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Finding Resolution in Your Home Improvements This 2020

With the turn of a new year- and in this case, a new decade, it’s a wonderful time to set some New Year’s Resolutions. Crafting a vision board of the things that you know would help add to and enrich your life is a great place to start. Even just taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to jot down some reminders to yourself. Go outside more, be more active in your week, more mindfulness with your spending, less time on social media, reconnecting with old friends- these are just a few simple yet meaningful and powerful changes for living a better life entering this new year.

A large part of any New Year’s resolution starts with your environment and allowing yourself the necessary time and space to accomplish your new goals, hobbies, and habits. We recommend first turning to your home to see if there is any current stagnation within your environment discouraging creativity, inspiration and just all-around positive energy. Below are a few simple tricks and tips for updating your space- doing out with the old- bringing in the new.

Re-arrange Your Space!

The classic draw and inspiration towards reorganizing and re-arranging your physical environment is a common practice, experienced by many surrounding large benchmarks throughout the year. We feel inclined to mix things up, reevaluate and update our spaces because we exist in them every day and they hold so much meaning and value to us. With the start of a New Year, there is a lot of mental discarding and relinquishing of things that don’t necessarily serve us anymore. In addition to the mental, there is also a lot of physical changes we experience and crave to discard as well.

While setting out to rearrange your house or simply a room in your house, think about what you can actually get rid of. Whether it’s lackluster furniture, uncomfortable lighting, art on the walls, decorative pieces, or even just realizing how cluttered it has become. There are usually quite a few items we end up holding on to and surrounding ourselves with that we are long overdue to ditch. When cleaning out your spaces, remember to make different piles to categorize the items you plan to get rid of. Make a trash pile, a recycling pile, a Goodwill pile, and a ‘give to friends’ pile. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” as they say- and it’s true. You never know if what you’re tossing out might be useful or appreciated by someone else. Now that you’ve done a great deal in cleaning out and decluttering the space, you can begin the fun part- the Feng Shui.

This Chinese artful tradition was developed over 3000 years ago and is used by many a renter, homeowner, designer and interior professional today. It is a system that attempts to harmonize the individual to their surrounding environment. Feng Shui employs the belief that our home is essentially a mirror to our energies and what exists inside of us. Below are the top Fen Shui tips to crafting a harmonious environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Clear Your Clutter (We already did that)
  • Get Good Quality Air And Light
  • Learn The Basics Of 5 Feng Shui Elements
  • Always Be Mindful Of The Quality Of Energy In Your Home
  • Seek Balance
  • Bring The Outdoors In
  • Use Mirrors Wisely
  • Open the Front Door to Positive Energy
  • Use Feng Shui Wealth Colors
  • Water Flow

These tips may be a bit vague, so we’ll provide you with a bit more clarity for some of these topics. For example, The 5 Feng Shui Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Choosing from a variety of materials and elements and bringing them into your home will add much balance and harmony to your environment. There are luckily many a chart online that detail the five elements and the corresponding directional degrees in which to integrate them into your space. A quick Google search will provide you will all there is to know about said elements and their place in your home.

Another area that we might lend some advice on, is the tip of Getting Good Quality Air and Light. A very important aspect of creating an ideal living atmosphere has a great deal to do with your available light and air quality. You know that uncomfortable experience when you enter into a home or building and it’s all stuffy and dark- you feel a bit trapped and boxed in. A great way to ensure your space is getting enough light is to install sliding glass room dividers and glass wall partitions throughout your home so that beautiful natural light is able to move through space and bring this light into all deserving rooms of the home. The Sliding Door Company offers a myriad of available Glass Doors, wall partitions, and even sliding glass barn doors for a more rustic approach to integrate that crucial natural light throughout a home.

Create Your Own Space

Whether you live with roommates, your parents, a partner, or with your own family, there is oftentimes no available alone time or space to do the activities you want to. Crafting a sanctuary in your home is a vital aspect of making a positive living environment that caters and provides for you. If wondering how to make a separate room or space amid a home without any extra bedrooms, we suggest considering wall partitions and glass room dividers. A great way to create novel spaces-home offices, workout rooms, or arts and crafts studios- is to install glass room dividers. This successfully utilizes your useable space and optimizes your floor plan. With six different glass opacities offered, you can craft privacy by choosing a high opacity or frosted glass finish. Without your own private zone, it can be super difficult to be inspired, creative and productive living amongst the people in your life.

Hopefully, with these helpful tips and info on rearranging and updating your home environment, you can realize your goals and attain true balance and harmony in your life. Integrating ‘home improvement’ in your New Years’ resolution is a great way to start the new decade.

For more inspiration on how to partition your rooms and make use of valuable floor space, have a look at our website. Schedule A Free Consultation to get in touch with a helpful representative and start the transformation towards a brighter, more harmonious 2020!

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Bring Your Vacation Rental Into the ‘20s With These Design dos.

Many folks are making the smart financial decision to upgrade and redesign their homes to become effective vacation rentals. Not only is this a great ROI, but it’s an intelligent way to utilize your home or a wing of your house that is not getting a lot of use. By crafting your home into a profitable rental, you set yourself up for financial freedom and can begin to enjoy the perks of monetizing your own home. Before you begin, there are a few key considerations to think about when setting out to monetize your pad and invite awaiting guests into your slice of heaven. Why wait to discover these solutions the hard way? The exciting road to generating passive income for you and your family is just ahead- with these tips you can start the transformation today!

