Most interior designers I know, self included, have a love-hate relationship with trends. Mainly because trends don’t always apply to the design concept or work within the constraints of our client’s home, site or budget. We hate to say, “no, that won’t work,” but frankly, sometimes it doesn’t. Black exterior doors are not for every […]
In a previous blog we talked about the elements and principles of good design. This morning, while flipping through photos we’ve taken of finished projects, I stopped on this image. It’s a beautiful space and a gorgeous photo. Like all good design, if we spend just a few minutes thinking about those basic elements and […]
From my office window, I can still see green grass. Any good Midwesterner, with half a lick of sense, will not be fooled by this abnormality in the second week of November. That green grass could become white at any moment! Starting around the day before Halloween, the ol’ Blizzard of ’91 is recollected and […]
Once considered an impossibility in our buggy, Midwestern climate, outdoor spaces are getting a second round of consideration. Why subject yourself to one more dreaded mosquito when the sofa lies inside waiting to be visited? There are birds! A good breeze (sometimes)! A bonfire waiting to happen! And at dusk…stars! Add an ice cold beverage […]
When your home improvement budget has a limit, deciding where to invest your dollars can be challenging. A new bathroom? A kitchen upgrade? A finished basement? Lucky for you, a recent research project has made your home improvement budgeting quandry a little easier. Each year, the National Association of Realtors and Remodeling magazine join forces […]
Looking for an exterior door with a bigger view and more natural light? Good news! We’re adding one to our product offering and it’s smooth edges and wide glass are just two of the reasons we love it. It’s rare to find a door that offers the versatility Masonite’s Vista Grande does. With an 18% […]
When selecting the materials for your home, the options will often seem endless and confusing. In my work with consumers, I’ve watched their eyes glaze over when we start with exterior selections and begin discussing the advantages and disadvantages of six different types of siding. Six choices for one selection! More often than not, we […]
We had the great pleasure of welcoming Dean Johnson from the PBS television program, “Hometime,” to our plant last month. It was fun to introduce he and Miriam to our Bayer Built family and walk them through both our prefinish and production facilities. Dean started Hometime in the early 80’s when Bayer Built was just […]
In the Midwest, we are nuts about daylight; literally. Without it we establish something un-affectionately referred to as “cabin fever.” Talking to ourselves, becoming short with each other, sleeping for 14 hours because it’s dark at 5pm…these are the maladies of winter; some would say, “a gentle form of torture.” In just a few weeks, […]
If your Fall To Do List, included replacing the front door, it’s not too late… yet! Mine will be replaced in the upcoming weeks and I’m looking forward to an updated and fully-functioning front door. One that doesn’t drag on our tile floor and will keep us cozy, and heat efficient, all winter long. To […]
It seems we are often worried about not having enough. Not enough time and not enough money and never enough space, “could you give me another closet?” Architect and author Sarah Susanka calls it, “the fear of too smallness.” Prior to the recession this concept was evident everywhere. “Why add 10’ when we could add […]
This is the time of year that begins to feel unsettled; at least at our house it does. Summer’s not over but school hasn’t begun. Activities for the kids are running out, the weather is a little hotter than I’d like it to be and the propensity for a storm to hit becomes a more […]
The question might instead be, “what is your current door costing you?” The exterior of your home communicates a message to every person that walks, bikes or drives past. What does your home say about you and what would it cost to improve upon your front entry system? Local, Twin Cities realtor, Brian Gute (along […]
Coco Chanel, one of the most influential designers of the 20th century said, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” With eyes closed, what comes to mind when you hear the words, “stained millwork.” Open your eyes and try to describe what you saw first. Was it a big, old Victorian house […]
How do we keep that sky both blue and clean? What is environmental stewardship and why do we care? Just about everything we do as humans contributes something positive or negative to our environment. Earth is habitable because of two cycles within our ecosystem; the carbon and hydro cycles. Within this process the earth recycles […]
The 80’s are back, have you heard? It’s been said that John Hughes films only get better with time and chances are very good that half of the homes in your neighborhood contain a Rubik’s cube; even if it is at the bottom of a box in the attic. Hopefully, we can get our 80’s […]
Barn doors are a trend that is sweeping the nation while offering many style options as well as outstanding functionality.
The rate at which my children grow out of their jeans is alarming. On mornings when it is discovered that the closet is void of even one pair of pants long enough to wear to school without public humiliation, I ask myself, how could we have prepared for two full inches of, “overnight-vertical-expansion?” And why […]
You’ve likely observed that the best way to teach any person born after let’s say…1980, is to set them in front of an instructional video. Forget about 35-page instruction manuals; watch from your smart phone or your laptop or your iPad and you won’t have to try to figure out what that universal stick person […]
In case you needed one more decision to make in the course of your non-stop, 21st century, life… did you know there is more than one style of interior door that would look great in your home? Interior doors are made up of at least two stiles and two rails, with a number of panels, […]
Selecting the color for the exterior of your home can be daunting, especially without the assistance of a design professional.
Your showroom is your first impression. How your store front and showroom looks speaks volumes to your customers. An inviting store front and showroom affects customer’s perception of your products, staff, prices, service and attention to detail.
Last year we added a durable and functional Acclimated Storm Door line to provide your front door a little protection from the elements, without taking away its style!
With 35 stain colors and glazes, 43 stock paint colors, 6 distressing options and the ability to custom blend any color, we have the perfect finish available for your home!
What does your front door color say about you?
Spring is as good a time as any to stock our shelves with new offerings for your upcoming project. With that... (drum roll, please)... we are excited to announce these new Elite and Designer Series additions to our Stock Product Offering!
