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Integrity Featured in the Most Popular Exteriors on Houzz in 2016

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:44 shared the site’s most popular home exteriors in 2016, and Red Diamond Achiever Award Winner Lake Calhoun Organic Modern took top marks. The Minneapolis home, built by John Kraemer & Sons, features Integrity Wood-Ultrex windows and doors throughout the property to showcase the property’s stunning lake views. Read on for more from Houzz about the winning project.

People fell in love with these exterior home scenes

For all the time we spend enjoying our homes from the inside, there’s something so pleasing about coming home to a beautiful outside. Whether it’s a gorgeous paint color, careful landscaping or the invitation of a front porch seat, these 15 photos captivated users, making them the most popular exteriors uploaded to Houzz in 2016, as measured by saves to ideabooks.

1. Lakeside modern. By far and away, this shot was the most popular exterior photo uploaded to Houzz in 2016. Readers appreciated the organic, modern forms in this exterior, in particular the stonework and dramatic windows.

Stonework: silver Fond Du Lac and charcoal stack ledge, Hedberg Landscape and Masonry; windows: Integrity, Marvin

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Marvin's Kris Hanson Weighs in on Window Trends in Qualified Remodeler

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 14:15

Senior Manager of Group Product Management Kris Hanson joins other leading window manufacturers to discuss current trends in the window industry, including big glass for both traditional and modern remodeling projects.

“Regardless of personal style, people want windows that offer larger views, and they like having options when it comes to finishes,” said Hanson. “The trend toward more glass aligns well with a renewed desire to experience a seamless integration between the indoors and the outdoors.”

Read more in Qualified Remodeler.

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Red Diamond Achiever Award Winner Profiled in Chicago Tribune

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 14:44

Gracing the front page of the Homes section in the Chicago Tribune, the Lake Calhoun Organic Modern home, winner of a 2016 Red Diamond Achiever Award, is described as a “cut above.” The article focuses on how the designer brings lofty ideas and worldly collections to a lakeside home in Minneapolis, built with impressive views seen through Integrity windows and doors.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune Article.



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Red Diamond Achiever Award Winner Profiled in the Chicago Tribune

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 14:44

Gracing the front page of the Homes section in the Chicago Tribune, the Lake Calhoun Organic Modern home, winner of a 2016 Red Diamond Achiever Award, is described as a “cut above.” The article focuses on how the designer brings lofty ideas and worldly collections to a lakeside home in Minneapolis, built with impressive views seen through Integrity windows and doors.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune Article.



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Marvin Windows and Doors Takes Action to Fill Skilled Labor Gap

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:26

Internal programs and national philanthropic campaigns are cornerstones of effort

WARROAD, Minn. – Jan 10, 2017 – At a time when an estimated 3.1 million skilled labor jobs are going unfilled,[1] Marvin Windows and Doors announces its participation as a charter sponsor of Generation Next, a philanthropic campaign from This Old House that will encourage and empower young people to join the skilled trades. Marvin will participate in a campaign kickoff reception at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in “The Backyard” on January 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., where an initial donation will be presented to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program.

“We’re facing an unprecedented shortage in skilled trade talent in this country, and it’s notably affecting the potential success of the building industry,” said Marvin Windows and Doors Vice President of Marketing Brett Boyum. “We believe that there’s an incredible pool of talent out there, that if nurtured properly, can be the new face of skilled trades. By focusing on training, mentoring and scholarships through initiatives like Generation Next, we can collaborate with other leaders to help close the gap.”

The charter sponsorship of Generation Next is the latest in a series of efforts, including numerous internal Marvin training programs that emphasize apprenticeship, manufacturing foundations and cross-functional certifications in cutting-edge areas like mechatronics. As manufacturing machinery continues to advance, investing in mechatronics and other advanced training means a more skilled workforce and a welcomed challenge for employees.

When it comes to changing perceptions about vocational careers, reaching young people early is key. In conjunction with the Minnesota Innovation Institute, Marvin is actively developing a pre-apprenticeship program, working with local schools to begin training students before graduation, and offering a head-start on training programs that can be completed in the workforce after graduation.

