Window Designs That Make Small Spaces Feel Big
Cutting down on square footage you don’t really need is a great way to simplify your life and save money, but it comes with certain design challenges. Keep your smart investment feeling bright and comfortable with a window design that helps it seem larger than it really is! Whether your entire home is small or you just have a tight bedroom, office, or any other room that closes in, here are some ways that windows can augment the space you have!
Bring the Outdoors Inside
Simply by making windows a statement on their own—think of a full-surround design that continues around corners or an entire wall composed of patio doors that open onto your property—you can draw attention away from the square footage of the floor and immerse the interior in its surroundings. An example is small houses, in natural settings; they are known for their impressive use of glass.
Think about each exterior wall, what’s behind it, and how a new window would improve the feel of the room. Day lighting alone is usually enough to change the ambiance of a confined space, but a good view will also improve your impression of it.
If you have limited wall space and this doesn’t seem possible, you can still amplify the effect of any window you do have with a mirror. Set it opposite a window to duplicate scenery across the room and double your perceived view. Even if it isn’t an actual window, it’s the same basic trick!
Light from Above
High windows are finding use in all kinds of homes, as people want to increase their day lighting potential and dress up plain walls. If you don’t have any other plans for the higher points on your walls, it would be a waste not to take advantage of natural sunlight to reduce your electricity usage and also give you a glimpse of the great outdoors where you might not expect it.
Basement-level rooms use high windows because they have to; but why not carry this enhancement up above ground? They fit well above beds and in bathrooms, where they help provide light while still maintaining privacy.
Integrate with Shared Wall Features
Sometimes you need to get creative in close quarters. Aim for balance and functionality so you can make the most of what you have, and be sure that the final product will look very different across the board. Plan for any dressers, shelves, counters, etc., and think about how you can fit windows in.
When it comes time to plan for and purchase windows, let the experts at Integrity® Windows and Doors help you out. With a wide array of available styles and the option to create custom panes to fit your needs, you’ll find that these professionals have the solution for every kind of home. The industry-leading efficiency and durability of Integrity’s® Ultrex® fiberglass means that you can install as many windows as you want with confidence, so find your local dealer to get started!
Integrity Windows and Doors has announced the winners of its 2016 Red Diamond Achiever Awards. The annual competition honors the exceptional work of licensed builders, remodelers and architects who use Integrity windows and doors in their projects.
A nationally recognized panel of industry professionals selected five award winners, based on projects that had outstanding creativity, unique architecture, complexity, sustainability and solutions to construction challenges. One winner was also selected as the Peoples Choice winner by popular vote from all projects entered.
The panel of judges included Lou Manfredini, DIY expert, and host of several home-improvement TV shows, accompanied by The Marvin Companies Director of Corporate Strategy, Christine Marvin, Frank Anton, the Vice Chairmen of Hanley Wood, and Shawn McCadden, columnist and award-winning remodeler.
“The projects this year were nothing short of inspiring, diverse and fun applications of Integrity windows and doors,” said Christine Marvin. “… The Variety of submissions showcase Integrity’s range of applications in residential and commercial projects, equipped with the all-out performance to withstand any environment”
From a field of more than 280 entries, the judging panel named the following five winners Red Diamond Achievers:
- Lake Calhoun Organic Modern by John Kraemer & Sons – a strikingly beautiful, contemporary artisan home in Minneapolis
- The Bancroft by Yankee Barn Homes – an expansive, barn-style home with post and beam architecture and lofted spaces in West Lebanon, N.H.
- Cape Elizabeth Home by Kevin Browne Architecture – a modern home with gable roof lines and farmhouse height to pay homage to its Cape Elizabeth, Maine heritage
- Forrest Walk by Moser Construction Management LLC – an impressive remodel of a 1925-built Catholic grade school into four residential condo flats in Narberth, Pa.
- Redwood Avenue by Boulder Home Builders LLC and Pocci Design Group – a contemporary, boutique home in Boulder, Colo. with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains
Award winners will receive a profile on the Integrity website and its social media channels, a VIP trip for two to Minneapolis and Warroad, Minn. for a Marvin Windows and Doors facilities tour and awards ceremony. A cash donation will also be made on the behalf of each winner’s company to a charity of their choice.
