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Preparing for Winter Vacation

With the winter season quickly approaching, we can guess that this year may look a little bit different for the typical sunbird. With few options for international travel this season, most North Americans will be planning trips within the country to satiate the yearly travel cravings, all while remaining safe and risk-free.

Outfitting Your Home for Short Term Stays

As a homeowner, you should consider the many financial fruits of hosting guests throughout the peak winter season. After all, people will find a way to travel, perhaps not to exotic destinations outside of the U.S.- but they’ll travel. In fact, the rate of national travel has surged in recent months, generating an unprecedented country-wide travel economy. That being said, this fall presents a perfect opportunity to gear your interiors up for the onslaught of winter vacation tourism before the season hits you at full volume! So, whether you’re in California or New York, Texas, or Tennessee, you can bet there will be another wave of tourism coming to your town soon! And with little indication of how long this pandemic will last, it’s a wise move to plan for the long-haul.

After all, short term rentals are an excellent way to bring in extra income without investing too much in the exorbitant cost of construction. With the right solutions and spatial planning, you can seamlessly create an entirely new closed off stay within your home, with virtually no major construction! Curious to hear more?Of course, you are.

Within the Home
If you aren’t planning on building an ADU to host your short-term travelers, making use of extra square footage within your home is an excellent choice. A great way to block off entire areas of your home and create separate rooms is to install floor to ceiling glass wall partitions. With so many options available through The Sliding Door Company, you can choose from countless configurations to achieve the aesthetic and convenience that you desire. Sliding glass wall partitions, sliding glass barn doors and opaque glass wall partitions come in varying sizes and glass opacities so you can tailor your partitions to meet your specific needs for hosting!

Outside the Home
If you have an unused shed, a garage, or any standing unit apart from that house, to consider converting the space into a passive income short-term stay is never a bad idea! To seamlessly build entire rooms within your ADU, install floor to ceiling standing wall partitions and seamlessly construct an entire floor plan within a day! The Sliding Door Company delivers and installs your glass partitions at no additional cost and gets the job done as quickly as possible- meaning you could be hosting your first guests in less than a week!

Covid Safety Precautions
Of course, existing within COVID times, it’s always important to maintain a clean and well-kept environment that is often sanitized and devoid of germs. Glass is an excellent solution for freestanding wall partitions, as it’s the easiest material to clean and disinfect. Unlike plexiglass or other acrylic alternatives, real glass is not porous and will withstand constant cleaning and harsh chemicals throughout the years. Especially when hosting a short-term stay, with multiple weekly guests, you’ll have to prepare for a lot of cleaning and disinfecting between stays. To save time and hassle, you’ll want to streamline the disinfecting process and make sure you have the tools you need to be successful. Sliding glass wall partitions?Your best asset.

Another thing to consider while hosting is to limit your exposure to an influx of new guests. It will be safer and more easeful if you can offer a separate entrance for your guests to enter and exit the unit. This way, you and your family won’t run the risk of coming in contact with more people than necessary, and your guests can feel safe and risk-free.

Keeping these details in mind, it should be a breeze to update your interiors for hosting this winter, all while staying safe! For more inspiration and spatial solutions, don’t hesitate to check out the best space-optimizing sliding glass doors, sliding closet doors, and sliding room dividers offered at The Sliding Door Company. Visit Us Online to browse our online viewing catalog and Enjoy A Free Consultation from one of our team members to actualize your vision today!

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Full-on Fall Festivities

November is the epitome of fall, the month that successfully sweeps us up into this beautifully cozy time of year. For most, November consists of all things autumnal- cooler days, falling leaves, the holidays just around the corner, and as always, delicious fall foods. We love fall. But one of the best reasons to love fall is, without a doubt, Thanksgiving dinner. With this delicious holiday on just about every American’s mind from the very start of November, we spend an enormous amount of time fine-tuning our interiors, outfitting our kitchenware, and mentally preparing for this grand meal. After all, hosting this mouth-watering holiday can be quite an extravagant undertaking, with so many moving parts to keep track of, mouths to feed, and people to please.

But this year, there’s a whole other added layer of stress to accompany the typical fall holiday craze. This year, things might look a lot different than in times past. And with recommendations from top health officials urging people to forgo this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, many are looking for unique spatial solutions to implement throughout the home in order to keep the annual Thanksgiving dinner, all while ensuring the safety of the whole family. So, if you’re like most, who have a particularly strong aversion to the idea of a Zoom Thanksgiving, you’re not alone. Luckily, The Sliding Door Company has some excellent space-saving solutions to help make this holiday one to remember. This year, it’s all about making sure your guests are comfortable, safe, and can move about your home at ease. So how can you prepare your home (and your mind) for this year’s fall festivities?

