Adirondack Chair Reviews

Nothing summarizes the relaxing feeling of sitting outside in nature, at the lake, in the mountains, by the seaside, than that feeling of leaning waaaayyyy back and kicking your feet up in a traditional adirondack chair. The classic, comfortable design of the adirondack chair has made them an outdoor favorite for more than a century. The adirondack chair logically enough got its start in the Adirondack mountains and region of Upstate New York. The style of chair was first created by Thomas Lee in the early 1900s. He owned Wesport Mountain Spring and was looking for the perfect lawn chair, and he found it in the low slung body, the large sloping back, and the wide arm rests that characterize even our modern adirondack chair, although the design remains essentially unchanged over the interceding decades.

 

 

Below we will check out some classic Adirondack chair designs along with some with a more modern flair, and we will search for the best place to buy adirondack chairs online. Many are still manufactured in the Northeast, and many sell by catalog orders or direct mail. Even the large mass-market chains carry Adirondack chairs in their outdoor furniture lines – the popularity and style of these chairs truly still endures! Choosing an adirondack chair – Most are sold as individual chairs, although you can purchase a set – often with a small table or wood piece that fits between the two chairs. Colors are what these chairs so bright and cheerful on many a deck or porch. We found them in black, white, pink, green, red, and in a natural wood finish. The vast majority (and authentic ones) are made with wood, but we did see a few made with recycled plastics and those aren’t cheap either. Reviews for adirondack chairs are plentiful on websites like Amazon.com where owners post their comments and feedback on specific products. The chairs got excellent reviews while those with ottomans attached were less desirable. It seems that the old fashioned adirondack chair with no frills is still the best seller on many outdoor furniture websites. You can browse the best selling adirondack chairs online here.

 

Best Adirondack Chairs

If you are shopping for an Adirondack chair for your yard, the first place to start looking is at AdirondackChairs.com. The name really says it all, and their website makes it easy to shop, with toll-free phone support for ordering and questions seven days a week. Although originally built of pine or hemlock, now you can buy an Adirondack chair made from a host of different woods: aspen, cedar, pine, cypress, alder, teak, oak, mahogany, even brazilian cherry! You can select unfinished chairs made of cedar which will age gracefully to a silver color. Cedar is a popular choice since it resists rot and most insect problems, making it a great wood for outdoor furniture. Unfinished chairs can also be stained, painted, or sealed. If you prefer, you can select from a lot of popular painted chairs as well – white, green, red, and black are popular colors. A basic chair starts at about $100-$150. We liked the Big Daddy Ultimate Adirondack Chair for $155 – it comes with 2 leaning back positions and an ottoman foot rest, with free shipping thrown in. You can also get a two chair set, complete with retractable foot rests that slide into the chair bottom, for $289. They also carry Adirondack rocking chairs, porch and swing chairs, and two-seated attached combo units. RECOMMENDED – The most highly praised chair we could find online was the Oxford Garden Adirondack Chair – which lists for over $270 but gets near perfect comments from owners. You can also buy an end table or footstool if you want. The product uses Shorea wood (similar to teak), it’s very heavy and dense. There are dozens of options online at Amazon – so check them out before buying anything.

Also check out TheBestAdirondackChair.com – these folks have been in the chair business for 50 years, offer a 10 year guarantee, and offer a 10 day return policy – you can’t go wrong shopping here. You can buy adirondack chair kits to build your own chairs and benches, or select from their tete-a-tete, childrens chairs, or classic adirondack chairs. Prices are a little higher, starting at about $180 for a good quality chair. This is a foldable chair made of western red cedar. The Royal is their “best adirondack chair” , and it sells for $220 unstained. It has a gently curved back and seat and is wide, capable of holding up to 350 lbs. Their starter chairs begin at around $110 for a basic white model ($60 extra for footrest) to well over $200 for fancier models. We fancied the Hyre’s Country Haven 111 for $200, with its handsome curved lines, contoured back, and solid mahogany construction. Unfortunately, it does come unassembled and requires some work, but the final product is well worth the effort. View the top rated adirondack chairs here.

