Beach Views to Envy

Summer is upon us, which means sunshine and beaches. Whether you want to update, restyle or build your dream beach house this summer, here are some million-dollar views to envy! Hopefully these views and homes will inspire you — and they’re all framed by JELD-WEN® windows and doors.



1) California

The perfect way to start your morning? Right here on this veranda. The contrasting JELD-WEN® aluminum-clad wood doors in Black Licorice really stand out on this Contemporary Colonial home.

Photo by Brandon Architects, Inc. – JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

2. Virginia

A beautiful house on the coast of Virginia that would make all your friends green with envy. Check out the bold front door.

Photo by Progress Lighting – JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

3. North Carolina

This unique home is flooded with natural light and filled with beautiful beach views. Just try to tell us all those windows don’t make you swoon!

Photo by JELD-WEN Windows and Doors – JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

4. Texas

Imagine waking up and sipping a warm cup of coffee (or iced tea, because record-breaking highs) with this view. This Houston home features JELD-WEN® Premium™ Vinyl windows.

5. North Carolina

On a hot day you can never be too close to the water, and this is as close as it gets. Fancy a morning swim?

 6. California

If you had a room like this, chances are you’d want breakfast in bed every morning! The windows are JELD-WEN® aluminum-clad wood casement, and the French doors are true divided lights.

Photo by Spinnaker Development – JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

7. North Carolina

This cozy beach house will make you want to sit back and relax this summer. Are we the only ones in love with robin’s-egg blue for kitchen cabinets? An AuraLast® pine double-hung window (Tradition Plus) with Colonial grilles and energy-efficient Low-E glass gives this little kitchen a perfect view and natural light.

8. California

Those doors lead to one of the happiest places on earth … the beach. Don’t mind us, we’ll just be spending the day with our toes in the sand. This Newport Beach oceanfront home features JELD-WEN® patio doors on both the upper and lower floors.

9. Massachusetts

Sunny summer days with a view like this make for a day well spent. We feel relaxed just looking at this cozy home.

Photo by Boston Design Guide – JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

 10. St. Kitts

A beach pad is a home away from home, and you’ll never want to leave this one. This island-living home features custom JELD-WEN® windows and doors.

Photo by The Muhler Company, Inc. – JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

Feeling inspired? Where would YOU plant your dream beach house?


Renovation Project Transforms Warehouse Into Family Dream Home (Part 2)

Home renovation and remodeling projects can be difficult in general, but the results are almost always worth the struggle. The Our Little Warehome renovation project was definitely on another level in terms of both process and results.

For those of you who followed along with the Branch family, you will recall the incredible transformation that happened during the renovation series. (For those of you who have not yet watched the series or read our previous blog on it, go check it out. We promise you this project is nothing short of amazing.)

You will also recall the sometimes daunting, always exciting construction process the family went through to build their beautiful downtown home from a broken-down warehouse. The Branches’ creativity and vision when it came to this project has been extremely inspirational. But of course, there was a lot of thought and decision-making going on behind the scenes of the remodel, so we sat down with Allan Branch to hear his insights on what this renovation experience was like for him and his family.

Here’s a reminder of the absolutely unbelievable transformation that unfolded by the end of the series.

What was your favorite part of the project?

The planning stage was really great. There was so much initial excitement from Anna, myself, and the kids: it was all dreams and ideas. Also, releasing the videos has been a lot of fun, but I’d have to say my favorite part of the project was definitely moving into the project at the end!

What was the hardest part that left you really boggled?

The hardest part definitely came with finishing the project. In the beginning, there were these big tasks like demolition, but as the project got closer to being finished there were so many little details that had to be handled. There were like 5,000 tiny details to handle. It got pretty overwhelming in the end.

There were also so many decisions to be made as we got closer to finishing the project, and there were so many things to choose from. For example, even when we had decided on our JELD-WEN Custom Wood windows, there were so many stain and treatment options. It was awesome to have those choices, but it also got very overwhelming since we had so many decisions to make.

What was the greatest lesson you learned?

Nothing is as good or bad as it seems, and that is just a great life lesson in general. There are things that would happen, like a tradesman didn’t show up, or something like that, and in the moment it’s stressful, but then you begin to realize that these things are not a big deal in the grand scheme of your life. Separating yourself from the stress, and realizing it is not as important as it may seem in the moment. I think I am better at handling stress now, haha.

