appearance of the roof hovering over the main space. From wall to wall, expansive openings bring in natural light. It’s so open, in fact, that from the front yard one can see through the main living space into the backyard.
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Smaller pieces of glass were used in rooms requiring less natural light.
With all the large glass in the open spaces, deep overhangs became essential to the design in order cut down the heat transfer through the glass during Phoenix’s scorching summers. And in the more everyday living spaces on the east and west wings of the home, smaller pieces of glass were used because these areas require less daylight.
But’s in the dramatic entryway and main living space that take the breath away and provide a transition to an outdoor living space and the landscape beyond it.
“When you open up the back patio sliding doors, the two spaces adjacent to the patio flow directly to the outside.” Jim Kehoe, Charles Cunniffe Architects
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Large overhangs reduce the heat transfer during Phoenix’s hot summers.
“When you open up the back patio sliding doors,” Kehoe says, “the two spaces adjacent to the patio flow directly to the outside. And you’ve got this large overhang that creates this very high roof over an outdoor room, and those spaces just coalesce as one.”

A California-style modern bathed in natural light.

When an architecture-loving client approached Peterssen/Keller Architecture about designing a three-pavilion home on an unusual L-shaped lot near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, the firm made the most of the request by creating a modern, California-style residence that makes the most of natural light, open space, and indoor-outdoor living.
“The concept of indoor-outdoor living is integral to the design of the home, as the light-filled pavilions enclose a private courtyard with a swimming pool and patio,” says Gabriel Keller, a principal at the Minneapolis firm. “Glass-walled light wells connect the pavilions and create a visual connection to the outside.”
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The modern design and huge pieces of glass make the most of natural light.
The first pavilion in the 4,500-square-foot home known as Calhoun Pavilions is a single-story two-car garage that faces the street. The second pavilion contains an integrated kitchen, living room, and dining room, as well as guest rooms, office, and media room. And the third pavilion, cantilevered over the patio, houses the master suite.
Calhoun Pavilion
The second-story master suite features views of Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun.
It’s there that a Western Window Systems Series 600 Sliding Glass Door opens to a balcony deck that provides panoramic views of downtown Minneapolis and Lake Calhoun, the city’s largest in its Chain of Lakes.
The highlight of the second pavilion is a 25-foot-wide Series 600 Multi-Slide Door that opens from the integrated kitchen/dining area/living room to a courtyard that features a wooden pathway to an outdoor living space (situated underneath the master suite) and swimming pool.
“Glass-walled light wells connect the pavilions and create a visual connection to the outside.” Gabriel Keller, principal, Peterssen/Keller Architecture
Calhoun Pavilion
The integrated living area/dining area/kitchen is filled with Western Window Systems products.
“These sliding doors provide cool, even light from the north,” says Lars Peterssen, a principal at the firm. “We appreciate working with Western Window Systems because the products allow us to replace traditional solid walls with expansive glass ‘walls.’ This allows our clients to appreciate Minnesota’s four distinct seasons and to experience the passage of time, the changing light, the spectacular colors of nature, and the dramatic shifts in weather all year-round.”
Elsewhere throughout the house, built by Elevation Homes of Wayzata, Minneapolis, are numerous Western Window Systems fixed windows of various shapes and sizes, including floor-to-ceiling pieces in the master suite and main entry that flood the home with natural light and frame picturesque views of the home’s surroundings.
Calhoun Pavilion
The home’s three pavilions are situated on an unusual L-shaped lot in Minneapolis.
“We appreciate the sleek, thick aluminum frames, the large areas of glass, the beautiful hardware and the way it’s integrated into the design of the windows, and the smooth operation,” says Peterssen. “Whether we’re designing a brand-new, organic modern home or renovating an iconic midcentury home, we value the way Western Window Systems’ entry doors, sidelights, windows, and sliding doors help bring our designs to life.”

A modernist design frames splendid L.A. views

When building in the Hollywood Hills, Dunn Architecture Studio took into consideration two of the best reasons to live in the exclusive region: the views and the weather.
Mount Olympus
Two floor-to-ceiling Western Window Systems multi-slide doors open up the main living/dining area to the backyard and the Hollywood Hills canyons beyond it.
So when designing and constructing the Mount Olympus residence, the Santa Monica-based architecture firm looked to Western Window Systems to make the most of the area’s moderate climate and ample sunshine, as well as the breathtaking vistas of the Hollywood Hills’ canyons and the city of Los Angeles in the distance.
“Open the sliders and you’re almost camping, but with all the comforts of the home and a view of the city lights and the canyon.” Brooks Dunn, principal, Dunn Architecture Studio
Mount Olympus
On the second-floor master suite, a 90-degree multi-slide expands the bedroom by opening up to a balcony.
“Western Window Systems allowed us to maximize the view and access to light in the home,” says principal Brooks Dunn of the sleek, modernist residence completed in December 2014. “Almost all the windows in the project were floor-to-ceiling, and Western Window Systems had no issue accommodating the required heights.”
Mount Olympus
The 90-degree multi-slide in the master suite seamlessly merges the indoors with the outside.
Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors helped Dunn blur the line between the interior and the exterior. In the second-floor master bedroom, the Series 600’s rolling panels of glass meet at a 90-degree angle, and when opened away from each other, they expand the space and lead out to a covered balcony.
Mount Olympus
“Western Window Systems had no problem accommodating the required heights (of the doors),” says architect Brooks Dunn.
“The Series 600 were special to us,” Dunn says. “Open the sliders and you’re almost camping, but with all the comforts of the home and a view of the city lights and the canyon.”
Mount Olympus
The Santa Monica-based architect firm created a minimalist gem on a relatively small lot in the Hollywood Hills.
Below the bedroom, a similar effect is achieved in the first-floor family room, which opens out to the flat, grassy backyard (a rarity in the hills, Dunn says) and swimming pool.
Mount Olympus
A 90-degree multi-slide in the living room lets fresh Southern California air course through the residence when open.
"Removing the corner visually really brings the outside in,” Dunn says. “Inside and outside flow together throughout the first floor. It’s a fantastic place to entertain.”"
Mount Olympus
The balcony off the second-floor master bedroom offers unrivaled views of the Hollywood Hills canyons.
Another floor-to-ceiling Series 600 Multi-Slide Door in the kitchen and dining room also opens to the backyard. When all the first-floor doors are open, the home becomes a true indoor-outdoor living experience that takes advantage of the Hills’ fresh air and copious amounts of sunshine.

