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Double Hung vs. Casement Windows: How to Decide?

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604, 2017

Double Hung vs. Casement Windows: How to Decide?

By |April 6th, 2017|Design, Windows|Comments Off on Double Hung vs. Casement Windows: How to Decide?

Double Hung Vs. Casement Windows: How to Decide? 

On a windy day, do you hear whistling through your windows?  During cold days, do you feel a constant draft around your windows? Does it seem that your utility bills have increasingly gotten more expensive over the last couple years?  If you answered yes to all these questions, it may be time to replace your windows.  When you begin researching windows, you will find there are a multitude of different styles and types of windows.  The two most common window styles, however, are casement and double hung windows.

In the content to follow, I will cover just a few of the details of both styles of windows in hopes it will help make deciding a bit easier! The window style of your home is […]

2703, 2017

Waking Up Your Landscape: Spring Clean Up

By |March 27th, 2017|DIY Projects, Landscaping|Comments Off on Waking Up Your Landscape: Spring Clean Up

 
Happy Spring! As you sit inside anxiously awaiting consistently warm weather, here are a few things to keep in mind as you start preparing your yard work list for getting your landscape up and running for the season:
1) Grasses and Perennials?
Do you have a lot of grasses and perennials in your backyard that you leave up in the winter for some winter interest in your garden or to help feed the birds during the cold winter months? Now is a great time to cut those down to about six inches!

Getting these plants cut and the debris cleaned up is easiest before your garden starts to wake up. Taking care of this early also prevents trampling of any new growth or bulbs you may have coming up early in your beds!
2) […]

1302, 2017

Tips on Making Any Room Look Better

By |February 13th, 2017|Design, DIY Projects|Comments Off on Tips on Making Any Room Look Better

1. Paint Color Comes Last.
This might seem counterproductive to paint a room after you move in but if you are purchasing new furniture you might end up hurting yourself in the long term. There are SO MANY colors to choose from that you can never really make the right unless everything is in the room. Lighting play a huge role in color choice as well. Chances are what looks good in a windowless powder room won’t work in your large open concept kitchen.
2. Let Your Furniture Breath
No one likes an over crowded room. By using correct furniture spacing the flow of the home is just better. Guest feel more relaxed and not cramped.  If you are downsizing you might need to trade in some of our pieces. Think quality of […]

602, 2017

Tips to Know Before You Buy Replacement Windows

By |February 6th, 2017|Design, Windows|Comments Off on Tips to Know Before You Buy Replacement Windows

202, 2017

Weekly Transformations: Algonquin-Countrylane Red

By |February 2nd, 2017|Doors, Exterior Designs Remodeling, Garage Doors, Remodeling, Roofing, Siding, Windows, Winter Remodeling|Comments Off on Weekly Transformations: Algonquin-Countrylane Red

The homeowners wanted to update the home’s original single pane windows and cedar siding for better comfort and aesthetics.  After several meetings the scope of work drastically changed. The project included new roof, entry doors, new front stoop/sidewalk and portico, overhead garage doors and rear deck replacement. The original plan was to keep the red siding, white trim and white windows.  After being shown the several color options the homeowners chose the warm look of James Hardie Countrylane Red siding and Cobblestone trim.  Prefinished White interior/Sand Beige exterior Beechworth windows with grills between the glass in the top sash were chosen to keep with the cottage theme of the house while making them easier to clean. 

The front entry door was widened two inches and a Therma-Tru Smooth fiberglass Craftsman door was installed to […]

3001, 2017

Greenery : Pantone Color of the Year

By |January 30th, 2017|Design, DIY Projects, Entertaining|Comments Off on Greenery : Pantone Color of the Year

This years Pantone Color of the Year is a breath of fresh air! After a few years muted pastels they gave us a bright springy green! This is just the kick in the pants we need during our dreary Chicagoland winter. Everyone welcome the Pantone Color of the Year…Greenery! Now at first glance this might look like a loud, vibrant and that might not be your thing. But the all seeing people at Pantone thought of that. Check out all of the color palettes that Greenery goes with!

