How to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior For Ultimate Curb Appeal

If you want your home’s exterior to have ultimate curb appeal, there are plenty of ways to go about it. Your home’s curb appeal makes a big impact on visitors, neighbors, potential buyers, and the entire block in general. An upgrade to your home’s exterior can also significantly increase the value of your home.

NEXT Door & Window can help you do just that by replacing your old and drafty windows, as well as upgrading your front door to give your guests and any passerby a great first impression.

Upgrade Your Home's Curb Appeal

UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS

We offer quality windows that will add character to your home. They come in a wide range of designs, colors, and hardware to match your home’s unique style.

Our windows feature insulated glass that can reduce water spots when exposed to sunlight, ensuring a clear outdoor view. They are also energy-efficient to help reduce your energy bills. The frames they come with are also strong and will last for many years.

To make the most of your windows, your design should reflect the architectural style of your home. If you’re living in a traditional Tudor-style home, modern windows that run from floor to ceiling may look awkward.

Look for a style that works well with your architecture, like windows with classic diamond-shaped mullions. Your Design and Energy expert will help guide you through the process of upgrading your window space. 

The beauty of choosing custom windows is that whatever your vision is for your home, we can help create it. You can upgrade specialty shaped windows, add grilles, or change an entire wall to include windows that weren’t there before.

Best part? Our experts can help you visualize this final window look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

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UPGRADE YOUR DOORS

Aside from windows, NEXT Door & Window has an array of custom entry doors that can add charm to your home. When choosing a style, it’s best to consult local experts, such as NEXT Door. Like our windows, our doors also come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials.

We have Heritage Fiberglass that offers the classic look of wood grain or smooth-colored finish. We also have Signet Fiberglass that sports an authentic wood look, giving your home that natural appeal. They also feature high-definition panel profiles that create shadow lines and unique panel designs. Or maybe you just want to add a burst of color to your exterior, and a bold front door can help you achieve that.

As mentioned, all of our doors come with customizable features such as screen options, hardware choices, decorative glass offerings, and different stain colors to ensure seamless integration with the existing exterior. And, just like with windows, our Home Visualizer tool allows you to try on door styles before buying.

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NEXT Door & Window can help you breathe new life into your home’s exterior. We are currently offering virtual or in-home appointments with our Design and Energy experts to get your projects started ASAP. Schedule yours today.

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How To Upgrade Your Home's Exterior For Ultimate Curb Appeal 

4 Expert Tips on Choosing a New Front Door

If you’re in the market for a new front door, choose one that not only adds to your home’s curb appeal (therefore increasing its value) but also boosts its performance. A front door is more than just a point of entry; it is a great way to make an impact without the cost of an extensive renovation. According to Therma Tru’s “National Home Value Study”, by just replacing your front door you can roughly increase the value of your property by $18,750. That alone is a great reason to upgrade!

Tips on Choosing a New Front Door

Below are 4 expert tips on choosing the best front door for your home. All the photos shown in this post come from our team of experts and their beautiful installations. 

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Our Favorite Installations of 2019

Another great year is coming to an end and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s ahead and incredibly grateful for all the door and window installations that happened this year. We worked with many amazing people and loved helping them transform their homes.

We were left inspired by the renovations, so we thought this end of the year post could be dedicated to highlighting some of our favorites in 2019 (in no particular order). If your doors or windows are in need of an upgrade, we hope this post can inspire you for 2020.

OUR FAVORITE INSTALLATIONS OF 2019

1. With the type of weather, we have in Illinois, choosing a storm door is always a good idea. Storm doors do not need to be stale. You can easily design a storm door that fits your style! We’re loving this bold blue ProVia storm door that was installed in Riverside.

2. This entryway in Plainfield came to life with the blue Albany door and decorative glass. It’s inspiring to see how something as “simple” as a front door can make such a drastic difference in the curb appeal of your home.

3. The color of this door is AMAZING! All the pieces of this project came together beautifully. This Winfield installation features an Albany door with 2 sidelites and a ProVia storm door.

4. Bay windows go beyond being an architectural accent and will add both value and curb appeal to your home. This beautiful bay was installed in Aurora. Click HERE to read more about how bay (and bow) windows can change your space.

5. Is a front door with decorative glass safe? This is a common question and a top concern for homeowners. It will ease your mind to know that the glass used for front doors is tempered, which means the material is stronger and harder to break. Shown here is a stunning ProVia Signet entry door with sidelites installed in Naperville. Read more about decorative glass and safety HERE.

