Westlake Village boasts coastal breezes that can cool summer temperatures by as much as ten degrees compared to nearby San Fernando Valley. Residents in this bedroom community located on the line between Los Angeles and Ventura counties enjoy the vast surrounding open space, including hiking and horse trails, several golf courses and the expansive Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area.
Among the custom-built homes with splashes of Spanish Revival and Mediterranean architecture, one remodel stands apart in its ability to bring the outdoors inside: Emma Oslac Walsh’s property on Saddletree Drive.
“When I first saw this house, I realized that the ceilings could be blown out, the walls could be moved.” Emma Oslac Walsh, interior designer.
Oslac Walsh says the house now looks nothing like it did when she and her husband saw it and thought it would be a great project for them to live in. “When I first saw this house, I realized that the ceilings could be blown out, the walls could be moved,” she says. “I saw the potential here to do something really amazing and bring in a lot of cool new products – one of them being Western Window Systems.”
As an interior designer who does a lot of construction, Oslac Walsh has used Western Windows Systems glass – which she calls “adaptable in many situations, many applications” – for bi-fold doors, casements, and wine cellars in multiple homes.
She used Western Window Systems creations including Series 600 Window Walls throughout her house to seamlessly blur the transition from the inside to the outside and complement the high ceilings. The energy-efficient windows and doors let in tons of light and provide a modern aesthetic. “Western Windows Systems are incredibly customizable,” Oslac Walsh says. “I can design something and they would have no problem building it.”
“The bi-fold door is fabulous for a party because it allowed me to have 16 feet that opens up to the outside.” Emma Oslac Walsh, interior designer.
Western Window Systems’ easy-to-operate Series 9500 Bi-Fold Doors are one of her favorite features. The aluminum and dual-paned low-E glass doors function like huge moving walls of glass, merging the indoor dining area with an outdoor sitting area. “The bi-fold doors are wonderful,” she says. “It’s fabulous for a party because this allowed me to have 16 feet that opens up to the outside, which is the perfect way to have that feeling of indoor-outdoor spaces.”
Other aesthetic aces include the traditional fireplace room, with the hearth framed by Series 900 Hinged Doors and 670 Casement hopper windows perched high above them, and the glass-encased wine cellar, which is temperature-controlled at 57 degrees.
“I wanted to make this project somewhat edgy -- modern but also with a very cozy feeling,” Oslac Walsh says. “Overall, Western Windows Systems has completely met my design objectives.”