The 1963 home selected for The New American Remodel (TNAR) 2022 is considered one of the best examples of mid-century modern style in Orlando. The remodel project began with two primary goals: to raise the home's thermal performance to that of the best new construction, and to preserve the home's architectural style.

Orlando, FL

Designer Trade Services

Phil Kean Design Group

Two Trails, Inc.


LaCantina Aluminum Thermally Controlled Sliding Door Systems

The original home resembles a Frank Lloyd Wright design, with an emphasis on glass to welcome in natural light. The home's owner, who also served as the remodeler for this project, believes the architects were Wright's students.

At the home's core is a great room with a cathedral ceiling that extends from the front of the house to the back yard. Gables at either end are filled with glass: fixed windows, sliding glass doors, and hinged glass doors.

To begin the remodel, insulation was added and air leaks sealed throughout, to make the home's building envelope extremely efficient. Next, the old windows and doors needed to be replaced. Those at the front had to be the same sizes and shapes as the original ones. Those at both ends required better glass.

With their strength, symmetry of design, and exceptional thermal performance, LaCantina Aluminum Thermally Controlled sliding doors, were chosen to replace the glass doors in the gables. The remodeled home includes nine of these systems.

The Aluminum Thermally Controlled construction keeps extreme temperatures out and the ideal temperature in, thanks to energy-efficient glass and frames with built-in thermal breaks. Even in the hot Florida sun, the inside of the frame still feels cool.

The LaCantina systems also provide incredible structural integrity. The thicker, two-and-a-quarter-inch panels are suitable for high wind environments, including hurricane-prone areas.

The home's energy performance was modeled using Energy Gauge, a simulation software developed by the Florida Solar Energy Center. Pre-remodel, the home was calculated to be 15% less energy efficient than the average new home. The fully remodeled home scored low enough for it to earn Net Zero Energy certification.