6. You can’t go wrong with the classic black and white combination. This ProVia entry door with sidelites was recently installed in Naperville and makes for a grand entrance! Your entryway will be getting way more than just a makeover with our top of the line brands.

7. This ProVia entry door in Lisle is one for the books. The transformation blew us away! And as always, glad they added in a storm door to protect the beautiful new entryway.

8. If you go bigger, like these double-hung Infinity windows installed in Wheaton, you can let natural light be the main focus of the design in the room. Plus, who wouldn’t love a better view?

9. This impressive entry door was installed in Homer Glen. Nothing else changed, just the front door, but that alone completely changes the façade! This is another great example of how much a front door can add instant curb appeal.

10. This Barrington entryway got a modern update with this striking rich brown ProVia entry door. This update will boost curb appeal and provide unrivaled protection against the summer heat AND winter cold.

11. Now that’s a magnificent door installed in Naperville! Check out the detail in the decorative glass. No other words needed, this installation was a winner.

12. We had an exciting collaboration this year with Nicole Regan, lifestyle expert, and blogger, of CedarandRush.com. We helped her pick the perfect door to transform her mudroom. The results were unreal. Read more about the steps along the way and final product HERE.

13. We love the combination of dark wood with dark green siding! This ProVia Signet entry door was installed in Downers Grove and gave the home a completely new look.

14. This is a great example of a classic color combination that was taken to another level with beautiful decorative glass. This ProVia fiberglass entry door with sidelites was installed in Naperville. 

15. This Infinity patio door offers a clean, sleek look that complements older and modern homes alike. It was a perfect choice for this Hinsdale home!

16. We just love this space and the double-hung windows they chose. These beauties were installed near Palatine.

17. Curious how a whole renovation looks? Check out this Genoa home and its inspiring new vinyl windows. Top of the line brands and professional installation sure does make a difference. Read more on how the remodeling and installation process works HERE.

We hope these installations inspired you as much as they did us this past year. We cut the post short because there are way too many we love! Check out our social feeds on Facebook and Instagram to see more transformations.

Remember, if it’s time to update your doors and windows, we hope you’ll consider us for the important project. Schedule your no hassle-no pressure appointment today to get started: Contact Us

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6 Doors and Windows to Bring the Outdoors Inside This Winter

Winter is getting closer. For many Illinois residents, it means spending more time indoors until warmer weather arrives. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you’re probably dreading the thought of staying home on weekends instead of enjoying those fun outdoor activities.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a recluse for the rest of the year due to the weather. There are plenty of great ways to bring the beauty of the outdoors into our homes through our doors and windows!

These options will bring more natural light into your home, allow for much better views of nature, along with other benefits. These benefits include reduced energy costs, boost mood and health, and add beauty to your indoor space.

Here are 6 great windows and doors to bring the outdoors inside this winter.

1. Bay or Bow Windows 

If you have standard windows, consider replacing them with a bay or bow window. These types of windows better extend out into your garden or front yard, bringing in more sunlight while expanding your space.

You’ll have a better view of the outdoors, as these windows offer a sense of openness without sacrificing energy efficiency and security. Our windows offer air-tight insulation so you never have to worry about the energy you DO use slipping out of your home. This is so important during all of our seasons.    

2. Picture Windows

If a bay or bow window doesn’t suit your home; you can try switching to a beautiful picture window. Picture windows are large fixed windows that offer expansive views and light.

It’s an innovative product that can add comfort and energy efficiency to your home. It’s one of our favorite windows!

If you live in an area with lots of greenery or just surroundings that you’d like to take in all year-round, try adding in a picture window.

3. Specialty Windows

You can also go for a specialty window. We can design many shapes to fit your home or simply create bigger and taller windows to better show the outdoor views.

Think about a room where you may spend a good amount of time, like the kitchen. Why not open up that space and bring in more sunlight? Most kitchen backsplashes are around 18 inches high, but using taller windows can extend this standard measurement.

This way, you can make the most of your home’s viewing area and available lighting. Again, by choosing bigger windows or specialty windows you can welcome the free energy in and lower your use of electricity.

4. Corner Windows

Another great choice to bring in the outdoors is a corner window, especially if a more natural setting surrounds your home. Corner windows make the most of your outdoor views, creating a design focal point from both interior and exterior angles.

