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 – Ultimate French Casement & Ultimate French Push Out Casement

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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 French Casement & Ultimate French Push Out Casement:

Marvin Ultimate French Casement

Marvin Ultimate French Casement

Ultimate French Casement Operation and Maintenance

The Ultimate French Casement features two sash with a roto mechanism attached to each sash. The sash lock, located on the sill, operates a locking mechanism that will lock primary sash to the frame on two sides while activating a slide locking mechanism that locks the secondary sash to the primary sash. To operate the Ultimate French Casement, first unlock it by turning the lock handle. Crank the primary sash handle to open the primary sash first, followed by the operation of the secondary sash handle. To keep your Ultimate French Casement 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 your local hardware store) if necessary. Do not use oily lubricants.

Ultimate Push Out French Casement Operation and Maintenance

The Ultimate Push Out French Casement incorporates no roto mechanisms like the crank out unit. Instead, it features a robust adjustable friction limiter device to hold the sash in place when opened, and locks the sash open at multiple points. The multi-point lock on the primary sash locks into the head, sill, and into the stile of the secondary sash. The lock on the secondary sash activates bolts that go into the head jam and sill. To operate the Push Out French Casement, pivot the handles horizontally and simply push the sash open. To adjust the friction limiter, follow the Marvin Ultimate Push Out Supplemental instructions (part number 19970045) which can be found on Follow the same maintenance information provided in the Ultimate French Casement section.

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