Stonington Architect Designs a Coastal Inspired “Concept Window” for Marvin

Stonington, CT, Dec. 12, 2016 –It was an architect’s dream assignment: design the ideal window free from any code requirements or design constraints.  The inspiration for Architect Michael McKinley’s window comes from the coast. The design, a French outswing, is painted a hazy blue and is framed in a grey weathered mahogany.


“The gesture of opening the sashes to a sunny salt marsh, beach and ocean creates an intriguing and memorable image. The color of the sash reminds me of sea glass and I see the natural mahogany frame and trim weathering to driftwood,” explains McKinley.

The window interior and exterior have the same detailing so when the window is open, the light blue sash embraces the exterior and weathered mahogany frame.


ABX 2016 – Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

The window was recently on display at ArchitectureBoston Expo or ABX, one of the largest building and design trade shows in the country.  A.W. Hastings, the New England Distributor for Marvin Windows and Doors and the display sponsor, set out to “peer into the creative minds” of a select group of architects by challenging of them to design a window in the color, glass and style of their choice.  While most of the other designs emphasized ornate sash patterns and traditional colors, the “McKinley Window” is a simple three pane form that is distinguished by its operation and palette of colors and materials.


Michael McKinley, Architect

The “McKinley Window” is meant to inspire architects, builders and clients to think out of the box. Window and door detailing is critical to the success of any building.

If you are designing or renovating a home, here are some things to consider when selecting your windows:

  1. A Window’s geometry, size, shape and sequence create an overall personality for both the exterior and interior of your home.
  2. Windows don’t have to be white! Color adds interest and character so consider using a color even if it is a neutral shade. Today, most windows are clad with aluminum or vinyl and come in many standard colors.
  3. You’ll want to study your window color in the field by painting a window mockup that can be viewed next to the exterior siding.
  4. Varying window types (double hung, awning, etc.) sash patterns, and even window materials create a thoughtful, custom look.

Kathy Calnen,
Michael McKinley and Associates, LLC
(860) 535-4532

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.

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.


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


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.


Joshua LaJoie
A.W. Hastings
Marketing Communications Intern

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.

Photo credit: Visko Hatfield

David Andreozzi / Photo credit: Visko Hatfield

Andreozzi Architects



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.

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.

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.

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


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!


Congratulations To Our Marvin Architects Challenge Winners!

The winners have been named in the sixth annual Marvin Architects Challenge – and we are excited to share that four of them are from Hastings’ territory!

Congratulations to Best in Show winner Patrick Ahearn of Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC, and Michael Waters of LDA Architecture, Russ Tyson of Whitten Architects, and Mahdad Saniee of Saniee Architects – all winners in the general top 10 judging. While these projects demonstrate a wide range of architectural style and creativity, it’s easy to see the dramatic incorporation of natural light and the innovative use of Marvin Windows and Doors as the common threads that bind them.

Best In Show winner Patrick Ahearn said,  “Winning the Marvin Architects Challenge was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our firm’s work and celebrate the meaning of architectural inspiration.  It is especially significant to be recognized for the function and beauty of our timeless design aesthetic and our unique story-driven approach.  With each and every project, we strive to make our clients’ dream homes a reality and this recognition has elevated this notion.”

Architects Challenge winners will participate in an AIA tour of Minneapolis and spend time at Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minn. for a tour of the factory.

This year’s winners, and all the entries, demonstrate how Marvin products can truly bring an architect’s vision to life – and we are proud to work with each and every one of these talented architects!  Congratulations!

Best In Show:
Patrick Ahearn, Patrick Ahern Architect, Boston MA   “Atlantic Drive”


Michael Waters, LDA Architecture of Cambridge, MA   “Berkshire Farmhouse”


Russ Tyson, Whitten Architects of Portland, ME  “Oceanfront Cottage”


Mahdad Saniee, Saniee Architects of Greenwich, CT  “Boxwood House”


Wychmere Pool Bar Pavilion

2013 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Winner George Gakidis of Gakidis & Stewart designed the Wychmere Pool Bar Pavilion in Harwich Port, MA as an open air gathering space with full views of the ocean and pool. He chose Integrity Wood-Ultrex IMPACT Casement, Awning, and Polygon windows for their durability against the coastal climate.

Read the full case studies at

The 2014 Red Diamond Achiever Program is accepting submissions through June 26th, 2014. This annual program is a chance for builders to share their projects where Integrity products are used to create a unique solution or on jobs with interesting stories. See the current 2014 entries and submit or nominate a project at