Modern vs. Contemporary: Can you Spot the Difference?

Being able to differentiate between these two popular design styles can help customers better articulate their vision.

When embarking on a remodel or a new build project, a customer might say “modern” when they really mean “contemporary”—or vice versa. Though it might seem like an inconsequential difference, clarifying these terms and asking probing questions can result in a much clearer sense of their vision for the project.

Modern and contemporary styles do share common traits, so explaining the difference can be confusing. Your ability to articulate the differences and explore the aesthetic attributes associated with each means you can better anticipate and translate a customer’s vision across all stages of home design, material selection and construction. Here’s a brief tutorial:

Contemporary

The term “contemporary” refers to the architecture of today, of the moment. If that definition sounds broad, it is. Contemporary is a fluid, constantly morphing architectural style. It shouldn’t be surprising to learn a contemporary home could include a mix of aesthetics—including elements of traditional, transitional, and, yes, modern architecture.

This design flexibility reflects varied design preferences. The fact is, not every aspect of contemporary architecture needs to have a purpose or observe a set of aesthetic rules. If a crown molding is desired in the dining room, why not? Contemporary style reflects the times and buyer tastes. Chicago residential architect Scott Rappe, principal of Kuklinski+Rappe Architects, says “… Contemporary means anything that’s being done in the present.”

In general, contemporary architecture today is characterized by:

  • Non-symmetrical shapes, mixed materials, open spaces, curves and/or sweeping lines
  • Sustainable, eco-friendly, energy efficient
  • Abundant natural light
  • Reduced indoor/outdoor separation with alfresco kitchens, outdoor rooms with fireplaces, a feeling of spaciousness
  • Mixed-use space: a guestroom that doubles as an office, or a craft and homework space combined
  • Aspects of the regional character

Modern

Principles of modern design, which flourished in America through the first half of the 20th century and continues to enjoy popularity today, includes clean, straight lines with limited detail. This differs from contemporary design, which uses curves and/or sweeping lines versus the crisper, sharper and very spare lines of modern. Windows and doors encompass broad horizontal spaces and are often designed as a ribbon of glass.

“Modern design is a more honest look at what a building is—load-bearing columns, beams that transfer the weight, and not putting things in for decoration,” said Rebecca Comeaux, AIA, LEED AP, Associate at Lake | Flato Architects in San Antonio, Texas. “It’s still beautiful, but there’s kind of a level of honesty and simplicity in the design.”

Other characteristics:

  • Rectangular exteriors with flat roofs and a distinct linear framework
  • Clean, straight lines with limited detail—crisp, sharp, very spare
  • Open floor plans and large spaces that connect to outdoor living spaces and/or nature
  • Changes in elevation (split-level spaces)
  • Indoor/outdoor space
  • Monochromatic color palette
  • Spaces with minimal ornamentation and clutter

Industry Response

Building product manufacturers are responding to the growing interest in modern architectural style by offering residential and commercial builders new ways to express the popular aesthetic in new construction and remodeling.

We at Marvin responded with the launch of our Modern product line of windows and doors from the Marvin Signature Collection.

A Window to Better Living: Four Projects That Embody Patterns of Biophilic Design

Research shows that views of nature aren’t just beautiful, they’re healing, too.

Most people agree that nature views filled with greenery, trees, and lakes or oceans are calming and restorative, but they might not know that the reason for this is tied to our evolutionary psychology. Going back to our days living on the meadow and savannah, humans have sought certain elements to feel safe, secure, and emotionally balanced. Design that intentionally connects people to nature—a practice commonly referred to as biophilic design—incorporates materials found in nature, daylight, and views to the outdoors to improve well-being. Considering that we spend over 90 percent of our time indoors, buildings designed to maximize the calming effects of nature are needed now more than ever.

From siting that prioritizes a view of the setting sun or lush vegetation, to the creation of cozy spaces of refuge, to incorporating materials and elements of nature indoors, and more, these four projects embody the core elements of biophilic design.

Tinkerbox, Hudson Valley, New York
Designed with materials inspired by nature and grounding views that connect with the outdoors, architect Marica McKeel, Principal, AIA, Founder of Studio MM and her husband Brock designed a private retreat that maximizes views to the south-facing façade, where the sun sets in the evening.

