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Chris Loves Julia Partner with Pella Architectural Team

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Residential Replacement


Chris and Julia Marcum

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Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Home Design Bloggers Realize Modern Cottage Dreams with Pella Architectural Solutions

When Chris and Julia Marcum, home design experts and the bloggers behind Chris Loves Julia,recently set out to update an early 2000s traditional home to a modern cottage aesthetic, they knew windows would be crucial to achieving their design intent. They turned to Pella for customized wood window solutions and the personalized expertise of Pella Architectural Solutions, a team of architects, engineers and technicians who provide project support and custom services.

“Modern cottage style embraces traditional elements like arched doorways and vintage-looking fixtures but folds in modern elements such as moody paint colors, layered patterns, and different wall treatments and textures,” Julia explained. “It’s a family-friendly design that perfectly balances timeless and trendy.”

“In every house we've owned, we've added windows for more natural light, so we knew we were going to add this window before we even bought the house. It’s easier than you might assume. All you have to do is ask your Pella rep.”

— Chris Marcum

The living room window was the focal point of the home and one of the most critical elements of the project — and it all started from a simple sketch Julia drew and handed off to their Pella rep. Their rep provided measurements to the Pella Architectural Solutions team, who then reviewed dimensions and completed a design performance analysis before they proceeded with construction.

"There used to be a fireplace on this wall with windows around it, but it blocked most of the view. Bringing the outdoors inside was key for us,” Chris said. “In every house we've owned, we've added windows for more natural light, so we knew we were going to add this window before we even bought the house. It’s easier than you might assume. All you have to do is ask your Pella rep.”

Their Pella rep helped them explore a variety of product options and determined that Pella® Reserve™ - Contemporary Series wood windows with their aluminum-clad exterior and EnduraClad® protective finish would deliver the flexible style, custom size and style options, and intricate grille patterns they needed to achieve their long-term style goals — while providing advanced protection against moisture, decay and termite damage.

"Reserve - Contemporary Series is stunning, and the wood enabled us to get our exact vision," Julia explained. "I knew I wanted black, and I love that when you look close, you can see the texture from the wood grain. Every room can benefit from a touch of black. It's grounding, sophisticated and timeless."

The biggest challenge Chris and Julia faced was trimming out the large window archway. So Pella Architectural Solutions engineers developed custom products and carried out extensive performance tests to ensure exterior components would prevent water infiltration, stand up against harmful UV rays, and resist chalking and fading. Pella also sourced the steel studs to reinforce the structure, guided the builder through installation and completed a final walkthrough to ensure everything was installed properly.

"The installation process went smoother than we could have imagined," Chris said. "They delivered all the windows and doors at once and stored them in our garage. It only took the installation team a few days to install everything.”

"Our home renovation goal was to create welcoming, livable spaces that are beautiful and comfortable for everyone," Julia explained. “Pella windows helped us create living art. I'll take a window over a painting every time.”

Need custom products and services for your upcoming project? Get in touch with Pella Architectural Solutions for the support to help achieve your vision.

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Custom Window Solutions

To help Chris and Julia trim out the large window archway, Pella Architectural Solutions developed custom windows and performed extensive tests to ensure components would prevent water infiltration.

Timeless Style and Sophistication

Julia was immediately drawn to black windows for their lasting style and design flexibility. She achieved her exact vision with Pella® Reserve™ - Contemporary wood windows for their intricate wood grain texture and high-quality finish.

Durable Exteriors

The Marcums’ modern Idaho cottage, set against a backdrop of mature trees, needed advanced protection against moisture, decay and termite damage. Pella Reserve - Contemporary windows, with aluminum-clad exteriors and an EnduraClad® protective finish, provided the solution.

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