Put the STYLE Back in Your Windows!

No one goes to an art exhibit for the red velvet curtain, but rather for the artwork waiting to be revealed behind it.

So let’s just drop the drapes…

Picture yourself with a flute of champagne pinched between your fingers eagerly anticipating the drop, only to be distracted by the artist’s poor choice of frame when the big moment arrives. The goal in framing is to complement the art, just as windows are meant to complement the view; this is why the right styling choices are critical.

So how does this apply to “styling” your windows? We know artwork is chosen based on what we find to be beautiful, but we select the frame to either make it pop or seamlessly blend in, all the while reflecting one’s personal signature style.

With this in mind, here are a few creative tips to set you on the path for choosing your window style.

Using color to your advantage:
Dark painted sashes are all the rage and for good reason. They can be implemented in a multitude of ways. Picture a black window sash and frame, set in a brick wall with a view of Manhattan; just seamless! Move those same dark window sashes to a stark white contemporary space that over looks a Japanese garden and you have a POP! And why not use them in a Proper Bostonian Brownstone? That would be wicked!

Details, details and details:
You can easily add character to a space by using customized moldings. Trimwork can be an accessory working to transform your windows by giving them a decorated look without inhibiting the view. If you’re feeling a little intimidated by just going bare, integrated shades can be incorporated when the need for privacy strikes. Moldings also set the tone for the architectural integrity of the home. Craftsman moldings are simple and solid; in contrast, the more ornate moldings pay tribute to a romantic period. An absence of moldings altogether can give a nod to the contemporary design. This holds true in addressing exterior casing, or lack thereof, as well.

Bump it out:
Are you building a high energy efficient home with thicker walls with deep set windows? Use extension jambs to your advantage. When done in a natural finish and no added trim (flush with the sheetrock), this approach can add traditional warmth to a space while remaining stripped down, modern and sleek. Plus it’s a great place to throw a book down when cozying up in your favorite chair.

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Window and door hardware seems to be an afterthought, but trust me they are more important than people can imagine. Hardware honestly can make or break the visual coherence of a room. I have seen beautiful stained wood windows and doors cheapened in appearance because the lack of attention put into the hardware. There are so many details put into designing a home – don’t let all that work go to waste by not carrying that detail down to the end.

Camouflage:
In some instances, the view is just not that noteworthy but the ambient light is necessary. Changing the view isn’t a realistic possibility, so we improvise. Plantation shutters are a great way to turn a negative into a positive, welcoming class and sophistication to a space along with being incredibly functional – think bathrooms. Another way to camouflage and retain light is adopting the trend of layering windows with shelves and even mirrors; it’s quite the trend buzzing on Houzz, Pinterest and Apartment Therapy.

In the end, framing your view is key, so know your options before going into your next project. Remember, a bad frame can hinder even the most spectacular view. So don’t get stuck with it, style it!

naomiYour A.W. Hastings Representative
Naomi Mancha is a Products and Services Consultant at A.W. Hastings. She comes from a diverse background in the field of interior design and sales. Her focus is on the development of relationships with architects, contractors and institutions as well as keeping home building and renovating projects advancing to a spectacular conclusion.

 

Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning Screens

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Routine Care and Maintenance Series
Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products

Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale!


Best Practices for Cleaning Screens:

Cleaning the screens on your Marvin windows and doors is best done by removing the screens altogether, laying them on a flat clean area, like a sidewalk, and spraying off any dust with water from your garden hose.

Allow the screens to completely air dry before replacing them in the window or door. If you live in a cold climate, it is recommended that you remove exterior window screens and screendoors during the winter. The mesh may collect snow and ice, causing the screen to sag.

Always work from the exterior of the door when removing and replacing door screens.

Example of a plunger pin

Example of a plunger pin

Windows — Interior Screens
To remove the interior screens, simply lift up on the finger lifts (or finger routes) at the bottom of the screen. This will cause the spring-like mechanism at the top of the screen to compress. Using the finger lifts and continuing to apply upward pressure, draw the bottom of the screen out of the window.
Windows — Exterior Screens
To remove the screen, grasp the plunger pins and pull inward until the pins clear the screen lip on the frame cladding.
On Clad Ultimate Double Hungs, push the screen outward, grasp screen frame and pull down slightly. Turn the screen sideways and bring it through the window into your home.
Notes:
  • Marvin recommends that the operating sash on the double hung windows be removed from the window before attempting to remove the screen.
  • Certain size screens have a factory bow in the frame; this is to ensure a snug fit and is not a defect.
  • Every screen installed on Marvin products has a label affixed to it that states the following, “WARNING: Screen will not stop child from falling out of window. Keep child away from open window.” If the sticker is removed, please take extra precautions to make sure children do not lean on the screen, especially when the window is open. 