Expansive windows create an intimate connection to the wooded landscape, and a bench seat below a Marvin corner window assembly provides a space of refuge while making the barrier between outside and inside disappear. Sitting at ground level, an expansive deck offers another opportunity to enjoy the surrounding wooded landscapes.

Pleated House, Door County, Wisconsin
This house by architect Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, of Johnsen Schmaling Architects boasts a modest size, natural materials, and an earthy color palette that exist in harmony with the surrounding deciduous and coniferous forest.

With little other visual clutter, the thin profiles of the Marvin windows become clean, crisp picture frames that draw the eye outside. Throughout the home, smaller, strategically placed windows are used to draw daylight into the interior spaces and individually frame curated views of the forest.

“We were trying to create a very neutral interior backdrop against which you see the ever-changing foliage, the colors, the light, the shadows,” says Schmaling.

Nomadic Shack, Galloway Bay, Saskatchewan
Designed and built by Nomadic Shack, this 2,400-square-foot cabin was prefabricated off-site to allow installation on a piece of land so remote that it would have made traditional building practices impossible.

The cabin focuses on natural materials, including a reclaimed barn wood exterior from Montana and a ceiling made of snow fence from Wyoming. Large Marvin windows frame unimpeded views in all directions, allowing a prairie-like view to envelop inhabitants.

 

Courtyard Residence, Downers Grove, Illinois
Chicago-based firm Kuklinski + Rappe Architects designed the interior spaces in their Courtyard Residence project to look out onto serene, landscaped areas. The home includes a “cloister” that runs along a main courtyard, offering a calming view for family members with special needs.

“The exterior spaces offer sensory experiences: A low concrete wall radiates warmth to the adjacent sitting area, a fountain with shallow basins allows soaking of hands and feet, a courtyard offers a small lawn and flowering tree, and a patio with an outdoor fireplace gives way to rolling, grass-covered berms,” says Scott A. Rappe, AIA, LEED AP.

Marvin windows clad in Cascade Blue echo the deep color of the sky, and transom windows are placed around the perimeter of the living area to allow a view to the outdoors from any position.

 

Soaking in the Trend: Statement Tubs with Dreamy Views

Soaking tubs with nature views are putting the “rest” back in restroom.

When we talk about making a bold statement in bathroom design trends, we usually mention striking marble, walls of wallpaper or  colorful hand-painted tile. Those trends are all still going strong, but lately, bathroom designers and homeowners are making a statement with an old bathroom staple: the bathtub. Oversized, standalone tubs are gaining traction as statement pieces that – when coupled with expansive windows that let in morning light and soothing nature views – are equal parts fun and functional.

On the path to relaxation in a busy world, look no further than your favorite scented bubbles and these blissed-out bathrooms that have become part spa and part sanctuary thanks to larger-than-life tubs with equally impressive views.

This spa-like bathroom features side-by-side Marvin double hung windows flanked by sheer curtains, making a soak in this tub worth savoring.

 

 

 

 

In this earthy bathroom, a wall-sized Marvin direct glaze window paired with transoms over the vanity create a light-soaked feel you can appreciate from the tub (and just about everywhere else, too).

 

 

 

The master bathroom in designer Emily Henderson’s Mountain House project was the perfect opportunity to add a bay of Marvin windows around the “soaking tub her heart deeply desired.” The result is an immersive winter wonderland perfectly enjoyed from the depths of a hot bath.

 

 

 

Crisp white walls in this neutral bathroom create the perfect backdrop for uniquely placed Marvin double hung windows that complement a skylight overhead. We’re not sure what’s a prettier focal point from this tub, the statement art or the statement view.

 

 

 

This bathroom proves that soaking tubs can be modern, too – with a sleek shape and black-framed Marvin casement windows to frame the view. Taking relaxation to the next level, a set of Marvin patio doors invites the homeowners to follow a warm soak with a lounge on the adjacent patio.

 

 

 

With beautiful marble and an antique soaking tub, this bathroom’s Marvin double hung windows perfectly complement the classic feel. Grab a novel and get transported back in time.

 

 

 

If you’ve got a bathroom renovation coming up, consider the power of porcelain and the calming effect of an outdoor view to complete your soaking sanctuary.

