Aluminum Windows Complement a Modern Home Design
If you’ve set your sights on a modern home, take a look at what the architects at KTGY designed for this community in Costa Mesa, California. The project, called Vitae, was originally planned as a simple tract home neighborhood, but, KTGY designed a much more creative solution with the help of builders at Planet Home Living.
The Architects Challenge
The challenge was to maintain the required unit count while providing a truly detached solution that felt livable to the occupants. Two distinctly different plan types were developed to accomplish this task. The 2-story plan included a living area at the ground floor that connected to a mini yard that provided a great indoor/outdoor flow. It’s similar to a conventional detached home and offers three bedrooms on the second floor for young families or young couples who need a home office space.
Open Concept Floor Plan
The 3-story home plan had a bit more square footage and a flex space at the ground floor to welcome residents and guests alike, while also connecting to a small yard. The second floor provided the main living space, organized in an open, loft-style layout with a generous balcony for indoor/outdoor living. Upstairs housed 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and the laundry area. In both cases, open floor plans and large kitchen islands created a central hub to the home.
Oversized Aluminum Windows
The Milgard® Aluminum Series windows that were chosen for this project provided a clean aesthetic and modern complement to the architecture, while offering flexibility in their size and shape. As is inherent to small lot homes, it is important that the house lives large and connects to the outdoors. Not only is this accomplished with a careful floor plan design but also with large expanses of glass offered by the Milgard aluminum windows. Oversized glass units and floor to ceiling glazing really set the tone.
A Focus on Natural Light
The Milgard window sizes and placement helped give the architecture its identity and modern touch. The detail in the aluminum frames completed the look and coordinated well with the material and color of the metal trim and expansion joints. “The corner windows were my favorite design element in these homes,” said Alan Scales, Principal at KTGY. “The butt-jointed glazing really helped open up the space letting in an abundance of natural light and blurring the line between indoors and outdoors. The expressive windows really stood out from both the inside and the outside of these homes.”
Overall, the style of these homes was mindful of the traditional context found in the adjacent neighborhoods, but at the same time was also forward-thinking with a touch of modern detailing. The inclusion of a gable provided a familiar, traditional element of home, however the abstraction of the frames that outline the gable ends conveyed a post-modern feeling, which was an attractive design element. The careful placement of rich, wood tone accents found in the lapped siding juxtaposed the clean, modern lines in the windows. The result was a balanced composition with a sophisticated, warm and contemporary vibe.
Tips for Designing a Home
For those considering a project of this type, Scales went on to say, “Collaboration is key. The careful balance between understanding all of the variables that go into the design of a home and the end result of providing an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional home is no small task. There are many great minds that go into creating a successful solution.”
Milgard Series Used: Aluminum Series windows
Builder: Planet Home Living
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning
Photographer: Chang Kyun Kim
Location: Costa Mesa, California
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