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Monday, June 1, 2009

Steel Windows and Doors

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I have recently begun to notice more and more homes that are using steel windows and doors. I am a big admirer of the style and the effect of steel windows and doors: any room that uses them seems to automatically achieve a high level of sophistication and sleekness, and the strength and durability of this style of window and door allows for a maximum amount of light and indoor/outdoor feel to be achieved.


Because steel windows and doors seem to be used most often in places where it is desirable to get a maximum amount of light and an unobstructed view, the ones I have seen most frequently have been in kitchens and family rooms or living rooms. I find this image of steel windows and doors used in a kitchen to be incredibly beautiful; there is a real connection between the indoors, the outdoors, and the decor. Note how the slim black lines of the steel are also seen in the table and the legs of the bench. I would love to see the rest of this kitchen! Image via William Hefner, architect.

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The Architecture Tourist snapped this shot of a beautiful kitchen belonging to one of the homes on a recent garden tour. This kitchen strikes me as being very European with its open shelving, total lack of upper cabinets, and steel frame windows and doors.

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Steel windows are used across the entire wall of the kitchen in this picture from Southern Accents, March 2009.

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A high end spec home in Atlanta uses steel windows extensively throughout the house. The listing can be seen here. I tend to associate the sleek steamlined look of steel windows and doors with a more contemporary style of architecture and decor, but I have recently seen many examples where they are used to great effect in more traditional European architecture and decor.

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This picture is in my 'favorites' file - the light just floods into the room, unobstructed by walls or wood window panes.

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I saw this kitchen on a recent tour of homes and it literally made me gasp when I walked into the room and saw the wall of windows. Although I am not certain whether these windows are steel (I think they are), the overall effect is the same and it is quite striking.

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A bathroom featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, July 2008, has a steel frame door that was designed to feel like a window too.



I was able to see the inside of a charming home recently built in Atlanta (the architect is Stan Dixon), and one of the features that stood out most in my mind were the steel windows and doors. The inside of the home can be faintly seen in the top picture; the front door can be see at the other side of the house. The view is really spectacular when walking through the front door as the eye is drawn to the back, through the virtually unobstructed view that the steel doors and windows allow.

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Another Atlanta real estate listing that effectively uses steel frame doors for visual effect and maximum light.

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This is from an Atlanta real estate listing from several years ago; I am not certain whether these are steel framed doors or wood doors with the trim painted black. Whichever they are, the effect is the same - clean lined and open. I am coming to the conclusion that my favorite kind of rooms have windows on at least two sides - this home is a French pavilion style with wings coming out of the back, and every room gets a lot of light.

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A steel framed window looks great with the art deco style metal railing in this home by architect William Hefner. The stair is tucked to the side of the house, making the space light and airy.

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The family room in a the same house by William Hefner - this was one of the first pictures I saw where the steel frame windows and doors really made me start to look for examples of this style in other homes. The steel window frames maximize the daylight and do not obstruct the vbeautiful view of this Los Angeles home.

I was not able to find much information of steel frame windows and doors on the internet, other than the fact that they are quite expensive. However, many architects prefer them above all other type of windows because of their durability, beauty, and clean lines. I certainly appreciate the beauty of these windows, but I tend to prefer to have more of a balance between windows, doors, and walls - despite the fact that I love a home that has a maximum of natural light coming into the home. I could definitely make an exception to this rule in the kitchen - an entire wall of steel windows would be fantastic in a sunny kitchen. I would love to collect more images of this look, so if anyone has a good image of steel frame windows and doors, feel free to email me!


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77 comments:

  1. so pretty and SO expensive! but in the end, so worth it aesthetically...

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  2. Gorgeous. Amazing how so little adds so much...

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  3. I'm with you all the way. As long as the lights (panes) are still there and not too big, your windows seem to work across many styles.

    You also feature muntons and frames that are dark, even black. Also a great look.

    I'm with you on windows on 2 sides. It's Pattern 159. LIGHT ON TWO SIDES OF EVERY ROOM." If you go into a room that doesn't feel right, it's probably the windows.

