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DESIGN DOORS & WINDOWS


MAKING AN ENTRANCE all eyes on portella steel doors & windows


BY AMY ADAMS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY HOLGER OBENAUS


veloped in anticipation of new higher-performing energy code requirements and use of the company’s product in extreme weather conditions. Portella started with the


Standard series and recently added the Level 1 series, which focuses more on commercial storefront and interior spaces. The narrow sight lines and so- phisticated European influence are proving very popular with a look that’s both timeless and functional.


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For those with a penchant for architectural integrity and custom craftsmanship, there’s a company that shares your tastes. Family-owned and nationally recognized Portella Steel Doors & Windows began manufacturing individually engi- neered steel doors and windows in 1999 and, since that time, has become the building industry’s


go-to choice for unique—and luxurious—first impressions. In 2006 owner Marti Medina changed the focus of the prod- uct to a streamlined European look. Portella has distinguished itself by offering sleek, modern designs. The strong, clean lines and pared-down detailing have made it de rigueur for contem- porary homes.


Notes Medina: “We don’t


chase trends—we help shape them. By working closely with architects and designers, we’ve created new ways to reinvent entry doors. The result is three classic steel window and door product lines. We offer our narrow sight lines as Thermally Broken, Standard, and Level 1.” The Thermal series was de-


One of the stars of this series is the unique pivot door, which is offered in all three series and features a highly responsive opening system that operates with a gentle touch. Utilizing solid steel construction, the company was able to engineer a slender profile and integrate larger expanses of glass (either clear or frosted for an extra measure of privacy) into its frame. The result is a lighter fa- cade with exceptional strength. But don’t assume Portella ca- ters strictly to minimalists. “The beauty of our steel product is that it lends itself to traditional and classic architecture as well as contemporary design,” Medina explains. “Steel has been used for centuries in Europe next to intricate stone surrounds or plaster walls.”


And while first thoughts


of remodeling generally lean toward kitchens and bathrooms,


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