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  • 3 Reasons Invisible Hinges are Safer Than Butt Hinges

    Everyone wants to live in a safe home.

    Not just safe from intruders, but a dwelling that will protect family members instead of potentially harming them; especially youngsters. Homeowners around the world are becoming more aware of both quality and safety when it comes to choosing building materials for their homes. It makes sense that even seemingly small choices (like door hardware) can make a big impact in how safe and secure a house or apartment can be.

    We’ll go over just a few reasons that invisible hinges can actually make your home safer than the traditional hinges commonly seen.

    Reason One: Harder for Intruders to Break In

    Yep, robbers and thieves can bypass locked doors if they have access to the hinges. If you don’t think it’s an issue simply watch the video below of a how easy it is to remove door with a little $3.00 tool from any home improvement store. With tons of videos like this floating around the Internet what are the chances, some of those people are thieves attending the "higher education" for their profession?

    With SOSS Invisible Hinges, there are no pins to remove because the entire hinge mechanism is built into the door frame. There is no way to access them when the door is securely locked. With a great door lock on a door fixed with SOSS hinges, it is much harder for would-be intruders to enter a home.

    Reason Two: Zero Opportunity for Snags

    If you’re moving furniture, passing another family member, or just not paying attention it’s easy to get “caught up” in a traditional hinge. The thing is just hanging out waiting to grab hold of whatever it can. Have you ever had to remove a door completely off the hinges just to move a piece of furniture through it?

    It should go without saying that using our invisible hinges means no more snagged clothes or furniture. These hinges are embedded into the door and frame and aren’t lurking to harm you or your family.

    Reason Three: Incredibly Durable by Comparison

    No matter how high-end your traditional hinges are, they aren’t built in a way that can stand the test of time. Over time, doors will droop and scuff floors. They will also not swing correctly, causing potential for harm.

    SOSS Invisible hinges, on the other hand, are made to last. Many of the hinges we’ve sold are still used in buildings over 100 years old. The steel construction will keep doors hung evenly and swinging the way they were first intended for decades.

    Safety is important. When it comes to the place you and your family are living, even the small details can make a huge impact on the safety and durability of the place you live. Using invisible hinges instead of the traditional style can be one of those decisions that make a big difference—one that you won’t regret.

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  • Choosing the Right Hinges for Your Home

    Focus on the Entrance - Not the Hinges

    When planning out a remodel or new home build, everything has to be accounted for. Not just the big things like tile and appliances, but everything needs to be thought out. One of the most glanced over decisions in many of these situations is the door hardware.

    Some homeowners just leave it up to the contractor, but picking out the hardware that will hold your doors and cabinets in place is the hidden feature that will affect the usability, design, and maintenance of the home for years to come.

    So, which hinges should you choose? It all depends on what you want, but there are a few key areas to consider.

    Area One: Design

    The look and feel of a home is important for comfort and sale-ability. If things come together, it can help a family come together, or buyers to make an offer. It may seem like hinges have very little to do with the way a home looks, and that is both right and wrong.

    You see, most designs don’t account for door hardware. When you are putting the grand vision of how a room should look, the things that hold up doors and cabinets aren’t usually a part of that master plan. Sure, sometimes door hardware can add to the aesthetic—but it’s not too common.

    So, if grandiose hinges are a part of the feel, they should definitely look the way you want them. However, if you aren’t going for a particular look; why would you want the hinges displayed?

    Invisible hinges can perform the same function, but without being seen. It creates clean lines and allows you to appreciate the cabinet, door and entryways without distracting you by seeing butt hings with the pins sticking out.

    Area Two: Safety

    Keeping family members safe in the home is very important. Before you think that hinges don’t play a big part of that, we’d like an opportunity to change your mind. Two key safety factors can be influenced by the type of hinge you use.

    1. Intruders: Hinges are a vulnerable point on some doors that can be used to gain entry into a dwelling. With typical butt hinges an intruder merely needs a hammer and screw driver to remove the pin and take the door off. Choosing durable (especially invisible hinges) placed properly can reduce the number of ways to break into your home by removing the pins intruders can easily access.
    2. Injury: Hinges snagging clothes and skin is an inconvenience at best. Fingers and open skin can easily be harmed by protruding and sharp hinges. Using smooth or invisible hinges will help thwart this hassle.

    Area Three: Quality

    If you are going to pick the hardware to use in your home, it may as well be high-quality. Budgets are always tight on these projects, but the area to spend is on things that keep your home together.