 

The 6 Things to Know and Consider When Tackling Your Home’s Replacement Windows

Stylist, designer and blogger Emily Henderson reveals her expert tips.

For most of my career as a stylist and designer, I never touched windows outside of covering them up with draperies. I didn’t have to as I wasn’t doing any major renovations. That is until I worked on a project last year in the Pacific Northwest—a high-end investment property I partnered with my brother on in Portland. We put in a top-floor addition, so the existing windows needed to be replaced to match the new windows. Oh man, did I learn a lot about windows during this project. Luckily, I was also working on the overhaul of the mountain house my husband and I bought for our family and there were a few things I learned from the investment property that made a huge difference when I started replacing windows there.

While I’ll dive into all the things you should consider yourself when replacing your windows next, first I want to share something I learned: windows are the eyelashes of the home’s exterior facade. Stay with me here … a home “face” with run-of-the-mill windows is perfectly passable, but once you put those luscious lash extensions on, all of a sudden you’ve got yourself a confident beaut. Of course, the similarities between windows and lashes stops there as replacement windows are a far more stressful decision to make, but I promise it doesn’t have to be. Here are six considerations I’ve learned along the way to help guide you on your replacement window journey:

1. Consider your environment.

First and foremost, always remember that all locations have different environmental needs. My LA house has different window needs than my house up in the mountain where it snows. Things to consider are moisture levels, altitude, temperatures (desert vs. coastal vs. harsh winters). One window does not fit all. Be sure to talk to a Marvin expert to help you determine what you need for your specific environment so your windows perform for years to come.

2. Think outside the (existing) box.

One of the most common oversights I see in renovations is people replacing their windows … for the same window. Yes, sometimes windows need to be swapped out for functionality or energy efficiency, but take a minute and consider what else you might be able to do. Is there something unique or special you can do instead that might work better for your design/how you use your house? For instance, in the mountain house kitchen, we moved the stove to the window wall and decided to put in a slider instead of a picture window to give us the option of opening that up should we need to. We also made the whole thing bigger to let in more light (always do this if you can because no one in the history of home design has ever said, “ugh, this house gets too much sunlight”).

Another thing I’ll add here is to get creative in trickier spaces. We took an existing attic play space that originally had no natural light and thought through how to add in a window because this lady loves her natural light. The roofline is very challenging, so we ended up taking a regular square window and rotating it into a diamond shape which worked great with the slope of the roof but also now feels like a magical moment in the kids’ space.

3. Consider how the light would move through your house during the day.

Of course you can’t always help this, but if you’re a night owl or someone who struggles with sleep, putting a window in your bedroom on the eastern wall … not the best idea if you don’t want light blasting through at 6 a.m. (when you don’t want to wake up until 8). This is also a pretty big deal in a kid’s room. Unless you want your littles jumping out of bed right at sunrise, carefully consider that window placement. The same goes for say, a dining room. The light can get pretty intense at 5 or 6 p.m. depending on the time of year for western-facing windows, and if that’s a time you sit down for dinner with your family, maybe don’t put a window where it might end up blinding you and your children.

4. Keep your home’s style in mind.

When you’re in the middle of a renovation, style paralysis can set in QUICK once you’re faced with 10,000 decisions. It’s very real and can feel like the human spirit can barely withstand such a process. But don’t feel intimidated. I know it can feel overwhelming but breaking it down will make everything feel more manageable. For example, start by just identifying your home’s architectural style and taking a bit of a deep dive on Pinterest or Google to see other houses in that same aesthetic. What kind of windows do they all seem to share? Gridded? Picture? Double hung? Bay? Also take note of the color of the window frame and what you’re drawn to/feels natural to the architecture.

In the master bathroom of my mountain house (which used to be a narrow, windowless room that we turned into the kids room—don’t worry, we added windows), there was a moment to add in a bay for the soaking tub my heart deeply desired. Being that the house is mid-century (built in the 1960s), we felt a grid-less bay of casement windows would best suit this newly added feature (I wanted an unobstructed view of the backyard but also the ability to open the windows if I needed to which is why casement windows are so great). Adding something with a 3×3 or 4×4 grid would have deceived the home’s style.

