Mid-Century Modern Windows

Energy Efficiency

Kim Herman lives in a house of windows: 36 drafty, unframed single panes in just 1,150-square feet.
It’s a home inspired by mid-century California architectural icon and developer Joseph Eichler, whose style was typified by floor-to-ceiling windows to “bring the outside in.” But what’s perfect for a California climate isn’t as comfortable for Seattle’s cold, rainy winters.

Herman’s living room features a wall of windows more than 20-feet long and almost six-feet high that sent cold winter drafts gusting around anyone who stood near. With the rising cost of heating oil, he needed help.

The contractors and window replacement specialists he called all gave bad news. One wouldn’t even provide an estimate, saying: “You might as well just put siding over them.” Another figured he’d have to practically rebuild the house. Price quotes were in the tens of thousands of dollars.

“That defeats the design I fell in love with,” said Kim.

He wasn’t sure what to do until a colleague suggested a simple solution: Indow Windows.

The acrylic glazing inserts require no destructive hardware. Kim’s local Indow Windows dealer Neil Kelly laser measured his windows to ensure a custom fit. On installation day, it took just a short time to press the 19 inserts into place. Right away Kim ordered more for the remaining rooms. “One of the things I immediately noticed was the house was so much warmer,” he said. “I love that they are easy to install – I can take them out and pop them back in myself.”

During the summer, his house isn’t nearly as hot as it would’ve been. And the inserts are almost invisible: Kim’s eldest son, who lived there for five years, didn’t notice the Indow Windows on a visit even though they surrounded him.

The benefits go beyond thermal comfort. Herman’s new inserts “noticeably reduce the amount of traffic noise from the freeway,” he said. And he has preserved the valuable natural light in his small space. Best of all, he achieved the comfort and economic benefit of energy-efficient windows without spending a fortune or changing his home’s iconic architectural character.

Do you have a home remodeling project that involves complex window replacement? The home improvement experts at Neil Kelly can handle it with ease. Get in touch with us today!

Guest blogger Sam Pardue from Indow Windows contributed to this article.


Nicole Lepoutre-Baldocchi

We too have a mid-century with huge expanses of glass. Our problem is that the windows are really drafty, single pane, and the hardware doesn’t function any more on a number of them.

We live near Berkeley in Northern California and very cold weather is relatively rare, but still…

The window frames are all aluminum and condensation breeds mold. Very nasty.

Do you have any recommendations?

David Schmitke

Hi Nicole, Sorry about the delay in our response. We have been waiting for feedback from our trade allies, Indow Windows, as to whether they have an outlet or agent in the Berkeley area that may be able to be of assistance. Since I haven’t yet heard back from them, let me give you a link to their website: http://www.indowwindows.com/

I’m thinking this could be a viable solution to your problem and certainly MUCH less expensive than replacing the windows. Honestly, just replacing them isn’t going to be of much help anyway.

Thanks so much for checking our blog…we look forward to continue to provide as much helpful content to homeowners as possible! Enjoy the Fall in Berkeley!

David Schmitke
Neil Kelly Communications Coordinator

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