Home Improvement

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Choosing the Right Hinges for Your Home

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    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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  • 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.

  • 3 Ways to Give your Kitchen a Wow Factor

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    The kitchen in your home can be a place of community, family, and memories. Although, many people hate even going to their fridge for a snack, let alone cooking a meal and enjoying it with friends. We understand.

    But your negative feelings don’t have to continue, and you don’t necessarily have to crank out $20k to go from boring to something you love. Small changes can turn your kitchen into a room that makes you say…Wow!

    To help on your journey to a better cookery we’ve come up with three things you should consider to make the space pop.

    1. Make A Statement

    Your kitchen wasn’t made for fashion, it was made for cooking and storing food. That’s a necessary part of your life, but not exactly glamorous. You’ll have to help the space along in order to enjoy it. Here are a couple of ways to make a statement:

    Feature Wall: They’re not just for your living room anymore. You can paint one wall a wild, but elegant color and leave the rest with just a fresh coat of normal. This step alone could make a huge difference in your mood when walking into the room.

    Back splash: Adding a colorful or patterned back to your stove or under your cabinets could create a stylish new look that improves the entire look of your kitchen. Try a unique, yet cool pattern (like chevron) or a unique spin on a favorite like subway tiles with a strong color.

    2. Lose the Hardware

    One of the most stylish statements in the modern era can be created by using clean smooth lines. Traditional kitchen hardware and cabinets are bulky at best and tacky at worst.

    By using invisible hinges on cabinets, you can create a seamless line of beauty. Not only will it be sleek and “wow” worthy, it will be durable too. Our SOSS invisible hinges last for decades due to their quality construction.

    3. Change It from Top to Bottom

    No. We’re not suggesting to rip your kitchen down to the studs and start over. We are literally suggesting changing your ceiling and floors (aka the top and bottom).

    The ceilings are usually just a white or textured space that is begging for some color. You can paint it to make it match the rest of the room, or go the extra mile and use fashionable ceiling tiles to make a very wow statement.

    With your floors, it can be tricky. They may be beautiful, but if you are looking for a room that has loads of color you can make some inexpensive (yet drastic changes). Painting wood floors in bright accent colors with a different design will make people take notice. Try something really fun like a zig zag or square patterns to really show off.

    Now, it’s time for you to take an honest look at your kitchen and load up the charm and style until you say WOW!

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  • 4 Forgotten Updates in a Remodel Project

    36951391_sRemodels can be a stressful time. While most homeowners find the process worthwhile in terms of return on investment and re-sale value, it’s still a process that can be tough to bear. It could be the time, not being able to utilize the area, or wondering which updates to put more money into.

     

    After all is said and done, there are bound to be a few things that you say, “I wish we would have done that.”

    To help you consider these commonly passed over updates we’ve written our top 4 choices.

    Security System

    Many people who remodel forget to add or simply choose not to use a home security system. There are many benefits to these systems in general, but installing one during a remodel helps you choose a location that would be harder for an intruder to find and “cut”. It would also make it easy to place panels where you would like that makes them less of an eye sore.

    Key Stat: 25% of home intruders cut the phone lines or wiring in order to avoid security alarms.

    Powered Pantry

    Many remodels include a pantry. They are so common due to the rise in popularity of cooking in large remodeled kitchens. However, many homeowners are also following the trend of having clean and open counter space.

    The counters are being cleared off leaving many appliances to be semi permanently left in (you guessed it) the pantry. Powering your pantry with electrical outlets will allow you to use common appliances without them being seen.

    Extra Step: You could go the extra mile and hide your pantry as well by making the door seamlessly attach to your wall with invisible hinges (or even use a hidden door).

    Go Greener

    Aesthetics and home value are usually the two most important reasons to remodel a home, but while it’s all torn apart you can take time to build it up with more energy efficiency. Wire the roof for a future solar install, add skylights for more natural sun, and change out older appliances.

    Make Room for Supplies

    Everyone knows what a broom closet is, but too often mops, brooms, and vacuums end up in a corner or closet where they aren’t welcome. Setting aside a couple feet of floor space next to your laundry or mud room will keep commonly used cleaning supplies out of the way. They’ll still be easily accessible to make your home look good, but won’t hang out for all to see.

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