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  4. I agree! I would love to see the rest of the kichen in your first image. Love steel windows and doors too.

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  5. I wrote a similar post recently: http://seenandsaid.blogspot.com/2009/03/throw-windows-open.html

    I love all your picks too. Even if not steel, I love the black window frames.

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  6. Quite possibly my FAVORITE architectural element! I love how they completely transform the look of a room. They are so delicate but make such a statement at the same time. Great interiors in these shots too!
    I snagged my neighbors old steel window that they had replaced and (hopefully!) one day will get to putting mirror in it's panes.

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  7. The best company for them, who has been around forEVER, is 'Hopes' -I love these vintagey steel and bronze doors and windows - my dream house will have them!

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  8. I nominate you for another blog watch for this post! The images are so beautiful!!

    John Saladino talked about steel windows and how he loved to use them but I remember him saying that the glass is so thin that he can't do them everywhere (I could be totally remembering it wrong though)

    Love your posts!!

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  9. Normally not my favorite but some of these are really lovely and more delicate than I have seen the steel window look in the past...

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  10. Thank you for the comments, everyone!

    This is something I have been noticing for a while now, and while looking at the flickr files of a fellow Atlanta architecture buff, I was struck by the number of steel windows being used in the high end new homes in Atlanta.

    When 'trying' to do research for this post (could not find too much information) I did come across Hope's steel windows - gorgeous products!

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  11. One of the reasons you don't see them much, especially up here in the north, is they aren't always allowed because you need a thermal break. The metal transfers the cold weather directly through the muntins. I guess you don't have those code requirements and issues in a Southern climate.

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  12. Absolutely KILLER images! I will be back to stalk when I have more than a moment!

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  13. I enjoy reading the comments on these posts so much. Interesting information from Architect Design about the thermal break.

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  14. What an icredible gallery of images you have pulled together. These doors are absolutely gorgeous, and I have long been a fan of metal and iron doors..

    Fantastic post to keep handy..

    Vitania

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  15. Great depictions!

    If anyone has suggestions for sources, I would love to see them.

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  16. These are unbelievable. I have never seen anything like them. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to expand our horizons.

    Charla

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  17. Love this post and love steel windows. In fact, I posted a couple of projects we've worked on featuring steel windows, on our blog. Check it out if you'd like:
    http://traceryinteriors.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/steel-windows/

    This is a great trend, thanks so much for posting on this topic!

    Doug Davis
    Tracery Interiors

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  18. This is one of my favorite posts...your pics are great. In Tucson, we call these casement windows. They're not energy efficient because they are single paned. I had them in a house once...loved them. ;-)

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  19. I love steel windows and doors. I have been gathering images for a similar post. I have been spotting them everwhere too!
    Great post.

    Best,
    Julie

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  20. Bronze casements. I dream of bronze casements.

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  21. I have nominated your blog for a Splash Award!! See my blog for details when you have a moment.

    Best,
    Julie

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  22. Fantastic post. I spent ages checking out W. Hefners web page.
    I have to check how fare are we with steel windows in Australia (they should be perfect for our weather)Love them!!
    Thanks
    X
    V

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  23. i must say ...my heart began to flutter when viewing this post.
    i agree with you about the windows. i do love them.
    the second picture of a kitchen, beautiful !
    this may be my favorite post of yours.
    weird , i know.
    xx

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  24. Just beautiful! I must say - Saladino's Villa de Lema has gorgeous steel windows!

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  25. I love this look too. I think the dark steel on the windows makes the transition between indoors and outdoors almost seamless.

    I just recently saw some great examples of steel windows on another blog -- can't remember which one though. But I did download some of the pictures onto my home computer and included the name of the blog in the file names. So I'll be able to get the info and pictures to you from my home computer after work.

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  26. I am just beyond obsessed with these...have been for ages and am just waiting for the chance to get rich, buy an apartment and renovate it using them!