A second round of judging by the general public crowned the People’s Choice Award winner. Prairie Barn by Camenisch Company Inc. was honored for the pairing of a simple, barn-style exterior with a modern interior.
To learn more about the Red Diamond Achiever Awards and see the winning projects, visit IntegrityWindows.com/RedDiamondAchiever.
In the 2016 Brand Use Survey publication by BUILDER Magazine Integrity Windows and Doors was named the best window brand throughout all fiberglass windows.
The Survey included multiple brands in four distinctive fiberglass categories, in which Integrity was the top pick in all four. Survey respondents chose Integrity as the top brand for its worth and value, brand most used, and tremendous brand awareness it had generated all within the past two years. Surveys were completed by building experts across the United States.
Kris Hanson, Senior Group Product Supervisor for Integrity Windows and Doors said, “From the launching of Integrity 20 year ago, Integrity has led the fiberglass industry. We’ve built our stature on solid yet attractive windows that offer strong quality and security. Integrity is a cherished brand by builders, especially for their excellent delivery service of 10 days. We’re extremely privileged to hear that builders have such great trust in Integrity that have brought us in receiving in these honors.”
Integrity’s fiberglass windows are made with Ulrex – a state of the art fiberglass that is 8 times tougher than vinyl, 3 times sturdier than wood and vinyl compounds, and as durable as steel. Integrity offers an All Ultrex fiberglass line of products, as well as Wood-Ultrex line that blends a genuine wood interior with a virtually indestructible fiberglass interior. Integrity has a complete line of door and window products, including insert products and much more.
Moreover, the strength of Integrity’s Ultrex fiberglass is well-known, making it quite possibly the perfect building material. It exquisitely resists rotting, warping, fading, and chipping. Integrity’s texture allows it to be accessible in darker colors, such as Ebony, while offering exceptional color preservation.
FARGO, N.D., April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The 2016 Red Diamond Achiever (RDA) Award Program from Integrity® from Marvin Windows and Doors is now open for entry to builders, remodelers and architects who contributed to projects featuring Integrity windows and doors. The RDA Award Program gives builders, remodelers and architects a way to showcase their most creative residential and commercial projects.
Up to five winners will be chosen by the RDA Award Program judging panel, which includes:
- Lou Manfredini, nationally recognized DIY expert, host of Ask Mr. Fix-It, Lou Manfredini’s Home Improvement Minute and HouseSmarts, and TODAY contributor
- Frank Anton, Vice Chairman of Hanley Wood
- Shawn McCadden, nationally-known speaker, business trainer, columnist and award-winning remodeler
- Christine Marvin, fenestration expert and Director of Marketing at Marvin Windows and Doors
The winners will receive a VIP trip to Warroad, Minn. in autumn 2016, a donation to the charity of their choice, public relations support, and a winner’s badge to use in marketing materials.
“It was an honor to be recognized as a RDA Award Program winner and to show off the design and transformation we were so proud of,” said 2015 RDA winner Geno Benvenuti of Benvenuti and Stein. “Integrity products gave us the versatility and the options to create an open, airy, updated home with which the clients are thoroughly pleased.”
An additional winner will receive the 2016 RDA People’s Choice Award. Chosen by popular vote from all entries, the People’s Choice winner will receive an iPad Air™ to take with them on the job site. The People’s Choice voting period will run on www.IntegrityWindows.com beginning in August 2016.
“Each year, our entrants manage to exceed our expectations with projects that show not only their incredible skill and care, but the range of projects Integrity products can be used in,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing at Integrity Windows and Doors. “From residential to commercial, contemporary to traditional, RDA entrants truly run the gamut of architectural styles. We’re inspired every year by the builders, remodelers and architects who submit projects, and can’t wait to see how they’ll wow us this year.”
Submissions will be accepted through 10 a.m. on July 15, 2016. Judged awards will be announced in August 2016 on Integrity’s website.
To enter, visit www.IntegrityWindows.com/RedDiamondAchiever.
Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler 2015 “Best of” Lists include Products from the Marvin Family of Brands
WARROAD, Minnesota, September 10, 2015 / PRNewswire / Scranton Gillette Communications, the publisher of numerous building trade publications, recognized two products from the Marvin Family of Brands in their Top 100 Products of 2015.