Door Levers Reviews

ne thing that my wife and I have wanted to do with our house is change out the door levers and handles. We have been in the house for 10 years now and the old gold door handles were starting to annoy us. We had redone the kitchen and switched out cabinet knobs, but the door levers never got changed. It’s actually a bigger project than I originally thought. As I went around our house and counted up the # of door levers the count kept getting higher and higher. With over 20 levers/handles to replace, I knew the time involved would be significant and the cost would be substantial. How long does it take to replace one door lever? It took us 20 minute with first one and then each subsequent one was easier. The last door handle took 10 minutes tops to change out. Where is the best place to buy door levers? The home improvement stores are a great place to start your search. Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry a decent variety of door hardware and they can answer basic questions on installation. Sometimes the hole placement can cause some issues, but after doing the first few you’ll have it figured out.

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Choosing Door Levers and Door Handles – There are 3 main types for interior use – dummy hardware, passage, and privacy. The passage lever or knob has no locking function. You’ll find the privacy levers in bathrooms or bedrooms where a basic lock can be useful. Both push and turn locks and button locks are popular. The dummy hardware is the least functional of all. The levers, knobs or handles on this type don’t connect to locking mechanisms or latches. When shopping for your door hardware, keep in mind several terms like stile width, back plate, back, set, and handing. Even door thickness can become a variable, although most residential doors (interior) are 1 3/8″ thick. You need to measure the back set on your doors – this is the center of the hole to the edge of the door. The guy had Home Depot said standard doors are 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″. Door handedness is another odd term, but guides you to which type of lever to buy. The majority of residential doors tend to open inwards and are left-handed. Be aware that storm doors or closet doors swing outwards making them reverse left-handed. This is a confusing point and one that needs to be addressed when you are purchasing your door handles/levers to make sure they all fit and look right once installed. It’s best to go around your house and get a count of the doors that will need new levers or handles. Then make a note as to the kind of door lever you want on each door. We suggest matching all of the door hardware but we have heard of people doing their upstairs with one color/style and the downstairs with another. The dummy levers are the cheapest of the bunch and the privacy and passage handles are about the same ($20 to $30/each). Colors and finish range from bronze to nickel to stainless steel and everything in between. There are over a dozen color/finishes to choose from on Amazon.com alone. Search for features like entrance doors, bedroom doors, or keyed entry. You can browse the best selling door levers online here.

Best Door Levers:

RECOMMENDED – Schlage and Kwikset are the 2 most popular names in the industry and their products can be found at almost any home improvement store or online. Whether you want a privacy lever, passage lever, or right handed dummy lever, they should carry the color and finish you want. The Schlage F10ACC619 Accent Passage Lever and the Kwikset 730TNL 15 CP Tustin Bed/Bath Lever are the top sellers online and in stores. Priced at about $25 for the brushed nickel, they are not much different in price for other finishes. The Schlage fits standard door preps, features an easy one tool installation, has exposed screws, is ADA compliant, and is field reversible non-handed. They work great on closet doors throughout your home. The Kwikset is perfect for bedroom or bathroom doors – where privacy is needed and locking the door is required. The fully reversible lever fits both left and right handed doors. Changing the door handles in any room is a quick and easy way to update the look instantly. Since we changed ours out (they used to be the brass colored handles) many people have noticed and we think they look great. It’s the type of DIY homeowner project that is easy to do – I was able to change out the handles over a few weekends.

 

Dummy Hardware – Door Handles:

RECOMMENDED – Do you have doors that don’t connect to any locking mechanism or latch? Perhaps interior doors where a push or pull function is required but that is it? The dummy hardware is really cheap compared to the other types and the dummy levers install even faster. They still look just fine – only they don’t need to have a latch or locking feature. We found many listed online that sell between $10 and $15. We have double doors that lead from our bedroom into the master bathroom where these style levers worked perfectly. The doors are mostly left open, but on that rare occasion they are pulled shut, the dummy levers do the job. When you do switch out the old knobs and handles on your doors, the dummy levers are a great option for saving money on appropriate doors. Check out the top rated dummy door hardware here

30 Beautiful Doors That Seem To Lead To Other Worlds

Most doors are hopelessly mundane, but they don’t have to be; they can also serve as meaningful symbols of portals between worlds or between different aspects of our lives. When we set out to create a list of beautiful doors around the world, we were surprised to find just how many truly amazing doors there are out there that have been decorated with beautiful craftsmanship and artwork.

