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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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Best Patio Doors for Your Home

Time to update those patio doors? The season is warming up, and since you’ll be using that patio door more often it’s the perfect time to invest in an upgrade. Next Door and Window is here to help you choose the best patio door for your home.

Our expert team can customize your door to meet your preferences for appearance and functionality. You can select from a range of options to ensure a flawless finish that exceeds your expectations.

Signs You Need a New Patio Door

  • Whether you have a sliding or a swinging patio door, if it’s getting more difficult to open it then it might be time to replace it with a new one.
  • If you’re feeling any drafts then an upgrade is recommended. You don’t want the AC or heat slipping out of the cracks and increasing your energy bills.
  • The door is outdated and you’d like a new look. Installing patio doors are a smart way to spruce up your home. They add elegance to your decor, which contributes to curb appeal.

Patio doors are a great return on investment and will cost you less than renovating an entire room. Patio doors offer plenty of natural light giving the illusion of a bigger space. The large glass panels also allow you to enjoy your surroundings and take in the view.

Plus, if you choose a sliding door you’ll automatically have more indoor space.

Patio doors offer function and style and bring something special to your home. Considering that these doors connect you to your outdoor spaces, make sure you choose quality materials and professional installation.

Next Door and Window will help you create a patio door that’s custom to your style and everyday life with top of the line brands you can trust. Our Design and Energy experts can also help you visualize this final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

Patio Door Brands We Offer

  • Marvin patio doors– When it comes to patio doors, Marvin is the brand in demand. Marvin patio doors give homeowners flexibility by offering an abundance of styles, high-quality materials, and options for both interior and exterior finishes. Every Marvin patio door is custom made, but they all share the exceptional performance that the Marvin brand is known for.

  • Infinity patio doors– Infinity from Marvin offers a range of elegant, smooth-operating, energy-efficient fiberglass that is low maintenance and reliable. They offer a traditional French appearance and are available in different stains and finishes that will complement your home.

  • Integrity patio doors– Integrity from Marvin patio doors are made with Ultrex,® fiberglass that outperforms many other materials such as roll-form aluminum, vinyl, and other fiberglass composites. Integrity patio doors endure all the elements without showing signs of wear, all while insulating your home from outdoor temperatures. Perfect choice for our brutal Illinois winters and scorching summers!

  • Sunrise patio doors Sunrise patio doors can stand up to the elements through the years. They come with four seals of weather-stripping that eliminate leaks and drafts, which in turn lessens your heating and cooling costs. These patio doors are simple yet strong, will complement any architectural style, and withstand the frequent use that patio doors can endure.

Whatever your patio door style, our experts can help you design the ideal look for your home. Call today to schedule your free appointment at 630-280-2748 or contact us HERE.

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Our Favorite Installations of 2018

The year is coming to an end quicker than any of us expected. We’re so grateful for the amazing people we were able to work with this year and the happy clients we’ve encountered. We thought this end of the year post could be dedicated to highlighting some of our favorite installations. If your doors or windows are in need of an upgrade, we hope this post can inspire you for 2019. New year, new home, right?

We recently shared how specialty windows can transform your home’s façade, and this Infinity window is a fantastic example. The look was combined with new Provia double doors and Sidelites. It definitely made for a beautiful entryway.

Here is a good before and after image to paint the picture of what’s capable with Next Door and Window. This Arlington Heights homeowner wanted to go from a double entry door to a single door with Sidelites. We matched the new stone to the existing brick color. The new entry door is a Provia Signet with 2 Sidelites and Veretta Stone. 

We all know that gray seems to be the “it” color right now. So why not incorporate this color into your front door and add instant curb appeal? This beautiful entry door is a Provia Signet.

The dramatic height of these windows simply takes your breath away. Think you don’t have enough space to choose larger windows and maximize your rooms? Our Design and Energy experts can help you create this look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying. So go ahead, open up your space!

We love when our customers choose a color that makes a bold statement! This Provia cherry entry door brightens up the façade and at the same time increases the value of their home.

These are Sunrise windows and we love the way they alternate in size and opening options here. Choosing these different types of windows can also help create the illusion of a larger space and add distinct architectural interest to your home.

This dark contrasting Albany door against a light exterior color is a great example of current trends. It’s a bold look we love and we hope to see more of it!

This stunning installation is of Marvin Integrity French Doors. The doors coupled with specialty windows really give this room that wow factor.

Looking for a timeless look? Look no further than this Provia Signet Entry Door with decorative Sidelites installation. The contrasting colors of this entryway make a statement of their own. An updated front door truly is a great way to make an impact without the cost of an extensive renovation.

We are loving the black frame of this Marvin Integrity three panel sliding patio door. Marvin sliding doors set the industry benchmark for effortless and graceful operation with styles to complement any room or design. Old windows and patio doors can be a source of heat loss in the winter. Investing in quality upgrades can save you a lot on your energy bills. Next Door and Window offers plenty of energy efficient window options with air-tight insulation so you never have to worry about the energy you use slipping out of your home. 

The Provia Signet double doors selected for this installation are classic and elegant. The decorative glass complements the door well and the specialty windows surrounding them boost that curb appeal.

Bright colored doors are all the rage. It’s an easy way to add character and give your home a distinctive look. This installation features a Provia door with Sidelites. 

This installation is a great example of how we can tailor windows to go with the flow of your existing architecture by designing and installing custom shapes and matching the color of your home. With plenty of options at your disposal, you can be as creative as you want.

The specialty windows combine state-of-the-art window design with a clean, classic style. Advanced engineering and the highest quality construction make these windows incredibly durable, versatile, and easy to use. Also note, since these specialty windows don’t normally open they can be very energy efficient. This installation features a Marvin Integrity specialty window with Provia double doors.

Here’s another bold installation we couldn’t pass up! This gorgeous ProVia double door makes for a grand entrance. We love the gold handles and contrasting walls. It’s a modern look with classic touches.

We hope these installations inspired you as much as they did us this past year. 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.

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