The Rise of The Traditional Home

In an age of Houzz and Pinterest, an unprecedented online buzz on both contemporary and traditional home design has inspired an openness to merging two distinctly different styles.

Inevitably, savvy homeowners tend to think, “I like parts of both.”

Welcome to the transitional home.

This fast-growing movement pays homage to contemporary and traditional home styles. For a home builder, it means a bet placed on constructing either style is a winning one. A transitional-minded home buyer is apt to transform any home style with tasteful, restrained elements of whatever suits them, traditional or contemporary.

Beyond Interior Furnishings

The transitional concept goes just beyond furniture and décor. It also marries traditional and contemporary architecture, finishes, and materials.

For example, a contemporary home might be expected to showcase large glass expanses to convey a sleek, light-infused interior. A transitional home can be just likely to include big glass. But it might welcome nature with oversized double-hung windows instead of large casement or picture windows.

Broad Appeal

One person who has observed the transitional movement up-close is Christine Marvin. Marvin, director of corporate strategy for Marvin Windows and Doors, says the trend defies a generational bias. “It spans all age groups,” Marvin says. “A lot of homes I’m seeing might be someone’s second or their ‘forever’ home. One older couple I know loves Scandinavian design. But they also like wood and big glass with homey, rounded-corner furniture and traditional rugs. It’s what they like. It’s very simplistic, uncluttered, warm, and livable.

The Beauty of Choice

Marvin says the buzz and floor traffic surrounding big glass displays at this year’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) is another example of a surging trend. “We had a contemporary studio collection at IBS,” Marvin observes. “These windows are specified for transitional design because traditional furniture and décor softens the look. You pick what resonates. That’s the beauty of transitional design.”

The good news for home builders is transitional styling checks all the boxes. The builder is free to recommend the best elements of contemporary and transitional home styling without sacrificing project aesthetics, value, and quality.

As Marvin says, “Home buyers find inspiration everywhere. It’s a different conversation today.

For more information on the transitional home, visit our sources: Builder Online and Marvin Windows and Doors


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 Commerical. An overal 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 annouced during an ARCHITECT Live event at the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Concention, April 27-29 in Orlando. Marvin will provide conerence travel, lodging and registration for the winners.

For more information and to submit a project, visit


Marvin to Showcase New Bi-Fold Door at IBS

The new Marvin Clad Ultimate Bi-Fold Door features one of the industry’s widest glass panels at 3 feet, 6 inches in a frame up to 10 feet high, letting the outdoors in with less to block the view. The door will be previewed among an extensive display of innovations and enhancements from Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors during the International Builders’ Show (booth W2529) in Orlando, Jan. 10-12.


The demand in the market continues to be for windows and doors that allow even more natural light, unobstructed views and connection to the outdoors,” says Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy for Marvin Windows and Doors.

The new Ultimate Bi-Fold Door, part of the company’s Scenic Door Collection, offers the beauty and durability of Marvin’s signature wood-clad products. In addition to wide expanses of glass, it uses two hinges instead of three for a clean, streamlined look suitable for both contemporary and traditional designs. The door will be available for ordering in spring 2017.


Customers today are looking for bigger doors, cleaner lines and more glass, without compromising performance. We’re eager to introduce a new Bi-Fold Door that delivers on all of these expectations,” says Kris Hanson, senior manager, group product management. “And for builders and architects, we’re pleased to provide a door that offers 45 different configurations and can span up to 55.5 feet wide for unparalleled flexibility and impressive aesthetics.”


Other innovations and enhancements on display and special events at IBS 2017 from the Marvin Family of Brands will include:


Marvin Contemporary Studio Collection: Matte Black hardware, larger glass sizes 

In response to the contemporary design aesthetic many designers and homeowners prefer, Marvin will display enhancements and additions to its Contemporary Studio Collection. Notable among the enhancements is the new Matte Black hardware, a reflection-free finish that allows the lines and form of each piece – every pull, crank, lock and hinge – to stand out.


Integrity Windows and Doors: Enhanced Inswing French Patio Door and more 

Visitors to the booth will also see an enhanced Integrity Wood-Ultrex Inswing French Door, which is made of patented pultruded fiberglass able to endure all elements without showing age or wear.