This is a color of new beginnings.  In the spirit of new beginnings let’s get shopping for some new home goods!

Green Lattice Garden Stool

Wire Round Stool

Round Pot Planter

Glazed Oval Planter

Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Greenery

Lime Green Indoor/Outdoor Rug

2301, 2017

What is the Live Lagom Project?

By |January 23rd, 2017|Design, DIY Projects|Comments Off on What is the Live Lagom Project?

What is Lagom?
It is a Swedish word that means not too little, not too much. Just right. While you are probably thinking about Goldilocks and the Three Bears🐻🐻🐻👧🏼. We are talking about the Scandinavian trend of frugality and balance. IKEA has created a lifestyle project called Live Lagom. They want to help people achieve a more sustainable and affordable lifestyle.

It’s been about three weeks since you made your probably unrealistic New Year’s resolution. Don’t worry you aren’t alone. By the 3rd about 32% of America is in the same boat.

Living lagom isn’t supposed to be hard, the whole point is good enough. Lifestyle blogger Anna Lysik talks about how taking a lagom mindset has made her more aware of her spending and how much waste she is producing. We could all […]

1901, 2017

Weekly Transformation: Arlington Heights, Navajo Beige

By |January 19th, 2017|Remodeling, Roofing, Siding, Windows|Comments Off on Weekly Transformation: Arlington Heights, Navajo Beige

After a hailstorm, the owners wanted to utilize the insurance money to update their home while replacing the damaged materials.  Erdmann Exterior Designs helped the homeowners unify the look of their new windows by installing Navajo Beige trim to match the Navajo Beige siding.  The cedar color roof was replaced with CertainTeed ‘Driftwood’ shingles to balance out the orange in the brick. 
On the rear of the house, the white aluminum roof on the bay window was replaced with the same CertainTeed ‘Driftwood’ architectural shingle as the same CertainTeed ‘Driftwood’ architectural shingle.
Working with the the homeowner’s insurance company, Erdmann Exterior Designs was able to get the damaged skylight replaced under the hail claim.  The new VELUX skylight has a 10-year No Leak Warranty giving the homeowners peace of mind.
 While developing the plan with […]

901, 2017

Why Should You Give Beechworth a Chance?

By |January 9th, 2017|Remodeling, Windows|Comments Off on Why Should You Give Beechworth a Chance?

What do you know about Beechworth Windows? Probably not too much. It is a fairly new product line. But being the sister company of James Hardie it’s gotta be pretty good right? We’ve been installing their products and couldn’t be happier with the results. If you are still on the fence keep reading and find out why Beechworth is the superior window product.
American Made
All Beechworth products are American made.  The Wisconsin based plant is entirely owned by James Hardie Building Products. Their research and development is in Naperville, just a quick hop and a jump from our Arlington Heights showroom. Another cool feature is their mobile studio. If you are interested in some Beechworth Windows one of our sales representatives can schedule an appointment with the mobile studio and you […]

2912, 2016

Weekly Transformations: Naperville, Evening Blue

By |December 29th, 2016|Design, Remodeling, Roofing, Siding|Comments Off on Weekly Transformations: Naperville, Evening Blue

This Naperville transformation is clear from the outside. But there were a few things that had to be done on the inside to prepare. First we air sealed the attic and installed new insulation. This helps with energy efficiency and air quality. For this type of project we used blown in cellulose. Cellulose is denser than fiberglass making it a better insulator. If you are looking for more information on insulating your home for winter check out our blog post about Energy Efficiency Tips for Winter.  Looking to get your home ready for winter? Call 847-357-9607 to schedule an appointment.

Some other behind the scene improvements we made are replacing all of plywood for structural integrity. We also resealed all of the windows adding to the energy efficiency. There was also […]