Marvin shows off new bi-fold door
Marvin's new Clad Ultimate Bi-Fold Door is about bigger and better things — specifically thanks to its inclusion of one of the industry's widest glass panels at 3 feet, 6 inches in a frame up to 10 feet high.
Offering a grander view of the outdoors, the door, which is part of the company's Scenic Door Collection, offers the same durability of Marvin's signature wood-clad products.
It also features two hinges instead of three for a clean, streamlined look suitable for both contemporary and traditional designs.
Other features include a concealed multi-point locking system, multiple sill liner options, and a retractable screen.
"The demand in the market continues to be for windows and doors that allow even more natural light, unobstructed views and connection to the outdoors," says Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy for Marvin Windows and Doors.
"Customers today are looking for bigger doors, cleaner lines and more glass, without compromising performance. We're eager to introduce a new Bi-Fold Door that delivers on all of these expectations," says Kris Hanson, senior manager, group product management. "And for builders and architects, we're pleased to provide a door that offers 45 different configurations and can span up to 55.5 feet wide for unparalleled flexibility and impressive aesthetics."
Contemporary and transitional design rules in kitchen and bath
Contemporary is king — and transitional is too. That's according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report released by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
The research suggests North American homeowners are more interested in modern looks over the previously popular traditional styles.
Among the two, transitional is the most preferred style, followed by contemporary and traditional.
One thing that still hasn't fallen out of fashion: neutral color palettes, especially whites and grays.
The survey also noted an increase in awareness for universal design features and aging-in-place elements among homeowners. Designs that encourage safety and comfort continue to be the most popular amenities in both kitchens and baths.
Many respondents (an increasing amount) also noted the need for technological features, like hidden electrical outlets and accessible charging and docking stations.
"Kitchens and bathrooms are literally the heart of our homes, and the trends are ever-changing," said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. "Our annual Design Trends Report demonstrates that our members are on the cutting-edge of what is most popular in our industry."