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Tuesday, September 29 2015
Need some extra room? Imagine what your garage could be!
Sure, plenty of people use their garage as something other than a place to keep their car. Specifically, they use it as storage. Have you ever considered converting your garage to a more usable space? The modern family can have plenty of uses for a converted garage, from a kids’ area to a home gym to an office. If you’re hoping to make the most of your house’s square footage, use this guide to converting your garage (or shed!) into a more usable space to suit your lifestyle.
Figure Out Your Storage Needs: If you’re like most people, you probably have a decent amount of stuff stored in your garage. Figure out what you need to keep in your garage and what you can move elsewhere, then invest in storage solutions to minimize and organize your storage space in your garage.
Improve The Space: The remaining space is yours to play with! Hide electrical wiring, put in insulation, drywall and paint and install good lighting. Move workbenches or tools that don’t fit in your storage solution to a designated area. Transform the setting by incorporating Bi-fold, Multi-slide or Lift and Slide doors to open up to your yard and add usable square footage.
Imagine What Your Space Could Be: Now that you have your space organized and pleasing to the eye, the fun begins! What suits your needs? A recreation room for the kids, man cave, artist studio, personal gym, home office, practice room for your band or cat habitat? Use your imagination to create whatever best suits what you want for your newly improved space!
When transforming any part of your home, you may find Bi-Fold, Multi-Slide or Lift and Slide Patio Doors can make all the difference. To learn about how you can get the best product for your project, simply click the Match Me With A Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality materials, AG Millworks can help transform your home with Custom Doors and Windows that allow you to fully enjoy luxurious living.
Tuesday, September 22 2015
With this guide, you can have your indoor/outdoor remodel done by spring!
Haven’t you loved the summer season? The warm sun, the fresh air, and the long days of sunlight that melt into warm evenings all make this one of the best times of year. You’ve probably been wanting to soak up every minute of it! Fortunately, if you start planning your indoor/outdoor remodel right now, you can have it completed by spring so you can enjoy the next warm season in a space that fosters indoor outdoor living. Here is a guide to the steps of planning your remodel.
1. Find Your Inspiration: Before you start your remodel, you need to figure out what you want the finished product to accomplish. Browse Pinterest and Houzz, pick up design magazines, and visit properties to get inspired.
2. Assemble Your Team: You will need an architect, contractor, and/or design professional to take on your remodel. Start interviewing people now to put together the right team
3. Create A Plan: Once you have your professionals assembled, create a plan together. You should end this step with a blueprint and a budget.
4. Gather Your Materials: Start pulling your materials together, including flooring, paint, entry doors, patio doors (consider Bi-Fold patio doors to really get indoor outdoor living), landscaping materials, and furniture.
5. Get Your Permits: Before you break ground, make sure your project has been cleared with your city and that you’ve paid for your permits.
Getting the doors and windows your remodel will require is easy. Simply click the Match Me With A Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality materials, AG Millworks can help transform your home with custom patio and entry doors and windows that allow you to fully enjoy luxurious living.
Tuesday, September 15 2015
Take the Indoors Out with the Outdoor Living Room.
People have long worked to bring the outdoors in, incorporating potted plants, lots of natural light, and nature-inspired textures, fabrics, and patterns into their interior décor. Today, there is also a shift in the opposite direction, as more and more designers bring what would traditionally be seen as an indoor space into the great outdoors. Here are just a few ways you can capitalize on the new outdoor living room trend and incorporate indoor outdoor living into your home.
§ Warm It Up with a Fire Pit: You love cozying up around the fireplace in your living room during the winter months. Why not enable your family to do just that under the stars by installing an outdoor fire pit? Beyond the physical warmth it adds, it also creates a cozy, glowing ambience and is a great central point around which people can gather when you entertain.
§ Make it Inviting with the Right Furniture: Part of what makes your living room such a great place to spend time is the comfort. Bring that relaxation outdoors with L-shaped sofas and comfortable chairs for lounging. Newer all-weather materials are softer with many color and pattern options to enhance any décor.
§ Define the Space: Just because your outdoor living room is outdoors doesn’t mean it has to lack structure. Add a pergola, hang curtains or anchor the area with an outdoor area rug so it will feel like a separate space from the rest of your yard. Add Bi-fold, Multi-slide or Lift and Slide patio doors to open up a wall of your home to the outdoors for a seamless living space from the inside.
The right entry doors and patio doors making bringing the indoors out and vice versa much easier. Want to learn more? Simply click the Match Me with a Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality materials, AG Millworks can help transform your home with custom doors and windows that allow you to fully enjoy luxurious living.
Tuesday, September 08 2015
Use Native Plants for a Beautiful Water-Wise Yard.
Can you believe summer is already wrapping up? It seems we were just enjoying the beginning of the warmer season, and yet the fall is quickly coming our way. That doesn’t mean you need to store your pruning shears just yet, though. In fact, by investing some time and energy in your outdoor areas now, you can get beautiful blooms in the spring.
While preparing your garden in the past you may have opted for whichever plants caught your fancy, our current drought might shift your focus. When looking for ways to create a functional, beautiful outdoor space and reclaim your yard from the arid California climate, opt for native plants. Not only will these plants be much more drought-tolerant and consequently require less water, they will also add seasonal interest of textures and flowers throughout the year.
When planting your native selections, avoid overcrowding them and group them together based on the amounts of hydration they require. Cover your flower beds with at least 3 inches of mulch to prevent evaporation and protect your roots from the heat.
Once you get your foliage planted, lay a drip irrigation system and adjustable timer. This will conveniently deliver the water your plants need without waste so your garden can stay beautiful throughout the year while still being water wise.
With all of the work you put into your yard, you deserve to be able to enjoy it. Open your home to the outside and bring indoor outdoor living into your life with Bi-fold, Multi-slide or Lift and Slide patio doors. Simply click the Match Me with a Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality materials, AG Millworks can help transform your home with custom patio and entry doors and windows that allow you to fully enjoy luxurious living.