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5 Must-Do Fall Home Improvement Projects to Cut Your Heating Bills

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, doors, Glass Block, Windows

5 must do fall home improvement projects to save heating costs | Innovate Building Solutions Cleveland and Columbus Ohio

I stepped out of my hotel room in Columbus yesterday with a short-sleeved shirt (I’m still in a summer mind-set). The wind was blowing. It was cold, breezy and 56 degrees. I thought, “Why didn’t I check the weather on my phone this morning? Does the summer have to blow by so fast?” I suppose that was Mother Natures’ way of saying to me, “Hey Dude – you live in Ohio. The one thing constant about the weather here is it’s going to change!”

Unfortunately, the decline in temperatures is also joined at the hip with higher bills from the oh-so-friendly heating company. Before the utility company gets you (and I) with high heating bills, now is the time to do the right home improvement project this Fall before you get a bad news bill delivered into your mailbox this Winter.

If your home is not very energy efficient (OK –if we’re keeping it real you’d say it leaks like a sieve) think through which of the following 5 must-do Fall home improvement projects need to be on your list. If you don’t think about this now, you could get stuck with “Joe’s-Quick-And-Dirty Home Improvement Company” whose been on the Angie’s List – naughty list instead a reputable high-quality replacement window and door contractor to do your job.

4 amazingly smart projects to winterize and add resale value to your home

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Glass Block, Windows

4 smart remodeling projects to winterize and add value to your home - Innovate Building Solutions

Don’t even begin to use that “w” word. Dare I say it…. winter! The image of tightly gripping the steering wheel navigating icy roads, shoveling mountains of that evil white stuff with my long red shovel makes me want to get on the next plane to sunny Florida. Even global warming can’t totally stop winter from coming and invading your nice (hopefully) cozy home and stealing your money when the “shoe drops” (the shoe would be that way-too-regular and expensive monthly heating bill).

If you’re like me you’d like to pass right over winter and go directly to spring. If you live in any cold weather state, or cities like Cleveland or Columbus (this is where I hang out most)– it’s soon going to be light outside too little and cold inside too much. So, what you gonna do, or who you gonna call (don’t say Ghostbusters!), to deal with an uncomfortable home which drains your hard-earned money in the winter?

Designing a Mud Room and Entryway to Embrace the Outdoors

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling

How to design a mud room or entryway to embrace the outdoors

A house is not a home unless you can embrace all of its surroundings – inside and out.

This is certainly a statement Bridget O’Callahan of University Heights Ohio could agree with. You see Bridget loves her outdoor space! There is nothing quite like the sounds of the birds chirping, the smells of the garden and relaxing activities like and hanging with your husband Tim in the hot tub which can provide a comforting respite from the hectic world. But when your “outdoor home” is literally walled-off from the outside – enjoying it is a bit problematic.

The Challenge – the wall

A number of years ago a room was added on to the back porch of the O’Callahans house by previous owners. This room only had one window on the west side of the home for Bridget to see her beautiful outdoor gardens.

An existing double hung window to be replaced in University Heights for a Sliding Glass Door

There was no door to make it easy to go outside to entertain, relax or enjoy gardening. As Bridget said to me, “The garden is my thing.  I just love the flowers. I thought it would be so nice to be able to see and enjoy them completely without being separated by a wall.”

A daytime view of an extensive garden in University heights ohio

The Project – a new mud room and entryway

The primary goal of this remodeling project was to open up the back and embrace the outside area of their University Heights home. The O’Callahans decided to work with the design and construction team of Cleveland Design and Remodeling to create a mud room and entryway which now brings in the light, sounds, and smells of the outside and provides easy access to the backyard. Read on to take a closer look at the evolution and re-purposing of the O’Callahans office into a relaxing (and multi-purpose) mud room and entryway.

How to Tame the Countryside with a Classic Fiberglass Door and Glass Block Windows

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Glass Block

“The open landscape is beautiful and peaceful but it also is tough on the wear and tear of our home. The winds can whip around here something fierce and have made our doors and windows break down quicker than we would like,” said Kelly Persichetti of Carroll Ohio.

