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How to Incorporate Farmhouse Decor with Contemporary Design

With the popularity of home decoration and renovation shows, contemporary farmhouse design has risen to fame in America. With its charming callbacks to the homes of early settlers, contemporary farmhouse decor brings charm and heart to any home.  It can be frustrating to decide which style of decor you want to adorn your house. If you go too trendy, your hard work becomes outdated quickly. But conversely, if you go too vintage, your home can look like a blast from[…]

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Top Farmhouse Front Door Styles

The farmhouse design style has gained traction in America in recent years for its cozy aesthetic and charming details. When you walk into farmhouse-style homes, you almost expect to see a pie cooling on the windowsill and be offered fresh lemonade. Simply put, farmhouse-style homes embody the rustic details of Americana design. Harkening back to the days of the early settlers in America, Farmhouse style homes strive to encompass that feeling of ease, safety, and comfort in their design.  […]

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Best Window Decor for Steel Windows

Steel windows have gained popularity for home and business owners for their style and durability. And while interior window design trends are constantly changing, steel doors and windows are here to stay. Investing in steel windows can increase energy efficiency and potentially add value to your home.  At Portella, we believe in marrying beauty and utility together to create beautiful steel doors and windows. Our steel windows are built to last with quality materials and add timeless style to your[…]

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Easy Ways to Maintain Steel Doors and Windows

There are so many advantages to luxury steel doors and windows, but at the top of the list is that they require little maintenance. However, minimal steel door and window maintenance is not the same as no maintenance.  To protect your investment and the design of your home, it’s essential to know just how much steel door maintenance is required. Additionally, you should take preventative measures against damage that could occur should you neglect your steel door maintenance routine.   […]

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Contemporary vs. Modern Design in Architecture

The architectural world can be simultaneously stunning and overwhelming. Seeing the rise and fall of so many different style aesthetics is almost like listening to a symphony. Everything changes, and yet somehow, it remains the same. It can sometimes be challenging to figure out what style is right for you. The first step is to figure out the architectural style of your home. Once you know the foundational style you’re working with, you can move forward with discovering what architectural[…]

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How to Figure Out the Architecture Style of a Home

At its core, architecture is the design and construction of all homes, buildings, and structures. Within general architecture, there are hundreds (or possibly thousands) of types and subtypes of architectural styles that vary greatly based on many factors, including the geographic location, era of construction, available materials, technology, and design taste of the time. If […]

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How to Update the Exterior of a Ranch-Style Home

Ranch-style homes exploded in popularity in the 1940s and stayed popular through the 1970s in the United States. In fact, during the 1970s, over 60 percent of new homes built in the United States were ranch-style homes.  Eventually, the popularity of ranch-style homes was overtaken by the larger custom homes of the 1980s, but many […]

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Are Pocket Doors a Good Idea?

If you are renovating or designing a home, then the choice of interior doors is essential, both in design and placement. Pocket doors are one style of door that may not be top of mind when considering new interior doors.  Older homes and homes with a small interior footprint often use pocket doors to save […]

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Can You Mix Interior Door Styles?

You might be surprised to realize how much of your home’s space is taken up by interior doors. Your home probably has bedroom doors, closet doors, utility room doors, bathroom room doors, and many other types of interior doors throughout the space.  Given the number of doors in your home’s interior, you should consider aesthetically […]

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How Can You Add Value To A Home?

Whether you’re planning to sell your home soon, or you just want to maximize its value for yourself, there are a lot of ways you can make changes to increase the market value. Whether you’re considering a simple paint job or a complete renovation, you can find ways to increase the value of your home […]

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What is Architectural Style?

When you drive through different parts of town or travel to new places, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of different types of homes and buildings. One street may be filled with historic Victorian-style homes and the next block could be modern highrises.  As the times change, so do the elements that people […]

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Should You Paint Your Steel Doors And Windows?

Steel doors and windows are great choices for almost any home. They provide a variety of benefits over other types of doors and windows, including great durability, high energy efficiency, low maintenance, beautiful design, and more.      However, just like most elements of your home, prolonging the useful life of steel doors and windows […]

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What is Low-E Glass?

There is a lot to consider when it comes to buying new windows for your home. You have to think about design style, color, size, energy efficiency, cost, function, technical specifications, and more.  Within all of those options, there are also a lot of terms you need to understand in order to make the best […]

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Best Time of Year to Build Homes/Install New Major Fixtures

Building a new home or fixture to your existing home can be an exciting project to take on.  If you’re in the planning stage or are just considering the idea, you’ll want to make sure all aspects of the build go smoothly- that includes making sure you’re building it under the best circumstances and best […]

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