The products were compiled two “Best of” lists and chosen based on readers’ response and nominations from editors of the publications. In Professional Builder magazine, the Ultimate Multi-Slide Door from Marvin Windows and Doors was included in their Top 100 Products of 2015 list. The Ultimate Multi-Slide Door is the latest addition to Marvin’s Scenic Door line. This product include pull and latch hardware and an innovative multi-point lock allowing for easy operation.
For Professional Remodeler magazine, the Wood-Ultrex Double Hung by Integrity Windows and Doors was included in their list of Top 100 Products of 2015. This window went under a series of improvements in 2015, including new size options, color-match weatherstrip covers, and cottage and reverse-cottage sash configurations. Ultrex is durable yes classic-looking and the new enhancements allow for more variety in home building and remodeling projects.
“it is truly an honor to have products from Marvin and Integrity recognized by Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler,” Vice President of Marketing for the Marvin Family of Brands, Brett Boyum, said. “Every year, our teams put a lot of thought and research into developing products that meet the needs of the marketplace and our customers. Whether we are refining an existing product or inventing something entirely new, Marvin and Integrity strive to make the highest quality windows and doors on the market. Validation from third-party sources like Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler – publications that deeply know the pulse of the building industry – lets us know that our products are making a difference inthe market.”
The Top 100 Products lists can be found in the August 2015 issues of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines.
Multi-Housing News published an article featuring Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors and how their Ultrex fiberglass products are durable enough to withstand harsh elements, including baseballs.
Ultrex is a pultruded fiberglass that was patented by Integrity Windows and Doors twenty years ago. Standard windows may bend or break but Integrity windows hold strong without signs of wear and year. To live up to their energy-efficient standards, Integrity works with local, state and federal housing authorities to meet the requirements for energy-efficient products. Integrity windows have been compared to single pane, unglazed windows and have shown to cut heating costs by 34% in cold climates and cooling costs by 38% in warm climates.
Other features of Ultex pultruded fiberglass include:
- 8 times stronger than vinyl
- 3 times strong than wood/vinyl composites making it tough as steel
- Does not corrode
- Resists excessive expanion and contraction
- Strong frame, reducing frame thickness and increasing glass surface area and larger views
Source: Multi-Housing News
July 30, 2015 – FARGO, North Dakota — Integrity Windows and Doors marked its 20 year anniversary of making products in Fargo, North Dakota. The company celebrated with a picnic for employees and their families.
One employee, Wade Storey, was one of the Integrity employees hired when the company was formed, which is under the parent company Marvin Windows and Doors. Storey has been with the company for over 20 years and is one of the 30 employees who has been with Integrity since its start. Over 1,000 employees work at the Integrity factory in Fargo – the parent company, Marvin Windows and Doors, operates out of Warroad, Minnesota.
Integrity is known for Ultrex fiberglass, which was created when Marvin partnered with Tecton Products. Ultrex fiberglass is eight times stronger than vinyl and just as strong as steel. All Integrity products are made with Ultrex fiberglass, which is patented by the company.
Initially, Integrity operated out of Marvin’s Warroad factory until 1995, when the company moved to its own facility to manufacture its line of Ultrex products. By 1996, Integrity introduced their wood-Ultrex line which had a wood interior and an Ultrex exterior.
By 2007, Integrity introduced another line of products called IMPACT particularly for hurricane zone 3 affected areas, meeting the needs of a growing economy with different household product needs in different areas of the country. With a growing economy, more jobs are required to meet demand. Vice President of Operations for the Marvin family of companies, Brian Johnson, said “We have positions open from operations through engineering. We’ve got technical positions, managerial positions.”
In the past 20 years, Integrity has grown into a successful brand under the Marvin family of companies. Director of Operations at Integrity, Chris Barta, said “Our company experienced many changes since we started, and time after time this group has stepped up to the challenge. I am proud to be able to say that I’m a part of this team and am very excited about what the future will bring.”
Integrity Windows and Doors is in its fourth generation of family ownership and operation and will be here to stay for years to come, with their line of Ultrex windows and doors.
Source: Prairie Biz Mag
FARGO, North Dakota, May 6, 2015 / PRNewswire — Integrity Windows and Doors announced numerous enhancements to its Wood-Ultrex Double Hung windows. The Wood-Ultrex Double Hung Window by Integrity combines modern durability and traditional style. WIth the new enhancements added to the line of windows, Integrity Windows and Doors is able to meet the style needs of its customers.
