2. Steel & Other Structural Work
The window & door work described below were part of a challenging, dynamic project. The owner completely remodeled his house, from the roof down to redesigning the multi-level main floor to one level.
Retrofit Windows via Steel Redesign
The windows in the back of the house were originally full glass, 15’ high. In redoing the back, we took out all of this structure. We removed the vertical steel beams. We put one big piece of steel in the corner and one across the middle. We placed additional steel beams to make the openings. This was a retrofit. We designed the new window structure and style to fit the modernization of the home.
Three sets of windows were curved. We had to figure out how to make this design element work. It took creative thinking from an engineering perspective to achieve proper installation.
The glass above the front door was 650lbs. We had to use a jack to lift it up. We had two guys on each side, holding it, and one guy operating the jack lift. We jacked it up to the height of the steel above the pivot door and then lifted it off and put it on the steel. Once we got it in place, we screwed it in. It had to be perfectly set because there were tubes and a sidelight on each side. This required moving the window around to get it right–measuring it and making sure it was right.
SIW Bi-Folding Doors
Folding doors are very difficult to install.