source: residential architect Magazine
publication date: June 1, 2007

By Nigel F. Maynard

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. But if you love the hunt like we do, it's bound to reward everyone involved. Yes, your products must prove penny-wise, but they can't look cheap or perform poorly. They must withstand the rigors of everyday life at least as well as their more precious counterparts.

Admittedly, cheap is in the eye of the budget holder, but we think the collection on the following pages is a bargain at twice the price.

tough customer

“When we're searching for a value window with high performance, we often look to Marvin's Integrity line,” lead ap Jesse Thompson of Kaplan Thompson Architects says. The brand's windows and doors are made from Ultrex, a polymer of glass fibers and polyester resin said to produce strong frames and weatherproof exteriors. Kaplan Thompson likes the windows' low thermal expansion and conductivity and their wood interiors. Integrity Windows and Doors, 888.419.0076; www.integritywindows.com.