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Welcome to the  Sans Soucie Art Glass blog page!  This page is a wonderful tool that provides us with a venue to share updated information and photographs of our latest completed etched and carved glass and projects, as well as news and information about the art and industry of architectural art glass.  There’s always something new at Sans soucie, like our recently completed carved glass Marine Corps Seal, as well as examples of how we can execute the same design, several different ways to provide the privacy level and look our clients desire.

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New in 2013, we are excited to unveil our Glass Door Designer!  This easy to use online designer is an incredible tool for any homeowner, builder,  and interior designer!    The designer allows YOU customize your door and your glass design to your specifications and place your order right there online!   In addition to pantry doors, the door designer now features front entry and interior doors, wine room , laundry room, even game room and theater glass doors!  In 8 different types of decorative glass!   Sans Soucie Art Glass doors are available as a slab door or prehung in 8 different wood types and fiberglass, or you can purchase the glass insert only, whether interior or exterior .. and can be specified and ordered in any size you need to fit your door!  Right there online!  Doors and glass inserts ship for just $99, and $149 to some East coast states (transit time is 1 to 4 business days).  Solid Frosted glass doors ship in as little as 2 weeks, while our Specialty Glass 2D, 3D Carved and Stained Glass ship in approx. 6-8 weeks, depending on the design, the glass and type of wood selected.

What’s more, over the past few years we’ve been hard at work taking over 200 of our most popular designs and creating a brand new line of Solid Frost designs in a price range never before available!  So whether you’re wanting 2D and 3D carved, painted glass, stained leaded glass, or a simple frosted design, we’ve got what you’re looking for in the privacy level you need!  And it’s all available 24/7!    We know people are going to love this sophisticated, yet streamlined, easy to use Glass Door Designer!

4 Ideal Locations for a Wine Cellar in Your Home

Thinking of investing in a home wine cellar? If you have a growing wine collection, a simple wine stack in a pantry or basement closet won’t do. Because wine is a rather delicate drink, the location of your cellar is a vital factor to consider before wine cellar installation.

Furthermore, wine needs to be stored in a certain area where temperature, humidity, and lighting can be controlled. In order to preserve wine properties, aim for the wine cellar to be a constant 55 degrees Fahrenheit and a constant 57% humidity level.

Additionally, you may be installing a wine cellar not just for storage, but as an extra space to entertain family members and guests. With a wine cellar, you could invite them to the room, have them relax in an armchair and try a glass of the vintage wine you’ve just inherited.

Below are four locations in your home to consider when building a wine cellar.

  1. Basement

When installing a wine cellar, you’ll need to find one of the coolest, insulated areas in your home. Your basement or a spare room in the basement is a perfect solution for your wine storage. Depending on the space in your basement, you can dabble in different wine room designs and styles. With a modern wine room, you can play off of a brick or concrete wall and install contemporary shelving and lighting.

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On the other hand, a Spanish style wine cellar would mean not only wood shelving but different colors of wood panels, wood flooring and even wood furniture you add to the room. Basements are also a great option because it gives you more space to add comfortable chairs and couches to a room, creating an entertainment center.

  1. Separate Pantry

This is one of the more convenient options, where you can build a wine cellar right off of your kitchen and dining room area. You can have easy wine access for dinner parties, or even make yourself a glass while you’re getting dinner ready. It’s also a great place to install a wine cooler to store your wine at the perfect temperature that’s ready for consumption.

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Just be sure that the main floor pantry can maintain a controlled environment so your wine keeps its flavor. If you store some wine in a cooler, be sure that the heat from the cooler doesn’t increase the temperature of your pantry cellar.

  1. Under the Stairs

If you don’t want to dedicate space or don’t have space in your basement for a wine cellar, under the stairs could be the perfect solution! This is a great way to take advantage of the wasted space in your home and is a more unique option than a closet. If you have a large enough area, you can fit some accent chairs in the space, in addition to the wine racks.

