- By Melissa Tavares
- In Horner Blog
- Tags Kolbe Windows & Doors, Modern Architecture, Phantom Retractable Screens, Windows
Years ago residential architects and builders had to rely on commercial glazing companies to supply large expanses of glass windows and doors for modern and contemporary style homes. Those windows were poorly insulated, had limited options, and were not well suited for residential applications. Today, with rise in demand for contemporary style homes, the fenestration industry is rapidly evolving. More residential window manufacturers are expanding their product line-up to include windows and doors that offer large expanses of glass and modern profiles. As the architectural landscape across New England shifts from primarily traditional design towards more contemporary styles, we at Horner Millwork have partnered with innovative window manufacturers to meet the demands of our customers.
Dating back to the colonial period, New England has been well-known for its traditional architecture. From the brownstones of Boston to the mansions of Newport, for centuries homes have been designed and constructed using the principles of the classical orders. Today the landscape is changing as more and more homeowners opt for architecturally driven/designed contemporary homes that redefine what you’d expect to find here in the northeast.
Extra-large expanses of glass that extend from floor to ceiling provide interior spaces with generous natural light and breathtaking views, and are a trademark of modernist design. Here at Horner Millwork we offer thermally-broken expansive window systems along with innovative folding, sliding, and swinging door systems to provide whole-house expansive glass solutions for today’s modern home.
Choose your interior finish // Our modern windows and doors are available with an aluminum exterior and wood interior, or all-metal interior and exterior. Nothing beats the rich warmth and versatility of real wood interior windows and doors. Choose from windows and doors in a variety of species, stains, or primed. Wood interiors give an opportunity to complement the other wood finishes in the home such as the floors, stair parts, or kitchen cabinets. However, homeowners and property owners often seek out an all-metal window not only for it’s contemporary aesthetic appeal, but also because there are no interior wood surfaces to paint and maintain.
INSTALLED BY HORNER’S CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS
Horner Millwork can now offer extremely large-sized expansive glass openings like never before because the insulated glass is installed into the frames at the project site and not at the factory. Our certified service team takes the guesswork and uncertainty out of the installation process by professionally installing our expansive glass window and door openings.
ADVANCED ENERGY PERFORMANCE
Architects love our thermally broken contemporary windows and doors because they offer advanced energy performance even for large expanses of glass. In addition to new construction custom residences, these windows are also ideal for renovation projects where steel windows with single pane glass were the original fenestration, and now thermal performance is in need of upgrading without drastically changing the appearance of the building.
KOLBE’S VISTALUXE COLLECTION
The VistaLuxe® Collection was collaboratively developed with architects for designs that utilize clean lines and multiple units to create large expanses of glass. The extruded aluminum exterior provides low-maintenance durability, while the wood interior proves that minimalist design can feel warm and organic. Kolbe’s new VistaLuxe Collection AL LINE includes a full selection of thermally broken all-aluminum windows and doors that reinforce the clean lines, coordinated profiles, unique configurations, expansive glass, and stylish functionality of the VistaLuxe Collection. The VistaLuxe Collection includes tilt-turns and hoppers, casements and awnings, direct sets, swinging doors, pivot doors, folding doors, multi-slide doors, lift & slide doors, and Hi-Finity multi-slide doors. Learn more about Kolbe >
PHANTOM RETRACTABLE SCREENS
Increase the functionality of an expansive folding or sliding glass wall with manual or motorized Phantom Retractable Screens. Perfect for indoor and outdoor living spaces, these screens provide fresh air, shade from the sun, climate control, protection from insects or a bit of privacy. Horner Millwork’s factory-trained installation team will custom install a Phantom Screen to perfectly fit your opening. Motorized retractable screens appear at the touch of a button and disappear when you don’t need them. Learn more about Phantom >
Are you ready to start planning your next custom contemporary project? The experts in Horner’s Architectural Services Group can help you every step of the way. We understand the unique needs of the architectural community and can be your resource to make certain your window and door plan is specified accurately and the project exceeds every benchmark.
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