Consistent Design

It’s exceedingly important in this industry to craft a rental that exudes a consistent design theme. Mostly speaking on the interior spaces, but taking into consideration the exterior decor wouldn’t hurt, either. You’ll want to do a fair amount of research on current style trends, design themes and interior fads that are dominating the market and leading the way. It’s important to stay up to date and adapt to an ever-evolving interior industry. This will speak volumes to the quality and value of your rental, which will set you apart from your rental competition. Below are a few of the top Interior Design trends entering into 2020.

  • Mid Century Modern
  • Natural Luxury
  • Shabby Chic
  • Industrial Modern
  • Hollywood Regency

These styles are consistent and desired by renters and vacationers across the globe. Pick one theme and stick to it. If you try to cross-pollinate too many design styles, you’ll end up with a muddied aesthetic- interior decor that appears confused and over-worked. However, by employing some exciting artistic flourishes and design picks going into the new decade will put your rental on the map and draw in visitors looking to enjoy their stay in luxury and style.

Consider adding oval furniture, two-tone kitchens, patterned wallpaper, Moroccan and middle eastern textiles and accent pieces, unique rugs, and sleek sophisticated furniture. Attention to detail is massively important. The first thing vacation renters look for when seeking to book is aesthetic and taste. They want to treat and impress their fellow guests with a smart rental that everyone can enjoy.

Make Your Rental Fool Proof

This is to say, most people have the ‘appliance competence’ of a small child. You must fool-proof your home if you want your renters to have a positive experience. If they can’t decipher how to use a feature or a handy appliance within thirty seconds, it becomes completely unusable and cast to the side. You also must take into consideration the need to child-proof the rental. The last thing you want is for a child to accidentally cut themselves on a sharp corner or table edge or break a delicate object. Causing them pain and costing you money. Things like easy to use shower nozzles, light switches in obvious and convenient locations, simple coffee makers will make a guest’s stay much more hassle-free. Consider your provided entertainment center and take the time to make sure it’s simple enough to use- the remote controls are labeled for clarity and you might even want to craft a simple cheat sheet for them to save time and confusion. Other integral features of the rental, such as doors and mirrors should be easy to use. For example, modern sliding doors installed throughout the rental will up the value and improve overall aesthetic while providing easy-to-use functions for your visitors. Sliding closet doors, sliding bathroom doors even mirrored sliding closet doors will provide simplicity, save space that typical swinging doors take up and add a unique look to your vacation home.

Eco- Forward Features

Because you are about to have an influx of people renting your home, there is going to be inevitable taxation on your resources. People who are on vacation and enjoying a home that is not their own will likely be less frugal with the resources provided. That means extra water, electricity as well as typical wear and tear costs put on you. A great way to mitigate this increase in usage is to set about updating your home with eco-conscious appliances, products, and features. Things like high-efficiency toilets, recycled paper towels and bath tissue, LED lights, solar-powered path lighting, glass doors and glass walls providing natural light, and installing dimmers on light switches could make a huge difference in your energy costs and eco-footprint. Your renters will be happy to know they’re staying in a low-impact home and you can even use these eco upgrades as a selling point- setting your rental apart from the rest!

With these simple yet effective considerations and upgrades to your home, you’ll be on your way to dominating the rental scene in just about any city. Employing a consistent design theme, fool-proofing your rental and switching to eco-forward features will have a serious impact on the quality of your rental, as well as save you resources and stress. For more space optimizing solutions and inspiration, visit The Sliding Door Company to browse our online viewing catalog and Get A Quote from one of our team members to start your rental upgrade today!

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Providing Quality Service for Your Clients While Working With Limitations

Being contracted for a multitude of home improvement projects is never a walk in the park. These remodel and reconstruction endeavors take time, energy, organization, research, and perhaps the most difficult aspect – working within tight limitations set by the client. For every job you get contracted for, there is a myriad of inhibitors, deadlines, and hoops to jump through. The client puts forth tight parameters such as time and budget that keep you and your team on your toes. You attempt to have all the wants and needs of your client and the home itself flowing in a harmonious current, catering to any and all requirements evenly.

How to work within your client’s limitations without compromising the quality of your work becomes a constant theme of any home improvement project.

There are three main limitations typically facing a contractor and his/her team when setting out to complete a home project from start to finish. Below, we’ve outlined some life-saving solutions to keep your clients happy, and your business thriving.

On A Time Crunch

Typically, when a homeowner comes to you with a proposal for a renovation, ADU, or remodel, they want it done, and they want it done asap. Rare is the homeowner who can afford to spend the necessary time needed to complete a home improvement project realistically. Patience is out the door after the first few weeks, and you anticipate the string of phone calls, questions, and pressure put on you and your team. Most homeowners, if naive to the business, are just relatively unaware of the realistic amount of time and man-hours required to do a quality job while working within many parameters. Your clients fear the obvious disruption to their lives, such as cooking meals from a camping stove and showering at neighbors’ homes for weeks or even months on end. They consider benchmarks such as holidays, graduation parties and birthdays that need to be worked around. And more than anything- they just simply don’t want to wait. They’re excited and ready to be living in and enjoying their new home.

These expectations can pose a detrimental threat to the quality and integrity of your process. Other factors that affect the timeline can be as unavoidable as foul weather, lag time on ordered materials, the surfacing of hidden problems, and zoning difficulties. Luckily, there are a few things that can help hasten the speed of a project even when everything else is slowing you and your workers down.