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  27. What a gorgeous post! I love love love steel windows. Growing up in the San Francisco area, I saw a lot of them. I never considered how they provide an unobstructed view before I read this--just thought they were classic and lovely. Here in the HOT valley, I don't think we could handle the single panes, though. Loved seeing them here!

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  28. Beautiful! Putting these in my "one day" file!

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  29. I LOVE this look. Steel sounds like such a heavy, industrial material, but it's so elegant in these uses. I particularly like how it blends with a french aesthetic. Really charming. And of course, it lets in so much LIGHT. That's the greatest advantage of all.

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  30. I am a fan of steel windows and doors so I think this is a wonderful post. I especially love the wall of windows in the kitchen and the combination of a wall having steel windows and doors.

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  31. Love steel windows. They can look very contemporary or wonderfully old world and rustic, depending on how they are used. Great, great post!

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  32. Love this post on steel windows and doors!Beautiful photos!

    Michelle

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  33. FAB idea. Love these windows and the light they give.

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  34. Anyone could easily think that steel doors and windows would give an ultra modern effect to both the interior and exterior of a home. These beautiful images show just how wrong that impression would be. Lovely pictures of such wonderful light filled rooms.

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  35. As you know, I love steel windows.
    There is nothing like them.
    Steve is just finishing a home on the beach where he designed some great aluminum windows that are kynar finished that look exactly like steel but won't degrade from the harsh salt air.
    Great post!

    xo
    Brooke

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  36. It's so funny - I have been noticing this trend to eihter paint casings black or install steel. To be honest I love the look! I adore the kitchen. I have saved your post in my favorites- I should just name a folder that says "Things the Inspire" - You are great!! Excellent post!
    xx-Gina

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  37. Love this post! I LOVE steel windows and doors. They MAKE a room! The project that I'm working on right now would have been so much better with steel windows, but it wasn't in the budget!

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  38. Love your post on the steel windows.I use steel in as many ways as I can, windows, doors, kitchens, lighting and furniture, especially reclaimed industrial steel(see a previous post on fg-artdevivre.blogspot.com)
    I could move in any of these houses. Thank you for the great inspirations

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  39. I had never given any thought to steel windows before so as I read your post I wondered why...and then I realized that those of us in cold climates could never have steel windows because they would conduct the cold into the house or conduct the heat out of the house.

    The look is gorgeous though and I am envious of those that have this choice.

    Tricia - Avolli

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  40. Love this type of window and just the way they let the light in.

    Maybe in my dream house....

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  41. Great images - Crittall Windows has been active in the Atlanta area in refurbishment and new build residential projects see here

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  42. These are my favorite windows. They're so stunning. I seriously love every single photo here. GREAT post.

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  43. They are stunning!! A node to history- the height of the ceilings certainly helps. Thanks for the info Stefan.

    Just georgous, this post...bravo.

    Michelle

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  44. Love them all and so glad you did this post. Really makes such a difference in the view!

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  45. I really really love this post. Such creative content! I love doors that go from floor to ceiling and open up the room completely to the outdoors! All these doors and window are devine. Remind me of a greenhouse kinda.

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  46. Gorgeous windows and post. Btw, thanks for the heads up about the Washington Post -- I hadn't caught that until you mentioned it!

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  48. Great post on the effect of these steel beauties .. . such a perfect contemporary look to give a traditional space a bit of an edge --

    Jjjj

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  49. I know I'm getting old since my first thought was, "wow their gas bills must be crazy!", haha. I guess that's what I get for living in a 110 year old house in the northeast. Love the blog, you always keep me inspired as we repair our aging house.

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  50. Gorgeous design. The windows are accentuated very well, and shows great style. Thanks for the share.

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com

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  51. When it comes to windows, the bigger the better. These are just fabulous!

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  52. Fabulous images and I loved the way the steel work was used in a mix of traditional and contemporary, xv.

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  53. So crisp and clean! I love the wide open views with the steel frames. Beautiful!

    ~Misti

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  54. I love this look - it reminds me of Paris and Brussels

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  55. STUNNING! I love steel windows and doors too. They allow so much natural light and really blend the indoor and outdoor spaces. I love this post!