5. Plan ahead (so you don’t fall behind).

One of my biggest lessons I learned during the project I did in Portland is to ORDER YOUR WINDOWS FIRST. Windows can have a long lead time, so do not put off ordering them, especially if you want to keep a renovation project on track. I’m writing all about the order in which to think about things during a renovation in my next book, but for the sake of this post, it’s important to know that you’ll want those windows in before you close up your walls. It makes everything easier, and helps ensure your window frames turn out clean, correct and perfect.

6. Think of windows as an “investment” rather than “expensive.”

“Windows are so affordable,” said literally not a single person ever. I know. They are an investment, but replacing old windows will likely reduce high energy bills in both cold and hot climates, reduce mold in wetter climates, and generally have a positive impact on the way your home functions. It is also important to remember that windows are actually a structural component of your house, and an important piece to ensuring it stays sound for years to come. Windows are expensive, yes, but an investment that will help pay for itself in the long run? Also yes.

Photography: sara ligorria-tramp for ehd

How Your Windows & Doors Help You Save Money On Energy Bills

How Your Windows & Doors Help You Save Money On Energy Bills

While you may think that your thermostat regulates the temperature in your home, there’s a lot of parts that work together to keep you comfortable. If you’re looking to save money on your energy bills, there are plenty of open doors for you to do so.

From upgrading to the latest energy efficient models to installing weather-stripping where it’s needed on your window and doors, you can save money and energy with an upgrade. See how your windows and doors can help you save money on your energy bills.

An upgrade to an energy-efficient window or door can sometimes require the help of a pro. Contact Quality Window and Door today for quotes from pros in your area.

The Importance Of Windows & Doors

You may not realize it, but your windows and doors are hard at work to not only let natural light in but keep your home comfortable. When used properly, they can help you save money on your energy bills. However, old windows and doors can result in wasted money and energy.

To see how important your windows and doors are, you might want to get a home energy audit. This can help you discover what issues you might have in your home that’s letting energy, like hot and cool air, go to waste.

Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your windows and doors are aiding in energy efficacy.

Energy Star Windows & Doors

One of the best things you can do to reduce utility bills is to install new windows and doors, replacing older ones with those that are energy-star certified. This certification means that the windows and doors have passed requirements that make it guaranteed energy efficient. You can have peace-of-mind that your new windows and doors will be taking a big step toward conserving energy.

Energy-star certified products are sold by various manufacturers, so It’s best to consult a pro who can help guide you towards the best fit for your home. The next step is to install them properly.

Weather Stripping

How often do you think of your weather stripping? I would guess likely not that often, but when you feel a draft coming in from a window or door, you’ll definitely be considering how you can repair it. Weather-stripping windows and doors must be redone if there’s any air escaping the home around the entryways. The good news is, that it’s not a very expensive project to take on. If you like to DIY, you may even be able to do some parts of task yourself.

Insulate Windows

Generally, insulation is associated with the fluffy or foam-like material that goes into your walls. So why would you ever consider insulating your windows? Insulation comes in many forms! There are various materials you can use to insulate your windows and let light in. By wrapping your windows, you can add another layer between you and the outdoors. It’s best to do this during winter. Some local hardware stores sell kits where you can easily add a layer of plastic-like material around your window, keeping all visibility. If you don’t care about the view as much, you can hang bubble wrap inside your window frames. This is a great way to keep heat in and provide yourself with additional privacy.

Window Treatments

Window treatments are another way to add another layer between you and the outdoor air. An investment in some energy-saving, thick blackout curtains is one of the best decisions you can make. Not only does it allow for better rest at night, but it helps to keep the temperature in the room steady. On the higher end, blackout curtains can cost upward of $75. This includes noise-reduction features as well. On the low end, you could spend around $25 for a smaller pair. Choose the window treatments that are right for your needs and budget.

Storm Doors

Unlike windows, you don’t want to put a curtain between you and your door. But for an added barrier, storm doors are a practical solution to reducing energy usage in your home. They can help to block outside air from coming in as you enter, and vice versa. Storm doors vary in price. The costs can become more expensive depending on the material and features of the door.

