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

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!


Willard Beach Project Profile

Shared on Hastings View last summer, this Willard Beach residential remodel continues to be a great example of the durability of Integrity’s Ultrex Fiberglass windows and doors in a coastal environment.


Homeowners on the coast are looking for products that will hold up against hot sun, salt spray, flying sand, and driving rain. When it’s time to build or remodel, a high performance, durable window is the key to ensuring the longevity of a seaside home.

A recent project in coastal Maine demonstrates how Integrity’s Ultrex Fiberglass windows were used to transform a home while protecting it from the elements and maximizing ocean views.

Willard Beach

This home near Willard Beach, Portland, ME makes use of the many benefits of Integrity All Ultrex and Wood-Ultrex windows and doors. Given the home’s close proximity to the water, the building materials used had to withstand harsh coastal conditions including driving rain, strong winds, high humidity, salt air and more. Ultrex Fiberglass resists harsh corrosives, remains stable in extreme temperatures, and expands at nearly the same rate as glass, resulting in windows that keep their seal and don’t leak.

Project Highlights

Name: Willard Beach
Location: Portland, Me
Project Type: Remodel
Building Type: Residential
Product Series: All Ultrex® & Wood-Ultrex®
Product Type(s): Casement, Awning, & Inswing French door
Architect: Kaplan Thompson
Builder: The Thaxter Company

For additional photos and project details view the full case study at

Energy Efficient Storm Protection with Integrity Windows

2012 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Winner Bensonwood Homes built this private residence with energy efficiency and storm protection on the Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Cape Cod, MA. Integrity Wood-Ultrex Double Hung, Awning, Inswing French Door, and Picture units were used to take advantage of the beautiful wood interior and the durable fiberglass exterior needed for the intense northeast coastal conditions. The large windows and doors in this home create a transparent atmosphere that connects the inside with the natural surroundings.

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The Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Program has returned. This annual challenge is a chance for builders to receive recognition for their best work that displays Integrity products being used is a unique way or on a project with an interesting story. See more winning projects at

Block Island Tradition with a Twist

2012 Marvin Architect’s Challenge Winner James Estes was inspired by the simple, no frills architecture of Block Island’s early designs, this project celebrates the island’s tradition with a more lively twist.

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The Marvin Architect’s Challenge has returned for its sixth year. This annual challenge is a chance for architects to show off their best work that displays architectural creativity and features Marvin Windows and Doors. See more winning projects at

Coastal Perspectives With Hastings Project Manager Betsy Ellery


When designing for New England coastal projects, architects can take advantage of beautiful surroundings and dramatic ocean views – but they also must take into account the special considerations that come with coastal construction. Achieving the desired results can mean navigating a complex landscape of building codes, product guidelines and weather concerns – all while managing client expectations for performance and aesthetics.

Hastings Project Manager Betsy Ellery shares her thoughts on why it’s so important for architects to be able to trust the team behind them when designing for the coast.

 “I spend a lot of time working with and talking to architects about their projects. In a coastal project, product selection is not just “can” and “can’t.”  It’s “should” and “shouldn’t.”  Some people choose to go against our recommendations – and that’s certainly their choice, but everyone involved from the architect to the builder to the owner needs to understand what the consequences of those choices might be. The good news is that there are many steps we can take to achieve the desired outcome for a project.

For me, a key factor in the successful outcome of an architectural project has always been trust. Architects know that they can trust their Hastings contacts as the resource they can rely on for answers. They trust our ethics and they trust our advice, and we take our position as their go-to experts very seriously. What I find is that most architects want to have a project that is rated for the coast – but sometimes we have to do a little work to get there. When they send me the project they are working on, the first questions are always the same. Where is the project located and what conditions do we need to account for? What are your expectations for performance? Are we talking an impact location or “just” a coastal one? Only when we have these questions answered do we then look at the overall project and the individual units. One of the first things we need to talk about is size limitations and mulling limitations. We also discuss living within the product guidelines when it comes to what is possible on the coast – taking the raw material of what the architect wants and adjusting it to meet the needs of the project.

