What Can a Skylight Do For You?

Posted May 17th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Skylights
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Skylights bring as much as three times more light into your residence or office than the average window. That additional light pouring in from above makes the space look more inviting and spacious. Or, when dimmed by fog or clouds they continue to add a sense of cozy spaciousness.

At night, skylights open the room to the stars, help you watch a storm, or just add a sense of openness and space. They are great for brightening up a dark corner and can cause light to brighten a dim stair case.

apply smallPerfect for all homes, skylights come in all sorts of styles from the typical dormer we tend to think of first to the all-glass circular entry to Apple’s store in Singapore. modern skylightThe gently curved skylight of the light rail station, Canary Wharf, London is a wonderful example of a thoroughly modern skylight.

What Tanglewood does is bring the beauty of style and attention to detail from the 19th century and combines it with modern style and technology to turn the average skylight into a work of art.

Read about our most recent skylight project HERE.

dome skylight cropedThere are many different types of skylights For example, glass domes and cupolas, which are sometimes called roof lanterns, serve the same function of opening up a room to the sky and have their own kind of charm.

Because skylights are best when they are custom built specifically for your space when you’re cupola pixabaybuilding your home or adding them to an existing structure there are several factors to consider. Wood frames are traditional; the warm look of wood can be had with more modern materials that need less maintenance. Copper is another traditional material for skylight frames as is bronze. Both weather to a glowing patina, and both can be used well in modern design.

CLICK HERE to get in touch with our Project Manager about adding skylights to your home.

Today’s skylights are engineered to be weatherproof. Gone are the days of leaks, wind-driven whistles, and other problems. Your skylights can be fixed or operable, have structural glass when that’s called for, and use glass that actually responds to the amount of light and more.

Skylights, no matter what their style, add a truly magical and beautiful touch to any structure.

At Tanglewood, we’re as proud of our skylights as we are our glass conservatories. We’d be delighted to talk with you about your ideas and wishes for opening up your world with skylights.

Please, call us at  410-479-4700, or fill out the form on our CONTACT PAGE and we’ll be in touch shortly.

What was your childhood dream home?

Posted May 12th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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When you were a child, did you dream of owning a home with a bowling alley or movie theater or greenhouse in your home?

Do you still want one?

Housed under this beautiful 40,000 square foot home rests a racquetball court, bowling alley, media room and more! What could they POSSIBLY be missing?

During construction of their dream home the architect was tasked with designing several of the home’s unique rooms; then the idea of a greenhouse arose so the architect reached out to partner with Tanglewood to take over this aspect of the renovations!

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The client had big ideas, dreaming of an old world industrial look with a twist – but how do you incorporate almost impossible elements designed over 100 years ago?

We laboriously researched books of old buildings and historic old world greenhouses that inspired our designs and as the great conservatories and greenhouses stood long ago, this greenhouse would reflect a decorative steel structure with curved rooflines bringing a “light” feel to the room.

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The use of circular motifs in the steel beams, stained glass and in the architectural details lighten the framework. The copper roof and dark stained mahogany on the interior and exterior and gutters disappear into the open glass room. As elements came together the greenhouse held a transparent feel, just as old world conservatories/greenhouses had displayed.

Now take a closer look…

Specially requested by the client, designed within the stained glass and steel beams four leaf clovers showcase her native Ireland, bring a piece of her into its structure.

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No matter the lengths we are dedicated to our partnerships with our clients and our partners to turn every dream into a reality. Our skilled craftsman’s strong background in historic structures allows us to relate, NOT replicate, each and every design, creating TRUE ONE OF A KIND works of art.

Are you ready to take the next step?

Let’s get your dream started – Call us at 410.479.4700 and click here to get your project started!

An Extraordinary Partnership

Posted May 4th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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Imagine… getting a letter years later from a client who falls more deeply in love with the home you designed and built for them; thanking you and telling you how they still appreciate the small details and added time you put in at the beginning to give them added benefits of discovering new details in the project as the months and years march on.

Trout Design is dedicated to bringing this kind of added value to all those they serve. NOT ONE PROJECT THE SAME, quality and value is what drives them to create beautiful architecture for those in the D.C. area and throughout the country. Their most recent project led them to partner with Tanglewood to create a unique conservatory to maximize the amount of light entering the heart of the client’s home.

Our clients had just moved back to Washington D.C. from California. Although the property they found did not meet all of their criteria, we helped them see the potential for extraordinary unrealized outdoor space on the roof and they fell in love with the house and the potential there. They love spending time in the sun and gardening, we want to bring them a space that combines their passions and allows them to do what they love year round.”

