How Can Our Exclusive Steel Brombal Windows and Doors Turn Your Fantasy into Form?

Posted June 21st, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Dynamic Glass, Steel Structures, Windows & Doors
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Imagine, a room – Your room – handcrafted of thermally broken steel three times stronger than aluminum and four times less conductive, made from 100% recycled materials …It is a room comprised of materials that effortlessly marry attraction with atmosphere and the fortitude to beautify for generations …

What impact could that have on Your life?

At Tanglewood Your projects are built from steel and a blend of other high-quality materials. A good example is our new line of Steel Windows and Doors.

But don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself what are clients are saying:

Attraction and Atmosphere Meets Strength & Durability

“… The room is like a magnet. Everyone wants to be in our conservatory… We can’t even get the dogs out of this room!”

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“… Every detail of my conservatory needs to be perfect. This is a legacy project. We are thinking of our children’s children!”

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Beauty and Passion takes Form – A Client’s Story

Imagine a mathematical concept brought to fruition by beauty of form and a passion of purpose …

This happened with a project that we call the “Da Vinci” project. And it led us to a new discovery in the future of steel structure.

The client dreamed of a glass conservatory that would have the charm and feel of mahogany – yet constructed using steel – to reflect his love of mathematics. In theory, the room was meant to express a concept; But in practice our Windows and Doors helped to turn Function into Form.

To turn thus Dream into Reality our craftspeople created a steel rendition of the classic Fibonacci sequence. Featured in in popular book and movie “The Da Vinci Code” this ongoing pattern is “defined as a series of numbers in which each number … is the sum of the two preceding numbers.” Using laser cut steel we were able to create a pattern of circles conceptually illustrating the sequence.

See for yourself what the end result was! –

In form, “the elbow of each support [forms] the largest circle. [And] the three circles moving out from the biggest circle decrease in size according to their Fibonacci number.” “When it was built, he was thrilled at how we met and exceeded his expectations. It is now his favorite room in his home!”

To give our clients the best experience and quality, Tanglewood Conservatories is the exclusive dealer of Brombal Windows and Doors in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Carefully chosen partnerships like this one expand what Tanglewood is able to offer you while maintaining our commitment to quality of materials and design.

Windows and Doors by Brombal – Old World Know-How with New World innovation.

Brombal epitomizes Old World know-how with New World innovation. They are world-renown for their beautifully handcrafted Italian door and window systems.

Whether it is used for making memories or guarding gardenias, steel adds a clean strength and form to whatever it is applied to you. And to craft Your projects Tanglewood’s Team uses quality Brombal steel Windows and Doors that will weather the elements outside while supporting an inviting, living environment inside. After all, “Anything else … is just another room.”

Why are You Still Dreaming? Let’s get your dream started –

To schedule a presentation with us today and find out more information contact Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700 or click here.

 

 

 

Legacy Conservatories: What will yours entail?

Posted March 1st, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Dynamic Glass, Pool Enclosures, Steel Structures, Uncategorized, Windows & Doors
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Imagine… creating a legacy that transcends generations. What would yours entail?

Does the combination of modern buildings and old world architecture inspire you? How would you make an impact on your home?

Aspiring to leave a lasting legacy is one of our clients driving forces behind creating a conservatory. They love the uniqueness of the architecture, the combination of historic beauty and modern technology while still possessing the ability to transform the structure into anything they dream of; to create a room that truly has no replica.

A recent client put it best, “every detail of my conservatory needs to be perfect. This is a legacy project. We are thinking of our children’s children!”

Building Inside Out

Have you ever traveled to the Schönbrunn Palm house Conservatory in Vienna, Austria? This magnificent structure is one of the most unique, historic conservatories in the world and is known best for its exoskeleton design. That exoskeleton is rare, and makes the conservatory look more massive and strong from the outside. Inside the glass seems connected mostly by its edges, presenting smooth sheets of transparency.

