Let the Sunshine In!

sunCoaxing the perfect amount of light into your home certainly sets the stage for how you will be able to utilize the space.

Your lifestyle should dictate the invitation.  If you’re lucky enough to have input from the beginning stages of space planning, the manner in which natural light illuminates the rooms should be a driving force in your decision making. Lighting is no simple matter and how you choose to frame the natural light invited into the various areas of your home will dictate how the rooms will in essence be used.

Large open windows on a southern exposed wall in the kitchen isn’t a very well thought out placement. They say, “If it’s too hot, get out of the kitchen” but that advice falls flat for the culinary enthusiast! Save the large southern exposed windows for the areas of your home that you want to have an endless supply of bright light and passive solar heating. The living room or even the home office, where we tend to spend a good portion of the day reading, entertaining and working, is an area where we crave bright lighting.

Unfortunately we aren’t always able to dictate the placement of the rooms in our homes, and if we should find ourselves with a southern placed kitchen, windows are the perfect way to control the light and heat filtered into the space. Throughout the day the kitchen temperatures will rise above the set temperature as we use our appliances, above what we may find comfortable. This is where Marvin Windows can help to soften the burden of the hot southern sun with the appropriate size windows to control the level of exposure. Marvin also gives control back to the homeowner with our light filtering shades. Truly no situation will find itself without the perfect remedy.

Unlike the southern walls of our home, the eastern skyline ideally calls for large sized window placement to ensure the best possible start to the day, every day. There is nothing quite like greeting the morning sun, sipping a fresh cup of coffee in your cozy kitchen nook while you plan out the day. Equally as inviting for the early riser is to have the morning sun ascend through their bedroom’s eastern exposed windows or to set appropriately on the western side, catching the last rays and warmth of the sun. Large well placed windows are not simply a beautiful display with a sense of style, but the manner in which we merge the interior and exterior in a perfect balance.

sun2As the sun travels across the sky it affords us the perfect opportunity to use our knowledge of the various degrees of illumination and passive heating it presents throughout the day. We can use that information to choose the appropriate size, shape, placement and inserts of the windows to set the stage to enhance the lifestyle of the occupants within. Let’s take a look at a few examples:

Eastern exposure: Best for capturing morning sun in a breakfast nook, or a wake up call for the early riser. Big windows welcome in the first and less intense light of the morning sun.

Southern exposure: The brightest of rays should be saved for the space that gets the most living – the “living room.” Good news for those whose driveways face the south… less snow shoveling! Window size is dictated by the room that opens into the world. This light can be controlled by sizing, placement and window inserts to filter out harsh lighting if necessary.

Western Exposure: Excellent for the bedroom, dining room or family room as it catches the setting sunshine and brings the last bits of warmth indoors before the sun finally extinguishes for the night.

Northern Exposure: This side of the home gets the least sun exposure, perfect for spaces that don’t need natural sunlight in the home. Consider a theater or family room with a big screen tv, the movie buffs dream spot, or maybe a nice place for garage placement or the even late morning sleeper.

Remember, this is your home. Ask yourself: how will I live in it? What is my lifestyle? What tasks and activities play throughout the day within these walls? Our Marvin lifestyle experts will help choose the right windows to the let the sunshine in, perfectly!

 

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.

 

Focus on Affordable Housing: Rockview Terrace

Rockview Terrace is a new construction affordable luxury living development in New Haven, CT. The 77-unit mixed-use development consists of 2, 3, and 4-unit buildings, each with its own building style and color-scheme. Infinity and Marvin windows were used throughout the development.

Read the full Rockview Terrace case study at awhastings.com/project-profiles.

Focus on Affordable Housing: McConaughy Terrace

As we continue our look at some standout affordable housing projects using the Marvin Family of Brands – today we highlight McConaughy Terrace, one such community in New Haven, CT.  McConaughy Terrace recently underwent major renovations that included both roof and window replacements on close to 40 buildings – with beautiful results. Infinity windows were chosen for the 200-unit neighborhood to save on energy and maintenance costs.

Read the full McConaughy Terrace case study at awhastings.com/project-profiles.

Focus on Affordable Housing: Wilmont Crossing

Wilmont Crossing is a new construction mixed-use affordable housing complex. It was built to be a secure, reliable, and aesthetically appealing residence option for the growing population of residents in New Haven, CT who need handicap accessible housing. It contains 47 apartments, a community center, and 9,000+ square feet of retail space. Integrity All Ultrex Windows were used throughout the four-story facility.

Read the full Wilmont Crossing case study at awhastings.com/project-profiles.

A Memorable Marketing Trip To Warroad

A.W. Hastings Field Marketing Manager Beth Gendron shares highlights from Hastings’ first all female marketing trip to Marvin headquarters in Warroad, MN.

Many of my Hastings colleagues have been to the Marvin factory in Warroad, MN numerous times, and they always come back with great stories to tell. So I was excited recently to have my first opportunity to co–host (along with Hastings’ Cindy Breheny) a retailer trip to the Marvin factory in Warroad, MN. This trip was even more special because it was Hastings’ first ever all female marketing trip. 

