Hope’s Steel Windows and Doors Open Up Living Space of D.C. Home

Creating a Seamles Transition Between Interior and Exterior

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Hope’s® Hopkins Series™ steel slide and fold doors along with Landmark175™ Series steel windows and doors, all featuring Thermal Evolution™ technology, lend a modern aesthetic to the traditional style of this Washington, D.C. home.

Hopkins Series slide and fold doors on the ground level help create a seamless transition from the beautiful backyard garden to the modern, art-inspired interior.

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The existing D.C. residence had a traditional layout with compartmentalized spaces, heavy trim, and a dark palette of materials. The scenic garden, developed over the owners’ thirty years at the property, seemed isolated from the interior spaces.

“Ultimately, this project involved synthesizing art, light, and landscape,” says Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Principal at Robert Gurney Architect, Washington, D.C. “With Hope’s, we were able to achieve a modern architectural language that coexists within a traditional house in an established neighborhood.”

When opened, Hopkins Series door leafs stack together to create an open-air connection from the backyard to the owner’s expansive art collection inside. Works from Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, and George Condo were central to the redesign and are now housed in an elegant, naturally-lit space.

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“Our projects rely on a high level of craftsmanship with small tolerances – and Hope’s Windows is always up to the task,” added Gurney. “They continually meet any building or design challenge we present them with.”

The renovation process was primarily reductive. Interior walls were removed and floor-to-ceiling Hope’s doors were specified to create an unobstructed view to the outside. Southern Installations, Chambersburg, PA, delivered a flawless installation allowing the doors to operate effortlessly.

The additional Landmark175 Series in-swing doors and fixed windows supply the home with plenty of natural sunlight with their narrow, hot-rolled steel sightlines and muntins.

A total of 435 sq. ft. of Hope’s steel windows and doors were installed, each featuring Hope’s patented Thermal Evolution technology. This superior approach to creating a thermal break keeps the steel section solid and introduces a structurally bonded thermal isolator to create a powerfully strong and enduring composite construction. Thermal Evolution technology maintains all of the intrinsic strengths of solid hot-rolled steel while delivering impressive thermal efficiency and enhanced resistance to condensation – exceeding today’s most stringent thermal codes.

The private residence redesign was completed in August 2016. In addition to Robert Gurney Architect and Southern Installations, the project team included project architect Nicole de Jong, contractor Peterson & Collins, Washington, D.C., engineer United Structural Engineers, Falls Church, VA, and interior designer Baron Gurney Interiors, Washington, D.C.

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Photos: ©Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Davis Photography