Sometimes a design calls for something that very few outfits in our area have attempted and succeeded in. This project by Hodgson Design Associates brought on a challenge (that now has turned into an expertise) that we at AMG hadn’t dealt with before, that being handling and installing over-sized glass.
These two houses, perched on a spectacular view corner lot look north over the City of Vancouver and the North Shore mountains, and maintaining this view was a key component in our preliminary design discussions. Originally the idea was to have the main-floor large unit split in two in order to take advantage of standard local glass sizes. This thought, however, was abandoned when we suggested exploring a single piece of glass measuring 16′ wide by 9.5′ tall, which quickly became the specified design for this unit.
Installing this sized unit brought on a new set of challenges to overcome. Not only was the unit dimensionally difficult to maneuver, but the sheer weight of the unit made it impossible to move by manpower without risking breakage. After some consideration, and similar sized units coming up in future projects, AMG decided to invest in a Spyder crane capable of safely moving these weights. The installation itself ended up going smoothly, due to large part on our Journeymen’s abilities and care and the utilization of right kind of machinery… and the view, which truly is one of a kind, now has no interruptions from the living room of this house.