Just outside downtown Las Vegas, among a crop of homes on acre-plus lots in an old agricultural area, Michael Gardner’s grown the concept of indoor-outdoor living into a unique utopia.
Gardner, principal of Henderson-based Studio G Architecture, remodeled a 1950s farm house he describes as “a sieve. Tons of air loss. We had steel windows – it just didn’t have a strong thermal envelope.”
He wanted to bring the residence up to today’s standards while honoring the property’s heritage. “We really took influence from the rural, agricultural zoning of the neighborhood and used materials and design aesthetics that complemented that in a modern way,” Gardner says, citing the use of stone, corrugated tin siding, and railroad ties repurposed for fencing as examples. “We have a strong farm-to-table concept for the home.”
“We’ve got tons of high glass that allow indirect lighting through, which is really the foundation of this house.” Michael Gardner, principal, Studio G Architecture
Large openings and big glass played a huge part in achieving the indoor-outdoor flow of the home, which sits on two-thirds of an acre. “We wanted to create these great vistas and view corridors, since, unlike a lot of properties in Vegas, we don’t have a view of The Strip,” Gardner explains. “We’ve got tons of high glass that allow indirect lighting through, which is really the foundation of this house.”
Western Window Systems products were “integral to the design of this home,” Gardner adds. He says the cabinetry dimensions in the kitchen, prep kitchen and service room line up exactly with Western Window Systems’ Series 600 Multi-Slide Windows. “Western Window Systems products are so customizable that we’re able to get the exact dimensions we need to meet the design requirements,” he says.
Thanks to Western Window Systems’ Series 900 Hinged Door, the home’s great room, dining room, kitchen and outdoor living areas all convert into one seamless space. “When you’ve got all the doors open… the space flows, and you don’t really know if you’re inside or outside,” Gardner says.
“When you’ve got all the doors open… the space flows, and you don’t really know if you’re inside or outside.” Michael Gardner, principal, Studio G Architecture
The indoor-outdoor master bathroom was also achieved with WWS multi-slide doors. “When you have them all the way open, your vanities are basically outside,” he says. “You can feel like you’re in the bathtub outside, and when you’re in the master shower, you’re looking straight out at the vista, up to the mountains and through the thick trees.”
Gardner says the property will be either LEED Platinum or LEED Gold certified as well as receiving an NGBS Emerald designation. WWS glass exceeded Gardner’s energy expectations, he says: “It’s incredibly efficient, thermally broken, and helps complement what we’re trying to accomplish,” which he says is to “close the loop of sustainability.”
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