Michael Lee Beidler, Principal Trout Design

To combine their love of natural light and gardening, Trout Design developed the concept to construct a glass penthouse/greenhouse roosting above the main central staircase of the home leading to a full roof garden! This design will be a first for Trout and Tanglewood, but when talking with Michael we can hear the excitement in his voice and are ready to take on the opportunity.

Although we face some challenges such as zoning and historic preservation ahead of us, the main reason we partnered with Tanglewood was due to their extraordinary problem solving partnership and their specific expertise in glazing. We welcome them as a partner for design. Their commitment to extraordinary detail and unique capability to customize work,  fitting with our philosophy of adding unique detail and thus value to our work,  is very valuable to us as it aligns with our goal in providing the highest quality and project value to our clients. We believe that even the way you make a simple joint can be a work of art and Tanglewood shares that vision with us.”

With this intimate scale of a project, HOW each element of the conservatory is crafted is extremely important. In designing this concept, Michael and his team thought about how their client would experience the pathway up through the home to the roof deck, the conservatory skylight on the deck itself, and how the introduction of natural light will affect the quality of life throughout the entire house as this element transforms the existing dark central circulation core to a light filled escalier. By placing the roof lantern in the central part of the home, the interior is flooded with natural light. It’s attention to details like this that allow Trout to bring unique value to their clients for years to come.

As our partnership develops, we are excited to see this project to hit the drawing board! To LEARN MORE about Trout Design or to start a project of your own, don’t hesitate to give Trout Design a call, fill out our contact form, or visit www.troutdesign.com!

Michael Lee Beidler, Trout Design 202.659.0600

 

Who is the leader in American Classicism?

Posted April 26th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Events, Insights, latest, Uncategorized
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Who is John Russell Pope?

Best known for his design of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, John Russell Pope set the precedence for monumental architecture. Pope designed the National Archives Building, Constitution Hall, and the Temple of the Scottish Right. Renowned for his interpretation of European classicism in a new American form, Architect and historian, Stephen M. Bedford, described Pope as a “leader in the development of highly refined and restrained American classicism.

Why he is such an important figure in the world of classical design? Take a look at some of the works he’s completed in his lifetime. Great conservatory architecture invites you to linger and enjoy its rich details, fanciful embellishments, and sensuous curves just as these historical details allow.

House of the Temple – Washington D.C. 1915

 

Tate Gallery – London, England1897

 

British Museum – London, England

 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial – Washington, DC 1943

 

Skylands – New Jersey 1922

 

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter is pleased to announce the 2017 John Russell Pope Awards, recognizing excellence in classical architecture, artisanship, interior design, and landscape architecture.

The Awards recognize the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in the Washington Mid Atlantic region. On April 21, 2017, the ICAA hosted the Awards ceremony. Tanglewood is honored to be a supporter and sponsor.

As classical architecture becomes increasingly re-discovered, the ICAA offers a forum for practitioners, enthusiasts, and students.

 

 

When academic success does not equal economic success, then what?

Posted April 5th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Insights, latest, Untangled Minds Foundation
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When academic success does not equal economic success, then what?

Statistics show that the underprivileged and undereducated are often lost in poverty, making choices for survival that render them less than successful. There are also stories of those who have achieved educational goals, only to find that their success in education may not equate to economic success. So, does THAT education matter? Education does matter; but, not education for education’s sake. Then, is it possible to acquire economic success without a college degree? Emphatically, yes! It is possible to be successful with AND without a college degree. However, we must encourage our young workforce to follow a mapped path that focusses their educational journey toward an achievable destination that fulfills their personal and economic goals.

Tanglewood Conservatories and Untangled Minds, Inc. recognizes the challenges students face as they consider steps toward their future, and see the need for a change in mindset regarding alternate paths of education. It is imperative that our youth are able to follow a mapped path to success. Mapping their educational journey through alternatives means that our youth can acquire the knowledge they need to successfully develop a business career from business leaders who are already successful.

Although college is a viable means for acquiring education, the gravitas of methods that provide experience through hands-on training is priceless. HANDS-ON TRAINING offers tools for scientific and artistic justification, documenting the why and the how of an operation, and a visualization of the process from beginning to end. Projects, such as the Advanced Manufacturing Production (AMP) program provides community youth with hands-on learning experience, by placing them side-by-side with experts in the field.  These experts volunteer time, talent and other valuable resources, to teach students every aspect of the industry from concept to delivery. Students that apply themselves, following to completion this educational journey, are positioned toward a lifetime of achievement and economic success.