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Integrity’s Red Diamond Achiever Award: People’s Choice Voting – Round 2

The 2015 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Program has entered Round 2 of the People’s Choice voting phase. Over 260 submissions and nominations, entered by builders, architects, and dealers from around the country, have been whittled down by popular vote to the Top 5. Check out the five remaining projects vying for the People’s Choice title and cast your vote today! Round 2 voting ends at 11:59 am on Tuesday, August 18.

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The Red Diamond Achiever Award seeks to recognize and honor the exceptional work of licensed builders, remodelers and architects who use Integrity Windows and Doors. Following the selection of the People’s Choice Winner, a judging panel will announce several program winners based on creativity, overcoming construction challenges, architecture, complexity and sustainability.

We’re looking forward to seeing which of these great projects make it through to the winner’s circle!

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Integrity’s Red Diamond Achiever Award: The Time to Vote is Now!

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The 2015 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Program has entered its People’s Choice voting phase. Over 260 submissions and nominations were entered by builders, architects, and dealers from around the country, many from the northeast. Check out the wide range of projects vying for recognition in this program and cast your vote today! Round 1 voting ends at 11:59 am on Tuesday, August 11. Only the top 5 will move on to Round 2 – make your vote count by returning every day to vote again.

The Red Diamond Achiever Award seeks to recognize and honor the exceptional work of licensed builders, remodelers and architects who use Integrity Windows and Doors. Following the selection of the People’s Choice Winner, a judging panel will announce several program winners based on creativity, overcoming construction challenges, architecture, complexity and sustainability.

We’re looking forward to seeing which of these great projects make it through to the winner’s circle!

Routine Care & Maintenance – Cleaning the Glass on Windows and Doors

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Routine Care and Maintenance Series
Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products

Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale!


Cleaning the Glass on Windows and Doors:

Keep your Marvin windows and doors looking their best with regular interior and exterior glass cleaning.

Glass Cleaning – How To’s

For best results, do not clean glass when it is exposed to direct sunlight.

Make sure to clean your windows regularly

Make sure to clean your windows regularly

  1. Start cleaning glass at the top of the building and continue to lower levels.
  2. Soak the glass surface with a clean water and soap solution to loosen dirt and debris.
  3. Use a mild, non abrasive window washing solution and apply with a non abrasive applicator.
  4. Immediately after washing the glass, remove all of the cleaning solution with a squeegee, taking care not to allow any metal surface of the cleaning equipment to touch the glass surface.
  5. Dry all cleaning solution from window gaskets, sealants and frames. Also, make sure that no abrasive particles are trapped between the glass and the cleaning material. Window and door gasket, sealants and frames are susceptible to deterioration if the water and cleaning solutions are not dried away immediately after cleaning.

Removing Labels From Glass

Use of razor blades or knifes is not recommended on any coated glass such as Low E II. However, if paint or other construction residue cannot be removed from any non-coated glass surface with normal cleaning, a new 1″ razor blade may need to be used on small areas only! Scraping should be done in one direction only. Never scrape in a back and forth motion. This will only trap debris under the blade and permanently scratch the glass.

WARNING: Do not use scrapers for cleaning glass. Glass scratched by a scraper is not covered under the Marvin Window and Door warranty.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Glass Cleaning

DO:

  • Clean glass when dirt and residue appear
  • Determine if coated glass surfaces are exposed
  • Exercise special care when cleaning coated glass surfaces
  • Avoid cleaning tinted and coated glass surfaces in direct sunlight
  • Start cleaning at the top of the building and continue to lower levels
  • Soak the glass surface with a clean water and soap solution to loosen dirt and debris
  • Use a mild, non abrasive commercial window cleaning solution
  • Dry all cleaning solution from window gaskets, sealants and frames
  • Clean one small window and check to see if procedures have caused any damage before continuing

DON’T:

  • Use scrapers of any size or type for cleaning glass
  • Allow dirt and residue to remain on glass for an extended period of time
  • Clean tinted or coated glass in direct sunlight
  • Allow water or cleaning residue to remain on the glass or adjacent materials
  • Begin cleaning without rinsing off excessive dirt and debris
  • Use abrasive cleaning solutions or materials
  • Allow metal parts of cleaning equipment to contact the glass
  • Trap abrasive particles between the cleaning materials and the glass surface
  • Allow splashed materials to dry on the glass surface

 


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Integrity Brings an Artist’s Vision to Life

Hastings summer intern Joshua LaJoie, an English major entering his junior year at Wheaton College, recently had the opportunity to learn more about a special Integrity project on Martha’s Vineyard.

