After months of construction, novelist James Sturz’s Hawaiian dream home is now outfitted with custom-made Western Window Systems windows and doors. And the vistas they provide are spectacular.
Sturz’s panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean comes courtesy of Western Window Systems’ Series 600 Multi-Slide Door, eight floor-mounted 8-foot-tall rolling walls of glass that stack to one side and open up the main pavilion of Sturz’s future home to the idyllic Hawaiian setting. Perpendicular to them, facing west, three more multi-slide doors will expand the space even more. The doors and windows were installed in late July.
The 3,517-square-foot home in North Kohala, on the northwestern tip of the Big Island, will consist of three pavilions connected by pathways on 39 acres of land. Construction began in December 2015 with completion expected in October. When all is said and done, the home’s three separate structures will feature Western Window Systems’ multi-slide doors, hinged entry doors and windows, and a trapezoid-shaped window wall. All the products will feature a bronze anodized finish and a special stainless steel hardware package designed for coastal homes.
“Designing those windows and doors was a months-long process,” Sturz wrote on his “Building the Hawaii Dream House” series on the Daily Catch, the blog of Coastal Living magazine. “We considered various manufacturers before settling on Western Window Systems, whose weatherproofed inch-thick panes [are] perfectly suited for the salt-flecked breezes of the coast.”
Situated directly above the north-facing multi-slide doors of the main pavilion is a row of eight 5-by-5-foot fixed windows from Western Window Systems. And throughout the home, there are numerous windows in, as Sturz calls it, “a hullabaloo of sizes.”
Sturz, author of the novel Sasso and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Outside, and National Geographic Adventure, worked with Hawaii-based architect Paul M. Donoho to design the dream home. In choosing the home’s doors and windows, Sturz consulted with Big Island-based dealer Westside Glaziers, which “kept refining the designs until everyone was ready to sign off.”
Sturz has stated the home will be “completely off the grid,” powered by solar panels and a wind turbine, with a buried 13,300-gallon catchment that will collect rainwater.
To keep updated on the progress of the North Kohala dream home, read Sturz’s frequent blog post at dailycatch.coastalliving.com/author/james-sturz.