Gravel Driveways: Crunching the Pros and Cons

By Erin Lang Norris, Houzz

The driveway is the first thing we encounter when arriving at a house and the last thing we see when we leave. There are several materials to choose from when laying the path for a lasting impression — most commonly asphalt, concrete, pavers and gravel. Today I’ll cover the basics of gravel driveways, plus the advantages and disadvantages.

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Gravel Driveway Basics

Cost: $1 to $5 per square foot, though installation costs vary widely depending on where you live and the type of base required

Durability: Lifetime, with proper maintenance

Type of gravel: This depends on your area, but angular shapes are preferred over round.

Maintenance: Weed control and top-dressing (replenishing surface gravel); grading as needed and keeping the rocks out of the yard and garage

Now that you have a quick rundown of what to expect from gravel, let’s talk about the fun part: aesthetics. Given the natural tones of the pebbles that make up a gravel driveway, it is likely to be a good choice next to a warm- or neutral-color exterior.

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The long gravel path leading up to this beautiful house enhances the rustic charm of the exterior. Like a good rug, it ties everything together, and the landscape transitions seamlessly to the house.

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This gravel driveway meanders along the edge of what feels like a home in the French countryside. While materials such as pavers could give a similar vibe, the gravel fits this landscape quite nicely.

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These crimson garage doors are quite striking against a backdrop of soft-tone gravel. They wouldn’t be nearly as radiant if the driveway had been laid in black asphalt.

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The laid-back gravel drive makes this modern exterior casually inviting. Concrete might have left it feeling stiff and rigid, and pavers would have been too busy.

By this point, I’m growing a bit envious of all these gorgeous gravel driveways. Let’s cover the advantages and disadvantages of them.

Advantages

1. It’s easy on the budget. Large driveways are much cheaper to outfit in gravel than any other material, though you do have to top-dress every couple of years to keep gravel looking nice.

2. It’s easy to maintain. Adding gravel periodically is quicker than sealing an asphalt driveway and doesn’t require special tools. If you have a trailer to haul it in, along with a couple of hours, a shovel and a rake, you’re good to go.

One thing to consider with gravel is that weeds will creep up through the rocks, so to keep your driveway looking nice, you will have to pull frequently or use a weed killer (sparingly, and not where it can run off into a water supply).

3. It suits many different house styles. It can bring out the natural beauty of a house more than many other materials can.

4. It’s permeable. When gravel is installed properly, rainwater will penetrate directly into the earth, replenishing groundwater.

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Disadvantages

1. Snow removal. For those who live in snowy climates, removing snow from a bumpy surface is a hassle, and removing the rocks that get pushed into the yard after shoveling or plowing is an even bigger hassle.

2. Ruts and sinkholes. Gravel will shift over time, forming grooves where water can puddle. Grooves are also a nuisance to drive on, unless you’re into the idea of a driveway complete with your very own speed bumps. Fortunately, these can be leveled out with more gravel.

3. Dust and dirt. Bear in mind that driving over gravel can produce more dust than any other type of material.

Tell us: Do you have a gravel drive? Share the pros and cons with us in the comments below!

Related links:

The Best Gravel and Stone Types for Landscaping
Landscapes That Ramp Up Curb Appeal
Spruce Up Your Entryway

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Choosing a Garage Door: 5 Easy Steps

Are you in the market for a new garage door?  Is your garage door broken or old, or maybe just due for an upgrade?  You may be wondering how to choose your new garage door and make sure it fits your lifestyle and your home.

Our video series, Choosing a Garage Door, can help you answer these questions and more in five easy steps!  Check out the videos below, then search for a new Amarr garage door!

Step 1 – Selecting the perfect material to fit your lifestyle

Step 2 – Choose a style that enhances curb appeal

Step 3 – Choose a design that matches your home’s architecture

Step 4 – Select the right color to complement your home’s exterior

Step 5 – Choose the construction and performance features that meet your needs

 

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Opening Doors to a Cure at JDRF OneWalk in Winston-Salem, NC

Entrematic was pleased to support the Piedmont Triad chapter of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) at their annual OneWalk on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  JDRF initiatives aim to improve the lives of those with type 1 diabetes through research on treatments and, eventually, a cure.  The theme of the OneWalk was “make type one ‘type none!’”