When providing full-blown home renovations to large scale rooms such as living rooms, master bedrooms, and dining areas, there is a lot of time spent developing a floor plan that works with the layout of the house and with the client’s needs. Wall construction and framing is such a crucial yet monotonous task, which leads to a lot of time, negotiation, planning, and headache when deciding the framework design and build for each space. Perhaps it doesn’t have to be so difficult… Consider integrating space optimizing solutions into these integral spaces rather than spending valuable time, energy and cost in subjugating rooms that inherently don’t need to be fully separated. Making use of beautiful sliding glass doors, glass wall partitions and entire Glass Room Dividers can quickly and effectively craft spatial distinction between various rooms throughout the home without compromising potential flexibility. Your clients will be surprised not only at how stylish and modern a look it adds to any room but also how helpful the use of customizable glass partitions can be in a home. Saving them money in materials, and construction time. This is a sure way to save time and unnecessary stress during any renovation.

Glass Room Dividers
Glass Room Dividers

With Style And Innovation In Mind

The typical homeowner expects you and your company to provide quality service, while also crafting style and distinctive design throughout their unique home. While a large concern for you is structural integrity, materials, and technique, it’s, of course, necessary to consider the overall aesthetic of the home. Not to mention special features or useful functions that add value and intrigue to the house. Providing helpful technologies throughout the interiors to make everyday life easier for the homeowner is a great addition. Things like remote-control light switches, smart faucets, glass doors and glass walls that allow natural light in, wireless speakers, solar-powered path lights all increase the value and show that your company cares about a more sustainable way of building, and living. By providing helpful additions, you help conserve resources and save your clients water and energy costs with these innovative technologies. By thinking ahead, you can introduce green gadgets and solutions that will undoubtedly reduce the homeowner’s overall carbon footprint and provide them a home to feel proud of, all while working style and taste into the green design.

On A Budget

Work with what already exists. During the remodeling process, aim to repurpose and upcycle anything you can so as to save on materials and utilize perfectly useful and charming pieces and home features. You want to make sure you can pair existing features and structural elements that work, with upgrades and novelty to retain its inherent charm all while at an agreeable cost. Introducing useful features such as sliding glass barn doors to separate rooms is an instant win-win. Not only do you provide flexibility, but it’s a cost-effective solution to partitioning two rooms that don’t need or desire full separation. Much smarter and economical than building out two entirely distinct rooms that would inevitably require doors, trim, electrical and additional framework. Glass barn doors are a wonderfully rustic point of interest that will excite your clients and save you time and slash costs for the homeowner.

Another bonus of having interior glass room dividers, closet doors, or laundry enclosures installed in the home will add ever-lasting value to the current and any future owners, including virtually maintenance-free care.

Furthermore, consider keeping but renewing unique structural elements that your team can upgrade with new drywall, a fresh coat of paint or small additions to the existing features. This will save a lot of money in building materials and labor in the long-run.

With the previous limitations posing potentially compromising threats to the success and timeline of your projects, there was understandably a lot to stress over. Now that you have a few helpful tips guiding your next project, big or small, it is sure to be a happy success. To get inspiration and see some space optimizing solutions, visit our photo gallery. Contact us at The Sliding Door Company to get in touch with one of our team members for a free consultation.

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Sliding Barn Doors & Other Accessories to Gift Yourself & Your Home This Holiday Season

The final Holiday Season of the 2010s is upon us, and what a decade it has been! Here at the Sliding Door Company, the last fifteen years of safety and quality in our interior door solutions has allowed us to help countless families in upgrading their homes for the next chapter. Whether it’s using your existing aesthetics and giving things a minimal upgrade, or completely reshaping the interior flow of your home, The Sliding Door Company has the knowledge, skills, and experts to realize your goals. For the gift that keeps on giving throughout the roaring 2020s, we’re here to help you enhance the value and style of your home with space savers, aesthetic wonders, and…

… with aesthetics

Modern style has been coined as the new “neutral” as so many interior designers are placing emphasis on the personalized touch of items in the home instead of encompassing the whole home design. When people are looking to purchase a new home, one of the core deciding factors is whether or not the home will need heaps of work to bring it into the 21st century. Our Glass Barn Doors work with our own beautiful hardware and are considered the best sliding doors available to the modern consumer. The sophisticated approach taken by this design, inspired by a timeless yet rustic aesthetic, is appealing to buyers from across the demographic spectrum and one of our most aesthetically pleasing designs, click here to learn more about our barn door hardware.

… with action-design

Creating and reshaping flow in your home has never been easier, and no longer requires construction. Sliding doors work as a divider for sections of your home, allowing you to decide exactly how many rooms you have depending on your mood at the moment. As more and more people are turning to Airbnb as an alternative to hotel travel, rearranging your home into separate living spaces has never been easier than with our locks for sliding doors. Stacking, sliding, swing, or bi-fold room dividers allow you to optimize every square inch of space at your leisure.

… with entirely new rooms

Taking full control of your square-footage can help you separate your space for this and future holiday seasons. Our sliding divider comes in all shapes and sizes, and are totally customizable to your space. For example, our sliding glass pocket doors and small sliding doors are great for making additional bedrooms when you’ve got a family visit, or you can add your own en-suite bathroom without having to completely rebuild your home. We provide a multitude of options allowing you to customize your existing spaces. For example, installing a dividing wall into any space can seamlessly craft a new room that can be opened or closed, taking just a few hours to install and requires no major construction. If you’re looking to really avoid your in-laws this holiday, we can even design you a tiny little hiding space that locks from the inside. Our nearly silent glide room dividers mean you’ll be able to sneak off without anyone noticing for those moments when you just need a breather.

