folding doors

folding exterior doors offer many options for creating connections between inside and outside spaces, family room to sunporch or screened porch, kitchen to deck, master bedroom to private terrace…

several readily available options are now on the market, the first company to provide residential folding doors was Nanawall:


nanawall was one of the first companies to offer folding partition doors, and still has one of the finer products…

other readily available options:

Jeld-Wen Custom Fiberglass Folding Patio Door

Andersen Architectural Outswing Folding Patio Door

IWP Exterior Folding Door System by Jeld-Wen

Andersen also has a folding door

kitchen lighting checklist

tips for kitchen lighting

1. Start planning the lighting portion of your kitchen project early in the process.

2. Think about the lighting you have had in the past, how you will be using your new kitchen space, and what you hope to achieve in your new kitchen.

3. A central ceiling light with under cabinet in the task areas may be sufficient for a small kitchen. Larger kitchens present opportunities for using different light sources in combination.

4. Recessed lighting effectively illuminates counter and island areas with higher levels of light. Be sure to place the lights almost directly over the counters to avoid creating shadows. Adjustables may allow fine-tuning to light counters and cabinets. Recessed lights can also be used for general lighting, with special attention paid to placement for good general illumination.

5. For counter areas with cabinets directly above, under cabinet lights can be placed to eliminate shadows and dark areas. Under-cabinet lighting should generally be placed toward the front of the cabinet, with the light source hitting the backsplash.

6. Placing linear light sources above the cabinets is a beautiful design element that also adds function to your new kitchen. This will either brighten the ceiling or create a warm glow.

7. Pendants, mini pendants, or decorative chandeliers can be placed over the island or table for task lighting as well as for more ambient lighting.

8. Explore our Green Zone to discover the great kitchen lighting options available in LED lights and fluorescent lighting. Learn how dimmers and lighting control systems can reduce power consumption and save you money on your energy bill.

make an appointment with one of Wolfers’ expert lighting consultants or just visit our Greater Boston showrooms to view our kitchen lighting labs. Bring in your kitchen plans and your finish surfaces. Explore all of the ways you can light your kitchen and visualize how the light will appear in your home.

recycled aluminum countertops

looking for something different for your countertops?

recycled alumium has a modern but friendly look…

alkemi has created this new material…

“ALKEMI-acrylic is a beautiful and sustainable surfacing alternative, made using pre-consumer waste aluminum flake, solid surface scrap, and recycled acrylic.

SCS certified 91% recycled content

With no VOC content, ALKEMI-acrylic is safe for people and friendly to the environment.

ALKEMI-acrylic may be fabricated and installed by qualified solid surface professionals using conventional tools and methods. Versatile and practical, it is the perfect surfacing material alternative for both horizontal and vertical decorative interior surface applications.”