Fiberglass front entry door in Carrol Ohio

I originally met Kelly in September of 2013 to look at a wood framed picture window (which was part of a 3 lite bay window) in her master bathroom where the frame had deteriorated from the harsh winters and winds which travel through the open fields surrounding her country home. This frame had caused the energy efficiency of the window to be compromised and the decision was made to replace the picture window with a frameless glass block system. At that time we talked briefly about the two double hung windows to the left and right of the master bathroom picture window and also about some maintenance challenges and performance issues with her current steel front entry door and storm door.

By the summer of 2015 Kelly decided to replace the two flanking double hung windows and to upgrade to a fiberglass entry door and an extruded aluminum storm door. In the article below we’ll take a look at how Kelly tamed these problem doors and windows in her beautiful Carroll Ohio country home.

Exterior Door Remodeling Continues as Big Trend in 2015

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling, News

Homeowners are always on the hunt for home improvement and remodeling projects that increase property value while remaining low-cost. The list for consideration often includes bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling or entire home additions; however, many homeowners fail to realize the value in a simple and cost-effective exterior project such as replacing an older door with an exterior steel entry door.

MBS ext steel door

Exterior Steel Doors Picture

According to a recent article by MarketWatch.com, small, exterior home improvement projects are dubbed, by realtors, as the best value in 2015. The article highlights specific products that will yield the highest return on investment, and the project listed as number one is steel entry door replacement.

Stylish and Practical Exterior Doors and Windows add Curb Appeal

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling, Windows

Looking for a unique and stylish entry way or exterior window? Exterior products are more than just a door or just a window; these products add personality and curb appeal to your home.  An artistically designed door not only allows visitors to come in but it invites them in.

green steel entry door

Doors

Doors can be customized with an array of options including decorative glass and caming patterns, inspirations art glass, colored thresholds, distinctive hardware and deadbolts, multiple paint and stain options, transom windows and much more!

Using Color: What Does Your Front Door Say about You?

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling

white steel entry

Did you know that the ways we use color in our lives and homes can offer others a peek into our personalities? Think about some of your favorite brands and products. What kinds of colors are used to entice you to make a purchase? What feelings do you associate with these colors and products? Believe it or not, there is a science behind the way we use color in our lives and often, our favorite colors tell a story about who we are. In the story of your home, what does your front door say about you?

Steel Door Replacement Named as Remodeling Project with Highest ROI

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling

steel entry doorIs your current home in need of several updates this fall, but you aren’t sure where to spend your money? According to a nationwide report published earlier this year by Remodeling Magazine, steel entry door replacement offers the highest return on investment out of more than 30 common projects, returning an average of 97 percent of the cost in added resale value.

While remodeling is an important part of keeping a home looking fresh and well-maintained, all projects are not created equally when it comes to ROI. Based on the Cost vs. Value report findings, front entry door replacement, kitchen remodeling, a wood deck addition and garage door replacement are the most cost-effective projects for adding to the overall value to your home.

7 Ways to a More Energy-Efficient Home this Fall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Windows

Steel Front Entry Door Painted with Decorative Glass

Steel Front Entry Door Painted with Decorative Glass

The official start of fall is just around the corner and has many homeowners considering ways to prepare their homes for the cooler temperatures ahead. The good news is that there are many simple ways to make your home more energy-efficient without emptying your wallet, as well as bigger changes (like replacement doors and windows from Innovate Building Solutions) that will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Project Spotlight: New Fiberglass French Doors add more than just improved function

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Fiberglass french doors in a Pepper Pike Ohio home

Fiberglass french doors in a Pepper Pike Ohio home

When Drs. Mona and Walid Saliba decided to replace their existing front entry doors their main purpose was purely functional – to get rid of drafts. Using a fiberglass door from Provia the Saliba’s were able to transform the entrance of their home. In the article below I’ll highlight why door replacements make good economic sense and some of the key features and benefits of the french doors used in this project.

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