  1. Spare Room

Have a small space or under-utilized room? Why not convert that into a wine cellar or storage? From an unused study to closets and sitting areas, you may have the perfect space where you can install a cellar. Look for rooms that are again, insulated and have possible shelving to work with. You may even want to install a counter space and put in some bar stools so you can conduct informal wine tasting with your guests.

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Moreover, if you have certain wines that you will be drinking in the next year, you can use those pieces to decorate areas of your home, including the living room, study or dining room. Not only are they accessible, but can add a nice piece of flair to your main level rooms.

In addition to location, when installing a wine cellar you’ll also need to invest in quality wine cellar doors. At Sans Soucie, we offer beautiful glass etching and carving that illuminates brilliantly against the backdrop of the rich, warm colors of your wine room. Our wine cellar doors are available in a number of ornate designs and styles. Each design is a custom work of art, meticulously hand-crafted by our highly skilled glass artisans. In addition, when selecting your speciality door, you have your choice of wood and can opt for either a single or double door. Shop our designs and doors now!

7 Wine Cellar Items to Splurge On

Wine cellars are a great way for homeowners to properly store wine. Like other perishable food products, when wine is exposed to fluctuations in temperature, humidity, heat, light and other environmental factors, it can spoil. However, when wine is properly stored, such as in a wine cellar, then the wine can actually improve in flavor, aroma and complexity. In short, wine cellars can actually enhance your overall experience with your various wines.

As such, are you looking for some inspiration when it comes to your wine cellar? Whether you’ve just installed one in your home or are looking to spruce up your current cellar, below are seven wine cellar items that will enhance your space!

  1. Wine Cellar Door(s)

Make a good first impression with your wine cellar by installing a glass wine cellar door. At Sans Soucie, our beautiful glass etching and carving illuminates brilliantly against the backdrop of the rich, ward colors of your wine cellar, enhancing the overall style and design of your cellar.

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In addition, our wine doors are available in a number of ornate designs and styles, making it a custom work of art in your home. Best of all, our glass inserts not only showcase your wine, but protect it against the elements as well. Our glass and doors ship worldwide, are fully insured, and are custom packed in-house by our expert artist glaziers.

  1. Wine Room Technology

Wine cellar technology has come a long way. Now, buyers have the option to get remote climate control or lighting variations, all within a touchpad located outside the cellar. For those with a vast wine collection, you can now even manage your wine inventory electronically — all through an app on your phone! There are additional apps where you can record your wine tasting notes or get wine recommendations for a future meal when entertaining guests. Look to see what other technology gadgets you and your cellar can benefit from.

  1. Display Racks and Shelves

When revamping or creating your wine cellar, how you display your wine is important. Wood isn’t the only material used nowadays for wine racks and shelves. Do some research and talk with your installation specialist/contractor to see what options are available when it comes to your wine racks. If you want to go a more modern route with your wine cellar, consider stainless steel racking and accessories.

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Another thing to consider is if you want your wine cellar to be more than a wine storage area. Do you envision the place as somewhere to take friends and family to taste test or gather to sit and relax in? If so, then the way you display wine will be impacted. Again, talk with your contractor so your cellar doesn’t lose its overall functionality when it comes to installing display racks and shelves.

  1. Decanter

This is a great wine accessory to have handy in your wine cellar, especially if you have a larger collection of vintage wine. A decanter is a glass vessel that helps separate the liquid from the precipitate or sediment the wine may have gathered. This also helps introduce air to the wine, which opens up its aromas.

  1. Wine-Saver Pump

This is a perfect wine accessory that every wine enthusiast should have. Wine-saver pumps range from plastic to stainless steel and serves as a vacuum pump. This pump extracts the air from the open wine bottle and re-seals it with a rubber stopper — which is a much better alternative to sticking the cork back in the wine bottle. This gadget can actually help preserve the wine and slow down the oxidation process, as well as protect it from bacteria.

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  1. Wine Aerator

This accessory is small enough to fit in a drawer within your cellar and helps air filter into the wine. This tool acts faster than a decanter and can accelerate the wine aeration process and can give your wine a more smoother taste. By enhancing the wine, you’ll be getting more of your money’s worth on each bottle.