Part of my children’s homework each night is reading aloud. Our current read is Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. As a kid, I too had to read the books from this series but I had forgotten all about the third book, when Pa actually begins constructing a home for their life on the prairie. When we came upon this chapter in the book called, “Two Stout Doors,” it had renewed interest for me.
There is a chill in the air and frost on the ground which can only mean one thing – Fall is here. And with that it’s time to get your home ready for Halloween. Halloween is one of those holidays for which you should go all at. All the neighborhood kids will be out in their costumes make sure your house is one to remember.
Bayer Built is pleased to announce the expansion of our 3 Panel Steel Craftsman stock product offering. Clear Glass is now available with 1-, 3- and 6-lite external grids, a classic look for Craftsman doors. The popular glass designs, Element and Naples will also be available in stock.
Doors and millwork have a long and interesting history, here are some things that you might not know…
We have talked vigorously about how updating your front entry system can add value and curb appeal to your home. A new front door can help make a statement about the home’s character or just help to welcome guests into your home. But there are so many styles and types of exterior doors available, how do you know which door is right for you?
To make your entry door performance last and keep its appear you'll want to regular clean and inspect your entry system. Here are a couple of quick Do's and Don't for proper care.
Here are the answers to our matching game from earlier today. Were you able to match up which interior and exterior doors fit together architecturally?
To know what to do inside your home, step outside and stand in front of your home. What are the details you notice first?
The style and type of interior door you select for your opening can set the tone for the space. It is important to consider the construction style of doors as well as the materials they are made out of in order to make informed decisions on which doors will be right for your home. This week we want to cover some of the basic construction styles in order to help you consider your options for interior doors.
Interior doors do more than just separate rooms and provide privacy; they help to define the style and character of your home, while providing warmth, beauty, and function. From traditional and Craftsman panel options to rustic louvers, elegant French doors to modern flush there are endless options available to fit your needs. The key is in choosing a door that will meet your decorating flair, add value, and provide satisfaction for years to come.
About 25 years ago fiberglass doors were developed to give homeowners the option to have a stained woodgrain entry system without the maintenance and performance issues associated with real wood entry doors. Today, fiberglass doors offer the beauty and warmth of real wood with superior performance and stability.
Each home is unique, but unity in style brings harmony to home decor. Architectural styles help to identify beautiful mouldings, doors, stair parts, and more that will complement your home. With that Thanksgiving holiday upon us, let’s take a look at a style that reflects the settlers of colonial America.
Your options don’t stop with our stock product lines, in fact truly personalized décor often comes from special orders…with this the possibilities for your millwork package are nearly endless. From exotic wood species, custom panel designs and unique glass styles, special orders provide you with limitless possibilities. Here id just a small glimpse of special order interior door options available from some of our vendors.
With proper care and maintenance your wood entry door can provide last beauty and protection for years to come. But like any home product proper care and maintenance are vital to its durability and performance. Periodic maintenance will keep your door looking great and provide proper protection against the elements.
The natural beauty and elegance of wood is undeniable. However, wood doors require the right application and finish as well as care and maintenance in order to provide long-term performance. Consult this handy checklist to see if a wood door makes sense for your house.
You take careful care and consideration to choose woods and finish colors that reflect the architectural style and character of your home, but it is also important to consider some of the components of your doors and millwork package that can also affect those selections. As such Bayer Built has been busy updating our selection of hardware components to bring you a wider selection of options in order to make your entry system the perfect match for you.
As a complement to our Acclimated Entry Systems line, Bayer Built Woodworks now offers Acclimated Storm Doors. Just like our Acclimated Entry Systems, Acclimated Storm Doors offer superior components that provide superior performance and value without taking away from the doors’ beauty and character. And since all Acclimated Storm Doors come pre-hung and ready to install, with our new installation video to assist you updating or adding a storm door has never been easier.
When selecting interior doors for your home, style is obviously important - but it is not the only factor in choosing the right door. Size, construction, and material are also important to consider. You'll want to carefully consider the intended application and use of the door so you can better assess what type of door will be right for you. Let's look at some of your options:
Interior doors are key to any home - they do more than just separate rooms and provide privacy, they define the decor and character of a home, while providing warmth, beauty, and function.
You’ve put great effort and time into choosing the perfect entry door for your home. But, like most all aspects of your home, it will require some simple, periodic maintenance to keep it looking great and provide proper protection against the elements. Here are 4 things you should do now to make sure your entry system lasts for years to come.
5 things to consider when choosing your entry door to make sure you find the perfect fit for your home
Choosing a new entry door for your home is a big decision. One rule of thumb that works pretty well to arrive a ballpark budget number is 1% of your home’s total value.
A new front entry system is great way to improve curb appeal and increase the value of a home. In a recent survey released by the National Association of Realtors, the replacement of an exterior door held the most value and recouped the most cost of any exterior improvement project.
While wood and steel doors offer a variety of options suited for the right applications, many homeowners may prefer a fiberglass entry door. Considering long-term cost, durability, and maintenance fiberglass is a practical choice for most people.
Acclimated Entry Systems are a combination of premium components designed and built to meet the extreme conditions of Midwest weather. Select a beautiful wood, fiberglass, or steel door and surround it with our climate-enhanced components.
Being that we are from the Midwest we have first hand experience with weather extremes. Acclimated Entry Systems TM, exclusive to Bayer Built Woodworks, are designed and built to withstand the elements and protect your home.
Bayer Built Woodworks has grown successfully over the years by listening and reacting to the needs of our customers and consumers. Our initial offering of interior pre-hung doors and mouldings has expanded over the years to include so much more. Here is just a little peak into what Bayer Built can do for you.