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Look to for Great Inspiration Before Remodeling
Sunday, December 14 2014


Many homeowners planning home renovations find themselves torn between design ideas and techniques. If you are planning your remodeling now, you may be worrying about whether these designs will remain trendy once the project is finally complete. Even staying up to date on the latest trends through expert blogs and magazines may not be enough to ensure your designs do not go out of fashion quickly after the job is done.

Rather than remodeling your entire home to incorporate your new entry doors and patio doors based on magazine ideas, look to for great inspiration and ideas! By utilizing this amazing service, you can browse amongst beautiful homes to find not only incredible designs, but also excellent interior design, architectural, construction professionals and window and door suppliers that will ensure the job is complete to perfection.

In February 2014, AG Millworks Bi-Fold Patio Doors ranked as’s top product of the month! These beautiful Bi-Fold patio doors make it easy to incorporate indoor-outdoor living, which is why everyone is incorporating these magnificent doors into their home remodeling plans! Since these doors allow you to blend the out with the in, you can enjoy indoor outdoor living from the comfort of your couch while enjoying fresh breezes from outdoors. And with the AG Millworks retractable accordion screen option for all patio doors, the bugs won’t bite!

So look to Houzz for great inspiration! The Houzz community is comprised of homeowners, home enthusiasts, and professionals looking to produce aesthetic results for each and every homeowner. Join the amazing community of Houzz in enhancing the home remodeling process as a whole!

Simply click the Match Me with a Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality materials, AG Millworks in California can help transform your home with custom doors and windows that allow you to fully enjoy luxurious living.



Indoor Outdoor Living Maximized With Venting Slidelites on Entry Doors
Wednesday, November 12 2014

As the leaves begin to turn color and fall, autumn in California proves to be one of the most pleasant and refreshing times of the year. Have you ever been inside your home and wished you could have access to more fresh air? The crisp fall air can fill your home when you have tilt and turn sash entry doors or vented sidelites alongside your entry doors. These unique door designs allow you to enjoy indoor-outdoor living to the fullest!


Whether you choose an entry with a tilt/turn sash or vented sidelites for your entry system, this creative design technique will significantly boost your home’s aesthetic appeal. Not only will fresh air enter your home through these unique entry doors, but you will also appreciate the natural lighting you’ll get. Natural lighting has the ability to transform any room, making for an incredibly inviting atmosphere. Increased natural lighting holds a variety of health benefits, including increased productivity and immune system regulation.


Your venting doors and sidelites will surely be an impression maker during the holidays, especially for your relatives from the other side of the country. As your dining area fills with family members ready to enjoy the festivities, you can simply push open the sash or sidelites to make for an even fresher dining experience. All the heat from the kitchen will vent away so that the only thing filling your dining area is fresh air, the smell of the home cooked turkey, and love!


Simply click the Match Me with a Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality materials, AG Millworks in California can help transform your home with custom doors that allow you to fully enjoy indoor outdoor living from the comfort of your own home.


Utilizing Custom Patio Doors in Creating an Indoor Outdoor Living Experience
Monday, October 13 2014



There is no better time than now to start planning home upgrade projects for next spring and summer. Installing new custom patio doors will require careful planning and consideration, as it will not only transform your home, but your life as well. The right patio door can blend the in with the out in a natural way.


You will be able to control the privacy of your home and eliminate space restrictions that were once a burden. Planning this project ahead of time can ensure that your new patio doors and indoor outdoor living experience will debut at your first party next spring! You will no longer be constrained by traffic and space restrictions, and you will be able to fully utilize the natural elements of your home. When it comes to choosing the right patio door for your home, you have many options to choose from. Allow these helpful points of guidance to direct you in your search:


§  Depending on the particular design elements of the room you will be installing your new patio doors in, you may benefit from utilizing the most traditional patio doors, swinging patio custom doors. This traditional French design will require that you keep furniture placement in mind, since the doors will swing either into the room or out onto the patio.

§  Bi-fold patio doors prove to blend the indoor outdoor living experience with the most aesthetic appeal. With all wood options, and aluminum clad/wood options, you can transform the entire atmosphere of your home. These custom doors allow a homeowner to open an entire wall, blending the in with the out in a remarkable way.

