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Marvin Announces Winners of 2017 Architects Challenge

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:49

WARROAD, Minn., April 27, 2017 – Today Marvin Windows and Doors revealed the winners of its annual Architects Challenge design competition, awarding prizes for six outstanding residential and commercial design projects across the country. The announcement was made during the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Fla.

Now in its ninth year, the Marvin Architects Challenge recognizes architects for projects that exhibit superior design in the categories of Contemporary, Best Transitional, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition and Best Commercial, along with one Best in Show winner. With projects ranging from a seacoast vacation home to a historic town hall and even a 380-square-foot tiny guesthouse, these structures represent some of the most popular trends in the industry and challenges that are at the forefront of architects’ minds.

“Year after year, we continue to be inspired by submissions from talented architects who use their creativity to make the most of the design flexibility we build into our products,” said Dondi Kazukewicz, senior manager, brand communications at Marvin Windows and Doors. “The variety of design aesthetics paired with the brilliant use of space and character in this year’s winning projects reflects the level of ingenuity in the industry today. It’s rewarding to see how Marvin’s made-to-order solutions bring these ideas to life.”  

Winners of the 2017 Architects Challenge were selected by an independent panel of esteemed architects, including Robert M. Gurney, FAIA; Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, NCARB LEED AP, CAASH; and Ted Flato, FAIA.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a judge for the Marvin Architects Challenge and getting a chance to see scores of great designs with creative use of Marvin windows and doors,” said judge Manny Gonzalez. “The wonderful thing is the range of work from historic renovation to contemporary minimalist style, but regardless of the type of structure, they all skillfully brought the light and views in beautifully!”

The following winning projects were judged on architectural excellence, creative design and use of Marvin window and door solutions:   

Best in Show: Shorefront Camp – Trenton, Maine 

Architect: William M. Hanley, AIA, WMH Architects
Coastal views with big glass to match
A complete renovation and addition to an original 1962 Maine modern shorefront camp, the skillfully executed design created a dramatic form that is open, airy and inviting, along with the tour de force of a large glazing wall. Taking into consideration its coastal location, where wind load and seacoast performance are key, every inch of the house was reconditioned using Marvin high performance Direct Glaze, Ultimate Awning and Ultimate Casement windows and Contemporary doors.

Best Contemporary: Compact Living – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Architect: Christopher Strom, Christopher Strom Architects
Tiny home living with an eye for design
Created as a separate accommodation for the client’s visiting family, friends and guests, the design of this transitional remodel/addition faced the unique challenge of just 380 square feet of functional space and tight budget constraints. The design is reminiscent of a traditional red barn in form and color, yet the strategic use of glass and volume creates a bright, dramatic space that belies its compact living. The large sizes of Marvin Ultimate Awning windows and Ultimate Sliding French doors make optimum use of light within this space, which would appeal to any tiny home aficionado.   

Best Transitional: Knoll House – Ferrisburgh, Vermont

Architect: Elizabeth Herrmann, Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design
Building with the outdoors in mind and a sense of Danish “Hygge”
This contemporary house was designed as an outgrowth of the knoll on which it sits. A composition of two simple forms, the house is punctuated by large windows that allow the residence to settle itself into the wooded site, while taking advantage of the great views the location affords. A simple pop-up dormer adds a dramatic touch to the main living area and another view angle to the tops of the trees. With a cozy fireplace and warm textures and textiles, the Danish Hygge trend makes this home even more inviting. Marvin Tilt Turn, Ultimate Awning and Ultimate Casement windows and Ultimate Swinging French and Sliding Patio doors were selected with a focus on custom sizing.   

Best Traditional New Construction: Little Camp – Coastal New England, Massachusetts

Architect: Jacob Albert, Albert, Righter & Tittman Architects
Creative use of natural materials such as exposed rafters and tree trunk posts
The site is near an old, slightly ramshackle “camp” that the clients rented and loved for years. When they had a chance to build on the adjacent site, they wanted to capture some of the spirit of the old camp. Although it is new construction, the exposed rafter tails, wood interior, tree trunk porch posts and beautiful windows and doors create bright, inviting spaces with unexpected nooks and alcoves that give it a timeless charm. Marvin Ultimate Awning and Ultimate Double Hung windows and Ultimate Swinging French doors were chosen for their ability to withstand the coastal environment while complementing the house design.      

Best Remodel/Addition: Westborough Town Hall – Westborough, Massachusetts

Architect: Brian Humes, Jacunski Humes Architects, LLC
Renewed attention to historic detail
Nearly 100 years old, this town hall was restored to its original stature as a downtown landmark after the municipality authorized a major renovation to address aging conditions and bring new life to it. Given the building’s storied history and civic pride in the project, the design paid careful attention to the detail of the windows, shutters and classical wood trim to provide finishing touches. Marvin was chosen for its ability to match existing historic Ultimate Double Hung and Ultimate Awning windows with maintenance-free exteriors and wood interiors. 

