Marvin Invites Architects to Enter its 2017 Architects Challenge Design Competition

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 Gonzalaez, 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.

For more information and to submit a project, visit

Window Designs That Make Small Spaces Feel Big

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!

Source: Marvin Windows & DoorsThe House Designers

Wood & Door Magazine Features Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door

The Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door was featured as one of the latest energy efficient products in the October issue of Window & Door magazine. The Ultimate Multi-Slide Door has several energy efficient features such as a 0.28 U-factor with IG dual-pane glass, tempered one-lite low-E2 with argon insulating glass, a thermally efficient modular Ultrex frame system and heavy-duty weatherstripping. Read more in the October issue of Window & Door.

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Marvin Windows and Doors

One of the happiest days in Jake Marvin’s life took place eight years ago, when he asked family members involved with the business a tough question.

As CEO and chairman of Warroad-based Marvin Windows and Doors, and a member of the Marvin family’s third generation, Jake assembled the stockholders in his family’s company. He had something momentous to tell them. Due to changes mandated by the Internal Revenue Service, the family had to sign off on a new buy-sell agreement to govern future ownership structure.

“The way ours was written, it required 100 percent agreement from all shareholders,” Jake recalls. “One of the things we did just before we got to that was to [convene] all the shareholders in the fourth generation that were the age of majority; that was nearly all of them, at the time.” As he explained at the meeting, there were a number of ways the family business could proceed. “We could sell it, we could sell it in part, we could bring in professional management and continue to own it, or we could own, operate and manage it.”

It’s not to say that Jake Marvin and his siblings have made it easy for the fourth generation. Family members don’t “inherit” a job – they have to earn it. And that is why Marvin Windows and Doors has lasted so long as a family business.

We try to give this fourth generation varied experiences that will help them as leaders for the future,” Susan Marvin says. A case in point is niece Christine, who became the company’s director of corporate strategy in August after serving as director of marketing for the Marvin brands. Before joining the family business full time in 2008, Christine Marvin worked a couple of years for a California building materials wholesaler.

There’s something else that Marvin family members need to prove: a commitment not only to the company but to Warroad, a town of 1,778 just six miles south of the Canadian border. And that’s one of the reasons Frank Marvin’s son Paul was named president at the beginning of this year, succeeding his aunt Susan.

All owners over the age of 18 attend the annual shareholder meeting. There, the younger family members learn more about the business and ask questions. “All of our children work for the company in summer jobs and sometimes on vacations from school, before they sign on.” Jake Marvin says. Those interested in building a career at Marvin Windows and Doors are sent to seminars for more formal training.

In addition, “We put them with [consultants] who can do a complete profile and analysis and really get in the corners with them,” Marvin says. “That’s not just testing, but a series of long interviews and a lot of back-and-forth to determine, along with testing, what their skill sets are, what it is that moves them, how do they see themselves going forward, where can they contribute if they want to be in the business – or if they don’t want to be.

This past summer, three members of the fifth generation, whose oldest members are in high school, held jobs with the company. “They’re involved very early on in their lives,” Jake Marvin says. That was true of him and his siblings. The members of the Marvin Family, Campell says, “are the bedrock of Warroad.” And they’re working hard to stay that way.

Source: TCBmag

Marvin Featured in L.A. Times

Kishani Perera, designer and house hunter noticed a slightly unappealing 1923 Mid-City home; That’s when she realized her first step was to border the entryway with columns.

Kishani Perera had originally bought the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $640,000 in 2013 and currently selling it for $1.1 million. “I could tell it had good bones, just a good feeling to it,” said Perera

With almost three years of work, the home now has charisma including the transformed garage, with four skylights, and new windows.

Perera has styled homes for Harry Styles, Molly Sims, Rachel Bilson and Michael C. Hall, “This has been my passion project,” said Perera,

Perera has renovated the home’s exterior paint that was previously a gray with a Benjamin Moore’s deeper Quarry Rock gray that has smooth touches of blue and green.