Team Members at the Winston-Salem Support Center got together to raise money for the foundation.  Team “Opening Doors to a Cure” raised over $2,100 for type 1 diabetes research!  The team walked a 2.5 mile course around Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field complex.

Although it was a windy day, the weather was beautiful and lots of fun was had.  Check out the photos from the Winston-Salem JDRF OneWalk below!

Team Opening Doors to a Cure before the walk, ready to go!

Team Opening Doors to a Cure before the walk, ready to go!

Before the walk, local businesses from the community, as well as educational tents, were set up to support the walkers.

Before the walk, local businesses from the community, as well as educational tents, were set up to support the walkers.

Participants passed under the JDRF OneWalk arch to begin the walk.

Participants passed under the JDRF OneWalk arch to begin the walk.

A huge crowd from the local community came out to support the Piedmont Triad chapter of the JDRF!

A huge crowd from the local community came out to support the Piedmont Triad chapter of the JDRF!

Team Opening Doors to a Cure after completing the walk – we were “blown away” by all the support!

Team Opening Doors to a Cure after completing the walk – we were “blown away” by all the support!

Thank you to everyone who supported our walk team!  To learn more about how JDRF is helping turn type one into type none, visit JDRF.org.

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Entrematic’s United Way Fundraiser a Big Hit

Entrematic’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina Support Center held its annual silent auction and chili cook-off to benefit United Way of Forsyth County.  The annual event is well-loved by Team Members and is a fun way to raise money for a great cause.  Proceeds from both the auction and the chili cook-off were nearly $5000!

Check out the photos from the festivities!

Team Members sampled many different chili recipes, voting for their favorite.

Team Members sampled many different chili recipes, voting for their favorite.

A delicious-looking chili sample plate from the cook-off.

A delicious-looking chili sample plate from the cook-off.

Congratulations to this year’s chili cook-off winners! From left to right, Margaret Lane (IT) – third place; Elliott Johnson (Accounting) – grand champion; Steve Anderson (Accounting) – second place.

Congratulations to this year’s chili cook-off winners! From left to right, Margaret Lane (IT) – third place; Elliott Johnson (Accounting) – grand champion; Steve Anderson (Accounting) – second place.

The company Atrium was filled with auction items for Team Members to bid on. Competition got fierce as Team Members began outbidding each other!

The company Atrium was filled with auction items donated by Entrematic employees and departments, partners, and vendors. Competition got fierce as Team Members outbid each other!

Thank you to everyone who made our annual United Way fundraiser a huge success!

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Garage Cleaning Tips for the Overwhelmed

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

Facing down a jam-packed garage? If you’re feeling defeated before you’ve even begun, this guide is for you. By breaking a mountain of a task into bite-size pieces, you can bring your out-of-control-messy garage into focus. We offer baby steps to getting started, smart storage tips and more. Before you know it, you will have transformed a chaotic free-for-all space into a functional, organized storage area.

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Be realistic. If you stop thinking about cleaning out the garage as a big task that must be completed in one go, it takes a lot of the pressure off. Each step you take to clean out your garage makes it measurably better than where you started, which is why I advise tossing perfection as a goal out the window — if it’s better than before, that’s a win. And by breaking your task down into manageable chunks, you eventually can have a totally clean, clear garage like this one, and you can enjoy the small victories along the way.

Do some reconnaissance. Take a deep breath, and go in. That’s step one. Don’t worry about sorting or removing anything yet, just have a good look around and note what you see. You might want to make a list, take some photographs or both; do whatever helps you feel more organized and in control. On this first trip into the garage, take special note of any really big and bulky pieces: Are these items you might be interested in getting rid of? If so, take some time today to research where to take the items, or (if you intend to sell them) take photos and create an ad for Craigslist or another resource in your area.

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Compile a local resource list. Look over the notes or photos you made during your reconnaissance trip, and make a list of the types of items you plan to get rid of. Once you know what you have, you can begin to figure out where it will all go. Perhaps you need to rent a refuse container to collect trash, find a consignment store to drop off clothes or schedule a pickup of donations for a local charitable organization. Having these details charted out in advance will make the rest of the process feel more straightforward.