Best Commercial: McClellan Ranch Preserve Environmental Education Center – Cupertino, California

Architect: Henry Siegel, Siegel & Strain Architects
Green building and energy independence
The Center houses classrooms, exhibits, a library and offices, and is designed to work in concert with historic buildings that shape an outdoor activity area. The careful thought that went into designing it is evident in the choice of materials, colors and the building forms themselves. The wood rafter tails and patio cover construction are skillfully incorporated at the interior with complementary windows and doors. Marvin’s Tilt Turn, Ultimate Awning, Ultimate Casement and Ultimate Double Hung windows, paired with Marvin Bi-Fold and Commercial doors, provide maximum day light, natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, and even bird-safe glass.

In addition to a trip to the AIA Conference on Architecture, the six winners of the Architects Challenge will receive a VIP trip to 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 winning projects will be featured in ARCHITECT magazine. All winning projects and architects will also be featured in Marvin’s yearly Architects Challenge book, distributed to customers and industry partners nationwide.

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Marvin French Door Featured in 8 Front Doors to Welcome You Home in Style

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:13

Architecture, Art and Design presents eye-catching entryways, including an entry created with a Marvin Swinging French Door. According to the roundup, the projection of this front door’s overhang and concrete stoop instills a feeling of movement, even though everything is standing still. The glass door blends with the expansive glass of the entry windows.

See the rest of the entryways in Architecture, Art and Design.

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Maine Home + Design Interviews A.W. Hastings & Co. on Investing in Aesthetics, Quality and Community

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:41

After 22 years as an architectural consultant at A.W. Hastings and Company, a distributor of Marvin Windows and Doors, Ron Conterio has become a fixture of the Maine architectural community. His secret to successful relationships with clients? “I really care about the people I work with,” he says. In his MH+D Inside Out interview, Ron Conterio explains why it’s important to invest in high-quality windows.

Read more in Maine Home + Design.

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Marvin Introduces Enhanced Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation Window

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:32

WARROAD, Minn., April 25, 2017 –  Marvin® Windows and Doors has upgraded its Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window, enabling it to work harder than ever to deliver superior performance. A contemporary classic, the enhanced Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window features new, intuitive operation and more flexible installation tolerances, creating an optimal experience from installation to homeowner use, without comprising the best features of the window.

“Marvin is committed to continuously improving our products, and the launch of our enhanced Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window is another example of our dedication to innovation that performs,” said Kris Hanson, senior manager, product management at Marvin Windows and Doors. “Our commitment to getting the details right is clearly demonstrated through all aspects of the design and meticulous manufacturing of this product. We are confident our customers will agree.”

Key enhancements to the Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window include updated exclusive auto-locking hardware with one lock point at the center of the top check-rail, replacing through-jam locking points for more natural operation. The unique, patent-pending mechanism automatically locks when the sashes are closed, providing an audible “click” to indicate that the window is locked. Easy removal and reattachment of the lock allows for painting without components shifting out of alignment.

The improved Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation windows continue to provide valuable features that dealers, builders and homeowners have come to expect from Marvin, including:

Design flexibility: With its multiple options for modern homes to historic renovations, the Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window empowers versatility in design. An array of simulated divided light patterns, interior and exterior color options and hardware finishes are available for complete customization. 

Marvin interior shades can also be seamlessly integrated with no edge gaps for light to bleed through, and offer top down/bottom up operation for maximum control over daylight and privacy. Finish options match the windows, and there are no visible cords or pulleys, allowing the shades to blend into the background when not in use.

Expansive sizes: Available in sizes up to 5 feet wide and 10 feet tall, the new Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window creates beautiful aesthetics that bring the feeling of the outdoors in.

Superior performance: Top-class performance ratings, including DP50 on most sizes, along with IZ3 certified coastal options, offer greater peace of mind in severe weather.

Other popular features:

  • First-rate energy efficiency meeting ENERGY STAR® standards
  • Narrow checkrails for a sleek aesthetic, maximum daylight and historical accuracy
  • Sash balance systems for smooth operation, even in the largest sizes
  • Wash/tilt modes for simple, full-window cleaning inside the home
  • Durable exterior cladding with the industry’s highest level of certification, AAMA 2605
  • Traditional 14-degree sill bevels for a classic look with optimal water management
  • Aluminum interlocks for overall structural integrity
  • Rich wood interior available in nine species and 10 finish options

For more information on the Marvin Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation window, visit  

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Fine Homebuilding Highlights the Marvin Contemporary Casement Window

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 20:24


According to Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s SPEC section, less is more with this innovative casement window, introduced this year along with several other unique doors and windows in Marvin’s Contemporary Studio collection. Flush frames with simple square profiles blend perfectly with modern interior and exterior surfaces, and slender sashes leave room for more expansive panes of glass. A new matte black hardware option further accentuates the windows details.

