Designing Your Kitchen

Renovating your home and kitchen is always a challenge, and a little harder with a global pandemic. But at Grand Banks, we are committed to offering our design services now more than ever. Everyone deserves good design. It’s not just about being fancy, it’s about creating a home and space that functions well for you and your family. A place that makes you feel comfortable and inspired. A place for you to come home to at the end of the day and find refuge from the worries of the world. 

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Window Replacement Guide

Our homes are important, now more than ever. They provide the backdrop for our lives. They are the safe place we run to. The cozy blanket you wrap yourself in after a long day. It’s just as important for us to take care of our homes as it is for our homes to take care of us.

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Replacing your windows is not usually a straightforward process. Depending on the window opening size, you may need to order a custom window. The first thing to know about replacing your window is whether you want new construction or a replacement window. New construction means that you will have to do some exterior work to your home and involves removing siding, and may require re-framing the opening. However if you are only looking for a replacement insert, you can remove the trim from the interior and leave the exterior unchanged.  This style of window offers the same benefits of a new construction window, with less installation costs.

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With new constructions windows comes a lot of options, and it’s important to educate yourself about them before making your choices. There may be a better window for your space to help maximize light and space. Check out our Window Guide to see what other styles may work for you. We also have a glossary of parts if you have questions about some of the terminology. 

If your windows aren’t closing properly, you may need new hardware (a much less expensive fix). Remember that window performance and energy ratings are for when they are in the fully closed and locked position. That means that even though your windows are closed, if they aren’t locked properly you could still be losing more heat than necessary through them. Every little bit counts in the middle of February and you haven’t seen a double digit temperature in weeks.

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Cracks in your storm windows or tears in your screens can also be problematic. Again, you are not maximizing the insulation or protection of your windows in these circumstances. Find out what brand of window you have and measure its size. These can usually be easily replaced, unless you have a custom window, but even if you do, there are solutions.

When you see condensation on the inside of the glass in your windows, that means that the insulation seal is broken. What this means is that you are not getting the most out of your window insulation here. Many windows carry warranties that can last 10-20+ against seal failures. If your windows are still covered under warranty you can contact the manufacturer. If you aren’t sure if your windows qualify or what the warranty is, please contact our team.

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Windows are an integral part of your home and it’s important to make sure they don’t allow air and water to leak into your home. Leaking or trapping moisture in your home that can lead to rot and increased energy bills throughout the year. Replace problematic windows or parts now to avoid more expensive damage later. Take care of your home, and your home will take care of you.

If you have any questions about your windows, please feel free to contact us at team@grandbanksbp.com or 978-281-2421

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MONICA BANKS

The Fall Checklist for Your Home

One of the first signs of fall is when the windows start to close. As New Englanders, it is a nearly universal point of pride to keep them open for as long as possible. Generally speaking, October 1 is the earliest acceptable date to turn on the thermostat. When the days get shorter and the wind gets colder, the windows start to come down. Closing the windows sets off a chain reaction. It’s a signal that there is more work to be done around the home with the changing of the seasons

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Building Home- Grand Banks Building Products

Creating a home always becomes something different once you start. You never end up where you thought you would. And often that’s for the best. A home can feel like a faraway dream, something that doesn’t really exist. But all the great things begin with a dream. 

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These homeowners never thought they were going to be people that would build a house, but they did it. And now 30 years later, they are re-investing in their home by remodeling their kitchen. It’s a big deal, and an intense process. But in the end, it’s an investment in both the resale value of your home and your happiness. How is that not worth it?  

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Home is a space to be cherished, cared for, and used to the fullest extent. It’s the place we raise our children. It’s the place we celebrate accomplishments and mourn our failures. We spend late nights baking cupcakes for the bake sale we forgot about, or studying for a test that we just aren’t sure about.

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Building home is a lifelong journey, whether you’re building your first home, or remodeling, you have to be ready to take the steps. It’s important to design the right space for your lives, and if you have the benefit of having raised a family in the house, you know exactly what you’re looking for in a remodel. Remodeling your home can be a powerful experience, and it can bring to life all the dreams you’ve had over the years.