It’s interesting to consider that years ago, we didn’t even think about asking about the location of a project. In the mid-late 90’s, Design Pressure wasn’t even a part of the conversation, but as more and more people build on the coast, now it definitely is. In addition, people’s expectations are different today. They expect their windows and doors to perform at a higher level – and a successful project is one that meets the customers’ expectations. However, the reality is that customers who choose to live on the coast must allow for certain weather conditions. One way we can help is by educating the homeowner that although a DP50 in extreme weather may leak a little, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the window itself is bad. 

It’s also important to consider the different priorities that can surround a project. For the architect, top priorities would be to ensure that the project falls within the building code, that everything performs as it should, and that the project achieves the desired aesthetics. So we help them achieve the look and the performance they need, and they’re happy. For Hastings at the distributor level, a top priority may be to ensure that our retailers are fully equipped to service their customers. The bottom line is always that we want the project to succeed. By choosing the correct product solution for the conditions, we will have a higher likelihood of achieving that success.”

At Hastings, we have a team of knowledgeable professionals who have collaborated on coastal projects for decades. Your sales representative and inside sales and support team are accessible throughout project planning. Consult with us early in the process so that we can work together to make recommendations that result in buildings that perform to their maximum potential on the coast.

If you have questions about a coastal project, contact the Hastings team. Email or call your Hastings Sales Representative.


Betsy Ellery has been a Project Manager with A.W. Hastings since 1999. She works with architects and retailers throughout New England, recommending windows and doors for coastal environments including commercial, institutional, residential and historic projects.  

Coastal Perspectives: Seaside Renovation Project Profile

Homeowners with ocean views want products that will hold up against the elements and won’t detract from the scenery – all while adding beauty to their homes. When remodeling a home that has seen the tides come and go for over 100 years, high quality products that perform well in extreme environments are especially key to ensuring the structure’s continued longevity and aesthetic appeal.

Here’s a coastal success story that helps to illustrate the important role that the right products can play – a seaside renovation project that completely reworks an original century-old waterfront home in Gloucester, MA.  After convincing the homeowners that a renovation could provide more square footage and make better use of the budget than a tear-down and new construction, Architect Michael Szalaji focused on Atlantic Ocean views, the home’s classic architecture and New England tradition in his re-design of the interior layout.

Custom sized Marvin replacement windows and patio doors matched the original openings to maximize views of the Atlantic coastline. The simulated divided light features on all the Marvin products used maintained a classic look on the exterior while providing the necessary update to thermal and moisture protection that the coastal location requires.

For additional photos and project details view the full case study at


Island House Made “Storm Worthy” with Integrity Windows

Learn more about this Integrity solution here.

The Elizabeth Islands are a small chain of islands off the coast of Cape Cod, MA. Due to their unique geographic location, the homes on these islands are subject to some very intense coastal conditions: strong winds, extreme humidity, driving rain, salt air and more. When the owners wanted a year round home for their family, “storm worthy” topped their list of requirements. They also wanted to be able to enjoy the fabulous view from practically anywhere in the home. Energy effciency was a key concern. The goal: to keep utility bills low while choosing environmentally friendly products. Integrity Wood-Ultrex products were chosen for their durable Ultrex fiberglass exteriors and beautiful warm wood interiors.

Learn more about this Integrity solution here.

Integrity Impact Products Make an Impact on Chatham, MA Police and Town Office Annex

Learn more about the Chatham, MA Police and Town Office Annex here.

The Chatham Police and Town Office Annex is a new construction project that called for an attractive, low maintenance window solution that could withstand the salt air, sun, and wind of Cape Cod. Integrity Wood-Ultrex Impact products met the needs of the project with fiberglass and IZ3 ratings for a durable exterior with a warm wood interior.

Learn more about the Chatham, MA Police and Town Office Annex here.

Coastal Perspectives with Ocean Alliance

Team members of the non-profit research organization Ocean Alliance are accustomed to working in the most challenging open water environments – making the best of whatever Mother Nature dishes up. When the organization made plans to transform the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory in Gloucester, MA into its new headquarters, seaside elements were once again cause for careful consideration.

CEO Iain Kerr also needed to preserve the history and aesthetics of a structure that held great meaning for the old New England town’s residents.  We spoke with Iain and builder Geoffrey Richon about the renovation process – and the key decisions that needed to be made along the way.

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Iain Kerr is Vice President and CEO of Ocean Alliance, an organization dedicated to research and conservation of whales and the ocean. Learn more about Ocean Alliance on their website