Michelle Adams embraces indoor/outdoor living in the heart of the MidwestSee how the tastemaker transformed a Michigan ranch home into a bright and airy retreat “like something you’d see in L.A.”
The home’s simple floor plan and architecture created a blank canvas for the tastemaker as she sought to put down roots. See how she created strong connections to the outdoors in a bright and airy home that embodies elements of California cool and minimalist design.
How to achieve indoor/outdoor living in chillier climates
"It’s almost misleading to call it a ‘door’ since it’s essentially a series of floor-to-ceiling windows that accordion together to open up an entire wall,” Adams said. The folding glass doors open her home up to seamless indoor/outdoor living in the warmer months, while also beautifully framing her backyard all year round. “Once Andersen installed the new doors, the whole room felt bright and modern. Just like something you’d see in L.A.” said Adams. To complete the transformation, Adams built a new deck off her living room essentially expanding her living space into the backyard during spring, summer and fall. “I feel very lucky to spend so much time not only outdoors, but inside a bright and sunny home,” she said.
Bright and airy everywhere
Saying goodbye to the original windows brought peace of mind too. Adams cited lower energy bills and improved fire safety (her old windows were “really hard to open”). “I also knew that when it came time to sell my home one day, the Andersen name would indicate quality to prospective buyers, so I felt comfortable with the investment,” she said. Adams’ style may keep evolving, but the need for sunlight and fresh air in the home will always be timeless.
Takeaways from Adams' remodel
If you’re inspired by this remodel, here are some answers to questions you might have:
- How do I know a Folding Outswing door will work in my space? Generally, Folding Outswing doors work well in a remodel, because they run on a single track and don’t pocket (disappear into the wall when open). For these reasons, the extra-thick walls needed to make some of our Big Doors work aren’t necessary with this option. Another thing to know when considering these doors is that they are top hung, which makes them easy to operate. This also means the header (a heavy beam that runs above a window or door and diverts the weight of walls or roof) is key. Your builder or contractor will be able to help you through the structural factors associated with installing Folding Outswing doors.
- I love Folding Outswing doors, but I don’t have room. Good news! Folding outswing doors can be configured as a window too. If you don’t have enough space for a door, a Pass-through window will allow you to fully open your home to the outdoors. It’s an especially nice option when your patio or deck is on the other side of your kitchen, because it makes a perfect set-up for an outdoor bar or serving area.
- What's the story with 100 Series windows? Think of 100 Series windows as the easy, modern option. They feature thin, streamlined frames and more glass — hallmarks of a modern window. They’re available in our go-to modern styles — awning, gliding and casement — as well as picture, single-hung and specialty shapes. They’ll work for most any budget, and they’re also our only series made of engineered Fibrex® material inside and out, which is virtually maintenance free.
Adams’ home proves the right windows and doors can really bring an aesthetic to life, while also making an indoor/outdoor lifestyle possible no matter the climate!