The door is probably the single part of a building’s exterior that people will interact most frequently with, so if you want a building to look impressive up close, there’s probably no better way to do this than by having a beautiful door.

Burano, Italy

Image credits: John C. Hutchins

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Image credits: Ken Piorkowski

Copenhagen, Denmark

Image credits: Ingeborg van Leeuwen

Montmartre, Paris, France

Image credits: John Kroll

Valloria, Italy

Image credits: socket974

Rabat, Morocco

Image credits: David&Bonnie

Valparaiso, Chile

Image credits: Byron Ellis

Garden Door by Kazuyuki Ishihara in Japan

Image credits: Anya Langmead

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Image credits: Olga Osipova

Shanghai, China

Image credits: Sean Maynard

Sardinia, Italy

Image credits: Pia – Artemisia1975

Pollença, Balearic Islands, Spain

Image credits: silverlarynx

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Image credits: Natalie AE

Soho, New York, New York, USA

Image credits: Gary Burke

Unknown Garden Door

Image credits: wallpapersinhq.com

Jaipur, India

Image credits: payal.jhaveri

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Image credits: mandalaybus

Bali, Indonesia

Image credits: Corinna A. Carlson

Germagno, Piedmont, Italy

Image credits: Wozz

Beijing, China

Image credits: Rig

Miami, Florida, USA

Image credits: jaydkim

Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

Image credits: Amaury Henderick

Northumberland, UK

Image credits: Maree Turner

Fes, Morocco

Image credits: David K. Edwards

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Image credits: Ahrabella Heabe Lewis

German Alps

Consultive Selling & How It Can Work For Retailers

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The following article featuring Brad originally appeared in an electronic sales magazine in February of 1994. It eventually was re edited and used as a chapter in the book called “The Zen of Selling”, by Stan Adler.

Door Beautiful | Door Sales & InstallationConsultive Selling & How It Can Work For Retailers

Brad was a craftsman, and he specialized in doors. Carrie, my wife, met Brad when she was researching the possibility of a new front door, something we had promised ourselves for the past 15 years but for some reason had always put off.

Carrie was almost ready to put it off again. Whenever she asked about front doors, the salesperson asked who her contractor was or handed her a brochure. It seemed that any information that pertained to an end user’s specific needs was either a trade secret or so sublime that it needed the stewardship of a licensed professional. She was repeatedly brushed off, talked down to, patronized, and generally discouraged. Keep her in the dark, and maybe she’ll disappear seemed to be the door seller’s policy.

Then one day, while shuffling through some hinged samples, someone notice her bored and bewildered expression. A young, red-headed, energetic man with a smile said, “You look confused, could you use some help?” Carrie came out of her shopper’s stupor and nodded yes. Brad gave her his card and offered to drop by the house to talk about front doors.

He didn’t know that he was a consultant building a partnership with a client, but he was.

When Carrie told me this, I thought, how much is there to talk about? Brad answered my question the next day. According to Brad, the front door is one of the most important features of the house. “It’s the first thing a visitor sees when the come to your house,” he said. “It tells a lot about how a person feels about their house.”

He shook his head with dismay as he went on: “Some people will spend thousands of dollars remodeling their entryway and then have their neighbor put on the door. I don’t know, I don’t understand. I guess that’s all right. Some people don’t care about quality, and hey, that’s all right. But if you do care, you need to have the right door.”

Since we did care, we learned about manufactured doors, custom-made doors, different woods and grains, mortise locks, trim, appropriateness of different styles, how to care for the exterior of a finely crafted door, and a “believe it or not” item, how driving rain can actually penetrate a door because of floating panels that are used in the construction of most front doors.

