I’ve done a NEW post about the Nanawall. Click HERE to read more about configuration and prices or to ask me questions.
I thought I’d do a post about our NanaWall. Every single day, someone clicks over to midmodredo after doing various searches about “Nanawall”. Some of the google search terms include:
“Nanawall Modern Home”
Practically every single day I get some search term about the Nanawall, so I figured I’d offer my two cents.
When we were planning our addition, we knew we wanted an indoor/outdoor living flow. We sometimes have decent views to the west depending on the growth of the trees. Our architect had designed a house for a client (who actually ended up being our contractor) that had a 20 foot long NanaWall. So, Chris Craver, our architect, put the wall long glass panel deal into our plans. I know there are lots of companies doing various glass panel walls, but I think the NanaWall product has a pretty good track record. We wanted a full wall worth of opening windows, but we didn’t want a super wide track of panels in the threshold. We looked at a few different products, but the Nanawall gave us the most flexibility with the smallest amount of threshold with the most amount of glass.
We originally had the wall spec’d as maybe 14 feet wide by 12 feet tall with three large panels with one “man door”. The man door is a single door you can open without opening the wall. Our local NanaWall folks suggested a few ways to “economize” without losing any glass.
1. First, we could only make the panels a certain height. Instead of losing glass, we had a break in the glass, so it looks like a transom. It fits in with the overall look of our house.
2. Like diamond rings, apparently there is a significant price drop when your total width drops by a certain number. I don’t remember what that number was, but we decreased the overall width of our wall by about 6 inches and placed a fixed glass panel directly adjacent to the nanawall. We got the appearance of a much larger wall with a much lower cost.
3. Again, there is an optimum configuration on the width for price. The NanaWall folks suggested a slightly different configuration, but the price droped again.
4. We ditched the “man door”. It’s so easy to just open the first panel like a regular door that it seemed like overkill to add a man door. That dropped the price again and I haven’t missed the door yet.
Point is, if you have a good distributor/installer, they will be very creative in helping you optimize your exact configuration to be the most price effective. This ended up being the same price as a regular old slider system.
The NanaWall product itself is German, which, I think, explains it’s totally smooth engineering. But, the product itself is manufactured in Mill Valley, CA by the US subsidiary. The glass panels have a pretty good UV and E value rating (or whatever the energy rating is for windows). If you live out in California, you probably have a lot more window product options based on energy requirements out there. But, here in Colorado, we don’t have many window companies doing products with thermal breaks and good E values and whatever. We are going to get a removable canopy over the patio for the summers, but we love having that sun pour in during the winter.
Also, the Nanawalls are installed in a load of commercial applications like restaurants. So, they are built to get beaten up. That’s not so much the case in a residential application, but I like a product that can stand up to heavy duty use. I have a toddler, you know. Before we signed on the dotted line, we went and “visited” a few nanawalls. Just ask your local installer for an installation list. We visited the local Mexican restaurant (who has FOUR of these things) and the Westin Hotel in Cherry Creek, Denver, has a monster one.
Now, strangely, I have seen nanawalls on Craigslist. I think people have ordered them and then gotten hit by money problems. Or, really wealthy people buy them and then change their mind about installing them. Crazy, huh? I guess it’s worth checking for them if you’re flexible on configuration and size.
If anyone has any questions, leave me a comment. Working with our local distributor on the NanaWall was one of the easiest things we did on the house. If I ever get an infusion of money (money tree, please), I’d love to get a second one for the other side of my dining room.
Please ignore the hideous view outside. This was in the middle of winter before we started working on the yard.
Here are the doors completely open. We fold the doors back against the corner so that we have a clear, unobstructed view into the yard.
Here you can see the adjacent solid, fixed glass in the corner window.