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BiFold Doors are a Space Optimizing Must-Have

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to optimize your interiors, or a designer/architect looking to craft the most user-friendly dwelling for your clients, a must-have staple of any home are space-saving view-enhancing bi-fold doors. These sliding doors are a fantastic hybrid of sliding doors with an added element of European flourish. Combined with traditional “French doors” or “patio doors” these bi-folding doors meld both designs into one. The result? A beautiful aesthetic and seamless design allowing for flexibility and ease of use.

Also known as “Concertina doors”, these chic and modern bi fold glass doors fold back on themselves in an accordion-like manner, optimizing space and adding intrigue and innovation to any spatial barrier. Being the creative design they are, these sliding doors date back to as early as the 1st century AD and were excavated amongst the remains of Pompeii. People of the past had engineered bi-folding doors almost exactly like how we see them now. Although they exclusively used wood rather than glass, this door design has stood the test of time. Below are some of the best ways to integrate bi-folding doors into your home.

Closets

If you’re like most people, you don’t have a tidy closet. Most likely, there’s a whole lot of junk and unorganized chaos lying behind those ominous closet doors. This hectic corner of your room (and life) deserves a fair bit of visual obstruction. While front opening closet doors seem to be the norm, why not install glass bi-fold closet doors to effectively optimize precious space and employ a bit of creative design in the process? With our innovative anti-finger pinch system, you won’t ever have to worry again about you or your child crushing a finger. Safe, sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, these bi-fold doors are the perfect closet upgrade you need.

Kitchen Pantries

Most often used for kitchen pantries, these sliding panel doors offer an easy space-saving solution perfect for small spaces such as food pantries and kitchen cabinets. Because they stack into panels, you don’t need to worry about cumbersome doors opening up into your kitchen space and taking up valuable room. Especially during heavy foot traffic experienced when cooking for large dinner parties or holiday meals, there is simply no room for normal front opening pantry doors. This is a must-have solution for the kitchen.

Laundry Rooms

Much like a bathroom or kitchen, laundry rooms are another territory of the house that are almost always designed without enough space. Tucked into some unassuming corner of the home, the laundry room is typically overflowing with clothing, extra items, cleaning products, and sports equipment. The last thing you want is to let this smorgasbord become visible to the rest of the house. Not only unsightly, but laundry rooms need some healthy spatial separation that will offer sound reduction and smell containment. Bi-fold glass doors work exceptionally well to offer the necessary barriers while appearing modern and visually appealing. Offered in an array of varying glass opacities, these folding doors are the solution for every home.

Living Rooms

Bring the outside in, with vast and sweeping bi-fold glass doors that allow for entire walls to be a visual opening to the other rooms in the house. Because we are creatures of comfort and we value our cozy spaces, we enjoy having the option to turn big sweeping floorplans into smaller, more snug nooks. We tend to feel safer and more enveloped in a smaller space. Interior bi-fold doors accomplish just that. Perfect for parties and entertaining, these doors craft a breezy solution for opening or closing interior rooms. Effortlessly expand or contract your interiors, and make the most out of your home.

With these simple yet effective considerations and upgrades to your home, you’ll be on your way to dominating your interiors. For more space optimizing solutions and inspiration, visit The Sliding Door Company to browse our online viewing catalog and Get A Free Quote from one of our team members to start your upgrade today!

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Spring Cleaning and Clearing

Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to welcome in the change of the season than to start thinking about some healthy Spring Cleaning! This type of spatial clearing is a great way to rejuvenate the energy of your interiors, physically polish your spaces, reduce your unwanted and burdensome clothing and material items and set your home up for summer. This can tend to feel like a big scary project, one that you can’t see yourself undertaking this season. It doesn’t have to be so cumbersome, and that’s why we’ve crafted a few helpful tips straight from the experts in space optimization to guide you through your Spring Cleaning transformation.

1.Have You Seen My…?

The first task on your list is to clear. Tackle your living room, bedrooms, and especially your closets. Identify what items you want to keep, and then those that you think you can safely let go of. A good trick is to take everything out of your closets, lay it out on the floor, and then go through each piece of clothing, your shoes and stowed away items and ask yourself if you seriously need it. Marie Kondo famously refers to this as “what items spark joy?”. If you can’t live without it, put it in the “keep” pile. On the other hand, if you find yourself realizing that you haven’t worn or used the item in a year or so, it’s probably time to let it go. Put it in the “give away” pile. Your “give” pile should consist of different categories, such as:

  • Recycling
  • Goodwill/Salvation Army
  • For Friends
  • Garage Sale
  • Landfill

After you’ve successfully categorized your items, move the “give” items into the garage where they won’t continue to clutter your space. Make a note to spend an afternoon dropping all of these items off at their different locations. This first task on your five-step list has just effectively cleared up a lot of space in your home to be able to reorganize the remaining items, clean and rejoice in your fresh space.