See the article in Fine Homebuilding.



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Classic Shingle Lake House with Marvin Windows and Doors on

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 20:17

Designed by Lake Geneva Architects and built by Matustik Builders, Inc, this custom classic shingle lake house featured on features 6,068 sq./ft. and plenty of inspiration!

The interiors are open and bright thanks to expansive usage of floor-to-ceiling Marvin windows and French doors that bring the beautiful outdoors in.

Read more and see the slideshow on

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Marvin Windows and Le Corbusier Mural Side-by-Side in Interiors Magazine

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 08:01

In an article titled “The Art of Conservation,” Interiors Magazine profiles a 1754 cottage, now turned home, that was once a hub for midcentury artists in the Hamptons area. The home, among other artwork, features a two-wall mural painted in 1950 by midcentury architect and designer Le Corbusier.

There were many challenges that came along with restoring this home while keeping its history intact, and the article notes that updates for sustainability included “replacing the original hand-blown glass with double-paned Marvin windows designed to mimic the originals.”

Read more in Interiors Magazine.

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New England Living Explores Marvin Scenic Doors

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 06:37

In an article titled “Through the Looking Glass,” new lifestyle publication New England Living explores considerations for bringing the outdoors in using Marvin’s scenic doors. Local architects weigh in on what to look for and what to think about when selecting a door to best fit your home or your project’s needs, and how to make your door stand out with design accents like darker door sashes and muntons, or offset trim and casing that matches the home’s general paint scheme.

Read more in New England Living.

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The Big Reveal - This Old House's Arlington House with Marvin Windows

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 13:39

Many months in the making, This Old House Magazine reveals the completed Arlington House project, with over 50 Marvin windows and doors bringing this Arts & Crafts house back into this century.

See the transformation in This Old House Magazine.

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Marvin Featured as a Historic Renovation Expert in Victorian Homes Magazine

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 13:19

According to Victorian Homes Magazine, the porch is the welcome mat where family members gather after dinner or lunch to relax, and the windows are the eyes of the soul. Long, floor-to-ceiling lengths of glass let sunlight inside and allow those indoors to view the landscape. This article addresses the unique challenges that come with replacing windows in historic homes, including five essential tips for remodeling a Victorian home from Chick McBrien, CSI, CDT and Regional Manager of Architectural for Marvin Windows and doors.

Read more in Victorian Homes.

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Marvin CFO Jim Macaulay Featured in CFO Magazine

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 13:56

In a CFO Magazine article titled “Gearing Up for a Manufacturing Revival,” author Russ Banham explores the state of manufacturing today, and how efficiency and productivity enhancements offered to manufacturers by such remarkable technologies as robotics, 3-D printing, and smart factory equipment embedded with semiconductors and sensors is improving the industrial outlook.

Marvin Windows and Doors’ CFO and Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Jim Macaulay, weighs in on what the company is doing to improve productivity, enable better processes and embrace technology to fuel innovation.

Read more in CFO Magazine.

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Washington Post Column by Vern Yip Talks Transforming Spaces With Marvin Products

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:18

Few have ever asked their real estate agent to seek homes featuring darker kitchens or living rooms with less of a view. The trend in window and scenic door sizes is unquestionably bigger is better.

A leader in this space, according to Vern Yip in his latest Washington Post column, is Minnesota-based Marvin Windows and Doors, whose product line illustrates the array of windows and scenic doors manufacturers are offering in the market place.

Read more about the Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door, the Marvin Clad Ultimate Bi-Fold Door and expansive Marvin Casement and Awning Windows in the Washington Post.

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Marvin's Matte Black One of 8 New Must-Have Hardware Options in BUILDER Magazine

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 13:27

Keeping on trend with the growing number of dark interior finishes and accents and expanding its Contemporary Studio line, Marvin Windows and Doors introduced matte black hardware for its window and door products. The reflection-free matte finish of this new hardware collection allows the lines and form of each pull, crank, lock, door handle and hinge in the collection to stand out in contrast to other elements of the home for owners looking to make a statement.


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Coastal Home with Marvin Impact-Rated Products Featured in Industry Magazine

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:35


Industry Magazine features a 3,000 sq. ft Mantoloking, NJ beachfront home that’s customized down to the last detail.

The doors are all custom built. The house features Marvin impact-rated windows and doors, designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and flying debris, offered Jay Harman, owner and founder of Atlantic Architectural Millwork, and a partner on the project. “Marvin windows allow you to work with custom designs and still offer extremely high performance. It’s a brand that really does outperform other manufacturers.”