“A simple expression of an artist’s retreat finds itself well settled among the surrounding nature which inspired it.”
— Patrick Gordon, A.W. Hastings Products & Services Consultant

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Art Studio, Martha’s Vineyard / Featuring Integrity Wood-Ultrex

Within the natural confines of Martha’s Vineyard, among the New England firs, lies a newly constructed structure for an artist to call Eden. The size of the structure is not overwhelming, yet it overwhelms. The walls are not decorated, yet they are decorative. The artist studio is by any measure small and simple; however, this is a place of astonishment.

The design will seek to service the creative impulses of an artist. The environment surrounding the building will provide plenty of fodder for inspiration, accompanied by the ambient sounds of songbirds and leaves rustling with the wind. Hastings Product and Services Representative Patrick Gordon, who worked with Portsmouth NH architect Robert Westhelle on the project, said that the cabin “will serve to inspire and offer a deep sense of relaxation. The space will be both a spiritual and intellectual getaway.” Ultimately the area will act as a refuge from the distracting complexities of the outside world.

One of the elements used to create such an ideal aesthetic on the building was Integrity Windows. The artist decided on Integrity Wood-Ultrex in Pebble Gray with pre-finished interior white. Pebble Gray was selected to complement the weathering of the exterior cedar to a silver gray. The cabin will not have a heated interior, thus Integrity Windows are entrusted with providing heat retention. Due to its rural location, the Cabin relies on a certain degree of durability – durability that Integrity can certainly deliver.

Natural light is key to the cabin’s experience. With awnings placed high on the wall and throughout, a soft ambient light enters and encourages concentration. A wall, however, is left bare for the artist to hang his work in honor and speculation. The walls will endure as a sanctuary for the artist’s emotional, yet physical expressions.

Integrity has certainly made this project whole, as light is a major contributor to the final presentation of art. Not only is Integrity able to provide sufficient natural lighting for the creative spaces, but it has also provided strong heat insulation with the durability of Ultrex material suitable for all climate conditions.

Everyone needs a place they can call their own personal paradise. This New England reservation is just one example of how creativity and materials can come together to create just that.

Integrity and the Marvin Family of Brands offer options suitable for all inspirational projects, and can play an integral part in bringing your own Eden to life.

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Joshua LaJoie
A.W. Hastings
Marketing Communications Intern

Routine Care & Maintenance – Annual Window and Door Checklist

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Routine Care and Maintenance Series
Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products

Hastings Signature Services surrounds the Marvin Window and Door ownership experience with a comprehensive suite of product care related services. In this ongoing series, we will deliver easy-to-share tips that can help homeowners enjoy life with their windows and doors – because the relationship doesn’t end with the sale!


Annual Window and Door Maintenance Checklist:

Regular maintenance will help keep your Marvin windows and doors operating smoothly. Use this checklist as an annual maintenance reminder.

Keep you windows looking immaculate

Keep your windows looking immaculate

  1. Weatherstrip is a resilient material designed to act as a barrier in the space between the sash and frame to reduce air and water infiltration. Make sure it is still effective. If not, contact your local Marvin retailer.
  2. Examine the window’s interior and exterior finish. Occasional repair to a damaged finish may be necessary. (See Maintaining Wood and Painting and Staining for more details.) Also, remember to be careful when using paints, stains and varnishes to make repairs. Never allow these solvent-containing materials to come into contact with weatherstrip. Solvents cause weatherstrip to lose its flexible qualities.
  3. Inspect the exterior caulking around the outer edges of the window frame. Trim off any old, loose caulking and seal any gaps with a good quality caulk.
  4. Check that all hardware (locks, opening mechanisms, etc.) operates smoothly.
  5. Make sure any exposed hardware screws are tightened securely.
  6. Clean any sand, dirt or dust from door and window hinges, sills and tracks.
  7. Check any energy panels and storm and screen combinations to make sure screws in turn buttons are securely fastened.
  8. Check doors for smooth operation. Wood doors require a stabilization period after installation, sometimes taking up to a year to adjust to humidity levels and other environmental factors.