  1. Unique Wine Brands

Lastly, you’ll need to add some one-of-a-kind wine to your cellar to have it be truly unique to you. According to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the top cellar selection of 2017 included: Brovia 2013 Garblèt Suè (Barolo), Louis Roederer 2008 Cristal Vintage Brut (Champagne), Spottswoode 2013 Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena), Casa Ferreirinha 2008 Barca-Velha Red (Douro), Château Haut-Brion 2014 Pessac-Léognan, and Conti Costanti 2012 Brunello di Montalcino. Additionally, you can add vintage pieces to your wine cellar.

All and all, with these seven items, your wine cellar will be the talk of the town!

 

How Sans Soucie Provides Exceptional Customer Service

At Sans Soucie, we pride ourselves on giving the best quality service to our customers. Whether you’re ordering a new pantry door for your kitchen or a new entry door for your business, we promise to create a work of art that helps bring design and natural lighting into your designated space!

So, how do we incorporate superior customer service? A recent customer service story shows the time and effort we at Sans Soucie take to make sure you are satisfied with our product.

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A customer received a Sans Soucie mirror and was unhappy with the color of the design etched on the glass. Simply put, the color was not what the customer thought it would be, based on an original photo. From that, we paid to have the mirror sent back to San Soucie to remove the paint and repaint the design to the customer’s satisfaction.

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However, before sending the updated mirror back, we took the time to explain how our painting process is completed at Sans Soucie as well as the effect lighting, type of camera, camera flash and surroundings can have on the paint color appearance. Not to mention the color could be altered when the image of the paint color/product is converted to a file and uploaded to the website.

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In addition, we sent a side by side comparison of the color found in one design and the color of the updated mirror we repainted, as well as photos of the mirror taken in low light, more light, with/without flash and shop photos to show how different the color can change. All of this was done to help show the variation of the design color and help give the customer an idea of the overall piece. Paint color will always look different from screen to screen, day to night and lighting to lighting.

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In short, we wanted to be absolutely sure our customer was happy with the repainted design and that we achieved the color they wanted. At Sans Soucie, we love our clients and they are the reason why we make it our mission to continually strive for better service, higher levels of diversity, creativity and customer satisfaction.

Why French Doors Make the Perfect Addition to Your Home

Looking for some simple home improvement inspiration? Then you’ve come to the right place. Installing — or replacing — interior doors are a great way to add elegance and natural lighting into a home. From the entryway to the pantry, office and wine cellar, chances are you have an interior door that is in need of an update.

Furthermore, a timeless door style, such as French doors, are an inexpensive way to change the layout or artistic design of a room. For instance, installing French doors in your dining room can be a great connector to a living room and help increase the brightness of both rooms, while a French door that overlooks your patio/backyard area can bring the outdoors closer to your living space and give your guests spectacular views.

Below are five reasons why French doors make the perfect addition to your home

  1. Increases natural lighting

 

As mentioned above, French doors can really improve the overall brightness and natural lighting in a room. The interior glass, whether clear or opaque (for privacy), allows light to flow effortlessly from room to room. In addition, this light not only helps put you and your guest in happier moods, but can warm up your room and lighten the colors on the wall. Interior rooms, such as dens, dining rooms and hallways are great areas to incorporate a French door.

  1. Decreases your energy bill

When you increase the natural lighting in your home, the less likely you’ll need to use artificial lighting or heating in a room. So instead of heating or cooling your whole home, installing French doors allows you to heat or cool the areas that don’t benefit from the glass interior doors.

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Furthermore, when you install a new French door, it will meet the necessary criteria to help reduce air leaks and save money on your monthly utility bill. Basically, French doors can maximize your home’s heating efficiency.

  1. Durable

Did you know that French doors are very durable? Because they are made with highly durable materials, many people use French doors as an entryway door or patio door. Just because there is a lot of glass in French doors doesn’t make the door less secure. Glass has come a long way and most French doors, especially if they are entryway doors, are made with high-protection-grade glass. Plus, at Sans Soucie, we offer different privacy levels in our glass — semi private, private and not private — as well as sandblasting effects that can help keep your home more secure.