What advice would you give someone who is ready to do something like this or embark on a new home project?

You are the author of your life story. I feel like I am driving my life forward through projects and things like this, and I would encourage people to embark on adventure. Whether it is building a new home or renovating your current home, just go for it with reckless abandon.

Looking forward, what’s your next project? (Because we know you have one!)

My wife and I have purchased five buildings in our downtown, and we are going to open at least one brewery in the next two years. We are currently filing paperwork to get permits. We are also building apartments and want to incubate small businesses in our downtown. My background is in software, and I wouldn’t say I am leaving software but certainly “branching out” (pun intended) into real estate. So now, we are going to learn about running a brewery and making it profitable. It’s all very fun and exciting.

What made you decide to remodel an old warehouse, rather than just purchasing an empty lot of land or existing home?

When I found this building on the MLS—which is where the real estate agents post listings—I thought it was typical stick and board construction. But then I saw it was brick on the inside, which really excited me. There were some things I just really loved about the building: I love that it is a weird shape, and I love that it is brick. There is a certain charm of an old building, and I think this building fit our style as a family more than other homes we had seen.

The beautiful thing about buying historic buildings in downtowns is that you become a part of the story of the building. This original building here was first a church in the early 1900s, then it was a school. After that, they took that building up and Ford Motor Company bought the land and turned it into an auto garage. After that, it became a piano repair place, then a storage space for an appliance store across the street, and now it is our home. Maybe one day people will add us to the story of this building. I think that is really beautiful, being able to be a part of the story. That is something I didn’t realize until about a year ago, and now I am hoping that one day someone will be telling our story.

What were some design elements that were important to you as you created the house?

We wanted this building to look like it had been here for a long time. Every design element we picked, we kept that in mind.

We didn’t want a new-looking set of windows on an old building. The wonderful thing about the JELD-WEN windows we picked is their wood casings, which you really don’t see that often. And they also have this beautiful copper on the outside. Copper is just such a timeless material that you also don’t see much in residential. So I really feel like these windows are throwbacks to a different time, and although they kind of feel old, they have this new technology, which is really amazing.

We wanted to make sure we kept a historic charm to the house. We wanted to refresh it, but we didn’t want to throw a modern building on top of a historic building. People will walk in and be like, “Well, what did you guys add?” It’s like, everything! But we wanted the space to feel like we didn’t have to do much to it, like it had been here for 50 or 100 years when in reality everything was pretty much new besides the brick.

What were some unexpected experiences that came from this project?

I know a lot more about home construction now. I also learned a lot about how to manage because this was a very quick project, we did it in around 10 months, and usually a project like this would have taken around two to three years. But because of the video project aspect, we pushed everyone and were scheduling everyone really quickly. I think I would be able to help a general contractor manage a project now, and I can definitely handle stress a lot better now.

Despite the project being overall a pretty predictable process, there were definitely some unexpected surprises we found while building. However, when it came to this stuff we learned to just roll with the punches. There are lots of little things in an old, historic building like that that you run into. For example, we found a 5,000-pound car jack in the floor that we needed a crane to pull out. We ended up having to cut a part of the roof out for the crane to get into the building.

How was it working as a family team on this home? Do you feel it brought you all closer together?

My kids are 11 and 9, and are home-schooled, so we have always been super close to them. I want my kids to have a unique childhood and be ready for anything as an adult. I think even as children they experienced some of the stress from the video project, and they watched as Anna and I handled the stress and worked together as a team.

I do want my children to be entrepreneurial and learn from their experiences. And that’s how I grew up, doing odd stuff with my parents and their businesses. I want my children to have that odd life. As homeschoolers we are not looking for a better education, but rather a different education for our children—and that is experiences, and doing things like maybe even shooting a show. So as a family I think it was a huge success, because it gave them opportunity to see how to handle stress and try new ideas.

Cool to the Touch: Light-Colored Exterior Door Inspiration

Keep your entryway climate under control with a smart combination of door materials and paint colors

Baby, it’s hot outside. You’ve likely checked most of the boxes on the to-do list of keeping your home cool and comfortable on the inside: Energy-efficient windows, as well as blinds and window coverings; a well-maintained air conditioning system and duct work; and if you’re lucky, a few well-placed trees that impart plenty of shade. And while your doors aren’t left open to “air condition the neighborhood,” you might be surprised how much your exterior doors can impact the inside of your home.


