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When Santa Clara Development, ELS Architecture and South Bay Construction needed retail entries for their "Alvin's Corner" mixed-use project on Hamilton Avenue in Campbell, they selected Wooden Window to custom fabricate solid doors and windows for 25 arched storefronts. Alvin's Corner is made up of 3 floors of high-end housing above a retail ground floor. Storefronts for the retail outlets were crafted of stain-grade solid oak and installed by Wooden Window--including all necessary hardware. Although still under construction, the residents of Campbell are soon to enjoy a new selection of their favorite retailers, as well as the availability of dozens of new luxury housing units.
For those of us committed to preserving the historic architecture of Northern California, this homeowner's story was sadly familiar. Before After " House was built in 1908 as a small Queen Anne. In 1930, the roof was lifted to make 2 front bedrooms upstairs instead of one. The house was then stuccoed over. By 1936, almost all the interior 'gingerbread' was gone, as were two (!) fireplaces. The holes where the fireplaces sat were covered over with sheets of plywood--which are still there to this day." Undaunted by the gradual decomposition of her home in the years since it's construction, the owner, Mira Amiras, decided to bring back the intent, if not the exact form of the house in all it's original glory -- and more. "The house façade has not been restored, as that would have meant tearing out the upstairs. It's been, instead, 'reimagined.'" Mira's shepherd, Fiona, modeled for the "Maybeckian" dragons Mira's partner in this extraordinary transformation was the remarkable Skeeter Jones of San Francisco's Clearheart Fine Design. Skeeter's company was founded in 1982 on Skeeter's more than 35 years in the building trades -- from ski resort condominiums and contemporary homes to 'Salt Box', Colonial and Victorian restoration. Skeeter has recreated more than 90 Victorian facades in San Francisco, as well as a number of major structural additions. Wooden Window was delighted to provide historically accurate, solid-wood windows for the project. And even more pleased with Mira's reaction. Every project needs a vigilant foreman. "I am so grateful to you guys for the work that you do. I looked for years for folks who made 'real' windows for our house. And watched my neighbors destroy their homes with hideous windows. Thank you so much for your work!"
When The Science Channel wanted to know how custom windows were made for their "How It's Made" cable series, they came to Wooden Window. And why not? Wooden Window has been designing and flawlessly crafting custom doors and windows for more than 30 years. Our fusion of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture with guild quality hand craftsmanship has made Wooden Window Northern California’s standard for excellence in door and window fabrication. The filming itself was a lot of fun, with our shop dominated for a couple of days with video equipment and french accents (the film crews are Canadian). If you've ever wondered just how modern custom windows are really made, have a look.
It took Clarum Homes to transplant the traditional Mission architecture of Santa Barbara to the Los Altos hills. It took Wooden Window to develop, fabricate and install doors and windows that incorporated the latest features in operation, energy efficiency and home security, while staying faithful to the Mission Style. Wooden Window created all the doors and windows for this extraordinary home. The design showcases energy-efficient Mission and European-style Standard Divided Lite insulated windows throughout, some incorporating leaded glass. Door designs were also something special. Upper floor “faux French Door” sets that were fabricated to appear as a traditional double French Door set, were actually single pocket door assemblies that slid fully back into adjacent walls, completely opening the rooms to the outside. The units even had sliding screens. Multi-point locksets insured homeowner security while the home’s wine cellar featured a unique, “dutch” door, whose intricate upper panel opens to reveal insulated leaded glass to maintain the cellar temperature. Casement windows highlight a full, professional kitchen featuring Mediterranean tile and Spanish pavers that opens onto the dining room through massive walnut paneled entry doors. A special project for a special client. Thank you Clarum Homes.