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Also, French doors are durable because they require little maintenance and can be easily removed or altered.

  1. Enhances interior design

French doors are not only practical in home efficiency and security, but they can be a design feature in themselves. At Sans Soucie, we offer hundreds of glass art designs that can help make a statement in a room and in your home overall. You can also play off of the intricate patterns and colors in the interior glass designs and incorporate it into the room’s furniture, rug or wall colors.

  1. Adds curb appeal

Lastly, because French doors are timeless, they can be a great investment and help increase the curb appeal to your home. Especially if you’re looking for home improvement projects that can improve your house before putting it on the market, installing interior glass French doors can help make small rooms appear larger as well as create a smooth transition from room to room and between the interior and exterior of the house. All of which can help increase the overall price of your home!

In addition, with entryway doors, according to ImproveNet a front door replacement has proven to bring the highest ROI in terms of a home remodeling project. So if you don’t have a good place in your house for an interior French door, you should consider replacing your entryway door with a French door.  

All in all, consider these five points when looking for a simple home improvement project that is versatile and makes your home more inviting.

5 Ways to Incorporate French Doors in Your Home

Interested in enhancing your interior design and indoor lighting? Then you should definitely consider interior French glass doors! They can help take a darker, smaller room appear brighter and larger, all with a dash of elegance. Best of all, it can help boost your mood while at home.

In fact, according to a study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois, when you increase the natural lighting in a room or in a home, it can lead to feelings of happiness, peace and productivity. Because there are many benefits when it comes to French doors, what are the ways you can incorporate interior French doors into your home?

We discuss below.

  1. Balcony and/or patio

For those that want to extend the outdoors indoors, French doors are a great way to show off your surrounding scenery and create a more cozy atmosphere in a room. Furthermore, in a bedroom, it can add natural lighting during the morning hours and help save on electric and gas bills. In your living room or TV room, it can add to the overall curb appeal of your home.

In addition, a series of four or five French doors that overlooks your patio/backyard/garden area for can be the statement piece that your living space needs. Plus, it creates a more inviting atmosphere for guests.

  1. Dining room

Looking to separate your dining area from your kitchen or living room? Then French doors are the perfect solution where you won’t sacrifice natural lighting. This connection can also help blend your room designs so they bleed from one room to the next, whether you use similar wall colors or furniture styles.

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Plus, you can create a more open floor plan in your home, especially if your dining room has a linear access point to other rooms. And adding these types of doors shouldn’t disrupt the structure of the room or walls.

  1. Room corners

Instead of having corner windows in a larger room, why not consider replacing them with French doors? Again, it adds more natural lighting than a regular window, but can serve as a faux patio door that can show off your surrounding views. Furthermore, if you want to create a focal point in a room, consider placing two French doors at right angles to each other.

  1. Pantry

Though most kitchens are open concept, a pantry door is a great way to incorporate more design into a kitchen. It not only keeps your kitchen more organized but can hide away your extra clutter in the pantry. For instance if your pantry clutter is something you want to hide from your guests, consider a French door with glass that has a higher level of privacy.

  1. Bedroom

Lastly, French doors are a great option for a bedroom door or bedroom closet. It can help create a more open concept for your room while adding elegance that you just don’t get with a typical wooden door. Furthermore, a French door can be the jumping off point where you can take the accents of the door color/design and incorporate it into other furniture in the room, including the armchair, headboard and other objects in your bedroom.

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Lastly, French doors are an affordable option to up your curb appeal and can come in a variety of styles including different panel designs, glass types and wood species.

When choosing the right way to incorporate French doors into your home, you’ll need to consider the size, design, materials, available space and budget. At Sans Soucie we have an array of French doors to choose from. Contact us today to see what designs will be best for your home!

Understanding the Different Types of Wood

At Sans Soucie, we offer eight wood species and two fiberglass options. Whether you’re shopping for new glass entry doors or a new wine cellar door, besides deciding on glass design and style, you’ll also need to pick the wood type. These wood species vary in appearance, durability and turnaround time.

