Bracing for Impact: Understanding Coastal Window and Door Requirements

Coastal storms certainly exceed a typical windy rain shower, and it’s no surprise that these extreme weather conditions call for a different caliber of window and door solutions. Homes on the coast or in hurricane impact zones demand stronger protection against the elements, so it’s important to understand impact-resistance, impact ratings and other measures for creating a shield against extreme…

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6 Tips for Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

Marvin and the experts at Fine Homebuilding magazine team up to share a few smart window selection tips that can deliver long-term value. Tip 1: Understand the Consequences of Low Quality Windows Low-cost windows can be pricier than they first appear. Like any weak link in the building envelope, poor-performing windows require a larger HVAC system and…

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Show Me How to Hygge

The Danish trend that’s sweeping the nation might not have an English translation, but it has a unique approach when it comes to home design.  Hygge (prounounced hue-guh) is a Danish word, or perhaps more accurately, a feeling you get when you’re experiencing a moment that’s out of the ordinary, cozy, charming or just plain special.…

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The Rise of the Transitional Home

In an age of Houzz and Pinterest, an unprecedented online buzz on both contemporary and traditional home design has inspired an openness to merging two distinctly different styles. Inevitably, savvy homeowners tend to think, “I like parts of both.” Welcome to the transitional home. This fast-growing movement pays homage to contemporary and traditional home styles.…

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