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  • Senior Living Community Design Improves Quality of Life

    Residents of Senior Living Community Enjoying Game

    First off, if you are an architect and part or all of your focus is senior living community design we would like to thank you for helping this valuable part of the population. This compliment may sound cheesy (and tie in extremely well with our topic), but it’s genuine. Thank you.

    With each and every new build or remodel, you make these buildings even more capable of taking care of the loved ones of countless families. That’s no small feat. Although, we probably wouldn’t be going out on a limb to say that you don’t often think of it that way.

    Well you should.

    Here are a few ways you are extending and improving the lives of others with your designs.

    Increased Happiness

    There are so many things that have come into play over the last decade when designing these spaces. Before a nursing home or retirement community wasn't always the most pleasant or welcoming place to spend time. Now, they are more like fine hotels or upscale communities on golf courses or with other nice amenitities.

    Things like pet-friendly design, upscale eateries, shopping nearby, activities such as golf, nature walks, swimming and other great activities and spacious accommodations are helping residents make the most of what is often times situations that can be hard on both the senior and their families.

    Increased Independence

    No one wants to feel like a burden, and whether you know it or not, that thought goes through every resident’s head when they are looking for a community to call home. Taking accessibility to the next level has allowed so many more people the chance to live a relatively independent life with minimal assistance.

    This cause is one we take seriously as well, and it’s why we designed the Ultralatch. It’s the best door entry latch on the market for the disabled. Here a list of online retailers and distributors.

    Increased Longevity

    The design elements of elderly community have never been better. State of the art nursing facilities are able to perform more procedures and keep people on property instead of costly doctor’s visits. In room accessibility for staff has never been better to give the care and attention needed at a moment’s notice. All of these improvements helps to boost quality of life and longevity for residents.

    There really are so many benefits for residents from today’s designs and it is truly exciting to think about what the future holds for the industry. If you would like to learn about other improvements and trends in senior living please take a moment to download our special report by clicking below.

  • Invisible Hinges for Quality and Timeless Design

    road signs to quality; features; reliabilitiy;  durabilityThere are tons of fads in the design industry, but SOSS Invisible Hinges aren't among them.

    In the 1970’s, it was shag carpet and yellow or brown paint. In the eighties, people were all about cold black and white. Not to mention those glass blocks were everywhere. But where are those timely aesthetics now?

    At best, in the history books. At worst, they’re getting torn down and replaced within a few years.

    When we think about our homes and properties and wanting them to last, there are two things to consider.

    1. Quality that will last as long as the foundation.
    2. Designs that are always in style.

    If you can account for these two things in your remodel or new build, chances are that your kids may want it as an inheritance, or it will be an easier sell without much staging cost involved.

    You may be thinking, “What does that have to do with invisible hinges?” Good question. If you’d give us a few moments, we’ll give you a few reasons.

    Invisible Hinges for Quality and Design

    Invisible Hinges Don’t Go Out of Style

    You know what happens when you look at those glass blocks in your bathroom with regret and disdain? You must live with them or pay to fix it.

    The same is true with hinges. Right now, brushed nickel is in, but the “farmhouse” look is coming in fast. What about mid-century modern? Could be on the horizon. These designs have certain hinges that complete “the look”, but with invisible hinges, there is no inherent look—only what they create.

    What is it they create? Clean lines.

    Which, as far as we can tell, have never went out of style. To our knowledge, no one has walked into a room and said, “I hate it. Where are all the hinges!”. We could be wrong, but mostly people are happy with everything looking so smooth.

    The look is timeless and if you want to change things up, the hinges will adapt way better than those big, black farmhouse hinges.

    Good Invisible Hinges Don’t Require Maintenance or Repair

    Ever heard something like, “Oh, the house is settling and the doors just don’t open right anymore.”?

    Yep. It’s a common myth. We say myth, because 9 times out of 10—the problem isn’t the house “settling”. It’s the hinges. Some people even buy adjustable hinges to plan ahead for this myth.

    Warning: Please don’t buy adjustable hinges. They are way more trouble than they’re worth.

    If you really want the doors and cabinets of your home to function well with limited maintenance, use quality hinges. If you want them to last for a lifetime, use SOSS invisible hinges. Our hinges are made from nice, weighty metal and constructed to keep doors hung right for decades. No settling.

    Check out our catalog for more information.

