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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.

Sliding frosted glass room divider for kids study room

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.

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

Here at the Sliding Door Company, the last fifteen years of safety and quality in our interior door solutions have 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.

Frosted glass sliding closet door

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 plan. 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