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.

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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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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.


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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3 Best Windows for Your Bedroom

Imagine waking up and the first thing to greet you are the warm rays of the sun through your beautiful new windows. Windows that open up your bedroom to make it feel bigger, and bring in the light to make it feel warmer and brighter, yet are energy-efficient to help you save money on your energy bill. No wonder you’re sleeping better!

At Next Door and Window, we have the perfect windows for your bedroom to offer all of this and more.

With several types to choose from, you can mix and match windows that will transform your bedroom, while providing the comfort you need. They can also seamlessly connect your bedroom to the great outdoors as they provide an inspiring, unobstructed view.

Below we are sharing the 3 best windows for your bedroom that offer valuable benefits:


Double-hung windows are a classic style that will fit perfectly in your bedroom. This type of window helps improve ventilation as it opens halfway upward, and also promotes safety while remaining open by leaving it in “vent mode”. Vent mode allows you to lock your double-hung windows into place while they are opened slightly so that your home can safely benefit from refreshing outdoor air even when you are at work or running errands.

Since double-hung windows open vertically, they are ideal for rooms that face high-traffic areas. Looking for more privacy or better views? Double-hung windows can offer the best of both worlds depending on your needs. These types of windows do not offer as much light as other window types, but it counterbalances that with better privacy.

If you’re not too hot on privacy anyway, a whole row of these windows can make for amazing views. Whichever you choose, Next Door & Window will provide a tailored experience that guarantees peace of mind.

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With bow or bay windows, you can enjoy an expansive view of the outdoors while giving the illusion of a bigger space. Ideal for small bedrooms, bow or bay windows provides extra room that you can use for other functions such as a window seat or a mini-office.

You may normally see bow or bay windows in a kitchen or living room, but if you think outside the box, they can create a little sitting nook right in your bedroom! This is perfect for those mornings when you want to pause for a bit, sit and reflect in the comfort of your own space. Plus, we take the guesswork out of the final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

These two window styles also allow you to set your own window configuration to meet your style and needs. For instance, you can include casement windows for better air ventilation or picture windows for energy efficiency. Whatever you go with, bow or bay windows can greatly open up your room, bring in the beautiful sunlight, allow for better views, and create a more functional bedroom.

Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Bow or Bay Windows for your Bedroom at Next Door & Window in Illinois
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Read More: Transform Your Home with Bow or Bay Windows


Well-known for their versatility, casement windows offer the best energy efficiency for your bedroom. Due to the airtight seal between the window sash and frame that is created during installation, casement windows offer superior energy efficiency compared to other window styles. This will help lower your bills, keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Being the perfect temperature is key to a good night’s rest.

You can easily swing casement windows outward or inward to let the fresh breeze in and flood your room with natural daylight. To top it off, they’re easy to clean and fully customizable to meet your needs. Choose between round-top, push-out, in-swing designs, plus add a specific grille for an enhanced aesthetic. You dream it and we’ll help create it with the support of our Design and Energy experts.

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We carry a whole range of window styles and some of the best single-name brands in the business, including Marvin, Infinity, Sunrise, and Integrity. When you call on us, we give you nothing but the quality you can rely on. Contact us here and we’ll help you pick out the best options.


5 Best Kitchen Window Ideas for Your Home

The kitchen is the heart of your home. No matter how you use the area, you will always need the right windows to provide the perfect balance between natural light and ventilation. Furthermore, prioritizing design and functionality can make your windows the room’s focal point.

Today, we wanted to share some window options and ideal styles for your kitchen to help get you started on your next remodel. Just imagine having a beautiful, updated kitchen for hosting the holidays!

Here are 5 of the best kitchen window ideas for your home.


Today’s stoves come with attractive exhaust covers and backsplashes that add aesthetic value to your kitchen. We can help complement this feature further by installing picture windows on each side.

Picture windows are large fixed windows that offer expansive views and light. They’re also energy efficient! These windows will give you a panoramic view of the outdoors and control over the amount of ventilation in the room. It’s a win/win for your kitchen.

Pro Tip: Add a sliding patio door (like the first photo below) for floor to ceiling views. The views will help you connect with nature by bringing the outside in. Don’t have space for a sliding door? Fret not, we can add an opening that would accommodate a sliding door, even if there was not an opening there before!


Install multiple windows side-by-side over the kitchen sink to make dishwashing more enjoyable for anyone involved. This setup will also give you the feeling that the outdoors is connected to your kitchen area.

The extra sunlight can also increase your mood, which is an added benefit when doing chores in the kitchen. Read more about the benefits of bigger windows in our post HERE


Would you rather have the ability to combine the outdoors with your kitchen? Maybe you have a beautiful patio you’d like to be connected to or your view is something you want more of. Whatever the reason, slider windows are a perfect choice. These windows are also great for hosting indoor/outdoor events during warmer days!

Slider windows offer a simplified and space-saving design where swinging windows won’t work. These windows open horizontally instead of vertically, which makes them a great option for smaller kitchens. Windows that open up your space and make you feel closer to nature really are the best.


Installing bow or bay windows in your kitchen will let you enjoy more sunlight and a picturesque view. In fact, the available space provided by these types of windows can serve as its own dining area. This will give you the chance to enjoy breakfast without having to go to the dining room.

Bay windows are impressively versatile at enhancing almost any space, but they’re particularly popular in kitchens. In most cases, they can single-handedly add a variety of functions and reinvent your cooking area in ways you never thought possible.

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Another fun idea if you’d rather not do a bow or bay window is installing corner windows. You can create the same breakfast nook and still welcome in plenty of light for an overall inspiring space.


Casement windows remain to be ideal choices in the kitchen area. They come with a crank that will let you open them fully for more fresh air.

Installing them over countertops is a great option. Since casement windows come with a crank, they’re perfect for areas in the kitchen that are hard to reach since they’re easier to open.

Either way, you cannot go wrong with the classic look of a casement window. And as we always say, the more windows you add in, the bigger your space seems. See the photos below for inspiration.

The photo below features a picture window combined with a casement window, so you can still get fresh air but not lose the view!

At Next Door and Window, we offer a wide selection of windows that you can customize to fit your kitchen best. Our Design and Energy experts can help you visualize this final look with our Home Visualizer tool that allows you to try on styles before buying.

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


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