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Transform Your Home with Qubi Glass

Tips for instructors, self-starters, and creatives working from home

If you’re like most 21st century adults in their formative working years- there’s a high chance you’re an independent contractor who relies on others to maintain your unique business. For an older generation, this flexibility and unstructured work schedule may appear risky or unstable, yet for the younger generation whose lifestyle relies on having a flexible work life, being an independent contractor and teaching classes makes total sense. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, having a fluid job like a yoga instructor (which relies on community involvement) has proven to be difficult- even with all of our modern technology and video conferencing! And though many attempted to teach classes from a virtual platform, there were a lot of technical and awkward difficulties that came along with it. After all, online painting workshops, Skype therapy, or tutoring, all quickly become impersonal and awkward over a virtual screen. These activities and lessons are unquestionably better in person. So what can you do about it?

Whether you teach yoga classes or painting workshops, writing, or tutoring, there is finally a spatial solution available to implement in your home or studio so that you can get back to teaching in-person while still feeling safe and risk-free! QubiGlass walls are the ultimate physical barrier between you and your clients! Perfect for these turbulent times of uncertainty, Qubi Glass wall partitions can be installed freestanding in any space, as this new system uses large sliding glass dividers that allow you to wrap an existing wall with glass walls in an open floor plan. Wrap around existing wall partitions in your home or studio to enhance the cleanliness and safety between two distinct spaces without paying the high cost of outfitting an entire space with new construction just to teach classes! Compared with Plexiglass or other synthetic glass alternatives, Qubi Glass is 100 percent real glass and can withstand constant cleaning and disinfecting with harsh chemicals. Over time, acrylic glass substitutes will fade, yellow, become scratched, and cloudy, while glass will remain clear and scratch-free for years to come!

Why glass?

Glass is the preferred choice for medical facilities, educational institutions, and working professionals due to its modern aesthetic, cleanliness, and longevity. Sturdy, non-porous materials like glass are exceptionally easy to wipe down and disinfect without compromising longevity.

Qubi Glass is a new glass partition developed by The Sliding Door Company, and is exceptionally well-made, durable, and built to withstand the test of time. These glass wall partitions are offered in a vast array of different sizes, configurations, and opacities. They can be ordered to suit your specific needs however big or small and are installed by a team of professionals within less than a day! That means no serious construction or disruption to your busy schedule or home life! These glass wall partitions were designed to work for commercial or residential spaces and are very easy to set up and deconstruct. 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 students/clients with the most reliable physical barriers available! You can order your own Qubi Glass Partitions online at The Sliding Door Company. Schedule a free consultation with one of our team members and learn how you can update your space with the glass wall dividers your unique business needs to thrive!

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The 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 bifolding 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 bifold 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 bifold 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. Bifold 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 bifold 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 rental upgrade today!

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What to Expect When Expecting

In life, there is often little planning and preparation when big life moments happen. Finding out you’re welcoming a new life into the world, for example. Not many enjoy the luxury of aptly deciding when to have children and pick a convenient or feasible time to add new members to the family. Most are hit with an unexpected surprise and have to figure out and rearrange a multitude of things in life in preparation for a child. It’s an exciting yet nerve-wracking time for you and your partner (or existing family). What can you expect to change or update in your life to be well-prepared when the baby arrives? Below, we have carved out a little list of some helpful tips to consider when expecting.

The Essentials

You want to make sure you’re as ready as possible to provide the best care, home, and items for your baby. Because once they arrive, you won’t want to be spending your time reinventing the wheel, so to speak. You’ll also want to pick quality products and familiarize yourself with tricks and tips to save yourself a lot of time, headache and discomfort in the process.

  • A Crib
  • Soft Blankets and Linens
  • Diapers
  • Onesies and Baby Clothing and Booties
  • Car Seat
  • Baby Thermometer
  • Baby Tub
  • Bibs
  • BPA-free and Baby-Safe Toys and Entertainment

For The Home

Typically, a large part of the stress and often uncomfortable adaptation one experiences during this time is the issue of not having enough rooms or space to accommodate another child. When you and your partner are renting on a year or two-year lease and all of a sudden, realize you’re pregnant, there is a lot of stress surrounding your current living situation and the feasibility of adding a new member to the family. Moving costs, a higher rent, and leaving your beloved home is a huge ordeal and big stress on top of all the other new variables you must consider. With the current number of rooms available, you ask yourselves how in the world you can make this work. For renters, we suggest calling the Sliding Door Company to find out about our many space optimizing solutions that are right for you and feasible for your rental. Easy and quick to install and take down, our glass wall dividers are an absolute life-saver for those unable to build or add on to an existing home.

For those who already own their own homes, the cost of construction is another large factor that many are not prepared for when hit with the big news. Even when you own your own home, and swiftly moving to a new home is not a viable option, how do you make do with what you already have? Increasing the size of your home is a big change- involving much planning and headache. We’ve realized there is a need for space optimizing solutions to remedy this classic problem. Our advice? Install entire wall partitions, Room Dividers or floor to ceiling sliding glass doors to craft entirely separate rooms without the cost or inconvenience of disruptive construction. Especially while pregnant, the sounds and disturbance of weeks or even months of construction and home additions is enough to drive everyone mad.

These feasible home improvements will allow you to craft spatial separation for the newborn and yourselves while providing flexibility and the option to move, rearrange and alter these rooms and spaces with time. As the child gets older, maybe consider updating the space to provide more privacy. These solutions will provide your family the necessary time and cost solution you’ll need to plan for a future move or ADU if need be.

Revisit Your Finances

You and your partner should start to critically think about your finances and even draft up a reasonable budget and timeline for saving so that when the baby arrives you aren’t surprised or down and out. Rearing a child is always more expensive than people think and budget for. A good tip is to craft a budget, and then go back in and add 10% to all of your expenses. That way, you’ll have a safety-net for everyday things that will undoubtedly cost more than you expect.

Another recommendation is to start paying down your debt so that you don’t enter into parenthood financially burdened by a mountain of debt. Start paying off more every month than your minimum, and even consider consolidating your debt into one low-interest account to avoid costly APR.

Talk to fellow parent co-workers in your office, or ask your boss what maternity leave is offered through work. Don’t leave it to the last minute to plan for this, is it could be a lot more (or less) time and compensation offered than you expected. This way you can reasonably budget for what is available to you.

Hopefully, with these helpful time and money-saving tips, you’ll enter into parenthood on top of the game and enjoy the entire process rather than dread it. With some careful planning and the right resources, you’ll be on your way to welcoming in a new life stress-free and ready for anything!

We at The Sliding Door Company are here and happy to help provide as much information as possible on some must-have solutions. 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 and create a home that can welcome in this new life.

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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.

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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.