… with reductions in costs

Home maintenance is something we all dread, but ensuring that your media-room, home office, kitchen, laundry rooms, garages, and even your smaller living spaces are designed under the same modern neutrality can save you huge sums of money on future renovations, and/or give you a competitive edge over other custom-builds on the market. Updating your home can be an almost annual event. Who of us doesn’t start to get a little crazy when we’re surrounded by the same four walls? Barn door room dividers are some of the best sliding doors to switch up the shape of your space at a moment’s notice, reshaping the flow of your home, and giving you the opportunity to move around your living spaces without having to completely redo all of your wirings.

… with decluttering

The smallest spaces in your home are often the least well-utilized or designed. If your closets are overflowing, the shelves and racks drooping from the weight of your belongings, it’s time to start rethinking your use of space. Perhaps your closets are so poorly optimized that your home is filled with clutter that should be inside them; either way, there are plenty of options for installing mirrored sliding doors or a small sliding door to save space, both from the clutter, and to create the visual notion of more space through reflected light.

How It’s Done

We at the Sliding Door Company fabricate every single one of our doors in our own factory. Our quality and safety are unparalleled. We designed our company with the explicit purpose of allowing you, our excellent teammates, to fully customize your interior doors to meet your specific project requirements, including everything from locks, latches, glass opacity, and frame finishes.

Whatever you think you deserve this Holiday, The Sliding Door Company is here to facilitate. To learn more about how you can wrap up your living environment in a big bow, get in touch below! We’re so excited to learn more about your brilliant ideas, and what we can do to support you turning them into reality this Holiday Season!

If you’re not entirely sure about what your home can handle in terms of redesign, our extensive team of experts can help you select the perfect solutions for your new decade. There is no amount of square footage we cannot accommodate, nor a property shape we cannot evolve and work with.

With an endless list of potential glass opacities, frame finishes (and frameless) and combinations with the ease of installation there are infinite options for us to achieve your design dreams together.

To find out more, please visit our photo gallery to find the complete line of solutions. If you cannot find specifically what you’re looking for, contact us for a free consultation. You can also visit a showroom near you to get the full in-person experience of The Sliding Door Company before you bring it into your own home.

Treat yourself this Holiday Season; you know you deserve it.

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Interior Design Must-Haves

As a designer, it comes with the title- the expectation to harbor creativity, to be innovative and of course, to provide cutting edge products and design solutions for your clients. After years of designing, improving, and optimizing spaces, there can at times come the routine stagnation of creativity. It’s a demanding profession with all sorts of stressful assurances. You constantly need to employ novelty and invention to be ahead of the curve. It’s no easy feat to be as up to date as possible on all of the current trends, architectural elements that are in season, the latest in furniture and above all else, to adapt to an ever-changing market.

There are so many factors to consider when designing interior spaces. You have to tie in the decor, the furniture, the structural elements and the unique aesthetic of each home harmoniously. We at The Sliding Door Company like to provide innovative and stylish interior solutions so you can design to impress. Below are a few ideas to help ensure your next interior project a success.

 A current trend utilized extensively in interior design the past few years has been a revisit in Mid Century Modern. The furniture selection, lighting fixtures and overall vibe of many an interior has pulled from this sophisticated and striking period and has done it well. While this look has garnered a lot of attention and employment, it’s time to take a leap and catapult an already well-considered aesthetic further.

What could set your interiors apart from the rest? The attention to and innovation of everyday features. A great artistic flourish can be added by updating all of the hardware, trim or even doors in the home. The Sliding Door Company provides excellent cutting edge door designs and customizable features to scale-up your interiors.

A perfect example of juxtaposing the draw of modern sophistication while tapping into rustic nostalgia is the sliding glass barn door. Not only is it suspended, creating equal interest and intrigue, but the functionality of this feature provides the client with tranquility and ease. It’s both elegant and raw, offering thought-provoking duality. The sliding glass barn door allows for individual customization with features you can choose from, such as to go frameless for that ultra-clean, modern look. These barn doors are a wonderful solution to opening or closing spaces off when needed. The Sliding Door Company takes into account the need and demand for multiple choices, such as customizing accessories and finishes to make them uniquely yours. That’s why we offer sixteen different glass opacities to choose from, as well as six finishes, and framing options.

When working with scale and limitations, designing and decorating can be tricky. Especially if you are working with a tiny home or small city loft. The lack of square footage can pose a troubling threat to the overall experience and essence of the space. One way to combat small spaces is to utilize mirrors to create depth and expansion in the home. Floor-length mirrors are optimal as they provide dimension and aid visibility in any room. Mirrors are also great for optimizing natural light in space – making this a cost-effective solution. Greatly broadening the experience, mirrors give the illusion that space is actually much larger than it is. A good way to do this is to install mirrored sliding closet doors. This simple solution serves a dual purpose by adding scale and style all at once. The Sliding Door Company proudly offers many designs to choose from, ranging from mirrored sliding bathroom doors to entire glass wall partitions. Scale-up with mirrors and provide the duality and function of modern sliding doors.

Lastly, allowing the client to uniquely customize their space at the drop of a hat is an innovative and much-appreciated design feature. You as the designer get to play with the curatorial aspects of each project. When rooms are too large or overly airy, they can tend to feel cold, unwelcoming and therefore, unused. There are a few smart ways to redesign and break up interior spaces without bringing an entire construction crew into play. This saves you time, cost and energy. The way to craft new interior spaces or entire rooms even is to add interior partitions to an existing open floor plan. By utilizing ever-helpful sliding wall doors, wall partitions, and sliding panel doors, you effortlessly craft entirely novel rooms and break up excessively large or open rooms. The great thing about these room dividers with doors is you can easily lock and unlock, open or close spaces in mere seconds. Allowing the client to have control over their environment is a sure way to gain recognition and approval. Taking the client’s needs into consideration is huge, especially when there are a plethora of talented designers out there- it’s important to leave a thoughtful and artistic mark on your projects.