Read more in Industry Magazine.

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Marvin and Integrity Voted Best in Quality in the BUILDER Brand Use Study 2017

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 07:34

Each year, BUILDER Magazine conducts a survey of professional builders to determine the most used and most highly regarded brands in the industry.

Builders and professionals in this year’s study have spoken, naming Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors Best in Quality in the 2017 BUILDER Magazine Brand Use Study. Marvin was named the quality leader in the wood/wood-clad window category, and Integrity took home best in quality in the fiberglass window category, along with top marks for brand familiarity, brand used in the past two years, and brand used most.


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Integrity Announces Call for Entries in 2017 Red Diamond Achiever Awards Competition

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:52

Program honors industry’s best residential, commercial building projects using Integrity products

FARGO, N.D., April 3, 2017 — Integrity® Windows and Doors has opened the call for entries in its 2017 Red Diamond Achiever (RDA) Award Program, an annual competition designed to honor the exceptional work of industry professionals who use Integrity window and door products in their residential and commercial projects.

Open to qualified candidates through 10 a.m. CST on July 14, 2017, the RDA Award program gives professionals a way to showcase their efforts, earn industry-wide recognition and join a select group of past award recipients. The winners of this year’s competition will receive a VIP trip to the company’s headquarters in Warroad, Minn., a donation to the charity of their choice, public relations support and a winner’s badge to use in their marketing materials.

A nationally recognized panel of industry experts will select up to five Red Diamond Achiever Award winners, based on projects that demonstrate creativity, overcoming construction challenges, architecture, complexity and sustainability. All projects must be complete in order to be considered. The 2017 judging panel includes:

  • Lou Manfredini, nationally recognized DIY expert, host of Ask Mr. Fix-It, Lou Manfredini’s Home Improvement Minute and HouseSmarts, and TODAY contributor
  • Brian Pontolilo, consulting editor at Fine Homebuilding
  • Shawn McCadden, nationally known speaker, business trainer, columnist and award-winning remodeler
  • Christine Marvin, fenestration expert and director of corporate strategy at Marvin Windows and Doors

“The Red Diamond Achiever Award represents an opportunity for us to recognize the innovative work being done by the best professionals in the industry,” said Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy at Marvin. “Each year, I’m inspired by the thoughtful use of Integrity window and door products to solve design and construction challenges and achieve performance goals, without compromising. The talent we see is just the tip of the iceberg, and we’re eager to see what this year’s competition brings.”

Judged awards will be announced in August 2017 on Integrity’s website.

To enter, learn more about the Red Diamond Achiever Awards and see last year’s winning projects, visit

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e-Architect Features Contemporary Brooklyn Home with Marvin Windows

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 06:12

As featured on, the design for a renovation and additions to a townhouse in Brooklyn is generated from the idea of fusing the interior space with the outdoor landscape. The home was built with a desire to connect interior and exterior, with Marvin windows used throughout to purposely bring light into the project and frame views.

Read more in e-Architect.

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From Modernize: Ask an Expert, What to Expect When Buying Windows from a High-End Dealer

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 05:51

In the windows replacement field, there are prefabricated windows built for direct replacements, and then there are custom dealers who can design almost any kind of window you’d like. To learn more about the latter, Modernize sat down with a Marvin windows dealer in Austin, Texas, to talk energy efficiency, window trends and custom remodels.

Read the full interview on Modernize.

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Craftsman Kitchen with Marvin Windows Profiled in Arts & Crafts Homes

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 05:45

Quarter-sawn oak cabinets with a Stickley vibe are the anchor for this open, multi-zoned kitchen featured in Arts & Crafts Homes Magazine. The new home, built with Marvin Windows and Doors, centers around this main kitchen, also featuring Kennebec white oak cabinets with mission-style black hardware.

Read more about this kitchen in Arts & Crafts.

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Vintage Fishing Camp Renovation with Integrity Windows in Cabin Living Magazine

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 05:33

A 1946 cabin, originally part of a fishing camp modified throughout the years, provided the perfect frame for a Minnesota couple’s ambitious renovation as recently featured in Cabin Living Magazine. From the original studs and foundation, they rebuilt a vacation home, adding a new roof, walls, siding and Integrity Windows from Marvin.

“Remodels are always challenging because you’re taking the original bones of a cabin that was built 50 or 60 years ago and merging it with a new structure,” says Matt Balmer, co-owner of Lands End Development, the company that designed the new floorplan and executed the remodel. “Marrying up an old foundation with a new foundation is hard enough as you ensure the framing is straight, but then you don’t want to lose the charm of the original cabin. It’s a tricky process.”

Read more in Cabin Living.


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