Not everyone plans this far ahead, but it was six years ago that McNair Builders in Hilton Head, South Carolina was first approached by a customer looking to build a new home in the area. She had visited a home by this custom builder and fell in love. She put them on notice: when she retired, they were building her one, too.
Fast forward to the planning stages of her dream retirement home, just about a year-and-a-half ago, and the spec list was impressive: well-appointed master suite, large bath, walk-in shower, private study, semi-detached guest suite with separate access, enclosed courtyard, elevator, media room, outdoor kitchen, screened-in porch. But the most meticulous request: the windows had to be Andersen® A-Series windows with Stormwatch® protection. In fact, this would be the first home in the country to feature A-Series coastal windows.
A builder in the area for more than 30 years, McNair is very familiar with the code requirements for coastal regions mandating homes be protected by either impact-resistant glass or some form of shuttering. In fact, nearly all of Beaufort County falls under this code requirement. So, while this stately home overlooks a golf course, certain design considerations had to be made for potentially dangerous weather conditions.
The architect combined Andersen A-Series casement, transom, and picture windows with Stormwatch protection with Full Divided Light grilles for the project. The unfinished pine interiors of the windows allowed the finishing carpenters to easily match the windows and patio doors to the interior design.
In addition to the Stormwatch® protection features available in the A-Series product line, the home benefits from one of the most energy efficient window designs from Andersen. Low-E4 glass with Stormwatch® protection minimizes heating and cooling loss, helping to meet ENERGY STAR® qualifications.
When the home is ready for occupancy, the newly-retired owner will enjoy beautiful views knowing whatever storm may be on the horizon, her home will provide the protection and performance she needs.*
*See your local code official for building code requirements in your area.