Architectural glass wall systems increase natural light, space, and views in style.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, and never has this been easier to accomplish in the current world of home design. That’s because architectural glass wall systems, composed of folding weatherproof glass panels that can replace traditional walls, have experienced an increase in demand in recent years thanks to improved in-home natural light, increased flexibility of both indoor and outdoor space, and breathtaking views—no matter what coast you’re on.

“We love how homeowners with oceanfront properties open up large wall expanses with the custom NanaWall to bring in outside views and ocean breezes into dining rooms, living areas, kitchens, and more,” says Ebrahim Nana, president of the Mill Valley, California, firm. “Sometimes, this is a 30-foot opening; sometimes, 90 feet wide. NanaWalls can be opened to let indoor and outdoor areas meld into a single connected space for entertaining or daily living. Homeowners enjoy the best of both worlds: a room with a view that opens to the outdoors and peace of mind.”

With style comes sustainability; weatherproof NanaWall systems utilize a double-skin façade design, which features two layers of folding glass doors, offering maximum thermal insulation and solar heating. With this multi-layered system, the temperature can be adjusted with the removal or addition of one layer, depending on the temperature outdoors—no thermostat required.

Perfectly fitted glass wall frames can be customized as well, offering recycled aluminum and environmentally friendly wood finishes, including Douglas fir, pine, meranti, spruce, and American white oak.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, “green” remodeling can adapt a home to regional conditions, provide increased comfort, and make a home easier and less expensive to maintain using properly installed, durable products.

“Homeowners can create an outdoor extension to their home to enjoy the magic of living on the beach. With the NanaWall, they can take full advantage of a phenomenal location by opening up the entire house to virtually merge with the ocean,” Nana says. “Grand views should have grand openings. When you live with an oceanfront view, design or remodel your house to enjoy that view every day.” NanaWall Systems, Inc.,  415-383-3148.

“Lifeguard,” by Malcolm Morley Now that you’ve got the views, what else can you add to your home? Consider this rare and uniquely brilliant watercolor on paper: “Lifeguard,” painted by little-known living artist Malcolm Morley (born 1931). We love the lively beach setting, bustling with sounds of summer and ocean waves crashing. With an estimated asking price of $10,000-$15,000, this lovely gem will have you enjoying the coastline no matter the season or weather. Best of all? This “Lifeguard” come off his perch when summer’s over. Sotheby’s Auction House, 212-606-7000.