Invest in a proper storage setup. If you can, invest in some storage cabinets and wall-mounted storage — it will make a huge difference in how accessible your stored items are and may even help protect them over time. It’s also a good idea to begin transferring your stored items from old cardboard boxes into sturdier containers meant for long-term storage. Plastic bins work well for hard items (like children’s toys and holiday lights), but textiles and papers are best kept in archival containers designed for this purpose.

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Three main types of garage storage to consider:

  1. Overhead. If you have a lot to store and space is tight, consider using overhead space to stow away some of your least-frequently used items (like holiday decor) in lidded bins. Overhead storage racks need to be securely mounted for safety, so it’s best to have a pro put them in.
  2. Wall-mounted. Keeping gear and bins off the floor is one of the best ways to prevent moisture damage and save floor space.
  3. Locked cabinets. These are essential for safely storing materials like antifreeze, motor oil, pesticides and other chemicals that could harm children or pets if ingested.
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Move frequently used gear near the entrance. If you ride bikes and play ball every weekend, it doesn’t make sense to have to trek to the back of the garage to retrieve your gear each time you need it. Keep these items along a wall close to the entrance instead, and outfit it with storage that fits the purpose: bike hooks for bikes, wire mesh baskets for balls, shelves for gardening supplies and so on.

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Keep it going. The key to keeping your garage organized and clutter-free long-term is to view it as an important, useful space, not a dumping ground for random items that you don’t know what else to do with. Clutter tends to breed more clutter, so remember that the next time you are tempted to stash away a few more “good”cardboard boxes, that Christmas present you hate (but are afraid to get rid of) or the broken blender you might one day fix.

Tell us: What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to cleaning out the garage?

Related links:

All-In-One Storage and Seating

6 Garage Organizing Tips That Really Work

A Subtle Way to Encourage Guests to Take Their Shoes Off

 

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Patio Details: Color and Industrial Touches Transform a Narrow Spot

By Annie Thornton, Houzz

For many people who live in sunny San Diego, blurring the boundary between indoor and outdoor living is a way of life. Mild temperatures are enjoyed year-round, and activities like outdoor grilling and sitting around a fire pit are just as possible in January as they are in July. The architecture often reflects this lifestyle. But for a homeowner in the Hillcrest neighborhood, his home’s only connection to the outdoors was through the front door. “He really wanted to better engage the outdoors,” architect Christian Rice says.

Rice was hired to remodel the house and to take better advantage of the lot’s previously unused outdoor space. An 11-foot-wide asphalt-paved setback on the side of the house, right off the kitchen and the living room, was one of many opportunities in which to do this. With new paving, modern dining furniture, a colorful mural and a roll-up garage door, the house now appears larger, lighter and livelier.

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Designer: Christian Rice Architects, Inc.
Location: Side yard of a house in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood
Size: This portion of the outdoor space is about 30 feet (9.1 meters) long and 11 feet (3.4 meters) wide.
Budget: $300,000 for the entire home remodel, including the outdoor space
Purpose: This outdoor dining area off the living room allows the homeowner to take as much advantage of every square foot of his property as possible. “It’s really about blurring the indoors and outdoors,” Rice says.

French Beam concrete and teak rectangular dining table: Restoration Hardware; outdoor rug: Outdoor Rugs Only

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The Nitty-Gritty

Patio floor: Poured concrete, after the asphalt paving was ripped up

Threshold: A roll-up garage door links the interior with the exterior. The existing interior floor was concrete, which the team kept. They ground it down and added a clear coat to make it shiny.

Inside, the living room has a double-height ceiling.

Roof extension: A roof structure 10 feet above the patio extends about 5 feet from the house and wraps around the front. Due to zoning laws regarding how close a roof structure can extend to a neighbor’s house, Rice couldn’t make it any wider.

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Corrugated metal painted lime green adds unexpected color and a material surprise to the underside of the awning, consistent with the home’s contemporary, industrial design. An integrated recessed heater in the overhang makes it more comfortable to enjoy the patio all year round. There was a desire to create an outdoor room, and this ceiling piece envelops the dining area even more.

Other Features

Wall mural: Artist Nate Schnell painted two original murals on the lot’s existing 5-foot-tall cinder block walls (you can see the second mural through the front door in the next photo). With the clear garage doors, the mural can be enjoyed from inside as well as out.