According to the US Department of Energy, dark, dull colors can absorb 70 to 90 percent of the sun’s radiant energy, which can then be transferred into the home (and can also affect how quickly the door’s exterior weathers). Alternately, light-colored paint can help reflect the sun’s heat away from the home. But homeowners need not be resistant to light-colored exterior doors—because “light” doesn’t have to translate to “white.”


The kind of door can also have an impact on whether guests will be greeted by an overheated entryway. Wood doors are beautiful and will keep the inside of your home cool, but their material and finish are susceptible to the elements and do best with plenty of coverage. For best results, always pair a wood exterior door with a significant overhang. This protects the door and its finish, adds cooling shade, and helps keep inclement weather outside the home.


Fiberglass doors are built to consistently withstand the rigors of any climate—hot or cold, wet or dry. Shown here, a Smooth-Pro™ Fiberglass Craftsman door from the Statement™ Collection is prefinished in Stone and features a direct glaze insert. Fiberglass doors are also available stained or primed and ready to paint.


Steel offers strength and durability and is a good choice for most climates. While a steel door can become hot to the touch—as a general rule of thumb, you should be able to comfortably place your hand on the door for 30 seconds—choosing a light-colored  exterior door finish will help reflect the sun’s light and slow down the buildup of heat. JELD-WEN® steel doors are available prefinished or primed and ready to paint.

Pick a Paint

Choosing the right paint is essential to a beautiful, long-lasting, light-colored exterior door. More brands are developing paints specially formulated for front doors that are quick drying and protect against the elements.

Sherwin-Williams has two offerings, SnapDry™ and SuperPaint®. SnapDry™ Semi-Gloss Door and Trim Paint dries in as little as one hour, and a door can be closed without sticking. SnapDry™ is resistant to dirt and fingerprints, UV and weathering. SuperPaint® Exterior Acrylic Latex promises to deliver outstanding performance and protection against the elements. The formula goes on smooth, resists fading and peeling, and is dirt- and mildew-resistant. And thanks to its advanced acrylic resin technology, you’ll enjoy outstanding adhesion and color retention.

From Benjamin Moore, the Aura® Grand Entrance® line offers excellent color retention and is available in any color, in either a high gloss or satin finish. Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra is an exterior satin enamel that imparts a pearl-like finish, and Clark + Kensington’s exterior Paint + Primer in One is ready for a second coat in just one to two hours.


There’s a JELD-WEN exterior door for every home style—start here for inspiration.

What’s Cooking in the High-Tech Kitchen?

From hands-free faucets to WiFi-enabled refrigerators, the latest technology has upped the ante when it comes to the high-tech kitchen. Ahead, some of the most innovative appliances that do everything from letting you watch your soufflé bake from the inside of the oven to watching a how-to recipe video while you try your hand at crafting the perfect béarnaise sauce.


Building upon the innovation of the Family Hub refrigerator, Samsung’s Chef Collection brings thoughtful technology to a pro-level suite of built-in cooktops, ranges, wall ovens, hoods, dishwashers and refrigerators. The Chef Collection line brings many innovative features to the built-in category, including View Inside cameras, which lets users see inside their refrigerator from anywhere, and induction cooktops with Virtual Flame technology, which gives the visual of gas cooking. Bluetooth capabilities allow the ventilation hoods to adjust fan settings based on the amount of heat coming from the cooktop below. WiFi connectivity gives the home chef seamless control and monitoring of the cooking process via smartphone.


Energy efficient and easy to install, the Eco-Lucent LED lighting system from Federal Brace has color-changing lights that are perfect for under-cabinet task lighting. The system consists of an aluminum channel that houses the LED light strip with a frosted cover, and is easily installed with 3M strips. An infrared remote provides complete control over the system, from selecting the colors—there are 16 to choose from—to adjusting the light variations.


