The Cardiff-Miller House was made possible by Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors and the kind, connective work of a creative and clever expert, Tessa Hall. Jeld-Wen supported the project not only with beautifully crafted, tiny working windows, but with a remarkable and inspiring leap of faith in working with us. When they arrived, all thirteen windows plus the door fit into one small pickup truck, intricate and carefully built with tiny crates around them. Now that all is said and done, in spite of all that glass, we can comfortably heat the place with one small space heater, and, not once have we had any condensation inside the house (which can be a problem with tiny houses sometimes.) They are technically and aesthetically perfect.
These windows have been craned to a 3rd level terrace, have seen riversides, galleries, universities, driveways and workshops, and raced down a highway in their finished form without so much as a hiccup.
On the night of the opening of the Alberta Biennial, a friend wanted to contribute to the house and left a few foreign coins on one of the windowsills. When we returned to check on the house a few weeks later, people had added so many coins to the sills, an impromptu practice that encapsulates the participatory attitude of the house and speaks to the specialness of the windows.
Here’s an article by Jeld-Wen about the project.