The homeowner requested something colorful and abstract for the dining area mural. Schnell incorporated some of his favorite shapes and colors into the mural, also pulling inspiration from the Eames plastic shell chairs he knew would sit in front of the wall. “He was into the cooler colors, and I was able to slide a little of that orange in there that I like,” Schnell says. Each mural took about 20 hours to paint.

Wood fence: Semi-opaque stain on the cedar fence adds some height and enhances privacy from next-door neighbors.

Fire pit: A two-way cast-in-place concrete fireplace frames the end of the outdoor seating area.

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Corrugated metal fence: A blue painted corrugated metal fence encloses the outdoor dining area and screens it from the street. Above is a view of the fence as seen from the front yard. The material ties the home and garden together, reappearing on many surfaces throughout the project. The homeowner had originally wanted to incorporate metal from shipping containers into the project, but it would have cost much more than new corrugated metal.

See more ways to use corrugated metal in the landscape

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Considerations: Most features in this project would work in most climates, Rice says. But the roll-up garage door does not create the tightest seal, and might not be something you’d want to include in your project if you live somewhere with extreme weather that requires a tight building envelope.

This view from the backyard shows the new outdoor dining area and awning in the background on the right.

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BEFORE: Here is the view looking out to what is now the outdoor dining patio. Rice kept the home’s original beams but knocked down the wall where the sliding window is in this photo for the roll-up garage door.

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Not Just for Cars: 3 Types of Garage Doors for the Home

By Killy Scheer, Houzz

We generally think about garage doors from the outside, but many homeowners have bought a little more space by turning garages into rooms, and a host of creative designers and architects have either transformed existing garages or introduced the garage door aesthetic to traditional rooms. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and investing in a garage door for a nontraditional use, invest in an insulated door. In addition to keeping the cold out, insulated doors can help mitigate noise.

6 Incredible Garage Conversions

Pros:

  • Light
  • Space-saving without swings
  • Increased value (if you’re converting a garage, updating the door tastefully can boost your home’s value by enhancing curb appeal, for starters. But if you’re insulating the garage, you can bet that you’re adding equity!)

Cons:

  • Added expense for nontraditional opening
  • Added expense to ensure insulation
  • Opportunity for bugs, dust, leaves, etc., to fly in
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Single panel up-and-over doors. As the name implies, up-and-over garage doors tilt outward, then lift up. When open, these doors align with the ceiling. While the swing-out feature requires extra space outside for clearance, the panel may provide a little awning above, as in this photo, which is a nice feature for those days when you want sun, but could use a little mitigation.

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Double-height spaces benefit tremendously from garage doors; traditional windows are often too low to help with cross breeze in high spaces, and clerestory windows don’t always open, making open-plan upstairs areas a little stuffy. The large scale of the garage doors, combined with the height they reach, makes them a great solution to keep air flowing through an entire house.

Sectional doors. The most common type of garage door is the sectional, which is constructed of panels that slide up and overhead. Sectional doors have two distinct advantages over more monolithic single-panel doors: they don’t require any space outside the garage to open and each panel has its own connection to the door track, increasing sturdiness.

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Dueling sectional garage doors open this space up tremendously and would foster an impressive cross breeze.

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Glass doors. Glass garage doors have become much more common in residential applications. Typically, the doors are constructed in a paneled design with a grid pattern separating the panes of glass. The grids can be fabricated from wood or metal, similar to window frames. The glass on these doors is designed to be strong and tamper-resistant, with several opacity options from which to choose, including clear, frosted and tinted colors. There are also solar treatments that encourage thermal heat gain.

Glass is the preferred material for those converting garages into rooms or studios, and certainly for those installing garage doors in unconventional spaces because of their clean, modern aesthetic and the fact that they act as an enormous window when closed, bringing in all kinds of natural light.

Find Amarr in Houzz’s Directory of Garage Door Manufacturers

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While garage doors are great for looking out from within, don’t forget the view from outside looking in! How cozy does this wine country dining room and kitchen look?

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This Yountville, Calif., architecture home office is sure to inspire almost anyone.

How would you use a garage door in your home? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Ways to Increase your Home’s Curb Appeal this August

August is often referred to as Back to School Month, but did you know it’s also National Curb Appeal Month?  Increasing your home’s curb appeal, or how attractive your home is when seen from the street, is an investment you should plan to make.  Increasing curb appeal is not only beneficial while you live in your home, but upgrading the garage door, the largest opening in your home, can recoup over 90% of the cost if you sell your home.