Combining a virtually indestructible fiberglass exterior with an authentic wood interior, the portfolio includes Integrity Wood-Ultrex awning, casement, double hung, polygon and round top windows, sliding French Doors and Outswing French Doors.


Meet-and-Greet with Tommy Silva of This Old House

Marvin continues to be a proud sponsor of This Old House, and is pleased to host Tommy Silva, General Contractor and longtime star of the show for a meet-and-greet, autograph signing and Q+A session hosted by Christine Marvin. The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 2-3 p.m. in the Marvin booth, W2529.

For more information on the Marvin Family of Brands and the innovations on display at this year’s show, visit



Marvin Windows and Doors Receives MN Family Business Award

Marvin Windows and Doors has once again been honored with a Minnesota Family Business Award, presented by Twin Cities Business magazine. Earning 2016’s “Special Distinction – Legacy” honor, the magazine notes that “over four generations, the Marvin family has built one of Minnesota’s most durable companies.”

Source: Marvin


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


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


A Toast to Big 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


Quebec home wins 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge

Marvin Windows and Doors announced the front-runners of its eighth annual Architects Challenge competition, including a Pontiac, QC home by architect Malcolm Wildeboer of Vandenberg and Wildeboer Architects in Ontario. The development, Wedge House, was granted highest reward in the opposition’s Best In Show category. There was an added five architect-designed ventures from across the country presented in the subsequent groups: Best Remodel/Addition, Best Contemporary, Best Transitional/Eclectric, Best Traditional New Construction and Best Commercial. The champions were revealed at the American Institute of Architects Convention in Philadelphia. The 2016 Architects Challenge leaders were hand picked by a board of professionals involving: Manny Gonzales, Ted Flato, and Robert M. Gurney.

The captivating pieces were evaluated on architectural brilliance, innovative design and use of Marvin window and door products. Wildeboer opened up that the wedge house is stunningly located, with a quarter-mile that winds past a soaring stance of century pines to a picturesque beach. The 4,000-square-foot escape household holds a cozy equilibrium amid housing and acquaintance on the threshold of the Ottawa River. Marvin windows arouse a daring but subtle clearness, like a tent screen.

The general audience will designate a champ by accepted ballot starting June 6 on-screen at With on going rounds until July 1, electorates will have the availability to elect their preferred developments from all 2016 Architects Challenge items.

Source: Canadian Architect


2016 Marvin Architects Challenge Winners Announced

The winners of the eighth annual Architects Challenge competition conducted at the American Institute Convention in Philadelphia. There were six-constructed architect developments from across the country that was awarded in the succeeding categories: Best In Show, Best Contemporary, Best Transitional/Eclectic, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition, and Best Commercial. A panel of professionals selected the winners comprising of Manny Gonzales, Ted Flato, and Robert M. Gurney. Manny Gonzales stated, “Looking at the tremendous developments made it puzzling to choose but the winners embodied the creativeness and carefulness use expected when an architect designs a home or a building. Judging was based on architectural superiority, artistic scheme, and use of Marvin window and door products. Christine Marvin, Director of Marketing at Marvin Windows and Doors quoted, “There is nothing more satisfying than affiliating with architects and strategy mavens to produce windows and doors that actually alters a space.”

Christine went on to discuss what Marvin products are. Marvin’s team is a vital part of each window and door built through the determination of architectural backing and knowledge. Christine Marvin went on reinforcing, “Every year, We feel very privileged to see our products at work with the Architects Challenge program, and are pleased to champion the quality, originality, and workmanship of corresponding experts. The winners were for the categories including Best In Show winner was Malcolm Wildeboer, Best Contemporary winner was Elizabeth Herrmann, Best Transitional/Eclectic winner was Dan Scully, Best Traditonal New Construction winner was Mark Nelson, Best Remodel/addition winner was Albert Garcia, and lastly Best Commercial winner was Daniela Holt Volth.

The victors will travel to Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minnesota this fall for a cost free expedition. In addition to being highlighted on as well as the promotion with Marvin’s media cohorts. This summer the general community will pick a 2016 Architects Challenge Showdown victor by well-liked poll online at From June 6 to July 1, supporters will have the opportunity to indicate their favored projects from all Architects Challenge entries with more than 170 endeavors. Once the ballets are in, the showdown champ will receive a tour to the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, California held in October.

Source: PRNewswire

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