“As manufacturing changes, we have to change with it,” said Peggy Anderholm, manager of education and workforce development at Marvin Windows and Doors. “To date, more than 350 of our employees have graduated from four-year, two-year, diploma or certificate programs to help them become more well-rounded and technically educated tradespeople. Not only do our employees feel pride after graduating, but they’ve secured knowledge they’ll carry with them for the remainder of their careers.”

Learn more about Generation Next at


About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built Around You® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution. A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners. Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today. Visit to learn more.

About This Old House
This Old House is the number one multi-platform home enthusiast brand, serving over 62 million consumers each month with trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows This Old House and Ask This Old House, its highly regarded This Old House magazine and its inspiration and information-driven digital properties including This Old House and Ask This Old House are produced by This Old House Ventures, LLC and are presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. National underwriting for This Old House television is provided by GMC, The Home Depot, State Farm Insurance Company, Lumber Liquidators, Marvin Windows and Doors and Gorilla Glue. The Executive Producer is Chris Wolfe. Senior producer for This Old House is John Tomlin.

[1] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Marvin Invites Architects to Enter its 2017 Architects Challenge Design Competition

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 16:26

WARROAD, Minn., Jan. 9, 2017 — Marvin Windows and Doors invites architects to enter its 2017 Architects Challenge, a competition awarding prizes to residential and commercial design projects that exhibit creativity and ingenuity using Marvin windows and doors. Entries should be submitted to by March 10, 2017.

Now in its ninth year, the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge will recognize one outstanding design in each of five categories – Contemporary, Transitional, Traditional New Construction, Remodel/Addition and Commercial. An overall Best in Show prize will also be awarded. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed architects, including Robert Gurney, FAIA, Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CAASH and Ted Flato, FAIA.

“The Architects Challenge is an opportunity for Marvin to recognize architects who take creative advantage of the design flexibility we build into our products,” said Dondi Kazukewicz, senior manager of brand communications at Marvin Windows and Doors. “But it is also an opportunity for us to honor their vision and expertise. With each year’s submissions, we are inspired to refine our products and services to help meet the challenges they face.”

Winning entries will be announced during an ARCHITECT Live event at the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention, April 27- 29 in Orlando. Marvin will provide conference travel, lodging and registration for the winners.

In addition to the trip to the AIA Convention, the six winners of the Architects Challenge will receive a VIP trip to Minneapolis and Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minn., earning AIA-CES credits during the visit. The project awarded Best in Show will be featured in Architectural Digest magazine, and all of the winning projects will be featured in ARCHITECT magazine and extensively promoted. All winning projects and architects will also be featured in Marvin’s yearly Architects Challenge book, distributed to customers and industry partners.

For more information and to submit a project, visit

About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built Around You® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution. A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners. Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today. Visit to learn more.

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Welcome to the Age of Big Glass

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 13:41

Home buyers are willing to pay more to bask in natural light and multiply living space

Call it a big glass revolution.

No longer bound by rules that once effectively blocked the use of oversized glass in exterior home design, residential architects, builders, and developers can now offer a dazzling natural light show that’s wowing millennial and baby boomer home buyers looking to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor life.

This big glass transformation comes without “… the high energy bills, drafty interiors, outside noise, and aesthetic limitations” usually associated with big glass design, says industry analyst Mariel Behnke of The Freedonia Group, a leading international business research company.

And there’s good news for builders’ bottom lines too: About three out of four surveyed home buyers say they will pay a $4,000 premium for a large retractable glass sliding door, according to independent research and advisory firm John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

The race is on to meet this surging demand with several big glass strategies, including:

Mulling Windows

Home designers and builders have long grouped a series of window assemblies (mulling) to create a larger glass expanse, say for a dining or living room. The difference today is the vast design palette architects and builders have to work with. Mulling arrangements can include many window formats from double- and single-hung, glider, awning, and casement to innovative corner windows for eye-catching panoramas.

Interestingly, the aesthetic limitations that once stayed the hand of traditional home designers and builders has all-but disappeared. Big glass is everywhere, not just contemporary homes. Kris Hanson, senior group product manager at Minnesota-based Marvin Windows and Doors observes, “Big glass has expanded well past contemporary design to include a broad array of home plans.”

