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How To Adjust Your Front Door

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The front entry to any home is often the centerpiece of the “curb appeal experience.” These doors may be insulated, contain decorative glass, have security features built-in and can be quite heavy. Over time this weight can cause the door to lower on the non-hinge side, making opening and closing more difficult. Correcting for this natural change is really quite simple and we’ll review a few quick tips here.

  1. The first step is to identify if you have a problem. The quickest way to do this is to look at the space between the top of the door and the frame. If you notice that the space near the hinges is quite a bit tighter and smaller than on the handle-side, you will definitely want to make an adjustment. If this is the case, you will also notice along the handle-side of the door that the space near the top is tighter than the space near the bottom.
  2. When you open the door, you’ll want to pay close attention to the top hinge. By removing one of the center screws holding the door to the frame, you will often find that it is a shorter screw, maybe 1.5″ in length. This only secures the door to the frame and not the wall stud behind the frame. By replacing this screw, and the others in the hinge, with longer 4″ screws, you will be able to pull the door back toward the wall, making it level once again.
  3. Before changing screws, however, use a wall scanner on the inside of the house against the drywall to ensure no wiring is running along the stud that you’re about to screw into. While this is rare, if you don’t check first the longer screw may penetrate the stud completely and make contact with the wiring, which can lead to a more serious problem.
  4. When inserting the new longer screw into the hinge, be sure to use an electric powered-screwdriver, preferably of high power and quality. This will ensure the screw is securely fastened, so your door adjustment is permanent. Once complete, re-enter the home and check the spacing along the top and side of the door. You should now see that this spacing is even and your door is once again level.

At Dream Doors, we help homeowners improve the quality and beauty of their investment. While the tips mentioned above can improve the function of your existing doors, our staff can show you how to upgrade the look of your home using the same doors. We pioneered the concept of installing decorative glass into a new design for any existing door. To qualify your door, visit our “Qualify Your Door” page or give us a call at 904-880-7778 for assistance.

DIY Home Security Review 2016

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When installing a new decorative glass door in a home, one of the questions we are commonly asked is about security. With that in mind, we wanted to take a moment to review some of the new technology on the market for the DIY enthusiasts.

Remote home monitoring systems have become the new hot item at electronics stores across the country. There are many systems and options to choose from and finding the right one to fit your needs is critical. In addition, many of these systems do not work well with one-another, so if you’re buying multiple devices this is important to consider. Be sure to do your homework by reading online reviews and testimonials about the products. This especially applies to “all-in-one” kits that feature several sensors, internet connectivity and more.

A popular gadget is the August Smart Lock. This app-enabled device allows you to lock and unlock your door via your smart phone. The newest generation integrates with Siri so you can use audio commands like “Siri, unlock the front door.” When combined with AppleTV, the Smart Lock can be used remotely via a Wi-Fi bridge.

Besides the full kits, there are also stand-alone devices that can enhance your home’s security. Take for instance the Kuna light fixture, which incorporates a streaming security camera into an elegant outdoor light. Scheduled lighting controls, motion-activated sensors, and two-way audio make this a great device when you’re away from home.

Last, but certainly not least, is the ever-popular front door camera. These systems integrate a streaming video camera into your doorbell, which allows you to see who is at your door without opening it or peeking through the window. These cameras are also accessible remotely so you can communicate with visitors while away. This is especially handy for home deliveries when you’re not there.

At Dream Doors we focus on quality and beauty. While all of the systems mentioned here may be great additions to your home, do your best to put aesthetics first. The last thing we’d want you to do is detract from the beauty of your new front door with an overly bulky home security device.

Cashing In on the 2016 Remodeling Boom

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Last month’s blog talked about how to increase the value of your home by. The National Association of REALTORS® Research Department recently released their Remodeling Impact Report which, in a nutshell, covers the expected return on investment of improving various areas of your home. We discovered no surprise here when a complete kitchen renovation topped the list of projects likely to increase the value of a home for resale. Also topping the list for interior improvements were: bathroom upgrade, adding a bathroom, owner’s suite updates, and new wood flooring.

