Showroom Sneak Peeks!


The new Versatile showroom is under way!


Here are a few exciting details, all hand crafted by the Versatile team…







Come and see the rest of the details for yourself at our showroom launch!


Join us for a Launch Luau
in celebration of our new Versatile Showroom

When: Thursday, Sept 18 2014
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: 2303 N. Randolph Ave
Cocktails, tropical treats and a whole roast Kalua pig will be enjoyed.

Plus a chance to spin the wheel of fenestration for fun and prizes.

Space is limited. Click here to RSVP by Sept 10th to join in the festivities.


Help us celebrate the launch of our new show room at this Mad Men themed tiki celebration. Kick the tires of our new custom window, door and cabinetry displays and spin the wheel of fenestration to win prizes, drinks and more.

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Washington High School Sash Windows — Custom Case Study

Washington High School

Washington High School opened in 1906, originally under the name of East Side High School, at SE 14th & Stark. In 1909 it was renamed as Washington High School.

The original building was destroyed by a fire in October of 1922. The replacement building was designed by Houghtaling & Dougan.  It was constructed of reinforced concrete with a brick surface at the same site.

Due to declining enrollment, the school closed in May of 1981.

After sitting vacant for decades, the building was purchased by Venerable Properties and is currently being converted to retail and office space. Art DeMuro, founder of Venerable Properties, was instrumental in the sale of the school. Art’s involvement in Portland’s historical redevelopment played a large role in deciding to keep the history alive in the Washington High School building.

What was the goal for Washington High School?

To construct double-hung sash windows that are aesthetically identical to the originals. And operate with the historical and reliable system of weights and pulleys. The windows also needed to be more energy-efficient.

The windows are being primarily installed on the south side of the building.

Washington High School

What challenges did you face with Washington High School ?

Portland Public School system put in replacement aluminum windows 40 years ago. With the replacement, the original pulleys and latches were lost. Luckily, we were successful in finding accurate reproduction pieces that fit with the sashes we created.

Since double pane, insulated glass is heavier than the original single pane, we had to find a solution to create a perfectly balanced window.

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What was the Uniquely Versatile solution for Washington High School ?

As the original window frames remain intact and the weights were preserved inside the walls, our new sashes are being installed into the original frames and reconnected to those original weights.

To balance the windows we have taken the weights from the top sash, which are now fixed in place, and added them to the weight for the bottom sash.

Once the frames and sashes are fully weather-stripped, these windows will have the same energy-efficiency as brand-new, manufactured windows.

We are excited to see the finished project…stay tuned!

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Replacement Sash for Historic Review — Custom Case Study

This lovely condo building on the National Historic Register was in need of refurbishment. There were strict requirements to meet in order to maintain the historic character of the building. Their budget precluded custom replacement sash and other window components. Here’s how we helped their contractor, PATH Construction, find a Uniquely Versatile solution that was right for them.

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    What were the design goals of the project (including any performance, historic review or unusual specs?

Historic accuracy on a budget was the name of the game.  The primary hurdle was matching an historic glass stop profile on all the replacement sash. No manufactured window company could provide the beaded profile and the project’s budget did not allow for custom windows.

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  1. What challenges did the project face?

We were challenged to meet very strict historic requirements for this building which is now on the National Register. We also had to stay within a tight budget for a project this size.  These requirements included a specific glass stop profile, no visible vinyl or balance system on the front of the building, and maintaining the original window sizes. This included the 1 round top window on the 3rd floor.

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  1. What uniquely versatile solutions were used to address those challenges?

Versatile mixed a variety of products from Marvin (Wood Magnum Tilt Pacs, Ultimate Double Hungs, Ultimate Awnings, fiberglass Integrity sliders and double-hungs in the basement).


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However, even Marvin was unable to produce the beaded profile glass stops so Versatile purchased the window systems from Marvin without any glazing.  Our shop then machined the custom stops and glazed the windows ourselves using the same Cardinal Insulated glass that Marvin would have used.  The result was a “custom” window at a manufactured price.


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It was delightful to assist in the restoration of this important piece of Portland’s architectural history in the heart of NW Portland.

Hot tip: these lovingly restored condos go on the market this week and they won’t last long. Check them out at NW 21st and Flanders.


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