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What Size House Do You Actually Need?

What Size House Do You Actually Need?

More space, or lower cost — what’s the answer?! It can be hard to quantify the nitty gritty details of what your family needs to function in a house, but you typically need a square-foot number in mind when you begin a home search. 

Fun fact: The average size of an American house is currently around 2,400 square feet. Keep in mind that you *actually* need very little. But if we’re discussing going beyond “survival mode” and living comfortably, there are a few simple prompts that can help you reach your answer.  

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Home Projects 101: Should You Hire a Pro or DIY?

Home Projects 101: Should You Hire a Pro or DIY?

With a budget in one hand and a hammer in the other, many homeowners strike out on DIY missions that they end up regretting doing themselves. These projects sometimes feel like exciting ways to put a little elbow grease into your home; sometimes, they instantly feel like a chore. When is it appropriate to hire out?
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Should You Sell Your Home or Stay Put? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

Should You Sell Your Home or Stay Put? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

All over the nation, the real estate market has seen some of its highest peaks of all time over the last year and a half. Many homebuyer hopefuls report that not only are prices higher than they’ve ever been, but there aren’t many houses to choose from (and that when a house does come on the market, it’s often snatched up within 24 hours!). 
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4 Signs That Your Door Frame is Rotting

4 Signs That Your Door Frame is Rotting

Not sure if you’re dealing with wood rot? Unfortunately, doorframes are commonly made of wood — and wood is highly susceptible to a variety of environmental factors, from insects to water damage to good ol’ aging. 
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How to Choose an Exterior Door: Your Guide to Finding the Right Fit

How to Choose an Exterior Door: Your Guide to Finding the Right Fit

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase a new exterior door for your home — congratulations! Unfortunately, the hard decisions are only just beginning. Choosing the right exterior door takes thoughtful consideration, and we’re here to walk you through the process. 

cream brick exterior with sage green front door

Here’s what you should keep in mind when choosing your exterior door:

What current concerns do you have about your existing door?

Is the door warped? Does it not close properly? Do you just not like the color, or are there deeper issues happening? Does the door take a regular beating from inclement weather, or is it partially protected under an overhang? Asking yourself these types of questions can help you zero-in on what you’re hoping to achieve with a new door, and hopefully make your choice a bit easier. 

Are there any special considerations?

Perhaps your exterior door gets a full blast of afternoon sun and you want to do what you can to keep the heat out. In that case, you’d likely want to skip the clear glass panels. Is your current door frame rotting? You’ll need to address that before you install your new door or you won’t be satisfied with the outcome. These situations are nuanced, because every home is different. Give it some thought from a practical perspective before you commit to a certain aesthetic.

white exterior home with double french doors

What’s the existing style of your home? 

Now comes the fun part — finding your favorite style! Of course, the first step is to think about your home's existing architectural style. While you can certainly juxtapose a more modern door with a classic build, you want to stick with complementary styles. Does your home fall into the colonial camp, or is it more New England style? Contemporary or coastal? Put on your designer cap and think about what would look best with what you already have going on with your home’s shape, shutters, and porches. 

Quality counts.

Exterior doors are the first line of defense against intruders, bad weather, and more. With such an important job to do, your door — especially your front door — is not the place to skimp on quality. Carefully consider the durability of the material with higher regard than its price point, and understand that your door a long-term investment. Additionally, don’t forget to check out the quality of the weatherstripping system, as this component is crucial to keeping out bugs, water, and air. 

Luckily, you don’t have to choose between high quality and affordable prices. Our exterior doors use the best materials and won’t break the bank, and there’s something suited to whatever your specific goals and needs are. Peruse all of our exterior doors now to find what you’re looking for!
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3 Ways to Enhance French Door Security 

3 Ways to Enhance French Door Security 

French doors are loved for the light and openness they bring to a room or space. With a built-in window to the outside world, you can effortlessly incorporate nature and greenery into your home. However, that openness can seem a little too inviting to some homeowners. They ask: Is a French door really secure as a front or back door? The answer is yes!
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