§  Lift and slide patio doors allow you to remove a wall in your home without anyone at your party realizing! These patio doors can easily be concealed in a hidden pocket in the wall of your home. These large doors are customized based on the particular weather conditions of the home’s location, providing the homeowner with a wide range of options, including aluminum clad exterior and wood interior in almost any species, or all wood in almost any species. Choose from Cherry, Walnut, Mahogany, Clear or Knotty Alder, Red Oak, Clear Cedar, Pine, Douglas Fir, and many more.


Simply click the Match Me with a Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality materials, AG Millworks can help transform your point of view and blend your indoor and outdoor living experience.



Indoor and Outdoor Living with Bi-Fold Patio Doors & a Fire Pit
Monday, October 06 2014


As we prepare to welcome the new season, we must also think about how we can prepare our homes to provide us with the most comfort during the change to fall and winter weather. What can be better than welcoming Fall in California by opening your bi-fold patio doors, incorporating indoor outdoor living, and sipping on a warm pumpkin spice latte by the fire pit? The right patio that incorporates indoor outdoor living can make for unforgettable parties, and an increase in the value of your home. If you do not already have a fire pit on your patio, maybe these helpful points of persuasive guidance can help convince you:


§  A fire pit on your patio will boost the entertainment factor of your home tremendously. Your fire pit will be a place where memories are made, as immediate family gatherings can end in roasting marshmallows over the fire, and your holiday parties can end in reminiscing by the fire.

§  Speaking of roasting marshmallows over the fire, your fire pit can assist in simple cooking. While you cannot replace your barbecue with your new fire pit, you can roast kabobs and make s’mores on it! Your nieces and nephews with love roasting marshmallows over the fire pit during their holiday visits.

§  Your fire pit will most obviously provide you with a place to seek warmth during the cooler months. Family dinners can end in conversing about everyone’s days by the fire on chilly nights.

§  Fire pits increase the value of your home. Whether you are looking to sell or not, real estate agents will tell you home upgrade is more than worth the investment. This aesthetically pleasing, entertainment-boosting design element can transform the ambiance of your home.


Simply click the Match Me with a Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality materials, AG Millworks in California can help transform your home with custom doors that allow you to fully enjoy indoor outdoor living from the comfort of your own home.

Maximizing Natural Light with Entry Doors, Patio Doors, & Windows
Monday, September 22 2014


Many homeowners fail to utilize the inherent beauty of their homes, assuming that massive renovation projects are the only way to increase aesthetic appeal. Homeowners that utilize natural lighting create a unique ambiance that not only increases the value of your home, but also makes for a more enjoyable environment. There are a variety of design techniques that you can take advantage of when maximizing natural light in your home.


§  The entry doors of your home are the first impression maker. Rather than having a solid wood entry door, install a landmark or craftsman entry door that will invite guests in and create a warm, welcoming ambiance the moment you enter the house. The light will penetrate through the glass of your entry door in a way that will showcase your home in the light it deserves.

§  Increasing natural light in a room can be as simple as utilizing the windows of your home. Custom windows that expand the view of your local landscape can truly transform any room. Why should those enjoying a family meal in your dining room be shielded from the beauty that lies on the other side of the wall? Curved glass windows, tilt-turn windows, large picture windows and bow windows can invite guests to view the outside world from the comfort of your home.

§  Bi-fold patio doors and pocketing lift and slide patio doors are the perfect way to incorporate indoor outdoor living and have the doors completely out of your way when you are entertaining. No longer will you be constrained by space, weather, or traffic restrictions. When open, your pocketing lift and slide doors will be invisible to guests. You can blend the outside with the inside, and allow the fresh breeze to fill your home with natural scents and natural lighting.


Simply click the Match Me with a Dealer button to get started! With our innovatively designed products made of top quality green materials, AG Millworks in California can help assist you in utilizing the true beauty of your home. When you choose AG Millworks products, you can rest assured that everything is Title 24 compliant and energy efficient.


Retractable Screens Blending the Out with the In
Wednesday, September 10 2014


Are you interested in installing beautiful patio doors in your home, but are worried about pesky insects invading? Similar to the way your doors can disappear with AG Millworks pocketing multi-slide and lift and slide patio door designs, you can add to any patio door retractable screens that vanish as well. With retractable screens on your doors and windows, you can choose when you want your screens to appear.


We call them Retractable Accordion Screens, and they screen openings as wide as 30 feet and as tall as 10 feet! And even better, when you order a retractable screen on your AG Millworks patio door, we incorporate the screen into the interior jamb right on our factory floor as we are building your patio door, so the screen mechanism blends right into the unit and you don’t have to pay your installer to assemble and retrofit it.


