Thinking about converting a portion of your Long Island home to a business office? Almost everybody has an area in their home that they use to pay bills and do other paperwork, even if it’s the kitchen table, but these days, it’s becoming more common for Long Islanders to dedicate an entire room for use as a home office.
Plenty of businesses are run out of a home, or what was originally designed as a single-family or multi-family house, these days. Doctor’s offices, accountants and other professional services are often run out of a “home office”. But before you repurpose a room, an addition, or an attached garage for customer traffic, make sure your neighborhood is zoned for commercial activities. Once you have the necessary permits, you’ll want to draft a remodeling plan that covers everything from adding dedicated utility connections so you can separate personal use from business use to installing replacement windows to modernize the space and improve energy efficiency.
Fall on Long Island is a glorious season. Leaf peeping. Pumpkin pie cooling on the rack for an after Thanksgiving snack. Toasting marshmallows around an open-flame fire pit, listening to your favorite holiday tunes. If you’re like most people we talk to about Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, you’re also thinking about how to make sure your home is warm and comfortable for family and guests as the temperature dips.
While not everyone is a whiz in the kitchen, or has a fire pit on the patio, everyone can make a few changes to their home to create warm and inviting indoor spaces.
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Garages store stuff, but storing doesn’t mean “that stuff” is protected from our harsh Long Island winter weather. The first step on the garage winterizing checklist is to check all the doors and windows to make sure there are no missing sections of weather-stripping or broken window panes or that will allow air and moisture flow freely into your heated spaces. A dark, cold, damp garage can lead to rust on the rake head and a gas appliance that won’t fire up when warm weather returns. Lubricating moving metal parts on the overhead doors is also recommended. (more…)
When the time comes for Long Island homeowners to replace outdated or poorly performing exterior doors, there are several options. The two most common door styles seen adjacent to patios, decks and side-entrances are the Double Door and Standard Patio Door.
In the replacement window and patio door industry, and here at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we refer to these door styles as Hinged-French Style Patio Doors and Sliding Patio Doors. Both allow easy entrance and exit, but there are some distinct differences in the way the two styles function. (more…)
Did you stop by the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island blog today because you are looking for answers to questions about replacement windows and patio doors? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a realistic idea of what different styles, colors and design features would look inside your home? Well, we have good news. There are three options for you, in addition to our blog posts, that provide in-depth tips about choosing, styles, hardware, glass, grilles and other options and accessories. (more…)
Thinking bringing more natural light into your Long Island home by connecting your outdoor spaces with your interior rooms? Have you considered installing replacement windows and/or patio doors to create a stunning wall of glass?
Every homeowner deserves at least one room that provides a place to relax and re-connect with nature. In addition to brightening up your home, large windows give you an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors throughout the seasons without braving the elements during inclement weather. While finding the best window treatments (for privacy) can be an enjoyable challenge, when you get the design right, the results are truly worth the time and effort you spend.
Here are a few suggestions from your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window consultants for making sure you are thrilled with the finished project. (more…)