“It was important that all the first-floor rooms open to the backyard,” Dunn says. “With the doors open, it’s easy to wander between inside and outside without noticing the transition.”
Mount Olympus
“It was important that all the first-floor rooms open to the backyard,” architect Brooks Dunn says.
The upstairs common area features a Series 600 Window Wall, and the other second-floor bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and sliders opening to private balconies. Elsewhere in the home are Series 900 Hinged Doors.
Mount Olympus
Elegance, comfort, and a striking profile set amid the Hollywood Hills.
“Western Window Systems products gave us the flexibility to solve design problems within the logic of this particular project,” Dunn says. “We could adapt the Western Window Systems products to the project, rather than compromising a design idea to make the project work for the window system.”

A home with character befitting an independent-minded community.

To understand the Ladera Project, it helps to get to know a little about the area in which the modern home sits. The small town of Ojai, in California’s Ventura County, is upscale and breeds a sort of fierce independence, not allowing chain retailers and encouraging boutiques and the kind of small businesses that give a city its character.

In other words, Ojai is the perfect site for such a boldly conceived home as Droney & Associates’ Ladera Project, a ranch-style home as unique as Ojai itself, 15 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.

Mount Olympus
A giant Series 600 Multi-Slide Door connects the Ladera Project’s magnificent backyard to the living room.
The monolithic structure, with its sleek, smooth steel finishes, takes any preconceived notions about stereotypical Southern California architecture and turns them upside down. Western Window Systems’ contemporary windows and giant moving glass walls helped architect/designers Tim and Maraya Droney make the kind of statement Ojai-area homebuyers have come to expect from them.

“For this project, Maraya and I were looking for doors and windows that could be used to create the illusion of exterior elements coming indoors,” Tim Droney says. “The monolith walls and large overhangs needed to have no interruption visually, and Western Window Systems had the sizes and profiles that allowed us to preserve those critical elements and sightlines.”
“We were looking for doors and windows that could be used to create the illusion of exterior elements coming indoors.” - Tim Droney, principal, Droney & Associates
Mount Olympus
Indoor-outdoor living at its most elegant.
A Series 980 Pivot Door at the entrance to the right of a monolith wall creates an eye-popping first impression. Once inside, floor-to-ceiling Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors in the living and dining areas grab one’s attention and never really lets go of it.

“These doors would have to be my favorite part of the house because they accentuate the indoor-outdoor dynamic,” Droney says of the Series 600 multi-slides. “When entering through the pivot door, there is an immediate connection to the pool and cabana area because of the multi-slides, which stack to make two eight-foot openings and create the illusion of an unbroken ceiling from interior to exterior.”
Mount Olympus
When all the doors are open, the ranch-style home in Ojai benefits from the cool Southern California evening air.
Elsewhere in the home, high ceilings and an open floor plan create a calm, expansive feel, as do sensible and straightforward finishes of Western Window Systems’ products. “We like that Western Window Systems works with the same kind of modern design concepts that we like to explore,” Droney says.

Stunning views of the mountains surrounding Ojai Valley also can be enjoyed in the contemporary kitchen, which features three floor-to-ceiling windows that fully integrate with Series 670 Hinged Windows positioned near the floor.

In the master bedroom, which also features pristine views of the valley, a floor-to-ceiling Series 600 Window Wall provides a modern feel and lets in loads of natural light. And the dual-paned, low-E glass is manufactured for better performance and energy efficiency.
Mount Olympus
A giant Western Window Systems pivot door greets visitors to the Ladera Project home.
“Western Window Systems also provides a thermal-break design that allows us to comply with California’s stringent energy codes,” Droney says.

Desert landscaping and a long, narrow backyard swimming pool connect the main house and a cabana outfitted with a built-in fireplace toward the rear of the property. From just about anywhere in the house, the pool and cabana remain visible through the banks of Western Window Systems doors and windows.

“One of the features we like most about Western Window Systems products,” Droney says, “is their ability to fit our design requirements, instead of making us fit the design to the product.”

A modern interpretation of a Western ranch home.

To take advantage of the stunning views of the McDowell Mountains east of the North Scottsdale neighborhood where he lives, architect Dale Gardon of Dale Gardon Designs made the most of Western Window Systems products.
Dale Gardon Designs
Two large sliding doors seamlessly merge the kitchen with a fully outfitted outdoor living space.

Gardon designed the contemporary Western ranch in Scottsdale’s upscale DC Ranch community for him and his family knowing that he wanted to create a seamless convergence between the indoors and the outdoors with Western Window Systems’ sliding glass doors and windows.