Conclusion

If you’re wondering how you can cut back on energy usage, try using the above tips. Just trying a few simple updates to your windows and doors can help to cut down on utility bills. Contact Quality Window & Door today for an estimate and get saving.

The Replacement Process. 5 Easy Steps

STEP 1:

EVALUATE

Is it really time for replacement? Some signs, such as condensation or cosmetic damage, might not need replacement at all and are actually perfectly normal. Others, like water stains and wood rot, need immediate replacement.

Knowing the signs that require prompt attention versus those that can be easily fixed can help you evaluate whether and how soon a replacement is needed.

Need help deciding? Download our evaluation one-pager

STEP 2:

SELECT

We can help you navigate the process of selecting your replacement windows and doors. We’ll get started with a high-level look at basic choices like window/door styles and materials (wood, extruded aluminum or Ultrex fiberglass), and then we’ll guide you through design options – like wood stains, colors, hardware finishes, shades, and screens.

Our Replacement Workbook details Marvin and Integrity replacement products and options. Use the Workbook paired with our Replacement Guide to make the best choices for your replacement project. Download your copies below.

Decisions, Decisions! Take a look at some of the choices you’ll make

STEP 3:

ORDER

You don’t have to go through the replacement process alone. Marvin has a variety of replacement specialists available to create your perfect replacement process, each of them are there to provide guidance, answer questions, prepare your quote, measure for your new windows and doors, and place your order. They will also help you get the installation process underway.

Local independent Marvin dealers provide a showroom to view replacement windows and doors in person. Your dealer may be a Marvin Authorized Installing Retailer (they handle all aspects of the replacement process), while others work with contractors for measuring, order, and installation. Our experts are always happy to partner with your contractor or to recommend a contractor if you don’t already have one.

Find My Nearest Dealer

Marvin authorized replacement contractors are available in some areas. These experts work with you through your entire replacement process from window selection all the way through installation. They will also work with a Marvin dealer on your behalf.

Authorized Replacement Contractors

Infinity from Marvin offers a line of high-quality fiberglass windows and doors designed exclusively for replacement. Infinity retailers offer a one-stop shopping experience, providing knowledgeable expertise from initial consultation all the way through full-service delivery and installation.

Learn More About Infinity

STEP 4:

INSTALLATION

Depending on the size of your replacement project, there could be a lot to do before and on installation day. Ensuring that all decorative treatments are removed, turning off alarms, and confirming the date and time of the installation are just a few ways you can avoid extra hassle and ensure your replacement runs as smoothly as possible.

STEP 5:

ENJOY

With your installation complete, it’s time to step back and enjoy the benefits of your replacement project. New windows and doors can save you as much as 15% on your energy bills** while reducing wear and tear on heating and cooling systems. New windows and doors could also lead to new possibilities—the remodel you’ve been waiting for, or more light in your favorite room. And our trusted warranty helps ensure you can enjoy your new windows and doors for years to come.

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Windows & Doors Make A First Impression

Windows and doors are the first impression of your home. They can enhance both the exterior and interior of your home drastically. However, old windows and doors can be an eyesore and might be costing you money. If it’s time for an upgrade, make 2019 the year to replace your older windows, doors, or hardware.

Your windows and doors are important functional and decorative parts of the home. When looking for the best fit for your house, don’t get overwhelmed by the options. Here are some of the top trends that 2019 has in store for windows and doors.

Windows

The windows in your home can impact many areas. A new window installation can give your home a much-needed facelift by improving your home’s décor, curb appeal and efficiency. If this is an update you’re going to be doing this year, start with your budget. The average cost to install windows is $4,516, with most homeowner spending between $3,207 and $5,252. This is the cost to add or install 5-10 windows, but the cost will change depending on not only the number of windows but also what style you choose.

Energy Efficiency

This year especially, homeowners are focusing on sustainability and how choices made inside the home will impact the environment. Most homeowners will opt to install new windows because they’re not doing the basic function of keeping the cold air out in the winter and the hot air in the summer. If you have leaky or inefficient windows, you could be paying a higher utility bill than homeowners with new Energy Star certified windows.

