Qualified Remodeler Magazine

SEP 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Simmonds Architect The VistaLuxe Entrance Doors from KOLBE feature large expanses of glass with extruded aluminum cladding. Circle 5 on inquiry card door. And we're seeing is people want some- thing that's personal to their own choices, their own personality, and their own wants and needs," he says. "We fnd ourselves help- ing the customer customize each individual door, whether it be size, shape, exterior fnish, interior fnish, divided lite options or custom colors." Even with the personalization options, Premeau sees a trend towards more contem- porary type aesthetics — simple, clean lines with lots of glass. He also sees door size oferings changing as homeowners look to create grand entrances using 10-, 11-, 12-ft. or taller doors. "We are constantly being pushed for bigger doors. And I think there's a caveat to that — you want to make sure the door still performs and func- tions the way a door should. Just because you can build a 30-ft. door doesn't mean you can operate it safely." Larger door sizes may help create a grand entranceway, but Alicia Snyder, associate product specialist in entry doors for Pella, sees homeowners looking to use their exterior front entries as a place to make a statement. "What we're seeing more and more is the entry doors becoming a statement piece," she explains. "It's consistent with what homeowners are choosing for exterior fnishes and colors, but it's becoming more of a consideration piece that's aesthetic driven, making the homeown- er feel like it's more custom and their own. We're defnitely seeing a trend toward more of QualifiedRemodeler.com QR September 2015 57

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