Large Glass Doors

Home buyers expect a more seamless transition between outdoor and indoor living space. The growing class of glass doors offers a variety of styling arrangements, from lift-and-slide and multi-slide to bi-fold. Consider the multi-slide glass door, for example, as the outdoor gateway. Marvin’s multi-slide door is available in lengths up to 56 feet and heights up to 12 feet, helping erase the line between outdoor and indoor.

Of course, breakthrough door sizing is only made possible because of corresponding improvements in glass door energy performance. Specifying big glass doesn’t mean a larger HVAC system is required. “We offer larger door sizes without sacrificing energy efficiency or overall performance,” explains Hanson. For example, multi-slide glass doors from Hanson’s company now meet or exceed LC-PG50 rating and offer an extremely low standard U-Factor of 0.28.

Large Windows

Home buyers like the practicality and familiarity of their single-hung, double-hung, and casement windows. They just want them … well, bigger. For example, Marvin double-hung windows are now available in standard sizes up to 5 x 10 feet – yes, 50 square feet for a single unit. Super-size that with two or more assemblies in a mulled arrangement, and ordinary quickly morphs into extraordinary. Single fixed casement windows are now offered at sizes up to 6.7 x 10 feet, flooding home interiors with 67 square feet of natural light.

What’s next? Bet on bigger.

As Hanson puts it, “We’ll continue to introduce larger windows and doors for even more natural light and unobstructed sightlines. Today nearly any interior space can be transformed by big glass to feel even larger and more connected to the outdoors.”

This article originally appeared on

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Marvin to Showcase New Bi-Fold Door at IBS, Featuring One of Industry's Largest Glass Panels

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:05

New options for big, open views, contemporary finishes and storm-worthy doors and windows among innovations to be on display at Marvin Family of Brands booth

WARROAD, Minn., Jan. 5, 2017 – The new Marvin Clad Ultimate Bi-Fold Door features one of the industry’s widest glass panels at 3 feet, 6 inches in a frame up to 10 feet high, letting the outdoors in with less to block the view. The door will be previewed among an extensive display of innovations and enhancements from Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors during the International Builders’ Show (booth W2529) in Orlando, Jan. 10-12.

“The demand in the market continues to be for windows and doors that allow even more natural light, unobstructed views and connection to the outdoors,” says Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy for Marvin Windows and Doors.

The new Ultimate Bi-Fold Door, part of the company’s Scenic Door Collection, offers the beauty and durability of Marvin’s signature wood-clad products. In addition to wide expanses of glass, it uses two hinges instead of three for a clean, streamlined look suitable for both contemporary and traditional designs. A concealed multi-point locking system is standard, and multiple sill liner options enable customization. A retractable screen, already well proven in the Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door, is also available. Concealed within a surround when not in use, the screen is unobtrusive and is designed to operate easily with a comfortable handle pull grip and a magnetized closure for an immediate and tight seal. The door will be available for ordering in spring 2017.

“Customers today are looking for bigger doors, cleaner lines and more glass, without compromising performance. We’re eager to introduce a new Bi-Fold Door that delivers on all of these expectations,” says Kris Hanson, senior manager, group product management. “And for builders and architects, we’re pleased to provide a door that offers 45 different configurations and can span up to 55.5 feet wide for unparalleled flexibility and impressive aesthetics.”

Other innovations and enhancements on display and special events at IBS 2017 from the Marvin Family of Brands will include:

Marvin Contemporary Studio Collection: Matte Black hardware, larger glass sizes
In response to the contemporary design aesthetic many designers and homeowners prefer, Marvin will display enhancements and additions to its Contemporary Studio Collection. Notable among the enhancements is the new Matte Black hardware, a reflection-free finish that allows the lines and form of each piece – every pull, crank, lock and hinge – to stand out. Also new to the Contemporary Studio Collection are standard 9-foot door heights on its sliding and swinging patio and French, Ultimate Multi-Slide, arch top and commercial doors. The 9-foot height creates impressive line-of-sight views for today’s modern design.