Modern Fixed Windows

Big windows with even bigger views are the window goals for homeowners. This year expect to see more floor to ceiling windows with modern minimal frames. An inoperable fixed window will give homeowners uninterrupted views. This year’s trend is to stay away from patterns or grids on the glass. The upside to having a fixed window is that you get more glass and won’t have a need for a screen, the downside is that you won’t have a functional window to open if you’re looking to get a cross breeze or fresh air into your home. This style of windows works best in main living spaces on your ground floor. We suggest keeping any upstairs windows more functional.

Black Framed Windows

Cookie cutter white framed windows are on the decline now that matte blackis having a huge moment in 2019. Black framed windows will turn your new windows into a statement piece and work well with both traditional and modern homes. While white framed windows will always be in style and look timeless, houses with black window frames look up-to-date and fresh.

Doors

Your home’s front door is the first impression of your home. Updating your door doesn’t mean getting a totally new one. These trends will help you update your current door or persuade you to replace your outdated one.

Smart Door Lock

Have you ever left your home and couldn’t remember if you locked the door? What about that time you couldn’t reach your keys to unlock the door because your hands were full? Smart door locks work with your phone through Bluetooth and downloadable smartphone applications to help you out if you find yourself in those situations in the future. For more peace of mind, you can also install a ring video doorbell. You can see a live video of your door and sends you instant mobile alerts when someone presses your doorbell. You can even speak to them, through your phone, if you’re not home.

Upscale Hardware

Not all doors need and should be replaced. Sometimes, just a change of the hardware is a small change that will make an impact on your curb appeal. Metallic details, like a new door knocker or knob, mixed with different finishes like natural wood are an up to date take on this trend.

Blue Door

With more homeowners looking to make significant curb appeal updates, you’ll notice that front doors are getting colorful facelifts. While red has been a trendy choice in the past, 2019 is the year of the blue door. All shades of blue, from robin’s egg to midnight, will be big this year. If blue isn’t your color, you can’t go wrong with another different bold color. Updating your door’s hue is a great way to dress up an older door without a complete replacement.

Conclusion

Your windows and doors are an important feature in the home. While it may not call for a complete replacement, you might want to consider updating your windows to save on your utility bill or automate your doors, so you’ll never question if you locked the door when you left the house.

Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home Style

From the historical to the here-and-now, any style of home is enhanced by just the right windows. Whether you’re building from the ground up or replacing old windows in an existing home, this guide will help you select the style that looks most authentic — and most attractive — for your architecture. At Quality Window and door we help you choose the right products for your style. Call us today or visit us in our one of a kind showroom. We look forward to seeing you at the Big Red Barn.

This post is re-posted from the popular HGTV Website.

Coastal Style This New England coastal home by Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC honors architectural history while maximizing water views with these expansive windows made up of many small “lights” (individual window segments). From the outside, the home communicates historically accurate New England coastal architecture.

 

Santa Barbara Style Influenced by Spanish and Moorish architecture, this popular California style includes lots of arches and curved windows. Turquoise windows — though unconventional — were exactly the right choice for this Santa Barbara-style house by Mark Molthan. Steel frame windows balance out the bright color with their neutral tones and give a slightly contemporary feel to the home.

 

Tudor Style Architect Jeff Murphy chose casement windows for this home — the historically accurate selection for the Tudor style of architecture, which first enjoyed popularity from 1485 to 1625. “In medieval times,” Murphy explains, “there was no glass in the openings — until later in the period, where glass was placed into the simple square (or often times diagonal) openings.”

 

Modern Style For a writer’s studio in a modern home, architect John Bertram envisioned a seamless, unobstructed connection between the view and the writing desk, and the goal was to eliminate any evidence of windows at all — including the frames themselves. The window’s unique style allows the homeowners to open the kitchen to the outside bar to create the look of an entirely open kitchen.

 

Contemporary Style FINNE Architects chose windows and oversized sliding glass doors of black anodized aluminum for this contemporary home. “I like to call the main living space ‘a large front porch,’ because the windows and large sliding glass doors create a feeling of being outdoors,” says Nils Finne. The interior window trim is Douglas fir, which gives warmth to the living space.

 

Craftsman Style Craftsman bungalow-style homes developed from the British Arts & Crafts movement, featuring double-hung or casement windows like the Andersen Windows A-Series Frenchwood Gliding Patio Doors here. In Craftsman-style homes, the exterior trim traditionally contrasts with the window frame color, and the windows include grille patterns that create vertical proportions.

