More Nanawall Talk

by lesley on August 1, 2011

I did a blog post last year about our Nanawall. I wrote that post because I see so many people finding my blog after searching for info on Nanawalls. The funny thing is that at I see at least 5 unique searches every day for Nanawall coming into my blog. So, I thought it might be good to add some info.

First, I get lots of searches for “cheap Nanawall”. Now, I don’t know if there is any such thing as a cheap Nanawall, but it’s not nearly as expensive as people may think. And, I think that there are ways to configure the Nanawall for maximum effect at the lowest cost. (As I said in my last blog post about this, they are sort of like diamond rings. If you stay right under a carrot, the ring will be infinitely less expensive).

Because so many people search for Nanawall costs, I’ll go ahead and say what ours cost. Our window-wall cost $16K WITH installation. That is a four panel wall that is 12 feet wide and almost 12 feet tall (I think 11’8″). We originally had it designed to be wider, but the local distributor worked with our architect to “optimize” the configuration to get the price down. We also installed a fixed glass window directly adjacent to the Nanawall. This gives the allusion that we have a lot bigger Nanawall, but for a lot less money. We compared the Nanawall to a few other products, but none of them offered the great folding function at the same cost. We probably could have saved even more money buy decreasing the height a little bit and losing one of the panels (and 3 1/2 feet of width) and just installed another fixed glass panel on the other side. Also, we opted to NOT have a “man door” (which is basically a standalone door adjacent to the panels or integrated into the panels). I’m really glad we didn’t do that. Besides the cost, I think it would have been unnecessary.

If you are looking for other window-wall systems, we have Arapahoe Acres neighbors who have awesome sliding panel systems. We would have considered those, but we didn’t have anywhere to actually slide the panels out of the way. But, if you do, that is always an option. Then, they can be completely invisible.

Now, if you’re one of those people that is always searching for Nanawall and landing on my blog, feel free to shoot me an email. I’m happy to answer any questions at all for you. We’ve love our Nanawall and it is engineered so nicely. And, our local distributor and installer (LTS) was really great to work. Also, I just noticed that someone searched on “R Value of a Nanawall”. Here is the link to the energy efficiency ratings. The ratings are different depending on the frame type.

I also saw an incoming search for “How to properly open a Nanawall”. I don’t know how to explain it, but there are two handles. One to drag it open or closed. And, the second handle is a lever. You just rotate it to either lock or unlock. My four year old knows how to open it. It takes two hands to close it, so I have to help him with that. Easy, easy.

P.S. If anyone from Nanawall lands on my blog, I’m more than happy to accept any gifts or compensation for gushing about your product. In fact, I’d like to replace or plain-Jane traditional sliding window (on the east side of my house by my dining room) with a small Nanawall. Wink Wink.

***Seriously, I have not received any compensation for promoting the Nanawall product. My architect, Chris Craver, had worked on a few other jobs where they were installed and recommended it to us.

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marcia krausch August 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

Hello there,

Read about your happy situation with your Nanawall door.
I wish I could use one on my own property, I would like to have the single track sliding in alluminium (HSW60) but looks like too expensive… do you actually know about some other similar option (as HSW60) but less expensive? I was google it but with no luck.
Thank you so much for your help.

MK

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lesley August 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Hi Marcia, I actually don’t know much about the differentiation between the specific models. But, I know the local distributor would be happy to talk through them with you. I also saw the most recent Atomic Ranch (Fall 2011) and there is a house in there with a Nanawall alternative. I have no idea of its cost, though.

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Keitha Kinne August 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Much appreciate the post! I like your cost management suggestions! We are building a house and want one of these walls between our dining room and 3 season porch in CT. We just stayed at a vacation house in NH with such a door and a “man door” which we found convenient when you didn’t want to have the whole wall open. May I ask why you are glad that you did not get this? Thanks

PS I think Nana Wall should take care of that window for you ~:)

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lesley August 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Hi Keitha! If we had a wider opening, then I think having the Man Wall may have been nice. But, we just pop open the end and walk in and out…really not much problem for us. We mostly did it to save money. But, we also just went with the panels for simplicity sake. We still have a relatively small house (just at 2000 sf) and when in doubt, we try to go with the simplest solution.

Also, we also have a fixed window directly catty-corner from the nanwall that we could easily convert to a glass door. We decided that if we really felt that we needed a stand-alone door later, that we could have that as a cheaper option. But, so far (after almost 2 years), we haven’t really missed the dedicated man-door. Of course, I tend to live with the door open most of the time. I even open it in the winter just to have fresh air. :>

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Maria January 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm

A lot of us can afford nana wall, we decided to stay in our home and remodel we live in San Diego and the weather is beautiful, one of our dreams was to have an open wall to our backyard to double our family space, I did a lot of research and kept looking until I came across Panoramic Doors, the quality is great and the price tag is even nicer, we are having ours put on once the permits are approved. Check them out

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mikio February 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hi
It looks great. I am considering it myself but was wondering if you could confirm the product number you used and if the glass came with the Nanawall or not?