So what about the exterior of the home? Well according to the REALTORS® polled, expensive items such as new roofing, new windows, and new vinyl siding topped the list. As far as the lowest cost for greatest return, you guessed it, upgrading the front entry was definitely the winner in this area. Both new steel and new fiberglass front doors were reviewed for looks, energy efficiency, and curb appeal. An overall improvement in function and livability also topped the list of reasons why this type of upgrade is great when trying to sell your home. While custom glass doors or glass inserts were not specifically cited, our own experience with homeowners has shown that these beautiful enhancements go a long way toward enhancing the first impression during the sale and compliment all other upgrades done to the interior of the home.

While everyone’s experience in buying and selling is different, decisions for remodeling often come down to the bottom line and investment recovery. Many of the items in the report had 0 net impact with 100% of the funds recovered. However, the key here is clinching the deal. There are many homes on the market and making yours stand out among the dozens being viewed by a buyer can put you way ahead of the game.

If you’re considering a few improvements to your home and would like a quote for your front door, contact Dream Doors today to schedule an on-site estimate. You can also visit our showroom at 5220 Shad Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 for some inspiration.

Make Your Home’s Entrance More Inviting

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Whether it’s Property Brothers, Love It Or list It, The Vanilla Ice Project, or Kitchen Crashers, most of us have our personal favorite when it comes to home improvement TV shows. What makes these shows so popular is that home owners are always looking for new and creative ways to improve their most valuable investment. Many choose the DIY approach while others decide to “leave it to the professionals.” Regardless of what camp you’re in, the biggest surprise most home owners find is how even the smallest of improvements can go a long way toward property value, curb appeal, and resale.

Revitalized Front Doors Have a Big Impact on Value

The front entry is often the easiest place to make the biggest impact for the smallest effort. This 6’ x 6’ area is the first thing visitors see when coming to your home. It is also the first experience potential buyers have when hunting for their dream house. Revitalizing the entryway into your home is often more affordable than many think, and causes a surprisingly short interruption in your daily routine. Whether you choose decorative glass inserts placed in your current door, or decide to replace your entire entry including side windows, the overall impact on the curb appeal of your home will astound you.

Video Tips for the DIY Project

For those of you thinking about the DIY option when it comes to replacing your front door, you may want to watch the clip from This Old House below to see just how much work is involved in tackling this particular home improvement project.

Contact Dream Doors Today!

Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market, or just want to increase the property value during the warm summer months, now is the best time to review your front entry options. Simple touches tend to go the furthest, and your home will be looking its best in no time. Our team offers several choices, from custom decorative glass inserts to a complete front door “makeover,” we can definitely help transform your vision into a reality. Contact our team today for a professional, on-site quote.

Can a Remodeled Front Door Help Sell Your Home?

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Although the housing market has recovered some from the damage sustained during the recession, selling an existing home can still be a challenge. With numerous new constructions popping up in developments all around town, it can be difficult to convince today’s buyer to even consider an older home, even though it is older by only a handful of years. If you have unlimited funds, adding shaker cabinetry, subway tiles, frameless showers, farmhouse sinks, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances is the rage, but expensive. Fortunately, there are many less expensive improvements that can help sell your home.

Each year the National Association of Realtors in cooperation with Remodeling magazine compiles a survey that compares remodeling costs to the expected increase in home value. Ever heard that “Less is More”? Well, the 2015 assessment concluded that smaller replacement projects, especially those that enhance a home’s curb appeal, remained the most cost effective way for sellers to add value. In fact, the least expensive home improvement project, remodeling or replacing the front door, had the highest average payback. After all, first impressions are always important whether the potential buyer views the house in person or online.

Many realtors say that buyers decide within the first ten to fifteen seconds of seeing a house whether they’ll be interested in buying it or not. That said, could anything make a better first impression than a beautiful front door? After all, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. A dated front door can make your house look cheap, and a front door with obvious signs of wear and tear can cause buyers to doubt that the home has been properly maintained. If you cannot afford to replace your front, Dream Doors has a great option to boost your property’s curb appeal. The company pioneered the concept of installing decorative glass into your existing wood, steel or fiberglass door, giving your home a new look without the expense of replacing the current door.