We at the Sliding Door Company proudly offer space optimizing solutions for you and your clients. We produce high-quality doors in our own factory that boast safety, style, and flexibility. As mentioned on HGTV, Hilton Hotels, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Sliding Door Company is the right choice when redesigning your interiors. Check out our products gallery for inspiration and product images to aid your latest concepts. Don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable professionals and get a quote on our many available solutions.

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Tiny Home Smart Space Savers

With the recent Tiny Home movement on the rise, we find many folks moving towards a more sustainable, eco-friendly approach to living. This in-fashion lifestyle is undoubtedly a step in the right direction- and for good reason. Less waste, less space to fill with material goods, less upkeep, and of course, less of an overall environmental impact on the planet. With this influx of people moving towards a more conscious way of living, inevitable difficulties have arisen from the transition to less square footage, a physical lack of occupiable space. Most of us aren’t quite accustomed to living in small spaces, much less sharing those small spaces with roommates and loved ones. So, what can we do to improve our Tiny Homes to make our living experience more enjoyable and improve functionality? Below we have outlined a few smart space-saving solutions to aid your journey to a sustainable lifestyle.

1. Spatial Distinction of Your Interiors

Small homes or ‘Tiny Homes’ are such a welcomed move towards a more eco-forward living approach. Not only are they less hassle and easier to upkeep, but they also offer a cozy feel that is effortlessly inviting. Small homes can look like many things. What constitutes a tiny home? It may be an exposed brick loft in a big city with an open floor plan and high ceilings. It could be a small structure you had a hand in physically building on an existing property. Maybe it’s a converted storage container home. The ‘tiny’ space you currently (or hypothetically) find yourself inhabiting could likely use some help with spatial distinction.

The first tip we offer is separating your interior spaces. This will remedy the lack of existing rooms since your small space doesn’t allow for much separation. A great way to distinguish between rooms is to install sliding wall dividers amidst your open floor plan. This way, you have seamlessly crafted separation of your livable space, making two or more distinguished rooms. By placing solutions such as partition doors or sliding panel doors in your open space, you are giving yourself (and your roommates) options. If you need to hunker down in a ‘study’ and get necessary computer work done without various distractions inhibiting your flow, you can create the privacy you need to accomplish your tasks with room dividers with a door. This way, you even have the option to lock the door for additional privacy. The Sliding Door Company actually offers a myriad of customizable options such as varying glass opacities, accessories and frame finishes to ensure you achieve the look you’re after when designing your new space. Another great way to obstruct visibility into your separated rooms or shared spaces is choosing frosted, smoked or opaque laminated glass to create an opaque solution to providing visual privacy and allowing for the spatial separation you crave.

2. Carefully Consider Every Feature

Many times when we move into a new place, there are inherent features throughout the home that we don’t question because we’re accustomed to them. All it takes is a few weeks of living in your new, smaller space to feel affected by little nuances that inherently don’t work. When making the move from a large or full-size house into a tiny home, we tend to notice the things we took for granted when we had more space. Now you notice every detail much more intimately because every square inch becomes precious. A great example of this, are doors. In average-sized homes, we use outward and inward opening swinging doors without question. It’s just how they’ve always been made and available to us. Now that you live in a much smaller home, this has become a slight problem. With an already tiny bathroom, an inward swinging bathroom door has, unfortunately, become a constant struggle and a very awkward maneuver each time you wish to use the bathroom. Our solution? Sliding bathroom doors. With a smooth glide along a sliding track and our 3S Smart Shut System, your days of cramped bathroom entry and exit are put to rest. Simply slide open and close the sliding glass door and feel the instant ease and relief settle upon you and your day. No worries about privacy, as our white laminated or frosted glass doors are available in various sizes, frame finishes, and accessories.

3. Storage is Everything

A key component and necessary aspect to living stress-free in any tiny home is largely dependent on your available storage. When existing in a minimalist environment, there is an inevitable downsizing of your material goods. It can be hard and uncomfortable to discard some of your valued belongings and attempt to live a normal life. Yes, you will likely need to do a bit of sifting, sorting and discarding. However, the good news is, there are available options for creating storage remedies within your small home.

First, smartly disguised storage containers are widely available now. These come in many different iterations, ranging from cushioned benches with built-in open compartments, to large entertainment cabinets offering ample sneaky storage spaces. These stylish features not only provide contemporary design and interest to your interior decor, but they quickly become a minimalist’s life-saver.

Now, if you find yourself already utilizing these mediums, and are still battling an excess of material items inundating your cozy interiors, the obvious antidote is turning to the closet. More often than not we let our closets become a frightening battle-zone of discarded objects, clothing, bags, footwear and items we just want out of sight. Totally understandable and typically hard to avoid, this is an age-old problem. A good way to mitigate this passive exercise we’ve become so used to is to update our entire approach to closet function. A smart way to update your storage space is to first, start the unavoidable task of organization. We know it’s uncomfortable and mentally taxing, but it’s the primary step toward spatial bliss. This way, you will find yourself utilizing and optimizing your already existing storage. Second, consider updating the exterior features of your closet. By installing stacking closet doors, you instantly update and refresh the whole experience. Space saving closet doors are an obvious upgrade to your already stylish home and will undoubtedly become a reminder to keep that space as clean and organized as possible. In addition, if you opt for the mirror sliding closet doors, you instantly create depth as the mirror creates the illusion of broad space in an already minimal floor plan. A much-desired move towards living efficiently and existing in your small environment harmoniously.