A major expansion and remodel of a classic home, like this one, built in 1929, calls for sensitivity to the lifestyle of current owners, while honoring the integrity and architectural depth of the original design. That’s how Wooden Window approached creating the doors and windows for this fabulous Mediterranean style home situated high above Vallejo Street in San Francisco. Palladian picture windows and arched doorways enjoy abundant natural light and views of the sparkling bay. The terraced south garden cascades downward to an open patio, connected to the interior through an outer wall pierced with French multi-lite doors and a grid of windows. Architect Mike Larkin’s design creates a glass curtain wall that merges indoor and outdoor activities. The home has undergone a major expansion over a 3-year period with seismic engineering, major capital improvements and impeccable custom installations throughout. It even has an Elevator from its three car garage to the entry/foyer level. The homeowners can enjoy alfresco dining and relaxation by a massive stone fireplace, Wolf barbeque grill and tiled spa tub by Walker Zanger. Inside the home, natural light floods the winding staircase and second floor landing through the arched Palladian sidelights and a striking “captain’s wheel” laylight. All the doors were either renovated or seamlessly replaced, to integrate exits, entrances and views into the flow of each floor and each individual room. Where privacy was a concern, Art Glass was woven into window designs to capture dappled light while obscuring outside views. If you’re in the market for an urban palace, this magnificent home is presently for sale. Did we mention it has a three car garage in the middle of the City? Engineering: Randy Collins, FTF Engineering Architect: Mike Larkin Architecture Contractor: Wm. F. Pell Construction
We are very proud to announce Wooden Window Inc. is now an Active Member of the Woodwork Institute, and are now on their Membership Roster. What this means for you is the assurance that we have been certified as compliant with all aspects of Woodwork Institute Active Member standards. What is the Certified Compliance Program? The Compliance Program is an established discipline of quality control, for use in conjunction with the Architectural Woodwork Standards, providing a non-biased means of confirming conformance to a project's plans and specifications. Certified shop drawings make the review process easier, and save time by eliminating the need to check fabrication details. When certified shop drawings are received for review, it is assumed that they conform to the project's specifications and the AWS requirements. This allows verification of the design intent to be the primary concern. Certifying millwork and installation confirms that the furnished and/or installed millwork products conform to the plans, specifications, and Architectural Woodwork Standards, for the GRADE(S) specified, assuring clients that they are getting what they specified and paid for. Wooden Window has met all requirements for Certified Compliance including: Provided References from contractors that have been verified by WI. We have the experience of many years of Commercial Business (30+) Confirmation that we are Creditworthy. We are up to date and compliant on all our licenses. We have established knowledge and capability in our industry and demonstrated the ability to produce shop drawings and physical work that meet the WI standards. Woodwork Institute Certification -- Just another reason why Wooden Window is one of the most trusted names in California's construction industry. Visit us at: www.woodenwindow.com.
Whether you plan to stay in your home or sell in the near future, the market for homes in the San Francisco/San Jose market is once again on the rise. Curb appeal shows off your home in photos for online listing services and can put you at the top of a prospective buyer’s list. It could even aid in a bidding war. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Here are 5 ways simple improvements can give you a great return on your investment and add to your curb appeal. Kitchen upgrades with new counters, appliances and paint, along with a bathroom update with new sinks and fixtures bring back a solid return on remodeling costs, but first the outside of the house has to draw you in. Nothing adds to curb appeal like a architecturally compelling, nicely painted and landscaped home. Here are some simple additions experts say will add value and make the outside of your home more inviting. Front Entry Door(s) The front door is the gateway to your home. A beautifully designed entry door is an effective invitation to potential buyers -- whether it's seen in photos, drive-bys or in person. And while you're at it, you might consider upgrading your door construction and weatherization to lower energy costs all year long. And don't forget to upgrade the hardware. It's amazing what a few solid bronze, brass or polished steel accents can do to really make a new door unique. In 2014, investing in your front entry can return $1.30 on every dollar you spend* Garage door replacement A new garage door can provide an opportunity to replace old opaque doors with new ones incorporating transparent or translucent windows to add light and architectural character to customize your home. You might even consider replacing an older roll-up door with carriage doors -- a wonderful touch of history and craftsmanship -- and they're a great advertisement to people driving by. Cost vs Value + 145% Windows Installing or repairing your windows can create energy savings and upgrade the facade of your home. By adding double or triple pane windows, you'll see permanent heating and cooling cost savings. Cost vs Value + 133% Landscaping