Case Study: Custom Built Home in Colchester, CT

The Project: One-of-a-Kind Custom Built Home in Colchester, CT The Goal: To provide the Homeowners with the best options available in windows and patio doors and to work with the general contractor to deliver windows specified on the blueprints by the architect.  Why we were Contacted: We were contacted due to a relationship we had with the homeowner. We had been in contact throughout the process, and before the prints were completed the owners...

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Prep your Windows & Doors to Beat the Summer Heat!

PREP YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS TO BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT It’s officially summer, and the AC is crankin! Temperatures are high, times are unpredictable, and spending money unnecessarily is a bit scary right now… We could all use some tips for cooling down our homes while savinig money on our energy bill. Read our tips for what you can do today to keep the heat out and cool air in: TIPS: KEEP OUT THE...

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Window Box Inspiration for Spring

We have been getting inspired this spring and we wanted to share our favorite window box designs that you can recreate at your home. These tiny garden are not just for French and English cottage style homes.  A sleek contemporary box can compliment the architecture of a modern home as well as colonial styles. People who live in smaller spaces without big yards are even using them to plan tiny vegetable and herb gardens!...

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

There's so much going on right now, it's difficult to keep everything straight. We hope this checklist will help you stay organized as you tackle the projects that come with the springtime. Enjoy! Springtime Checklist- the little things you might forget! -Wash all windows- inside & outside (it might be necessary to hire someone to do the upper floors of your home)... And while you're at it- hit the mirrors with some windex, too!...

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Case Study: Cafe Aura Renovation (The Historic Cavey’s Building in Manchester)

The Project: Cafe Aura Renovation (The Historic Cavey's Building in Manchester) The Goal: Replace the old windows with new energy efficient and architecturally correct units that would preserve the original look of the building. Why did the client contact us at Manchester Millwork? We have been supplying The Andrew Ansaldi Co (general contractor on the project) with windows & doors for over 30 years! We met with the client several times in the field...

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Inspired by Marvin

A veteran architect offers thoughtful tips on how to plan for generational needs. 32 inches. That’s the clear width of a typical household doorway. What happens if you add 4 inches to that clear width? For starters, you gain more light. More accessibility. More convenience. More of everything that may be important to a multigenerational family. That’s just one of the residential design ideas of architect Scott Rappe, AIA, principal of Kuklinski + Rappe...

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Soaking in the Trend: Statement Tubs with Dreamy Views

Soaking tubs with nature views are putting the “rest” back in restroom. When we talk about making a bold statement in bathroom design trends, we usually mention striking marble, walls of wallpaper or colorful hand-painted tile. Those trends are all still going strong, but lately, bathroom designers and homeowners are making a statement with an old bathroom staple: the bathtub. Oversized, standalone tubs are gaining traction as statement pieces that—when coupled with expansive windows...

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Old Windows and Doors Failing? Switch to Energy Efficient Ones & Start Saving Today

The most common reasons for installing new doors or windows into your property, besides vanity, is to save money on your energy bills and keep the inside of your home warmer during the winter months. Not only do energy efficient doors and windows save you money for years to come and keep your home warm, but they are better for the environment as well. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS & DOORS Reasons...

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10 Ways to Keep your Home Cozy this Winter!

There are many ways you can keep your Connecticut home warm during the cold winter months. Some are inexpensive, such as adding foil behind radiators to stop heat escaping. Others are more of an investment, such as replacing doors and windows, but will come at the long term benefit of helping you save on heating and utility bills. Here are our top ten tips to help keep your Connecticut home warm and cozy this...

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Signs your Windows Need Replacing

If you were asked how to check the condition of your windows, would you know what to look for? For many people, the answer is probably ‘no’. Yet windows make up one of the most important parts of our homes, keeping us safe and warm, whilst making our Connecticut homes look great on the outside too. As a guide, windows need changing every twenty years. But if you’re not sure how old your windows...

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