“Open the sliders and you’re almost camping, but with all the comforts of the home and a view of the city lights and the canyon.” Brooks Dunn, principal, Dunn Architecture Studio
Dale Gardon Designs
A collection of large fixed corner windows gives residents a stunning view of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains.
“The exterior design and massing with a broad, shaded porch are like older ranch homes,” says Gardon, who’s owned his company since 1999. “And the natural metal finish of Western Window Systems products reflect the character of Western regional ranch architecture, but with a contemporary interpretation and current materials that provide longer-lasting durability.”
Dale Gardon Designs
The outdoor living space cleanly transitions to the kitchen/dining room thanks to Western Window Systems’ moving walls of glass.
To merge the inside of the home with the outdoors, Gardon employed two Series 600 Sliding Glass Doors, one 15 feet wide and another 16 feet wide and each featuring insulated, low-E glass to improve energy efficiency. Elsewhere in the home are three double sliding doors as well as dozens of Western Window Systems casement and sliding windows featuring anodized aluminum finishes.
Dale Gardon Designs
A massive sliding door maintains energy efficiency in sunny Scottsdale.
“The anodized aluminum was compatible with the exterior and interior materials to provide a nice accent,” Gardon says.
Dale Gardon Designs
Western Window Systems’ casement windows come in all shapes and sizes.
The numerous large openings and big glass treatments were essential to Gardon’s vision of what a contemporary Western ranch should look like.
Dale Gardon Designs
The broad, shaded porch is reminiscent of traditional Western ranch homes.
Dale Gardon Designs
Large Western Window Systems’ fixed windows allow plenty of natural Arizona sunlight during the daytime.
“The sliding doors open up to plenty of outdoor living spaces, they create indoor-outdoor connectivity, and they provide panoramic views in many directions,” Gardon says. “All in addition to allowing in plenty of natural light throughout the day.”
Dale Gardon Designs
A sleek, contemporary hinge door beckons visitors to this beautiful DC Ranch property.
“The sliding doors provide panoramic views in many directions.” - Dale Gardon, architect
Dale Gardon Designs
Unstoppable views, courtesy of Western Window Systems.

Energy efficiency meets contemporary architecture.

Architect Jimmy Sullivan’s Hillcrest Hideaway design is a testament to the indoor-outdoor living ideals that so many in Southern California cherish.

Situated in the affluent San Diego neighborhood of Hillcrest, the home was specifically designed by the CitiZen Design Studio architect for year-around entertaining and maximum energy efficiency, two reasons Sullivan turned to Western Window Systems for the home’s numerous windows and giant moving walls of glass.
Hillcrest Hideaway
A stunning 90-degree Series 600 Multi-Slide Door opens up the living room to the backyard and brings the pristine San Diego weather inside.
“Indoor-outdoor living was really the core driving element of the whole project,” says Sullivan. “The home is a finely choreographed composition of both the interior and exterior spaces and made possible by the large expanses of glass windows and doors by Western Window Systems.”
“Indoor-outdoor living was really the core driving element of the whole project.” Jimmy Sullivan, architect
Hillcrest Hideaway
One of several Western Window Systems pivot doors shows off the company’s commitment to a contemporary aesthetic.
Most of those large sliding-glass expanses seamlessly merge the interior of the house – most notably the kitchen, great room, and media room – with the huge backyard and pool area. In particular, the great room features a Series 600 Multi-Slide 90-Degree Door, in which two multi-slide doors meet at a corner and open away from each other to create an extra-large opening to the pool deck.
Hillcrest Hideaway
Sturdy, reliable hardware on Western Window Systems doors is as easy to operate as it is appealing to the eye.
The dual-paned low-E glass used in the home’s multi-slide doors, pivot doors, fixed windows, and Series 670 hinged windows makes them perfectly suited to Sullivan’s design of the Hillcrest Hideaway as a net-zero home, meaning it creates just as much energy as it consumes. A rooftop array of 26 solar panels, automated skylights for natural ventilation, drought-tolerant landscaping, and a solar-heated saltwater pool are among the home’s other energy-efficient amenities.
Hillcrest Hideaway
A pivot door creates access from the master suite to a private balcony.
“I am interested in working with clients who have an appreciation for modern design and an interest in the environment,” says Sullivan, whose CitiZen Design Studio is based in San Diego. “My design philosophy is centered on our relationship to nature and humans’ need to gravitate toward natural light. Western Window Systems helps me capture that relationship in a home.”

Five stories of East Bay vistas.

Perched on a steep hillside in California’s East Bay, the 2016 Sunset Idea House is as spectacular as the views of the San Francisco Bay it provides.
2016 Sunset Idea House
Seemingly countless floor-to-ceiling windows and an attractive hinged door are some of the highlights of the Sunset Idea House.
The five-level, 3,600-square-foot home in the Claremont Hills bordering Berkeley and Oakland takes the concept of indoor-outdoor living to previously unimagined places, with Western Window Systems’ floor-to-ceiling sliding doors leading out to five different decks overlooking Berkeley and the bay beyond it, including two each on the third and fourth floors of the home.
2016 Sunset Idea House
Huge panels of glass let in abundant amounts of Bay Area sunshine.
In addition to a master bedroom and kids’ bedroom on the third floor, the $2.8 million residence features an art room on the second floor and wine cellar and guest bedroom on the fourth floor. The second-floor kitchen features a massive Western Window Systems picture window behind the sink, with amazing views of the hills below.
“Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows allow the views to become part of the décor.” Robert Nebolon, architect
2016 Sunset Idea House
Balconies galore give residents and guests ample vantage points from which to gaze upon San Francisco Bay in the distance.
The home’s interior comes courtesy of renowned young designer Lauren Geremia, based in the Oakland area. Inspired by the enthralling vistas, Geremia and her team created an interior design that is softer than what the ultra-modern exterior offers. Geremia mixed new contemporary furniture with vintage pieces throughout the home.
2016 Sunset Idea House
Designers took a softer approach to an ultra-modern interior.
“Art is often our starting point,” Geremia told Sunset magazine. “It brings soul to a space and can even inspire a color palette.”
2016 Sunset Idea House
Western Window Systems awning windows come in virtually any size.
2016 Sunset Idea House
A magnificent window in the second-floor kitchen delivers stunning views of the Berkeley hills.
The Idea House, an annual series that showcases innovations in Western design, was featured in the November issue of Sunset. The 2015 Idea House was located in Denver. Western Window Systems is an annual participant in the Idea House.
2016 Sunset Idea House
Awe-inspiring views of San Francisco Bay, courtesy of Western Window Systems’ sliding doors and windows.

