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Monday, August 31 2015
Make the most of Labor Day weekend with these events in and around California!
Did Labor Day sneak up on you the way it did us? It feels like just weeks ago that we were celebrating the summer’s start and yet we’re already quickly coming up on the weekend that is traditionally viewed as its end. The good news is that there are a number of exciting events that can help you make the most of these last days of summer. Here are just a few happenings you won’t want to miss!
§ Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: Sonoma County’s signature, and largest, charity event, brings together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. Rub shoulders with winegrowers, winemakers and chefs, from pioneers to up-and-comers. Named one of America’s top three wine charity fundraisers, it’s quite possibly the most fun you’ll ever have while supporting the community.
§ Festival of Sail: Experience the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast. Hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the event transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park with fun for the entire family! See and explore the tall ships and enjoy the festive parade, mock cannon battles, swift boat, twilight sails, street fair, art exhibits and much more.
§ Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour : Have you ever wonder what inspires artists or wanted to see an art studio up close? Join art aficionados from across the country in discovering fascinating studios, meet the artists and learn more about their creative process. The self-guided tour features a treasure trove of world-class original art and a view inside Santa Barbara’s leading artists’ private studios. Go for the weekend and enjoy an artist reception on Friday evening.
§ Just want to stay home and chill? Try this recipe for success with a classic end of summer cook-out to enjoy with family and friends: BBQ ribs, grilled corn on the cob, chilled garden fresh vegetable salad with heirloom tomatoes, cool crisp watermelon and refreshing lemonade.
If entertaining over the holiday weekend is part of your plans, you may be wishing you had Bi-fold, Multi-slide or Lift and Slide patio doors to make the most of your indoor/outdoor living space. Get ready for next year by simply clicking 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 home with custom patio and entry doors and windows that allow you to fully enjoy luxurious living.
Tuesday, August 25 2015
Many homeowners building new homes or considering a major remodel are left wondering why they are required to have a Title 24 energy report completed and choose Title 24 compliant fenestration. The state of California has mandated that all new and altered structures comply with the new California Energy Commission Title 24 energy standards. This statewide directive, which took effect on July 1, 2013 but became mandatory July 1, 2014, allows California to increase energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint so our beautiful state can prevail.
While you may be concerned that the new Title 24 requirements will get in the way of your project, the mandate will benefit all in the long run and compliance is not as complicated as you may think. By reducing our state’s energy usage, homeowners will spend less on electric bills, and the state’s electrical grid will not have to work as hard to supply the needs of its customers, and the environment as a whole will be less impacted.
When you choose AG Millworks products, you are choosing the most energy efficient route. We go above and beyond to exceed the Title 24 requirements, offering you the most benefits with aesthetically pleasing results.
Each of our handcrafted doors and windows is made with a timber core, allowing energy efficiency to be maximized. Wood is nature’s insulator, so timber core products are the most energy-efficient fenestration you can choose. Our doors and windows will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with less help from your HVAC system. Timber based fenestration products provide far greater insulation compared to other materials, including hollow aluminum products. Our top quality American-crafted fenestration products will not only exceed your design needs, but the requirements of Title 24 as well. We’ll be glad to provide your architect or builder the specific information they need to include AG Millworks products in your plans.
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Thursday, August 13 2015
Perfecting Your Patio with a Pretty Pond.
Many homeowners dream of a yard that is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle – and this often includes visions of the relaxing by a backyard water feature. Adding a pond to your yard or garden area can be aesthetically pleasing and enhance your entire property. Incorporate this unique home design for the perfect outdoor space:
§ Koi Pond – Adding a koi pond to your backyard is a great way to beautify your home. These striking fish will make a lasting impression on guests and will significantly enrich your outdoor space.
§ Container Garden – If your backyard does not allow enough space for an entire garden area with a pond, maybe a container garden will work. Transform an empty area on your patio into a lush container garden that incorporates a small re-circulating cascading waterfall.
§ Indoor-Outdoor Living – Why not create a pond with stepping stones that lead to your outdoor seating area? There is nothing quite as magical as enjoying your morning coffee under a covered patio area while listening to the relaxing sound of a tranquil pond.
§ Water Fountain – Increase your backyard’s charm by incorporating a water fountain into your design. By using re-circulating water in a cascading fountain, which results in much less evaporation than a spraying design, there no need to worry about the drought when adding this beautiful feature.
Open up your home to enjoy the outdoors with new patio doors, entry doors or windows – 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 home with custom doors and windows that allow you to fully enjoy luxurious living.
Thursday, August 06 2015
Best Sellers and Rooms to Enjoy.
§ A Room with a View – The ideal place to read this romantic and whimsical 19th century British story is on a comfortable sofa in the living room with lots of natural light shining through. Enjoy the vista with expansive custom Bi-Fold, multi-slide or lift and slide patio doors.
§ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – This thrilling novel takes you through the magical world of Hogwarts and is perfect to read from your comfy nook tucked under the stairs.
§ Under the Tuscan Sun – Enjoy a glass of wine on your shady patio or deck and take a virtual trip through the Italian countryside. As our heroine follows her dream of undertaking the remodel of a Tuscan Villa, you may even be inspired to knock down a wall or two and incorporate a new Bi-Fold, multi-slide or lift and slide patio door.
§ Like Water for Chocolate – This magical tale about a girl who is only able to express herself when she cooks – her strong emotions become infused into the meals she prepares – affecting the people who consume them. Indulge in the delicious recipes included as you devour this story in your sunlight filled kitchen.
§ Lust for Life – Told through a series of letters is the passionate life story of impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Enjoy this colorful book in the splendor of your garden by a patch of vibrant irises or sunflowers.
Looking to add more light and life to 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 can help transform your home with custom doors and windows that allow you to fully enjoy luxurious living.