Crittall Specialist Partner Rob Higgins have completed a private residence in Delaware. The house is a masonry ranch design, with full basement that is a walk-out along the driveway and a garage in the rear.
The house was very traditional design built in 1953. What is now one very expansive great room & kitchen was 5 separate rooms and a hallway. The Crittall frames, with their beautiful slim sightlines, were chosen to bring natural lighting into the house in this area that was previously relatively dark.
While traditional Crittall windows & doors had intermediate glazing bars, the new fixed frame and operable window or door leaves are all are single panes of insulated glass which enhance daylighting and the view out to a 2 level iron wood deck and yard. The fixed & folding windows and single & pair of doors are all W20 Range glazed with insulated glass. The color is RAL 9016 Traffic White.
The original windows were wood double hungs and a screen porch at the renovated part of the house was enclosed with jalousie windows.
With the goal of changing the 5 rooms into one great room, the challenge was to substitute the load bearing walls with structural beams supported by columns and for the columns to not stop the flow of movement. To achieve this, a second granite top island with cabinet space, wine & beer refrigerators and an ice machine within it was designed into the space.
The jalousies were functional but they were glazed with translucent glass which obscured the view, blocked daylight and were thermally extremely inefficient, basically eliminating the room as being functional.
The two floor to ceiling columns appear to come out of granite top at either end of the island. The columns were essentially then hidden by decorative tiles are used above the granite elsewhere in the kitchen area. The columns therefore appear to be aesthetic as opposed to functional. Another challenge was to provide insect screens for the folding double casement windows. This was achieved with pull down screens supplied by Phantom Screens.
The screen cloth is held in a canister at the head of each of the four folders. The beauty of Phantom is that when windows are closed, the screening is concealed and therefore not obstructing the view. When the folders are open, the screening is then pulled down allowing the fresh air and not bugs to enter the great room. One pair of doors out to the upper level of the patio deck, also have a large pull down Phantom screen.