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.

Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – Window Types

We’re excited to introduce Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – our brand new video series for homeowners! This new educational series produced by our subject matter experts at Hastings is designed to help homeowners understand fundamental terminology and concepts about their windows prior to their home improvement or construction project.

In the first segment,”Window Types,” homeowners can learn about the most popular styles of windows and how they operate.

Feel free to share this video – and check back soon to dive deeper into the parts and structure of Double Hung windows, in upcoming segments of Windows 101!

2014 Marvin Remodelers Summit – Revisited!

Hastings’ Integrity Products Consultant Ben Brockett shares his thoughts on the importance of the Marvin Remodelers Summit – an annual event in Warroad, MN at the Marvin factory that gives remodeling contractors the opportunity to step back and focus on the growth of their business.

I am guessing that many of us who have been to Warroad before might wonder what is so special about the Remodelers Summit. After all, isn’t this just “another” builder trip to Warroad? I never understood the context of this event (notice I didn’t call it a trip) until I had the chance to host it for the first time 5 or so years ago.

In the best terms that I can come up with for it, this is a business meeting/networking opportunity for remodeling contractors from all over the country. Yes, we sit in the different product rooms and learn about what makes Marvin and Integrity products special and we take a short plant tour but the great value I see in this event comes from not what is planned, but rather the relationships that are facilitated. I will try and explain.

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Remodelers Summit Attendees get a close look at Marvin.

The Remodelers Summit gives independent remodeling contractors the opportunity to step away from their “regular routine” for a few days and reflect upon their own business. The primary message is not about Warroad and Marvin/Integrity Windows and Doors. Attendees are led through a series of discussions by Shawn McCadden, a published industry expert, about what it means to be a remodeling contractor today. Shawn started into the remodeling business as a laborer for the remodeling company that his father owned. He then branched out into owning his own business which he then sold, and has now become a trusted advisor and business coach for many remodeling companies across the country. To learn more about Shawn please visit this link to his website. http://www.shawnmccadden.com/

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Industry expert Shawn McCadden leads a session for Summit attendees.

To me “self discovery” is a good term for what Shawn is able to bring about as he presents and asks questions during a series of discussions. These discussions have names such as “Remodeling your Company to Last – Today and Into the Future”, “Seven Keys to Differentiation for Remodeling Companies” and “Growing Your Business – What is the Next Step?”

One of my favorite segments is titled “Show me the Money – Where did all the Money Go?” During this segment Shawn challenges the group to think about how much money they really need to cover expenses and turn a profit – the capital that will allow them to grow their business. For most remodeling contractors this exercise is “sobering” as many discover that they perhaps didn’t have a good of a grasp on the financial side of their business as they felt they did. He also challenges them to use products of better quality, pointing out that while that may also cost more, the profit dollars on using these products is greater with the same amount of labor needed to install them. “Eye opening” is the phrase that was heard used by many.

The networking portion of this event is equally important. By the end of the first day you will see contractors from Connecticut exchanging business cards and contact information with those from Maine and vice versa. People who 12 hours ago met for the first time, playing pool together or sharing a story. If you think about it, Warroad becomes the conduit for this all to occur. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say, “I feel very lucky to have been chosen to attend this” or “Wow, I have a renewed sense of direction after today.” Just in the first few days I received emails from our guests this year and wanted to share one with you.

Hi Ben,

Just wanted to express my thanks to you and the rest of the crew at A.W. Hastings for the chance to attend the Remodelers Summit in Warroad. I have attended several similar seminars but the ability for the contractors to network and share views on new products building practices and experiences set this one far apart from the rest. As a builder/contractor/business owner the summit gave me a substantial investment in the future of our company and I walked away knowing our company is stronger because of it.

After listening to Shawn’s presentation I was able to see a new direction my business plan needed to take. I believe most of the contractors that attended the summit are much like me, we have become business owners not necessarily by choice but the natural progression has brought us to it. Shawn gave us a “tool box” full of essential information to make it to the next level and operate more professionally. It was an eye opening experience and he deserves high praise.

I was also able to see first hand the pride Marvin puts not only in its products but also the pride it has in the community of Warroad. The Marvin product line is always expanding and it has continued to be a company I enjoy buying products from. The fact they are willing to bring us to tour their facility and organize this type of Summit makes me believe they care, not only about their products but how they are represented by us, the contractor. I came away feeling even more confident that if I were to sell a Marvin product to my customer it was the right choice.

Again, many thanks to you, John and Chris for a great experience! 

Greg Briggs
Broadcove Builders – Maine 

I hope that in the future when you hear me speak about the Remodelers Summit with deep conviction, this will help you to understand why I believe so strongly in it and the value it has for the remodeling contractor.