    Hinges hold up doors and cabinets. Bad ones can cause more damage to floors, squeak to your annoyance, and need to be replaced soon after the remodel/build is done.

    Choosing a high-quality hinge can make all the difference years down the road.

    SOSS Hinges can help with every item on this list. Our hardware stays out of the way making it better to design with, keep families safe, and all of our products will last for decades. We hope that you choose our products to help you make your next remodel or build last a lifetime.

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  • 6 Must See Places with Secret Rooms

    If you don't have one of these in your house...

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    Then you need a secret room that can hide your most valuable possessions.

    Everyone can agree that there is an undeniable appeal to secret rooms. More often than not they were prominently featured in our favorite novels or movies. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in secret rooms. Designers and DIY’ers both have joined the trend. No longer are secret rooms just in stories or just for the ultra wealthy.

    Here we have listed 6 must see places with secret rooms. The best part of this list? Several properties are hotels or are available to rent. So, prepare to look and let your imagination run wild.

    In the U.S.

    The Seelbach Hotel

    The Seelbach Hotel located in Louisville, Ky offers its guests plenty of posh luxury. Built in 1903 this hotel has seen its fair share of the rich and famous and has a beautifully rich history.  Part of that history involves the roaring 20’s, prohibition, and Al Capone. If you happen to visit this landmark be sure to dine in The Oakroom. There Capone would dine, play cards, and if needed slip through two hidden doors into a secret passageway.

    Steelhead Partner’s

    If you are looking for some financial advice you can visit Steelhead Partners. Located in Bellevue, Washington this investment firm has a very unique feature in their office. Behind a very large and studious bookcase lies a secret room. Not just any old boring room either. Swing open the hidden door built into the bookcase and you’ll reveal a working Pub. The pub, complete with comfy booths and warm wood finishes, is sure to be the envy of any office.

    The Study @ The Modern Hotel

    The Modern Hotel located in Waikiki is one of the top hotels in Hawaii. While there check out The Study, voted one of the top bars in Waikiki. This bar is located in the lobby of The Modern Hotel, but guests arriving during the day may pass right by it. This is because The Study is hidden behind a series of bookshelves until 6 pm when the bookshelves rotate to reveal this hidden nighttime hot spot.

    Lake Wenatchee House

    The Lake Wenatchee House is one of the only places on our list that isn’t open to the public. Built by Deforest Architects, it is a private residence that proves secret rooms definitely have a place in modern design. A walk through of the house will reveal a love for clean lines and modern furnishings. However, not all is what it seams. Seamlessly integrated into it’s design is a hidden room. A gentle push on a built in bookcase will reveal a large, comfy media room. A perfect place to hide yourself away on a snowy day.

    Across The Pond

    The last two properties on our list can be found across the pond. These two locations will definitely fulfill your secret room needs. Not only are they beautiful and historic, but they are for real castles.

    Hazelwood Castle

    Hazelwood Castle is located in Yorkshire, England was originally build in the 1200’s. That’s a lot of history, and like one would expect of such a stately dwelling, it features a secret room. Take a stroll to the library to find a secret door disguised as a bookcase. Swing open this door to find a hidden passage that will lead you through the castle. The castle has been fully converted to a distinctive hotel that will allow you to live out all those novels you read as a child.

    Irish Castle

    This castle is truly unique. The owner purchased and began renovating this property which was originally build in the 1400’s. Located in Galway, Ireland you can find this property on AirBnB. If you’re lucky enough to rent this beauty for a night or two you’ll be delighted to find a hidden bathtub! That’s right, located in the downstairs portion of the castle you’ll find a ‘trapdoor’ within the floor of the bathroom. Lift up this door to find a fully modern tub sunk beneath the floor. This is sure to make for an unforgettable experience you’ll never forget.

    Want More?

    Our list of must see places has shown you hidden rooms in homes, hotels and offices. We’ve looked at moving bookshelves, trapdoors, and hidden passageways. If this list has got your creative juices flowing, then you’re in luck.

    Creating your own hidden room is easier that it seems.

    Here at SOSS we have created the invisible hinge. These hinges are designed to be completely invisible, yet incredibly strong. Designers and architects have been using our hinges for years to create modern designs and timeless appeal.

    Contact a supplier today to see how you can get started on your own secret space!

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  • Designing Hot Hotel Spaces in Any Climate

    People need a place to stay at all times of the year, but that doesn’t mean your hotel will have the features that pull guests in to stay year-round.

    Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring each have their time in the spotlight. However, some lodgings aren’t put together to shine during off seasons of the year. Designing with all four seasons in mind will vary wildly based on your location and climate. If you are lucky enough to be building in a temperate zone, like San Diego, this post may not be for you.

    For everyone else, here are a few tips to get you started.

    Plenty of Things to Do (Inside)

    If there is a particularly long winter or rainy season in your neck of the woods, you’ll have to accommodate your guests with some entertainment. Try making the typical hotel spaces more appealing like:

    Increasing the size of restaurants to house more people when going out is troublesome.

    Making the pool large and indoors to keep people happily swimming.

    Adding an ample gym space to help those with cabin fever burn it off.

    Bonus: If you are in a vacation spot don’t use it as an excuse to skimp out. Put in a large game room to keep families happy during poor weather conditions.

    Plenty of Things to Do (Outside)

    Even if there is a terrible winter and an extremely rainy spring, there will still be times that the sun shines and guests want to be outside. Take full advantage by adding a few things to your property:

    A lengthy walking path. If you can’t afford the space, make it shorter with some well-groomed garden elements and seating.

    Extra space to change into pool clothes would be considerate and noticed.

    Have a helpful kiosk with information about the surrounding area to encourage guests to get out and enjoy the area.

    Make It Last

    Even if your hotel has an answer for every season out of the year, it will still wear down. The elements, guests beating on everything, and time makes it necessary for your design to be constructed with the best material possible.

    Choosing hearty plants that can survive a cold winter, picking carpet that can stand the force of a thousand children running down the hall, and building your structure with the best quality hardware are all examples of the hotel that will stand up to the seasons and time.

    SOSS makes some of the best door hardware in the industry. If you would like the clean lines that invisible hinges make on your next build or update, click here to find a dealer near you or right online.

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  • Are Boutique Hotels Losing Their Luster?

    Around the 1980’s the term “boutique hotel” started floating around the hospitality world. Over the past several decades this sector of the industry has burst into the mainstream and has become somewhat of a common term.

    Now, even the largest chains are trying to create their own boutique feel (or entirely new brands) to take a piece of the billions being spent for a more intimate lodging experience. This type of hotel is so popular; it leads many to wonder if it has the staying power to continue rising while others claim that it will change the future of travel.

    So, who’s right? Are boutiques in danger of losing their appeal or will they keep on chugging into the future of travel?

    Let’s take a closer look (and see how it can help you).

    The Answer Is Yes (and Yes)

    To be honest, there are truths in both opinions. Definite dangers are knocking on the door of the boutique sector. However, those same dangers are the very thing that are changing the face of all lodgings (big and small).

    The (Potential) Bad

    In a recent conference dedicated to boutique hotels, many agreed that this type of hotel is defined by being unique and intimate. The threat that is knocking on the door of these hip places to stay is big business. Larger chains hope to acquire brands (or start their own) that are geared toward boutique guests.

    Many feel that if your “one of a kind” room is the same in every major city, it takes away the allure of these types of lodgings.

    The (Potential) Good

    Some may be calling the end of the boutique era, but others see a silver lining to big business taking a few notes from what’s popular.

    With so many travelers wanting a more intimate and design friendly experience, chains are beginning to put more effort into each of their new designs (and the older ones). Stagnant, cookie cutter rooms and standard guest areas may be a thing of the past.

    And the industry seemingly owes it to the boutique revolution. Architect, hospitality experts, and designers tend to agree that enthusiasm for the movement isn’t going anywhere soon and even seem to agree that it is good for guests all around.

    One thing is certain, great design is crucial to winning over the young savvy guests of today. SOSS has been making invisible hinges for hotels around the world for nearly 100 years. Your next boutique hotel or large chain update can benefit from our solid designs. To get genuine SOSS Invisible Hinges for your next project see one of our dealers or sales reps.

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  • 5 Ways to Make Your Hotel Stand Out

    Make Your Hotel Standout with SOSS!Having the advantage over your competition is something that has been sought after since the dawn of time. Whether it’s war or business, your livelihood depends on being able to best others who are after the same prize.

    While your prize is obviously more guests, your enemy may not be who you think. In reality, the one holding you up is most likely your hotel. You’re not going to sabotage another lodging, or meet them on an open field of battle.