Below are eight types of wood and two fiberglass options to consider when searching for the best wood for exterior doors and interior doors.

-African Mahogany

Mahogany is one of the best types of wood to use for entry doors thanks to its thickness and hardness. Especially if you live in a more humid or wet climate, this wood has high durability and can withstand harsh environmental conditions.

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Additionally, this reddish-brown heartwood stains and polishes to an excellent finish — which is great especially if you want to recolor the door in the future. African Mahogany is low in cost compared to other wood and has wide availability.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-Douglas Fir

Renowned for its beauty and performance, Douglas Fir has a light rosy color along with straight and handsome grain patterns. Douglas Fir is also very durable and decay resistant, as it’s primarily used in building and construction.

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Paint works well when looking to recolor the door, but staining will be uneven on Douglas Fir. Douglas Fir is low in cost and has wide availability.

Turnaround time: Quickest turnaround time of all wood options at Sans Soucie

-Alder

At Sans Soucie, we offer two types of Adler, Alder Clear, and Alder Knotty. Alder Knotty contains knots, giving a more southwest look compared to Alder Clear. Alder has good gluing properties and works best in indoor environments.

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Both types are almost white when freshly cut but quickly change to light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge due to air exposure. They also have a fairly uniform texture and can be painted or stained for a good finish. When you stain Alder Clear and Alder Knotty, it blends with walnut, mahogany or cherry. Alder is more common on the West Coast than other parts of the country and is growing in demand.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-Cherry

Ranging from light to dark reddish tones, Cherry wood darkens over time, especially the more exposed to sunlight it has. Cherry is also unique in that the wood sometimes contains blonde streaks.

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Cherry has a fine uniform, straight-grain, satiny, smooth texture and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. Because of this, Cherry wood often goes unstained. Cherry is very durable, as it resists knocks and other forms of abuse. Cherry is widely available and is average in cost.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-Hickory

Of all the types of American wood, Hickory is the hardest, heaviest and strongest. Hickory color varies from tan to brownish-red. Hickory is generally straight-grained and coarse-textured — which can be sanded to a good finish. This grain pattern also welcomes a full range of medium-to-dark finishes and bleaching treatments.

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Best of all, Hickory is low in cost compared to other wood and has a wide availability.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-Maple

If you’re looking for a unique look for your door, consider using Maple. Known for its longevity, Maple is one of the most useful domestic hardwood. The sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge. In addition, Maple has a uniform texture and is generally straight-grained.

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Furthermore, Maple can be stained for an outstanding finish and polishes well. Maple doors work best for the interior of your home, as it can be more brittle with the harsh outdoor environment. Maple is relatively inexpensive and widely available, but different variations of Maple — bird’s eye, burl, flame and quilt — can be more expensive.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-(Red) Oak

This highly stable wood has been key in America’s industrial transformation — from railroad ties to furniture and doors. The sapwood of Red Oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown. Red Oak is mostly straight-grained with a coarse texture.

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Red Oak can be stained to a good finish with a wide range of tones. Especially when picking Oak for a door, be sure to choose the right type that can withstand your climate and environmental elements in your area. Oak is widely available and average in cost.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

Fiberglass Options

These options both contain a 100% CFC-Free Polyurethane core that is environmentally friendly and provides a high R-value for maximum thermal protection.

-Fiberglass Smooth Surface

Our smooth skin Plastpro Door features a pre-pigmented white skin that is scratch resistant and unaffected by moisture and humidity, thanks to Hydroshield Technology. This door will not rot, splinter or warp like wood and will not dent or delaminate like steel.

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Best of all, Fiberglass Smooth Surface door(s) are energy efficient, making it a great option for an entry door.

Turnaround time: Quickest turnaround time at Sans Soucie

-Fiberglass Grain Texture

This type of fiberglass door features a beautiful oak pattern that can be stained or painted in the shade of your choice. Using Hydroshield Technology, this door is moisture resistant and energy efficient. This door will not rot, splinter or warp like wood and will not dent or delaminate like steel.