Kohler’s Sensate touchless faucet offers a hands-free experience for a cleaner, more hygienic kitchen environment. Sensate’s intuitive Response® technology is ready to follow your move: a wave of a hand—or an object such as a pan or utensil—turns it on or off. The Sweep® spray creates a wide, strong blade of water for superior cleaning, while Kohler’s new docking system, DockNetik, secures the pull-down spray head to the spout magnetically.


Interactivity and sharing life’s moments are just two uncommon advantages of GE’s over-the-range kitchen hub. This 27-inch smart screen can communicate with other connected appliances including GE-brand washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, wall ovens and, of course, ranges. Scheduled for release later this year, the kitchen hub will feature live video chat functionality with multiple camera angles, a cooktop-facing camera and ample task lighting (hello, amazing Instagram photos), access to family calendars and schedules, and endless recipes and cooking resources. Over-the-air updates keep the kitchen hub current and in tune with the latest features.


Hey, June! The world’s only intelligent convection oven, June boasts Adaptive Cook Presets, an internal camera and Food ID technology that promise to cook your food perfectly every time. With the ability to convection bake, broil, roast, slow cook, toast, air fry, dehydrate, keep warm and reheat, June can cook anything. And with June’s mobile app, you can control your oven from anywhere, watch your food being cooked and be notified when your meal is ready. The app also features easy to follow, step-by-step video recipes.

Beast Mode: All-American grills, smokers and more for backyard cooking

Last month we shared some of the latest in outdoor kitchen design—countertops and flooring, cabinets and islands. Now, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest made-in-America grills and appliances that will instantly up your backyard cooking game. 


Beachy outdoor kitchen with Kalamazoo Hybrid Grill, ventilation and cabinets and refrigeration. The focal point of this compact but powerful outdoor kitchen is Kalamazoo’s 51-inch-wide Hybrid Fire Grill. The brand’s largest grill, the Hybrid Fire Grill offers the ability to cook with gas, charcoal, wood or a combination of the three, putting any backyard cooking style well within reach, whether it’s “low and slow” barbecue or intense, searing heat in excess of 1,000 degrees. The cooking zone also includes a double cooktop and ventilation hood, with refrigerators bookending the space. Handcrafted in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Inspired by the “live fire” cooking traditions of Spain and Argentina, Grillworks’ 42-inch Asador Grill is the hands-down ultimate in wood-fire grills. Grillworks’ signature crankwheel-controlled system adjusts the surface height, while the Floating Fire Brick™ rear heat shields provide maximum durability and heat handling. Hand-welded of stainless steel, the grill features a heavy-duty rotisserie and is equipped with commercial castors or rubber turf tires for ease of movement outdoors. In a word? MAJOR. Made in Michigan.


It’s not delivery, it’s a homemade pizza cooked to perfection in your new 30-inch Napoli Outdoor Oven™ from Lynx. With a specially-formulated concrete refractory interior dome and 400-square-inch cooking surface, this is one very versatile oven. It preheats quickly to 700 degrees, and the cooking surface pulls out for easy access to food—from cookies and casseroles to bruschetta, flatbreads and, of course, pizza. Shown here atop the Lynx mobile kitchen cart, the Napoli Outdoor Oven can also be used as a freestanding countertop appliance or as a built-in outdoor kitchen oven. Made in Southern California.

PK Grills‘ Original charcoal grill and BBQ smoker boasts an impressive 310-square-inch cooking space that will accommodate even a Thanksgiving turkey. The Original PK’s unique shape is ideal for both direct and indirect heating, known as two-zone cooking, while the 4-Point Venting System provides exceptional air flow inside the grill capsule. Keeping consistent heat on a charcoal grill has never been easier. Crafted of thick cast aluminum, the grill is easily removed from its cart. The PK stands for “portable kitchen,” making it great for backyard cooking, camping, tailgating and more. Made in Arkansas.


Now it’s a party! Create a customized Perlick outdoor beverage center that will accommodate the tastes of every guest. The design shown here features Perlick Signature Series appliances, including a 24-inch Signature Series freezer, 15-inch refrigerator drawers, a 24-inch beer dispenser, and a pair of 24-inch dual-zone refrigerators/wine reserves. Made in Milwaukee.

