Marvin Windows and Doors recently announced the winners of their fourth annual myMarvin Architect's Challenge, featuring the best examples of stylish, innovative, and solution-driven design by top architects using Marvin products. These stunning spaces are sure to provide inspiration should you become the lucky winner of $5,000 worth of Marvin products by entering Marvin's Smart Performance Promotion! We went through and picked our favorites among the winners — which are your favorites?
If you've ever experienced the pleasures (and pains) of home remodeling, one thing you probably learned very quickly is that a perfectly-sized window or door can make or break the entire design of your new space. Marvin's made-to-order manufacturing approach gives architects and home renovators the options and flexibility they need to complete award-winning designs such as those recognized in the myMarvin Architect's Challenge.
Take a look inside four of our favorite winners:
Utah Street Residence
Jon Hensley & Sunny Carroll, Jon Hensley Architects
This clean and simple kitchen is an addition that features awning windows and sliding glass patio doors to wrap the entire space in natural light and provide access to the outdoors. The existing kitchen and dining room were combined to create a larger dining area that opens into the new addition. >>More photos
Block Island HouseBlock Island, RIJames Estes, Estes/Twombly Architects Inc.
Drawing inspiration from the architectural heritage of Block Island, this residence features prominent gables and a central shed porch that are both characteristic of the island's homes. In this design, the shed porch is extended, creating an extra room that connects one "block" of the house to the other. Marvin windows were chosen for their ability to stand up to the rugged maritime climate and to provide the large glass area needed in this room for its stunning seaward views. >>More photos
Leicester HouseAsheville, NCEric Gartner, SPG Architects
Extraordinary Blue Ridge Mountain views are artfully framed by this modern hilltop home in Asheville, NC. The primary living area is on the residence's entry-level, while a guest wing has been carved into the hill below. This unique design allows the lower level to be shut down when guests are not present, adding to the energy efficiency of the home. A geothermal field and rainwater collection system further provide for the house's energy needs. The focal point of the house is, of course, the view. Using standard Marvin products set in a unique configuration, the architect created a window wall along the south and west facades of the upper level to maximize the view without maxing out the budget. >>More photos
Family RetreatTyringham, MADonald Giambastiani, Solomon + Bauer + Giambastiani Architects Inc
Integrating remnants of an existing 19th-century barn, this retreat retains the rustic character of the original structure and its forest setting. Inspired by natural elements on the site, local stone and cedar shingles were chosen for the exterior, and are topped by a very sturdy standing seam metal roof. The black clad details of the Marvin windows punctuate the stone and cedar of the facade, while the interior Douglas fir window frames add a warm, woodsy feel throughout the grand interior spaces. >>More photos
Visit marvin.com for a full list of the 2012 Architect's Challenge Winners.
>>>To put the beauty and performance of Marvin windows and doors to work for your home, enter Marvin's Smart Performance Promotion for a chance to win $5,000 toward the purchase of Marvin products!
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