Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Grabill Steel Stunner

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Grabill Steel windows and doors allow the jaw-dropping view from this Montana mountain residence to take center stage. An aluminum clad exterior features a completely custom Kynar finish, with the interior steel receiving a hand-rubbed patina finish. A wide range of product types grace the home, including large direct set windows, casement windows, awning windows, swing doors, and lift & slide doors.  A massive entry spanning 10-feet wide and 13-feet high provides a warm welcome, while 12-foot high direct set windows that span the entire length of the living and dining area allow you to take complete advantage of the mountain view.ModernPatriot0217_0588ModernPatriot0217_0595

We are Grabill, and we are Built with Integrity; Built to Last.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Completely Custom–Anything but Standard

Fact: We don't have any standard sizes. Every unit is built according to exact rough opening dimensions-creating a completely custom experience.


However, judging by the amount of large units running through our shop right now, I'd say that a unit height of 10' seems pretty standard. We love building big!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Sleek, Stylish & Sustainable

 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wood: Timeless Beauty

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This exquisitely crafted residence has all the classic beauty and charm of a traditional home with the perfect blend of modern details.

Mahogany casement and awning windows with true divided lite configuration can be found throughout. A robust mahogany entry door welcomes guests at the front while a luxurious lift and slide door to the rear patio opens fully to expand the interior out.

The flush track sliding door system offers the lowest profile available, creating a seamless transition to the outdoors. French doors, custom wood screens and stylish hardware accentuate the architecture to creating inviting spaces and timeless elegance.

We are Grabill, and we are Built with Integrity; Built to Last.

For more information on Grabill Windows & Doors, please visit us online or call us directly at 810-798-2817.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

An In-House Labor of Love

 

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Jeff is doing a fabulous job modeling just ONE section of what will be a 46-foot long clad wood curtain wall!


On these huge units, our team goes the extra mile by in-house assembling the entire composite, ensuring a clean, tight & precise fit.

And as soon as they get the unit perfectly assembled, they need to have it completely disassembled for shipment to its final destination. A true labor of love.

While this is a time consuming step (and takes a lot of shop floor space at times!), factory assembling prior to delivery helps prevent any major problems or issues that could arise on-site if a proper pre-check was not performed.

To sweeten the pot even more, Grabill also offers an optional service for technical assistance on-site.  This would entail a service technician to travel to your project site, give clear direction, and offer best Grabill product installation practices for pivot doors, lift & slide doors, or any large site-assembled composites such as this. While the Grabill service tech is not responsible for completing the installation, they provide the construction team with a wealth of installation knowledge.

 

We are Grabill, and we are Built with Integrity; Built to Last.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Aluminum Clad Metropolitan Retreat

 

This stunning Michigan residence is adorned with an Architectural Windowsaluminum clad exterior and sapele mahogany interior.

 

With the use of common mulls, we create the look of a floating wall with the front entry design, and the rear facade features floor to ceiling windows surrounding the entire room. 

We enjoyed crafting the windows and doors with the homeowner’s design intent in mind, and love the final outcome: a warm and inviting space!


We are Grabill, and we are Built with Integrity. Built to Last.

 

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Making Finish Look Easy

 

Today, I had the opportunity to sit down with some of Grabill’s Finish Department Team Members, who have the crucial role in John in Final Assemblyproviding a consistent and quality finish on every unit that leaves our shop. Now I thought I knew enough when it came to finish (well, enough to be dangerous), but I was so wrong.

Meet John Wnuk. John is a jack of all trades here at Grabill, with his main focus of work in the Finish Department.  He and his team of finish experts shared some highlights of their positions, and provided a little insight into the finish world.

Q: What is involved in your finish process, and what are the most important factors when it comes to finish prep?

John 1A: The finish process varies between the material type chosen and finish type chosen for the job. For example, one of our current projects involves a five-step hand patina process. The number of steps involved is derived from the custom color desired by the client. Since each project is different, our team does a lot of work developing and testing finishes for the client, and after a couple of rounds (sometimes more), we arrive at a finish they just love.

As far as finish prep, it is an extremely critical part of the process. It’s most important to NOT MISS ANYTHING, which is as difficult as it sounds. When working with the patina finish, gloves are needed to keep all surfaces clean and free from oils. As a general rule of finish, time is always of the essence, and certain finish types require us to be even John 9more time conscious.

Q: Are there certain types of wood that you prefer to use solely because of their finishing qualities?

A: Personally, we all kind of like the rustic look, so we don’t mind the wood with knots and imperfections. In general though, any type of hardwoods are very easy to work with when it comes to finish, but we work with both softwoods and hardwoods.

Q: What are some of the biggest highs/lows when working with finish?

A: One of the most rewarding parts of my job is when we hear that the first truck has arrived on site and the clients are ECSTATIC about the finish. That kind of feedback makes it all worth it. One challenge involves matching someone else’s color, as it takes a great deal of R&D to arrive at that exact color.

We are Grabill, and we are Built with Integrity; Built to Last.


For more information on Grabill Windows & Doors, please visit us online or call us directly at 810-798-2817.