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Monday, March 16, 2015

Make the Garage Work

The garage is an American phenomenon, a huge five- or six-hundred square-foot space we tend to regard as a just a place to park cars and randomly stack stuff. Utilized correctly, however, the garage becomes a hardworking room.  Here are five ideas to quickly and inexpensively begin utilizing what used to be the least useful part of your home: because an organized garage makes the whole family feel like smiling!

1.) Create zones. Separate everything in the garage into types and organize one zone at a time – gardening items, household tools, games/sports, outdoor decorations, camping equipment, etc. Address zones one at a time to avoid being overwhelmed by organizational decisions.

2.) Hang everything. Organization begins when there is a place for everything. A few hooks and shelves provides a place for each item right on the walls to save space and make clutter disappear.

3.) Install a peg-board system. With plenty of options available at hardware and home-improvement stores, peg boards are a good alternative to the traditional work bench or tool box and allow you to keep tools and fasteners neatly accessible. (See this example at Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Bulldog-Hardware-131588-Peg-A-System-Ultimate/dp/B000WJ4XXY\)

4.) Platform-shelf unused walls. This saves valuable floor space – and since the average two-car garage has three 24-foot blank walls, there’s plenty of untapped room available. A 2-foot-deep shelf running the upper length of the three unused garage walls provides 150 square feet of storage space in the course of a weekend.  (Check out these instructions at http://www.familyhandyman.com/garage/storage/garage-storage-ideas-find-unused-space/view-all)

5.) Install an outdoor mudroom. Many homes don’t have interior space for a good indoor/outdoor transition, but what about that corner of the garage near the back door? Pre-made cabinets from the local home improvement store combined with closet organization items like hooks for coats and cubbyhole shelves for canvas totes can create a great mudroom in only a few hours. Save time, space and a lot of mopping!

About the Author: Lauren Turner is a former construction contractor turned wife and mother of two (so far). Her daily collection of duties and pleasures range from diaper duty to researching experimental concrete surfaces and everything in between. She is delighted to discover there is a place for her blogging skills and hopes her own garage benefits from all she learns.

About Alamo Door & Awning: Are you tired of service companies that don't show up when they're supposed to Blow smoke in your face while they are working? Take advantage of you? Don't call before they come? Our garage door repair, Arlington based technicians are quick to inspect your garage door and opener and give you a written price of what it will cost before doing that work. When it come to garage door repair Arlington homeowners know Alamo Door is honoarble and capable in their service. Call us now: 817-265-2563
For more information visit our website: alamodoor.com 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How to Pick a Beautiful Garage Door: Incorporate Style

The right garage door can really pull together the overall style of your home and give it harmonious character. It’s often a subtle choice between doors that add to your curb-appeal or don’t, so here’s some quick starter tips for finding the perfect fit.

Assess Your Home

Before choosing a style, it’s helpful to survey your home and make a short list of it’s overall characteristics. Do you have a Tudor with board-and-batten-look siding? A brick 70’s ranch? A gingerbread-decked Victorian? A stucco villa? A boxy 60’s contemporary? A tidy Colonial?

(Check out this link to help determine your house’s style: http://www.housepride.ca/housestyle/questionnaire.jsp)

Pay particular attention to windows and doors. Do you have square or arched openings? Are there any defining architectural details like muntin bars or leaded-glass decorative panes? Echoing the basic look of your windows and doors can really help your decision.

Basic Garage Door Types



Your neighborhood is probably full of traditional raised panel doors. They are typically made of steel or aluminum and can be insulated for better energy efficiency. This style of garage door blends well with many homes, though probably best with Colonial and Ranch styles. Possible customizations include windows in the top or second panel and a variety of colors.

Carriage house doors have become increasingly popular for many types of homes, though they work best in multiple garage door openings or with homes suggesting Mediterranean, Cottage, Victorian or Tudor styles. Carriage house doors can be made of wood or steel and have either a stained wood or painted finish. Possible customizations are almost limitless, including a wide variety of windows and trim options.


Contemporary doors are the rarest type and work best with custom homes built in an avant-garde or very clean-lined “modern” style. They are often made of glass and aluminum. There are not many customizations available for these types of doors since they tend to be a customization by their very nature.

Whatever you choose, we’ll be happy to give you a written estimate for the next step in acquiring your new door!

About the Author: Lauren Turner is a former construction contractor turned wife and mother of two (so far). Her daily collection of duties and pleasures range from diaper duty to researching experimental concrete surfaces and everything in between. She is delighted to discover there is a place for her blogging skills and hopes her own garage benefits from all she learns.

About Alamo Door & Awning: Are you tired of service companies that don't show up when they're supposed to Blow smoke in your face while they are working? Take advantage of you? Don't call before they come? Our garage door repair, Arlington based technicians are quick to inspect your garage door and opener and give you a written price of what it will cost before doing that work. When it come to garage door repair Arlington homeowners know Alamo Door is honoarble and capable in their service. Call us now: 817-265-2563
For more information visit our website: alamodoor.com 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Community is the Coin of Social Capital

Who We Are: Part IV

Community




Everyone likes using the word “community”. There isn’t a political race that goes by without someone – probably everyone - trotting out a well-worn catchphrase involving “community” designed to make you think they’ve got your back and you can trust them to get your mail next time you’re out of town.

But what does “community” really mean? Why is it valuable? As Keith Hopper puts it in his blog, “Defining Community”, these can be difficult questions to really answer. “Dictionary definitions, for all their permutations seem to miss a good deal of implied meaning in the word community.”

