From Big Camp to Little Camp, the Spirit of Nostalgia Brings a Summer Home to Life

After renting a charming summer home for years, homeowners sought to recreate the rustic lodge-style feeling in a new dwelling that won “Best Traditional New Construction” in the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge. The first time these homeowners laid eyes on the gray-shingled, slightly ramshackle “Big Camp” located in coastal New England, they were in love. They rented…

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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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Honoring Historic Details to Bring a Landmark into the 21st Century

How the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge “Best Remodel” winner brought form and function back to a failing city landmark. Westborough, Massachusetts is a classic New England town, home to a quaint city center that had one unfortunate problem—a Town Hall building that was inefficient, underutilized and inaccessible. At the time of the renovation in 2016, less than 40 percent…

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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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Inside Look: How the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge Winners Put Their Stamp on the Latest Design Trends

A new and diverse group of Marvin Architects Challenge-winning projects offer a personal take on the home and design trends the industry is buzzing about. We recently announced the winners of this year’s Marvin Architects Challenge design competition, a group of projects that differ greatly in terms of design style and aesthetics, but that have one…

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