Do you remember career day in grade school?

The pride and excitement as a parade of professionals marched through in their uniforms, giving all the highlights and perks of their specialty. Remember, after the fanfare had ended, being tickled playing dress-up, or having fanciful dreams; awed by so many options. Had you considered them all? Did you wonder? Or did you already know, when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Early exposure to field professionals can encourage students to explore their interests and delve deeper into what those industries have to offer.  The beauty of this is that once a student’s interest is realized, passion can be cultivated. Early cultivation done properly is the secret to shaping a true industry leader. The Untangled Minds Foundation specializes in cultivating the passion of youth, by infusing students with confidence in their ability to present innovative creations that will drive industry to unimaginable heights. Through the AMP program students are provided a unique experience, immersed in every aspect of the business.

Our partnership with both the local high school and an accredited technical college ensure a superior level of working knowledge to support technical skills they will acquire through hands on training. Focusing on molding industry leaders, our expectation of students is high, as is our standard of professionals with whom they are paired. Additionally, we are committed to their variety in knowledge. Therefore, students are allowed to sit in on, and learn about each position, from shop supervisor to owner.

One aspect of our training that differentiates us from others is the entrepreneurial mindset of our culture, which is reflected in our methodology, as well as, our pragmatism. Once a student leaves our program they have the knowledge, skills, and understanding for each responsibility, along with the experience to take it on. We know the key to cultivating passion is constant exposure, hands on interaction, encouragement and organic talent acquisition. Their pride, confidence and ability will drive their immediate economic success and financial freedom.

AMP is a cooperative effort among community and industry leaders to introduce young students to the structure and strategies of business development. Tanglewood Conservatories is excited to talk about the AMP program with industry leaders and individuals that have a heart and interest in making a difference in their communities.

Contact Patrick Reed for more information about how you can make a difference. 410.479.4700

It Just Takes One…

Posted March 22nd, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Untangled Minds Foundation
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Where did all those manufacturing jobs go?

Actually, did you know that for every graduate of an Advanced Manufacturing Program at the career and technical level, there are FIVE jobs in the U.S. available? That’s FIVE – high paying, advanced, technologically demanding jobs that DO NOT require a college education.

How is that possible? Watch the video below.

 

Tanglewood Conservatories has created the Untangled Minds Foundation whose mission is to develop and deliver curriculum designed to train High School students in the skills required for success in the 21st Century Advanced Manufacturing economy.

Untangled Minds has recently received approval from the State of Maryland for its Advanced Manufacturing and Production program to be introduced in the fall of this year in the Caroline County Career and Technical Center. Admission to the program is competitive. Prospective students need to pass entrance interviews, testing, and be recommended by a mentor. The program is heavily focused on Life Success Skills and Entrepreneurship.

To read more about the program, check out Are You Passionate About Helping Kids Achieve?

 

How can you help?

Contact Nicole Mihalos or Patrick Reed at 410 479 4700 or email nmihalos@tanglewoodconservatories.com. We look forward to talking with you!

Legacy Conservatories: What will yours entail?

Posted March 1st, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Dynamic Glass, Pool Enclosures, Steel Structures, Uncategorized, Windows & Doors
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Imagine… creating a legacy that transcends generations. What would yours entail?

Does the combination of modern buildings and old world architecture inspire you? How would you make an impact on your home?

Aspiring to leave a lasting legacy is one of our clients driving forces behind creating a conservatory. They love the uniqueness of the architecture, the combination of historic beauty and modern technology while still possessing the ability to transform the structure into anything they dream of; to create a room that truly has no replica.

A recent client put it best, “every detail of my conservatory needs to be perfect. This is a legacy project. We are thinking of our children’s children!”

Building Inside Out

Have you ever traveled to the Schönbrunn Palm house Conservatory in Vienna, Austria? This magnificent structure is one of the most unique, historic conservatories in the world and is known best for its exoskeleton design. That exoskeleton is rare, and makes the conservatory look more massive and strong from the outside. Inside the glass seems connected mostly by its edges, presenting smooth sheets of transparency.

It is also the inspiration for a couple’s grand pool enclosure in the San Juan Islands.

Drawn to its unique look of strength and permanence, the family wanted to echo the exoskeleton design with a few upgrades. While we are quite familiar with building glass conservatories, we have never done one like this before! Normally the frame of a building is hidden between the inside and outside walls, but this design exposes everything.