For those moments when you still want the cool breeze to fill your home, you can simply extend your screen or screens across the opening as a protective shield. Besides keeping bugs out, retractable screens help you enjoy the summer breeze while reducing glare as you watch your favorite movie. The ability to blend the indoor and outdoor becomes possible, without inviting bugs in.


Retractable screens also provide a variety of environmental benefits. On moderate weather days, just slide the screens across the door or window and your home will require less energy to become cool again without running the HVAC system. Allowing natural light into your home through your screens means you can reduce electricity costs. And by maximizing daylight, you can eliminate the need for artificial light sources throughout the day.


There is no better feeling than enjoying the outdoor lifestyle from the comfort of your great room—and you won’t have to put on insect repellant.

Simply click the Match Me with a Dealer button to get started building the bug-free home of your dreams!

The Benefits of Natural Lighting in Your Home
Monday, August 11 2014


While most of your home’s design is intended for functional purposes, doors and windows have the power to not only light up a room, but change your mood, your health, and the comfort of your home. While you may think your attention is better focused on interior design and following the latest trend, the doors windows of your home (also known as fenestration) are the most important aspect. Natural light can make the difference between an ordinary house and a luxurious, spacious home. Here is a list of reasons why you should invest in beautiful large doors windows:


§  The biggest advantage is the mood changing benefits that come from natural light. Just as relaxing in the sun provides you with enjoyable feelings and sensations, natural light from large windows will give you the same positive emotions. Light from an artificial source simply does not make us feel the same happy thoughts.

§  Rooms that are illuminated and well-lit give off a spacious feel.

§  When we are stuck in the office all day, we forget how amazing the sunlight feels. Our bodies receive both therapeutic and mental health benefits from the natural light that comes through large windows.


At AG Millworks, we understand the importance of having a natural light source in our homes. That is why we handcraft the most strikingly beautiful patio doors and windows so you can reap benefits the benefits of natural light. Choose from Bi-Folds, lift and slides, multi-slides, standard sliders, and almost any window imaginable. Whatever your door and window goals are, we promise to exceed your expectations so you can transform your house into a beautiful masterpiece you will feel lucky to wake up in every day.


Click on the Match Me with a Dealer button and we’ll get started building your dream doors and windows. We can help you transform your home and exceed your expectations with our highly innovative designs.


Aesthetic Benefits of a Large Glass Patio Door
Monday, August 04 2014


Your patio door is the opening to a relaxing space that is all your own where you can settle down after a long day at work. There is nothing more beautiful than being welcomed home by your entire backyard and view without even having to open a door. The expansive glass patio door is one of the most aesthetically pleasing features of a home. It creates an inviting atmosphere with a breathtaking view. If you are looking to add a large glass patio door to your life, there are a variety of options to consider. Here are a few helpful tips:


§  Sliding Doors offer the most universal benefits and pair perfectly with any home design theme. Whether you are looking for a contemporary look or want to stick to traditional design, a sliding glass door will give a spacious, aesthetically pleasing feel. AG Millworks offers beautiful choices in the “Lift and Slide Patio Doors Without Pocket” category. Our “Pocketing Life and Slide Patio Doors” allow you to conceal your door completely when open. Since your door will be completely concealed in the wall, you will be able to blend the indoor and outdoor atmosphere seamlessly. With either option, you have the freedom to choose from an array of natural interior wood surfaces while eliminating the need to step over a sill.

§  Bi-Fold Doors differ from sliding glass doors in that they fold, accordion-style against one side of the opening. If you do not have the wall space for in-wall pockets, this is the best alternative and it will offer just as beautiful a view as a sliding glass door with pockets. AG Millworks offers both all wood and aluminum clad/wood Bi-Fold doors. If you choose an odd number of door panels such as 3, 5 or 7 for your Bi-Fold door, you’ll have a standard daily door for quick in and out trips to the patio, which is super convenient. We can offer you the smoothest transition from inside to outside with our innovative designs. You are welcome to choose from an array of wood species, and we’ll even apply a different wood species on the outside and inside surfaces of almost any door or window we make.


Click on the Match Me with a Dealer button. We’ll guide you through the process of choosing the perfect glass patio door for your indoor/outdoor living space.


