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. They are also perfect for framing picturesque views all year long in places where indoor-outdoor living is limited to just four or five months.
A huge sliding glass door opens from the master bedroom to an enclosed outdoor living space.
Take, for example, this stunning lake house south of Bloomington, Indiana, where pleasant indoor-outdoor weather starts around Memorial Day and usually gives way to rain and chilly air by early October.
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 a 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.”
Huge moving walls of glass can also be found inside the $3 million home in one of the most unique facets of the structure: an indoor swimming pool. The infinity-edge pool, a first-time design challenge for Wolfe with its attendant water features and beautiful limestone wall, posed some interesting obstacles for the architect.
A combination of fixed and awning windows frame beautiful views of Lake Monroe.
Banks of windows in the second-floor rec room give gamers loads of natural light.
“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.”
The 8,500-square-foot home features multi-slide doors and windows of all shapes and sizes.
To combat humidity and condensation issues, Wolfe felt it was necessary to isolate the pool room from the rest of the home as best as possible. To accomplish 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.
A massive multi-slide door opens from the kitchen and living area to a giant outdoor living space overlooking the lake.
One idea was a screened-in covered patio just off the master bedroom that features a huge Series 600 Sliding Glass Door, which helps merge the inside and outside to create a much bigger space, Wolfe says. 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 a fireplace, barbecue, big-screen TV, and sofas) that overlooks Lake Monroe. A multi-slide door seamlessly merges the great room with the fire-lit back patio.
That’s not all. The second floor of the home is a handsome, rustic-looking recreation room with stunning wood paneling, vaulted ceiling, and banks of windows that provide elevated views of Indiana’s largest body of water. Darts, air hockey, table shuffleboard, and a 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.”
Huge panels of glass augment the sense of fun in the Lake Monroe mansion.
The indoor swimming pool is separated from the main living space from a huge multi-slide door.
Huge panels of glass bring the outdoors in to this cozy bedroom.
A view of the back of the Lake Monroe home.