Tuesday, May 29 2018
It’s just about summertime, which means hot days and warm nights. As much as we love summer, we don’t love those days of extreme, blistering heat. We know keeping yourself and the kids cool this summer is a priority, so we’ve come up with some creative ways to beat the heat!
Incorporate water activities in your summer plans to cool off on an extra hot day. Spend a day by the pool and enjoy the refreshing water. To switch it up from the usual pool day, whip out the old slip and slide and turn on the sprinklers. Let the kids wreak havoc with squirt guns and water balloon fights! Take a trip to the local water park where you can relax on the lazy river while the kids enjoy the slides and wave pool.
On an especially hot day, ditch the heat and head to the coast (if it’s nearby). The coast is usually about 10 degrees cooler than valleys and inland, and it has that fresh offshore wind. Have lunch at a coastal café or lounge on the beach and enjoy the cooling breeze and soothing salt air.
Photo by Brandon Brodie
For those summer days spent at home with the air conditioning on full blast, install energy efficient doors and windows to keep your home extra cool. Our Energy Solutions Euro Clad Bi-Fold Doors can deflect the unwanted heat gain that causes home interior temps to increase on hot, sunny days.
Summer days can be packed full of activities, but don’t forget to stop and rehydrate. Your body loses water throughout the day, so it is important to replenish it. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already on your way to dehydration, so keep sipping! Drinking cold water will give your body the hydration it needs and lower your core temperature. Carry an insulated water bottle with you as a reminder to stay hydrated!
We hate to state the obvious, but we just can’t leave frozen treats off this list because who doesn’t love a juicy popsicle? Ice cream, frozen yogurt, otter pops, we love them all! You can also freeze grapes and snack on those as a healthy alternative. Frozen chocolate covered banana bites from Trader Joe's are one of our favorites!
We hope this helps you keep cool this summer, and if you would like to learn more about our Energy Solutions Euro Clad Bi-Fold, click here.
Tuesday, May 08 2018
A Spanish style home enjoys a luxurious, resort-style entertainment space with AG Millworks Big Daylight Bi-Fold Doors.
In search of a solution to connect their indoor living space to their outdoor patio, pool, and lounge area, a Santa Barbara County family opted for two AG Millworks Big Daylight Bi-Fold Door Systems.
The owner of this home desired plenty of natural light and the ability to eliminate entire walls. With door panel sizes as large as 4’ wide and 13’ tall, Big Daylight Bi-Folds allow maximum light to flow into this home.
When warm weather arrives, the Big Daylight Doors can be folded away, creating a perfect transition from indoors to outdoors. French Doors on the pool house continue the Spanish villa theme throughout the property, below.
The cozy pool house, which opens to a private patio, offers maximum indoor-outdoor entertainment space and views of the main house and luxurious pool.
Our handcrafted, custom made doors were the obvious choice for a job of this caliber. The owners were thrilled with the outcome of this project and love their AG Millworks Big Daylight Bi-Folds! To learn more about our Bi-Fold Door Systems, click here.
Tuesday, May 01 2018
Have you decided to host an impromptu Cinco de Mayo fiesta? We’re here to help in your planning and make sure you don’t forget any important party elements!
It’s no secret that people show up for the food, so have plenty of delicious Cinco de Mayo treats ready for your guests. You can’t go wrong with serving tacos and providing a salsa bar with savory salsas and guacamole! If you don’t want to worry about cooking, consider having your party catered by a restaurant or taco man!
It wouldn’t be a proper Cinco de Mayo fiesta without tasty margaritas! These Pomegranate Margaritas from The Food Network look and taste exquisite. If you don’t have time to mix margaritas from scratch, you can find a variety of margarita mixes at your local Bevmo. And besides the slushy, blended beauties pictured here, you could offer some tempting shaken libations over ice as an authentic alternative. They taste great, plus, you won’t have the mess and noise of the blender drowning out your music!
Kid or adult, everybody loves piñatas. Pull open your Bi-Fold, Multi-Slide, Lift and Slide, or French Swing Patio Doors and let everyone have a whack at the piñata out on the patio! Let the youngest try first and then proceed by age. Fill the piñata with everyone’s favorite treats and watch as everybody, young and old, scrambles to snag a piece of the pie. Amazon has many different piñatas to choose from!
Have fun and enjoy yourself! Don’t stress too much about throwing the perfect party and know your friends and family will appreciate and enjoy your efforts.