 

Farmhouse Style Influenced by Colonial and Victorian architecture, the uniquely American Farmhouse home style looks just right with tall, narrow, double-hung windows, bay windows and window groupings, and 2-over-2 grille patterns. Black exterior window frames add striking contrast for curb appeal… … while white interior window frames visually expand the space by blending into the wall color.

 

Georgian Style A variation on Colonial architecture, Georgian homes feature tall, double-hung windows, simple window combinations, and multiple divided lights with rectangular grilles. Fun fact: The reason Colonial architecture tends to feature windows with many small “lights” (individual panes) is that the British imposed high import taxes on large pieces of glass sent into the Colonies.

 

Shingle Style Andersen’s A-Series Transom Windows with Forest Green Exteriors and Specified Equal Light Grille Pattern add color and light to this Shingle-style home — a uniquely American look that traces its beginnings to the late 19th century.Shingle-style interiors borrowed heavily from the Arts & Crafts style, as seen in these windows’ height-to-width proportion of 2-to-1.

 

Rustic Style In a rustic setting with a fabulous view, the guideline for windows is often, “The bigger, the better.” These custom windows from Marvin take maximum advantage of the view — and echo the look of the surrounding trees with their rustic wood trim.

 

Transitional Style Perched happily at the intersection of modern and traditional styles, the transitional home often has tall window openings that are best filled with casement windows, like these from Marvin. Low-placed crank handles make it easy to open and close the windows, despite their soaring height. Marvin’s Ultimate Casements have a wash mode that allow homeowners to turn the exterior of the window towards the interior to wash from inside.

New Dark Interior Window & Door Finishes Provide the Perfect Accent for HGTV Renovations

Master renovators and stars of HGTV’s Property Brothers: Buying and Selling embrace a high-contrast white and black color palette for their signature home transformations.

Jonathan and Drew Scott, better known as The Property Brothers, have a penchant for creating dramatic transformations with simple color palettes that walk the line between trendy and timeless. In a few of their most recent renovations, from modern farmhouse to transitional style, black and white in equal measure prove to be the perfect partners to create crisp lines and bold accent.

When durability is a must and projects move quickly, the brothers have turned to Integrity Wood-Ultrex windows and doors for a bold aesthetic, lasting durability and a reliable delivery timeline. For several of their most recent projects, Drew and Jonathon were among the first to gain access to the new black painted interior finish and sleek matte black hardware, now available on all Integrity Wood-Ultrex windows, swinging doors and the sliding French patio door.

With a factory finish, projects can move to completion quicker by eliminating the need to paint on-site. Window and door parts are finished with a prime and paint system before they’re assembled, ensuring complete coverage and a finished seal. Our labor and time-saving factory painted black interior finish is now available across all of our product lines including Marvin aluminum clad and wood products as well.

As bold black with matte hardware and accents continue to trend from appliances to technology to automotive, we take a look at some of Drew and Jonathon’s recent interpretations of this lasting trend.

 

Sometimes, it is all black and white

This bold transformation proves that you don’t need a colorful palette to achieve a striking look. The addition of some much needed contrast to a previously all-white kitchen creates instant dimension. This kitchen uses fresh white and pops of black in the Wood-Ultrex windows, pendant lighting and cabinet hardware. Other than a few organic accents in the form of a fiddle leaf fig plant or the beginnings of a healthy dinner, the palette is intentionally muted to let the black accents make their mark.

A farmhouse goes bright with black

Although we’re the first to say we love natural wood in a space (our Wood-Ultrex line is now also available with a clear coat finish that lets the beauty of the wood shine through), the “before” on this farmhouse was a little overwhelming and doesn’t pay off the energizing effects of sunlight in the space. With a fresh coat of white paint, the log walls become a calming backdrop for a unique twist on a black window – a mixed finish with white trim and a black sash and frame for a sleek, modern effect.