When performing maintenance, always consider your safety first:

  • Use caution on ladders, and always wear protective eyewear and clothing.
  • When working with primers, paints, stains, cleaning solutions, etc., follow all recommended safety precautions and dispose of these materials according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Download the most up to date copies of the Marvin and Integrity Owner’s Manuals along with other great resources from marvin.com/support or by clicking the images below.

 

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A Salute to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

holyokesoldiershomeHastings’ commitment to the community is demonstrated through the volunteering and fundraising activities that many of our employees participate in throughout the year as part of T.E.A.M., Hastings’ internal non-profit organization. Each year T.E.A.M. asks Hastings employees to nominate a charity or non-profit close to their hearts to be chosen to join the Hastings Family of Charities (National MS Society, Alzheimer’s Association, and Rays of Hope for Breast Cancer) for the year and receive a one quarter share of fundraising efforts. This year, Ed Molloy, a second generation, long-time employee of Hastings, nominated the Soldiers’ Home of Holyoke to honor his father and former Hastings vice president of sales, Edward “Pat” Molloy (1920-2014). Ed became well acquainted with the Soldiers’ Home when his father required its services:

Right from the beginning of our first meeting with the Admissions Coordinator John Beaton we could sense the Soldiers’ Home of Holyoke was a special place. With many pages of application form to be completed and documents to gather up, John stepped us through the process and helped us line by line complete Pop’s application. This was not like dealing with someone at the RMV in a “You need to fill out the form and come back!” situation. It was someone truly wanting to help my Pop and help us with the forms and the process. John was very honest about how long the waiting list was but said that they really want to help their World War II vets the best they can, since there are fewer and fewer of them still around. He assured me that he would do his best to advocate for my father where he could. And John did! As Pop became more ill and needed hospitalization, John stayed in touch with us. Suddenly there was a bed open and John was going to do his best to get it for Pop. John arranged to have Pop evaluated at the facility where he was hospitalized, qualified him and arranged his transition to the Soldiers’ Home, and made it so easy for Pop and our family.

Pop stayed in three different units while at the Soldiers’ Home. His first stop was the Secure Care Unit where there are extra staff to make certain that the veterans get the extra attention they need to be safe and be comfortable. The staff was excellent, wanting as much information as possible from our family about Pop. They wanted us to make sure his room was filled with personal items pictures and such, so he would feel more at home. They made sure we were aware that we could visit anytime and they were always informative about how Pop was doing and about anything he needed. They all wanted to know about his life and family and took time to listen to his stories and asked us to add and explain more about his stories. It really showed that they cared about the person and his true comfort.

Pop did very well and improved in the Secure Care Unit and after evaluation it was determined that he should be in the Long Term Care unit. The transition to the new unit went well and we discovered another new group of staff who cared for Pop. The staff all wanted to know him better and loved his stories and were patient when they were told them again and again. They kept our family in the loop on how Pop was doing and again told us if there was anything Pop needed or wanted. Pop always wanted a McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries and also loved to get boxes of donuts. As any one of our family who walked through the building, the staff always would joke and smile and wonder if we would bring them fries too. It was very warm and comforting to our family to see Pop in a safe, clean and caring environment. Pop was a always a bit of a night owl and sometimes we would hear stories from the night shift at shift change how Pop regaled them with songs or stories from years ago in the middle of night. They all took time to listen to him and give him attention.

After some time in the Long Term Care Unit Pop’s health declined and he was transferred to the Comfort Care Unit. The staff there again was excellent and cared for our family and Pop. They really do their best to make all the veterans in the unit comfortable, and make sure their families are as well. They arranged for our family to come and have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with Pop, accommodating our large group, providing all the fixings and waiting on us with smiles. When Pop passed they were all very comforting to us and shared our grief even though they knew Pop for a relatively short time.