Integrity Windows and Doors: Enhanced Inswing French Patio Door and more
Visitors to the booth will also see an enhanced Integrity Wood-Ultrex Inswing French Door, which is made of patented pultruded fiberglass able to endure all elements without showing age or wear. Featuring French styling and heights up to 8 feet, the enhanced door is constructed with new IMPACT Zone Three (IZ3) certified hurricane-level glass as well as structural improvements and other durability features.

The door is part of a growing portfolio of Integrity products that meet IZ3 requirements for coastal regions. Combining a virtually indestructible fiberglass exterior with an authentic wood interior, the portfolio includes Integrity Wood-Ultrex awning, casement, double hung, polygon and round top windows, sliding French Doors and Outswing French Doors.

Meet-and-Greet with Tommy Silva of This Old House
Marvin continues to be a proud sponsor of This Old House, and is pleased to host Tommy Silva, General Contractor and longtime star of the show for a meet-and-greet, autograph signing and Q+A session hosted by Christine Marvin. The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 2-3 p.m. in the Marvin booth, W2529.

For more information on the Marvin Family of Brands and the innovations on display at this year’s show, visit

About The Marvin Family of Brands
The Marvin Companies is a third- and fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business, headquartered in Warroad, Minn. with more than 5,200 employees across 10 cities throughout the United States. The Marvin Family of Brands represents Marvin’s fenestration portfolio, which includes Marvin Windows and Doors and its handcrafted wood and wood clad products that are made to order; Integrity Windows and Doors, which pioneered the fiberglass window category with the introduction of its patented Ultrex®fiberglass material; and Infinity Replacement Windows, which offers homeowners a premier line of Ultrex replacement windows with distinctive design. Marvin’s product portfolio also includes TruStile Doors, the leading manufacturer of made-to-order architectural interior and exterior doors. Marvin and its Family of Brands are distributed nationally through a network of independent dealers and are also exported internationally. Visit and to learn more.

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Qualified Remodeler Highlights Reclaimed Sanctuary in Minneapolis With Marvin Windows

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 16:16


Set within an idyllic Minneapolis, Minnesota, suburb full of charm, great neighbors and beautiful gardens, this quaint two-bedroom, one-bath single-story craftsman home featured in Qualified Remodeler Magazine was in need of a complete roof rebuild. The idea of creating an open and expansive second-story master-suite addition with a playful blend of urban and old world details won over the client’s heart and mind – and Marvin windows helped seal the deal.

Read more about this beautiful renovation and view a slideshow in Qualified Remodeler.

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Home with Stunning Marvin Window Wall Featured in Interiors Magazine

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 09:49

In the rural enclave of Washington, Connecticut lies a unique barn-style home that blends perfectly with its surroundings. Designed by Architect Gordon Kahn, the home was intended to, “create a sense, from the interior, of openness to the outdoors, while at the same time affording a strong sense of shelter.”

This was accomplished with a stunning full wall of Marvin Windows in the home’s main living area.

“In the great room, a massive open space that comprises both living and dining areas, three tiers of Marvin windows have been stacked like layers on an ethereal, 20-foot wedding cake to ensure airiness and openness.”

Read more about this home in Interiors Magazine.


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Charlotte Observer Features Marvin's Take on Pantone Color of the Year

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 10:59

Pantone’s Color of the Year is nature’s neutral
Featured in the Charlotte Observer
December 25, 2016

The Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery, a refreshing and revitalizing shade of zesty yellow-green that’s symbolic of new beginnings.

“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” states Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Each year Pantone, a standardized color matching system for identifying colors, selects a shade based on months of research covering social, economic, fashion and manufacturing trends. Some years their choice is a huge hit, like in 2012 with Tangerine Tango. Other times it’s a miss, like Marsala in 2015. Last year they couldn’t settle on just one shade, so they chose Serenity (baby blue) and Rose Quartz (light pink).

I’m thrilled with their 2017 pick. Green has always been one of my favorite colors. Greenery is nature’s neutral, making it easy to pair with many color combinations. It also makes this color easy to incorporate into existing decors for a fresh update that transcends all seasons.

Green is a happy color. The simple introduction of a bowl of Granny Smith green apples on a countertop brightens the kitchen. An entire room painted green has  calming effect on any size room. It’s hard to say that about any other color.