Remember, when it comes to boosting your resale value, not all home renovations are created equal and they don’t have to cost a lot to be effective.

Privacy Rating Numbers: Can people see right through this glass?

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The manufacturers of decorative glass understand your concerns, and have addressed the issue. To help you in determining the obscurity level of each glass design, they have assigned a numbering system. It works like this:

Privacy ratings start at 1, and progress to 9.

A privacy rating of 1 means the glass is as clear as possible. This type glass is typically found in the back of a home, say in sliding glass doors or patio doors, where privacy is not as much a concern. Clear glass allows you to see out and enjoy nature, or watch the kids play.

Any materials or designs, such as grids or etchings, will raise that number accordingly. Typically, in the front of the house where aesthetics come in to play, decorative glass is used. This is where you want the most privacy from a glass.

Liquid Crystal glass, wrought iron glass and camed glass (which has the metal lines and various textures of glass such as glue chip, granite, baroque, etc.), will raise that privacy number considerably. The maximum privacy number is 9, which means that particular glass has the highest level of obscurity available. However, a 9-rated glass with maximum obscurity does not mean you cannot see anything at all.  It simply makes it difficult to see anything specific with clarity.

The rule of thumb used by manufacturers is that, if you stand 3 feet back from the door, nothing of determinable recognition will occur. This means that if you stand back 3 feet from the door, you will not be able to determine exactly what you are seeing. The sex of a person, the breed of the dog, the color of the hair or eyes, will not be discernible. You may or may not see a shadow, such as a person moving past the glass.

Dream Doors displays glass with mostly 7, 8 or 9 privacy ratings. We have a few that do go lower, for those folks who might want to show off a staircase or a grand foyer. Most people find privacy ratings of 7 and 8 still give all the privacy desired.

While there are varying degrees of obscurity, even the clearest glass reflects natural and artificial light and obscures the vision to some degree. The person walking down the sidewalk, or mowing the lawn usually cannot see through the glass with enough clarity to determine if anyone is even home.

One suggestion is to install a screw in motion detector on your outside porch light. This adds more light to reflect on the outside of the glass and thus increase the obscurity level. As people approach your front door, this will back light the outside, and make the glass even more difficult to see through, especially at night.

Come by our showroom and let us take you outside to see how difficult it really is to see through a Dream Doors decorative glass!

 

Spring is a Great Time to Change Your Door Color

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The color of your front door is the first thing that anyone sees when they drive by or approach your house. It introduces strangers to the people inside. If you’re tired of seeing the same thing every day, spring is a perfect time to tackle a do-it-yourself renovation. Plus, according to a recent article in House Beautiful, it is the easiest way to give your home instant curb appeal.

Before you head to the hardware store to look at those tiny paint splotches, take a step back and make note of your home’s exterior. The style, color and trim can play a major role in how a revitalized front door will actually look. Keep in mind too, the amount of decorative glass and how that glass is highlighted will play a role in your home’s overall appearance.

Now, let’s look at some traditional colors to choose from:

RED DOOR

Because of its visibility, red is used around the world as a warning signal or to symbolize events. Every heard “paint the town red” or “your bank account is in the red”? It is a color that has great clarity and lures people to your entrance like bees to honey. A red door is extra eye-catching and a welcoming sight.

GREEN DOOR

This traditional Southern color looks as great with white wood siding and black trim as it does with brick and white trim. Green symbolized victory for the ancient Greeks and is worn as a mark of honor by the Scots. Green is a healing color and beckons visitors inside. Don’t forget. Green doors look great with brass hardware.

BLUE DOOR

Blue was worn in ancient Egypt for protection against evil and is a color that must be worn by a bride on her wedding day. It evokes feelings of success (blue ribbon), loyalty and faithfulness. The various shades of blue often look different from morning to night. Blue doors go great with grey shake siding and white trim.

While you’re picking up your paint, take a look at some door hardware. Brass knobs and kicker plates can add accent to right door while more mirrored finishes will pick up some of the surrounding colors in the landscape. Remember to think about what your front door will look like when its open. The right color can brighten your foyer for added value.

