Just Ask the Developer of LaBourgade in the Seneca Lake Area of New York.
BURDETTE, NEW YORK 11/9/17 – Using standard-sized combination windows, double hungs and casements, the developer of LaBourgade gives residents spectacular views of Seneca Lake in upstate New York. “I love glass,” says Bruno Schickel, developer of the tiny homes rental community. And this isn’t the first time Mr. Schickel has selected Earthwise Windows from Vinylmax for one of his tiny homes communities.
Bourgade is a French term meaning a small town of scattered homes. The site groups homes around cul-de-sacs which dot the hillside overlooking the lake. Forest or lake views can be seen from nearly every room. The cottage-style interior features exposed wood and approximately 1,000 sq. ft. of living space. Schickel says the design was inspired by the architecture of Provence, France. He uses dormer-style windows to accent the lofts. The first level features a sturdy box-style bay window comprised of double hungs. These protrude to give dimension to the home and provide space for a built-in window seat.
Mr. Schickel says he likes the sleek, millwork-style frame of Earthwise windows, which also have softer corners than other vinyl windows. He believes this style complements the architecture at La Bourgade.
“For over ten years I’ve specified windows built by Vinylmax, our local Earthwise windows manufacturer,” Schickel notes. Both he and the residents appreciate the energy efficiency of Earthwise windows, especially during the harsh New York winters. According to Schickel, the average cost is only $250 to heat a home throughout the winter. Additionally, the homes must undergo blower door testing required by the State of New York. This test measures the airtightness of buildings and can locate air leakage. These tiny homes “pass with flying colors.”
Currently, nine homes have been completed and the company is breaking ground on 15 more. Altogether, Schickel has plans for 40 homes in La Bourgade which will require approximately 600 Earthwise windows from Vinylmax. For Boiceville, his first development across Seneca Lake, over 1,000 Earthwise windows from Vinylmax were installed.
Vinylmax of Clifton, New York is a member of the Earthwise Group, a national network of 23 independent manufacturers building over 1 million windows annually. The Earthwise Group builds high-quality, custom windows and doors for their customers’ local climate. These strategically-located manufacturers provide energy‐efficient windows and doors for new construction and replacement. Earthwise products carry the Good Housekeeping Seal and are Made-in-USA Certified®.