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Best of all, Fiberglass Grain Texture door(s) are energy efficient, making it a great option for an entry door.

Turnaround time: Quickest turnaround time at Sans Soucie

Still have questions or concerns when it comes to choosing the right door(s) for your home? Contact us today!

How to Install an Exterior Door

Thinking about replacing an exterior door with a new one? New glass entry doors are a great investment to your home! In addition to design and saving on your energy bill, new glass entry doors can make your home more inviting and increase your overall curb appeal.

Better yet, installing a pre-hung exterior door is not as scary as it sounds. Read our step-by-step guide on how to install a pre-hung exterior door below. Hint, you can do it all in one day!

What you’ll need:

-Pre-hung exterior door

-Cement screws

-deadbolt lock

-doorknob/doorknob hardware

-wood shims

-wood trim

-fourpenny nails

-cut nails

-pressure-treated lumber

-latex caulk

-6’ level

-pry bar

-tape measure

-drill

-hammer

-utility knife

-Work gloves

-Eye protection

Before beginning your DIY project, make sure that when you remove your old door, you have the new exterior door on hand and ready to install.

  1. Remove old door, frame and molding

First, you need to remove the old door. The best way to do this is by having someone hold the door and another person remove the screws, hinges and hinge pins.

Next, grab the utility knife and score the caulking between the molding and exterior to break the seal. Carefully remove the molding, door jamb, framing, and threshold.

  1. Measure

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Once your old door is gone, you’ll need to calculate the dimensions of the door opening. Measure the thickness of the wall, width between the side jambs and the head jamb to the seal under the old threshold. Measure at least three times to make sure you have the exact measurements.

After you’ve calculated your measurements and with the shipping brackets still attached, carefully center the new door in the opening. By doing this you can see where shims will need to be placed under the lower side jamb until the unit is plumb and level. Next, place the new door safely off to the side.

  1. Mark plumb lines

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Using the level, mark plumb lines on both sides in order to help you when you put in the new molding.

  1. Installation

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Now, you’re ready to install your new door. Start by putting in a thick bead of latex caulk at the subseal, located at the bottom of the old door opening. Place the pre-hung door over the bottom seal first, in the center of the rough opening, and then tilt it into place.

Next, secure the door at each shim location with cement screws*. If necessary, trim off excess shims using your utility knife.

Now, you’re ready to remove the shipping brace and test out your new door. If it looks good, you’ll then need to attach the long-anchor screws into the hinges and door frame.

*If you have a wood frame, be sure to use casing nails.

  1. Seal and insulation

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If your new door is good to go, the final step is to seal the door and add insulation. Use a caulk gun and caulk around the entire door. You’ll also need to install fiberglass insulation between the door frame and opening on the inside.

Next, install the trim to the door using fourpenny finishing nails. The last step? Install your door knob and deadbolt to your new exterior door.

If you want to add a splash of color, paint your door and frame to further increase your curb appeal. Most pre-hung doors already have a coat of primer, so they’re ready to be painted.

Looking for new and stylish entry doors? Check out our collection here.

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Door

Stumped on what to do with old doors when you get your new glass doors? Whether you’re replacing an entryway door or renovating an entire part of your house, chances are you’ll have some leftover building materials, including doors.  

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Instead of tossing it into a landfill or sticking it in your garage to collect dust, why not find another function for it? You’d be surprised just how many functions a door has when it comes to furniture, organization and interior design. If you don’t believe me, just do a quick search on Pinterest.

Strap on your DIY gloves and learn about five ways to repurpose your old door.

  1. Headboards

Want a custom and unique headboard? Old doors are perfect because they can be reshaped into any length that best fits your room and bed. In addition to the door, you’ll need building pieces similar to the door to help stabilize it as a headboard.

Also, be sure to double check measurements before you cut the door and other materials for your headboard.

  1. Wall Display/Organizer

This is one of the easier solutions of what to do with old doors. A wall display/organizer works great with old interior glass doors as you can creatively display photos and posters in a living room or bedroom. Consider screwing string lights to the back of the door to create an illuminated photo display.