Interior Upgrades

First things first in setting your house up for hosting this year. One of the best ways to welcome in the change of season is to do a big seasonal clearing and cleaning of your interiors. Go through packed to the brim closets, rearrange shelves, dust, vacuum, get rid of clothes and other items that don’t serve you anymore, and in general, clear the air. The catharsis of cleaning and clearing can have one of the biggest impacts on your physical and mental well-being and how they relate to your surrounding environment. So, in order to prepare your home (and yourself) to welcome in family and other guests for the holidays, you’ll want to do some serious interior upgrading. The very best way to set the stage for a successful gathering is by starting clearer, cleaner, and leaner.

Safety Solutions

After your home is cleaned and cleared, start to consider what physical solutions you can put in place to help keep your Thanksgiving gathering as safe as possible for the whole family. Many this year are opting for table arrangements in which guests are placed at least 6 feet apart. Some are deciding to hold Thanksgiving dinner outdoors from a patio table where fresh air could help keep everyone safe from the virus. Others are opting to install sliding glass room dividers and glass wall partitions into the open floor plan of their home so as to safely block off areas of the home from guests and the potential for contamination. Floor to ceiling glass wall dividers allow visibility from room to room, and the feeling of togetherness while maintaining safety amongst guests. Glass is always a better choice for standing wall partitions as compared with Plexiglass or other acrylic alternatives, as it is a breeze to clean and wipe down, without the risk of it yellowing, or degrading over time.

Flexibility for the Whole Family

Giving yourself flexibility within the home will be a crucial part of this year’s holiday gatherings. Standing wall dividers don’t require costly and abrasive construction in order to partition off whole areas of the home and can be installed within hours, not days or weeks. And during a time when we don’t know what the next week, month, or even year will bring, flexibility is super important!

Help cap airborne contamination between you and your Thanksgiving guests with the most reliable physical barriers available! Schedule a free consultation with one of our team members and learn how you can update your space with the most flexible, stylish glass wall dividers for your unique home!

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Pivoting as a Parent this School Year

If you have kids that are still in school, you’re probably experiencing the uncertain and undulating roadmap of the future of education. With COVID-19 rearranging our schedules, altering our abilities, and whereabouts, one industry that has perhaps suffered the most is education. Toddlers in preschool, middle schoolers, high school students, and university scholars alike have all experienced a trying year, a crash-course in pivoting. Learning how to adapt to shifting circumstances has not been easy, and as we look ahead to brighter days, we also must address the current educational climate, now in October. The percentage of schools open to in-house teaching is only a small percentage, peppered throughout the country, while most education is being taught online from home.
For states that experience drastic weather changes during the winter months, such as the East Coast and Midwest, it will not be possible to hold classes outside, as was the solution starting this fall school year. With flu season nearing and temperatures dropping, we may start to see a greater push for at-home learning. For those educational institutions choosing to continue classes indoors, new spatial solutions will be an absolute necessity for safeguarding all students and faculty against the virus.
Working from Home
If you’ve recently been asked to bring learning home after your children have already started this school year in a real school setting, the transition can be cumbersome. Home doesn’t exactly emulate the same classroom setting, often making it difficult for students to focus and keep on top of their coursework. Especially for children who are used to having their own special space in a classroom, their own desk, as well as a physical instructor and teacher aids helping guide their learning process, homeschooling can be a huge challenge. With so many external factors contributing to their inability to focus like other siblings, pets, and toys, it’s no wonder this has been a trying time for so many. If you’re like most parents, you’re probably wondering how you can set your child up for success for the rest of the school year. After all, if we’ve learned anything from 2020 it’s that the future is a complete mystery- with no known timeline of this virus to help aid our decisions.
What We Can Do
One of the quickest and swiftest decisions you can make for your child’s learning process from home is to provide them an educational sanctuary within your home. Most of us don’t have an extra bedroom available to make a classroom come to life seamlessly, however, there are other reasonable solutions. You can easily and affordably construct a home office/classroom within an open space by using Sliding Glass Wall Partitions. Glass partitions are easy to install and remove, affording you the flexibility you need during these uncertain times. Next month everything could change, and the kids could be back in school, and that’s why it’s important to come up with malleable solutions that don’t break the bank! Floor-to-ceiling glass wall dividers can be constructed within a matter of hours and your little ones can enjoy the extra privacy and focus they need to succeed this school year. Choose from varying glass opacities to achieve your desired level of privacy- from completely transparent, to opaque, you have tons of options for customization.
Get Them Active!
If your children have recently returned home to do remote learning, one of the best ways to ensure a productive, less-stress day is to get them outside often. If you can, encourage them to take small breaks every few hours so that they can get up and walk around and take in the fresh air while burning some of that pent-up energy! Too much stagnant energy can certainly keep children of any age from focusing. Go on a walk together, ride bikes, or encourage them to make up their own games in the backyard. During a normal school day, they would have lots of time to play with other kids, run around the schoolyard, engage in P.E. or after-school sports. It’s important to make sure that they still get this activity time!
Give you and your kids the gift of calm this fall with awesome space optimizing solutions offered at the sliding door Company. Hop online and check out our viewing catalog of Sliding Glass Room Dividers, beautiful Sliding Glass Barn Doors, and more! Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable experts to get started on your exciting project today. Don’t wait until your kid’s grades start dropping to call the space experts today!

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