2. Hand Me The Broom!

The second chore is, you guessed it… to clean! For this next task, you’ll want to thoroughly check your cleaning supplies arsenal and pick up anything from the store you may need before diving headfirst into the mayhem. You don’t want to begin your cleaning extravaganza and realize that you need more sponges, bleach cleaner or Swiffer wipes.

What you’ll need:

  • Vacuum
  • Sponges
  • Rubber gloves
  • Windex/glass cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Tile bleach/cleaner
  • Wood polish
  • Swiffers wipes
  • Dusters
  • Broom

Once you have everything you need, start to systematically move through each room in the house until it’s all done. Some key places and things you’ll want to scrub and freshen include:

windows, carpets/rugs, doormats, the kitchen, microwave, stovetop, silverware tray, “junk drawer”, hard-to-reach corners, desks, doorknobs, bathroom mirrors, sinks, under beds, to name a few. 

We suggest putting on some fun music and taking necessary snack breaks to make the process more enjoyable. It’s more of a marathon than a race, better to lean into the experience than away from it.

3. Now, We Organize.

Now that you’ve scrubbed, scraped and deep-cleaned every possible nook and cranny in your house, the time has come to organize. Because you already did the preliminary clearing of unwanted items, you just need to creatively organize what’s left. Sometimes, its easier to organize when you have some novel inspiration to get the process started. A good way to transform your closets, for example, is to replace your drab closet doors with fresh milky glass closet doors. Mirrored doors enhance and amplify natural light throughout the room, while also serving a wonderful dual purpose- disguising the unsightly mix of clothing and personal belongings while providing floor length mirrors for you to enjoy. Our decorative closet doors come available in a variety of glass opacities- from mirrored, to translucent or more opaque. Choose from accessory options and panel configurations to customize your sliding doors specifically for your home.

Now that you have a fresh take on your closets, you can carry on organizing the rest of the closet. Fold and hang up clothing, make sure that your most used items are within easy reach and accessible, and most importantly- don’t leave clothing haphazardly cast to the closet floor.

After you finish organizing your closets, move to the remaining rooms in the house.

4. Laundry – the Beast of Burden.

A space often widely overlooked in any home is thelaundry room. This space typically doubles as a toolbox, a larger than life clothing hamper, and a place to toss anything in the spur of the moment that you want to be hidden from visibility- especially right before your guests arrive for that dinner party or book club meeting. Laundry rooms end up being the full-sized embodiment of the “junk drawer”. AKA your worst nightmare. Not to fret! With a few simple solutions, your laundry room will be a fresh scented organizational masterpiece!

What you’ll need:

  • Shelving (lots of it)
  • A large clothing hamper
  • Baskets to organize and place clean laundry
  • A set place for soaps, detergents and cleaning products
  • A garbage bin (for lint and other trash)
  • Took rack (if you don’t already have one in the garage)

Our suggestion? Take your laundry room to the next level with bi-folding doors that hide your washer and dryer machines to add a bit of noise reduction and visible distinction making the space appear less cluttered and more artful. These bi-fold doors are a space saver with their concertina design, folding the doors in on themselves giving you much-needed space amongst tight quarters.

5. Enjoy Your Well-Earned Oasis

By clearing, cleaning, organizing and installing some spatial solutions, you’ve just set yourself up for a stress-free spring. Enjoy the novelty of fresh air, no dust or dirt, optimal organization and an overall lack of material items inundating your interiors. All it took was a bit of planning, some elbow grease, a “bite the bullet” mentality- and you’ve arrived at your well-earned oasis.

For more space optimizing solutions and inspiration, visit The Sliding Door Company to browse our online viewing catalog and Get A Free Quote from one of our team members to start your rental upgrade today!

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Step Into The Future of Green Building

Tips For Every Successful Contractor

We have arrived at a widespread environmental revolution. This green evolution has made a powerful mark on our political legislature, our building standards and techniques and most of all- market demands. A recent study published by World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report, found that the global green building industry doubles every three years. Additionally, the green building materials market alone is expected to reach $234 billion in 2019, and as of early 2016, nearly 75,000 commercial projects were participating in Leadership in Engineering & Environmental Design (LEED) globally. These stats lend valuable insight into the current demand and the global move towards green building. As contractors, it is your duty to ensure that your projects adhere to these new environmental standards as well as meet the needs of your clients. Below are some helpful tips ensuring that your buildings and project sites are as environmentally sound as possible.