To get started on your tiny home improvements, check out our products gallery for inspiration and product images. Schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable professionals to get a quote and other information on our many available solutions. Simply find a showroom near you and get that much closer to optimizing and loving your sustainable lifestyle!

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The Holidays

Hosting for the holidays is inevitable. Maybe it’s just your brother and his new wife this year. Maybe it’s your mother, your father, and your distant aunt. Or perhaps it’s your in-laws. Whatever iteration it is, you have a very full plate on your hands on top of all your other demanding engagements. Let’s just go with scenario #3; The In-Laws.

Your In-Laws are in town along with their children, and all other members of the family, including their new dog. They come bearing gifts, festive cheer, and lots of baggage. Literally and figuratively. You’ve already done your part to organize the week they’ll be in town- planning excursions, meals, and bonding activities. You’ve cleaned the house, shopped, delegated chores to your partner, and alas, prepared for the influx of foot traffic and noise into your normally tranquil home.

You are anticipating the classic and slightly awkward scenario involving a lack of rooms in your home as well as beds to accommodate all of your loved ones. Within days, your home will be turned upside down due to the inevitable taxation hosting bears on a house. Its chaos. It’s uncomfortable. It’s saying goodbye to a full night’s sleep for the next five days. It’s the Holidays.

This year, you want desperately to claim ownership over your environment, find solutions to a lack of rooms and hospitable spaces for your guests, and get a good night’s sleep. After all, you’re already running on low. After doing a cursory Google search for Japanese tri-fold wall partitions and indoor tents, you realize your options are looking quite limited. You don’t want to squeeze too many people into one room, but you also are weary of inundating your living room with blow-up mattresses and pull out couches.

Amidst your hurried internet reconnaissance, you finally stumble upon something resembling a glass wall divider. Not only does it appear to be sturdy and cost-effective, but it also lets ample light through, looks stylish and won’t compromise the aesthetic of your beloved home. The luck! Your daydreams of glass containers may not be as far off as you might have thought.

You find yourself scrolling through the very mecca of space optimizing solutions. You have landed upon The Sliding Door Company. You find your way to the products page and realize that not only do we offer beautiful Sliding Door Dividers, but we also make innovative sliding glass barn doors, entire glass room partitions and, a bonus you hadn’t even considered yet- space saving closet doors!

Although in theory, it seems like the obvious solution to your on-going issues with clutter, chaos, and discomfort, you begin to worry that dividing up your kitchen-living room space, your den or that large extra bedroom may look silly. You have a consistent theme and interior design throughout your home and you want to keep it that way. You keep scrolling.

Then, after a few more minutes of scope, you notice there is an abundance of options allowing for the unique customization of features. Individual choices for just about everything. Six different frame finishes, as well as a plethora of glass opacities and even mirrored features. Multiple accessories to polish off the partitions, down to picking the number of panels. That, you can get behind. You realize you can seamlessly craft an entire second living room without the cost or disruption of weeks of interior construction. Setting up a new room takes mere hours and requires no construction! When you feel like stacking all of the panels back behind the wall or into a pocket to open the space back up, go right ahead, it only takes seconds. This leaves you very excited and hopeful for the ensuing peace and calm of this holiday season, and furthermore, the rest of the year.

A few minutes ago, you hadn’t given much thought to just how dysfunctional your closets have become. Novel inspiration cascades over you as your project into the future of seamless storage, smooth sliding tracks and no more faulty hinges to ruin your mornings and strain your back. Closet sliding doors – an obvious less-stress solution to your cluttered, unkempt closets. A clearing and re-organizing of your storage spaces have quickly become paramount. You make a mental note to start on that asap as you scroll through the photo gallery displaying our many steam-less innovations. You lucid dream about fitting all of your relative’s wheeled suitcases, handbags, and belongings into your hallway closest without slamming the doors to shut everything in.

The internal pressure begins to fade. The light at the end of the tunnel emerges. You start to get excited and you wonder what you can do to begin your interior improvement plan. Finding the Contact Us link, you excitedly have a look and a click and just like that, you are connected to a knowledgeable representative who is eager to assist you in your process. We are happy to provide you with more information on our fabrication techniques and ingenuity. To talk with you about our environmentally friendly materials, safety, and stability practices, and go over our innovative designs. We would love to hear more about your space and draft a unique design that suits your individual needs. At The Sliding Door Company, we carefully consider these key factors when crafting our glass partitions so you can feel great about your choice and ultimately, your space. Picking the right company that will listen and understands your needs is a large consideration when setting out to upgrade your environment. In addition, having a factory-direct, fully turnkey solution through to installation completion fosters much relief!

The Sliding Door Company provides solutions and inspiration when you need it most. We are happy to help you realize your dreams and optimize your residence by crafting stylish space dividing remedies. This year, there will be no uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, noise negotiations, or general clutter to disquiet your thoughts and festive mood. Own your space, own your holiday, and enter into 2020 on top of your environment. Find a Location near you to start the transformation!

