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Marvin's Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung Wins Best of IBS Award


Marvin masterfully reinvented one of the classic windows of our time

The Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung from Marvin Windows and Doors was selected at the 2015 International Builders' Show (IBS) as the winner of the prestigious Best of IBS Award, given by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


Chosen by a panel of independent judges, including reporters and building professionals, Marvin's Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung was selected out of hundreds of applicants as the best and most innovative window product on the market. With the Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung, Marvin masterfully reinvented one of the classic windows of our time by combining state-of-the-art technology with its legendary American craftsmanship, resulting in a traditional-looking window that is deceptively modern and beautifully innovative.

The Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung uses an innovative hardware system, which elegantly combines the traditional double hung look with intuitive operation, modern convenience and added peace of mind. Marvin also has expanded its Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung family to include a round top version and an IMPACT version for regions where hurricane protection is needed.

"At Marvin, we pride ourselves on providing the very best performing products and uncompromising service to our customers," said Christine Marvin, Director of Marketing at Marvin Windows and Doors. "This new window is a great example of what Marvin does best – create a product that is beautifully designed, and that answers our customers' needs for functionality and performance. We're so proud of this window, and are honored to be chosen by the NAHB as one of the best and most innovative products on the market in 2015."

"With a record number of product submissions, the competition for this year's Best of IBS awards was fierce," said Jerry Konter, NAHB's Conventions and Meetings Committee Chair and a home builder from Savannah, Ga. "The 2015 winners represent the best and most innovative products on the market, and we are pleased to be able to honor them today."

Visit Marvin.com for additional information, product photos and to locate your nearest dealer.

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Infinity from Marvin® is a line of fiberglass replacement windows and patio doors designed by the experts at Marvin Windows and Doors. Created for the homeowner who wants low-maintenance, energy efficiency and traditional beauty, all Infinity products are sold by Gravina's Window Center as a complete, installed package to provide you with a high-quality, hassle-free experience.

The Smart Window Replacement Choice

When considering window replacement in the Denver area, you're demonstrating the pride and commitment to the investment you made in your home. As you research, consider the following to make the right choice:

Choose a brand recognized as a leader. Infinity products represent nearly a century of innovation and uncompromising performance -- the legacy of Marvin Windows and Doors. 

Your Home's Appearance 
Choose replacement windows and doors made in custom sizes with options and features that meet your expectations. Infinity from Marvin's thoughtful designs, appearance, and options allow you to match the style of your home. 

Built for Life® 
Choose windows and doors that are durable and will stay weathertight. Infinity products are made from patented Ultrex® pultruded fiberglass. Ultrex is so much stronger and superior to other materials, we back our products with a limited lifetime warranty.


Gravina's has been serving homeowners in Colorado for over 40 years!  If you are ready to make the best replacement window decision, please call 303-794-0490 or email to set your free estimate today.  

You've done the research.  Now invest in your home! 


A Fête at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors


The Architect’s Eye: Winter at the White House

A visit to the White House is always an exciting experience, but it’s especially wonderful this time of year when the country’s most famous residence is decked for holidays. Earlier this month I joined Architectural Digest editor in chief and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts trustee Margaret Russell for the Kennedy Center Honors, an annual national celebration of the arts, which was preceded by a reception at the White House.

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Detail of the entrance hall that overlooks Pennsylvania Avenue, where the United States Marine Band officially greets visitors during official events.

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Music greeted visitors in the East Wing of the White House.


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The Cross Hall in the East Wing connects the State Dining Room to the Red, Blue, Green, and East Rooms.


Read more at Architectural Digest



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When it pays to remodel your home — and when it doesn’t


If you’re planning to sell your home in 2015, here are some home-improvement projects that pay off


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As home values increase and interest rates remain low, real estate in the U.S. could see a healthy rebound in 2015, with more people entering the market. And that means many potential sellers heading to the home improvement store as well as contractors phones beginning to ring.

“A rising housing market lifts up remodeling,” says Craig Webb, editor in chief of Remodeling Magazine, an industry trade publication. Of course, it’s not a secret that kitchens and baths often attract the most attention, simply because it’s where we spend the most time, says Webb. But remodeling kitchens and baths doesn’t always pay off with the highest cost-to-value ratios. For example, a $25,000 kitchen remodeling is only likely to recoup 68% of its cost when the house is sold, said Webb. A $100,000-plus kitchen remodeling nets even less — just 59%.

Remodeling Magazine recently compiled its 2015 predictions for remodeling values, project-by-project and market-by-market. Call it Moneyball for home improvement. The impressive sabermetrics-style compilation looked at 36 projects and how they fared in more than 100 markets, to determine which ones get you the best value when you sell. It also looked at markets where the recoupment cost is highest, and where you probably shouldn’t even bother to do the work.

“The simpler and lower cost the project, the bigger its cost-value ratio,” Webb says, noting that a steel door entry replacement that typically costs less than $5,000 and looks good from the all-important outside will likely net a 102% recoupment in 2015, meaning you’ll probably make a profit if you install one before you sell your home. Similarly, you’ll be able to recoup more than 80% of the cost of a $10,000 wood deck when you sell a house, but only 68% of a composite deck that costs $16,000.

