Agoura Sash and Door http://www.agourasash.com Windows, Doors, Hardware, Molding Design Showroom in the Conejo Valley Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:10:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Choosing the Right Kitchen Applianceshttp://www.agourasash.com/kitchen-appliances-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/kitchen-appliances-westlake-village-ca/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:00:59 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5160 Kitchen Appliances Kitchens are the heart of the home. They can also use the most energy out of another room in your house. From your refrigerator to coffee maker, chances are your kitchen is full of appliances. Consider swapping out your old kitchen appliances with newer energy efficient models and watch your energy bill dwindle. Refrigerator – […]

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Kitchen Appliances

Kitchens are the heart of the home. They can also use the most energy out of another room in your house. From your refrigerator to coffee maker, chances are your kitchen is full of appliances. Consider swapping out your old kitchen appliances with newer energy efficient models and watch your energy bill dwindle.

  • Refrigerator – your fridge can use up to 15 percent of your total energy in your home. Look for a model that has an Energy Start label, which will guarantee that it meets government energy standards. Keep in mind that not all Energy Star models are created equal, so make sure to go online to see which option is best.
  • Oven – there are three size options when it comes to choosing an oven, and the smaller the size, the more energy you can save. If you only have the need for a lot of oven space on rare occasions, consider investing in two smaller ovens instead of one larger one. Self-cleaning ovens will not only make it easier to keep them clean, but they also tend to be better insulated.
  • Dishwashers – just like your fridge, look for a dishwasher that is Energy Star Rated, which will use at least 10 percent less energy than other options. Also look for a dishwasher that has multiple options, including “no heat drying” and “energy saver” to cut down on even more energy.
  • Microwave – using your microwave for small meals can use much less energy than heating up food in your oven. Choosing a microwave that does not have a glass window can help to reduce the microwave emission when you use the appliance.

For more tips on creating the perfect kitchen in your Ventura County home, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Keeping Summer Pests Out of Your Househttp://www.agourasash.com/summer-bug-tips-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/summer-bug-tips-westlake-village-ca/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:00:40 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5157 Pest Control Tips As the weather continues heating up for the summer, you may be finding more pests in your house. While bugs that stay outside any not be bothersome, the bugs that make their way into your house can be very problematic. Keep these summer bug tips in mind to keep pests away this […]

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Pest Control Tips

As the weather continues heating up for the summer, you may be finding more pests in your house. While bugs that stay outside any not be bothersome, the bugs that make their way into your house can be very problematic. Keep these summer bug tips in mind to keep pests away this summer.

  • Tidy up – the less you have in your house to attract pests, the less likely they are to come inside. Keep your food in sealing bins, regularly throw away your trash, and sweep up any crumbs. If you have any moisture issues in your house, take the time to properly repair the issue to keep moisture seeking bugs out of your hose.
  • Buy some borax – mix 1/3 cup borax, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 cup of water in a jar, add a wad of toilet paper, and poke holes in the lid before closing. Ants will be attracted to the jar, but will not be able to escape. You can also sprinkle borax along the ants path where they will pick it up and bring it back to their nest. Just make sure that your pets and children stay away from the borax.
  • Plant the right plants – both mosquitoes and houseflies do not like certain plants, including lavender, basil, lemon grass, mint, and rosemary. Either plant these in your yard, or keep a couple of pots on your porch to keep the flying pests out of your home.
  • Turn on a fan – mosquitoes are not great fliers, and are easily blown away from a fan. Turn on your ceiling fans or a desk fan to avoid any mosquito bites.

Having the proper doors and window will also work to keep all the bugs outside. To help find the perfect doors for your Ventura County home, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Consider Adding These Backyard Trends to Your House This Summerhttp://www.agourasash.com/backyard-home-trends-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/backyard-home-trends-westlake-village-ca/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5121 Backyard Trends for 2015 As the weather continues to warm up for the summer, you are probably spending more and more time in your backyard with all your friends and family. Adding a few new features can help to make the outdoor space more comfortable, and cause your yard to be the envy of the […]

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Exterior covered patio with fireplace and furniture.Backyard Trends for 2015

As the weather continues to warm up for the summer, you are probably spending more and more time in your backyard with all your friends and family. Adding a few new features can help to make the outdoor space more comfortable, and cause your yard to be the envy of the neighborhood. Consider these backyard home trends for 2015 that will help to take your yard to the next level.

