New windows and siding give this 1940s home striking presence

Graphic designer Karen Laukkonen was more than ready to rejuvenate her home’s exterior.

The original 1940s cedar shake siding had warped and wouldn’t hold paint anymore, while the windows were drafty and leaky with rotting sills. Passionate about design and gardening, Karen wanted her home to express her personality, complement the garden and present a more welcoming face to the clients who come to her studio.

We’d partnered with Karen on marketing projects in the past, so she already knew the quality of the work and integrity of the crew. “I really wanted that Highmark look, and to experience the company from the customer side. Your price was competitive, even with the amazing Marvin Integrity windows you suggested.”

But even as someone who knows how to visualize the beauty of a design before it’s brought to life, Karen was amazed at the transformation her home underwent. “I can’t believe how dramatic the difference is. It looks 10 times better than I expected. The entire house is so much brighter—one friend asked if the windows were bigger than the old ones. They’re not, but it feels like it!”


Tan single story home with nice stone patio and outdoor dining furniture.
Grey house with grey roof and long cement sidewalk and landscaping in the front yard
Tan single story home with single car garage.