11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

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By Byron Loker / Published by Dwell
As a homely bridge between indoors and outdoors, floor-to-ceiling windows introduce light, nature, and a contemporary touch to homes of all sizes.

While being inherently modern, floor-to-ceiling windows can also solve practical problems, such as allowing residents to enjoy the outside from the comfort of their homes during harsh summers or winters. Here are some outstanding modern window setups that may give you some ideas on how you can implement them into your own home. 

A Childhood Home in Madrid

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 1 of 11 - The glazing between the living and kitchen areas and the exterior was reconfigured seamlessly to join a terrace surfaced with artificial turf and Nature Teka decking by Disegna. The beam was coated in a shade of turquoise paint that matches the Acapulco chairs.

The glazing between the living and kitchen areas and the exterior was reconfigured seamlessly to join a terrace surfaced with artificial turf and Nature Teka decking by Disegna. The beam was coated in a shade of turquoise paint that matches the Acapulco chairs.

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 2 of 11 - Architect Bruce Bolander made the most of a limited footprint in a house he designed in a Malibu canyon. With the small bedroom being unable to accommodate any "normal" size desk, the architect designed a very thin custom steel desk where resident Heidi Wright works. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from Metal Window Corporation open the entire corner of the room up to the outdoors.

Architect Bruce Bolander made the most of a limited footprint in a house he designed in a Malibu canyon. With the small bedroom being unable to accommodate any "normal" size desk, the architect designed a very thin custom steel desk where resident Heidi Wright works. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from Metal Window Corporation open the entire corner of the room up to the outdoors.

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 3 of 11 - Light streams into the bedroom through walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. The windows are triple-glazed, creating a tight, eco-friendly seal.

Light streams into the bedroom through walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. The windows are triple-glazed, creating a tight, eco-friendly seal.

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 4 of 11 - The floors are polished concrete, a money-saving move that allowed for splurges like the floor-to-ceiling windows from Chicago Tempered Glass set in Tubelite frames.

The floors are polished concrete, a money-saving move that allowed for splurges like the floor-to-ceiling windows from Chicago Tempered Glass set in Tubelite frames.

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 5 of 11 - Florida couple John Pirman and Steve Tetreault built a new house inspired by the Sarasota School. Today’s FEMA codes required a plinth to lift the house five-and-a-half feet above grade and a roof that can withstand hurricane wind loads, making it a challenge to re-create the lightness of midcentury design.

Florida couple John Pirman and Steve Tetreault built a new house inspired by the Sarasota School. Today’s FEMA codes required a plinth to lift the house five-and-a-half feet above grade and a roof that can withstand hurricane wind loads, making it a challenge to re-create the lightness of midcentury design.

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 6 of 11 - With four children under the age of six, the Ruells have learned not to be overprotective of their collection of contemporary and vintage furniture. In the living room, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman sit on a Moroccan rug from M.Montague, while the family’s eldest child, Mirene, surveys the indoor/outdoor view. Throughout the house, Kolbe windows and fixed glass (in existing jambs) were added to increase energy efficiency.

With four children under the age of six, the Ruells have learned not to be overprotective of their collection of contemporary and vintage furniture. In the living room, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman sit on a Moroccan rug from M.Montague, while the family’s eldest child, Mirene, surveys the indoor/outdoor view. Throughout the house, Kolbe windows and fixed glass (in existing jambs) were added to increase energy efficiency.

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 7 of 11 - Floor-to-ceiling windows from Sierra Pacific offer views across a cedar deck to the backyard. Oakley says he and Waechter asked themselves, "How would we build something that’s functional and warm and utilitarian, and have some vestige of familiar architectural reference?"

Floor-to-ceiling windows from Sierra Pacific offer views across a cedar deck to the backyard. Oakley says he and Waechter asked themselves, "How would we build something that’s functional and warm and utilitarian, and have some vestige of familiar architectural reference?"

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 8 of 11 - Two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom frame expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

Two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom frame expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 9 of 11 - "There are floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room," says Kaja Taft of her prefab home in Portland. "Light was a big part of why we loved this design." With so much light comes the need to block it out at times, especially in the children’s rooms. Though the couple invested in solar shades and blackout curtains by Mari Design, "They still get up at 5:30," Kaja says with a laugh. 

"There are floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room," says Kaja Taft of her prefab home in Portland. "Light was a big part of why we loved this design." With so much light comes the need to block it out at times, especially in the children’s rooms. Though the couple invested in solar shades and blackout curtains by Mari Design, "They still get up at 5:30," Kaja says with a laugh. 

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 10 of 11 - Echoing the grandeur of the Teton Mountain Range whilst seamlessly inhabiting the adjacent grassland, the Wyoming Residence exhibits a conscientious marriage of form and material. Floor-to-ceiling windows unveil a view of the stunning exterior scenery.

Echoing the grandeur of the Teton Mountain Range whilst seamlessly inhabiting the adjacent grassland, the Wyoming Residence exhibits a conscientious marriage of form and material. Floor-to-ceiling windows unveil a view of the stunning exterior scenery.

11 Modern Homes With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows - Photo 11 of 11 - The floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room give the impression of being outside even while cozily enjoying a cup of tea inside. All the windows in the house are double-paned and filled with argon gas. Petra Sattler-Smith says that "even when it’s 10 below, you can put your hand on them and they are still warm." Hydronic radiant heating embedded within the concrete floors not only enables barefoot walking during the coldest months, but also warms the furniture and everything else in the room.

The floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room give the impression of being outside even while cozily enjoying a cup of tea inside. All the windows in the house are double-paned and filled with argon gas. Petra Sattler-Smith says that "even when it’s 10 below, you can put your hand on them and they are still warm." Hydronic radiant heating embedded within the concrete floors not only enables barefoot walking during the coldest months, but also warms the furniture and everything else in the room.