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Enter into 2020 Living Your Best Life with Four Interior (And Life) Solutions

Children, roommates, and spouses are the light of our lives until they become the opposite- a daunting distraction hindering personal growth, tasks, and our much needed “alone time”. We tend to feel bad about needing personal space, quiet, healthy solitude. Let’s rewrite that narrative, and move forward with a more forthright declaration. This year is about setting boundaries and acknowledging it! You are your environment, and your environment is you. It is okay to yearn for ownership of your spaces. To be able to employ separation is a great gift to yourself, and The Sliding Door Company recognizes just that. We provide a multitude of options and specializations to suit your unique needs. Here are four solutions to waltzing into 2020, living your best life in style and inner harmony.

1 Identify and Craft the Perfect Environment

The New Year is about growth, about evolution, and about outlining your needs and owning them. One of those needs is taking ownership of your environment. Dwellings, interior spaces, shared rooms. The how and why you exist in them. This year, take it upon yourself to observe the spaces in your home you subconsciously exist in most- whether it be the bedroom, the kitchen, the living room, or the study. Now, after identifying which interior space feels the best to you, try to decipher why it is you find yourself gravitating towards that particular space. Is it safe, is it cozy, peaceful, productive, or is it full of life, exciting, loud and energetic? Is the lighting superior to all other rooms? Whatever it may be, you instinctively know where you are being drawn to. Now, wouldn’t it be fantastic to feel that way about every single room in your home? Well, it could. There is a smart solution to incorporating the qualities of the spaces you enjoy the most throughout the entire house without sacrificing the feeling of communal living, or the opposite- your personal space.

2. Set Boundaries

Our solution? Set boundaries and invest in your environment by physically partitioning your environment with sliding doors and entire sliding walls. One particular space optimizer we offer stylish, customizable sliding glass barn doors to create interest and option to virtually any space in your home. This modern take on a rustic staple will act as a barrier between two rooms that don’t want the commitment of separation, yet could use a healthy dose of spacial distinction from time to time. If it’s the living room you love, yet you find yourself discouraged to enjoy the comforts of that space due to the constant foot traffic, sounds, and smells of the nearby kitchen, the remedy for that is to create duality and harmony between the two. The sliding doors optimize the usability and comfort of your interior spaces while allowing for internal peace- when not everyone in your life is on the same page. Buttery smooth to slide open and close, and allowing for beautiful light to pass through, these doors are a no-brainer that will increase the functionality in your life ten-fold. This solution offers adaptability, so you don’t have to. No more arguments about your shared environment, turning the fan on or off, or battles over lighting or temperature. Breathe, relax and enjoy. This year could be as blissful as that post-yoga zen.

3. Accomplish Your Goals

Now that you have the option to enjoy your favorite space without fear of interruption or discomfort, you can undoubtedly accomplish your goals in any room of the house. Whether it’s your morning stretch routine, coffee and catching up on social media, planning your next trip, chipping away on demanding computer work, or just finishing that novel you’ve been staring at for weeks… the choice is yours. Free from interruption, and into the present moment. No need to feel guilty, that’s not what 2020 is all about. What it is about, is moving forward in your life, unobstructed from unnecessary distractions. The separation of space is so much more valuable than we tend to recognize. With sliding glass doors segregating your interiors, you can cast your disturbances to the side and delve into your current project, routine, or ritual. The Sliding Door Company offers this space improvement solution in many different variations. If the barn door aesthetic isn’t one you can see working in your home, there are a myriad of other options for obtaining the same objective. We provide entire sliding room dividers that act as a wall, yet are easily maneuverable to open up entire rooms and provide the merging or closure of two spaces. Choose from different glass opacities, frame finishes, and accessories to craft the perfect environment for a productive year.

4. Invest In Yourself

Investing in ourselves can be a difficult thing to do. When the demands of life become too cumbersome for us to handle, what is the first thing to go? Our physical health, mental wellness and consequently, our inner buddha. Our personal spaces become cluttered and unkempt. When we feel stressed, we stop looking at ourselves in the mirror. We stop addressing and acknowledging the person we have become. As figuratively as that may sound, it applies to the literal, too. Looking at ourselves in a real, unobstructed mirror can at times be a challenge- especially when we’re not ready for it. Additionally, when we have smaller bedrooms or bathrooms we can’t justify installing large full body mirrors- just to get a better glimpse of ourselves before leaving the house. This year, let’s challenge that.

Our advice? Replace the drab closet doors with Closet Mirror Sliding Doors. Made specially in our factory with quality and purpose fabricated into every panel, our doors are the ultimate fresh look you need for not only your room but for yourself. Utilizing green materials and the awareness of safety with utmost importance, our glass closet doors will provide you with a clear mind and a simple space-saving solution sure to cater to inner peace. Don’t leave for work or for that date without seeing the entire picture. What is on the inside will translate better when your outward look is considered, respected and authentically you. A full-length mirror aids well the polished look to a grounded you. Our mirrored sliding doors come in your choice of lightweight but sturdy 5mm thick mirrored safety glass, and they come in the client’s choice of frame size, frame finish and even in a smoked mirror option for a warmer appearance. The Sliding Door Company’s sliding closet doors have the 3S Smart Shut System and our patented wheel to the track locking system. The doors themselves come in all sorts of sizes and variations- from hanging to grounding on a track. Offering six different framing finishes to choose from, we imply choice as a prominent aspect of our business – it is ultimately your life, and your choice.

Considering the above solutions, the framework for a new year has already been laid out. Slide into 2020 as you’ll enter into your new space – happier, healthier and free to live your best life.

To get started on your environment make-over, check out our products gallery for inspiration and product images. Schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable professionals to get a quote and other information on our many available solutions. Simply find a showroom near you and get that much closer to your idyllic dream home!