It is also the inspiration for a couple’s grand pool enclosure in the San Juan Islands.

Drawn to its unique look of strength and permanence, the family wanted to echo the exoskeleton design with a few upgrades. While we are quite familiar with building glass conservatories, we have never done one like this before! Normally the frame of a building is hidden between the inside and outside walls, but this design exposes everything.

 

In a typical glass conservatory, the frame or skeleton is on the inside with the glass hung or attached outside as the skin of the building. Of course, the glass not only creates the temperature controlled inside, it allows you to see the frame, but inside the glass. With the exoskeleton design, the interior of the conservatory glass is smooth and uninterrupted. In truth, we spent about six months consulting with engineers and brainstorming in order to create exactly the pool house our clients wanted.

The result is amazing. Although much smaller than the Schönbrunn, its exoskeleton creates exactly the look and strength the client wanted. The exoskeleton sparkles in the sunlight, just as the glass and the water in the pool shines in total concert with the harbor’s – all in an enclosure that’s about 1,900 square feet.

So, how would you create your legacy?

Let us help you create a structure that will awaken and delight for generations. Schedule a consultation or call 1-410 479 4700 to discuss your vision.

Visualize a Space That Creates and Supports Your Passions

Posted October 20th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Steel Structures
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cast ironThe love affair between steel and the arts was birthed during the industrial revolution with the development of decorative cast iron. The malleability of first cast iron and then steel entranced designers who delighted in creating romantic flourishes including leaves, stars and even fanciful animals. As glass became affordable, it was coupled with both structural and decorative cast iron for the charming glass conservatories we know of from 18th century.

The manufacturing of steel and other metals has improved over time, giving them properties that allow our own ability to use them to also evolve. The result is new possibilities transforming conservatory design into thoroughly modern and special rooms with the old world flare that is so charming and desirable.

Storytelling in Steel

We love our clients! Their imagination gives us new challenges and takes us to new heights.

sequence-drawingOne client led us to a new discovery in the future of steel structure.  He dreamed of a glass conservatory that would have the charm and feel of mahogany yet constructed using steel to reflect his love of mathematics!

We puzzled over a few renderings but one late night drawing captured it all. To incorporate his passions we cut the Fibonacci sequence in the supporting steel beams! He loved the concept!

You may know it from The Da Vinci Code – either the book or the movie. A Fibonacci Sequence can be defined as a series of numbers in which each number ( Fibonacci number ) is the sum of the two preceding numbers.  The simplest is the series 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc.

Charmed with our rendering, our client immediately saw his passions coming alive in his new glass conservatory.  Using laser cut steel we were able to create a pattern of circles using the sequence. Note elbows the elbow of each support is the largest circle. The three circles moving out from the biggest circle decrease in size according to their Fibonacci number. When it was built, he was thrilled at how we met and exceeded his expectations. It is now his favorite room
in his home!

bronze-deckAnother client envisioned a glass conservatory on a stone observation deck. The goal was to create it out of steel and bronze while retaining all possible old world charm. At the top, he suggested, should be a bronze roof-lantern-style cap that would cover the home’s elevator.

Our solution was to engineer a bronze exterior shell to contain the glass. Inside steel ribs emphasize the architecture and blend with the interior of the home.

In Partnership

One of the reasons our designs are so well loved is we partner with other craftspeople. To give our clients the best experience and quality, we are now the exclusive Mid-Atlantic dealer of Brombal Products. Brombal is well known for beautifully handcrafted Italian door and window systems. Carefully chosen partnerships like this one expand what we are able to offer our clients while maintaining our commitment to quality of materials and design.

The Art of the Glass Conservatory

We are more than just another conservatory manufacturer. The artistry that comes with designing and building glass conservatories with modern materials in the charming style of yore is what makes us America’s Premier Conservatory Designer and Manufacturer. We are truly artists, in love with our craft.

Connect with our Project Manager, Andrew Ruf, to begin the discussion of how your conservatory can inspire and reflect your passions – 410.479.4700

 

 

 

What could a great partnership do for your business?