He outlined main considerations and concerns, telling us that these were things that we must decide on because it was our door. When Carrie and I asked him to make decisions for us, he refrained and told us that the decision was personal and should be ours. He would give well-informed input attuned to our personal considerations (which we had shared with him), but he would not make our decision.

Rather than regarding time as a loophole which the customer would use to talk themselves out of a sale, he took time to facilitate a dialogue that would reinforce both his and our credibility.

We almost begged him to tell us whether to go with a lever or a knob for the interior. With a pleasant but serious smile, he said, “No, you decide.”

A month later, after the door was hung and the hardware installed, we mentioned the option of the lever. He told us that the knob which we had chosen was beautiful. I never knew which he preferred, but I do know that Carrie and I felt that our decision had been a good one. It was very clearly the difference between buying something and being sold something.

This is not to insinuate any lack of assertiveness on Brad’s part. He told us he was “eager” to do the job, but he would have to do it right or not do it at all, “because you’re going to be living with this door for the rest of your life, am I right?” He waited for our answer. We said “Yes,” and bought it.

He didn’t know that he was a consultant building a partnership with a client, but he was. He didn’t know about a five-step selling cycling or quantifying solutions, but he was a role model of consultive selling.

Most important, he understood four main things that acted as guidelines for his excellent performance.

• The first thing was his willingness to assist a person and invest time in the creation of a purchase even when there were no obvious initial buying signs. This takes intuition and guts.

• The second was recognizing the paramount important of a customer’s individual needs and tastes relative to the product. How much time did it take to make a sale? Answer: Enough time to personalize it.

• The third quality was his enjoyment of his work, and his ability to share that enjoyment with the customer.

When you are really good at something, you usually enjoy it, whether it’s selling, hanging doors, playing music or climbing mountains. The more you enjoy it, the more your customer will enjoy it. Customers tend to identify with the products they have decided to buy; their early participation in the process makes them part and parcel of the purchase.

• The fourth thing was Brad’s knowledge of his product and craft. This means plenty of research, thorough preparation and exacting attention to detail.

We had chosen bronze-toned hardware for the outside and polished brass hardware for the inside. So, Brad asked, did we want a bronze or brass peephole? As I looked at the little shiny brass tube in his palm, I was thinking that I actually wanted it to be bronze on the outside and brass on the inside. Before I had a chance to verbalize a seemingly unreasonable request, he reached in his pocket, took out a bronze peephole, combined the two and gave me my druthers.

He smiled, knowing he had exceeded my expectations.

There was something else about Brad that was more encompassing – call it pride, integrity… recognition of one’s own excellence. A kind of performance standard.

“Consistency,” he said after finishing up, “I think you finally find consistency. But some days you drop your tools. Other days you catch the pencil when it falls from your ear, then you know you’re on.” I smiled. He had summed it up.

Carrie and I spent that night exchanging seats on the sofa to get the best view of the new door. When the buyer and the seller trust each other enough to share roles, the purchase can be picture perfect.

The Showroom Experience

carefully designed and perfectly finished

Like many large projects; this was discussed at length, researched, planned, shelved for a while, planned again, and has now come to completion.  Kempenfelt Windows & Doors wanted to resonate with the residents of Newmarket by providing a comfortable space which allows a home-owner to confidently make window and door choices.  What is unique about this showroom, is design.  Good design.  Most window and door showrooms are tight spaces, filled with various window and door products, samples and parts, without much consideration for the client experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a very different approach.  Kempenfelt Windows & Doors hired an architect to design their window showroom; which is to make a lasting impression, is easy to navigate and finished with current exterior and interior details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Architect Brad Netkin, of STAMP Architecture, has used Euro windows in his own home and various projects.  Familiar with the journey of building or renovating a space with windows, Brad Netkin and the Kempenfelt team took to the drawing board and compiled showroom a design.  Many designs.  One stood out though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a set location and plan in place, the interior space started to take form. Showcasing large sliding doors, modern and traditional entry doors, black framed windows, through to statement garage doors.  The space lacks the usual clutter and shows exactly what to expect when they’ve finished a project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now ready for the big reveal, Kempenfelt Windows & Doors – Newmarket location has redefined the window and door showroom experience.