    You have to go to war with yourself and your own location to figure out how you can stand out on a listing and in the eyes of all who choose to stay at your hotel.

    How? That’s a good question and we hope to help. Here are our 5 suggestions.

    1. Communication

    We’re not talking about making sure your staff says, “have a nice stay”. You need to communicate verbally and visually with your guests to show them you care. Here are a few ways to do it:

    - Weather forecasts during wake up and other calls

    - Call before they arrive to let them know you are ready for them

    - Welcome returning guests to let them know you appreciate repeat business

    - Create more signs to leave little notes letting guests know bedding was changed and other    areas were cleaned.

    1. Professionalism

    Since we’re on the topic of communication and signage, everything you do should say the same thing. Colors, patterns, dress code, among other things should all have common branding. One handwritten or poorly spelled sign can turn off every guest that sees it.

    Making sure your brand looks the same to everyone staying will keep you from looking like a poorly run franchise.

    1. Reviews

    Picking up the phone and asking guests how their stay went can be the best marketing money can buy. With reviews on travel sites becoming more and more important, you could offer a discounted stay in return for an honest review.

    Bonus: If you right the wrongs for unsatisfied customers without being confronted, your best reviews may come from those who didn’t like your hotel at first.

    1. Be Social

    If you’re not utilizing social media, you’re missing out (big time). You are in the hospitality industry, perhaps even in a vacation hot spot. Large chains are utilizing digital marketing to fill their empty rooms. The neatest part about using this platform is its cost effectiveness.

    Your ad spend doesn’t have to be very much to see a great return. In fact, you can publish content that gets passed around for free exposure.

    1. Update Your Style

    The popularity of boutique hotels is growing. And the travel industry is being taken over by a younger and more design savvy crowd. All this means that you may need to add a few updates to your rooms. Clean lines and tech friendly spaces are among the most sought after features of a millennial crowd.

    SOSS hardware is used in some of the finest hotels and buildings all over the world. Clean lines are incredibly easy to achieve with our invisible hinges and will last a lifetime. We’d love to show you our designs and help you find a dealer today.

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  • 4 Trends and Predictions About the Future of Senior Living

    21144462_sAging seniors are an incredibly large segment of the population. Their needs are difficult to design for without proper research and keeping up with the industry. Staying up to date is important as more information and study comes available and gives insight into the future of this aging community.

    There are so many factors to consider, we thought it best to create an “update” on what many experts feel are happening now and will continue to occur in the future.

    1. Healthcare Integration

    As long as 10,000 people keep retiring everyday (supposed to happen for another 10 years or so), there will also be an increasing need for healthcare. With changes to the healthcare industry, more and more medical treatments are likely to happen in retirement communities, senior living apartment complexes, and nursing homes.

    Medical facilities on the property of many elderly communities will have to expand or be added to in order to handle the needs of a growing number of aging residents.

    1. Economical and Environmental

    With so many retiring with little or no savings, the need for lower cost/lower expense living will be crucial to handle to needs of our society. Not only that, many lawmakers are considering the environmental impact of so many communities that cater to older individuals.

    Most likely, this focus will result in the need for higher efficiency designs and a smaller carbon footprint. While many Baby Boomers don’t heavily consider the environment as much as others, they will enjoy the benefits of an Eco-friendly facility.

    1. Group Living

    Independence is an important part to many who are older. However, that doesn’t mean they want to be left alone. A growing number of seniors are opting to share living arrangements with others of a similar age, or even with family members.

    The trend seems to be going backwards to a time where larger families lived together to offset costs and take care of the aging family members. Due to financial hardships and a lack of quality communities, this option is growing at a rapid rate.

    1. Better Technology

    Technology seems to be hitting a fever pitch. It’s no different in the realm of the elderly and disabled. There have been some incredible advancements that are truly making it easier for the elderly to live longer and more comfortable lives. As long as the industry stays “booming”, there will be no shortage of new gadgets and hardware that will revolutionize the problems of growing old.

    SOSS has worked hard to develop one of these pieces of technology. It’s called the UltraLatch and can help many with disabilities open and close doors without twisting or even using their wrists. Here’s a great place to find out more about it.

    If you would like to learn more about senior living design trends be sure to download our special report on senior living trends. It is free. Simply click the icon below to download.

  • Architecture Legacy: Keys to Designing Stunning Buildings

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    There are many reasons you may have chosen the field of architecture. However, it probably wasn’t fortune, fame, or even stability.