Personalize Your Door to Reflect Your Style

 

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The entry door of any home makes a statement. What story does your entry way tell? Does it reflect elegance and beauty? Does it tell a sad tale of woe and neglect? Is the story so boring that even you don’t want to listen to it? Thankfully, remodeling your front door and entryway to reflect your personal style is easier than you might think.

Try a New Shade

A fresh coat of paint in an appealing shade is a tried and true decorating trick of the trade. Calming shades of muted blues and grays can lift the spirit, cover minor blemishes on the door, and complement the home’s existing color scheme. Other colors like red, orange, or a bold blue can create a vibrant focal point for your home.

Let the Light Shine In

Entry doors can seem heavy, dark and cookie-cutter. If your entryway seems like everyone else’s on the block, adding decorative glass to your existing door will allow you to make a personal style statement. Some homeowners may shy away from glass inserts feeling like they compromise the efficiency, privacy, and safety of their existing solid door. Modern glass inserts use Energy Star rated glazed glass to offer maximum beauty without sacrificing efficiency or privacy.

The tempered safety glass used provides a superior level of protection against break-ins and theft. And, the best part is that glass can be added easily to an existing entry door without having to go through an expensive and time-consuming replacement.

Looking to redesign your entryway but unwilling to part with your throw a perfectly good door in the landfill? Dream Doors can help. Visit our site to pre-qualify your fiberglass or paneled wood door and see how Dream Doors can brighten up your home’s entryway with decorative glass and sidelights.

Giving New Life to Patio Doors — It Is Easier Than you Think

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Patio and exterior doors weather easily. They face the hot summer sun, the cold winter temperatures, driving rain, hail, sleet, and maybe even snow. All that abuse can take the wreak havoc with doors. In the following paragraphs, we go through a few of the tips that help give new life to patio doors.

1. Replace the Glass

You can change the look of your doors simply by replacing the glass. Dream Doors offers glass replacement for all types of doors and their service takes just about an hour. That kind of convenience makes adding glass panes, changing the glass color or creating a brand new doorway from your existing door easy.

2. Refinish the Doors

Refinishing doors can be a project. The old doors must be sanded so that cracked varnish or paint is removed. If the door has weather damage, such as cracks or even rot then those areas must be repaired. Cracks are easily taken care of with food putty or glue. Rot must be cut out and a new piece installed. In the case of rot it can be cheaper to just use new doors. Some people just repaint the doors without caring for the wood. That is a recipe for buying new doors sooner rather than later. The trick to caring for doors is to keep the wood sealed so once the wood is repaired you can reseal the door using paint or a good all-weather stain.

3. Add Scroll Work

To help increase the security of glass patio doors, you can add scroll work that acts as a deterrent for burglars but adds a decorative touch to your patio. Also, ask about our double glass options with built-in blinds.

For more information or for an estimate on giving new life to your patio doors, just contact Dream Doors and let one of their professionals answer your questions.


A Spooktacular Time for the Whole Family!

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Hunting for a fun place to take the kids this Halloween? Simply visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Spooktacular runs this October 25 – 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The Jacksonville Zoo will transform into an eerie wonderland filled with enough spooks, ghosts and goblins to delight everyone. Spooktacular has been a Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens tradition for a number of years, but it just keeps improving!

This current year, Spooktacular will feature an enchanted forest, bounce houses, a pirate’s cove, and many more fun events and areas for you and your child to enjoy. The Zoo grounds will be decorated with a huge selection of Jack-o-lanterns along with a DJ, who will offer kid friendly Halloween music which means your little goblins can dance the night away. For adolescent kids, (10 or older,) Scare Zones will be located throughout the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens including The Green House of the Living Dead and the Forest of no Return. Let’s keep in mind the animals! During Spooktacular, many animals will still be awake for viewing including, alligators, jaguars and everyone’s favorite, giraffes. Candy stations will be placed throughout the Jacksonville Zoo grounds, which will certainly please kids and parents alike. This current year, Spooktacular tickets are simply $8 for members and $10 for non-members but for those who check out the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens website and get your tickets online, the price will be reduced by $1  ticket.  So this year, take the kids th the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for safe Halloween fun!

For more information and ticket sales, visit: http://spooktacular.jacksonvillezoo.org/

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