Top 100 Window & Door Manufacturer

On Tuesday, March 28th 2017, our bundle of mail arrived at the front desk.  It was packaged with the usual rubber band bounding and was a compilation of magazines, invoices and cheques.  The American publication Window & Door Magazine was the outer layer, wrapping all of the other bland bits of mail.  We pulled it apart and I took away the magazines.  More important people get the bills and cheques; I just want the stuff with pictures.  The front of this volume featured a woman working with insulated glass.  It’s a good image.  She’s focused and on task with her hair pulled up in a no-nonsense bun while wearing well fitted coated gloves, arm protection, proper safety glasses and ear plugs.  Everything about this cover is the right stuff.  Inside is the article featuring a large list of manufacturers ranging from Over $1 Billion in gross annual sales through to Less Than $15 Million. The Top 100 Manufacturers Report is a juggernaut of a list and provides insights on growth trends and distribution models for our industry.  Most of the manufacturers listed in the Over $1 Billion category will manufacture the equivalent of our annual units, but in just one shift.  These are massive companies and are all based across the United States.  The Canadian contingents are, as expected, a smaller force of our North American industry.  I counted twelve Canadian companies – and then there we were.  Out of thousands of window and door manufacturers across North America, the industry has taken notice of us.  A thirty year old company in Woodbridge, Ontario; manufacturing vinyl window and door systems.

Time for a high-five.

Our management team consists of three people and I’m one of them. Laura Weil, Sales and Marketing Manager; however, I only manage those duties, not any staff.  The majority of sales support and most of our marketing, of which I hope you have seen, comes through personal efforts and is often experimental.  To see our name listed there along with our image, was rewarding.  We have been building premium products for decades with a stringent commitment to key suppliers, a relentless pursuit of cleanliness and refinement, and we proudly boast that the majority of our fabrication team has been with us for most of their working careers.  I hope it is this combination of traits which landed us on the list.  In Woodbridge, Ontario there is an anomaly of window manufacturers.  The predominant operation amongst this regions industrial parks are windows & doors.  We have large vinyl extrusion companies surrounding us and almost every building is home to a supplier or fabricator of our industry. There is even a road called Vinyl Court.  Many of these companies have grown through generations of families and have expanded into multiple commercial units or even moved to larger facilities.  In my sales experience, most retail business owners want to share their story of how unique their geographic business community is.  Here is our tale; we are in the middle of a vinyl-window manufacturing congregation of odd proportions.  There are so many window and door manufacturers here, that no single source knows of them all.  Most of the same hardware, screen and vinyl profile types are accessible.  This is our competition; some of them are loud and predominant, others are ghosts that you’ll never hear about or see again.  Differentiation is required.

Key ingredients to our special recipe;

  • Vinyl profiles are designed in Germany and are precisely extruded in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2,222 km’s away)
  • Plant Manager originally managed one of the first vinyl window plants in Ontario (so did his Father)
  • Shop is spotless and so are our windows (trust me, it’s not common)
  • Marketing

Owner of Euro Vinyl Window, Chris Meiorin prefers that the bundle of mail does not include large invoices for advertising.  I’ve been tasked to garner a broad outreach on a minimal budget.  To do so, I became a content machine and Chris works with me on this.  We write articles for various publications, are active on social media and our approach to literature and blogging is uncommon.  It has cultivated creativity, which in turn generates enthusiasm – especially when we gain recognition and attract new business.  This creativity has also allowed us to align with other creators from various industries and we now feel as though we’re in tune with modern day communication and expression.  Our same window systems built twenty years ago are in new unique configurations, with sleek colours and placed in impressive spaces.  All of this generates more content – it’s an effective model.  We are in the Under $15 Million sales category, located in the ‘Window Zone’, are Canadian manufacturers – and are now defined by our industry media as top shelf.

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