Mariscal literally elevates sliding doors to a new level, raising them about 3 feet above the floor to create 8-foot-square operable windows. High ceilings (shown in these lofts by ms-31) are vital for this door-to-window maneuver. “They are great because they provide huge windows that open,” says Mariscal. And he likes that these expanded views are available on a budget. Milgard's aluminum patio doors come with low-E glass and mechanically joined corners that stay square and dry. Milgard Windows, 800.Milgard;

Sebastian Mariscal
la jolla, calif.