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Melissa Reinhart is the Marketing Manager for Solar Innovations, Inc., in Pine Grove, PA.

Monday, July 21, 2014
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Multi-Purpose Sunroom As Playroom

Multifunctional rooms that serve more than one purpose have been gaining popularity in the residential design field. These rooms can consolidate space within a home and economize the construction budget. All too often, project rooms are utilized for short periods of time during the day based on their intended purpose. However, a versatile design can provide multifunctional room required for proper utilization of the space. Most people desire a sunroom, which provides a connection to the outdoors while....

Posted in    House Building, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 2 Weeks Ago

Creating a Recreation Area at Home

Working out regularly has numerous health benefits including controlling weight, decreasing the risk for stroke and type 2 diabetes, improving your mood, and promoting better sleep. Swimming is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise that can be completed daily to achieve these benefits. Enclosing your pool will allow you to reap the benefits of swimming year-round, instead of only during favorable weather. An enclosed pool is also an excellent space to create an at home recreational area to add variety....

Posted in    House Building, Thursday, July 9, 2015, 3 Weeks Ago

Utilizing a Conservatory as a Pool House

Conservatories are often thought of as structures that are attached to the home in lean-to configurations.  A conservatory can also be a freestanding structure, creating the opportunity for more uses, such as a pool house. The peaceful atmosphere of a conservatory is the ideal setting for a pool house because it provides a place to entertain by the pool. Planning Considerations It is important to consider the intended use(s) of your conservatory during the planning stage to ensure you incorporate....

Posted in    Architecture and Design, Monday, July 6, 2015, 3 Weeks Ago

Utilizing Conservatories for Formal Events

A conservatory can be used for commercial, as well as residential applications. Similar to a residential setting, a conservatory used in a commercial capacity serves as a place for rest and relaxation. The elegant space a conservatory offers can also provide the ideal setting for a formal event such as a wedding reception, dinner, or ball. When the conservatory is not being utilized to host a formal event, customers and employees alike can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere the conservatory offers. The....

Posted in    Architecture and Design, Thursday, June 25, 2015, 1 Month Ago

Creating a Guest Cottage in Your Greenhouse

The joy of having friends and family visit can sometimes be overshadowed by the stress of providing a suitable place in your home for them to stay. Creating a guest cottage in your greenhouse will provide your guests with a relaxing place to stay, and allow you to enjoy the visit without worrying about having enough space for everyone. Planning Considerations An attached greenhouse (one that shares a wall with your home) will not require as much planning as a freestanding greenhouse. A freestanding....

Posted in    Architecture and Design, Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7 Months Ago

How to Make the Most of Your Porch

Porches and patios are relaxing spaces to entertain friends or family during the summer months or to keep an eye on your children as they play, but these locations are not practical for year-round use. A porch alone does not provide protection from the elements, whether it be inclement weather, precipitation, or extreme heat or humidity. A conservatory, on the other hand, can provide a year-round sanctuary for the same purposes as a porch. Enclosing a patio or creating an entirely new structure does require....

Posted in    Architecture and Design, Thursday, December 18, 2014, 8 Months Ago

Selling More Than Flowers in a Greenhouse

Often times, greenhouses are perceived only as plant and produce selling locations, but greenhouses can offer an exciting retail environment for nearly any product. Greenhouses provide calm, serene environments for customers to browse products ranging from plants to greeting cards to gifts and more. No matter what inventory you stock, the abundant natural light of a greenhouse will provide a unique viewing experience when compared to the harsh, commercial lighting of brick and mortar stores. Glazing selections....

Posted in    Business, Thursday, December 11, 2014, 8 Months Ago

Growing Flowers and Fruit in Your Greenhouse

Greenhouses offer gardening enthusiasts the ability to grow their favorite plants year-round. Though, it is often a common misconception that flowers and fruit cannot be grown in the same environment. Through proper planning a greenhouse environment can be created where both flowers and fruit can thrive. Growing both flowers and fruit may be as simple as designating a set of benches for flowers and another set for fruit trees, or as complex as creating independent zones in your greenhouse. The designation....

Posted in    Architecture and Design, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8 Months Ago

Water Features in Greenhouses

Water features, such as ponds and fountains, are usually located outdoors, but a greenhouse provides the opportunity to enjoy these elements indoors. Greenhouses are typically utilized to grow plants and flowers year-round, a water feature can add a unique element to a glazed structure. Water features in a greenhouse can come in the form of a pond, fountain, or waterfall. All three of these options fill the greenhouse with the sound of running water, creating a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere. The background....

Posted in    Architecture and Design, Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9 Months Ago

Conservatories for Growing

Conservatories are typically seen as spaces to relax, host a dinner party, or celebrate a special occasion with friends and family, but they can also be used to grow plants. The glazed roof and walls of a conservatory provide exposure to sunlight that plants and trees, such as limes and oranges, need to grow. Citrus trees thrive in conservatories because they are easy to care for and do well in sunlit, sheltered environment of the conservatory. Growing orange and/or lime trees in your conservatory not only....

Posted in    House Building, Thursday, November 13, 2014, 9 Months Ago

Greenhouses for Dining/Entertaining

The word greenhouse evokes an image of a glass building full of benches and shelves covered in flowers, plants, and trees. What many people fail to realize is that greenhouses can be used for more than just growing plants. When properly designed, greenhouses are excellent spaces for entertaining friends and family or enjoying an evening meal. Whether free standing or attached to your location, greenhouses are designed for year-round use. A greenhouse designer can work with you to create one large open space....

Posted in    Architecture and Design, Thursday, November 6, 2014, 9 Months Ago

Reasons to Include a Conservatory in Design

The decision to add a conservatory to your property may seem like a lavish expense, but advances in manufacturing processes have lowered costs and increased building efficiencies, making a conservatory a very affordable addition to any home or commercial location. Conservatories offer numerous benefits to their inhabitants including improved health and increased property value. In the past, conservatories had to be imported from England, and were manufactured with wood framing that expanded and contracted....

Posted in    Architecture and Design, Friday, October 31, 2014, 10 Months Ago

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