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Kitchen Cabinetry Supplied by Medallion Semi-Custom Cabinetry: Providence Door Style with Raised Center Panel, Sea Salt MDF Finish on Walls and Talls, Vineyard Maple Finish on Base cabinets only. All Plywood Construction, Soft Close Doors and Drawers.

Work done by Bob Puglisi

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Creating a Home Workspace

We’ve been working from home for a while now, and some of us are still taking up space at the kitchen table. While that may be all well and good, we want to make sure that everyone has what they need to make a comfortable workspace to get your work done at home. Whether it’s a school project or a business, having the right workspace is the way to set yourself up for success. 

If you don’t have a dedicated workspace, consider converting a closet. I know that closets are valuable space and it’s almost unfathomable to think about losing them, but perhaps this is a worthy cause. 

We connected with professional organizer + stylist Muffy White to find out the best way to create a workspace for you at home, and get you away from the kitchen table. “I love making home offices happen,” White told us. “As in you actually work in the office and not at the kitchen table, not that moving around is a bad thing!” 

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A FEW BASICS:

  • FIRST: At MWOS we do not ‘should’. Youshould make your bed, youshouldhang up your backpack. You are in control and youcould do these thingsif you want to have an organized simplified space, which inevitably carries over into life!
  • CLEAR THE CLUTTER: Start with a work surface that is clear of clutter!!Only have what you need on the desk – hopefully, there is a drawer close by for things like pens/post its/scissors…
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  • INGREDIENTS: Understanding what you want to accomplish in each work session is key. If you’re a book editor, you’ll need books, post-its, pens, etc. A programmer will need their computer, notebook and tablet. A salesperson might need their computer, phone and notebook. Whatever tools you need to get the job done, be sure you have them!  I admit I love paper, so I keep files BUT they are organized, color-coded and I edit them regularly. So for me nearby recycling is a must! Knowing the ingredients required to be a success 
  • C.O.F.F.E.E. or whichever beverage helps you work the best. Make sure you have a coffee system you like. 
  • LIGHT – there is a reason they are called “bright ideas.” Seriously, natural light is clutch and ambient (lamp) lighting too – it will boost your mood and your focus.
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  • CORD MANAGEMENT: Get those cords cozied up – using velcro or washi tape can quickly corral them so they aren’t taking over the desk. Smart outlets with USB ports, task lights have outlets these days too!
  • TAKE A SEAT: in a comfy (but not too comfy) chair. Having the right support throughout your day will ensure your comfort and allow you to work for longer. 
  • ADJUST YOUR PERSPECTIVE: have a view of art, a window or something you like to look at…a mirror (no judgment here!) – it is important to prepare for the fact that your eyes will wander from your desk…let what you see be calming and even inspiring. This is MWOS code for “Your entire office would serve you best if it was clutter-free.”
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5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

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We often don’t think of home efficiency until winter, but it’s essential for keeping us cool in the summer too. Protecting your home from the summer heat will keep everyone in your house happy, and save on your utility bills too. There are a lot of options out there to help, both high-tech and more traditional. Staying cool can be even easier if you have a smart home to help regulate temperatures, or automate the opening and closing of your window coverings.  However you choose to beat the heat, you’ll be grateful for keeping both your utility bill and the temperature down.

 

See More: 5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

Screen Porch Dreaming

Grand Banks

7 Crafts Road

GloucesterMA 01930

Screen Porch Dreaming

There are few things more delightful in the summertime than a screen porch. As New Englanders, we recognize the need to make the most of the months we can spend outside. A screen porch makes that easy.  Instead of dispersing to your own corners of the house, the whole family will be able to spend time together, outside, and without the bugs. This space can both add value to your home and increase the amount of quality time you spend with your loved ones. Screen porches can do it all.

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Screeneze

ScreenEze is a patented fixed screen system, featuring an aluminum base and a vinyl cap which are snapped together and attached to your porch or gazebo. Screeneze can be installed on the inside, outside, or center of your porch post and rail design.

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Offgrid Floating Home