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Four Key Ways to Optimize Your Interiors for Airbnb

When setting out to upgrade your home with the intention to effectively “Airbnb”, there are a few key factors to be considered for a successful hosting experience. For many people, the very idea of tackling a home improvement project can be a stifling deterrent when attempting to monetize a home. Of course, in theory, it’s not the easiest undertaking- especially when doing these home improvements on your own, and on a budget. Yet with a little guidance and help from the experts on interior space optimization, it won’t be anything to dread. In fact, you may find yourself thoroughly enjoying the process. There are four main aspects to consider when getting your home Airbnb ready.

1. Utilize The Available Space for Optimal Comfort and Functionality

One of the most important considerations while upgrading your home to a vacation rental is the ability to utilize your available space effectively. Whether you are dividing up your home to share with guests, or simply renting out your entire space, there are a few determining questions to ask yourself before you begin.

First, are you interested in sharing your floor space with your guests? If so, how much privacy are you willing to give up or maintain? If you are leaning towards maintaining more separation and space for yourself and for your guests, the solution is simple.

Install a sliding divider into your living room to craft a safe amount of space between you and your guests. This way, you won’t compromise your lifestyle by tip-toeing around your guests or unexpectedly running into them when you don’t feel like being social. The great thing about sliding dividers is that they provide enough distinction between you and your visitors, yet they don’t compromise the integrity of your home while you’re not hosting. Offering you the ability to choose when to close and open your spaces, this solution is a win-win. With accompanying accessories such as handles that lock, you get to choose just how much separation you want at any given moment. When you aren’t hosting, simply slide open your wall divider to re-open the space and enjoy on your own.

Second, are you interested in renting out to guests exclusively while you’re away?

If you choose to provide the entirety of your home to renters, wall dividers come in great use as well. Especially if you desire to host multiple parties. By installing a sliding wall door, you are maximizing your profits while utilizing the same space. The Sliding Door Company offers a variety of unique customizations when choosing which siding wall partitions are right for your home. Necessary options are available such as glass opacities, allowing for the unique design you need for your project. If it’s total separation you’re after, go with the frosted glass option rather than something more transparent. Interior frosted glass sliding doors provide a beautiful point of interest to your rooms while ensuring needed privacy.

2. Employ Smart and Unique Interior Decor and Design Throughout

When a potential guest sets out to rent with Airbnb, one of the main focuses during their search is style and design. Your guests are seeking a comfortable yet stylish environment to optimize their overall experience to better enjoy their vacation or work trip. After all, there are hundreds of choices to pick from, so providing a stay that stands out amongst the rest is paramount.

One of the ways to do that is to boast smart and elegant features throughout your home that create interest and modernization to any space. For example, replacing the everyday closet, bathroom or bedroom doors with innovative and smooth bedroom sliding doors is a simple way to up functionality while offering cutting edge interior design. The Sliding Door Company offers such modern possibilities, such as frameless glass doors to add sophistication to your interiors. Bathroom sliding doors create a different experience for your guests to enjoy and utilize.

Another innovative feature to potentially employ is sliding closet doors. Our design is patented and the weight of the solution is at the bottom for safety. No more fighting with the doors to stay on their tracks! Going further, you can opt for mirrored sliding closet doors. This is a fantastic way to optimize a potentially small space by conjoining two very necessary things. This way, you don’t have to waste precious wall space by filling it with a floor-length mirror. A smart solution to any room Our Milky glass even serves as a dry erase board for fun!

3. Stylize Your Existing Features

One important task to tackle is using and improving what already exists. You can do this by upselling your already furnished home with simple accent pieces or colorful touches to turn your home into a contemporary sanctuary. Potential guests are actively looking for stays that offer well-considered decor and furnishings. If you already have a great living room set, but feel it’s not doing a lot to boost the interest of the space, consider adding accent pillows and a worldly throw blanket to liven up the overall atmosphere. The same goes for curating the art throughout your Airbnb. Displaying intriguing art is a sure way to up the value and interest to any room in your house. In addition, it’s important to maintain a consistent theme throughout your Airbnb to remain high-quality. It should strive to be homogenous regarding the overall interior design.

4. Attention to Fine Details And Thoughtful Touches

A great way to attract and maintain happy visitors is by offering thoughtful touches throughout your home. We can all agree that a memorable stay was one that provided us with extras, and invested in the fine details. Offering complimentary products for your guests will gain you instant bonus points and positive online reviews where it counts. Supply your visitors with coffee and tea, choose eco-friendly products, offer quality toiletries. The attention to the fine details will go a very long way with your potential guests. Another consideration in offering quality and comfortability is offering options for your visitors to individualize the interior spaces during their stay. A good way to employ more personal choosing power is to install glass wall dividers in shared rooms and spaces. This allows the guest the ability to customize their environment during their stay. By installing sliding dividers in shared spaces, your guests can quickly close off rooms to optimize their comfort if sharing the Airbnb with multiple families or friends.

The Sliding Door Company is proud to offer a variety of modern options to optimize and improve your interior spaces. With mentions from HGTV, The Oprah Show and Hilton Hotels, our company proudly ensures quality, craftsmanship, and innovation at the highest standard. Find inspiration from our products gallery, displaying hundreds of customizable options to best suit your individual needs. Our team is more than happy to assist with your project and ensure your home improvement a success and above all else, a stress-free endeavor. Schedule a free consultation from one of our knowledgeable representatives and start the transformation today!