Thanks to entire Hastings sales team for finding a quality group of attendees and to Hastings’ John Morey, Chris Eldredge and Mary Paquette for your roles in making this year the best Remodelers Summit I have ever attended.

Ben BrockettBen Brockett
Integrity Products Consultant
A.W. Hastings

It’s Official! “Marvin Inspiration Center” to Open at 7 Tide in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District

We have exciting news to share! We are very pleased to announce the anticipated opening of the “Marvin Inspiration Center” at 7 Tide Street in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. The opening is the result of a groundbreaking partnership with Clarke Distributing, New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen. As a company long known for forging unique trade partnerships, Clarke invited Hastings to become part of the 7 Tide project, slated for opening in May 2015.

“A.W. Hastings has long been known as a company dedicated to creating solutions for the architectural and design community, and the homeowners they serve,” said Hastings Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Keenan Burns. “7 Tide will serve to enhance our commitment to our network of independent retailers by providing opportunities for our mutual customers to experience the Marvin product in new ways. We see our partnership with Clarke on this innovative and technology-driven Boston facility as an important part of our evolution, and one more way we can respond to the needs of our customers.”

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L to R: Keenan Burns (COO, A.W. Hastings), Stephen Baker (Architect, Baker Design Group), Sean Clarke (General Manager, Clarke) at the October 28 unveiling event at the ABX show in Boston.

Clarke and Hastings will use the 7 Tide space to educate and inspire architects, designers and homeowners about their wide variety of products and services, and refer customers to their respective dealer networks for the actual product purchase. The building will be completely renovated, with individual Sub-Zero, Wolf and Marvin Showroom spaces. The Marvin Inspiration Center will feature high-touch, interactive opportunities delivered largely through the use of technology and design, creating an experience that is unmatched in the window and door industry today, while providing the educational, lifestyle and visual engagement that homeowners are seeking. Architects and designers will be encouraged to visit the facility with their retailer and their clients, to experience the Marvin product together in an immersive, hospitable environment.

Windows are an integral part of almost every kitchen design project,” said Clarke General Manager Sean Clarke. “When we saw the incredible synergy between our two distribution companies, including the customers we serve and the philosophy that guides us, we knew this would be a win-win for everyone. Through dynamic full-size kitchens and unique room spaces, visitors will see how our products work seamlessly together. And, for Boston architects and designers, this provides an efficient opportunity to make one stop and check two boxes off your list to button up a project.”

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7 Tide will be Clarke’s third New England location (its first in Boston) and the 35th Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom in the country. Clarke dedicated two years to intensive strategic business planning that guided them to develop an urban location, and another 18 months to finding the right building in Boston.

For more information visit http://www.7Tide.com. 

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this exciting new venture as we move closer to opening!

 

Living the Dream – Attending Dreamforce!

Hastings’ Director of Operations, Bruce Meekin shares his first time experience attending Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce conference held in San Francisco.

From the home of the Patriots to the home of the Niners…it was all about the experience!

I had the pleasure of attending our retailer forum at Patriot Place in Foxboro earlier this month. In Foxboro we spent two days with some of our Retailer Partners with a focus on enhancing the experience of our end customers. I left the forum impressed with the strength of our relationship with our partners and the wide range of resources our partners and our company bring to our market. It brought to mind the challenge of coordinating all of these resources; marketing, education, sales, and operations to ensure the brand experience for the end user.salesforce-logo

This past week at Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce conference held in San Francisco, the challenge was answered. Salesforce is the cloud database we use at Hastings to manage our customer interactions and relationships. I had never been to Dreamforce, so my initial thought was that I was attending a software convention. Dreamforce was far more than that. There were over 140,000 registered attendees all looking for ways to enhance the experience for their customers. I was excited to see the focus was right in line with ideas we discussed at our retailer forum.Dreamforce 2014

It would be impossible for me to cover all that I learned in this short article, so I will focus on The Salesforce Customer Success Platform. The Platform connects marketing, sales and service as a team to provide a personal brand experience for every interaction with every customer. An important part of the Platform is Communities that engage customers, partners and employees enabling communication and information sharing across previously perceived boundaries.The Customer Success Platform

Salesforce introduced WAVE as a component of the Platform capturing data from every interaction and providing easy access to key analytics for all team members.

Applications (Apps) were also introduced to the Platform to create personalized experiences for the customer. Apps can be built quickly and can be used on any mobile device.Field Service

The following link will connect you to the opening film for Dreamforce: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cRo96H-maeA.

It describes a connected community of resources working together to provide personalized experiences for our customers, experiences that today’s customers expect.

The theme running through the presentations at Dreamforce was to be disruptive in the market. To create change and do it quickly, and be ready to do it again, and again. The WAVE analytics cloud was introduced to a live performance of the Beach Boys singing Catch a Wave. It struck me that waves tend to come crashing down. Rather than catching a wave, Salesforce is creating waves. At Dreamforce, the challenge was for all of us to do the same.