Materials Matter

The first aspect to consider, of course, are your materials. The quality, the source, and the environmental impact they will leave on the planet. When managing a building project and construction team, you must take into consideration a slew of factors to produce a harmonious finished product. Cost, value, efficiency, aesthetic are all on the mind when deciding what materials to go forward with. Green materials are the contemporary component now considered alongside all these other factors.

Sustainable Materials

Make use of recycled building materials and consider “upcycling” rustic materials and features to create a design flourish while conserving and reusing resources. Alternative woods, bamboo, hemp, straw-bail, and Rammed Earth are all innovative materials that have a beautiful aesthetic quality your clients will love. There is no excuse for continuing to use outdated, wasteful and built-to-break materials in 2020. Step up your building game and introduce green materials.

Temperature Retention and Reflection

A big waste creator in the residential and commercial building industry, are poorly designed or thin windows that allow the transfer of heat or cold to pass through. This classic design flaw can have a massive impact on your energy consumption and overall energy usage. By installing double-pane or eco windows, you’ll save your clients thousands in energy costs as well as slash their carbon footprint in the years to come.

By installing interior glass doors, your clients can enjoy the benefits of spatial separation while effectively and efficiently heating or cooling areas of their home without messing with the thermostat to get the desired temperature throughout the home.

Optimize Natural Light

Most homes are built with little consideration for allowing ample natural light throughout the interiors. Unfortunately, this creates a living environment that is devoid of views, crucial daytime light and overall higher quality of life. This lack of free light ends up costing homeowners higher energy costs in lighting during peak daytime hours.

Bi-fold doors offer the option for an increased surface area to fill with view-enhancing doors.  Compared with the typical sliding glass door we are accustomed to, the bi-fold system can stretch much further and allows for the option to open up the entire space.

Closet mirror sliding doors are also a great solution for any light-lacking room, as mirrors are fantastic at reflecting available light and making the space appear larger than it is.

Solar

Especially if your clients live in a sunshine state, there is practically no good reason not to install solar. The panels pay for themselves in energy savings over the course of about ten to fifteen years and are a great ROI for the homeowner.

Know Your Supplier

Knowing where your materials come from and how they are harvested and processed is super important when taking steps to build green. Is your supplier environmentally conscious? Are you buying wood that is unsustainably harvested? Good companies will provide ample written statements and stamps of environmental advocacy if they are compliant with state and federal regulations. Look for these companies and don’t do business with a supplier that cuts corners

Managing Waste

As overseer of a construction site, make certain you are doing everything you can to manage your waste accrued during building. Have recycling and reuse piles on site so you aren’t throwing everything in one large dumpster and sending it to the landfill. Talk to your crew and ensure everyone is on the same page and acting consciously.

Green Features to Reduce Footprint

Introducing and educating your clients on all sorts of wonderful and innovative green features is a great way to get people on board and excited about eco aspects to invest in. Everything from Green Electrical, Green HVAC systems, motion sensors to conserve energy, Smart Thermostats to reduce HVAC fluctuations are all potential features to introduce to your projects.

Even awareness when selecting plumbing systems (alternative hot water heating >> tankless hot water heaters for example) will make a massive impact in the form of water reduction and conservation. This will also lower your client’s water bill and give them a home they can feel proud of.

With all of these green solutions, features, and practices, you will undoubtedly appeal to a growing market of clients who demand green homes and conscious building. From an environmental standpoint, we can’t afford to build unsustainable homes entering into this new decade- with eminent global warming on the near horizon, any unconscious building is holding us back from making the changes we need to combat this major threat to our planet. 

With these effective considerations and upgrades to building, you’ll be on your way to dominating your client’s interiors. For more space optimizing solutions and inspiration, visit The Sliding Door Company to browse our online viewing catalog and Get A Free Quote from one of our team members to start your rental upgrade today!

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Great Design Increases Quality of Life

Simply put, interior design is to thank for providing the heart and soul to any building, home, restaurant, office, or retail shop. Design and curation are an integral part of any space- yet attention to interior design can be vastly overlooked. Why is it that our spaces are so affecting? Well, the obvious answer is because it’s our relative environment. We exist in our known spaces every single day, so they should be as functional, joyful, and enriching as possible. If you’re like the majority of people out there that draw a blank when it comes to crafting your interior space- don’t stress. Outlined below are the top design trends, elements, and solutions to effectively craft a dreamy, luxurious and unique abode perfect for you.

