Best High Rise 2018

Location: Vancouver, BC

The Story of Our Persistence in Getting a NanaWall

I fell in love with the idea of installing a NanaWall when I saw the NanaWall display at Dwell (Los Angeles) in 2013. I am a sustainability management consultant wanting to minimize my physical home’s carbon footprint and thought the best way to do this was to convert a small condo into a fully functional home through clever innovations and sustainable products.

We purchased a 500 ft2 condo in the center of downtown Vancouver due to the convenient location, eliminating the need for a car and proceeded to come up with the concept and the wish list for our ideal home.

One of the first ideas was to open the outdoors into the place and that’s when I decided that we had to put in a NanaWall folding doors. We contacted Stewart, representative at Dwell and he assured me that these doors would be perfect for achieving my objective of opening the outside terrace into our indoor space.

We started out renovation design work in 2014 and informed our designer/contractor that we wanted to take out the window next to the sliding door and put in a NanaWall in place.  Unfortunately our city (Vancouver B.C. Canada) had a long process for applying for and granting approvals for renovations and in addition, we also had to get strata approval to do the extensive renovations.  We found out that replacing doors and windows in highrises (our condo is on the 31st floor) required special approval and the doors must meet very high specifications for wind, water and energy efficiencies. 

We had to ask for all the specifications and test results from NanaWall for the city approval until finally the owner of NanaWall came through and provided the information that the city required, which we submitted to the city permits department in 2015. We finally received the permit in mid-2016 and then we began our demolition and renovations. The NanaWall was finally installed in March 2017 (not an easy process to get the doors up to the 31st floor!) and the rest of the renovations followed. The renovation was finally completed in February 2018 and we love our small home and the NanaWall is one of the highlights of the place.

"The renovation was finally completed in February 2018 and we love our small home and the NanaWall is one of the highlights of the place."

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