Let there be light, and dark

For an entryway that was once closed off and drab, bringing in more light and a view to the outdoors through a dark frame was just the answer. An ntegrity Wood-Ultrex Swinging French Door with our factory-applied dark finish opens this space up, and pairs perfectly with the contrast of the black and white tiled floor. The custom grille pattern that tops the door adds visual interest while allowing maximum light flow that can make a small space appear bigger.

Back in black for a contemporary overhaul

The light and views in this home might not have needed any transforming, but by replacing a more traditional stained wood look with sleek black interior finish and reconfiguring the window grilles to add style and interest with a clear view, the look was elevated to match the Property Brothers’ vision for a more contemporary home. Heavy wood blinds are swapped for bright white curtains, warmer beige walls are painted a crisp white and matte black curtain rods are used to reinforce black as a design element in the space.

As the ultimate basics, black and white might not be new additions to a designer’s color palette, but the rising popularity of dark interior window finishes and rooms like these that make black and white their defining features show that top designers and remodelers can agree in the power of clean lines and bold contrast.

5 Ways to Save on Window Replacement

How to maximize your investment in window replacement by spending smartly and avoiding unnecessary bells and whistles.

You’ll make many decisions during your window replacement process, from whether it’s really time to replace your windows to what material to choose, to whether to do all of your windows at once or approach it in phases. Replacing windows and doors is an investment, and just like any investment, it’s worth considering how you can spend only what you need and plan for maximizing your return on what you’re putting in.

Consider these 5 tips for spending wisely on your replacement project.

Know when to repair vs. replace your windows.
Knowing whether your window issues are repairable or if they warrant replacement can be a tough call. Some wear and tear is normal and usually won’t affect the performance of your windows, but other signs indicate that window replacement might be on the horizon. Consider whether you can free up painted-shut upper sash and replace broken panes, sash cords or hardware instead of replacing the entire window. If your windows are drafty, adding weatherstripping might be a short-term fix. Learn how to rate the severity of your window issues before you rush down the replacement path.

Understand that energy efficiency is not one size fits all.
It’s hard to talk about window replacement without hearing about energy efficiency. What many homeowners don’t realize is that energy efficiency requirements for windows and doors depend on your region and your home’s existing efficiency. A home in a Northern region that needs to keep as much heat as possible inside their home in the winter months will require different glazing and coating options than a home in the South that needs to keep the warmth out year ’round.

And while a window with all of the energy efficiency bells and whistles might sound like the best investment, it’s important to realize that if your walls aren’t properly insulated, for example, energy-efficient windows with insulating gas or triple pane glass won’t make much of a difference. Triple pane glass, sometimes heralded as the ultimate in energy efficiency, isn’t always better. Conducting a home energy audit can help you decide if an investment in extra energy efficient window measures will be worth it over time.

Choose your replacement window material wisely.
Not all materials are created equal. Have detailed conversations with your window contractor or dealer and ask them to help you weigh the long-term benefits of various materials by considering their look, maintenance needs and longevity. An all-wood window requires the most maintenance, but may be worth it if you’re in a historical area or if original character is important. Vinyl windows might advertise “hands-off” maintenance, but may not come in the colors you want, and could degrade faster when exposed to harsh weather. Clad wood or fiberglass could offer a sweet spot in terms of low maintenance, design choice and long-term durability that will protect your investment.

Keep resale in mind.
According to the National Association of Realtors, replacing your windows could offer a 73% return on investment when it comes time to sell your home. To maximize this return, use the value of your home as a benchmark for making decisions. An inexpensive material might seem like a good money-saving measure, but it could hurt you in the long run. The same goes for shelling out the big bucks for the most expensive option out there. To get the highest return on your replacement window investment, avoid choosing windows and doors in a material that’s inferior to the rest of the finishes in the home (or considerably more high-end). Instead, aim to match and maintain the home’s original character and style to create a cohesive look for future buyers.

Remember that it’s not all or nothing.
Every house is different in terms of how many windows and doors a replacement job would entail, and sometimes not all windows are in the same condition. Consider whether you might replace a few windows at a time to keep your initial investment lower, or ask a window contractor to assess your existing windows and provide priorities based on their condition. Familiarize yourself with the difference between insert and full frame replacement to understand whether you can save money by salvaging existing frames and trim. Talk to you contractor about manufacturers that offer narrow frame windows that will fit into these existing openings.