Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Fenestration Situation

The windows are fabulous!  The owners chose Marvin clad windows with custom wood trim for a more traditional look from the street.  The clad color is Stone White, one of the five standard colors Marvin offers, and the hardware is all satin nickel.  The metal hardware is more expensive than their powder coated base line, but I firmly believe that one should not skimp on windows.  Unlike tile or countertops, you can't come back in 5 years and upgrade. 



New to me on this project are the Marvin Casemaster windows with Securistyle friction hinges.  This is a classic example of nuevo retro products that are all the rage.  The friction hinge allows the windows to open without a crank just like the charming old French casement windows you see in cottages from the 20s and 30s.  You just flip up the levers to release a catch and push the windows open.  Though I love the idea, these require much more effort to push out than their antique counterparts, and you have to release levers at the top and bottom instead of just one in the center.  The benefit is that these windows seal and have a much higher insulation value than the old style.  For roughly $100 more per window, the operation is just not as simple and smooth as I'd like.  Is it too much to ask to get vintage in form and function?

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