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 […]
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 […]
If you had to guess, what hardware finish would you guess is the most popular? Satin nickel? Brass? While satin and aged brass finishes are making a slow but steady comeback, our three, most-popular-ordered-every-day-of-the-week finishes are: oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel and satin brass; in that order. And you thought I was kidding about brass! […]
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 […]
Last night autumn arrived, quietly, but with plenty of notice from our weather forecasters. Per the usual (like the good Minnesotans we are) we met autumn at the door with surprise, scorn and concern. The change we feel is much more than just temperature. In our astute Midwestern minds, fall is the reminder that the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Prairie Style homes look as though they meld with the landscape. If you’re driving too fast or you blink, you might miss one. Granted they are few and far between but the style was imagined and inspired in the American Midwest. If you’re going to happen upon one, your chances are better in Illinois, Wisconsin, […]
There are some rather large piles of snow in my yard. Whether yours looks the same or has just the remnants of a snowman left to melt, April is the ideal time to begin shopping for a new exterior door system. In fact, you’d be ahead of the rest if you considered the door style, […]
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 […]
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!
Because you want a better a better door - and now it is available at a better price!
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.
We are currently conducting a survey regarding Craftsman style entry doors and would appreciate your feedback.
On a recent trip to Chicago, I spent an afternoon walking through one of the neighborhoods north of city center and found myself on a street which was a veritable dictionary of architectural style! Side by side, Victorian, Colonial, Art Nouveau and Modern styled brownstones stood; intermingling with each other in the most polite way!
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.
As we said last week, it is time to dig out your work gloves and get a start on your outdoor projects. Have you thought about what projects you would like to tackle this summer? What could you do to freshen up the exterior of your home? Let’s look at a few different aspects of your home’s exterior that can had curb appeal and value with a little sprucing up.
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.
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.
Is your home energy efficient? Energy efficiency in your home will help increase value, make your home more comfortable, and reduce consumption costs. Here are 5 signs your home may need an energy efficiency makeover.
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.
With the federal income tax filing deadline fast approaching don’t forget to apply for your 2010 Energy Star Tax Credit. For those of you who may not qualify this year, it’s not too early to think about the available 2011 tax credits. Energy efficient home products are a great way to save money – both now and down the road.
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.