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  • Inexpensive Design Tips to Make Your Boutique Hotel Stand Out

    When looking at how to separate your boutique hotel from the competition, it may seem like there is no way to win without simply outspending your main competitors. While doing the shopping for your hotel may be a whole lot of fun, paying the bills isn’t usually as exciting.

    If you are looking for some ways to make your boutique hotel unique without breaking the bank, check out these inexpensive design tips below.

    Spruce Up Your Paint Job

    Even though painting is something that can be very time consuming, it will need to be done anyway. You wouldn’t just leave bare drywall up for your guests to look at, would you?

    By taking some time to paint walls different colors that make the lobby, rooms, and hallways really stand out, you can begin to create a unique experience for your guests that will keep them coming back time and time again.

    Have Some Fun in the Lobby

    Throughout any hotel experience, the lobby is the first and last place seen by the guests. Because your guests will have your lobby as the first and last impressions of your entire hotel, doesn’t it make sense to make it a unique, welcoming place to be?

    If you want to set yourself apart from other hotels, take some time to really make your lobby as welcoming as possible. Try finding some memorabilia specific to the town your hotel is located in and use it as decoration inside the lobby.

    You can help your guests to experience your town and hotel like they wouldn’t be able to experience it any other place. By checking out your local flea market, antique stores, and even garage sales, you can pull this off on the cheap.

    Use Invisible Hinges for Clean Lines and Quality Functions

    If a guest is staying at your boutique hotel, they want a boutique experience. With that desire comes the expectation of quality and clean style.

    By using SOSS invisible hinges in cabinets, closets, and throughout common areas, you can let your guests enjoy all the beauty your hotel has to offer while keeping things functional for a high quality stay in your hotel.

    Being unique doesn’t have to mean outspending your competition. By taking some time to think about how your guests experience your hotel, you can make some small changes that will have enormous effects on the quality of their stay.

  • Can Your Hotel Make the Hotel Impossible Cut?

    Maybe you’ve watched the popular show called Hotel Impossible. It was created (and is hosted) by Anthony Melchiorri to help failing hotels by giving them a wake-up call. Unfortunately, some of the lodgings are near train wreck level when Anthony shows up.

    He has a week and a limited budget to get the business back on the right track. The owners come away with a little humility, some goodies, and great advice from a pro.

    How does that effect you (the architect, designer, or hotel owner)?

    Simple. Your name will be attached to that place, forever. It’s part of your portfolio and, if it’s great work, it will be remembered positively. If it’s ran into the ground, not so much. But is there a way to help keep it in good health simply with your design.

    We think so. Here are a couple of quick tips.

    Do Your Homework

    You may have some limitations on where the hotel will be located, but there are other things you can do to tip the scale back in your favor. Still, you can consider other buildings from the past that have had staying power in a community. Every city area is going to have ups and downs in popularity, but there are always structures that are well kept and active.

    Hotels are already places that are constantly full of people. Find a couple of other key design elements (functional or aesthetic) that seem to be shared by popular area buildings.

    Be Timelessly Trendy

    There are trends and timeless looks. Trends can last a generation, but timeless designs never grow old. Putting in things that don’t go out of style will help your hotel stay relevant longer (and hopefully well taken care of).

    Imagine how many hotels in South Florida have either traded in the pastels of the 80’s or gone out of business. There are a lot of hotel architects who are catering exclusively to the millennial crowd. While they are the next traveler, it may be just that generation who likes those certain elements.

    What should be a focus instead?

    Solid Choices

    The most important step to helping any building you design stay relevant is to ensure it’s built well. Keeping the thing together with solid hardware and making sure it can last until the next generation is half the battle of making it stay off Anthony’s bad list.

    Having a clean modern and unique design that isn’t easily forgotten will help as well. Take hotels such as the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore or the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver. Both hotels have a modern and clean design and both sport SOSS Door Hardware throughout to help them get and maintain that design edge.

