In Malibu, California, interior designer Marina Fernandez de Cordova was on her way to visit her friend, Andrea Tennant. Shortly before arriving, she received a call from Tennant saying she was evacuating due to a looming wildfire. The wildfire that unfortunately consumed her entire home was the Woosley Fire in 2018, which destroyed over 100K acres of land and over 1,500 homes.

In the wake of this devastating loss, Tennant decided to rebuild. Turning to Doug Burdge from Burdge Architects, a new home design was created to honor the house that once stood. The four-bedroom and six-bath transitional style home was outfitted with brand new materials built to help withstand severe heat and reduce fire risk.

By utilizing heat-resistant LaCantina folding doors and windows, flame-retardant siding, a metal roof, and other state-of-the-art products, this Malibu home became a more resilient version of the original residence.

Napa, California

Burdge Architects

Associated Building Supply


LaCantina Aluminum Wood Folding Doors and LaCantina Aluminum Wood Folding Windows

Merging indoor outdoor living spaces was a crucial aspect of the home design. By utilizing custom bi-fold windows and matching bi-fold patio doors from LaCantina, Burdge Architects was able to design functional spaces that are well suited for the Malibu climate.

With numerous opening placements and casement style window frames finished in a steele grey, the LaCantina folding kitchen windows create a passthrough to an outdoor high-top bar perfect for gathering and entertaining year-round. This design also helps minimize wet foot traffic from the pool on hot summer days and allows breeze to flow into the home when the weather is right.

To match the bifold windows and create aesthetic consistency, LaCantina bifold patio doors were installed in the living room, allowing ample airflow between indoor and outdoor living spaces. These patio doors also deliver improved performance and added security against unsavory weather. Additional weather-resistant finishes and fire-safe materials were also used throughout the home to ensure maximum comfort and protection in fire-prone climates.

Using LaCantina products supplied by the California Division of Associated Building Supply, Inc. – an INC 5000 Fastest Growing Company winner – Burdge Architects was able to create a stunning final product that was aligned with the performance needs of the area and the homeowner’s design preferences. Using bi-fold operating styles allows for flexibility and ease of use to create versatile environments that elevate the day-to-day lifestyle.