You can also punch out the glass and replace it with chalkboards or cork boards and hang the door frame in a hallway, kitchen or in an office. From there you can pin notes, calendars, etc. to help you organize daily schedules.

  1. Garden Bench

If your door has more wear and tear, then create something for the outdoors! The chipped paint can give your garden and patio area a vintage look. The best door for a garden bench is one with four panels, with two of the panels longer than the other two. Lots of cutting is involved, but what you end up with is comfy, unique and affordable outdoor seating.

Doors can also make great outdoor tables — something to consider if you don’t like cutting wood!

  1. Entryway Furniture

This option can vary from an entryway table to entryway coat rack, bench or cubby — sometimes all three! It’s a great statement piece that organizes all the things you need when walking out the door. In this case, the door serves as a base, where you can add hooks and other building materials to create the entryway furniture piece you desire!

  1. Donate

If you’re still stumped, consider donating your door(s) to a Building Materials Reuse Center (BMRC). These centers help give your unwanted building materials another chance before being placed in a landfill. Also, consider Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores where your donated items are resold to the public for the fraction of the price. Plan on calling ahead to see if they accept your building materials before making the donation.

All in all, keep these five projects in mind before trashing your old door!

Top 5 Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Planning on remodeling this year? Remodeling your house is a great way to increase property value when the time comes to sell. It’s also a great way to incorporate personal style and design into your home. You may even consider remodeling to help reduce your current utility costs and maintenance.

No matter your reasoning, remodeling involves a lot of planning, time and money and in return, can bring better functionality into your home.

So, do you know the basics of remodeling? The remodeling 101s? Whether this is your first remodeling project or 20th, below are the top 5 renovation mistakes you should be aware of.

 

  1. Wrong measurements

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Never skip the prep work, including taking the necessary measurements. In order to do your renovation right, whether that’s measuring dimensions for new bathroom glass doors or for kitchen cabinets — if you don’t take the time to measure and triple check your work, it could end up costing you more time and money. Property Brothers’, Drew and Jonathan Scott explain, “We always say, ‘measure 10 times and cut once.’ If possible, have multiple people measure a section to make sure you’re getting the correct measurements.

 

  1. Going with the first contractor you find

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When shopping for contractors and/or specialists, never go with the first one that pops up in your Google search. Some research is required to finding the right, qualified and affordable person. In addition to bids, talk with a potential contractor and check their references as well as their business liability insurance. But most importantly, you want a contractor that is honest and easy to talk to. The more personable, the less stress you’ll have during the remodeling.  

 

If you’re stuck on where to start, reach out to friends and family to see who they would recommend for your home project and their experiences with the potential contractor.

 

  1. Living in your house during major remodeling

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Especially if it’s a big or long-term project, consider moving out of your home when the renovation takes place. Construction can be dirty, noisy and interfere with your living conditions. Be sure that during the initial budgeting process to factor in the cost of a hotel/Airbnb stay.

 

  1. Not getting a permit/knowing the housing codes

House Codes

In some situations, repairs and remodeling require a permit. You’ll need to do some homework and make sure your remodeling is legal and within the restrictions of your neighborhood guidelines. Although you may be able to let a permit or zoning issue slide by during the actual renovation, when it comes time to sell, you’ll find yourself running into huge problems that could have been avoided. In short, do some research and work with your contractor.

 

  1. Not considering the environment

According to insurancequotes.org, green housing materials are a huge selling point in today’s market. Work with your contractor to see where you can incorporate green materials into your home to help it become more energy efficient. People are often unsure of green materials because they think it will initially end up costing them more money. However, in reality, using green materials is the best investment you can put into your home and often doesn’t cost more than non-green materials.

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All in all, keep these five tips in mind in order to save you time and money. And enjoy the learning process! This won’t be the last time you renovate and/or remodel a home!

6 Design Trends You’ll Want to Try in 2018

With a new year comes personal goals, beginnings, and projects to start and complete—such as home improvement projects. Home/interior design projects are a great challenge to set that will help keep you busy, focused, and when completed, can help your home feel more inviting.