    Our Invisible hinges not only help you create timeless clean lines that have been enjoyed by several generations, they are also crafted to be the strongest invisible hinge on the market and don’t have the weaknesses of adjustable hinges. Once they’re installed, your doors will open and close every day the building stays standing. Visit or site to find a dealer near you.

    If you are looking for more information about hospitality design trends please take a moment to download our free hospitality design guide today.

  • Finding the Best: A Breakdown of ADA Compliant Door Hardware

    The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) was crafted to assist those with certain ailments to have the same level of access as the able bodied. Over the years this has led to regulations in many industries, including door hardware.

    Many architects and builders feel like they are stuck with a standard door lever and just design around it. There are other options when it comes to getting a door open (more on that in a minute).

    Here’s a look at a few of the door hardware pieces that typically go into any public building and the best cases for use each.

    Hydraulic Closer

    Heavy doors are common in public places, and having the ability for them to close behind a person comes in handy. Imagine a person with a walker or in a wheelchair needs access to a room behind a door. Without a hydraulic closer, they may be put in an unsafe predicament trying to close the door behind them (especially if it’s heavy).

    This piece of equipment saves countless people from falling or sustaining injury by allowing them to pass all the way into the room before the door closes securely behind them, without the need for assistance.

    Door Lever

    If you’ve been in any public building in the U.S. you’ve seen a lever door handle. The type of handle you see in a private home (a knob) isn’t easy to turn if you have limited mobility in your hands. Some individuals have an impairment (e.g. arthritis) or lack the strength/ability to turn the knob and regulations require that ADA compliant door handles be installed in every public place.

    Unfortunately, the “standard” levers aren’t great for all public spaces.

    Being limited to a lever may be fine in an office or school, but for those who design lodgings for the elderly or disabled it may not be the best option.

    Handles still require wrist strength and a turning twisting motion to open a door. If you design nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics, or other facilities that will be frequented or inhabited by a large disabled population, these handles may not be the best option.

    A Better ADA Compliant Door Handle

    Our UltraLatch door handle can be the answer to helping those less able open doors without having to turn their wrists at all. You simply push or pull our handle and the door is unlatched. If the door opens out, the handle allows for a stable door pull. If it opens inwardly, you can just push your weight into the door handle and gain entry (or exit).

    Our door hardware has helped thousands of architects and builders make their designs both beautiful and functional as well giving them the highest ADA compliant door hardware on the market. Find out more about the SOSS UltraLatch here.

     

  • Modern vs. Classic: Fusing the Old and New in Hospitality Design

    The golden age of hotels brought us ornate and lavish features including large moldings, vast amounts of granite (among other stones), and gilded hardware. These statements of style are almost but a memory, but still have an impact on design today.

    In contrast, during the traveling era of the 1950’s and 60’s, many families would spend weeks at a time on the road. Driving from county to county until they reached a hotel or motel on the side of the road. The group would catch some shut eye and hit the road at first light to their next stop.

    This period of lodging was based around minimalistic needs and price, rather than comforts and luxury.

    The first brought sophistication and exclusivity. The latter turned hotels into an industry for all to join in. Now, it’s changing again.

    The New Era

    In the era of the millennial traveler we seemingly have a merger of the two. Business travelers still do look for a place to rest their head in between work, and families are looking to find affordable hotels.

    For some traveling Millennials old is new and a unique experience with each stay is at the top of the checklist.

    With hotels bidding for guests’ attention, it can be difficult to attract guests during the industry’s identity crisis. The solution?

    Fuse the experiences together to form a new experience for a new patron.

    Finding the Core Desires

    Fortunately, the two examples had drastically different approaches to dealing with guests. Before you think this is a negative, think again. The polarized needs help you identify what current guests want in terms of design.

    Luxury

    It’s obvious that early hoteliers focused on providing a one of a kind experience for guests. This included everything their eyes came in contact with from floor to ceiling. While most new travelers don’t want to stay in a 100+ year old hotel, you can be sure they want to feel like everything is quality.

