Window Watching: 6 Projects Win Red Diamond Award

From a post-and-beam barn-style residence to a conversion of a 1920s-era Catholic school into a condominium, the winners of the Red Diamond Achiever Awards may be disparate in style, but they exemplify thoughtful and masterful implementation of windows. In all, six projects were recognized in this awards program that honors architects, remodelers and licensed builders for exceptional projects that incorporate Marvin brand Integrity Windows and Doors.

A professional judging panel selected five winners from among 280 entries this year, while the general public crowned the People’s Choice Award winner. Here’s a brief look at the honorees.

Lake Calhoun Organic Modern, Minneapolis (by John Kraemer & Sons)
This modern home is a composition of corten steel, natural stone, warm wood and glass, the latter of which is courtesy of Integrity’s Wood-Ultrex series. A combination of casement and awning windows were implemented, as were sliding patio, sliding French and inswing French doors, also from the Wood-Ultrex line.

The Bancroft, Londonderry, N.H. (by Yankee Barn Homes)
This expansive barn-style, post-and-beam residence is flooded with natural light and views of the surrounding landscape thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, organized grids of smaller window openings and French doors in key focal points. The casement, double-hung and awning windows, as well as inswing French doors, are all from the Integrity Wood-Ultrex line.

Cape Elizabeth Home, Cape Elizabeth, Maine (by Kevin Browne Architecture)
The epitome of farmhouse modern, this residence was designed to be sleek, crisp, minimalist and energy efficient while accentuating a unique varied-height gable roofline. Integrity’s clean-lined All Ultrex and Wood-Ultrex products complement the architecture. Used in the project are All Ultrex casement and awning windows and Wood-Ultrex polygon windows and sliding French doors.

Forrest Walk, Berwyn, Pa. (by Moser Construction Management)
There’s an unmistakable cross perched atop the facade of this 1920s-built structure, hinting at its past life as a Catholic grade school. Today, the building is home to four residential condo flats and a sub-grade garage. To recreate the style of window used in the original school and match the new residential interiors, the builder selected Integrity All Ultrex double-hung windows.

Redwood Avenue, Boulder, Colo. (by Boulder Home Builders and Pocci Design Group)
A new boutique residential community, The Granary is situated to offer panoramic views of the neighboring Rocky Mountains. To maximize these views, the design firm specified a combination of Integrity All Ultrex and Wood-Ultrex casement and awning windows as well as Wood-Ultrex sliding French doors.

 The winner of the People’s Choice Award, this project is a simple, energy-efficient board-and-batten-sided home built on a narrow lot while mindful of the local Historical Preservation Committee’s guidelines. The project team paired this prairie-style aesthetic with Integrity Wood-Ultrex casement, awning and double-hung windows styled with SDL grille patterns to meet the historical district requirements.
 Judges for the 2016 competition included Lou Manfredini, do-it-yourself expert and contributor to the “Today Show” and several home-improvement television programs; Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy for the Marvin family of brands; Frank Anton, vice chairman of Hanley Wood; and Shawn McCadden, columnist and award-winning remodeler.