Typically, you don’t get 100% back on your home remodeling investments, though they likely boost your home’s resale value and overall appeal, and reduce the time that the home will stay on the market.

In some rare cases, such as in the hottest housing markets, you can actually recoup 100% of your costs no matter the project, and even make a significant profit, according to Remodeling Magazine’s latest numbers. For example, adding a wood deck to a home in San Francisco, where it often can be enjoyed year-round, yields a whopping 147% return (at least in 2015), meaning a nearly 50% profit on a $10,000 deck investment.

The top seven markets where the average payback for all projects in 2015 is expected to be the highest are: 1. San Francisco (103%), 2. Honolulu (94.6%), 3. San Jose, Calif. (87.1%), 4. Riverside, Calif. (84.1%), 5. Sarasota, Fla. (80.7%) 6. Austin, Texas (78.6%) and 7. New Orleans (77.6%)

Webb recommends that sellers remember one thing before they put their home on the market: “Curb appeal is key,” he said. “What you do on the outside does better than what you do on the inside.” To that end, Webb noted that three modestly-priced exterior projects ($5,000 to $25,000), namely manufactured stone veneer additions (92%) and fiber-cement siding (84%) and vinyl siding replacement, (81%) are likely to be the best values in 2015.

Also, sometimes it’s best to go with tried-and-true projects, rather than year-to-year fads. For example, Webb noted that the biggest drop in the value of a project in 2014 was the same project that had the biggest gain the year before: installing a backup power generator. Webb said the cost-value ratio for installing a backup generator is expected to sink 11.3% this year, after having jumped 28% in the 2014 report. “Weather may have played a role in that decline; in the absence of a weather event like superstorm Sandy, Realtors had perhaps begun to see the generator’s value in a new light,” he said.

When it comes to saving money on the remodeling jobs, one tip is to plan to have the work done when contractors are waiting for the phone to ring. “If it’s an outdoor project, you might do a little better if you find a contractor who doesn’t have much work in the early spring, late fall and winter, and wants to brave the elements so he can keep his crews working a bit longer than they might normally,” said Webb. Inside work, such as a kitchen remodeling project that can be done anytime, also might prove less expensive if you do it during the dead of winter. You might find someone “willing to cut you a deal if you wait until January to get the work done,” he said.

Of course if you live in the sunny South, you might not get a break. “Places where you can work anywhere year-round usually are not places where you see price differences,” he said.

Here’s a sample of just what some popular remodeling projects are projected to recoup in 2015 at resale depending on your market. Click here for Remodeling Magazine’sentire project and market analysis.

Read original article at MarketWatch


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2015 Colorado Garden and Home Show is coming!


Colorado Garden & Home Show


Colorado Garden & Home Show
February 7 – 15, 2015
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

  • Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event – where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement.
  • Talk to representatives from more than 650 companies from 25 states and Canada. Visit with the region’s gardening gurus and home improvement experts about the best way to move your home and garden projects forward.
  • Learn about the innovative gardening and home improvement ideas, products and services in more than 1,400 booths.
  • Attend one of the 50 FREE educational seminars and how-to demonstrations for cutting edge gardening and home improvement ideas.
  • Each year the show selects nine exhibitors from dozens of applicants, whose products or services best demonstrate innovation, energy efficiency, unique design appeal or cutting edge thinking. We are pleased to showcase exhibits from these companies in the 9News Hot Products Zone located in the upper lobby as you enter the show. It is our way to get your ideas going.
  • Don’t miss the juried flower show.
  • Admire – but do not eat – more than 100 extravagant cakes competing for prizes in the show’s cake competition and exhibit Feb. 7 and 8 only.
  • Experience the art of Ikebana floral displays located in the upper lobby next to the show’s main entrance during the second weekend (Feb. 13 – 15).
  • Take the FREE shuttle. Park at Coors Field (take I-25 to the Park Avenue exit and follow to Wazee) for just $5 and ride the free Show Shuttle to the Colorado Convention Center.  Click here for a map to the Coors Field parking lot.

Show Details

Colorado Garden & Home Show is at the Colorado Convention Center Feb. 15-23rd, 2014!

Colorado Garden & Home Show is at the Colorado Convention Center


Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Click here for directions to the Convention Center


Saturday Feb. 7 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday Feb. 8 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday Feb. 9 Noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesday Feb. 10 Noon to 8 p.m.
Wednesday Feb. 11 Noon to 8 p.m.
Thursday Feb. 12 Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday Feb. 13 Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 14 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday Feb. 15 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


General Admission $12
Senior Ticket (at the door) $10
Discount Ticket at at all Tickets West outlets in King Soopers $10
Kids 12 and under are free

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Park at Coors Field for just $5 (I-25 to the Park Avenue exit then follow to Wazee) and ride the free show shuttle or take the light rail to the convention center.  Click here for a map to the Coors Field parking lot


Denver's oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show at the Colorado Convention Center
Starts: 02/07/2015 12:00PM
Ends: 2015-02-15:00.000
700 14th Street
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