A top-end transformation with world-class views.

When San Francisco’s Taylor Lombardo Architects redesigned a Spanish Revival home in the city’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, it turned to Western Window Systems to let in the light and provide breathtaking views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay.
Beauty On the Bay
A contemporary-looking parting sliding door in the third-floor master suite provides awesome views of Alcatraz and the rest of San Francisco Bay.
On three levels of the four-story, 7,100-square-foot home at 2040 Jackson Street, Western Window Systems’ large sliding and folding doors merge indoor and outdoor living in elegant, contemporary, and stunning fashion.

Beauty On the Bay
Three floors of Spanish Revival elegance, courtesy of Taylor Lombardo Architects.
On the ground floor family room, a Series 600 Multi-Slide Pocket Door opens up to a beautiful garden patio, complete with fire pit. On the second story, a five-panel Series 9500 Bi-Fold Door spanning the width of the home leads from the great room to a glass-railing balcony where residents get to watch freighters and pleasure crafts navigate the bay.
Beauty On the Bay
A stunning pocketing multi-slide door by Western Window Systems seamlessly transitions the first-floor living room to the backyard.
The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom luxury property’s amenities include a rooftop deck, two wine cellars, home theater, sauna, and playroom.

After a four-year renovation, the house went on the market in 2014 with a $15 million asking price. It eventually sold for $14 million in November of that year.

A top-end transformation with world-class views.

Los Angeles-based design-build firm Walker Workshop designed this pleasant modern residence tucked in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley. Moving glass walls throughout the home, including a Series 600 90-Degree Multi-Slide Pocketing Door in the kitchen, blur the lines between the inside and the outdoors and let in sunlight and fresh air.
Warmly Minimal
Huge walls of glass allow copious amounts of Southern California natural light into the master bedroom.
Warmly Minimal
A massive Series 600 Multi-Slide Door seamlessly merges the kitchen with the back patio.
Warmly Minimal
A large hinged door and adjacent fixed window from Western Window Systems gives the entry a light, airy vibe.
A sliding glass door in the master bedroom is perfectly positioned to enjoy the views. Matching fixed and hinged windows continue the modern theme. And a Series 900 Hinged Door in the front entry keeps the space feeling bright and airy.
Warmly Minimal
Giant moving walls of glass redefine indoor-outdoor living in the San Fernando Valley.
Warmly Minimal
A blend of contemporary and rustic make for an incredibly appealing mix.
Warmly Minimal
This easy-to-use pocketing slider connects the indoors with the outside.
Warmly Minimal
Hinged windows complement fixed windows throughout Walker Workshop’s design.
Warmly Minimal
Southern California living is made easy with Western Window Systems’ sleek, contemporary-looking sliding doors and windows.
For a cost-conscious couple in Austin, architect Sean Guess created a livable home with a simple, modern approach. One of his first orders of business: the kitchen. By extending the exposed floor joists beyond a Western Window Systems’ Series 600 Multi-Slide Door, Guess created a cantilevered porch roof, creating an inviting and inventive kitchen with a strong connection to the patio. “One of my main tenets from a design standpoint is rhythm,” Guess says in Dwell magazine. “I like being in the kitchen and sensing the rhythm and extension to the outside.”
Kitchen Encounter
A huge Western Window Systems Series 600 Multi-Slide Door connects a wide-open kitchen with a sprawling back patio.
On the Edge in Austin
Giant walls of glass and a wrap-around balcony take soaking in the tub to a new level.
A showcase of Western Window Systems' Series 600 Window Walls with large, 4’ x 7’ hinged windows for ventilation, this unique home comes courtesy of Texas-based Bada Architects and Nalle Custom Homes. Along with the homeowner, the teams worked together to create a stylish residence that had "the contemporary look of a storefront, but the attention to detail, weather protection, and fit and finish of a luxury home."
On the Edge in Austin
An incredible array of floor-to-ceiling Western Window Systems windows frames beautiful nighttime views of the Austin outskirts.
On the Edge in Austin
Window walls for as far as the eye can see.
On the Edge in Austin
Western Window Systems windows match the elegant, contemporary interior.
On the Edge in Austin
A second-floor window wall lets in tons of natural Texas light while remaining energy efficient.
In a feature article for 360 West Magazine, our architect partner Ames Fender said, “I hope visitors come away with the feeling that this is one of the most unique environments in Fort Worth, given the home’s relationship to the backyard.”
360 Degree Turn
A beautiful 90-degree multi-slide door blurs any lines from the interior of the home to the outdoor back patio and pool area.
360 Degree Turn
Western Window Systems’ huge walls of glass help bring this re-imagined ranch home to magnificent new levels.
Fender’s design included our Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors meeting at a 90-degree corner and opening wide to leave unobstructed access to the patio and pool. This beautiful home with its incredible views and access to the lush backyard truly accomplishes the goal the architect was after.
360 Degree Turn
When closed, this parting sliding door frames lovely views of a wooded area near Fort Worth.
360 Degree Turn
The 90-degree Series 600 Multi-Slide Door is as visually impressive at night as it is during the day.
360 Degree Turn
Two multi-slide doors are better than one when it comes to merging the indoors and the outside.

For this home in the midwest, it's hip to be square.

