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

Routine Care & Maintenance – Marvin Ultimate Casement & Ultimate Awning

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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!

Ultimate Casement & Ultimate Awning:

Operation and Maintenance

Marvin Ultimate Casement

Marvin Ultimate Casement

The powerful single-arm operator is the mechanism that you crank to open and close the Ultimate Casement and Ultimate Awning. To operate the window, first unlock it by pushing the lock handle ‘up’. Crank the handle to open the window sash.

To lock the window, crank the window sash closed. Press down on the lock handle. The lock pulls the sash tightly against the weather strip and seals the window.

To keep your Casement or Awning operating smoothly, clean the window track occasionally with a dry brush. To help prevent the sash from sticking, apply a small amount of dry lubricant to the track (available at most home improvement stores) if necessary. Do not use oily lubricants.

Using the Wash-Mode Feature

The Ultimate Casement and Ultimate Replacement Casement feature a wash mode system which allows the entire window to be washed from inside the home.

Crank the handle a couple times. Push down on the arm and push the window away. The arm can be disconnected anywhere within the first 45 degrees of opening. Crank the arm back to the closed position.

Swing the window all the way open and pull it across toward the lock. You now have access to the exterior of the window.

Window Opening Control Device (Casement)

Marvin offers a factory applied Window Opening Control Device for crank-out Ultimate Casement Products. See the Marvin website for safety and operating information for this optional feature.

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