     

  • Designing with Conscience: How Compassion Builds the Best Structures

    senior woman with her caregiver at homeArchitects, builders, and designers make a difference with every structure they draw and build. A tremendous amount of thought must go into every square inch to ensure, not only the appeal of new buildings, but their overall function.

    There are other sectors of the American (and international) public that requires even more thought to be given to any design. Creating a friendly design for the disabled can be some of the most rewarding and challenging in the field of architecture.

    Nursing homes, senior living communities, and rehab centers are among the many spaces that need to cater to individuals with physical disabilities. While it isn’t without frustration, making something that will increase the quality of life for someone is noble and worthwhile goal.

    The Problem Is Clear

    Key Stats:

    • 15.1% of adults in the U.S. have a physical functioning difficulty (over 36 million people).
    • 75.4 million Americans had difficulty in at least one basic function in 2013 (a third of which are 65+).
    • 7.1% of adults are unable (are find it very difficult) to walk a quarter mile.

    While the numbers seem staggering, that should only prove the need for professionals to design from both their skill and conscience. All too often, buildings are crafted to meet the specific standards of regulation stemming from the ADA.

    Many of these requirements are very helpful, but certain nuances and better solutions can be overlooked when being guided strictly by a “regulation” mindset. A little bit of thought from a well-versed architect will go a long way toward making the day in and day out routines of people with physical disabilities more enjoyable and independent.

    A Couple of Ways to Help

    The next time you’re looking at the regulations, go a step further and analyze two key factors:

    The Mind of the Inhabitants: People don’t want to be labeled as disabled (even if they technically are), and they want to live as normal of a life as possible. Your designed spaces can change drastically to accommodate independence while still falling within local and federal guidelines.

    The Needs of the Inhabitants: Thinking about the physical actions of a resident or patient with physical disabilities can open your eyes to the needs that wouldn’t normally be met. Things like hardware and functionality can be slightly altered for a major effect.

    SOSS believes in designing with a conscience. We’ve helped supply the best quality door hardware on the market to many places that assist the community of individuals with physical disabilities. If your build is intended for those individuals, we encourage you to consider the SOSS UltraLatch. Our revolutionary door latch will help most with limited mobility open doors without assistance. For more information, be sure to look at our UltraLatch page.

  • Invisible Hinges Are Worth the Effort and Money

    SOSS Invisible Hinges Make Clean Lines & Elegant Entryways.We may be biased, but at SOSS, invisible hinges matter to a design and build. These small items can have a big impact on the look, feel, and quality of your project.

    It may be helpful to take a look at several instances that invisible hinges make the most since. We’ll go over several of these scenarios and discuss the benefits.

    Number One: Building or Remodeling Your Own Property

    If you’re looking to build a new home that could be the last one you live in, quality is something that will always be on the forefront of your mind. Everything that you put on or in your home needs to be scrutinized.

    Sure, budgets exist. But creating clean lines and elegant entryways aren’t a place to save a buck. Spend a little extra on quality invisible hinges.

    Our invisible hinges are built to last, and once installed correctly, you will never have a door or cabinet give you problems. How do we know? Well, we’ve been making them for over 100 years and some of those early editions are still opening and closing doors 100 years later!

    Number Two: Building Luxury Property

    Nice condos, high-end apartments, or large homes are prime real estate for our hinges. People always like to “kick the tires”. And with all of the flipping and building going on, it’s kind of expected that things look nice.

    It’s the “extra mile” that really moves property.

    Laminate, or hardwood? Marble or quartz? It’s decisions like this that add to Realtors conversations with prospective buyers. Hinges can be on this list. How about doors and cabinets that are seemingly hung from nothing and will last decades?

    This could be a selling point that helps push buyers over the edge.

    Number Three: Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, and Cottage Rentals

    If you are a small hotelier looking to keep your market share, it’s the quality and look that is going to do it.

    Beyond having stellar hospitality, great food, and comfy bedding—it’s all about the style and “feel” of your location. Help it along by creating smooth, clean lines using invisible hinges. Sure, your guests won’t say “I love those hinges”, but they will absolutely love the look of your rooms and guest areas.

    They’ll also last a lifetime.

    Number Four: Replacement Doors and Cabinets

    Even if you’re not doing a full remodel, sometimes things break. This is especially true if you are using typical hinges. If they were installed improperly or just aged, doors can sometimes start to stick and drag the ground.

