To take advantage of the stunning views of the McDowell Mountains east of the North Scottsdale neighborhood where he lives, architect Dale Gardon of Dale Gardon Designs made the most of Western Window Systems products.
Gardon designed the contemporary Western ranch in Scottsdale’s upscale DC Ranch community for him and his family knowing that he wanted to create a seamless convergence between the indoors and the outdoors with Western Window Systems’ sliding glass doors and windows.
“The anodized aluminum is very compatible with other exterior and interior materials.” Dale Gardon, AIA
“The exterior design and massing with a broad, shaded porch are like older ranch homes,” says Gardon, who’s owned his company since 1999. “And the natural metal finish of Western Window Systems products reflect the character of Western regional ranch architecture, but with a contemporary interpretation and current materials that provide longer-lasting durability.”
To merge the inside of the home with the outdoors, Gardon employed two Series 600 Sliding Glass Doors, one 15 feet wide and another 16 feet wide and each featuring insulated, low-E glass to improve energy efficiency. Elsewhere in the home are three double sliding doors as well as dozens of Western Window Systems casement and sliding windows featuring anodized aluminum finishes.
“The anodized aluminum was compatible with the exterior and interior materials to provide a nice accent,” Gardon says.
The numerous large openings and big glass treatments were essential to Gardon’s vision of what a contemporary Western ranch should look like.
“The sliding doors open up to plenty of outdoor living spaces, they create indoor-outdoor connectivity, and they provide panoramic views in many directions,” Gardon says. “All in addition to allowing in plenty of natural light throughout the day.”
“The sliding doors provide panoramic views in many directions.” - Dale Gardon, architect