Posted September 7th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Skylights, Steel Structures
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To maximize the amount of light entering their new sunroom, one Maryland family, architect, and builder was in search of a company to help create a unique, one-of-a-kind skylight with two requirements; the STEEL STRUCTURE needs to be as minimal as possible and the skylight must be STAR-SHAPED! After talking with two other companies, we were thrilled they chose Tanglewood to design and build this work of art.

“After hearing their proposal to eliminate almost all of the standard structural details to really maximize the amount of glass exposed, it ruled out the competition. We loved the idea and knew we wanted to start working with Tanglewood right away.”

­The Edge Family

We were thrilled to have this opportunity to work on this skylight and even though it brought great challenge, it pushed our design capabilities like never before and produced a true one-of-a-kind design.

The Power of Collaboration

Dreaming of a star-inspired skylight, our first challenge arose in the structural engineering of it. Skylights can be designed to integrate with any type of architecture and in addition to bringing in an ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL LIGHT they enhance the look and experience of any room, from the largest to the smallest. So as we moved through the design phase, we produced 4-5 design concepts after collaborating with the family, architect, builder, and other members of our team that we felt fit the needs and vision they were describing.

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First, the glass must be able to support a heavy structural load and several forces of expected magnitudes with minimal steel or laminated glass beams. Traditionally, skylights are built to have the glass fit in metal frames to hold it in place properly, but we took a different approach.

OUR SOLUTION was to put a glass fin in between two steel rafters with the glass bonded together to not only give the glass the support and strength it needed but to turn it into a piece of artwork where the glass will reflect light in an imaginative way throughout the room.

An Artistic Touch

Skylights are almost magical, offering as much as three times the amount of natural light you’ll get from ordinary windows. To add an ESSENSE OF ELEGANCE to enhance the skylight, our expert designer created a SCULPTURAL STEEL STRUCTURE engraved with beautiful details to carry the design throughout the whole skylight.

Eagerly awaiting the completion of their new sunroom, the owners are saying, We are very excited to see the project come to fruition! We could not have put together a more powerful team to get the job done.

By the END OF SEPTEMBER, this marvelous skylight will be complete and inviting natural light into a home right here in the state of Maryland.

We’ve been giving the gift of natural light into homes and work spaces through custom skylights, cupolas, domes, and roof lanterns for over 20 years.

We’d be more than happy to talk with you about adding skylights to your home or business. Fill out our Contact Us form or give us a call at: 410.479.4700.

Small Wonders live at the Conservatory at Chateau Lednice

Posted July 20th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in General, Steel Structures, Travels
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The Conservatory at Chateau Lednice at the Liechtenstein Castle in the southern area of Moravia in the Czech Republic is another example of the country’s superlative glass conservatories. When Duke Alois II, the Prince of Liechtenstein decided to add a conservatory during the remodel of his castle in 1840. He looked to England for the design, choosing English architect, P.H. Desvignes, to create the project which was built in the avant-garde Style of John Claudias Loudon. Desvignes began as an engineer who later studied at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Desvignes created the system of semi-circular arches ending in quarter spheres that give the conservatory a particularly graceful look as well as providing much of the building’s rigidity, eliminating the need for the diagonal supports so often seen in glass conservatories. The result is a sense of openness even as the glass protects the lednice_interior[1]contents from weather of all sorts. We’ve written about this  type of construction here.

Famous for its many details, this conservatory leans on oriental designs. For example, Persian rugs inspired the design of the ventilation grilles while the capitals of the cast-iron pillars are based on banana leaves. Topped by a pagoda-like ventilation structure, the total effect is a bit like an exotic oriental garden.

Also known as the Lednice Orangery, this glass and cast iron structure was the first stand-alone glass house in Europe. Small wonder this lovely conservatory was designated a Conservatory Heritage Foundation site. A refurbishing of the structure revealed that in addition to cast-iron, forged iron was used in some of the decorative pillars.