  • Outdoor entertainment areas – setting up your own outdoor entertainment system can help take you back to the days of drive in movies without ever having to leave your house. Look for an electric powered flat screen, speakers, HD projector, and more to create your own theater.
  • Edible gardens – growing your own fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables is the best way to ensure that you always have the perfect ingredients for any meal. Many backyard gardens are very low maintenance, and can help you lower your grocery bill.
  • Outdoor shower – after a long day playing in the yard, an outdoor shower can be very refreshing without having to get your inside bathroom dirty. Outdoor showers require less maintenance than backyard pools, while still letting you cool down in the hot summer sun.
  • Fire pits – even though the daytime temperatures can reach into the high 90s, the nighttime temperatures can easily drop to much cooler numbers. An outdoor fire pit allows you to enjoy your backyard all year long while also creating a focal point for the entire outdoor space.
  • Bring the indoors out – creating a comfortable outdoor living area will ensure that the majority of your time is spent in your backyard. Look for plush outdoor furniture and unique lighting options to make the space feel comfortable.

For more ideas on how to incorporate the backyard home trends into your Ventura County home, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Celebrating The 4th of July In Westlake Villagehttp://www.agourasash.com/4th-of-july-in-westlake-village/ http://www.agourasash.com/4th-of-july-in-westlake-village/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5151 The Best  4th Of July Festivities The 4th of July is just around the corner! How are you planning to celebrate? If your day is not already filled with backyard barbecues and pool parties, you should take advantage of some of the great patriotic celebrations in the local area. To celebrate America’s 239th birthday, check out some of […]

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The Best  4th Of July Festivities

The 4th of July is just around the corner! How are you planning to celebrate? If your day is not already filled with backyard barbecues and pool parties, you should take advantage of some of the great patriotic celebrations in the local area.

To celebrate America’s 239th birthday, check out some of these 4th of July events.

  • Enjoy America’s Pastime: Head to Borchard Community Center to to watch the the home run derby. Each batter gets ten outs, and those who get the most home runs will get plaques and bragging rights. Come down to watch hitters smash it out of the park.
  • Go For A Dip: Want to beat the summer heat? We have good news! The Conejo Creek Recreation and Park District and City of Thousand Oaks have teamed up to arrange free swimming at several of our local high schools.
  • Party With Your Community: Beginning at 5:00 p.m., Janss Marketplace will come alive from music with a live DJ and lots of family friendly games. If you are still enjoying the fun at Janss at 9:00 p.m., do not worry! This is a great place to catch the fireworks.
  • Enjoy The Music: At Conejo Community Park, the Conejo Pops Orchestra will be offering a free concert from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Marvel At The Fireworks: Of course, no 4th of July would be complete without fireworks. At 9:00 p.m., the Conejo Recreation and Park District and City of Thousand Oaks 4th of July Annual Fireworks Spectacular will be launch from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts.

Happy 4th of July! From all of us at Agoura Sash & Door, we wish you a safe and fun weekend!

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What To Consider When Looking for New Kitchen Window Treatmentshttp://www.agourasash.com/kitchen-window-treatments-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/kitchen-window-treatments-westlake-village-ca/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:00:48 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5113 Kitchen Window Treatments Finding the perfect kitchen window treatment for your house does not mean spending thousands of dollars. There are many window treatment options that can work with your home design at various price points. Two of the most important factors that you need to consider when deciding on a window treatment are the […]

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Spacious kitchen with windowKitchen Window Treatments

Finding the perfect kitchen window treatment for your house does not mean spending thousands of dollars. There are many window treatment options that can work with your home design at various price points. Two of the most important factors that you need to consider when deciding on a window treatment are the price and style of your window. Keep these tips in mind to help you find the right kitchen window treatment for your needs.

  • Privacy – turn the lights on in your kitchen, and then walk outside to see how much you can see into your house. If you are looking for more private options consider screening materials that will allow you to see out and let the sunlight in while partially blocking the view into your home. Roller shades and Roman shades are great options for privacy.
  • Sunlight exposure – not only can the sun’s UVB and UVA rays damage your skin, but they can also damage your furniture. Having the sun stream directly into your house will also raise the temperature in your kitchen, which can be extremely uncomfortable during the summer. Look for window coverings that will help to protect your home, such as solar and cellular shades. Applying a static cling or adhesive UV film directly onto your windows can also help to cut down on the amount of sun in your house.
  • Decoration – any shared spaces in your kitchen, such as a large bay window or breakfast nook are the perfect place for floor length curtain panels that will give you the opportunity to add patterns and color into your kitchen. Choose textures, material, and designs that will work well with the design of the rest of your house to create a cohesive look.

Contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California for all your window treatment needs for your Ventura County home.

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Finding The Right Interior Doors For Your Househttp://www.agourasash.com/interior-doors-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/interior-doors-westlake-village-ca/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5119 Interior Door Types While interior doors may simply seem like a way to close off rooms inside your house, they are actually one of the main components that make up your complete interior design. Your interior doors can work to completely change the look of your house. Keep these different types of interior doors in mind […]

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Interior Door Types

While interior doors may simply seem like a way to close off rooms inside your house, they are actually one of the main components that make up your complete interiorHallway. design. Your interior doors can work to completely change the look of your house. Keep these different types of interior doors in mind to make sure that you make the right design choice for your house.

  • Bifold – these doors are hung side by side on hinged panels, causing them to fold against each other. They work great for tight spaces, such as utility rooms and closets, since they fold instead of swinging open.
  • Double – two doors that are hung side by side and meet in the middle of the frame. You have the choice of slab or pre-hung when looking at double doors. Any areas of your house that you want a more gracious entryway for, such as a master bedroom can benefit from double doors.
  • French – one pair that has glass panels that will extend the entire length of the door. They allow light to enter into the room, making it feel much larger. They work best for areas that need to be divided off from other rooms, but do not require privacy.
  • Flush – these are plain wood veneered doors that have either a solid or hollow core. They work best in contemporary homes because of their sleek, simple design that works well with modern furnishings.
  • Louvered – also known as plantation doors, these doors have horizontal slats that allow for air flow circulation. They come in fiberglass and wood, and can help to create a more casual look at your home.
  • Slab – these are doors that do not have a knob, frame, or hinges. They are perfect replacement doors for locations that already have a frame.

When looking for the perfect interior door for your Ventura County house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Which Type of Window is Best for Your House?http://www.agourasash.com/types-of-windows-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/types-of-windows-westlake-village-ca/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5116 Types of Windows Windows allow you to bring some of the outside in to your home. While choosing the right window may seem as simple as choosing the right design, there are actually many more factors to consider, most importantly the material that the window is made out of. Make sure to know the differences […]

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Construction Worker Installing New Windows In HouseTypes of Windows

Windows allow you to bring some of the outside in to your home. While choosing the right window may seem as simple as choosing the right design, there are actually many more factors to consider, most importantly the material that the window is made out of. Make sure to know the differences in these types of windows to ensure that you choose the best type for your house.

  • Wood – the first windows were made of wood, and it is still one of the most popular window materials because it is so versatile. Although hardwood windows can be expensive, they are very durable and only need oil to keep them protected. You also have the option to give them a natural stain finish, or paint them a new color to match with the décor of your house. Keep in mind that windows that are made of softwood need to be protected by a natural wood finish or paint and regularly maintained.
  • Aluminum – if you are planning on installing large windows to allow the most amount of light into your house, you should consider aluminum windows, since the aluminum windows are very strong while still being very light. While old aluminum windows were very prone to rust, the more modern versions have a special coating that make them low maintenance and durable.
  • Vinyl – double glazed vinyl windows offer the best sound and heat insulation. Most old windows are now replaced with vinyl windows for this reason. There are many colors that are available with vinyl windows, including wood grain patterns. Vinyl windows require very little maintenance to keep them looking their best.

Contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California for more information on which types of windows will work best in your Ventura County home.

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Questions To Ask Before Meeting With Your Designerhttp://www.agourasash.com/questions-to-ask-before-meeting-with-your-designer/ http://www.agourasash.com/questions-to-ask-before-meeting-with-your-designer/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5098 Home Designer Questions Hiring a home designer is the best way to make sure that your home looks exactly like it did in your mind. However, they usually charge by the hour, which can easily start to add up. To ensure that you do not end up overpaying for their services, make sure that you […]

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Happy fashion designer with tablet pc in officeHome Designer Questions

Hiring a home designer is the best way to make sure that your home looks exactly like it did in your mind. However, they usually charge by the hour, which can easily start to add up. To ensure that you do not end up overpaying for their services, make sure that you ask yourself these simple questions before meeting with your designer.