    From the lobby to their room, everything has to be modern, clean and smooth. Spa like bathrooms, functional and beautiful furniture, and great features. They’ll also want to feel the quality in the craftsmanship. Poor quality materials and hardware can give a cheap feel to an otherwise beautiful design. One way to make your design stand out to guests is with quality door hardware that creates clean lines and adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your rooms and common areas.

    Simplicity

    On the other side of the coin, those same travelers don’t want to be bogged down with processes and other issues. Streamlining the check-in/check-out procedures, designing large open spaces meant for a laptop crowd, and always having a power supply close by will meet all of the practical needs of the passing through traveler.

    A place to grab a bite to eat near the lobby, a USB port right by the bed, and not having to ask the whereabouts of certain necessities will keep the road warriors happy.

    Connectivity

    In the golden age of hotels with the classic styles connectivity meant telegrams quickly delivered to important guests. Today it is a fast and secure Wi-Fi. Travelers today are used to be always being connected to the world around them through social media and electronic communications. A fast (and complimentary) Wi-Fi can mean the difference between a traveler choosing your hotel or not.

    If your hotel can bring luxury, excellent service, a unique experience and connectivity together you will be on the fast track to serving more guests and business growth. At SOSS we can help with the unique experience by giving you quality door hardware that appears in some of the world’s great hotels such as Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver.

    If you are interested in learning more about hospitality trends take a moment to download our free special report on the hospitality design trends.

  • 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.

  • Why Tech Trends in Hotels Matter for Architects & Designers


    modern tech friendly hotel lobbyEvery architect wants to design a space that is durable and functional (not to mention beautiful). These desires are especially true in the hospitality industry. Is elegant design enough? Tech friendly hotels are non-negotiable to today's tech savvy traveler.

    Creating clean lines (using hardware like our SOSS Invisible Hinges), great work space for the busy traveler, and rooms that are simply breathtaking are non-negotiable needs in today’s hotel marketplace. But do tech trends play a part during the design?

    Absolutely. Let’s look at a couple reasons we think so.

    The Elephant in the Room(s)

    If you have spoken with anyone in the hospitality industry for more than a few seconds you may have heard the word millennial. Like it or not they will shape the way hotels are built (are already are).

    These young travelers have a different definition of luxury than previous generations. While “getting away” used to be a priority; it has been replaced with staying as connected as possible.

    The need for constant access to high tech devices is real and not just the normal things either (e.g. smartphones and laptops). Things like free HBO and Showtime are losing their appeal to the young. Instead, millennials want access to their own Netflix and Hulu accounts. Connected TV’s and more USB ports (along with other tech features) must be more than an afterthought in your next design.

    Work Gets Priority

    Travel (as we already mentioned) is becoming more connected, even to handle business. With the new generation of traveler comes a new way to work. The boundaries of business and pleasure have become blurred and more people can take care of “office” work inside the hotel that you will design.

    If that hotel makes it easy.

    Ever go in to a cookie cutter hotel and see one desk with a computer from 2001 sitting on it?

    That type of set up won’t fly. Think of a hotel that offers a smaller (but fully functional) co-working space. That’s what you should strive to create.

    Smile, You’re on Camera

    Have we mentioned that travelers want to stay connected while on the road? Because they do. Your lobbies, rooms, restaurants and every other square inch will be all over every social media platform you know about (and some you don’t). This unsolicited promotion puts things right back in your wheel house, design.

    However, you’ll need to keep the “selfie-factor” in the back of your mind while designing those spaces you would normally think go unnoticed. One Instagram post in front of an unsightly janitor closet will still show the name of that hotel to the world.

    We hope that you are looking at these technological influences for your next design, and we also urge you to consider SOSS Door Hardware to help create those clean lines and selfie proof spaces. For more information on our invisible hinges click here.

  • 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.

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