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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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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!