This stunning window will expand your natural view and capture light from several directions. Plus, with its clean look, it’s perfect for modern homes or minimalist design lovers.

5. Sliding Doors 

Stay connected to the outside with elegant glass sliding doors. Next Door and Window offers this type of door with modern features, such as thermal efficiency, which also helps decrease your home’s energy usage.

Sliding doors can also drastically increase the natural light coming into your home and offer beautiful views of the outdoors.

When natural light fills the room, it generates gorgeous energy that makes the room feel fresher and the colors seem brighter. Plus, glass doors are a great return on investment and will cost you less than renovating an entire room.

6. Decorative Door Glass 

There are many options for decorative door glass, and you can learn more about these HERE. But to maximize your views and light skip the textured glass and opt for the larger glass with the privacy rating of 1.

As always, it’s important to consider your home and the surrounding area to pick the best products for your property. If a front glass door doesn’t seem right, maybe adding it to the back entryway will be a better fit to bring in the views.

Whatever your preference and style, we have Design and Energy experts ready to take on the project! Our experts can also help you visualize this final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

As mentioned above, a huge benefit of these windows and doors (besides the views) is the amount of sunshine you’ll be letting in.

We all know that sunshine is important to increase your vitamin D levels and boost your immune system, but research has also shown that it can help boost your mood and productivity.

Natural light can also help you sleep better at night. This is especially important with the battle of the blue light we’re fighting all day with our phones and computers. With all these added benefits, it’s no question that upgrading to one of these windows or doors is the way to go.

Next Door and Window can help bring the outdoors in through stylish and energy-efficient doors and windows. We offer no hassle-no pressure appointments so schedule yours today

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Door Transformation with Nicole of Cedar and Rush

We recently collaborated with Nicole Regan, lifestyle expert and blogger,  of CedarandRush.com. Her mudroom was in desperate need of a new door and she knew that Next Door and Window was the best company for the job! We’re excited to share the steps along the way and the fantastic final product that has transformed her room.

Cedar & Rush Interview with NDW  

The first steps were to do an interview with our owner, Justin Bartley. Nicole was able to get tons of useful information of when it’s time to update your doors or windows, and what to look for when hiring a company.

She was also able to see the warehouse where a lot of the magic happens! The best part is that she shared that interview and all the behind the scenes photos for her readers on her blog. Click here to read that post.

Here are just a few of the great points Justin Bartley made,

“Most homeowners do not know that there are many different replacement options, some of which may be the wrong solution for their home.”

“Homeowners should thoroughly research wood clad, fiberglass, and vinyl to find the best product for their particular home and application type.”

When choosing a door and window company “Check their rating online with Google reviews, BBB, and Angie’s List. Also, ask for jobs they have done in your neighborhood.”

“Fiberglass has been the biggest trend due to its strength and durability. It’s a great option to withstand the heat and fade that can happen with dark colors.” 

“Water leaks should be the number 1 reason you are buying new windows and doors. Water can damage walls and create much more damage to your home.”

Read the full post here: Cedar & Rush Interview with Next Door & Window Owner

Here are some BEFORE photos of Nicole’s mudroom door:

Our Design and Energy expert, Gary, met with Nicole to go over her options and figure out what would work best in her space. He was also able to show her how the final result would look thanks to our visualizer tool.

With this tool, our experts can take a picture of your home and allow you to build any new door design with different styles, glass, or color options. That way you can see exactly how each door looks on your home before you buy it!

After the decisions were made and the measurements were taken, all was scheduled for installation with our expert installers. As you can see by the photo above, our installers always make sure to keep your space as clean as possible during the job.

Final Result with Cedar & Rush

To say that the choice Nicole (and Gary) made was perfect is an understatement. The new door truly transformed her mudroom! It opened up the room, brightened up the house, enhanced the colors of the furnishings, and is now saving her tons of money every year thanks to the energy efficiency offered with our doors.

Here are some AFTER photos:

We enjoyed working with Nicole of Cedar and Rush! And are excited that she loved the final result as much as we did.

Check out her full post (with many more photos) on the transformation process here: Mudroom Transformation with Next Door & Window

And, if you’re ready to update your doors and windows contact us today by clicking HERE. You’re still on time to get an installation in by Thanksgiving (wow your guests!)

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