So, as you embark on your home projects, it’s important to note the interior design trends in 2018.  Below we discuss six design trends that you’ll definitely want to try and incorporate into your interior projects this year.

 

  1. Patterned Flooring

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From herringbone to brick and basket weave patterns, there are various patterned flooring options to choose from, not to mention floor types. Patterned flooring can also introduce intricate details into a room and can continue to be trendy in the future. As interior designer Maren Baker explains, “Patterned floors are going to continue to be a strong trend in 2018, and herringbone is a great way to incorporate the trend while still being timeless. I love using contrasting grout to emphasize the lines and make it more modern.”

 

When looking to install or refinish your floor, be sure to research your flooring contractor options. Get various bids from contractors before deciding on one. You’ll also want to take into consideration the floor type—hardwood, ceramic tile, marble, etc.—and the maintenance of each type.

 

  1. Statement Doors

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This is one interior design trend you don’t want to overlook as there are many added benefits of installing a statement door into your home. This includes increasing brightness, decreasing energy bills and adding details/colors to a room. Whether it’s an entry door, bathroom glass door(s) or a wine cellar door, these doors can establish the tone of a room. For instance, by increasing the natural lighting in a room from a glass statement door, it can positively affect the overall mood in your home and become more cozy and inviting to guests.  

 

First impressions count and here at Sans Soucie, we want to help you make a statement. View our custom designs or learn how to create your own art glass that you can proudly display within your home.

 

  1. Two-Tone Cabinets

Two Tone Cabinets

Colorful kitchens are in and what better way to incorporate color than painting your cabinets in a two-tone style?! Two-toned cabinets can also give your kitchen contrast and make it the focal point of the room.

 

When painting the cabinets, be sure to invest in acrylic alkyds and acrylic urethanes that will help you achieve a professional-looking job. Just be sure to use a primer that is compatible with the paint you choose to use. Prep the area by cleaning, priming and sanding the cabinets you plan to paint. Also, invest in helpful painting tools, such as quality brushes, rollers and even sprayers to get an even finish. Though this is a time-consuming process, it can be a major upgrade to your kitchen.

 

If paint isn’t your style, you can also get a two-tone effect by using different materials on the top and bottom cabinets.

 

  1. Wallpaper

Wallpaper

Although wallpaper seems to come and go as a trend, in 2018, it is seen as a statement art piece. Now, wallpaper is used to set the overall tone for the room. Whether you install it on one wall or on all four, look for patterns that best emulate your personal style and bring out the intricate details you want in the room. As such, by your wallpaper wall(s), try incorporating different textured furniture and furnishings.

 

Trendy wallpaper designs/themes in 2018 include: rose gold (pink), botanical, metallic, and emerald green shades.  

 

  1. Metallic Details

Metallic Tables

Similar to a statement door, metallic pieces are great because they can brighten a room thanks to its reflectivity. Try incorporating metallic into wallpaper (accent walls), furniture, fabrics and other furnishings in various rooms. The key is to find creative ways to add in the metallic detail. From entryway mirrors, statement lamps and end tables to bed frames and accents on ceilings—there are many ways to incorporate metallic.

 

 

Also, consider mixing and matching different metallic tones. LuxDeco explains, “Cool metallic tones (such as silver, nickel, and steel) bring a slick, modern aesthetic whilst warmer tones (gold, rose gold, bronze and brass among others) are inviting, flattering and subtly glamorous. A mixture of the two offers unique looks – modern with a touch of glamour, minimalism with an inviting appeal and rawness refined.”

 

  1. Patterned Plants

Patterned Plants

Plants, or more specifically, patterned plants, are the hot trend in 2018. Plants are a great way to add color, beauty, and life to a room. You can use larger plants as a nice side piece to your furniture or place in the corners of your living space. Consider placing medium sized plants on a bench or window ledge to make a statement in your home. And, if you don’t want the added maintenance with live plants, consider high-quality faux plants.

 

As you embark on your 2018 home projects, keep these interior design trends in mind.