The new enhancements to the Wood-Ultrex Double Hung include:
- Expanded minimum and maximum frame sizes now available up to 4.5′ wide and 7′ tall
- A factory-applied high-performance option for PG50 performance
- Cottage and reverse-cottage sash configurations
- Weatherstrip cover – that matches the color of the bottom sash, covers the sill, and fits existing units – making updates easy and convenient
The window is equipped with an Ultrex fiberglass exterior, which is created through Integrity’s patended pultrusion process.
The Ultrex makes Integrity windows eight times stronger than vinyl. Like all of Integrity’s products, the updated Wood-Ultrex Double Hung windows come with a 10-day delivery promise to distributors.
Director of Marketing for Integrity Windows and Doors, Becky Felling, said, “We are committed to innovation and delivering the highest-quality products – both through the introduction of new windows and doors, and through enhancements to our existing product portfolio. The classic double hung remains an all-time favorite among homeowners, and these enhancements to our Wood-Ultrex Double Hung windows provide even more solutions to meet unique design need.”
To learn more about Integrity Windows and Doors, visit http://www.marvin.com/integrity.
Fargo, ND, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire
Trade professionals are welcome to submit their best building projects to Integrity Windows and Doors’ Red Diamond Achiever Awards (RDA) to showcase their work using Integrity projects.
Builders, remodelers, architects, and commercial contractors are encouraged to submit their work to this annual competition. Entries will be accepted through July 15, 2015 and will consist of two programs: one chosen by a group of industry experts and the other as a People’s Choice Award chosen by the public.
Up to five winners will win a trip to Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minneapolis with a celebration including Marvin Family of Brands executives. The winners will also receive $200 to donate to their charities of choice and a photo in the 2016 calendar. The People’s Choice Award winner will receive an iPad Air.
The Director of Marketing for Integrity Windows and Doors, Becky Felling, said, “The quality of RDA entries goes up every year, and choosing the winner is often a challenge for our judges. Our Red Diamond Achiever program showcases the wide variety of projects that Integrity can be used in, and that demonstrates how much builders love the toughness and aesthetics of Ultrex® pultruded fiberglass.”
For more information on Integrity’s Red Diamond Achiever Awards and how to enter, click here.
About Integrity Windows and Doors
Integrity Windows and Doors is the world’s largest and most experienced manufacturer of windows and doors made with Ultrex® – a state-of-the-art pultruded fiberglass material. We didn’t just join the fiberglass revolution – we pioneered it. Our heritage as part of the Marvin Family of Brands is built on more than a century of excellence and expertise. Based in Fargo, N.D., Integrity offers a comprehensive line of window and door products that are Built to Perform® and backed by first-class customer service.
For more information on Integrity, click here.
Fargo, North Dakota. January 24, 2015.
Integrity Windows and Doors is expanding its product line with new insert windows that combine fiberglass and wood.
Integrity’s Wood-Ultrex Insert Casement and Awning windows are durable and a great option for builders, homeowners, architects, and remodelers alike. Integrity uses Ultrex, their patented pultruded fiberglass that is strong as steel. Integrity windows are so strong that they outperform vinyl and composite products with their high-performance finish and energy efficiency.
“With casements and awnings being some of the most used windows on the market, the Wood-Ultrex Insert Casement and Awning windows are what our valued customers really wanted to see in our mix. These windows can work in a variety of homes and buildings, and they offer virtually worry-free toughness that looks great for years,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing for Integrity Windows and Doors.
Features of Integrity’s Wood-Ultrex Insert Casement and Awning windows include:
- Through-jamb installation
- Variety of glass options: LoE2-272 glass with optional LoE-180 or LoE3-3366
- Exterior finish options: Stone White, Pebble Gray, Bronze, Evergreen, Cashmere or Ebony
- Interior finishes: warm pine or factory pre-finished white paint
- Optional factory-applied Window Opening Control Device
- Optional factory or field mulling: Grilles-Between-the Glass (GBG), Wood Interior Grilles, Simulated Divided Lites (SDL), or Simulated Divided Lites with spacer bars (SDLS)
- 10-day delivery promise to distributor
To learn more about Integrity’s new Wood-Ultrex Insert Casement and Awning windows along with the rest of their product line, visit www.integritywindows.com.
Source: Sam Knight, Woodworking Network.