The new color felt original to the house, kind of a vintage vibe to it,” added Perera.

The new and improved home now sports white-trimmed Marvin windows well matched to neighbors’ lawns by Calabasas-based New View Landscape.

A spray of fragrance flowers and olive bushes surround the home’s front entranceway alluring a calm look.

Perera connected the tight kitchen, dining and laundry areas, opening them to the living room to enlarge the 1,038-square-foot interior. Throughout the home Original American oak flooring is used.

The kitchen’s new shiny black cabinetry is topped with white Calcutta marble all paired with appliances: an Electrolux dishwasher, refrigerator, and Bertazzoni range and oven; With a faucet by Perrin and Rowe.

Much of the lighting is vintage located from Perera’s Rummage boutique on Beverly Boulevard. The new fixtures are by Cedar & Moss.

The dining room has an elegant Maria Theresa chandelier coated a chic gray and an art deco fixture it’s a German tower design that drapes in the master bath.

Krishani’s curiosity in vintage was started during family visits to Sri Lanka when she was a young teenager.

Shops there had these most amazing pieces from the 18th and 19th century,” she said. “I love the history and story behind vintage pieces; I can feel real soul in them.

The master bath’s black harsh accents is of a newly vintage design, and the hall bathroom has a striking 1950s cabinet with both having Cement Tile floors.

Other features the house includes: new electrical and plumbing systems, a new slim line HVAC and a Nest thermostat. The house also features alarm, camera and Sonos sound systems.

The backyard is now lined with bay leaf borders that adorn an inviting St. Augustine lawn. A lower patio with pea gravel borders the house.

The most practical backyard feature is the calming hammock looped between lemon and grapefruit trees.

Source: LA Times

Larger Casement & Awning Windows from Marvin featured in Professional Builder

Contemporary architecture and design calls for large, energy-efficient windows with continuous range of glass.

Marvin Windows and Doors added bigger sizes to its Contemporary Casements and Awnings, Ultimate Casements, and Awnings, and Ultimate Replacement Casements and Awnings.

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2016 Window & Door Trend Report by Architect Magazine

A 2016 trend report from Architect Magazine showed how professionals in the window and door industry see improvement in energy efficiency and product design. Here’s what you can expect during spring, summer and beyond!

Inside out, Outside In

The tendency to effortlessly incorporate open interiors with expansive exteriors continues across America. AIA Fellow and residential architect Manny Gonzales of the Los Angeles based KTGY Group stated “Large sliding glass doors are for all objectives and goals, it is a moving transparent wall.” Large casement windows offer homeowners new levels of free outdoor views. Many window assemblies make large “window wall” effects. The interior/exterior direction can embrace traditional or contemporary designs. Stylists and home builders are actively reacting to buyers’ wishes to combine the indoors with the outdoors. 


New home and key renovation projects show another trend: more scenic doors. A new generation of lift-and-slides, multi-slides, and bi-fold scenic doors have changed the mindset on home energy savings. There are more and more homes that have multiple scenic doors. Christine Marvin, director of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors of Warroad, Minnesota said “Not long ago, you would find one door for every eight or so windows in a home. Today it’s a couple to a few to several times that amount. More doors mean even more relations to nature.”

The Color of Character

Hardware is also going through a color trend cycle. Designers are utilizing gray or “coal” colors for metallic window and door exteriors. “The most favored hardware finishes are the satin nickels and satin chromes for a more contemporary look. Oil-polished bronze remain as the fundamental assortments,” added Marvin.

Universal Design

Artists like Gonzales, and home builders nationwide, are adding multi-generational add-ons into homes, especially windows and doors. “Universal design isn’t just for an aging population. It’s for people in general,” Gonzales said.

The multi-slide scenic door is the latest advancement on the universal design front. A handheld remote or a home computerized system app is all it takes for homeowners to quickly and seamlessly open and close a multi-slide door with a tap of a finger. “Considerate automation is the ultimate in universal design,” Marvin said.