 

In a typical glass conservatory, the frame or skeleton is on the inside with the glass hung or attached outside as the skin of the building. Of course, the glass not only creates the temperature controlled inside, it allows you to see the frame, but inside the glass. With the exoskeleton design, the interior of the conservatory glass is smooth and uninterrupted. In truth, we spent about six months consulting with engineers and brainstorming in order to create exactly the pool house our clients wanted.

The result is amazing. Although much smaller than the Schönbrunn, its exoskeleton creates exactly the look and strength the client wanted. The exoskeleton sparkles in the sunlight, just as the glass and the water in the pool shines in total concert with the harbor’s – all in an enclosure that’s about 1,900 square feet.

So, how would you create your legacy?

Let us help you create a structure that will awaken and delight for generations. Schedule a consultation or call 1-410 479 4700 to discuss your vision.

70 Percent of medicines come from the most common of plants. Why not grow some for yourself?

Posted January 25th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Gardening, Greenhouses, Uncategorized
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When people think about adding a greenhouse to their property they are usually thinking about growing fresh or exotic foods, or flowers in mid winter or just extending their growing season. And a greenhouse will make all these things possible. Often overlooked is the ability to grow some of your own medicine.

Have you considered a living green wall?

Our partner, Dea Schofield, writes about growing your own medicine in a blog she titled Are YOU Growing Your Medicine this Winter? Dea is an expert horticulturist we met through a client who was an avid plant collector.

Dea managed his exclusive collection of edible plants. He was passionate about nature and wanted a greenhouse to show off his extensive plant collection. To relate to their existing home we designed a “Horticultural Jewel Box” as it had often been referred that combined all the elements of a gardener’s dream; a seating nook, delectable and edible plants, overlooking the water, and a little touch of the client’s unique design touch that made this greenhouse so unique.

To allow the greenhouse to house a multitude of plant species it required substantial heating and pumping equipment to make the climate consistent year ‘round. To hide the system and still keep the integrity of the design, we integrated a wall of living plants rather than the typical stick-it-outside-and-hope-no-one-notices approach. Few people realize that plant wall actually hides the mechanical equipment! Our plant collector loved the solution, and loves showing it off to visitors.

Dea talks more about the plants our collector grew and more in her blog “Difficult Challenges & Great Rewards.”

Wild Medicine

Dea is not alone in recognizing the value of medicinal plants. Starting Jan. 21, 2016 the Enid Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Gardens is hosting Wild Medicine in the Tropics. Many of the plants exhibited there would work well in a home greenhouse and you can even get some tips and tricks on which are best for your area!


Well respected Dr. Mercola points out that few  people recognize that roughly 70 percent of the medicines we use in the U.S. are derived from plants and other products from nature. He lists seven underappreciated medicinal plants, some of which you may already be growing. All of them, listed below, can also be grown in a greenhouse year around.

·       Ginger ·       Peppermint
·       Garlic ·       Lavender
·       Chamomile ·       Thyme
·       Dandelion

 

A greenhouse with all the plants you cherish, from flowers through edibles and on to medicinal is a magical place, for you, your family and for your legacy.

Now’s the best time to start planning your conservatory or greenhouse so download our e-brochure or schedule a no obligation consultation with our team to learn more!

Will adding a conservatory or pool enclosure increase the value of my home?

Posted January 18th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Pool Enclosures
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We’re often asked if a glass conservatory or elegant pool house adds value to a home.

What do you think? Is that even the right question?

We’re partnered with a writer who, before she began writing, was the third generation in her family’s real estate business on the west coast.  She told us that her father advised people who were searching for a home not to consider it part of their investment portfolio, although he recognized that a house could indeed be an investment. Instead, he suggested they buy and use the home that best suited the family – in other words if you want a conservatory in your home get one.

What does a conservatory add?

There are three critical values to determine the worth of any home; what you think its worth, what it’s going to be worth to someone else, and what a professional will think it’s worth. While that’s true when you’re talking price, it doesn’t encompass what living in the home is like for you.

When we talk with our clients about what the conservatory brings to them, the most common response is it’s become a part of their everyday lifestyle, where they go for safe haven, create priceless family memories, and live out the things they are most passionate about. Often it comes down to becoming part of their legacy; the mark they want to leave on their family with the most cherished memories.

What is the value of a memory? Or a place where you feel close to nature and at peace? A place of light and love?

In our experience, an elegant, well-crafted conservatory generates massive curb appeal to a home, drawing people’s eyes around the room to look at the detail within the wood and steel work.

A Recent Sale

Several years ago we built a conservatory for Hollywood Director Ron Howard as a focal point with elegant seating at the far end of his pool house. It added just the right dramatic touch, matching and enhancing the beauty of his estate.