Americans have a unique perspective on communities. Our founding fathers worked hard to create a country where we take care of each other instead of giving total control of our society to the elite (“a government by the people for the people…”). This serious responsibility for our fellows creates something special from what would otherwise be a disinterested bunch of people living in close proximity. It creates communities. Strong communities in turn provide an asset called “social capital”.

When we look out for each other we create strong bonds of trust and reassurance. We know if we're in a bind, our neighbors will be there for us just as we were there for them. A healthy community takes on a life of it's own, providing freedom and security for it's members. That is social capital. You can’t spend it like dollars and cents, but ultimately it provides even better than a whole pile of loot in the bank.

The driver of social capital is community involvement, a fancy way of saying “giving your neighbors a hand when they need it”. At Alamo Door & Awning, social capital is precious treasure. We love people and we love lending a hand wherever we can. It can be as simple as giving you a new garage opener with batteries already installed or as big a project as repairing the Palmer Lake Firehouse door free of charge.

We’re your neighbors and we want to be there for you just as others have been there for us. That is
community.

About the Author: Lauren Turner is a former construction contractor turned wife and mother of two (so far). Her daily collection of duties and pleasures range from diaper duty to researching experimental concrete surfaces and everything in between. She is delighted to discover there is a place for her blogging skills and hopes her own garage benefits from all she learns.

About Alamo Door & Awning: Are you tired of service companies that don't show up when they're supposed to Blow smoke in your face while they are working? Take advantage of you? Don't call before they come? Our garage door repair, Arlington based technicians are quick to inspect your garage door and opener and give you a written price of what it will cost before doing that work. When it come to garage door repair Arlington homeowners know Alamo Door is honoarble and capable in their service. Call us now: 817-265-2563
For more information visit our website: alamodoor.com 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Excellence: We're Not Interested In Just Being Good

Who We Are: Part III


Excellence



The word “excellence” is used in marketing so often today that we often glance over the word
without considering it’s meaning. In our series about Alamo Door & Awning’s core principles, we
want to address the concept of excellence and what it means to us.

In his first team meeting as head coach for the Green Bay Packers in 1959, Vince Lombardi
announced to his players what he expected of them.

“Gentlemen,” he said, “we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not
catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process
we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.”

Understandably, Vince Lombardi became one of the most successful coaches in American football.

Building on our concept of Integrity covered here, we want to relentlessly chase perfection both in our work and in our relationships with our customers and community. Excellence can be gained if we are not remotely interested in just being “good enough” but practice exceeding your expectations of us in everything we do.

In an interesting paper about excellence in business, consultant Murali Chemuturi wrote, “Excellence
is a continuously moving target that can be reached through actions of integrity, being frontrunner in
terms of products/services provided that are reliable and safe for the intended users, meeting all
obligations and continuously learning and improving in all spheres to meet the moving target.”

(http://www.chemuturi.com/Pursuit%20Excellence%20in%20Organizations.pdf)

Excellence is a moving target because whenever a quality standard is achieved, there is always
room for improvement. Excelling at anything requires diligence and practice. It means carefully
correcting any errors and striving to always give you better than what used to be our best.
Excellence is found in actions, not empty words. By making excellence one of our core principles,
we dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of perfection in the hopes that in the process, we will catch
excellence.

About the Author: Lauren Turner is a former construction contractor turned wife and mother of two (so far). Her daily collection of duties and pleasures range from diaper duty to researching experimental concrete surfaces and everything in between. She is delighted to discover there is a place for her blogging skills and hopes her own garage benefits from all she learns.

About Academy Overhead Door:
We specialize in complete residential overhead door repair Colorado Springs residents can trust. We also offer opener repair on all major brands and models. Our trained technicians have experience and the skill to install/repair your complete overhead garage doors Colorado Springs. Academy Overhead Door providing fast overhead door repair and installation today. Call 719-481-2549
For more info visit our website: academyoverheaddoor.com

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Integrity


Who We Are: Part II

Integrity 


Integrity is a quality that we value highly here at Alamo Door & Awning. It’s a core value that we want to demonstrate with each and every one of you. However, integrity is a word that, while still recognized, many would find hard to define. We would like to explain what integrity means for us, as a company, so that you know what to expect when we say our core values are: Integrity, Excellence, Smiling, Serving and Community.

The first two definitions of integrity in the dictionary are as follows:

in·teg·ri·ty (inˈteɡrədē/)

noun: integrity

1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

2. the state of being whole and undivided.


Both definitions are key to our business. We want you to know that, not only do we strive to be 100% honest with you, but even further, you can trust us. We also expect honesty and trust to be present from the owner, to the technicians, to the office staff. Absolutely anyone we hire must meet these standards to be a part of our team, which is why we also consider ourselves whole and undivided.

As Ann Rees Anderson said in her Forbes article, Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity is Forever:

“Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching.”


So, from the technician who comes to your door, to the secretary who answers your phone call and
prepares your invoice, to the owner who hires both,  we promise to serve you with integrity: honesty
that’s undivided, each time, every time, whether or not someone is watching.

About the Author: Christy Haug is a blessed wife and mama of six (so far) sweeties that she gets to stay home with. Homeschooling, childrearing and housekeeping take up most of her days, but she enjoys editing and blog writing in her spare moments.

About Alamo Door & Awning: Are you tired of service companies that don't show up when they're supposed to Blow smoke in your face while they are working? Take advantage of you? Don't call before they come? Our garage door repair, Arlington based technicians are quick to inspect your garage door and opener and give you a written price of what it will cost before doing that work. When it come to garage door repair Arlington homeowners know Alamo Door is honoarble and capable in their service. Call us now: 817-265-2563
For more information visit our website: alamodoor.com