This contemporary masterpiece rests on a cliff with a nice view of Oklahoma City. The polished concrete floors, bright blue stair case, modern furniture, and minimalist style make it one of the more unique homes Western has been a part of. The box shape design literally leaves the upper half of the house hanging over the base of the house. The use of Western's clean, straight lined Series 600 Multi-Slide door systems not only complimented the style of the room interiors, but it also allows this homeowner to open up his entire wall to the beauty of the outdoors.
Modern In Oklahoma
A giant three-panel multi-slide door offers excellent views of Oklahoma City.
Modern In Oklahoma
An impressive wall of windows on the second floor complements the contemporary aesthetic of the home.
The owner of this home is Rick Salter, who is also the owner of Custom Home Window & Door in Las Vegas. Rick chose WWS and built this home to showcase the Western product. He regularly uses his home as a full size showroom, bringing in customers, architects and builders to see, feel and operate the windows and doors in a real-life scenario. The entire home has been automated, allowing the homeowner the ability to adjust the temperature, open or close the blinds, turn lights on and off from anywhere in the world.
Real Life Showroom
A bank of Western Window Systems multi-slide doors lets in tons of natural Nevada light.
Real Life Showroom
At night, the vast of array of Western Window Systems doors is just as impressive as it is during the day.
Real Life Showroom
The Series 600 Multi-Slides frame beautiful views of the golf course behind Rick Salters’ Las Vegas-area home.
Real Life Showroom
A sanctuary in the Nevada desert.
Juxtaposed between majestic views of prehistoric red rock formations and the glamour and glitz of the Las Vegas strip, this 5500 square foot Post Modern gem boasts simplicity which translates into an informal elegance and 21st century sophistication. It truly is maximum minimalism. The Western Series 600 Multi-Slide Pocket Doors and Sliding Glass Doors were chosen for their minimalism...their ability to disappear and their clean, straight simplicity. The home, designed by Soulitecture, has been featured on the cover of multiple magazines.
Maximum Minimalism
A massive pocketing multi-slide door seamlessly blends the home’s great room with the stunning pool area out back.
Maximum Minimalism
Clean lines and a slim profile help the large moving walls of glass complement the master suite’s contemporary aesthetic.

Contemporary life meets early southwest architecture.

Designed by Jon Dick and Archaeo Architects, this single-story Santa Fe home melts into the surrounding landscape with an elegant, minimalist disposition. Su Casa magazine lauded the project as an "earthy house with a contemporary expression that showcases nature, not the house," thanks in part to an elegant glass wall that "frames the sweeping mountain views." This house proves Western's products are adaptable and can be a perfect complement to traditional Southwestern architecture.
Santa Fe Style
These beautiful Western Window Systems windows in the kitchen complement the elegant minimalist style of the home.
Santa Fe Style
Giant parting sliding doors open the indoors to the outside.
This beautiful private residence was designed by Mexico City-based studio Parque Humano. According to the architect, the residence “occupies a natural ledge in the hillside.
Chihuahua Chic
Impressive multi-slide doors and giant fixed windows frame lovely views of the pool area.
Chihuahua Chic
An air of elegance, courtesy of Western Window Systems walls of glass.
Facing the view to the east (and turning its back to the winds coming from the north), we have amazing views of the city and a panorama of the hills and valley." Our dealer, Productos Pella Del Noroeste, supplied a variety of Western windows and doors throughout the home to help capture the incredible view.
Chihuahua Chic
The great room merges seamlessly with the back patio thanks to huge parting sliding doors.
Chihuahua Chic
Beauty and functionality are hallmarks of Western Window Systems doors and windows.
This impressive home blends a sense of place with modern sensibilities. From architect Michael Fitzhugh, its design includes natural materials, an innovative heating and cooling system, and a clean exterior featuring large glass panels from Western Window Systems.
Modern In Michigan
This incredible custom window piece frames picturesque views of Michigan’s changing colors.
Modern In Michigan
Tandem multi-slide door Western Window Systems make it that much easier to gaze upon a beautiful Michigan lake.
Modern In Michigan
All shapes and sizes of glass are available from Western Window Systems.
Modern In Michigan
When open, the parting sliding door in the master bedroom blurs lines between the indoors and the outside.
Modern In Michigan
This enclosed porch is as tasteful and elegant as the windows surrounding it.
“Western provided a unique alternative to traditional commercial storefront glazing,” says Fitzhugh. “Thin frame profiles and well-designed hardware allowed for a clean design while staying functional.”
Modern In Michigan
Energy-efficient windows are especially important in the cold Michigan winters.
Modern In Michigan
Like pictures on the wall, these windows convey a sense of fun in this guest bedroom.
Modern In Michigan
Huge hinged doors open up the great room to the sun-drenched enclosed porch.
Modern In Michigan
Comfort and warmth made possible by dual-pane glass in Western Window Systems windows and doors.
Architect Paul Noborikawa, principal at Noborikawa & Associates in Hawaii, seamlessly blends environment and design in this luxury residence on the island of Oahu. The main attraction of the modern home is a great room that opens to the yard courtesy of 75 feet of Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors from Western Window Systems. Other features include an energy-efficient design, modern materials such as polished concrete floors, granite counters, and storage for kayaks and surfboards.
Aloha From Oahu
This 90-degree multi-slide door opens up an indoor space to the outside without the need for a connecting post.
Aloha From Oahu
Seventy-five feet of huge moving panels of glass: Perfect for Hawaii’s lovely climate.

A home as spectacular as its surroundings.