Pantone sets the stage, but each member of the home furnishings and building community puts their own tinge on the trend. Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, says, “We’ve been watching green gain momentum in the lat few seasons. The Colormix 2017 S/W Color Forecast boasts several green hues.”

“All you need to do to understand the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, is to close your eyes and envision a warm spring day in the park,” says Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends for MasterBrand Cabinets. She says this color helps blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. “It’s a great complement to the array of wood tones typically found in home interiors, from cabinets and flooring to furniture.”

Even door and window manufacturer Marvin is embracing this year’s color. “It’s no surprise to us that Pantone’s 2017 color of the year is Greenery,” says Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy. “Homeowners are increasingly seeking a connection with nature and looking for new ways to bring the outdoors in. Larger, more expansive windows and doors are one way to do just that, bringing in natural light, vibrant colors found in the environment and a source of fresh air – in essence, letting nature itself be the source of this refreshing green hue in a space.”

Whether you choose to invest in a new green sofa, paint a room or just open the curtains, you’ll find it easy and refreshing to embrace the new 2017 color of the year.

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Marvin's Dark Exterior Cladding One of Five Housing Trends Shaping Window Design

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:48


Builder Magazine writes about five housing trends shaping 2017 window design, including dark finishes for kitchen and bath hardware and appliances. Marvin’s introduction of dark window cladding finishes in suede, gunmetal, clay and bronze is highlighted. Other key trends include indoor/outdoor living, energy efficiency and more.


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Marvin's Dark Exterior Cladding One of Five Housing Trends Shaping Window Design

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:48


Builder Magazine writes about five housing trends shaping 2017 window design, including dark finishes for kitchen and bath hardware and appliances. Marvin’s introduction of dark window cladding finishes in suede, gunmetal, clay and bronze is highlighted. Other key trends include indoor/outdoor living, energy efficiency and more.


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The Marvin Companies Names Krischelle Tennessen as Chief Human Resources Officer

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 09:40


Seasoned human resources executive joins team to drive long-term HR vision and strategy

WARROAD, MINN. Dec. 12, 2016 The Marvin Companies announced today the appointment of Krischelle Tennessen for the newly created position of chief human resources officer. In her new role, Tennessen is responsible for driving the company’s long-term human resources vision and strategy.

She will be based at the company’s Warroad headquarters and will report to Paul Marvin, president of the third- and fourth-generation family-owned and operated fenestration company. As chief human resources officer, Tennessen is charged with encouraging and facilitating a performance-based culture while working closely with the executive team to establish and implement leadership priorities for continued growth and innovation.

“Krischelle is an outstanding addition to our human resources team as we build upon The Marvin Companies’ rich legacy, organizational capability, proud culture and community commitment,” said Paul Marvin. “I look forward to collaborating with her to ensure successful implementation of our business strategy, as well as employee engagement and empowerment initiatives. We’re also pleased to welcome Krischelle and her husband, Scott, to the Warroad community.”

Most recently, Tennessen was senior vice president of grow people/human resources at Krause Holdings Inc., a West Des Moines, Iowa-based company with a large, diversified portfolio including the privately held, company-operated convenience store chain Kum & Go, as well as fuel and logistics company Solar Transport. She previously held senior human resources positions with Walmart in Bentonville, Ark., and both human resources and operations roles with Target in Minneapolis.

“I’m delighted to join a family-owned company that is led by people who place such a high value on honesty, hard work and service to the communities where their employees live and work,” said Tennessen. “The future of The Marvin Companies is bright, and I am looking very forward to joining a team that is committed to people and purpose – the true backbone of the company.”

A native of Minnesota, Tennessen holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Winona State University and master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

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New Marvin Bi-Fold Door Listed as a "Don't Miss" Product Launch at IBS 2017

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 07:34

Builder Magazine is looking forward to new building products across all categories scheduled to launch at the 2017 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

In this article, they review their seven “don’t miss” products, including the yet-to-launch Marvin Bi-Fold Door – bringing expansive views to homes with one of the widest panel doors in the industry. Visit Marvin Windows and Doors at booth W2529 at the show in January to be one of the first to see the new door.

Read more in Builder Magazine.