Here are 5 ways that you can increase your home’s curb appeal specifically with updates to your garage doors. Entrematic’s School of Curb Appeal is now in session!

  1. Authentic carriage house designs add a sense of sophistication.  They look like they swing out, but these sectional garage doors are overhead doors, just like your traditional steel garage door.  The old-world styling beckons to a time when horses and carriages, not Ferraris and Hondas, were housed behind these doors.  The charm of carriage house doors complements almost any home, and helps to increase its curb appeal.

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    The Amarr® Classica collection, pictured here, is a three-panel garage door with larger windows that contribute to the genuine look of a carriage house door.  With 84 design and window combinations and 51 color options, it’s easy to find a look that suits your home.

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    The Amarr Oak Summit® collection is another type of carriage house door that can boost your home’s curb appeal.  The sections here are shorter than those of the Amarr Classica, but still give your garage the authentic carriage house look.

  2. Distinctly designed overlay doors are a popular carriage house option.  If you want an even more realistic carriage house design, consider an overlay door.  Overlay doors are steel garage doors with a composite overlay trim, adding an extra dimension of style and making your home’s façade pop!

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    Garage doors from the Amarr Carriage Court collection feature a four-layer construction with a composite overlay trim that won’t rot or decay.  The trim and the window grilles have a distinctive coped edge design, and have larger windows to make an impact from the street.

  3. Woodgrain colors add warmth to the average steel garage door.  Simulate the warmth and beauty of real wood with woodgrain paint finishes on a steel garage door – an economical solution with no need for refinishing or re-staining.  Woodgrain steel garage doors are a great way to get the appearance of wood without the high maintenance.

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    Amarr garage doors boast three realistic dual directional woodgrain color options: Golden Oak (pictured here, on an Amarr Stratford garage door), Walnut, and Mahogany.  Our dual directional woodgrain colors offer a horizontal woodgrain pattern on the rails of the garage door section and a vertical woodgrain pattern on the stiles and panels, resulting in a very distinct pattern that can be seen from the end of a typical driveway.

  4. Decorative hardware decks out any door.  Dress up the front of your garage door with decorative hardware options.  Hardware comes in various types: stamped steel, aluminum and magnetic.

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    Aluminum and stamped steel hardware is fastened to the door by drilling and screws, while magnetic hardware adheres with strong neodymium magnets while still allowing you to move the hardware to any position you please.  Each type contributes to the authenticity of carriage house designs, as pictured above on this Amarr Classica garage door, and also adds sophistication to traditional short or long panel garage doors.

  5. Windows look striking from the curb.  If you don’t want to venture too far from a traditional garage door, consider investing in a door with windows.  Windows upgrade any garage door’s style and allow natural light into your garage.  Window inserts are also available to dress up your current windowless garage door – simply put them on the top section to get the appearance of real windows.

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    This traditional short panel garage door from the Amarr Stratford® collection looks much more inviting with windows than without.  A variety of DecraTrim window inserts are available, from square to arch shapes with clear and obscure glass options.

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    Patterned DecraGlass is also available.  DecraGlass windows are made from tempered obscure glass and feature baked-on ceramic designs.

Has inspiration struck you for National Curb Appeal Month?  Tell us in the comments section below!

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Entrematic Celebrates 85 Door Centers

Entrematic celebrated our coast-to-coast service with the opening of our 85th Door Center in Kansas City, Kansas throughout the week of July 25, 2016.

The Kansas City Door Center held their first ever Open House on July 26, 2016 and had over 30 garage door dealers from the area attend the event. In addition to the dealers, Entrematic Team Members from Marketing, IT, Sales, Operations, and Customer Service also attended, as well as representatives from LiftMaster, Linear, Janus and Cookson.

Attendees at the open house enjoyed a BBQ lunch from Zarda BBQ, a Kansas City favorite. The Door Center also served a delicious cake to celebrate our 85 Door Centers and coast-to-coast service!

Check out the photos from some of the Entrematic celebrations below!

Dealers learned more about Amarr garage doors at our Open House in Kansas City on July 26, 2016.

Dealers learned more about Amarr garage doors at our Open House in Kansas City on July 26, 2016.