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  56. I saw a great room design with steel windows when I was down in California visiting a wine cellar there. They are totally worth it, and you can really tell the difference.

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com

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  57. Great post--I love these windows too. I recognized the first kitchen from a recent episode of HGTV Top Ten. I tried to find a link for you but they just had a former kitchen top 10 episode featured on their site. The kitchen you liked had an amazing connection with the pool terrace, and was a beautiful blend of simple classic features. A re run is scheduled mid July if you can catch it. There are lots of other great kitchens on the show as well, including one by Vincent Wolfe. I have it recorded if you want to stop by for a glass of wine!

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  58. I love all that light. I think big windows of any kind make a house! Thank you for stopping by my humble little blog today.

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  59. I keep coming back to that kitchen with the huge window over the sink, it is just stunning. I love those windows, I want them in my house someday!

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  60. I'm just popping back over to say thanks for your comment on my Jamie Drake interview. Good to hear you enjoyed learning about the designer behind all the rooms you've seen :-)

    Kelly

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  61. I can only wish for windows like that. Especially ones that face north.

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  62. I'm with DesignTies, I keep coming back to this post too. A bit about the 2nd picture. It is an actual live shot, not from a magazine or showroom, not posed or lighted. Just before I took the picture (during the garden tour), a resident popped into the kitchen for a glass of water. The room took my breath away when I saw it and it still does.

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  63. Thank you for the comments, everyone. I really learned a lot about steel windows and doors through the information some of you gave in your comments. We do live in a fairly temperate climate here in Atlanta, however it does get cold in the winter and I wonder how the steel windows and doors fare in the coldest part of the winter and the hottest part of the summer. They are beautiful, though!

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  64. I am quite fond of steel window frames, but never put two and two together that that's what they were. You are so observant! And popular too - 65 comments!!

    Hope you are marvellous and well and having a lovely spring!

    xo Terri

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  65. Wonderful rooms! There's something about the windows that make them glow... I wish I could have more windows in my rooms. They look great!

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  66. ohhh, just loving these light-filled rooms. What a difference they make.

    Such a wonderful post, thanks for sharing (and inspiring)!

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  67. Hi,

    These kind of windows and doors remind me of something that I'd like to have if I lived in a house : a winter garden.

    Best regards,

    José

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  68. Absolutely beautiful post! Thank you!
    Sparrow

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  69. Love the contemporary look of these especially when paired with more traditional European decor. I love your beautiful photos and commentary.

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  70. Some nice photos. If you read Veranda magazine, check out June '09 issue to see one of our latest projects. Steel sash windows have been around for over 150 yrs and were originally a low budget item used mainly in factories and manufacturing plants. They gradually started to be seen in high end residential projects and used by the upper most affluent home builders. The Rockefellers had used steel windows in their private residences.
    Previously one of the largest concerns has been the energy efficiency of steel stash windows. Now there are thermally broken frames available in steel, stainless, Bronze and Corten with profiles as narrow as some of the old steel sash units. With the ever increasing energy code standards this is becoming the best solution for high end projects requiring minimal sightlines and thermal efficiency. Contact

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  71. Fantastic post! just saw this one. I actually have a client who has steel windows and I'm going over there tomorrow for a paint consult. Really love the black! It's such a nice effect and you've displayed great pictures that show steel windows look fabulous in any environment. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  72. Stumbled across your blog, while researching black sash windows for our character home which we are presently restoring. The pictures are breathtakingly beautiful. I just read all the comments...which of themselves served to inspire me even more. Loved the idea of looking out steel windows, with a nice warm fire burning in the hearth, and looking out over a "winter garden". Love it! Thank you.

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  73. Can you help me with finding any suppliers that offer the steel doors that you referenced above in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, July 2008? Your help is appreciated.

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  74. Besides Hopes, any other suggested manufacturers?

    -Matt
    Chicago Builder

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  75. love the look but how practical is it in colder climates? Does the glass fog up and will cold air come through into the house?

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