    If you don’t want that to happen anymore—use a good quality invisible hinge. The SOSS invisible hinges are designed and built to remain on the doors for their entire lifetime without ever dragging or sticking.

    If you’re ready to start one of these projects, or any other area that invisible hinges would be needed, take a look at our catalog.

  • Boost Your Style: Upgrade to Invisible Hinges

    Interior designer's working table, an architectural plan of the house, a color palette, furniture and fabric samples in yellow and grey color. drawings and plans for house decoration.
    Binge watching episode after episode of the many home improvement shows? Looking to sell your house soon?

    There are so many things that can motivate us to remodel our home. Big changes to the bathrooms and kitchen can have an amazing impact on the value and the speed in which a house sells. But if you do watch those improvement tv shows, they may not tell you how many small details go into pulling off “the look”.

    You see flooring and tile, but if you really want it to look as good as the camera makes it seem—you’ll have to read between the lines.

    One of those features are invisible hinges. Here’s why.

    Traditional Hinges Aren’t Part of the Picture

    Very rarely do designers and stylists plan to have hinges in their renderings. They are strictly function. No one has said, “those are some awesome hinges!”. We joke, but it’s true. If they aren’t part of the look and feel of the design, they shouldn’t be there.

    Invisible hinges (like ours) make that happen. The doors and cabinets stay functional without getting in the way of the vision you laid out.

    Clean Lines, Clean Lines, Clean Lines

    While hinges aren’t part of your vision, clean lines probably are. Making kitchen cabinets seamlessly stream along the wall, or having doors that just mesh into the rest of the wall’s design are the little things that can bring a big “wow factor” to your home.

    Remember, your friends or potential buyers will not ask you where the hinges are, or point out that they can’t see them (unless they work for SOSS). However, they will rave about the clean lines and how everything looks so smooth. You can’t create that look with a bulky hinge sticking out of those same doors and cabinets.

    Secret Rooms Anyone?

    Adding a secret room to your home is something we’ve talked about a lot. Not only is it super cool, but it’s hard to think of anything else that can get more of a reaction out of friends, neighbors, and buyers.

    Whether it’s a safety feature, a secret place for valuable, or just a cool hangout for the family—secret rooms are awesome and can add some serious character to your home.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be a secret if you could see the entrance. That’s where the invisible hinges come into play.

    In the end, invisible hinges are better for style. They don’t show up unannounced to the visual party, but function in the way you need them. If you want to seriously step up the look and feel of your home during a remodel, choose SOSS hinges to help.

  • Senior Living Design for the Needs of Residents and Families

    It’s important that design be done with both elderly residents and their families in mind. One of the worst mistakes a designer can make is to design a room that’s not functional. It’s important to realize that one of the most important features in senior living, retirement, and nursing homes are door handles. An easy to open, properly functioning door is something that should be incorporated into the design of all rooms and homes for the elderly and disabled.

    Door Handles for Residents

    Door handles should be chosen and incorporated into design with easy access being at the front of your mind. Elderly residents often times have disabilities that prevent the necessary movements required to turn a doorknob. Design should take this into consideration. One of the things that’s recommended is to get the opinion of the elderly home facility. What kinds of problems are their residents having when opening doors? What design features seem to work best? What makes things easier for residents? The answers to these questions can be invaluable information that will help you come up with the perfect design. Many residents find a door latch that uses a push/pull activation system instead of a twisting motion works better. The UltraLatch uses a push/pull activation system.

    Door Handles for Families

    It’s often forgotten, but the resident’s family will have to access the room as often as the resident. It’s important that design be done with this in mind. Door handles (like our UltraLatch) should be easy enough to operate that family members can simply open the door and walk in the room. No hidden locks, tricks, or gimmicks. It should be easy. The worst thing that can happen is blocked access due to a complicated, confusing door handle. This can be annoying and even dangerous.

    Special Door Hardware

    Special door hardware is now more readily available than ever. There are numerous options available to designers. Keep in mind that you’re designing for both the resident and their family and you’ll be able to make a good decision when choosing the best type of special door hardware. Always remember: the goal is easy access.

    The job of designing for the elderly and disabled is a tricky one. When you keep the goal of safe and easy access in mind, it becomes much easier. Use some of the ideas presented in this article to help you. Residents and their families will thank you.

