This modern living room features floor-to-ceiling glass wall panels that provide a great view of Phoenix. Some walls can be moved for access to the porch outside. Modern seating includes built-in shelving for displaying accessories.
Located in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, this master suite opens to a large terrace overlooking the ocean. The movable glass-wall system, in conjunction with custom-made louvers from native species of wood, allows for flexibility in this tropical climate. The house can be opened to the coastal air, but also closed when temperature and humidity rises.
SPG Architects’ Casa Torcida, located in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, takes inspiration from the Osa’s natural world. Bright, tropical colors contrast the neutral palette of the building materials while a movable glass-wall system can open the living spaces completely to the terraces surrounding the house as a means to cool this “off-the-grid” house, which has no air conditioning system.
For a streamlined look, consider stacking doors, which slide along a track and stack one-beside-the-other at one end. When shopping, “look for glass walls that operate smoothly and effortlessly. Milgard Moving Glass Walls open and close easily because they are designed with tandem stainless steel ball bearing rollers that are strong enough to carry door panels nearly double the size,” advise the pros at Milgard.
Moving glass wall systems can maximize your living space, opening interior rooms to decks and patios. But don’t forget to account for the floor or deck space taken up by folding doors themselves when in the open position. “Folding door units are always stacked perpendicular to the opening. The amount of space that the folding doors will take away from the opening is dependent on the number of panels, panel width, height and thickness,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
The type of moving glass wall you choose depends in part on the effect you want to achieve when open and closed — an especially important decision if you want to maximize great views. “In the closed position, folding doors have more vertical stiles due to the panel width limitation; therefore, they impose greater view obstruction when compared to sliding doors. Sliding doors allow for larger panels, which results in fewer vertical posts and more unobstructed views,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
A custom back-painted glass vanity floats on the blue walls in this swimming pool-inspired boy's bathroom at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. A chrome wall-mounted Kohler faucet and glass mosaic tile designed to look like pooling water further offers the look of moving water in the room.
Small white tile covers this bathroom floor and continues up the wall for a texturized and cohesive design. A glass room dividing wall separates the large, open shower space. A floating sink and floating toilet fit the modern look and leave maximum space available for moving through the room.
A mosaic tile accent wall helps to visually open up this small but decidedly chic bathroom, adding depth to the room's border. In a similar expansive move, along another wall a sliding glass door provides access to a private balcony.
Raising the bottom height of one wall cabinet by six inches allows homeowners to fill the coffee pot each morning without moving it. Glass doors on the Mission-style cabinets make it easy for cooks to quickly find dishes, while roll out trays in the pantry allow for quick access.
Within the constraints of the original footprint, the design team was able to remove walls, increase the size of glass doors and windows, rearrange closets and vault ceilings to create space out of seemingly nowhere.
Removing all walls between the kitchen, dining and living room opened up the space dramatically. Sliding glass doors provide access to the large deck, while dark cherry cabinets pair with the light hardwood floors for a striking look.
Walls were removed to open up this kitchen. An island with a gas range was added, as was a stainless steel and glass vent hood with lighting that changes colors. Shaker-style cabinetry is used throughout the space.
A tan wall complements the dark hardwood floor that moves through this contemporary hallway. A long, thin mirror with a textured frame is a simple, stylish touch. The stairway is lined with a glass and stainless steel railing for a sleek look.
Numerous walls were removed to create an open living space in this contemporary rustic home designed by Kristi Will. Eighteen-foot sliding glass doors and a succession of full-height windows connect this room to a stunning dining deck, patio and fire pit.
In this small kitchen, square footage is preserved by an ingenious Murphy table. At mealtimes, the table drops down from the wall to provide intimate seating for one or two. In an extra space-saving move, there is also hidden shelving for cups and glasses tucked into the wall.
A wide concrete driveway moves downhill to this modern home. A stone retaining wall is topped with an upper wood section matching the wood that frames the glass garage door. Slightly slanted roofing on sections of the home create great levels with modern appeal.