True Quality of AG Millworks
Thursday, July 24 2014



Have you been considering building your dream home or renovating your existing home but constantly put it off because you aren’t sure your dream is an attainable one? At AG Millworks, we strive to make your greatest dreams come true when it comes to your door and window needs. In all of our work, we start with honesty and integrity, and then focus on beauty. We take pride in the beautiful craftsmanship we offer many homeowners and work with you to satisfy your needs.


Since 1986, we have brought to reality the homeowner’s dream of top quality American-crafted fenestration products for their homes. We exclusively customize each patio door, entry door and window for our customer’s specific desires, insuring that their unique design needs are met. Our top quality craftsmanship reflects our business philosophy.


All of our doors and windows are handcrafted with a timber core for better insulation than hollow aluminum products. Our wood species also provide the most aesthetically pleasing results. You can choose from Cherry, Sipo Mahogany, African Mahogany, North American White Oak, Rift Sawn White Oak, Knotty Alder, Knotty Cedar, Douglas Fir, Teak, Walnut, Genuine Mahogany, North American Red Oak, Quarter Sawn White Oak, Clear Alder, Clear Cedar, Poplar, and Pine. The stains and topcoats we use in our factory pre-finish booth are super low V.O.C and water based, so you will not have to worry about your family breathing unhealthy fumes.


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Pocketing Lift and Slide Patio Doors Disappear!
Thursday, June 12 2014


When the weather is gorgeous and you’re having a party that stretches from the great room to the patio to the pool, you want your patio doors to…..well—disappear!


AG Millworks Pocketing Lift and Slide Patio Doors will literally disappear into a pocket in the wall, with the help of the new Foldaway Lift and Slide Handle. Featuring sleek, contemporary design in multiple finishes coupled with durable dependability, this innovative handle folds into itself and before you can say Abracadabra, your patio doors are out of sight.


Our expert dealers will help you choose the AG Millworks door that is ideal for you and your home. You dream it, we’ll create it!


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Monday, May 12 2014



Whether you are commissioning plans to build your dream home from the dirt up, or contemplating a remodel of the home you already have, there are bound to be a lot of professionals and tradespeople involved in the process, and it is easy to lose your voice in the crowd when trying to communicate and get what you want. At a minimum, the players in your soon-to-be-real-life-drama will include architect, builder, interior designer, sash and door dealer, cabinet supplier, plumbing and fixture supplier, flooring supplier, subcontractors….okay–you get the idea.  Don’t get me wrong, these people are critical to the success of your project. But the key phrase here is that this is your project. Get what you want. Or at least get as close as you can.


Keep in mind that building a house or even remodeling one is often cited as the most stressful time in a couple’s life—right up there with becoming new parents!


In my 27 years in the custom millwork business, I have often heard people say “What I really wanted was this, but my [insert any player from the list above] said I couldn’t have it.” This cringe-worthy statement is exactly what I’m talking about. Yes, building codes and ordinances do govern– and in some cases dictate or limit– what materials (glass type, fire-proof tiles instead of a wood shake roof, etc.) can be used in certain geographic locations—for example building in a fire zone in California requires that glazing in all doors and windows have two panes and that one of the panes be tempered.


To illustrate the point, a customer of one of our dealers came to the factory about a year ago to look at our retractable accordion screen systems for the estate they were building in a fire zone. As she ran her hands reverently over the beautiful wood interiors of the doors in our showroom, I asked her why she was only considering our screen system and why she was buying aluminum doors with no wood interiors when her house was Spanish style.  You guessed it. She said, “Wood is what I really wanted, but my architect said I couldn’t have it because we’re in a fire zone.”  If she’d done a little homework, she would have known that her architect was incorrect; she could have had almost exactly what she wanted: aluminum-clad exteriors in any imaginable color, and any wood species she wanted on the interiors–and would have exceeded the CBC requirement for doors and windows in a fire zone. But the aluminum doors and windows were already on order and paid for, and it would have been downright cruel to say anything to her at that point.


So doesn’t it makes sense to arm yourself with basic knowledge of the restrictions, allowances and requirements that will affect your project before your architect invests a great deal of your money designing in one direction when you may want to go in a completely different direction? This is especially true if you are working with an architect who practices mostly in another region—maybe she designed your ski chalet in Tahoe and you want her to design your new house in Santa Barbara where local design and building requirements may be completely different.

You might be thinking, “My [insert any player from the list above] is supposed to be the expert– that why I’m paying them the big bucks!”


