There’s a [great post today on Things That Inspire] about steel windows. We’re excited to see people taking note of this trend (and judging from the comments on the post in question, many seem to be big fans of this look). We’ve worked on two houses recently that have featured steel windows and we thought we’d share a couple of pictures from those projects.
For a house in Mountain Brook, Alabama that was completed last year, architect Jeff Dungan specified what is probably the best of the best when it comes to steel windows, Hope’s. In this space, the windows soar from floor to ceiling on the two sides of the room, and then wrap around one corner. Connecting the original 1929 portion of the home to the new addition, this comfortable Keeping Room takes the place of an established formal garden. The expansive windows create a greenhouse-like feeling and preserve the original feeling of the outdoor space as much as possible.
[photograph by Ryan Davis]
For our part, we added panels of beautiful chocolate and white boldly patterned fabric–although the goal of the room was to maintain as much connection to the outdoors as possible, the homeowners still wanted to be able to create some privacy in the room–it is a glass box on the front of their house after all! We love the way the soft folds of the fabric contrast with the crisp lines of the steel windows. The stone walls extend directly inside further blurring the lines between interior and exterior space. The floor is paved in antique terra cotta, which we had installed upside down to mute and even out the color.
The Hope’s windows and doors arrive without the glass installed–each pane must be set by hand once the frames are installed. A very tedious process for sure, but the end result is stunning.
For a home in the historic Hollywood neighborhood of Homewood, Alabama, Green Bottle Workshop and builder M. Dane Waters hand-crafted an incredible Master Bedroom addition to a 1920’s Spanish Revival home. Designed by architect Louis Nequette to be a modern pavilion which stands in contrast to the original structure, the room is essentially a box supported by antique oak columns and beams. The spaces between the structural members are filled with amazing steel windows that resemble those found in an old industrial building. Working with the homeowner, himself an accomplished decorator, we selected concrete pavers for the floor and then had the textured plaster ceiling painted a neutral color, allowing the windows to be the stars of the show.
Whispy cotton panels soften the corners of the room–a tall hedge along the edge of the property creates visual privacy so we didn’t have to worry about actually being able close the panels completely.
Green Bottle Workshop designed these ingenious pivoting panels at each side of the bed, allowing for nighttime breezes to be let into the space and also serving as great cat door for the homeowners’ pet!
Just as in the first home we shared with you, these windows where installed frame first (these were actually built and welded in place from steel bars) and then the glass was set as individual panes.
[photographs by Colleen Duffley]