The Evo Professional Wheeled Cart grill is a unique way to feed a crowd at your next get-together. The solid cook surface is 30 inches in diameter, constructed from black steel and oil-seasoned to provide a heavy-duty cooktop. Easy control of the inner and outer burners ensures 650 square inches of edge-to-edge cooking space. By cooking foods directly on the cook surface, you can sear, sauté, grill, toast and stir fry. Indirectly, you can use pots or pans to boil, braise, poach or steam. The heavy-duty stainless steel lid lets you roast, steam, warm, or smoke foods and also features an adjustable vent that exhausts steam and vapors while cooking. Made in Minnesota.


Photos: courtesy vendors. 

Warehouse Renovation Reveals Family Home with a Modern Twist

The Our Little Warehome vlog series follows the Branch family as they transform a battered downtown warehouse into their family’s dream warehome. This is not your average warehouse renovation story, and the results are sure to amaze you.

When Allan and Anna Branch first bought an 80-year-old abandoned warehouse in downtown Panama City, Florida, it was far from a home. It served as an auto repair garage from the 1930s to the 1950s, and had been used as a storage facility for the next  30+ years, after which it was virtually abandoned. This space was in desperate need of some TLC, which is exactly what the Branches set out to give it when they embarked upon this warehouse renovation. 

This remodeling journey was an exciting new experience for Allan and Anna, who had never built or renovated a home before. However, what they lacked in experience, they made up for in innate DIY talent and vision. With the help of their kids Jimmy and Sarah, some talented builders and great designers, they knew they were up to the task.

In just 12 months, with lots of hard work and many big decisions, the Branch family warehouse renovation resulted in an almost unrecognizable dream home.

Allan had the right idea when it came to their home’s exterior:

“The windows and doors are the first thing people notice about your building. They create the face of your building, and we wanted our face to be beautiful and strong.”

Because the design of the home was to have “the newest, most advanced technology with an old-world feel,” they selected JELD-WEN for its beautiful style and innovative functionality.  

Anna wanted the door to act as focal point, so she chose a dramatic black for her glass panel JELD-WEN door and surrounded it with a deep green. These color choices provided the perfect contrast for a bold entrance.

The Branches were especially excited to learn about JELD-WEN’s cutting-edge AuraLast wood treatment, which made it possible for them to have wood windows despite living so close to the salty Florida coast. They were also able to custom shape their wood windows to complement the unique architecture of the home, and added beautiful copper-colored cladding to their JELD-WEN wood windows which they emphasized with black trim.  

The original building had a loading dock area, which the Branch family chose to embrace rather than restructure, resulting in one of the most unique custom features of the home: An aluminum, double-pane JELD-WEN rolling door. A rolling door is designed like a garage door for the interior of your home, but with much more style. In this case, it provided the opening to a balcony for their kitchen and living room.

Solid core 5-panel JELD-WEN doors were installed throughout the interior to help prevent sound traveling throughout the large home. The doors impart a classic Craftsman style to the home.  

Florida’s climate introduces a safety concern: Hurricanes. In fact, the Branches had to deal with four hurricane scares while they were working on their remodel. Doors and windows are the most vulnerable areas of a home during a hurricane, especially the glass. This is why the family chose windows with JELD-WEN ImpactGard glass protection. This technology contains an interlayer which tightly bonds the two layers of glass, making it extremely resistant to impact from harsh storm conditions and wind-borne debris, as well as attempts of forced entry.

Energy efficiency was also a huge priority for Allan and Anna. Being in Florida, they knew that finding ways to keep their home insulated and cool during the summer could contribute greatly to their energy conservation by reducing how much they use the AC. This is why they were attracted to the Low E-glass element of their new JELD-WEN windows.

Low E-glass windows are designed to keep solar rays out of the home with a special thin metallic coating on the glass. This protective coating works to keep the heat out during the summer and in during the winter.

One of the family’s big complaints about their previous home was that during the summer months they had to keep their blinds drawn at all times to keep out the hot rays of sun. Now they are able to enjoy the natural light from their huge JELD-WEN wood windows, with the house staying cool and comfortable.

By the end of the series, it is hard to believe that this beautiful home was not so long ago a deteriorating warehouse. The Branches did an amazing job of revamping the home to their liking while incorporating original details such as the brick walls. From smart technology and planning to beautiful design, this home has it all.

Watching the transformation of the space will inspire new possibilities you may have never considered.