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The windows are custom-built from redwood hand-picked at the lumberyard.

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  • The author's "wall of floating windows" has become a signature detail on her decks.

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    The author's "wall of floating windows" has become a signature detail on her decks.
  • Claudia Schmutzler of Windsor Decks & Gardens custom builds and glazes the windows that she uses on her decks. Depending on where the windows are located, she may use tempered glass as required by code.

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    Claudia Schmutzler of Windsor Decks & Gardens custom builds and glazes the windows that she uses on her decks. Depending on where the windows are located, she may use tempered glass as required by code.

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    Claudia Schmutzler

    Claudia Schmutzler of Windsor Decks & Gardens custom builds and glazes the windows that she uses on her decks. Depending on where the windows are located, she may use tempered glass as required by code.
  • The windows are custom-built from redwood hand-picked at the lumberyard.

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    Claudia Schmutzler

    The windows are custom-built from redwood hand-picked at the lumberyard.

I’ve been building decks for 20 years, but the concept for my signature “walls of floating windows” originated before I started my current business. It happened quite by accident, during a remodel of my own home about 25 years ago. The contractor had mistakenly ordered a set of windows that didn’t match up; and rather than returning them or storing them, I used them to create a whimsical privacy wall to shield my deck from close-proximity neighbors. For my customers’ decks, I build and glaze the windows myself, using tempered glass when required by code.

Claudia Schmutzler owns Windsor Decks & Gardens (windsordecksandgardens.com) in Corona del Mar, Calif.