The Modern Bucolic

A backcountry house gets the modern treatment with bold vistas and exceptional energy efficiency.

Architect Greg Wiedemann, who completed the project with his firm Wiedemann Architects, describes the house as “a modern interpretation of the traditional white clapboard farmhouse and red barn that populate the neighboring countryside.” In his take on the old standard, he proposed an exterior clad with high-performing, insulated glass.

The residence features windows and doors by Marvin, which maximize thermal protection and interior ventilation.

With its many broad windows, the house enjoys views of a rolling meadow and a lake, as well as a shared farmhouse and barn where co-housing residents can get together.

“It’s a bucolic rural community that enjoys the character of the Virginia country side,” Wiedemann says.

The architect designed the house to benefit from the sharp slope, allowing each of the two storeys access to the exterior.

“The front of the house has beautiful views of the meadow, whereas the back of the house has mountain views.”

The house’s tall, slender layout also worked in favor of energy efficiency, a key parameter in the project, says Wiedemann.

“The house has very thick exterior walls that are super insulated.” Wiedemann used materials intelligently, using Marvin’s selection of highly insulated glass French doors and windows.

Wiedemann has worked with Marvin products for over 30 years, and in this case, the company “Provided the best package in terms of cost, materials, hardware options and different operations,” he explains.

The architects were also able to maintain a traditional farmhouse material palette by utilizing two color options from Marvin Windows.

“Particularly, Marvin’s venting picture window afforded us the ability to have cross-ventilation and substantial size.” This effect is further amplified with a ventilation system built into a cupola that tops the house.

For the interior, Wiedemann opted for an open plan, with a flexible space on the lower level that can be transformed to fit multiple uses.

“The client wanted a house where she could age in place,” said Wiedemann.

Ultimately, the task for Wiedemann, as he puts it, was to “Design a modern home on sloped site, and still have it be connected to the natural views.” Rows of large windows and glass doors by Marvin, coupled with its open layout ensured that the house gets plenty of access to the landscape.


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

IBS 2015: Integrity’s Wood-Ultrex Insert Casement & Awning

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


Source: Sam Knight, Woodworking Network.