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Use These 5 Tactics for Selecting the Perfect Custom Windows

Posted by John Otterbein on Jul 7, 2016 10:32:08 AM

As a homeowner, you may be dreaming about installing custom windows in your home. Maybe it’s a bay window with a seating area where you can relax with a view of your backyard, or maybe your home has an interesting architectural feature that is just begging for a window to bring more natural light into a room. Regardless of the vision you have, finding the right company to bring your dreams to reality can be a challenge.

Questions you may be asking yourself include, "How do I know if a company is reliable?" and "How do I know if windows are of the quality and functionality that I need?" Many homeowners are busy between working, caring for their children, and managing their own life, so window upgrades can get pushed to the wayside. However, we are here to help ease the process. Here are 5 tactics that you can use as a guide to selecting the perfect custom windows you’ve been imagining.

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Spring Into Action: Should You Install Bay Windows or Bow Windows?

Posted by John Otterbein on May 12, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Are you planning on installing a new bay or bow window into the lovely facade of your home? That's great news! Not only do they allow more light to spill into your home-space, they greatly increase the your home's value. 

Even though they both serve the same purposes, they serve them in slightly different ways.

So, do you know which window is right for you?

Let's wash away some of the confusion we've observed to make your choice smooth and seamless.

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Topics: Windows

The 2-Step Guide to Selecting Your Next Custom Storm Door

Posted by John Otterbein on Apr 27, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Whether you're nestled on your couch watching your favorite team dominate the competition or chopping fresh produce in the kitchen, safety and comfort top your priority charts when you're hunkered down at home. In fact, those two priorities are the two most essential according to Maslow's hierarchy of human needs

We all seek peace of mind when we're kicking back in our humble abodes but aren't necessarily looking for it in the right places (or the easiest places for that matter). 

That's right folks. There may be ways of protecting your loved ones, augmenting your levels of comfort, and shielding your home from the elements that you regularly overlook.



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Glossary of Window & Door Terms for Your Next Home Remodeling Project

Posted by John Otterbein on Apr 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Home remodeling projects can be downright daunting. You have a beautiful vision for your project but secretly dread the steep learning curve you'll have to climb to get there.

Not only do you have to build an understanding of how the elements of the project work together from a system's perspective, but it's critical for you to understand what each element in the system is in the first place.

One of the best home remodeling pro tips we can offer you is to brush up on your industry vocabulary before you embark on your ambitious project. You'll open up the doors to more productive conversation with other home remodeling professionals and cultivate a heightened understanding of your own project. So next time you stall out on that hilly learning curve, use this glossary of window and door terms to get you back on track.

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Creme of the Crop: 5 Blogs to Follow When Remodeling Your Historic Home

Posted by John Otterbein on Apr 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Do you have your heart set on remodeling, refinishing, or restoring your historic home back to its original and magnificent form? Are you bubbling over with ideas and lost in the wonderful possibilities that you see hidden in your tired and slumped-over abode? That's great! Keep feeding your dream. But, while an admirable and brave undertaking, you'll invariably need some help from the pros to jumpstart your newfound labor of love.

For instance, back in 2004, one father purchased a 160 year old behemoth Victorian that he planned on restoring by himself. After a few months of solo work, his pet project quickly became too much for him to handle alone. It was time to bring in a professional consultant with a knack for historic preservation. He had a surplus of ideas for what he wanted to do with the old home, but lacked the knowledge needed to adequately address the hidden defects that required immediate attention.

But that was before the mass migration to the blogosphere. Now, the internet is crawling with experts yearning to impart their secrets to the likes of you!

So, in the spirit of seeking out professional advice as you set off on your historic home remodel, here are five blogs you should refer to regularly.

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