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Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:43 am
by judith4653
I am hoping someone can give me some advice. I recently bought a mid century modern style home. I would like to preserve it as much as possible. There is an outdoor atrium in the center of the house surrounded by metal glass sliding doors on one side and floor to ceiling jalousie windows on another side. The two remaining sides consist of fixed floor to ceiling glass and a wall.

In any event, the metal sliding doors are heavy, uninsulated and the handles are broken. The jalousie windows are also uninsulated. I am on the horns of a dilemma as to whether to try to fix and insulate the existing doors and windows to to replace them with new insulated ones. If I did, I don't think they would be metal. There is a significant amount of interior and exterior wood that I could match if I replaced the doors and windows.

Do you think it is unwise to do so? Should I press on with trying to fix or correct the existing ones? Any informed suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 1:30 pm
by egads
Why can't new ones be metal? These folks have been making sliding glass doors since back when your house was built. They are very popular replacement for owners of homes built by Eichler.

http://arcadiaproducts.com/

Some photos would help, if you don't want to figure out how to post them, a link to a Flickr photo set would do.

The Jalousie windows probably do need to be changed out to something else because of your climate. Fixed windows can be changed to dual pane unit often fitted into the existing casement. Again, photos would help. Just don't be caught thinking that all you can do is install what the window replacement salesman is selling this week.

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 4:49 pm
by redneckmodern
agreed with egads. new sliders and other windows with aluminum trim are available from a number of folks including milgard. true, they're not thermally broken like vinyl ones are, but you didn't move into an MCM home to live with vinyl windows.

http://www.milgard.com/doors/aluminum-patio-doors/

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 7:31 pm
by egads
The Arcadia 5000 series is available thermally broken. The hollow aluminum is filled with spray foam.
Check out the "Futura" flush handles that are available.
They also make a sliding door that has a large handle that you move from vertical to horizontal and it lifts a very large door to make it slide easily. I first saw such a thing on This Old House when they visited a building show in a Scandinavian country.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 8:46 am
by judith4653

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 12:32 pm
by redneckmodern

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 12:44 pm
by egads

Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 1:51 pm
by Perks
Re: counter tops, I think it would depend on what look you're going for. If you're going with newer, Euro-style cabinets, I'd probably recommend flat-edged Silestone as well. Laminate counter surfaces work well for a more vintage look, and if restoring or repurposing original cabinetry is part of the plan, I'd probably go that way.

But it's possible to mix-and-match and come out of it successfully. I went with Euro-style laminate cabinets but, since I was also re-installing the original oven/cooktop/fan, went with boomerang Formica counters to bridge the two together. It worked out surprisingly well.

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 8:26 am
by turboblown
Countertop: BOOMERANG!

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 10:58 pm
by Futura Girl

Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 11:18 am
by Perks
The Formica boomerang pattern is only available in charcoal right now. Alas, all of the other colors were discontinued over the past couple years.

However, Wilsonart has of similar patterns available by custom order.

I DO love my charcoal boomerang counters; totally fun! ;)