Spruce up the bedding plots with new mulch and plant some seasonal color annuals. Prune back bushes and trees. Repair leaky faucets outside and take care of irrigation issues. Cost vs Value + 110% A quick tip -- water the yard about a half hour before showing the house. It sends the message that your plants and yard are well and carefully maintained -- and implies the same for the rest of the house. Outdoor Lighting Lights that lead to your entryway welcome your guest after dark and also showcase the entrance to your home. It's simple to add solar lighting at the edge of your pathways. These come in various sizes and shapes, often require no wiring, and may require no more installation than inserting them into the ground. Landscape lighting pools around your "special" trees and plantings, dramatically spotlighting them for visitors during dusk and dark hours. Cost vs Value + 150 % So there you have it -- a few suggestions to increase both the real and apparent value of your home, whether you plan to sell or plan to stay. Show us your before-and-after photos. We would love to be inspired by your creativity, and to hear your home improvement story! Sources www. remolding.hw.net www.hgtv.com/landscaping/landscaping-tips-that-can-help-sell-your-home/index.html www. realestate.msn.com/10-ways-to-improve-your-homes-curb-appeal#2
The SOMA area in San Francisco hides a wonderful oasis in plain sight. The Clock Tower Building is clearly visible to all who pass over the Bay Bridge, yet hidden inside this landmark, with a working clock tower, is a wonderful live/work space as unique as it is timely. Once the sight of the Schmidt Lithography Co., at one time the largest printing company on the West Coast, the Clock Tower Building was part of a two-square-block plant at 2nd Street that consisted of three separate buildings joined together. Schmidt Lithography had its employees at heart when, at one time, it boasted handball and volleyball courts, a hospital and roof gardens. Today we recognize the complex by the iconic clock tower that greets visitors to the city arriving over the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Clocktower Lobby Although the Schmidt Lithography company is gone from San Francisco, the tower and surrounding Schmidt buildings are still in place, recalling the scale, character and industrial grandeur that was once South of Market and Rincon Hill. The tower, nearly demolished when the Bay Bridge viaduct was constructed in the 1930s, was one in a neighborhood of primarily industrial buildings. In the early 1990’s, the 230,000 square foot building became one of the first conversions of warehouse space to live/work lofts in the South of Market neighborhood. Now known as The Clock Tower, the two-building complex houses 127 apartments -- each with a different layout. The spirit of the building’s former owner lives on as ample common areas--some featuring palm trees -- greet the residents as they enter the courtyard. The Clock Tower itself is an icon of native San Franciscan architecture and a truly unique residence for the city dwellers of the 21st Century. Wooden Window was thrilled to participate first hand in the restoration within this historic building and, working with Mark Murray of Everest Waterproofing, helping to repair windows after damage from aging. Buildings like the Clock Tower need specialized knowledge, experience and a team of workers who have the special skills and sensitivity required to carefully preserve historic structures. This attention to detail assures that The Clock Tower will continue to enrich the lives of both its residents and its visitors -- maintaining the City’s architectural legacy for the future. Here is a great video from the Wall Street Journal that shows the wonderful interior and lifestyle this building affords. Developer: Holliday Development Architect: David Baker + Partners Structural Engineer: Tipping Mar + Associates Contractor: South Park Fabricators Our Partner – Everest Waterproofing and Restoration Inside the Clocktower
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This is definitely an important process, as these could be the primary people in charge of helping you style, construct, install, and maintain your custom wooden door. If you happen to reside nearby, we would love to be the ones that will help you create your custom wood door. Give us a call or contact us online now to request an completely complimentary estimation, and if possible consider e-mailing us your project photos using the contact form on our web site. Home Protection Solid door manufacturing can improve home safety. Among the main things you may detect in a greatly-secured house is the quality and craftsmanship of the doors. You won't see fragile or worn-down wood. The manufacturing components will be among the finest quality. We are able to definitely say that top quality doors are just as crucial to your home safety as safety windows. A fragile door can surely be broken into. The hinges along with other door hardware will break away under pressure. 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Wooden Windows has that expertise, and we're constantly eager to help you with your endeavor. We work on 100's of projects per year for houses and companies around St. Helena and all throughout Northern California. Contractors and construction businesses put their trust in us and our manufacturing experience. Give Us A Call Questions? Contact us! Our phone number is 1-877-704-3667. Let us know what it is you're seeking to achieve with brand new doors. We are able to answer any questions you might have. We Have been in business since the 80's and our experience is the greatest in Usa. You can also contact us online.
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