Poolside curved glass wall highlights North Carolina home

The basics: The architects and homeowners of a private residence in Raleigh, N.C., wanted a striking curved storefront glazing system to maximize daylighting and views onto the outside pool area. However, they wanted a system without the vertical extrusions. To achieve the goals of the owner and designer, officials at Carolina Glass & Mirror, Garner, N.C., recommended a butt-glazed system featuring 10-foot tall lites of glass. Installers faced some interesting challenges during installation, according to David Fitchett, president, Carolina Glass & Mirror. “We used an electric hoist, which we located in the basement, then installed a pulley system in the rafters that would follow the bend in the opening. We then used our vacuum cups to set each piece of glass,” he says.

The players: Architects, Sater Design, Bonita Springs, Fla., and Leo Dowell Interiors, Charlotte, N.C.; general contractor, Young Homes, Raleigh, N.C.; glass fabricator, Dlubak Corp., Blairsville, Pa.; installer, Carolina Glass & Mirror, Garner, N.C.; engineering consultant, H & H Engineering Inc., Covington, La.

The glass and systems: 1-1/16-inch tempered and laminated glass, butt-glazed at the vertical joints. The framing features a deep pocket U-channel to capture the glass around the perimeter of the openings. The glass was wet glazed into the U-channel.