Well that, my friend is a good way to get what you don’t want. You need to know a little bit about the requirements for your area so you can be sure you are getting the correct information from your experts.


Before you start pushing dirt around….

and before you start to write checks, it is important to sit down with your family and brainstorm for a bit on how you live in your current home and what changes would enhance your life in your new home—do you wish you had an outdoor eating area or outdoor fireplace? Does your family spend most of its together time in the kitchen? Is your home or future home in an area where screens are a must for bug-free living (horse country)? Do you pine for the warmth of real wood on the interior side of your doors and windows? Visualize the placement of your various patio doors– will it be all about admiring an ocean or mountain view, or does the door look out onto a fence or garden wall? If the doors open out to a narrow balcony or side yard, sliding doors will take up less outdoor living space than Bi-Fold patio doors or swinging French doors.  There are more styles of patio doors and entry doors to choose from than ever before, and there is a lot to consider.


So be clear and firm about what you want, be realistic and flexible about what is possible, and make sure that your voice is heard in the crowd. This is your project.  Oh, and by the way, you might want to keep a marriage counselor on speed dial.


This opinion piece was written by Maria Schell Burden, and does not necessarily reflect the views of AG Millworks. A special thanks to Rich Mathieu of Associated Building Supply for fact-checking on building codes.



Choose the Right Patio Door Sill
Saturday, April 12 2014



A sill is that thing you step over (sometimes referred to as a threshold) when you pass through a door opening. You may never notice it, but the sill plays an important role in weatherproofing any doorway that leads into your home. Almost every swinging door has a sill of some sort, with good reason. In order for a door to swing or slide freely, there must be a certain amount of airspace around the perimeter, and therefore, a gap where air and water could conceivably penetrate and enter the interior spaces of your home, especially at the base of the door. A raised sill creates a barrier to keep any water that may collect around the base of the door from entering your home during a driving rain storm. Important, right?


Well now consider your patio door sill. Patio door openings can range from 5 feet to up to 50 feet or more in width and up to 12-feet in height. That’s a lot of wide open space; and patio doors are often positioned on the most exposed elevation of your house. It is important to consider whether you need a raised sill as a water barrier, or if the opening has enough protection to consider a sleek, recessed track system or recessed channel system for your masterpiece of indoor/outdoor living.


For a Bi-Folding patio door you have three sill/no sill options.


1.      A Raised Sill made from aluminum or wood with a built-in weep system to collect water and divert it to the exterior through the front of the sill. A raised sill offers the very best protection from water penetration, but with a 2” tall dam on the interior face of the sill, this thing is hard to miss, and you and your guests have to step over it when passing through the doorway.

2.      A Raised ADA Sill in aluminum with no weep system, which requires a 1″ wide x ½” deep channel be cut into the concrete to install it. Although this option is required in commercial applications and is needed in a home where a wheelchair is part of daily life, this sill has no dam to stop water and no weep system, so is not appropriate where weather exposure is a problem.

3.      A Recessed Channel—this option requires that a 1” wide x ¾” deep channel be cut into the concrete. An aluminum “u” channel is fixed into the cutout and the top of it sits perfectly flush with the finished floor. This gives you the most unobstructed indoor/outdoor appearance and nothing to step over or trip over. A recessed channel has no weep system and offers absolutely no protection against water entering the house, since there is no dam to keep water out and is really only appropriate where rain and garden hoses can never hit this door. Only stone, tile, or other water- resistant flooring material should be used to the inside of any door that does not have a raised sill—never wood, which would be damaged by any water that might find its way into the house.


For a Lift and Slide Patio Door or Multi-Slide Patio Door, you have two options, one with a sill, and one with tracks only.


1.      A Raised Sill made from aluminum or wood with a raised track set into it for each sliding door panel. The raised sill has a 2” dam on the interior so it provides superior protection against water penetration.

2.      A Stainless Steel Recessed Track System that is concealed beneath the finished floor, so the only thing visible after flooring is installed is a ¼” x 1/8” strip of stainless steel for each active door panel. A stainless steel recessed track system is great for openings with no weather exposure, and gives you an almost completely unobstructed floor with no sill to step over, but offers absolutely no protection against water penetration.


Before you purchase your AG Millworks patio doors, your sash and door supplier and builder will help you choose the right sill option for your patio doors and AG Millworks will build your patio doors exactly as you specify them. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get your patio door into production!

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