  • Designing an Independent Hotel that Attracts a "Name Brand" Crowd

    Independent Hotel DesignIndependent hotels are hip, quirky, and fun. Big brand name hotels are polished, organized, and trusted. Those points are necessarily argued, but is there a way for a one-stop shop to attract and win over those guests that prefer to stay at the big names in the travel industry?

    We think so, but it won’t be easy.

    Whole teams are put together for the entire process from real estate buying, marketing and design (of course). Smaller organizations are at a disadvantage from the start, but that’s ok. Here are a few crucial tips to draw a few eyeballs and hopefully some guests onto your property.

    Smile for the Camera

    A quick search on Airbnb or any other travel site and you will immediately see a difference. A boutique hotel that looks like a hot mess here and a small chain with a bad photographer there. You’ll also notice the mundane, yet professional photos of the hospitality giants.

    By purposefully designing a few key spots, you will always have the photogenic side of your new build. Not that every part of your hotel shouldn’t be beautiful, but putting in a few spaces that will look good on Expedia will help the owner raise eyebrows as well as rates.

    Don’t Skimp on the Details

    This one is obvious. You have probably been traveling to a new area and decided to go to dinner. You walk in somewhere new and see red and white dollar store table clothes and metal chairs from Costco.

    It’ll be a while before you try something different.

    The same effect can be true for your lodging design. Boutique hotels are often rebuilt roadside motels or other abandoned buildings. This repurposing is part of the charm, but don’t mistake that as an excuse to keep those old fixtures.

    Older looking furniture, lamps, and storage will need to be updated for things with a high-end feel and clean lines. Try a professional, yet warm design in the room with invisible hinges and updated fixtures.

    Wide Open Spaces

    Our last key to attracting those brand loyal travelers is to mimic the open design of the typical chain lobby. Most of the bigger luxury hotels will have a large open style to their main spaces. Guests easily find the front desk and don’t feel cramped. Small spaces can lead to confusion and a tense feeling.

    Again, many of the remodeled independents need to be opened up from the older “cozy” lobby designs. Doing so will help you draw attention and a few more patrons from the big guys.

    If you need to create a high-end look in your independent hotel, SOSS creates the best invisible hinges in the world. Be sure to check out our catalog and our dealer page to learn more.

     

  • 4 Ways To Improve Your Online Reputation in the Hotel Business

    Online Reputation will help you get more bookingsThere’s no way of getting around the fact that the internet has taken control of the hotel business. It’s neither fair nor accurate, but online reputation is largely what customers use to deem your hotel as a credible one. It’s important that you use online reputation to your advantage. The following tips can be used to improve the online reputation of your hotel.

     


    Hire a Digital Marketing Agency

    A digital marketing agency can be the turnkey solution your hotel needs to improve its online reputation. Most digital marketing agencies can provide you with a reputation management service that will do any and everything it takes to improve the online reputation of your hotel. They are experienced experts in these regards and can implement a variety of strategies to get your online reputation on the right track. They can also help your hotel’s online presence with tools such as website/mobile design and development, and search engine optimization.

    Improve Guest Satisfaction

    Satisfied guests are most important. If your guests aren’t satisfied, you’ll never improve your online reputation. It might seem counterintuitive, but try not to think about the online aspect of your hotel. Focus solely on serving your guests. The little things make a difference. Focus on them and you’ll see positive reviews increase, and satisfaction and star ratings quickly go up.

    Bonus Tip: Remodels and updates will obviously improve your guest's experience. If you can’t afford a full remodel yet, start with small updates that will make a big impression. SOSS invisible hinges will improve the overall look and feel of your hotel without breaking the bank.

    Ask Guest How You Can Improve

    If you don’t ask guests how you can improve, they’ll let you know on the internet. Again, this isn’t fair, but it’s a reality. A complaint or negative review can kill your online reputation. Stay on top of things by asking your guests what you can do to improve. By doing this, you’re letting them know you care and are decreasing the chances of a negative review, as guests feel their concerns have been heard and addressed.

    Start an Email Marketing Campaign

    Email marketing campaigns can be a great way to improve your online reputation. They’re a way for you to reach out to the guests and tell them you want them to visit your hotel. They make guests feel special and welcome, which is always good for both online and overall reputation.

    Use one or any combination of the above-mentioned tips to improve the online reputation of your hotel. Remember, you can’t control the amount of leverage the internet has on your business, but you can control how well you manage your online presence. Use it to your advantage.

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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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