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PRODUCTS Magazine Covers Window Trends and the Marvin Contemporary Studio

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:02

Energy efficiency and performance are discussed in the latest issue of PRODUCTS Magazine, in an article titled “Clear and Present: Energy Efficiency and Surging Interest in Modern Architecture Drive the Window Category.” Senior Manager, Group Product Management Kris Hanson talks about the market shift towards bigger glass and expansive views, and the Marvin Contemporary Studio is highlighted.

Read more in the latest issue of PRODUCTS.

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Remarkable Marvin Historic Renovations Featured in Church Designer Magazine

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:02

In an article entitled “Windows to the Soul,” Church Designer Magazine features two stunning historic church renovations carried out with Marvin Windows and the talented craftspeople in our Signature Services division.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Potsdam, New York involved the complete restoration of 15 Gothic revival stained glass windows (no two were alike), and an oversized rose window requiring advanced computer-aided design to seamlessly recreate the original look and feel of the church. The Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Stamford, Connecticut is also featured – representing a significant remodel to preserve the church’s historic integrity.

Both are featured in an article in the November/December issue, read more in Church Designer Magazine.

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Paul Marvin Named to List of 100 People to Know in 2017

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:43

Paul Marvin, President of Marvin Windows and Doors, has been named to the Twin Cities Business Magazine’s annual 100 People to Know. The list is comprised of insiders with the “insight, experience and savvy to observe, seek out, and learn from their example.”

The magazine’s editors sought out key individuals they expect to make an impact on local business, the regional economy, and quality of life in 2017.

Learn more about the award in Twin Cities Business Magazine.

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Star Tribune Profiles Modern Lake Home with Global Style and Integrity Windows & Doors

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:13

A buildable lot on one of Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes is the holy grail of real estate, but Ashii and Ippo Vrohidis managed to find just that — and build their dream home, despite a series of obstacles.

Ashii, a self-employed interior and architectural designer, had a clear vision about what kind of house she wanted: clean-lined and modern, with organic and industrial elements. “I wanted the house cut into the earth rather than sitting on top,” she said. And she wanted to make the most of the lake setting. “It’s beautiful every second of every day. I wanted to do the environment justice.”

The house is not large, about 2,500 square feet, but every space was designed to make the most of Lake Calhoun. Walls of glass — windows and sliding doors from Marvin Windows and Doors’ Integrity Wood-Ultrex line — frame expansive views of the lake.

Read more about this stunning home in the Star Tribune.

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Dwell Features Prefab Oasis with Marvin Windows and Doors

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 09:51

A Prefab Oasis in Palm Springs
Featured in Dwell
November 2016 issue

Longtime architectural partners Dwell and Turkel Design are launching a new project in a mecca for midcentury modernism – Palm Springs. The Dwell Prefab Palm Springs by Turkel Design both encapsulates the architecture of the region and provides a fresh take on its iconic attributes. The 2000-square-foot prefab is a courtyard home that opens to views of the sprawling San Jacinto mountain range while enjoying its own private pool-side oasis. Indebted to the balmy climate, the open plan enables a fluid interplay between indoors and outdoors.

For architect Joel Turkel, the city has special meaning: “There’s a long history of prefab architecture in Palm Springs which dates back to the ’30s and through every era. It’s a great place where a home of this nature is part of the architectural and lifestyle culture – there’s a certain vernacular we’re tying into.”

In a showcase of modern innovation, our brand partners Marvin Windows & Doors, Resource Furniture and The Modern Fan Company will outfit the space. Solutions like Marvin’s Ultimate Lift and Slide Door further the home’s goal of melding together interior and exterior space; an operable window at a window seat allows guests to take a perch by the breeze. With its multi-functional and transforming furniture, Resource Furniture allows the prefab to be creative and adaptable in its use of space. The Modern Fan Company, which has launched a new collaboration with Brazilian designer Guto Indio da Costa, will equip the residence with svelte ceiling fans – key for days when heat is blaring in Coachella Valley.

“The people and projects we’re working with really understand that we’re trying to take advantage of the climate, maximize the space, and introduce new products with a keen eye for simple signatures and visually minimal features,” says Turkel. An elegant expression of modern design principles, the home will provide the perfect backdrop for upcoming Dwell influencer events.

Learn more about the Prefab Palm Springs home on Dwell.

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