Frosted glass sliding door divides modern office from the living room area

The Healing Property of Plants

The age-old human tradition of bringing plants indoors has had many varying reasons, understandings, and developments. Houseplants have somehow survived as a staple of any interior design scheme throughout many a fad, decade and interior trend. Of course, which type of plants are in style has changed and evolved with the times. One thing is for certain- plants are an integral part of human life. There’s a greater reason why we crave to have plants living amongst us in our indoors. Here are the top

five main healing properties of plants:

  • They recycle carbon-dioxide and in turn, release oxygen. This assists us in breathing and promotes fresh, healthy air in our homes.
  • They increase humidity indoors during a process called transpiration which decreases dry skin, colds, dry coughs, and sore throats.
  • They reduce trace levels of toxic vapors such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from enclosed interior spaces.
  • They make us feel in touch with our outside environment when being outdoors is not a viable option, especially in the cold and foul weather winter months
  • It’s been scientifically proven that the presence of plants actually improves concentration, reduces anxiety and promotes good memory

Intention Through Color

Take into consideration the colors that you are already stuck with… or rather, already enjoying. That is to say, look at your available furniture, wood pieces- such as tables and frames, and go from there. It is much easier to change a wall color rather than buy an entirely new set of furniture. Typically the goal is to create a cohesive juxtaposition between furnishings and wall color. For example, if you have loud, statement piece furniture in bright colors and patterns, opt for a more neutral wall color so as to not overcrowd and distract from your beautiful sofa, chair, table, etc. It works the same if you have neutral, toned-down furnishings. Consider livening up your space by picking a striking and emotive wall color to bring life and depth into your atmosphere.

Secondly, there are specific colors that cater to specific moods. Typically colors on the dark side of the spectrum- blues, greens, purples, and blacks are used to enlarge a space, offer sophistication, intrigue, concentration, and productivity. While brighter colors such as yellows, reds, oranges, mustards, whites, and pinks are employed to evoke energy, excitement, life, curiosity, and playfulness. Neutrals would be grays, browns, creams, and pale hues. Soft colors and neutrals are great for curating calming and relaxing spaces, or gender-neutral rooms.

Aim to be intentional when selecting color, after all, whatever you choose will have a substantial effect on the way you exist and enjoy each space.

Tasteful Art Curation

Everyone knows or should know, the value that good art adds to a home. When we walk into virtually any interior space, be it a restaurant, home or office, one of the first things we notice (subliminally or not) is the art. With this said, make a point to curate your space with art you love, not just art you can buy from a retail store at a discount price. Perhaps it will take months or even years to arrive at a collection you feel proud of. That’s the fun part- every time you buy a piece of art, in a sense, you’re memorializing your experience and the artist’s unique creative process. While some people craft their entire rooms based on one single piece of art, others use art to tie accessories and design flourishes together. To make the space feel considered and unique. Having art around you that you love will spark joy when you exist in that room, and may even provide a wonderful conversation starter.

Attention to Health and Wellness

This is something that many overlook while setting out to curate their interior environment. Attention to necessities such as abundant light, fresh air, plants, heat, spatial separation, and humidifiers all remedy the experience of existing in close quarters. An effective way to bring in and maintain more natural light throughout your home is to consider replacing unnecessary walls and restrictive doors with bi-fold interior doors. These glass bifold doors are almost exclusively glass, with little framing which allows for ample light to pass through and brighten up your interior space. A great replacement for average doors to the outside, these are stylish and unique- which creates interest and aid in your meaningful design.

Balcony sliding door with ocean view

Smart Accessories and Features

Implementing smart features throughout your home, as well as useful and intelligent accessories, will make your day-to-day more easeful as well as lower your monthly energy costs and carbon footprint. Introduce features such as Smart thermostats to regulate temperature from your smartphone, solar power-lit path lights, dimmer switches, and smart kitchenware and accessories. Things to reduce waste such as product savers like foam soap dispensers will make a big difference in the long run.

In addition to accessories, we recommend installing sliding pocket doors to maximize space and improve usability. Introducing a barn door room divider into your living room to effectively craft spatial distinction is a great way to add value and ease to any home. These sliding glass doors are a stylish and contemporary design that breeds rustic nostalgia and offers increased spatial separation where needed. Your home will feel accessible, updated and modern with these simple additions.

Person behind desk in home office with frosted glass sliding door

With all of these interior flourishes, touches, and creative considerations, hopefully you won’t be stumped the next time you set out to successfully create your ideal space. The Sliding Door Company has all the creative solutions you need moving forward making your home as comfortable and stylish as possible. For help on getting started, check out our website, go into any of our 26 showrooms which offer a myriad of design examples, accessory options, and customizable choices. Get in touch with one of our knowledgeable representatives by scheduling a free consultation and start the transformation today.

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