Bruce MeekinBruce Meekin,
Director of Operations, A.W. Hastings

Street Smart – Driving Tips for the Fall Season

images-2Longtime Hastings truck driver Tom Skarzynski has put in a lot of miles over the years – and he has some timely advice about fall driving in New England.

Hi folks! I’ve been a professional driver for over thirty five years now and I thought I’d share some of my accumulated wisdom with you. As the fall season is in full swing we should all be making adjustments in our driving habits to counteract the new challenges nature has in store.

Several things come quickly to mind. One of the most dangerous and most easily unnoticed is that the roads are often covered with leaves. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice! Take extra precautions when approaching traffic lights or stop signs. Use the winter strategy of allowing added stopping time between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

The sun is now at a different angle. And it is rising and setting right around the normal rush hours. This can cause blinding conditions! The hilly New England landscape adds to the danger, putting the sun in your eyes unexpectedly as you crest a hill. There are a few things you can do to help with this. Most important is to make sure your windshield is clean. This can make a huge difference! Also, a really good pair of sunglasses is essential. Buy the expensive ones – your life is worth the investment! A baseball cap can help as well. The visor on it gives you a lot better glare protection that your car visor can. If your vehicle has power seats, sometimes raising or lowering them can help as well, by changing your angle of perception.

While on the subject of sun glare, be aware that it is affecting other drivers around you as well. Even if it’s not immediately affecting you, other drivers may be blinded and not able to see you! Or they may not see a red light because of the way the sun is hitting it. A few weeks ago I had this happen three times between Springfield and Enfield! In fact, one of them was a cop. I saw where the sun was as I approached a green light and anticipated the problem, coming to a stop and avoiding a major accident!

We’re not far from freezing weather. It can change drastically this time of year. Elevations can and do amplify the problem. I’ve seen a wet road turn to ice at just over five hundred feet! Good old hilly New England. Again, be aware! Also, changing temperatures often breed fog. If you have fog lights, use them! Even in daylight, lights can make you visible to other drivers.

Happy trails!

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Tom Skarzynski, A.W. Hastings
“Sir Drivesalot”

Installation Series Part Five: Weatherproofing & Insulation: Your Best Friend

This video is part 5 in a 5 part series, summarizing the key steps and best practices when installing your Marvin or Integrity windows.

In this video, Marshall Baser shows the final stages of installing a window: Weatherproofing and Insulation.

Watch Part 1: House WrapPart 2: The Opening: No Cutting CornersPart 3: Sill Panning: Protecting & Draining, and Part 4: Window Placement: A Square Deal.

If you misplace the installation instructions that come with your windows, visit www.marvin.com or www.integritywindows.com to print them out.

Vision, Views and Vistas – Marvin Architect Challenge “Best In Show” Winner Has It All

“Obviously windows and doors set the tone and character.  Here we wanted to create a romantic notion of a house, balancing the amount of glazing and wall surface to maintain character, but by the same token take advantage of the views and vistas. Marvin worked really well with us to create unique windows and door that we incorporated into this house.”    - Patrick Ahearn, Architect, 2014 Marvin Architect Challenge Best In Show Winner

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2014 Marvin Architect Challenge Best In Show Winner – Shingle-Style Sanctuary

Quiet on the set! Architectural Digest recently created a pair of videos about the 2014 Marvin Architect Challenge Best In Show winning project “Shingle-Style Sanctuary.”

Terry Hills from Marvin Design Gallery by MHC did a great job as a representative for the Marvin brand, while winning architect Patrick Ahearn shared how Marvin helped him achieve his vision for the house. This beautiful project will also be highlighted in the October issue of Architectural Digest.

In the first video, Patrick discusses the details of the winning home’s design.

The second video takes a closer look at the challenges of—and solutions for—designing a waterfront home on Martha’s Vineyard.

 

We are proud to work with Patrick, our other Top Ten winners Michael Waters, Russ Tyson, and Mahdad Saniee, and all of the talented architects who participated in this year’s Marvin Architects Challenge.  You inspire us every day with your vision, passion and creativity!

 

Installation Series Part Four: Window Placement: A Square Deal

This video is part 4 in a 5 part series, summarizing the key steps and best practices when installing your Marvin or Integrity windows.

In this video, Marshall Baser demonstrates how to place the window in the opening, and shim it properly.

Watch Part 1: House WrapPart 2: The Opening: No Cutting Corners, and Part 3: Sill Panning: Protecting & Draining.

If you misplace the installation instructions that come with your windows, visit www.marvin.com or www.integritywindows.com to print them out.