Kansas City Team Members pose with their Open House cake. Pictured from Left to Right: John Henderson, District Service Manager; Shannon Brown, General Manager; Dewan White, Warehouse; Drew Reno, Sales Manager; Luke Whittemore, Service Manager.

Kansas City Team Members pose with their Open House cake. Pictured from Left to Right: John Henderson, District Service Manager; Shannon Brown, General Manager; Dewan White, Warehouse; Drew Reno, Sales Manager; Luke Whittemore, Service Manager.

Our Edmonton Door Center Team Members took time to pose with their commemorative gifts and cake. Pictured from Left to Right: Brad Vestby, Office Assistant; Mike Deslauriers, Warehouse; Rob White, Warehouse; Cathy Coppick, Office Assistant; Darlene Holden, General Manager.

Our Edmonton Door Center Team Members took time to pose with their commemorative gifts and cake. Pictured from Left to Right: Brad Vestby, Office Assistant; Mike Deslauriers, Warehouse; Rob White, Warehouse; Cathy Coppick, Office Assistant; Darlene Holden, General Manager.

From one corner of the continent to another, Team Members at our Tampa Door Center also celebrated with their commemorative gifts and cake. Pictured from Left to Right: Josh Urbanek, Team Leader; Penni Engleman, Office Assistant; Michael Leonardis, Warehouse; Jose Torres, Management Trainee; Robert Gibson, Warehouse; Robert Weil, Service Manager.

From one corner of the continent to another, Team Members at our Tampa Door Center also celebrated with their commemorative gifts and cake. Pictured from Left to Right: Josh Urbanek, Team Leader; Penni Engleman, Office Assistant; Michael Leonardis, Warehouse; Jose Torres, Management Trainee; Robert Gibson, Warehouse; Robert Weil, Service Manager.

Entrematic’s Lawrence, Kansas manufacturing facility celebrated by hosting a cookout. Production managers grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs for approximately 800 Team Members!

Entrematic’s Lawrence, Kansas manufacturing facility celebrated by hosting a cookout. Production managers grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs for approximately 800 Team Members!

Entrematic’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina Support Center also celebrated the opening of the 85th Door Center – with a cake large enough to feed all 90 of their Team Members!

Entrematic’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina Support Center also celebrated the opening of the 85th Door Center – with a cake large enough to feed all 90 of their Team Members!

WSSC Team Members also received gifts, and the atrium area was decked out for the celebration.

WSSC Team Members also received gifts, and the atrium area was decked out for the celebration.

Thank you to everyone who attended these events and celebrated with us!

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A New Look for the Overlooked Garage Door

By Natalie Myers, Houzz

Sheepishly, we admit the garage door is one of the last things we think about when it comes to home updating projects. If it’s not broken, why fix it? Which leaves us with standard inexpensive doors that look exactly like the one the neighbors have. But there is a world of modern garage doors that not only increase your curb appeal, but may inspire you to use your garage as another living space.

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The first image of the modern garage door that comes to mind is the frosted-glass-and-aluminum type. It fits into standard garage openings, so it’s an easy way to make your home stand out and look more modern without requiring much else be done to the landscaping or driveway.

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This style garage door is not only for the suburbs. It can looks thoroughly urban in a small and narrow city dwelling. The rows and columns of glass panels will have to be adjusted for the atypically tall and narrow opening. When there is a will there is way, and this designer made it work.

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The nighttime glow inside this garage is obscured by frosted glass and a layer of wood slats, creating a nice interplay of hide and reveal.

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Glass and aluminum garage doors not for you? This gorgeous wood garage door camouflages with the rest of house’s wood facade and feels luxurious. Also, the horizontal wood application on this garage door gets the royal treatment with a wood trellis overhang. The shade provided by the trellis would allow the driveway to serve double duty as an outdoor social space.

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More wood garage doors, this time the wood is applied vertically to integrate with the home’s wood columns.

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Of course, garage doors need not only be used on garages. In this modular prefab home, a garage door serves as a floor-to-ceiling window that can be raised to create an al fresco dining experience.

Big or small, new construction or remodel, there are multiple ways to dress up your garage doors and make an architectural statement. Do you have an unusual garage door? Tell us about it in the comments!

Related links:
Exterior Materials Mix It Up
Hire a Siding Professional to Boost Your Curb Appeal
Wood Slats in Design: Repetition, Scale and Light

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