Thanks

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David April 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I’ve recently completed a NanaWall project as part of a major kitchen renovation, installing both door and window units. My installers did a great job with a very technical project. Unfortunately after about a month, there is a big drip of something running down the inside one of the glass panels. NanaWall is saying that I have to find my own glass locally and have it installed at my expense. They will only reimburse for the glass cost. Does anyone else think that’s outrageous for having spent close to $20k with them? I didn’t buy parts from them, I bought the whole unit and I sure think they should make me whole. I can imagine a million ways replacing the glass might go wrong, and can’t understand why they wouldn’t want to stand behind their own product. Would appreciate your perspective!

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lesley April 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Hey there—You better bet that I think they should take care of it. My local distributor/installer (LTS), came out and did adjustments on my door with NO CHARGE many months after the installation. And, they told me to call any time I had an issue.

Actually, when they were installing my glass, they noticed a small scratch on one of the panels. They saw it and ordered a whole new panel and installed it. If something is INSIDE of the glass, I think that obviously means that the glass is not sealed somehow, which sounds like an obvious defect in the manufacturing process.

Are you working with your distributor/installer? Or, are you working directly with Nanawall US in Mill Valley? Feel free to email me directly also at lesley at midmodredo dot com!

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Ken September 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Lesley, what state do you live in? Is there any problems with sweating?

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Chris K September 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Nice Blog about the NanaWall. Have couple of questions on time-frame.
Were you already living in your house when the NanaWall was placed?
How long did actual construction take to install? days, weeks?
Is this something that could be done while actually living in residence?
IF so, what do you do for security purposes at night?
Thanks

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Mary J June 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

Can you tell me what portion of your nanawall cost was allocable to the installation? Our 12′ wide x 7.6′ high nanawall (3l, 1R) is $12000 (plus shipping & tax bringing it up to around $14,200) — AND now we are debating whether to have our builder install, or have a “certified nanawall installer” at a considerable additional cost…

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Diana OP July 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Hey, I was wondering did you guys consider doing a “traditional slider” as well? We are designing a house with 2 large 12 foot sliders, but I like the idea of a nana wall, BUT our home is in the woods so we’d need a screen so I wonder if sliders would be better? Any issues with bugs getting in while your nana wall is open?

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Shawna August 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Hi there,
We are very serious about installing a Nanawall system, but we’re wondering how you manage bugs getting inside the house.

Second, we live in Calgary, so our climate is fairly similar. Howmdonyounfind the wall in the dead of winter? Does it make the room cold ?

Thanks!
Shawna

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Patti October 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

Hi there

Will you email your representative info you worked with at Nanawalls and also the name of the company your neighbors used for their sliding system? Thanks

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Charles November 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

I’m wondering about screening with a Nanawall. We have a lot of mosquitoes in Maryland. I’m planning on a 10′ wide opening with panels swinging to the outside to preserve floor space inside. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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Aisha Hansia April 14, 2014 at 10:02 am

Thank you Lesley for sharing your NanaWall story, we really appreciate it!

@Diana, @Shawna, and @Charles, NanaWall offers two screening solutions that can be used to help keep the bugs out: the NanaScreen Classic, a pleated screen, and the NanaScreen ONE, a non-pleated screen. Here’s additional information about both of these: http://www.nanawall.com/products/nanascreen. If you have any questions and/or concerns, feel free to give us a call at 1(800) 873-5673 and we’ll be glad to further assist you.

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ian May 23, 2014 at 9:30 am

Is LTS still in business? We have Nana walls in our patio, great result. But now need some maintance. I got the LTS number from Nana Wall in California, but it is disconnected….

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allison July 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I am looking to put a nanawall window from my kitchen into a three season room we are building. I saw the window on houzz and thought it looked like a great option
Today I went to order the window and the local NH rep had my contractor and I on the phone for over an hour reviewing the contract. The procedure for ordering such a custom window actually scared me from submitting the order. There were so many clauses about liability /risk that it actually made me pause and rethink the integrity of the product I was trying to buy.
It was easier to buy a house than a Nanawall. I am worried about this and rethinking my purchase and do some research . I read your blog and feel more confident in the reviews of the company , but had a very odd experience as a seasoned professional it made me pause.
I would welcome any feedback from others on ordering process for residential and are my concerns legitimate?
Thanks so much

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