This home, tucked next to the Rocky Mountains, features a wide variety of our thermally broken products (including Series 600 Sliding Glass Doors and Series 600 Window Walls) that provide breathtaking views while keeping the homeowners warm inside. While there is no doubt the beauty of the final product, the home also provided an opportunity for Western to show how durable our products can be in any climate thanks to our thermal break technology on both our frames and panels.
Rocky Mountain Hideaway
Western Window Systems’ thermally broken aluminum windows and doors keep the cold air out while letting in copious amounts of Rocky Mountain sunshine.
Rocky Mountain Hideaway
A stunning array of windows and doors in all shapes and sizes.
This 14,000-square-foot mansion in Tiburon, California, boasts a studio house, guesthouse, and an overlook of the San Francisco Bay. From Daniel and Chris Lorber of Associated Building Supply and Archillusion Design and Development
Modern Mansion
A stunning array of windows and doors in all shapes and sizes.
Modern Mansion
A bank of white Western Window Systems windows lends itself nicely to the California style exhibited in the fireplace room.
The home’s spectacular views -- from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge – are provided by fixed windows and multi-slide, sliding glass, and pivot doors from Western Window Systems. The mansion also includes a wine cellar, resort-style spa room, and an elevator that travels to each of the home’s three levels.
Modern Mansion
The dining room seamlessly merges with the back patio thanks to huge doors and giant windows from Western Window Systems.
Modern Mansion
A parting sliding door lets the cool Bay Area air into the master suite, while a wall of windows gives the home’s residents an enviable view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Open floor plans, lots of natural light.

Designed by celebrated firm, Stephen Vitalich Architects, this Broadway project called for four loft style single family residences developed as a small lot subdivision. Steven used Western’s Series 600 Multi-Slide doors to make each residence feel larger.
Loft Style Luxury
Contemporary-looking hinged windows allow natural light into this cozy sitting room.
Loft Style Luxury
The modern, open kitchen gets even bigger when the massive Series 600 Multi-Slide Door is open.
Loft Style Luxury
Western Window Systems’ custom windows come in just about any size or shape imaginable.
Indoor/outdoor living that included a roof deck was greatly encouraged by doors that slide and stack to the side to open up multiple rooms to enjoy the outdoors. When we look at his project, we like to call it “urban space exploration”. What phenomenal work.
Loft Style Luxury
A stunning example of “urban space exploration” in Brooklyn made easier with modern-looking Western Window Systems doors and windows.
Loft Style Luxury
Easy-to-use hinged windows can let fresh air in when the bathroom gets steamy.
Loft Style Luxury
A Western Window Systems hinged window makes for a bright, airy office.
Loft Style Luxury
The 90-degree Series 600 Multi-Slide Door turns a small space into a much bigger one when opened on both sides.
This beautiful project in Southern California was designed and built by the exceptionally talented Peter Vracko, from Vracko Design and Construction. The challenging build (which climbs vertically up the side of a hill) is a beautiful sight to see, as is the way he utilized Western’s Series 600 Multi-Slide door systems to open entire walls to the beautiful California weather. Custom views, narrow sightlines, modern styling - this project was a perfect fit for Western’s products.
Modern Style Sunset
A massive sliding door opens up to a balcony overlooking Los Angeles, letting in copious amounts of natural light and Southern California breezes.
Modern Style Sunset
Befitting the cool LA lifestyle, the beautiful living room is graced with contemporary-looking Western Window Systems doors and windows.
Modern Style Sunset
Fixed windows let the light shine in.
Modern Style Sunset
Architect Peter Vracko made the most of what was a challenging build on the Sunset Strip.
Modern Style Sunset
The Series 600 Sliding Door blurs the lines between the indoors and the outside, giving the residents a sumptuous view of Hollywood.
Heralded architect Heather Johnston generated quite the interest when she debuted her Casa 8 project. Utilizing a 90-degree bi-parting Multi-Slide Door, Johnston created a stunning view for the homeowners while also providing indoor-outdoor living even on the second floor. Featured in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, the magazine describes the project as "a piece of poetry," thanks to its use of natural light and ocean views on the north and south sides of the property.
Modern Poetry
A giant Series 980 Pivot Door complements the sleek, minimalist styling of the home.
Modern Poetry
This beautiful fixed- and hinged-window combo lets tons of natural San Diego light into the luxurious bathroom.
Modern Poetry
The lovely balcony awaits those who walk through the modern-looking pivot door.
Modern Poetry
A pocketing 90-degree sliding glass door makes the sunny kitchen space even more expansive.

Architect Jonathan Segal and his son Matthew Segal built the Cresta to capitalize on Southern California’s balmy climate.

As far as cities with ideal climates go, San Diego ranks at the top of the list. The seaside metropolis enjoys moderate temperatures and sunshine year round, conditions that are primed for the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Architect’s Dream Home
The stunning sunroom is surrounded on three sides by immense moving panels of glass.
When local architect Jonathan Segal set out to build his dream home for himself and his wife, Wendy, in the beachfront community of La Jolla, he took advantage of the temperate conditions to construct a residence that completely opens up to the natural setting. The Cresta, constructed of cast-in-place concrete, is a rectangular form carved out to allow the Segals to spend most of their time outdoors.