The floor of the conservatory is another marvel. The path that leads one through the plantings is actually constructed of cast iron grates which allow heat from a heating system to warm the interior.

An ideal destination site for conservatory lovers traveling to the Czech Republic, the castle with it’s glass conservatory is set in the midst of an extensive landscape park or region of over 109 square miles. This huge park is designated as a ‘cultural landscape,’ an official term of World Heritage Sites which defines the area as “a landscape designed and created intentionally by man.” It stretches roughly between the Lednice and Valtice areas of the South Moravian Region, near Břeclav in the Czech Republic, providing much to explore for any visitor.

While you’re exploring, let your mind soar as you explore both the small and large details you dream about having in your own home! Your home can have the same atmosphere as the Chateau Lednice with designs and details that relate back to this century-old work of art.

Conservatories Around the World

Posted July 13th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Domes and Cupolas, Dynamic Glass, General, Steel Structures, Travels, Uncategorized
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The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory – St Paul, Minnesota, originally known as the Como Park Conservatory, sits on about half an acre of the almost 400 acre campus of the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota. Designed by German-born architect Frederick Nussbaumer, Nussbaumer modeled this Victorian style glass domed conservatory after Kew Gardens in London. Completed in 1915, it is one of the few glass and wood conservatories left from that era.

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is some 60,000 square feet, its footprint well over an acre (43,560 sq. ft.) and anchors the gardens. You’ll find, for example, a large collection of Bonsai plants, a continuation of St. Paul’s annual fascination with the chrysanthemum plus the marvelous Palm Dome. Here over 150 varieties of palms are on display along with a color selection of orchids.

For more details about this marvelous conservatory confection, click here. With every visit, this Conservatory is guaranteed to inspire you for your own conservatory. View their website to plan your visit – they always have something extraordinary going on!

 

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Las Vegas, Nevada – The Vegas Strip seems an unlikely location for a lovely glass conservatory, but the Bellagio Hotel is exactly where you’ll find one. This is a true oasis of calm. Referred to as a “14,000 square foot floral playground…”  it lives up to its billing with changes in the flora every season plus in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Of course, its soaring 55 ft glass ceiling perfectly sets the stage for a truly over-the-top ever changing display. Not only that, there is no charge to wander through this earthy space.

“Seasonal display” hardly describes what the talented team of horticulturists actually produce. Just for example, the theme of the 2016 summer production was “Under the Sea.” It consisted of some 80,000 blooming plants, including 6,000 tulips weekly. Interspersed were colorful statues of seahorses and with a delightful collection of jelly-fish like installations hanging from the glorious glass ceiling.

If you visit Sin City, make a point to see and experience exactly how a glass conservatory can change a frenetic atmosphere into a peaceful and restorative setting – food for thought as you think about a conservatory of your own. This marvelous spot is more than worth the trip!

 

Flower Dome + Cloud Forest, Singapore – Two amazing conservatories, both located in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, offer perpetual spring in the Flower Dome and the mystery of a high mountain Cloud Forest.

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Flower Dorm was listed by the 2015 Guinness World Records as the world’s largest glass greenhouse, made up of some 3,332 glass panels of 42 different shapes and sizes. With almost 3 acres under glass it comes by its record honestly. It’s volume is equally startling – about as much as 75 Olympic size swimming pools.

Inside the climate is kept a balmy 73-77 degrees with humidity of about 80 percent. That precise temperature control is what allows the amazing variety of plants, from succulents to olive groves and everything in between to grow there in its various gardens – there’s even a bistro that features edible plants.

Cloud Forest is perhaps even more spectacular. The mountain inside rises to well over 100 feet and is designed to mimic an altitude of about 6,500 feet high. There is an impressive waterfall which has a viewing deck near the top.

You reach the top via a path known as the Cloud Walk. It’s built out from the mountain in an almost undulating fashion giving you a close-up view in some places, and a bit more distance in others.

