Large Window Installation

How many people does it take to manually install a large window?

mountain architecture large window installation

The answer in this case was ten men to manually lift it up (there’s another behind the window).

Architecture big window installation

This Pella window is eight feet wide, almost ten feet tall and extremely heavy.

Timber frame window installation with suction cups

It had to be lifted to its base at fourteen feet above the floor, before being secured.

lodge home window installation

Suction cups are extremely helpful in lifting these heavy windows.  They provide a vacuum seal, which creates the force necessary for the cups to stay in place while the windows are raised.

architecture window timber frame

The window is aluminum clad on the exterior, with a wood interior, and triple glazing.

big window placement

It looks like tough work, but in this case at least the guys didn’t have to go to the gym that evening.

Timber frame window installation from the interior

In most cases, with smaller windows, it only takes one to two people to do the job.  

Photos provided by Sandau Builders.  For finished photos of this project, see Priest Lake house.

John Hendricks, AIA Architect

Hendricks Architecture designs custom residences throughout North America, from small beach houses to luxury waterfront mountain homes.  We like to design in large windows to take advantage of some of the great views our clients have.

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Hendricks Architecture’s New Website

Welcome to Hendricks Architecture’s new website.  This new website is much more mobile friendly and a little easier on the eyes.  We hope to have some fun, exciting and informative blog posts as well, dealing mainly with architecture of course.

I’ve held off on writing any posts for several months to catch up on things, but should have some more soon.  If you would like to subscribe to these posts, please enter your email in the “subscribe to blog” box to the right.  You’ll see our previous blog posts have been transferred over to the new blog.  We’ve also included some search boxes to help you better in finding your way around.

Other features of the new website include some newer, bigger, and easier to see photos on the Projects and On the Boards pages.  Also included are some publications and client testimonials, and a place to buy a couple of previously built plans.

If you want to know more about the typical process of working with us, you can review our process page.  Of course every project is different, but this should give you a good summary.  Lastly, if you’d like to work with us and/or have any questions, please feel free to visit our contact page, where there are a multitude of ways to contact us.

We’re still finishing up on a few small tweaks as we finalize things, but are extremely happy with the work Aric Spence of Spence Design has done for us.  He has all of the creative and technical skills we were looking for, as well as plenty of patience.


John Hendricks, AIA

Storybook House Video

We recently completed a video for a storybook house/cabin.  This is a fun little “old world” home we had previously drawn with the mountain architecture style we typically design, blended with a little storybook cottage, Swiss chalet, and hobbit house style.  This quaint, whimsical home could fit in just as easily in the cities of  Seattle or Portland as it would in the New Zealand countryside or the Cascade Mountains.

The video was done with a simple SketchUp program.

Let us know what you think!

John Hendricks, Architect AIA NCARB

Hendricks Architecture specializes in residential design.  We design homes all over the USA and sometimes beyond.  Feel free to contact us if you’re thinking about designing a home.

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Sketches to Reality: Designing a Waterfront Home on Priest Lake

A waterfront home we designed was recently completed on the shores of Priest Lake in the Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho.  I think I can speak for all architects in that it is always gratifying to see sketches become reality.

Waterfront Home on Priest Lake by Hendricks Architecture

Home on Priest Lake

Our client wanted a “mountain rustic timber-framed Arts & Crafts style home.”  Among other prerequisites, the home needed to take advantage of the lake views and white sand beaches, include a view tower and window seats, and be spacious and inviting with several large rooms.  A small allowable building footprint (made even smaller by flood plain requirements), as well as building height limitations, turned it into a fun puzzle to solve.

Typically I go over with our clients what the requirements are, whether it’s in person, by phone, email, etc.  In this case we did all three.  There are some clients of ours that I’ve actually never met, and some I’ve never even heard their voice.  In this particular case we met in person and went over his initial objectives.  We then went over space relationships (kitchen near the mud room, etc.), and after looking it over I gave him an estimation of how many square feet the house would be, as well as how much it would likely cost to build.

Waterfront Home Firepit on Priest Lake designed by Hendricks Architecture

Peek-a-boo view of the house, and a nice place to hang out in the evening.

By the time I start designing we are in mutual agreement on everything, and it’s a matter of me putting it all down on paper.  I take out the trace paper and start molding the spaces into a form.  At the same time I’m drawing quick form sketches of plans, roof plans and elevations that only I can understand.  Sort of like a sculptor artist starting to shape a block of clay (though maybe not quite as elegant).

Rough sketch roof plan design of the waterfront home

A Rough Sketch of a Roof Plan

These sketches are not pretty, and to others may look like chicken scratch.  Here is another unedited sketch, this time of the elevation.  The roofs don’t work well here for snow runoff, but again these are real quick and the details are figured out once the form is being shaped.

Waterfront home architect sketch on Priest Lake

Rough Elevation Sketch

I rarely show these to clients as many wouldn’t understand them, and might fire us on the spot for using kindergartners to design their house.

Once I have the design basics figured out, I’ll draw a site plan, floor plans and the exterior elevations in more detail to present to the client.  I like to give them the entire composition so they can see the overall concept in front of them.  This is part of the schematic design phase.  You can get a glimpse of the typical architectural process by clicking here.  Here is an updated lake-facing elevation.  Now the tower has been moved more towards the center of the house.  For some finished photos see Priest Lake House.

Waterfront home lake elevation sketch designed by Hendricks Architecture

Lakeside Schematic Elevation

After we’re in agreement on the design, we move onto design development.  Here we’ll put these sketches into more defined form on the computer, along with any changes requested by the client.  Here is the same elevation after it’s modified and drawn in the computer.  See if you can see what the changes were.

Priest Lake waterfront home elevation in AutoCAD

Once we agree on the design here, we’ll start drawing up construction documents, which will be detailed enough for contractors to price and build from.  Here again is the lakeside elevation with applicable notes and tags.

Priest Lake waterfront home AutoCAD construction drawing

Here is a photo of the final product, again from the lakeside elevation to be consistent.  This photo doesn’t show all the windows of the tower.  To actually see them at the same angle as the elevation drawings, I would need to be about 25 feet in the air, or out on the lake (where the tower and lake “see each other”).

Waterfront Home Priest Lake

Many thanks to Sandau Builders of Priest Lake, who did an excellent job as the building contractor.  Jane Scott Design lent her expertise to the Arts & Crafts interior design.  Barcus Engineering did the structural design.  Mingo Mountain Woodworking did an awesome job with the woodworking throughout the house.

Hendricks Architecture specializes in the design of timber mountain style homes and cabins, not only at Priest Lake, but throughout North America.  Our homes have been featured in Timber Home Living, Mountain Living, Cowboys & Indians, Cabin Life and other publications. If you are interested in a mountain home, or you have any other inquiries, please contact us.

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