  • What will the space be used for? Knowing who will be using the space and what they will be doing in the space can give you a better idea of how to make it function as best as possible. Make sure that you take into consideration how big the space is, or how big it will be if you are adding onto it.
  • What is the traffic pattern like? Any regularly used walkway should be no smaller than 40 inches wide. The smaller the area, the more cramped it will feel. If you feel like you are always squeezing around your house, you may want to consider a design that will help with the overall flow.
  • What should the lighting look like? What you will be doing in the area will have a large effect on how much lighting you will need. If you are planning on adding any recessed lighting, consider adding a dimmer switch so that you have the option of changing the lighting depending on what is going on in the room.
  • How much do I want to be involved? Make it clear to your designer just how involved you want to be with the process. If you want the designer to take charge, let them know. Or let them know if you want to be involved in every part of the design.

For more home design tips when hiring a designer for your Ventura County house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Benefits of Hiring a Home Design Professionalhttp://www.agourasash.com/benefits-of-hiring-a-home-design-professional/ http://www.agourasash.com/benefits-of-hiring-a-home-design-professional/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 21:00:28 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5094 How a Home Design Professional Can Help You With all the information that is available online, it is easy to assume that you can take on any construction project on your own. However, if you have ever talked with someone who has done so, they will probably tell you that they wish they had hired […]

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home couple designHow a Home Design Professional Can Help You

With all the information that is available online, it is easy to assume that you can take on any construction project on your own. However, if you have ever talked with someone who has done so, they will probably tell you that they wish they had hired a professional. There are many benefits of hiring a home design professional, including:

  • You will save time – a professional will already have the necessary knowledge to make sure that the whole construction process goes as smoothly as possible. If you have to learn the entire construction process while also trying to come up with a design, the entire process will take much longer.
  • You will benefit from their expertise – when you hire a professional designer, you will have access to all of their expertise in every aspect of the construction process. While you may only hire them for one task in the overall process, they can provide essential resources that can be used throughout the entire construction project.
  • They know the language – with all of the specialized terms that go into a construction project, it is easy to get confused. A simple confusion over a drawing can not only set back the project, but it can lead to much more serious issues, such as ordering the wrong sized appliances or windows.
  • They will be your advocate – it can be hard to understand just where the contractor’s responsibility ends and where your responsibility begins. Instead of getting mixed up in all the issues, a design professional will be on your side to help guide you through the process.
  • You will get the attention to detail that you deserve – a home design professional will not only make your home functional, but they will also make it beautiful. They will take the time to pay attention to even the smallest detail to ensure that your home turns out like it should.

For all of your custom architectural project planning needs and to make your Ventura County house transform into the house of your dreams, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Choosing The Right Door Hardwarehttp://www.agourasash.com/choosing-the-right-door-hardware/ http://www.agourasash.com/choosing-the-right-door-hardware/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5090 Door Handle Options Door handles are something that you use every day but probably do not think about much. However, choosing the right door handle can create a whole new look at your house. Consider these different types of door handles to use throughout your home. Round door knobs – children and pets have a […]

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Old HandleDoor Handle Options

Door handles are something that you use every day but probably do not think about much. However, choosing the right door handle can create a whole new look at your house. Consider these different types of door handles to use throughout your home.

  • Round door knobs – children and pets have a hard time opening these types of door handles, which makes it a great choice if that sounds like your family. However, if you or someone in your house suffers from arthritis, they can also have a hard time. Keep in mind that when installing round door knobs, you will need to take the entire knob apart.
  • Decorative door levers – these door handle options are much easier for us than typical door knobs while also adding a bit of class to your house. They are reversible if you have both left and right side doors. If you are installing them on French doors, make sure to pay close attention to which way they are facing. Think twice before installing them in high traffic areas, such as hallways, since they can easily snag on clothes when you walk by.
  • Door handle sets – the most popular handle choice for manors, estates, and mansions, door handle sets can create a dignified look and bring a sense of quality into your house. Along with their pleasing look, they are also some of the most long lasting options because they simply operate with a thumb lever so they are not exposed to as much wear and tear. Keep in mind that if you are planning on installing a door handle set at your house, you will need to drill a hole where the bottom of the handle will attach.

For all of your door hardware needs and to ensure that your Ventura County home looks its best, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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