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Home Renovations

Let the light in!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Patio Doors

Traditional paned door from the outside

Patio Doors from Inside

Patio doors from the inside

Patio Doors

Modern style patio doors

Adding a patio to your home not only adds a pleasant outdoor space, but the patio doors and adjacent windows allow more light into the house as well.

The length and floorplan of your home and the slope of your yard will determine the length and width of the patio you can add. The longer the patio, the more windows and patio doors you can add to let light in. These photos are of doors to a 9′ patio and a 12′ patio.

Choosing your doors


Choose a style of door that will complement the style of your home and your existing doors and windows. Traditional style homes may want traditional doors with pane inserts and matching windows, while more modern home styles may be enhanced with a cleaner, “no pane” look.

Energy efficiency.

Energy Star®To avoid energy loss through your new doors and windows, be sure to select that meet or exceed the Energy Star® guidelines for energy efficiency.

Click here to visit the Energy Star® Residential Windows, Door, and Skylights website for more information about Energy Star® compliance, tax benefits, and potential savings of residential doors and windows.


System Home Improvement ProductsWindows and Home Renovations Direct offers a wide range of brands, including System, ProVia, Pella, Therma-Tru, and Peachtree.

Learn more about the variety of doors we sell and install.
View our Door Photo Gallery.


If adding a patio and patio doors and windows to your home sounds interesting but confusing and expensive, contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We can you let the light in…affordably!

Ask about our 12 months same as cash financing option!

Improve your home’s curb appeal

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Add Curb Appeal with a New Front Door Entry

This customer added curb appeal with a new front door entry.

“Curb appeal” is a term that real estate agents use to refer to the degree to which much a home’s appearance from the street will entice prospective buyers to want to go inside. The greater the curb appeal, the more likely you are to get more visitors, more offers, and more money when you sell your home.

Even if you aren’t planning to sell your home, its curb appeal affects how you feel when you get home. If you want your home to feel like a sanctuary, driving up and feeling proud of what you see will do a lot to make you feel happier when you get there, as well as making your home more welcoming to your guests.

Number one on Better Homes and Gardens list of 20 Ways to Add Curb Appeal is “Dress up your front door.”
Energy Star
We offer a full line of beautiful front doors and entry systems by ProVia, Pella, Therma-Thru, and Peachtree. All the doors and entry systems we offer meet or exceed the Energy Star® guidelines for energy efficiency.

View our Door Photo Gallery to get some ideas for your home, and then contact us to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation on-site consultation. We’ll work with you to make your home entry even more attractive to you, your guests, and prospective buyers at an affordable price.

Maximize the use of your screened porch

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Adding a fireplace to your screened porch

Maximize the use of your screened porch by adding a fireplace

You already enjoy your screened porch on pleasant late spring, summer, and early fall days, but if you want to increase the time you can use your screened porch during the year, consider adding a fireplace.

Here are a few things you’ll need to consider when planning  a fireplace for your screened porch:


The structure of your home and porch, its size, the direction it faces, the views you want to preserve, access to energy sources, and building codes all need to be taken into account when deciding where your fireplace can be placed on your porch.

Energy source


We’ll help you take all factors into consideration when planning your new fireplace.

Both wood-burning and gas fireplaces are available. If you already use natural gas to heat your home, this may be an option. Otherwise, you’ll need to determine where to place your propane tank or determine if a wood-burning fireplace is a better option.

Your budget

In addition to choosing gas versus wood-burning, porch fireplaces can also be either inset or set in with new masonry. The exterior finish and trim also needs to be chosen. All of these factors needs to be taken into account when planning your fireplace. Having an idea of what you can afford to spend will help you determine feasible options.

Building codes, local ordinances, property owners association restrictions

Depending on where you live and the type of fireplace you choose, you’ll want to make sure that your choice complies with all applicable regulations. You’re also likely to need to get a building permit before construction and an inspection after the work is complete.

We can help

Contact us to schedule an on-site review of your screened porch, and we’ll help you identify the options you have based on your budget, porch structure, and local building codes. Your screened porch may become your favorite place in the house!

Reduce allergens with hardwood floors

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Hardwood floor harbor fewer allergens than carpet

Hardwood floor harbor fewer allergens than carpet.

Do you suffer from allergies? Dust mites live in carpet, and any allergens that come in through the windows or are tracked in from outside are trapped in the carpet with them.

If you want to reduce your allergy symptoms, consider replacing your carpeted floors with hardwood or hardwood laminate. By removing the carpet, you immediately remove the allergens trapped in it from your home. And with regular, easier cleaning, dust mites won’t accumulate on hardwood or laminate, so you’ll suffer less from allergies in the future, too.

If you have an older home, you may find that there is hardwood under the carpet that can be repaired and refinished. If you don’t have hardwood floors, we can install sub-flooring and hardwood or hardwood laminate, creating an attractive and “allergen-unfriendly” environment for you and your family.

In addition to making your home more comfortable, hardwood and hardwood laminate are more durable than carpet and increase the resale value of your home.

Contact us for more information about our hardwood floor and laminate home renovation services.

Custom stone work in any room

Monday, March 10th, 2014
Custom Stonework Bathroom Vanity

Custom made vanity with custom granite top. The customer, as well as the fabricator, did a fantastic job showing the movement in the stone.

Custom stone work is a sure way to add elegance to any room in your home – including the bathroom!

Not only is it durable and attractive, but when done by one of our fabricators, it can become a piece of art as well as a functional part of your home.

We’ll help you choose the stone to best enhance the room it will be in, as well as finish it to bring out its beauty, and explain how to care for it – all for a price much lower than you might expect.

Contact us for more information about custom stone work.

Add a kitchen island for more space

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Update Your Kitchen

Adding an island in your kitchen can give you extra seating and more space for food preparation.

When people come to your home to visit, do they all end up gathering in your kitchen?

You can make your kitchen a more friendly and inviting space by adding a kitchen island. It gives the cook more storage and food preparation space, as well as providing extra seating for dining – or for all the people who come in to “help” you cook!
Contact us for more information about home renovations.

Freshen up your bathroom

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Tiled Shower with Niche

This is where an old bathtub sat. We replaced it with a fresh, new tiled shower with niche.

Whether you’re remodeling your home for your own enjoyment or preparing it to sell, upgrading your bathroom is one of the best investments you can make.

When bathroom fixtures become stained, cracked, or are in an old-fashioned style or color, it has a major impact on how you – and your guests – feel about your home.

Replacing old fixtures with upgraded ones – or creating an entirely custom look, as we did here – is an easy way to increase both your enjoyment of your home and its resale value.
Contact us for more information about home renovations.