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Window/door recommendations for new construction home in SoCal?

6 years ago

We're building a new home at the beach in Southern California. The design is warm, modern, bohemian with a lot of clerestory windows, skylights and large accordion doors to bring the outside in. We're concerned with clean lines, low maintenance and energy efficiency (our temps are mild, 50 to 85 degrees year round). We'd like everything to be black (inside and outside), but I also love the warmth of wood on the interior (dark stain?). Our architect specified "Marvin Dual Glazed Wood, Exterior Clad". Our door and window budget came in exceedingly high with the Marvin. So I started looking at Sierra Pacific. But we're also considering other brands: Loewen, Fleetwood, Jeldwen, Milgard. Is there an at-a-glance comparison (and ranking of quality/price) that anyone can recommend? Or any thoughts for a cost-effective option for a new build with a lot of glass?

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