Photos: Matthew Segal
Architect’s Dream Home
An astounding array of Western Window Systems multi-slide doors and window walls exemplifies the near-limitless possibilities they present to architects.
Set in a suburban context, the narrow lot necessitated creative planning. Matthew Segal, Jonathan’s son and the project manager for the build, explains, “The intent was to maximize the potential for square footage inside and outside and make the house feel larger than it is.” The resulting three-story residence is 5,300 square feet including a subterranean floor that holds a wine cellar, gym, and entertainment room with a bar. The ground floor is comprised of communal living space, and the second floor has bedrooms and the office.
Architect’s Dream Home
Architect Jonathan Segal maximized the potential of the indoor-outdoor living concept with this La Jolla masterpiece.
Though the four corners of the rectangular building remain intact, a courtyard serves as an exterior room that introduces a volume of open space within the larger form. “The outdoor room gives you the security of being inside, but in the same respect you’re enjoying the smell and noise and every aspect of the ocean being right there,” says Matthew. The living room features a Western Window Systems Window Wall and Multi-Slide Door, allowing the family to peel back the glass partitions to merge interior and exterior space.
“The outdoor room gives you the security of being inside, but in the same respect you’re enjoying the smell and noise and every aspect of the ocean being right there.” Matthew Segal
Architect’s Dream Home
A 90-degree multi-slide door in the sunroom completely merges the indoors with the outside.
“[Western Window Systems] has been really great for us,” says Matthew. “Their product is durable, withstanding the ocean. Their timing has been very accurate—when they commit to a date, they commit to a date.” With construction streamlined to take just nine months, the Segals appreciated the efficiency, reliability, and flexibility of the company, which provided custom sizing of the grand windows.
Architect’s Dream Home
The narrow lot necessitated a lot of creative planning, the Segals say.
To further connect the dwelling to its environment, the team designed a reflecting and swimming pool that wraps around the front and side of the Cresta. “It creates a sense of floating over the water,” says Matthew. “It connects to the texture and sound of it with beautiful reflections and inherent natural qualities.”
Architect’s Dream Home
The house allows the residents to enjoy the sounds and smells of the nearby Pacific Ocean.
To further connect the dwelling to its environment, the team designed a reflecting and swimming pool that wraps around the front and side of the Cresta. “It creates a sense of floating over the water,” says Matthew. “It connects to the texture and sound of it with beautiful reflections and inherent natural qualities.”
Architect’s Dream Home
The slim profile and clean lines of Western Window Systems products complement the modern design of the home.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
An incredible three-panel multi-slide door in the living room provides a seamless transition to the outdoors when open.
Crafted by designer Wayne Chevalier of Studio BracketStudio Bracket, this beautiful home was built for a longtime car enthusiast and his wife with entertaining in mind. Thanks to Series 600 Multi-Slide and Sliding Glass Doors located in almost every room of this house, the homeowners are able to extend their living spaces to the beautiful koi pond, backyard or swimming pool with ease.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
Slim profile, clean lines, contemporary styling. They’re all there with Western Window Systems’ multi-slide doors.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
The outdoors and indoors become one when these multi-slides are open.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
At night, the giant multi-slide paints an inviting picture of the home’s interior.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
Western Window Systems’ doors offer the illusion of the home being a house of glass.
Crafted by designer Wayne Chevalier of Studio BracketStudio Bracket, this beautiful home was built for a longtime car enthusiast and his wife with entertaining in mind. Thanks to Series 600 Multi-Slide and Sliding Glass Doors located in almost every room of this house, the homeowners are able to extend their living spaces to the beautiful koi pond, backyard or swimming pool with ease.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
The kitchen and dining area can virtually merge with the patio thanks to the Western Window Systems doors.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
An unbeatable view from the backyard.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
The mid-century stylings of the home complement the contemporary, elegant profile of the huge panels of glass.
Mid-Century Modern in Malibu
A pocketing multi-slide door also opens up the master bedroom to the outdoors.
When architect Kate Herring wanted maximized views for her new home, she chose Western Window Systems. The contemporary residence features several products from Western, including a Series 600 Multi-Slide Door that extends entertaining space between the dining and courtyard areas. The most stunning views come courtesy of Western’s 600 Series Window Wall. Featuring large expanses of glass two stories high, it provides an optimum view of the outdoors while flooding the upstairs library and downstairs living space with natural light.
Architectural Excellence
The massive hinged door and accompanying wall of windows makes a striking architectural statement.
Architectural Excellence
An army of Series 670 Awning Windows provides a cool visual effect on the front of the home.
Architectural Excellence
Natural light pours in through the second-story landing.
Architectural Excellence
A wall of windows lends to the mid-century style.
Architectural Excellence
A Western Window Systems hinged window lets the fresh air in.
Architectural Excellence
Symmetry and architectural poetry on the second floor.
Taking Home the Gold
This wall of windows bathes the bathroom in natural Arizona sunlight.
Praised for its visually appealing, modern yet comfortable design, this Scottsdale residence took home the gold in the 2014 Design Awards from Professional Builder magazine. Built by Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes, the 5,877-square-foot residence features an open floor plan that includes Western Window Systems’ multi-slide pocket doors to allow for optimal inside-to-outside flow. Tropical influences such as covered patios, a pool, and reflecting ponds give the home a lush, resort-style feel.
Taking Home the Gold
A pocketing multi-slide door seamlessly merges the stunning great room with the expansive pool area in the backyard.
Taking Home the Gold
The elegant bathroom is complemented by the clean lines of Western Window Systems’ windows.

This sleek desert home seems to melt into the sky.

