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Winning Home Trends from the Architects Challenge

By Sam Tuttle, Marvin Windows August 31, 2015

Another year of the Marvin Architects Challenge is in the books, and this year’s collection of projects did not disappoint! With grand spaces and unique placements of Marvin windows and doors, this year’s winners were diverse and boasted a range of architectural merits.

Though each project was unique in its own right, a few exciting themes did emerge from this year’s challenge winners. In this week’s MLuxe, we discuss 2015 Marvin Architects Challenge homebuilding trends to keep an eye on.

A Touch of Color

Color was an exciting trend among this year’s Architects Challenge winners. Two standout examples are Adirondack Camp and Russian River Studio.

Adirondack Camp sports an attractive, vibrant color scheme that proved compatible with its Marvin original wood windows and the stunning colors of the home’s lake view. It’s a look that one of the jury members described as “funky in the best sense of that word.”

The Russian River Studio contains large colorful wall panels at the interior that both open to reveal workspace and serve as accents for otherwise white walls. The green and the orange panels also invoke an aura of fall’s onset. We can’t wait to see how the colors pair with the leaves of the surrounding forestry as they begin to change.

ADIRONDACK CAMP | Architect's Challenge Best Remodel/Addition Winner 2015

ADIRONDACK CAMP | Architect’s Challenge Best Remodel/Addition Winner 2015

RUSSIAN RIVER STUDIO | Architect’s Challenge 2015 Best Contemporary 2015

RUSSIAN RIVER STUDIO | Architect’s Challenge 2015 Best Contemporary 2015

Environmentally Conscious

Many of the Architects Challenge winners’ design efforts placed an emphasis on sustainability—which is no surprise given that this is a growing home building trend overall.

Showdown Winner, The Villa Renewed, went the extra mile with sustainability features like rainwater collection, geothermal systems and a modern building envelope. Closed-cell spray foam insulation, and energy efficient Marvin windows helped to complete the renovation along LEED silver guidelines.

The Loretta Building is a sophisticated reuse of a handsome mercantile building. Marvin windows were not only helpful in recreating the building’s original character with a more efficient design that improved air filtration, reduced heat loss and increased energy saving.

Best in Show winner, Healdsburg Residence, achieved both an environmentally responsible residence and a maintenance-free exterior with various solar power strategies, the use of salvaged wood and sustainable materials such as composite siding, metal roofing and Marvin clad windows and doors.

THE VILLA RENEWED | Architects Challenge 2015 Showdown Winner

THE VILLA RENEWED | Architects Challenge 2015 Showdown Winner

THE LORETTA BUILDING | Architect's Challenge Best Commercial Winner 2015

THE LORETTA BUILDING | Architect’s Challenge Best Commercial Winner 2015

HEALDSBURG RESIDENCE | Architect’s Challenge 2015 Best in Show Winner

HEALDSBURG RESIDENCE | Architect's Challenge 2015 Best in Show Winner

HEALDSBURG RESIDENCE | Architect’s Challenge 2015 Best in Show Winner

Playing with Natural Light

Perhaps the most common trend seen throughout this year’s Marvin Architects Challenge winners was the integration of natural light and the utilization of windows and doors featuring large panes of glass.

Best Traditional New Construction Winner, Green Hills Residence, was designed with the intention of creating a home with a sense of transparency, offering great views and ample natural light. The flood of natural light creates a bright and elegant space.

Similarly, Best Contemporary Winner, Russian River Studio, has a main studio space that boasts windows and doors on all four walls and skylights – allowing for light to enter the room from more than one orientation at the same time.

Additionally, Best Transitional Winner, Brown’s Bay Residence, dons a continuous wall of glass, which looks over the water while connecting all the public space of the home from end to end.

GREEN HILLS RESIDENCE | Architect's Challenge Best Traditional New Construction Winner 2015

GREEN HILLS RESIDENCE | Architect’s Challenge Best Traditional New Construction Winner 2015

RUSSIAN RIVER STUDIO | Architect’s Challenge 2015 Best Contemporary 2015

BROWN’S BAY RESIDENCE | Architect's Challenge Best Transitional Home Winner 2015

BROWN’S BAY RESIDENCE | Architect’s Challenge Best Transitional Home Winner 2015