On Friday, January 9, 2015, the CT Post announced the sale of Ron Howard’s home for $27.5 million! From curb appeal to relaxing nooks to family fun spaces, the home is nothing less than extraordinary. What many find as most appealing is the heated indoor pool linked to its glass conservatory. During those cold New England winters, this addition to Ron’s home is the perfect cure-all for those long, dark months and a perfect protected place when it’s hot outside.

While we certainly don’t know how much Ron’s pool house conservatory contributed to the sale price, we’re pretty sure it didn’t hurt. After all, how could it?

Not surprisingly, Ron Howard obviously has an eye for design and for a true artist’s attention to detail.

This expansive property set amidst 32 groomed acres might be called the epitome of visual appeal. There’s a delightful flavor of the Victorian and the pool house he added while he lived there played well with that theme.

Beauty creates its own draw

People are naturally drawn to beauty and as HGTV puts it:

“A good-looking face isn’t just memorable – in real estate, an attractive exterior can make or break a home sale.”

There’s no reason to think a glass conservatory or gorgeous pool house does anything but improve the face a home presents to the world.

Of course, a conservatory or pool houses is more than a pretty face. They provide the kind of space that creates a celebration of life and health. With the natural light and warm, healthy atmosphere, families and friends, young and old often find themselves in a kind of intimacy that’s hard to replicate anyplace else.

Just as a glass conservatory or magnificent pool house adds beauty, it can also add value to your home and your legacy. To learn more, take a look at our e-brochure on the left hand side of this webpage or schedule a 30 minute consultation with our team.

 

What does Tanglewood’s Commitment to Building a World Class Team Mean to You?

Posted January 11th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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In the New Year, we are taking action to transform our already great team into a truly World Class, dynamite team. Our vision is to empower everyone we serve through transformational living spaces that will awaken and delight for generations. Our goal is to be better stewards of our talents for creating the most luxurious glass conservatories in the world and provide the highest standard of service to our clients and partners

Business Fundamentals for Success

Alan Stein, co-founder and co-owner of Tanglewood Conservatories began his career as a woodworker. When he thinks back on how he came to lead the business that has re-kindled the love of glass conservatories he says, “When I started the company years ago, I could do anything our team could do. I would often pick up a tool, and show them how to do it.”

“Those days are long gone,” Alan admits. “Now when I take complicated conservatory designs to our production department, the team tells me how they would like to build them. It’s a group that exudes a real ‘can do’ energy and enthusiasm.”

Tanglewood has recognized that in addition to creating the glass conservatories they are so well known for, to increase their already high standard of excellence and service, they need to expand their understanding of how to develop an elite business. To that end, they’ve been working with Executive Business Coach Mark Boersma to learn what makes an outstanding business so outstanding, and precisely how we can implement that in our business.

Understanding these fundamentals allows our staff and management to put systems in place that help every member of the team make sure not only are they doing what they should, but that nothing gets overlooked – every day in all ways possible. The result is an elite product and service you deserve.

 

Success in Numbers

As we expand our knowledge in all phases of our business it opens up the opportunity to form partnerships to not only empower some of our dreams and goals, but also passions of others in our community. One way we are helping to empower our community is through shared passions to empower kids by teaching them entrepreneurial and life success skills necessary to compete in the global business environment. Together with Caroline County Public Schools and local business owners, we’ve developed the AMP program to actively get students more involved in the community, thinking like business owners, and developing their skills beyond the technical need to do a job; they will also have the emotional intelligence to successfully work with a team and manage operations and teams efficiently and effectively through high level leadership skills. We are working hard to ensure students have the best chance of success in the workforce as either employees or successful entrepreneurs.

We soon will be reaching more kids; we recently met and partnered with The Crossing, an Indiana state accredited academic school program dedicated to show struggling students how to become contributing members of their communities. The Crossing has a vision:

 To transform lives through education by focusing on the heart and mind

The Crossing has developed an engaging entrepreneurial system that not only teaches students the technical skills to do the hands on work, but combines their training with essential everyday life skills to develop students beyond expectations and make them an ideal member of any company; this is what Tanglewood is working to accomplish with the AMP program

Continually learning and strengthening our team’s skills and developing innovative designs are how we create a unique journey for you as you design and create your conservatory.

We hope 2017 is your best year yet and we look forward to enjoying it with you! Please, feel free to get in touch. You can call us at 410.479.4700 or use the form on our contact page.

 

Happy New Year!

Team Tanglewood