Source: Architect Magazine

Esthetics and Execution from Marvin®

Infinity Bay offers bay windows that includes Bare Pine, Oak head, and seat boards, which can also be dyed and tinted to correspond to the interior of the house. Infinity Bay windows are accessible in two different points and shapes to fit your home’s architectural form. Infinity bay windows are made with Ultrex® that offers remarkable durability and support assuring that your windows will work and stay marvelous for a long time.

Integrity® Casement windows are supplied with new double arm roto supply service and continuous multi-point clasp setup displaying Ultrex framework for everlasting achievement. The Ultrex frame will not shatter or drip, making it a low-key product. You are also able to choose from darker colors without deterioration. With Integrity Casement windows, you will now be able to change the appearance of your home carrying it out properly.

Lastly, Marvin’s wood Double-Hung windows incorporate modern and vintage schemes concealed with cut aluminum making the window much easier to manage, while equipping a heated barricade. Marvin’s Double-Hung window is simple to unlock and can be added with a full or half screen to disguise the bottom part. There is a wide selection of sash sizes, coat, and soft ornaments for your fitting window.

Source: Next Door and Window

Marvin Windows and Doors Reveals Architects Challenge Clash

The 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge has began another segment of the yearly contest called the Architects Challenge Showdown. In May, there were six architect-designed projects proclaimed as winners in their architectural sector as elected by a panel of professionals. With Marvin giving the general audience a chance to pick the showdown victor. There are four sets of voting that entails the showdown consisting of June 6th – June 12th that is in regards to all the developments entered in 2016, June 13th – June 19th the top 25 missions, June 20th – June 26th the top 10 undertakings, and finally on June 27th – July 1st the top 3 best endeavors.

At the public is permitted to vote for one project per day at the time of the voting dates. The champion is expected to be pronounced by the week of July 4th. Mark Nelson of David Heide Design Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota spoke about his time when he had previously won in the year 2015, “Receiving the award of Marvin Architects Challenge Showdown had given thrills for the firm.” Mentioning the tremendous nobility by the public and the work put in from the other exceptional jobs completed. The triumph architect will get a trip to the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, conducted October 5th to the 6th in Los Angeles, California.

The showdown is a great chance for the public to get involved in the Marvin Architects Challenge, and as well as giving the architects a break to influence their networks in an open competition. Christine Marvin, Executive of Company Tactic for the Marvin Family of Products stated, “Marvin’s windows and doors are cherished for their implementation, project tractability, and attractiveness. She went on reinforcing how every year they look forward to seeing how the strategy competency is understood by architects, and which architects challenge developments stimulate votes. Marvin Windows and Doors bring its mission statement to life with every client.

With Marvin’s wide selection of made to order wood and clad wood windows and doors with different structures, designs, volumes, and choices to fit the assorted needs of manufacturers while corresponding the personalities of homeowners. Marvin’s practice of distributing the best artistry in windows and doors started in Warroad, Minnesota a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the family-owned business is still headquartered today. To know more about the 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge you can go to

Source: PRNewswire

New Hampshire Home Edgewater II

In New Hampshire a town by the name of Harrisville Dan Scully from Daniel V. Architects firm remodeled a home known as Edgewater. Dan Scully was one of the victors of the Marvin Architect’s Challenge a client from Millwork Master. Edgewater before the transformation had a bellicosely giant and piercing canopy toward the water. It had all sliders, with a dome filled of cut glass with no improvement, and clapboards with cramped cruel fit.

The resolution was in the windows, and the trim around them. The inside was rearranged, the windows all altered, the covering and slender as if from a distinctive cohort. Sliders and crystal ceilings were substituted with enormous dual suspended windows, with window muttons. The result is a shore-style wall, with shallow pressed windows of the era, rather than the quasi-new all-glass appearance of the unprecedented.

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