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  • CHOOSING A FRONT DOOR FOR A LOG HOUSE

    In today's busy and stressful world a lot of people are choosing to have a country home where they can have a well-deserved rest, reconnect with nature and enjoy a peaceful weekend away from the noise and dust of the city. Architectural styles of country homes are as diverse as those of urban dwellings. Most of the country home styles feature a simple design without any exterior and interior ornamentation. Their primary purpose is to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, that is why most of them are single-storied and have open concept interiors with multiple rooms. The popularity of certain styles depend mostly on the region, e.g., log houses can be seen mainly in mountainous areas, whereas cottage houses are popular both in the m ...

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  • “COLOUR ME PRETTY!” EXTERIOR DOORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

    We are used to see different style residences in our every day life and if you happen to pay attention to entry doors in your neighbourhood, you will notice that the majority of them are painted in one solid quite reserved colour, some have doorlites, some - stain glass or even wrought iron inserts, but probably very few (if any) would catch your attention from the artistic point of view where colour expression would be the main focus. However, there are many places in the world where homeowners choose to have entry doors with a special coloured flavour and turn them into something which can easily be called a true artwork! Let’s take a virtual trip to different places on the planet and see what “colour me pretty” exterior doors from ...

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  • USEFUL TIPS HOW TO INCREASE YOUR FRONT DOOR SECURITY

    If you are considering replacing your existing entry door with a new one, it is essential that you look into every aspect before making such an investment to make sure your entry door is well worth the money spent. Besides choosing an attractive design, you should take your time to research whether the door meets all the security and safety requirements, because you would never want just a beautiful but flimsy door behind which you would not feel protected. Getting a quality door Try to avoid buying doors from unverified and not well established suppliers, even though prices may seem attractive. You do not want to save money at the expense of the quality. We recommend buying doors from renowned manufacturers who have a solid reputation for ...

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  • MOST POPULAR ARCHITECTURAL STYLES. PART 3. GREEK AND TUDOR REVIVAL STYLE HOMES.

    Throughout history, architecture has been a way to reflect the lifestyle and the political and religious climate of a certain epoch. With each new political or religious movement, new architectural styles appeared to reflect the mood of that particular historic era. However, these new trends were often based on architectural styles of previous epochs as a way to protest the reality or to re-introduce the values of the past. Such architectural styles are called "revival" styles. Revivalism in architecture refers to using the details and trends of the architectural styles of previous eras. There are many revival styles, some of which have had more influence and historic value than others. Today's article will be dedicated to some of the most ...

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  • ENHANCING YOUR ENTRANCE WITH QUALITY DOOR HARDWARE

    Today, with the presence of modern technologies, availability and a wide selection of building materials and boundless heritage of architectural styles, it is not that hard to have the house of your dreams, whether it be a luxury mansion or a charming country house. But when it comes to expressing your style, details happen to be crucial and definitely more important than some homeowners may think. It's the details that make all the difference and door hardware is unquestionably one of them. Modern door hardware market is immense and offers hardware in all possible styles, materials and price tags that one can imagine. Carefully and tastefully chosen quality hardware can take an ordinary exterior door to a completely new level and help you ...

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  • MOST POPULAR ARCHITECTURAL STYLES. PART 2.

    In the first part of these article series we talked about Colonial architectural styles, brought into America by the first European settlers in the 16th century. The American Colonial houses inherited the design of their European counterparts with some adjustments to the local climate and lifestyle, as well as availability of building materials. The Colonial style was quite popular among the new settlers due to its elegant simplicity. Towards the end of the colonial period, the new political and religious movements brought forth new styles in architecture, some of which we will discuss in this article.   Baroque architecture Originated in Italy in the mid-16th century, Baroque style very quickly spread to the rest of Europe and by the ...

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  • CONTEMPORARY DOORS OF OUR CUSTOMERS

    In today’s world of fast developing e-commerce, and constantly growing number of internet users, it is no longer a surprise that more and more products find their consumers through online shopping. The reality is that most of everyday items can be easily ordered online from the convenience of your place and shopping online for a front door of your dream has become a part of that reality as well. Lots and lots of customers in various regions of Canada, USA and even such remote destinations as British Virgin Islands have been able to benefit from our online store. Most of our client say that they were attracted to our doors because of unique designs and a possibility of customization – these two aspects which are highly valued by clients ...

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  • MOST POPULAR ARCHITECTURAL STYLES. PART 1.

    For many homeowners one of the most difficult stages in buying a new home or remodeling the existing one is to define in which architectural style they want it to be. While you may be quite sure what you want your house to look like, you may not always be able to describe it properly. Getting acquainted with the most popular architectural home styles will help you be more confident when discussing the style of your future house and main entrance door with an architect or a home building company representative. There are many different architectural styles, some of which have survived centuries, while others are the creations of our modern technological world. In this series of articles we'll discuss some of the most popular architectural st ...

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  • CHOOSING THE RIGHT ENTRY DOOR HINGES

    As one can guess, hinges come in many different types, materials and finishes. A hinge is a bearing that connects two objects and allows them to move. Hinges can be found on everything that has moving parts - from small jewelry boxes to grand entry doors. The type, as well as the material of a hinge, depends on its application. You don't need a rustproof heavy-duty expensive bronze hinge for your kitchen cabinet doors, but it may be exactly what you need for the entry doors of your beach house. So, let's take a closer look at some popular and commonly used entry door hinges. Hinge Types Butt hinges. These come in various sizes from 13 mm to 150 mm and are quite versatile in terms of their applications. This is the most popular type of hing ...

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  • DOOR SPECIALTY GLASS

    As an old proverb suggests, everything new is well-forgotten old. So is specialty glass. Specialty glass, such as stained glass has existed for many centuries with the first examples of it dated as early as 6th century.  In the Middle Ages the increasing number of new churches led to the increasing demand for stained glass. It was becoming more and more popular in Medieval Europe, especially in France, Germany and England. Stained glass windows could be seen in churches, wealthy homes and public buildings. Made by hand, each of them was a unique piece of art, offering astounding details in a wide range of colors. The ancient masters had found the formula for making glass of different colors – from green to pink. Today, specialty glass en ...

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