For the Staab family, maintaining privacy within their neighborhood in Scottsdale, Arizona, was just as important as ushering in the views of the McDowell Mountains to the north. The 3,000-square-foot residence, a sculptural volume raised on masonry walls, contrasts and rises over the suburban setting.
Modern In the Desert
An amazing pocketing Series 600 Multi-Slide Door from Western Window Systems completely and effortlessly opens up the living/kitchen are to the beautiful backyard and pool.
The upper and lower levels provide split views that speak to the duality of public and private space. Speaking about the region’s flat topography, Thamarit Suchart of Chen + Suchart Studio explains, “If you’re allowed to get anywhere in an elevated position, you are able to understand the landscape and see that you’re surrounded by mountains. There are so many focal points out there. The second level takes advantage of distant views while the first level takes advantage of local views.”
Modern In the Desert
At night, underneath a cloudless Arizona sky, the effect is stunning.
The entrance of the house escorts you through a field of native grass and along a pathway formed by sandblasted masonry walls, creating a strong sense of arrival; already, the garden feels far removed from the surrounding neighborhood. A Window Wall and glass Pivot Door by Western Window Systems provide a seamless entry into the open-concept living space, where a sculptural steel staircase provides a focal point. From here, the family room, dining room, and kitchen are connected to the backyard and pool through an expansive Multi-Slide Door, which pulls back to eliminate the barrier between indoors and outdoors. “We were pushing the limits of size and width and height,” says Suchart. “Western Window Systems really rose to the challenge and was really helpful in working with us throughout the process.”
“It’s about collecting the beauty and power of the landscape and absorbing it as part of the material palette.” Thamarit Suchart, Chen + Suchart Studio
Modern In the Desert
A pocketing 90-degree multi-slide door expands the bedroom into a larger indoor-outdoor living space.
While the communal space downstairs anchors the Staabs in a private courtyard, the upstairs master suite and office open to panoramic views of the desert mountain peaks. A corner Multi-Slide Door peels back to allow the bedroom to become part of the patio, where deep roof overhangs help reduce solar heat gain. “We can control the amount of shade [the family] gets by simply providing an overhang and being more responsive to summer and winter sun angles,” says Suchart. The very architecture that helps integrate the vista into the living experience also shields the residents from harsh conditions.
Modern In the Desert
Modern design in the Arizona desert.
The materiality of the desert itself was a prime concern for Suchart, who chose a brushed-finish stainless steel and glass for the upper volume in contrast to the gray concrete blocks downstairs. “This particular stainless steel is absorptive, so it transforms with the colors of the day and dematerializes into the sky,” he says, instead of standing in glaring contrast to the site.
Modern In the Desert
The upstairs expanse of glass creates a beautiful reflection of the McDowell Mountains near Scottsdale.
Modern In the Desert
The master bedroom and balcony become one when the 90-degree multi-slide doors are opened.
Likewise, the glass is treated with a thermal coating that protects against the pounding sun and lends the surface a silvery, mirrored effect. “It’s about collecting the beauty and power of the landscape and absorbing it as part of the material palette,” says Suchart. The mountains and horizon reflected across the walls become part of the building itself, highlighting the fluid relationship between home and habitat that defines the Staab residence.
Modern In the Desert
Elegance and modernity meet in the Staab residence.

A light-filled space with private patios.

Designed by renowned valley firm Phoenix Architecture, principal Erik Peterson chooses Western to help capture the contemporary look of many of his designs. Included in this home were, Series 900 Hinged Doors, Series 600 Sliding Patio Doors, Series 700 Casements, as well as Series 600 window wall. Western uses CAD shop drawings to align verticals of windows above doors, capture the look of custom butt glazes, and figure out difficult jamb conditions.
Carefree Contemporary
Large panels of glass from Western Window Systems make a bold statement in the Arizona home.
Carefree Contemporary
There’s no shortage of sunshine in the Phoenix area, and these corner windows let in tons of it most days of the year.
Room with a  View
Room With A View
Multiple multi-slide doors, complemented by a picturesque array of fixed windows from Western Window Systems, frame an unbeatable view from the great room.
Designed by celebrated architectural firm, Brisette Architects, this hillside project was perfect for Western’s Series 600 Window Wall. This home utilized all of Western’s product to match the arched roof lines, stacking transoms, 90 Degree Multi-Slide Doors, Sliding Patio Doors, etc. Western’s extensive product line was perfect for this custom design.
Room With A View
From the outside, the great room, with its huge panels of glass, is as impressive as it is beautiful.
Room With A View
A multi-slide upstairs can open up the room to the outdoors with the greatest of ease.
Modern Mountain Home
This beautiful home rests on Camelback Mountain and is the vision of Christy and Company Architecture. With it’s bold design and dramatic angled roof, Western was thrilled to be a part of this contemporary masterpiece.
Modern Mountain Home
Modern Mountain Home
Large Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors meet at a sharp corner and open up the entire home to the valley below. City lights and sunsets are best captured through Western Windows.
Modern Mountain Home
Modern Mountain Home
Modern Mountain Home
Architect Gordon Rogers has an incredible knack for creating glass homes that still have incredible warmth and comfort. Lot 99 Painted Sky utilized Western’s Series 600 Multi-Slides and Standard Patio Doors. Gordi wanted clean, narrow sightlines to compliment his custom wood ceilings and arched detail. The finish project is outstanding.
In the Round
In the Round
In the Round
In the Round
This private residence in the Phoenix Area was designed by architect David Dick, and was built by Stone Creek Building Co. Both firms are versatile in the types of homes they create, but when the design calls for a contemporary look they both choose Western Window Systems for their exterior windows and doors.
Desert Retreat
Desert Retreat
Large window walls, sliding glass doors, and venting windows are used throughout the project to achieve several different objectives. The home is full of natural light, and is complimented by clean, straight lined architecture.
Desert Retreat
Desert Retreat
Modern Mecca
Modern Mecca
Thanks to beautiful planning by architecture firm ArchitecTor, this home might be one of the most stunning examples of indoor-outdoor living we have ever seen. With a huge 90-degree Bi-Parting Pocket Door opening to the patio, visitors are drawn to a gorgeous desert view and envy-inspiring infinity edge pool. Series 600 Multi-Slide Pocket Doors are used in bedrooms and other shared living spaces throughout the house to create a comfortable, upscale lifestyle.
Modern Mecca
Modern Mecca
Modern Mecca
Modern Mecca
Tastefully Modern in Tucson
Tastefully Modern In Tucson
This modern desert home comes courtesy of Kevin B. Howard Architects in Tucson, utilizing products from Western Window Systems including Series 600 Multi-Slide and Sliding Glass Doors and Window Walls, Series 700 Casement Windows, and Series 900 Hinged Doors.
Tastefully Modern In Tucson
Tastefully Modern In Tucson
Tastefully Modern In Tucson
Tastefully Modern In Tucson
The architect, along with Tucson-based builder The Gallery, integrated the contemporary design of the home with the landscape. The result is a maximized indoor/outdoor experience that blurs the distinction between the dwelling and its desert surroundings.
Tastefully Modern In Tucson
Tastefully Modern In Tucson
Tastefully Modern In Tucson
Tastefully Modern In Tucson

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