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A Quiet Space

Windows help a homeowner reduce noise and increase efficiency in her historic building.

The Merc in Santa Clara, Utah


The Merc | Santa Clara, Utah


A-Series casement, specialty shape fixed windows and E-Series patio doors from Andersen Windows & Doors


Vintage Revivals founder Mandi Gubler’s new home is one of the most historically significant buildings in her hometown of Santa Clara, Utah. Referred to as the “Merc,” the Santa Clara Mercantile Co. was built in 1928 as a supply and gas station. For the next 88 years, the Merc served as a warehouse, grocery store and post office, and it was set to become an art gallery before Gubler made the purchase of her dreams. One of the biggest frustrations of the home, however, is the noise.

The Gublers prioritized their focus on sound abatement to help create a quieter home. While their original large commercial windows made for great views, she noted her frustration with the noise pollution and traffic on a busy street. Century-old construction coupled with original single-pane windows were not effective enough to minimize chronic noise exposure. 

Among industry pros, noise control is increasingly considered a green building tenet. That’s where smart sound abatement through architecture and materials comes in, which can improve efficiency and noise reduction, as well as improve interior acoustics. 

"It was very important to me to match the original style of the windows at the Merc,” said Gubler. She chose Andersen for its customization options, sound abatement, ease of shopping and energy efficiency. While sifting through options, Gubler selected A-Series windows with Full Divided Light and an energy spacer upgrade. 

Each type of window has a purpose. Fixed windows flood the space with natural light, primarily in the mud room and laundry room. Casement windows open to the backyard and bring fresh breezes into the building. Gubler chose double-hung windows for the east-facing bedrooms. 

With upgrades like insulation and high-quality windows, Gubler said, “The Merc feels like a giant blanket” and helps make an industrial space feel cozy.