The temperature and humidity are controlled to let you experience the mist so often found in a forest that high. You are, of course, surrounded by an amazing number of tropical trees and other plants.

This spectacular conservatory has 2,577 glass panels of 690 shapes! Together, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are a conservatory experience not to be missed.  They will awe and inspire you.

How do you unwind?

Posted March 17th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, General, latest, Steel Structures
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How do you like to unwind after a long day?

Do you enjoy long walks? Do you watch the sun as it sets over the horizon with a cup of hot tea or a tall glass of wine? Do you enjoy the view of the night sky through the windows of a conservatory?

It’s amazing how the ATMOSPHERE CHANGES when you step under glass. Allowing the stressors of the day to wilt away and add some POSITIVE ENERGY into your life. The SPELL OF A GLASS CONSERVATORY creates a peaceful environment where your mind and body want to relax.

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From mountainous terrains to an amazing lakeside view, families around the globe are beginning to experience the magic of life under glass.

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Have you ever dreamt of living on an island?

Of all the amenities on this clients island their FAVORITE PLACE TO BE IS IN THE CONSERVATORY. He said,

“It has one of the PRETTIEST VIEWS IN THE WORLD… I like to keep this as a retreat to myself. I sit on the front porch and watch the waves and the mountains and it’s just one of the MOST PEACEFUL PLACES ON EARTH.”

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Click here to read more about the details of this project

When we spoke with the family about their vision for this dream conservatory, they wanted to make it look as though it could STAND THE TEST OF TIME; to serve as a getaway from the world around them. With the most beautiful view on the island, this COPPER CLAD and MAHOGANY conservatory creates a CALMING environment and SEDATIVE nature that makes you appreciate nature in its truest form.

This conservatory was also featured in Discovery’s EPIC! To get an inside exclusive look at the Shelter Island Estate, CLICK HERE to watch Season 1 Episode 10.

Do you feel relaxed?

Nestled within the homes of these families, their conservatories have changed how they live their lives. Give us a call today to START YOUR CONSERVATORY LIFE! Call us at 410.479.4700 or fill out our contact form.

Do you have a favorite room?

Posted March 10th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Dynamic Glass, Steel Structures
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Shelter Island Exterior

What room do you love the most in your home?

One family spent 10 years carefully crafting this ISLAND RETREAT. The family’s PASSION FOR NATURE and NATURAL LIGHT drove them to this 24-acre island in the middle of Flathead Lake. In this 24,000 square foot mega-mansion, mahogany rooms and doors create the interior along with beautiful rows of enormous windows to that give them the MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW of the island.

From a wine cellar to an extravagant boat house to an indoor shooting range and gym, their LUXURIOUS DREAM HOME was nearly complete – then they contacted Tanglewood.

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The View

This family dreamed of adding a CONSERVATORY to their front porch overlooking the lake; the final piece to their dream home. Their vision was to make it look as though it could stand the test of time. To RELATE already existing ELEMENTS of the house to the conservatory, we chose to incorporate a COPPER CLAD EXTERIOR and STAIN GRADE MAHOGANY INTERIOR to stay consistent with the castle theme of both the main house and guest house, and topped with a DECORATIVE FINIAL. Inside, subtle light fixtures and sedative nature of the room makes for a peaceful place to relax.

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Of all the amenities on the island, their FAVORITE PLACE TO BE IS IN THE CONSERVATORY nestled alongside the house on the porch. He said,

It has one of the PRETTIEST VIEWS IN THE WORLD I like to keep this as a retreat to myself. I sit on the front porch and watch the waves and the mountains and it’s just one of the MOST PEACEFUL PLACES ON EARTH.”

Are you ready to view the world through glass?

Whether your view is overlooking the water, watching your kids play in the yard, or overlooking your garden, life under glass changes the way we live our lives. We appreciate the world around us and enjoy nature in its truest forms, without having to experience all its elements. To get your glass life started, give us a CALL at 410.479.4700 or fill out our CONTACT form!