    This particular field has some pitfalls, but with some benefits that are unmatched in any other vocation. When you design structures, your name will (even if silently) be attached to a long standing piece of a community. Your work will be utilized and enjoyed by countless people even if your name isn’t on the deed.

    The only thing that could interrupt your satisfaction? Problems with your structure. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to keep your buildings standing long after you’re gone.

    Ready? Let’s go to the drawing board.

    Interesting: Frank Lloyd Wright (born in 1867) still has 409 structures standing today.

    Location, Location, Location

    While you may not have a large amount of say in where a new structure is going, it would benefit you to choose your projects based on a decent location. When it comes to longevity it comes down to the area.

    We’re not talking about geological problems, but rather cultural. Choosing a town, or thoroughfare that’s on the decline will certainly mean doom for a building’s appreciation. While it may remain standing, it may not remain in the same form.

    Example: You really don’t see too many McDonald’s restaurants closing up shop, but you’ll see other franchises and chains closing their doors often. It all comes down to the location being chosen by an entire team of designers, architects, and former city planners vs. someone with a hunch.

    Unique, Yet Timeless

    Once you’ve got a location that is sure to be the hot spot for at least a few decades you can begin designing your masterpiece. Depending on the amount of control, you may have an urge to “make a statement”.

    Lax building codes and a loose cannon have made many buildings that haunt local residences. Your work belongs to the owner and the community and designing something that is a little too you could mean a tarnished reputation. Think a little more Guggenheim and a little less Chinese bird’s nest.

    Use the Best Materials, Of Course

    Having a client that wants to use sub par materials should be another deal breaker for your firm. Not only will this end up costing more in the long run, but it will not hold up until your golden years.

    If you want to sit down on a bench and admire your contribution to the landscape, quality can’t be negotiable.

    SOSS constructs the highest quality invisible hinges on the planet. If you want the clean lines that all lasting structures tend to share, we can help. Visit our Invisible Hinge Catalog to find out about our different designs or contact a dealer today.

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  • What Seniors Look for When Touring Retirement Communities

    12019402_sRetirement is still a fairly young practice in the grand scheme of history. With so many leaving the workforce, choosing a place to spend the latter years is becoming more and more grueling. Elderly individuals with options are finding sub par living arrangements and a genuine lack of amenities.

    Largely due to the low supply and high demand of communities, designers are now considering the desires the vast amounts of baby-boomers who are ready to enjoy the golden years. Their requests are unique to any other group, due to a mix of aging concerns along with a yearning for resort style living.

    But what are the most important things retirees are looking for? Let’s take a look.

    Friends (Active Community)

    There is such a stigma on retirement communities as being full of crotchety old people who stay in their homes or rooms complaining about the weather. The sad part is that those retiring are afraid that the rumors are true (and sometimes can be).

    Not because there aren’t people who want to connect, but the space isn’t set up for elderly interaction.

    To give potential residents what they want, provide large (indoor and outdoor) multipurpose spaces with plenty of “coffee table” style seating to promote conversation.

    Luxury

    While there are high end retirement communities available for the affluent, you’ll be hard pressed to find the average post work individual who wants to live in a community without a few bells and whistles.

    Nice furniture, quality seating, and ornate trim are a good start. Activities will also be included in their scrutiny. Ensuring designated and high quality areas for eating, socializing and gaming will be looked over in detail.

    Practical Medical Options

    While their fun may just be getting started, you’ll find this aging community very self aware in terms of potential needs down the road. A great medical facility will go a long way in convincing them to join you, but other design features will seal the deal.

    Accessibility problems plague the majority of the elderly population. Making the entire facility accessible without losing style is a challenge, but one that will increase the number of residents at a premium rate.

    Think of things like wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, large elevators, and other choices that will make aging easier for all community members. Another large concern is a person’s ability to live unassisted for as long as possible. To help with this, use specialty hardware and appliances that are less cumbersome for anyone without full use of their body.

    SOSS Door Hardware has invented an ADA compliant entry system that can be opened by almost all disabled or low mobility individuals. It’s called the UltraLatch and requires no wrist rotation in order to access a secured door. Click here to find a dealer near you.

  • Fixed Invisible Hinges vs. Adjustable Hinges

    A controversy in the door hardware industry argues that adjustable invisible hinges are superior because they can be adjusted as needed. We disagree. We have put together a video that explains the issue for our customers and anyone else debating the purchase of adjustable hinges. Watch this before you make your decision.

     

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