Unobstructed Views

McDaniel Farms home merges modern style with rural charm

The first thing people want to do when they step inside the model home at McDaniel Farms in College Grove, Tennessee, is walk through it and step outside again.

“Right when you walk through the front door, you’re getting that picture window in the back of the house,” says Anthony Aldrich, sales agent for builder Signature Homes Realty. “It draws you out.”


  • Residential
  • Volume Program


  • Multi-Slide Door
  • Series 600


  • Tennessee
A close view of a shaded outdoor seating area with a multi-slide glass door in the background.

Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors open the back of the home to the outdoors.

Signature Homes Realty used a 90-degree Western Window Systems Series 600 Multi-Slide Door to open the entire back of the house to the outdoors. By eliminating a connecting post, the 90-degree multi-slide gives homeowners unobstructed views of the landscape.

“McDaniel Farms is in a more rural setting. You’ve got lovely views out the back,” Aldrich says. “That’s one of the reasons folks love these windows – rolling hills behind it. It feels like old farmland, basically.”

The homes, located on half-acre sites, align with the idea of elevating indoor-outdoor living. “It’s a take on a farmhouse,” Aldrich explains. “We have modern farmhouse exteriors — so big front porches, wraparound, veranda-style porches.”

Those porches become extended living spaces off the back of the homes thanks to massive, moving walls of glass. “People really love being able to open the doors up and include their porches in their main living spaces,” Aldrich says.

Despite their substantial size, the Series 600 Multi-Slide Doors are surprisingly easy to use, Aldrich says. “They’re heavy, which is good, but not so heavy that they’re hard to operate,” he says. “We’ve got the 90-degree door in the model home, and folks really, really like having windows on both sides.”

“You can really feel the difference between when that door’s selected in the plan and when it’s not,” he continues, “because when you do have the doors, it’s just so, so open, and folks can feel that when they walk into this house.”

A kitchen and living room are lit up with natural light flowing from floor-to-ceiling moving walls of glass.

Porches become extended living spaces off the back of the homes thanks to massive, moving walls of glass.