This conservatory was also featured in Discovery’s EPIC! To get an inside exclusive look at the Shelter Island Estate, CLICK HERE to watch this episode!

What could YOU share with one of the most innovative companies in the world?

Posted February 18th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in General, latest, Skylights, Steel Structures
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Why do you own an Apple product?

NEW technology? UNIQUE design? Because it’s APPLE?

With each new iPhone and Mac Computer, Apple does not hesitate to go after the NEXT BIG THING; but there’s more to them than just technological advances. It lies within their foundation, and could lie within yours too. Do you have something like it?

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Have You Heard of STRUCTURAL GLASS?

Apple has recently been awarded a STRUCTURAL GLASS DESIGN patent for their store in Shanghai! Made almost entirely out of monolithic glass, their latest structure is held together using only metal connecting joints! To successfully accomplish this COMPLEX DESIGN, the glass must be able to support a heavy structural load and several forces of expected magnitudes. So how did we accomplish it?


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How Do We Do It?

As most architects view WINDOWS and DOORS as additions to structural elements, we view them as the structural elements for your room or skylight. Structural glass allows glass in itself to become a structural element to withstand these forces using MINIMAL STEEL or laminated glass beams and fins. ADMIRE the details of this star inspired skylight above.

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Like Apple, this family wanted to create something unique; to STAND OUT among what anyone else had.  With minimal joints holding the glass together, they wanted to add a decorative steel element to bring an essence of ELEGANCE. Eagerly awaiting the installation of their skylight, final touches on design have been made and production has begun!

 

How Can You Have the Next Best Thing?

Let us bring something unique to your home, adding the GIFT OF NATURAL LIGHT to enhance your family’s life. Please CALL us at 410.479.4700!

Skylights in Unique Places

Posted September 23rd, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Domes and Cupolas, Dynamic Glass, Steel Structures
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Novelty Skylights – where would YOU put one?

Clients around the globe are looking for new, innovative ways to use skylights. Whether it is a dome, cupola or other type of skylight, these additions can add beauty to any structure, while giving it an exclusive look and style. Check out these clients who took their skylights to UNIQUE PLACES!

Garden Swings

IMAGINE… It is late at night and the stars are out; you feel the soft warm breeze brush across your skin. Where are YOU? These clients are sitting under their custom copper and glass dome on their garden swing! Placed at the edge of their garden, they took an ordinary swing set and turned it into a custom work of art.

Look at the detail…

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Made entirely out of steel, copper and glass, notice the small panes of overlapping glass and detail carved into the copper work of the dome. The beautiful columns surrounding the swing set an atmosphere so peaceful, you cannot help but spend your nights star gazing. Thanks to Meyer and Meyer Architects in Boston for their help in creating this dream!

Showers in the Sun

When a client asked us to design a fanciful skylight for a backyard shower, we thought… “He can’t be serious!” We had designed a beautiful conservatory for him years ago, but this seemed an unlikely project. However, six months later and after hours of design work, a most amazing structure emerged. This copper clad steel skylight with antique lapped glass and ornamental finial creates a soaring light to drench this elegant space with warmth. Only a simple arched wooden door hinted at the dramatic space behind.

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The Star Cabin

Do you have a love for stargazing?

Looking for a quiet space away from civilization, the last piece to this client’s dream home is an observatory.  In the midst of building a new home in the countryside, they turned to Tanglewood in search of creating a SILO off of their beautiful log cabin home to share their love of astronomy. Just imagine… relaxing at the top of this secret hideout and, through this enormous glass dome, watching the Aurora Borealis! Flashes of various colors engulf the night sky, dancing around the stars, creating a magnificent show for you and your family.

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For MORE INFORMATION on our skylight, dome or cupola structures feel free to give us a call at 410.479.4700 or submit a form online at our website! We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about these stories, structures and more.