Perhaps one of the most amazing and poignant moments for our family was when Pop left the Soldiers’ Home for the Funeral Home. The Soldiers’ Home of Holyoke insists that every veteran comes in the main entrance and leaves through the main entrance! The staff invited us down to the hospital for a ceremony that they perform for every veteran who passes. We gathered in the lobby of the main entrance. They wheeled Pop’s body draped with an American Flag into the lobby. The staff who worked with Pop assembled down from their work stations and any veteran in the area came over and stood at attention. They got on the PA system for the entire hospital and announced they would like everyone’s attention. “We would like to recognize Edward “Pat” Molloy, a veteran who served us in World War II in the Army Transportation Corp. He traveled bravely many times across the Atlantic delivering supplies for the war effort to England including supply transfers during the D Day invasion. He and his wife of 67 years, Margaret, had 6 children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. They made their home in Hatfield where he was involved in public office. He was also a talented Artist who taught oil painting as well.” Then they played taps. It was very touching and very tearful.

The mission of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is to provide, with honor and dignity, the highest quality of personal health care services to Massachusetts Veterans. In our hearts and minds and the Soldiers’ Home of Holyoke fulfilled its mission!

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Edward “Pat” Molloy (1920-2014)

 

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R-L: Ed Molloy, Edward “Pat” Molloy, Brian Molloy

Ed Molloy
Hastings Project Manager

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Creating Connections Through Windows

Written By Guest Blogger David Andreozzi, AIA

A young child looks up at a stained glass window, staring in wonder at thousands of different refracted colors from every part of the magnificent rainbow. Many holy figures stand tall in the portrait composed in the window above. It rises to the height of a seven story building, seemingly into the heavens. But more amazing is that the colors are alive and changing with every different ray of light that passes though every moving cloud and every moving tree. The dancing light allows the figures to glow, to change, to actually come alive in front of this child’s face. And then, looking down, the child sees that same myriad of beautiful colors bathing his skin in a new and abstracted tapestry from the colors above.

Staring at the colors on goose bumps, the child senses the heat from the rays of light that are refracting though the beautiful glass and radiating on his skin. It is the sun, the single thing that provides life to our universe, that is connected directly to the child’s soul, but all that is felt is radiating warmth. The particular type of religious figures in the window do not matter. The architectural style does not matter. All that matters is man’s connection to God through windows and light – using light to enhance one’s spatial experience. 

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Design by David Andreozzi / Photo Credit Aaron Usher

Similarly, we use windows to connect spatial experiences in home design today. I consider each room as its own space with its own soul. Each room should have a unique spatial experience designed based on the very family that is going to use the space. Traditionally these individual rooms were inward facing and designed along an inner hallway. At that time, residential windows were small openings in the wall intended to provide natural light and ventilation. These openings were limited in size because artisans were limited in how big they could make a piece of glass. Further restricting was the single pane glass, which made it difficult to create large window openings without allowing precious heat to escape in the winter.

Today, many things have changed. First, the technology of insulated glass has improved over the last century – resulting in multi-pane insulated glazing. Secondly, inert gases and engineered coatings are now used within the sheets of glass. Both of these technologies have increased the performance qualities of contemporary glazing wall and allow for more windows in architecture without big efficiency sacrifices! Now we can connect the interior rooms in a home to the outside rooms in the yard. For instance, a back stone patio with a stone wall and low surrounding landscaping can be considered an outside room, and this improved window opening technology can allow that room to connect visually and spatially to the kitchen, breakfast, and family rooms.

Design by David Andreozzi / Photo Credit Aaron Usher

Additionally, beyond connecting to outside space, there as a connection to nature: a harbor filled with boats, a myriad of sand dunes and whispering grasses, a landscape of mountains, or vista of rolling fields. Or, it could be as simple as a picturesque stand of white birches outside your window. This is where great architecture stands apart. The interior decorating, interior architecture, building architecture, and landscape architecture are all designed as one related series of events and spatial experiences.

In this way, a traditional window has become more than a device to let light in and allow for ventilation. It is an essential architectural building tool that connects a building’s spaces to the universe outside. The experience really comes full circle to that boy staring up in awe at that stained glassed window above. The difference is that technology allows modern architects to improve all the spaces in a home, in ways never before considered imaginable.

David Andreozzi, AIA founded Andreozzi Architects in 1988, which specializes in historically based residential architecture, expressive of its sense of place, attentive to its detail and proportion, and timeless in its beauty. David Andreozzi currently is the Vice President of the New England Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Board of Directors. David was the recent past AIA’s National Chair of CRAN, the AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network. At CRAN, David spearheaded a project CRANtv, a series of short three minute YouTube videos intended to educate the public on the importance of investing in good design, and good architecture.

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David Andreozzi / Photo credit: Visko Hatfield

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