YOUR GUIDE TO WINDOW AND DOOR SOLUTIONS FOR HIGH-END HOMES-Minimal Glass + Door
Windows offering design and offer the perfect marriage of beauty and function
Homeowners want designs that offer the perfect marriage of beauty and function. Not only must the spaces you create meet your client’s everyday needs, they should also offer a stylish living environment that enhances comfort and ease.
That’s a tall order for architects, especially given that you have to grapple with rising design standards and stricter building codes. But with the right products and knowledge, you can ensure that your designs are as luxurious in form as they are in function.
Windows and doors are basic structural elements, but they have a dramatic impact on the way a space looks, feels and functions. These basic elements are some of the most important tools in your design arsenal.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how window and door installations not only elevate your designs but will impress your clients too.
Curtain walls (like MINIMAL Glass’s MWall featured above) spread wide and tall, offering the best possible view. These windows have only the amount of grilles necessary for secure support, keeping view interference to a minimum.
Aside from optimizing outdoor views, solutions like curtain walls also have other benefits. They enhance interior daylighting and make a room look larger than it actually is.
Flexibility That Accommodates Lifestyle
Another big concern for upscale homeowners is getting a design that works with, not against, the flow of their daily lives. They want their homes to align with their unique lifestyle and needs.
This can often be achieved by incorporating flexible window and door solutions into your design. Folding systems like the MFold (pictured above) allow for entire walls to be folded back, opening up a room to the outdoors or even another interior space.
This is great for homeowners that make frequent use of their outdoor patios and balconies or want the option of sectioning off certain areas of their home.
Sliding doors, such as the MLift, are also excellent for accommodating lifestyle needs, thanks to their unique hardware. Because the handles are designed to easily turn upwards and downwards, anyone in the home can operate them, even children or people with physical limitations.
High-Performance and Energy Efficiency
Performance is a big topic in the world of luxury properties. With today’s designs so aesthetically sophisticated, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t also be ambitious in their efficiency.
Low-e coatings are one of the top tools used to enhance the insulation quality of glass. They work by limiting the amount of UV and infrared light that can penetrate the glass, effectively keeping the heat out and the cool in.
This leads to another important aspect of energy efficiency: daylighting. If the home’s interior can be naturally lit during the day, then the homeowner won’t waste electricity by using artificial lighting. Keep this in mind as you choose windows and doors, and choose options that maximize the amount of light able to come into the home.
GETTING THE DESIGN YOUR CLIENTS WILL LOVE
If you want your clients to be satisfied with your design, you’ll need to work closely with them to understand their goals, needs and expectations. Additionally, you may need to reach out to some third parties who can help you ensure that your installation hits all the right marks.
Planning, Budgeting and Prioritization
When planning a design, you’ll need your client to be clear on their budget. With luck, you may be able to deliver the design they’ve been dreaming of without breaking the bank. But in most cases, the homeowner may have to make some compromises.
It’s easiest to identify what you can compromise on by first talking about their priorities. Which rooms are the most important to them? What features do they consider must-haves? When you’ve determined what parts of the design can’t have concessions, you can get a clear idea of where making adjustments isn’t a deal breaker.
By making sure that your design planning is aligned with both your client’s budget and priorities, you’ll be able to create a home that they can be truly happy with.
Understanding Code Compliance
As you navigate the technical challenges of getting your design approved and built, it can be valuable to have some outside help on your side.
If you’re not sure about installation requirements or local building codes, try getting in touch with the manufacturer of the windows and doors you’ve chosen. In most cases, manufacturers will be more than happy to provide you with any information you need, and many will even actively work with you to ensure the installation is a success.
It also helps to contact the local building authorities directly. They will be able to assess whether a window or door product meets all the right requirements, and if it doesn’t, they can give you advice on the best way to proceed.
MAKE WINDOWS AND DOORS YOUR DESIGN SHOWSTOPPER
The right windows and doors can serve as showpieces in luxury home design. Their beauty and flexibility can dramatically enhance a space, making it feel more open, serene and comfortable. Additionally, they can make a home more energy efficient, while still working with the homeowner’s lifestyle.
Your choice of windows and doors are some of the most important specifications in a residential project. By utilizing this guide and exploring some of our luxury-grade products, we’re confident that you’ll be able to successfully plan window and door installations that enhance your designs and stun your clients.
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