Many of our attendees had never had the opportunity to visit the Marvin factory, and our goal was to leave them with the “wow” factor that everyone has when visiting Marvin for the first time! We accomplished that and more, because even better, we were able to share so many great ideas and conversations on a professional and personal level during the trip.

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Trip attendees take a break from their non-stop agenda to pose for a photo at Marvin’s marketing offices in Eagan, MN.

Our trip started with a stop in Minneapolis, where we toured the Walker Sculpture Park and experienced the iconic cherry and spoon and the heart of the park system in Minneapolis. Then, it was on to a private tour of the Purcell-Cutts House. The next day, we visited the corporate marketing office in Eagan to get a behind the scenes look at their marketing operations, and then it was off to Warroad on Marvin’s private plane. When we arrived in Warroad, we met up with our tour guide, Elena, and started our factory tour of wood processing before finishing up with the museum tour. The highlight of the tour for many was the Marvin museum, and it was touching in so many ways as several of these women are part of a family owned business and are owners themselves.

I know that our attendees on this unique trip to Marvin were left with a new appreciation of Marvin and the craftsmanship and values that the Marvin family is committed to. Many of the marketing managers/owners could also relate to the Marvin family and were inspired by their story, which was so great to see. 

Here are just a few of the comments I received in post-trip thank you notes. “Our trip was rewarding in the people and places we met, especially learning about and understanding the care and attention Marvin gives to its brands, products, services, its employees, its community and its customers.” – Joan Brooks, Harbrook Fine Windows, Doors & Hardware  

“The trip to Minneapolis and Warroad was terrific and so well organized. I am so glad I decided to go. Thanks to all the Hastings and Marvin people who made the trip interesting and comfortable. I have returned with greater enthusiasm for Marvin products, a renewed appreciation for American ingenuity and the importance of community.” – Allison Neumann, Ed Herrington, Inc. 

“As always, the trip was well planned and you all did a fantastic job catering to the group. It was a good ‘reMarvinization’ for me to spend some time in Warroad and I also really enjoyed visiting the Guthrie, which I’ve heard so much about.” – April Bolin, Windows & Doors By Brownell  

During the trip, we shared a lot of laughs and all of us connected on a more personal level.  Our first night at dinner, the waitress at the restaurant asked us if we were a sorority that was reuniting …. That just goes to show the connections that were being formed a few short hours into the trip!  

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The group at Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, MN.

All of the attendees left with a renewed appreciation for American made products, family business values, the importance of their community, and most importantly the care and attention Marvin gives to their customers. Thanks to everyone who attended and to Cindy for all her help and guidance in planning this trip – an experience I will never forget! 

beth-gendronBeth Gendron
Field Marketing Manager, A.W. Hastings

Congratulations to the 2014 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Winner!

Designed by Ron Lamarre of Lavallee I Bresinger Architects, the new Student Center at Manchester Community College in Manchester, NH is a contemporary space that brings the campus out of the 60s. The building was built to provide a place for students to lounge, learn, collaborate, dine and exercise, while also improving the school’s overall image.

Click here to learn more about this winning Integrity project.

Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 2

Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond is a new educational video series produced by A.W. Hastings, and designed to help homeowners understand fundamental terminology and concepts about windows.

In the third segment,”Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 2,” homeowners can learn about the parts and structure on the “inside” of a double hung, along with sill details and styles.

Watch for more videos coming soon!

The New Hampden Academy Shines with Marvin Windows

Hampden Academy, a regional public high school, also serves as a community center in Hampden, Maine. When state funding wasn’t enough, the community rallied around this project – raising additional funds to add extra features.The building earned LEED Silver certification, with the use of natural light at the forefront of planning and construction.

See the full case study to learn which Marvin Windows were chosen for Hampden Academy and why.

Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 1

Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond is a new educational video series produced by A.W. Hastings and designed to help homeowners understand fundamental terminology and concepts about windows.

In the second segment,”Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 1,” homeowners can learn about parts and structure on the “outside” of a double hung window, along with popular casing styles and options.

In our next installment, “Anatomy of a Double Hung – Part 2″, we’ll learn about parts on the “inside” of a double hung, as well as sill details and styles. By sharing this series, you can help homeowners become more knowledgable before making their next window purchase!

Marvin Windows Bring Historical Accuracy to Iconic Turrets Building in Maine

Designed and built in 1895 as a massive summer cottage for John Emery, an American stage, film, radio and television actor, the Turrets Building at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine was owned by the Emery family for nearly 65 years, before it passed through several hands. When the college purchased Turrets in 1973, it embarked on a series of renovations to restore the original condition of the building. Today, the Turrets is one of the most important examples of cottage-era architecture in Maine that is still open to the public.

See the full case study to learn which Marvin Windows were chosen for the Turrets Building and why.