Many homeowners are replacing traditional swinging or sliding screens with a new popular alternative: Retractable screen doors. As their name indicates, these doors roll back into their housing when not in use (like a window shade).
According to Randy Brown, retail channel marketing manager of ODL, Inc. (a leading manufacturer of these doors), “It’s the perfect solution for allowing fresh air into the home. It keeps bugs out when the screen is in use; when the screen isn’t needed, it retracts into the frame housing so it’s hidden from view. It’s there when you need it and out of sight when you don’t.” Retractable screen doors also take away the banging, slamming and in-the-way hassles that commonly happens with a traditional hinged door. And if you’re entertaining, it allows the party to “flow” naturally onto a porch, deck or patio.
When shopping for a retractable, look for models that offer outer facemount installation on brick mold (this allows a full opening for fresh-air circulation as well as an unobstructed outdoor view. Without intrusive housing or tracks associated with in-jamb retractables, these particular models also provide the added benefit of a full pass-thorough space.
Installing a retractable is surprisingly easy, especially if you choose a product designed with the DIY homeowner in mind (like the Brisa Retractable Screen Door by ODL-they’re available in a variety of heights–standard, short, or tall; colors-white, sandstone or bronze; and applications, such as single door, French or double door (most standard-size doors require no metal cutting; only a power driver tool is needed to install Brisa’s five parts, which can be done in about 30 minutes) for flexibility to fit the majority of homes. And Brisa’s covered by a Limited Life Time Warranty.
For more info and a where-to-buy locator, go to www.odl.com/FreshAir.
Maytag has recently debuted its Four-Door French Door Refrigerator with Maytag Steel Shelves (it’s a bit on the pricey side, though-$3,399); the steel shelves are cold to the touch, while the Power-Cold feature will quickly chill down to the optimal temperature with the touch of a button (so if the fridge door’s been left open or it’s constantly being opened and shut, the inside temp will stay the same).
For more info, log in at www.maytag.com.
Want a vintage look for your porch, deck or patio seating? Consider classic Adirondack styles, which come in a variety of colors. Prefer contemporary? Many cube designs are now made in outdoor-friendly wicker. Want lounging and casual dining? Go for a sectional set, which enables versatile seating options.
For more info, visit http://www.nationalfurnitureassociation.com.
Sprucing Up Your Home and Porch, Deck or Patio
Selling your home? A more spacious look can be created by packing away items that are in pieces of furniture like display cabinets and hutches; and moving various pieces of furniture out of the house will help the potential buyer to envision their own ‘stuff‘ there instead of yours. You can also sell off or give away any unwanted items and home furnishings before potential buyers come for a look.
Did you know that roughly 25 percent of homeowners paint their own home? 75 percent paint the deck.
- Pick a paint based on the particular project you’re working on.Flat and satin are what most people choose for siding; semigloss adds sheen and contrast for trim. Consider semi-transparent stains, which will show some of the grain (instead of hiding it, as a solid stain will do) and will still look good after two years (a clear finish will showcase the grain, but will last no longer than a year).
- Try to plan painting projects around special promos and sales; holiday weekends can provide storewide discounts of 30 percent or more. And you’ll save more buying 5-gallon containers instead of the usual gallon ones.
Sources: “Open the Door” and “From front porch to back patio” by Family Features-Vindy Homes magazine-The (Sunday) Vindicator, July 12, 2015, “Selling your home? Spruce it up inside and out”-Valley Homes magazine-The (Sunday) Vindicator, April 26, 2015 and “Spruce up your home and deck”-From Consumer Reports-The (Sunday) Vindicator, June 22, 2014