Friday December 29, 2017

Wood Windows Maximize Views and Open Up a Remodel

by Joann Whetstine

Open Concept Floor Plan

This 1950’s ranch style home in Portland, Oregon contained a kitchen, dining room, and living room in separate spaces. The homeowner was looking for an open concept floor plan that would open up the space into one grand room. Plus, they wanted to take advantage of the view from their residence which they could only see from one small window in the existing footprint of the house.


The kitchen before the remodel


The kitchen after photos - open concept floor plan complete

Architectural Details Make the Difference

The original house had some nice details such as mahogany trim and strong horizontal lines which were the inspiration of the redesign. “We wanted to respect the architecture while also making something more contemporary and unexpected,” said Marty Buckenmeyer, of Buckenmeyer Architecture Firm. “We chose the Milgard Essence Series® wood window line because we wanted the exterior durability of fiberglass and the interior richness of stained wood, which we matched the solid walnut cabinets. Milgard was also willing to create custom configurations, like the asymmetrical horizontal slider over the sink.”

Wood windows over a sink in the kitchen home remodel

Window Seat Transformation

“My favorite part about the project turned out to be the window seat in the master bedroom. This feature replaced what used to be a windowless closet.  Now it’s a cozy reading nook with a lovely view,” said Marty.

Windowless closet becomes a window seat with a beautiful view

Tips for Home Remodeling Projects

For others taking on a home remodeling project, Marty suggests the following: “Start with a good plan and put it down on paper.  This serves as your roadmap and communicates the design intent to the general contractor. It is also important to look for architects and contractors that are willing to be your partners in the design and construction process.”

Wood windows, flooring and accents tie the room together

Project Information

Milgard Product Used: Essence Series wood windows and patio doors

Architect: Buckenmeyer Architecture  

Contractor: Don Jensen of Synergies Renovations, LLC

Photographer: Jeff Amram Photography  

Location: Portland, OR

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