Pioneer Spirit Brings a Hand-Tooled House Back to Life

Meet the homeowners who won us over with their DIY skills and landed our 2016 Reader Remodel Contest top prize from Delta Faucet.

“Our love affair with this house, and the town it’s in, began years ago, when I was traveling around southern Utah for work and got tired of staying in hotels. I used to come through Manti a lot, and I talked to Jim, who works a couple of hours away, into acquiring a home base. No Sooner had we fixed up our first house than I spotted an even better one, It needed everything, but we did it, and today it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.” says Shannon Miller.

“We were living there with every intention of staying put when a friend of ours, Scott Anderson, whose grandparents lived in Manti, called to say, ‘Guess what, they’re going to tear down Grandma’s house and put in trailer lots.’ and I said, ‘Not on my watch!”

“Manti was settled in 1849 by pioneers, people who didn’t mind hard work and created the town from scratch. Some of those pioneers built Scott’s grandparents’ house-ours now- with nothing but hand tools. They used rubble limestone from a local quarry; it was the material at hand. The house was added onto in the late 1880s and again around 1910, when Manti was growing so fast it had its own brick factory. Between the rubble stone, ashlar masonry, and yellow brick, you can see how they changed their technique.”

“Jim and I both believe historic homes should be respected and saved. At first we thought we’d stabilize this one and find a new owner. But it had a bedroom on the first floor, and that was beginning to look good to us. And after we cleared out the debris, we could almost imagine how it was meant to be.”

“First we had to deal with structural damage. Every single system would have to be corrected, replaced or repaired. The outbuildings and yard were littered with abandoned trucks and trailers and hundreds of tires; all that would require some TLC, too. The next surprise: how long this undertaking would take”

Remodeling the house required taking the interior down to the studs. The homeowners rebuilt the staircase, which had been put in by the previous owners, to match the original, and added built-ins. they also rejiggered the layout to assign rooms more logically and bumped out the back wall to accommodate a new kitchen, sunroom, powder room, and mudroom. The house, now 2,250 square feet, also has a second floor with two bedrooms and one path.

For photos and more information on this beautiful home, view our source: This Old House


Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door

The Ultimate Multi-Slide Door isn’t just a panoramic door, it’s a completely new lifestyle. Slide open your door for phenomenal expansive views, fresh air and a tremendous amount of warm, natural light.

Features include:

• Available in sizes up to 56 feet wide and 12 feet high

• Center arrangement available with motionless center pane and operating panels on each side

• Low profile Level, Performance, and High Performance sill options available

• Product is CE certified.

Source: Marvin


A Toast to Big Doors: A Minnesota Brewery Embraces Marvin Entry Doors

There are many craft beer companies with cool breweries, restaurants, and taprooms, but Surly Brewing Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota has distinguished itself from the crowd.

In December 2014, the 10-year-old brewer opened its gates to the upper Midwest’s first destination brewery. Set in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, an area defined by train yards and towering grain silos, the 8.3-acre campus has created new life in the Twin Cities.

The campus comes with all of the expected features – a wood-paneled taproom, full-service restaurant, beer garden and the brewery – but it’s also packed with surprises, beginning with a 400 square foot sliding glass door to symbolize the brand’s connective spirit. At 10 feet high and 40 feet long, the door opens the large festive beer hall to the outdoor deck, beer garden and amphitheater beyond.

Steven Dwyer, the project’s architect, said choosing the door was a matter of simplicity. After taking a trip to Warroad, Minn., to visit the home of Marvin Windows and Doors, he knew he’d found the brand with the right product for the job.

“We saw a door that was, I want to say, 12 feet tall. It was very impressive. But was what really remarkable was how easy it was to slide open or close,” explained Dwyer. He was talking about the Marvin Ultimate Lift and Slide door, a product that presents designers with scale and style options to address any design vision.

Having worked with Marvin before, Dwyer was quick to entrust them with his business, explaining “They’re always very responsive and supportive. They’re a good company. I think Marvin has one of the best products around.”

Dwyer has been involved in many noteworthy building projects across the arts, higher education and community. However, he called this one a “career-defining project,” going on to explain, “There’s nothing like Surly Brewing in the area. The project has made a real impact on the culture of the Twin Cities. I’m very fortunate,.”

Source: Builder Online


Oversized Windows and Glass Doors Improve Energy Performance

Questions over expansive glass used to offer homeowners a tradeoff: accept poorer home energy performance and higher utility bills, or revamp the exterior wall to compensate for glass thermal loss.

Now, modern home design innovations are proving bigger glass to be better. A new generation of oversized wood-framed multi-panel sliding doors, casement windows and awning windows defy the need to compromise.

Wood-clad multi-panel sliding doors up to 12-feet high by 60-feet long, along with casement windows that go up to 8-feet by almost 4, are giving residential architects and home builders fewer limitations in crafting their “million-dollar view.” The glass, which is now thermally re-vamped, lacks the aluminum or steel framings that previously forbade the coexistence of high-style and efficiency.

Kris Hanson, a Marvin Windows and Doors group product planning manager, explained: “Next-generation big glass windows and door systems can now achieve a 0.28 U-factor with standard, dual pane insulating glass.” U-factor is an insulating metric, and any measurement beneath 0.30 is considered outstanding for doors.

The new products also offer hope to coastal residential developers struggling with wind, salt or moisture, as certain manufacturers have introduced PG-50 and IZ3-rated multi-panel sliding doors to respond to extreme-weather. Similarly rated products are expected to arrive shortly for big glass casement windows.

The new model options bear great potential for homeowners to increase their value, but challenges fall upon home builders and residential architects who must adapt to the new technology. They must adjust their offerings appropriately.

Source: Builder Online