How Can Our Exclusive Steel Brombal Windows and Doors Turn Your Fantasy into Form?

Posted June 21st, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Dynamic Glass, Steel Structures, Windows & Doors
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Imagine, a room – Your room – handcrafted of thermally broken steel three times stronger than aluminum and four times less conductive, made from 100% recycled materials …It is a room comprised of materials that effortlessly marry attraction with atmosphere and the fortitude to beautify for generations …

What impact could that have on Your life?

At Tanglewood Your projects are built from steel and a blend of other high-quality materials. A good example is our new line of Steel Windows and Doors.

But don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself what are clients are saying:

Attraction and Atmosphere Meets Strength & Durability

“… The room is like a magnet. Everyone wants to be in our conservatory… We can’t even get the dogs out of this room!”

The Edge Family

“… Every detail of my conservatory needs to be perfect. This is a legacy project. We are thinking of our children’s children!”

A Legacy Conservatory Project, 2018

Beauty and Passion takes Form – A Client’s Story

Imagine a mathematical concept brought to fruition by beauty of form and a passion of purpose …

This happened with a project that we call the “Da Vinci” project. And it led us to a new discovery in the future of steel structure.

The client dreamed of a glass conservatory that would have the charm and feel of mahogany – yet constructed using steel – to reflect his love of mathematics. In theory, the room was meant to express a concept; But in practice our Windows and Doors helped to turn Function into Form.

To turn thus Dream into Reality our craftspeople created a steel rendition of the classic Fibonacci sequence. Featured in in popular book and movie “The Da Vinci Code” this ongoing pattern is “defined as a series of numbers in which each number … is the sum of the two preceding numbers.” Using laser cut steel we were able to create a pattern of circles conceptually illustrating the sequence.

See for yourself what the end result was! –

In form, “the elbow of each support [forms] the largest circle. [And] the three circles moving out from the biggest circle decrease in size according to their Fibonacci number.” “When it was built, he was thrilled at how we met and exceeded his expectations. It is now his favorite room in his home!”

To give our clients the best experience and quality, Tanglewood Conservatories is the exclusive dealer of Brombal Windows and Doors in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Carefully chosen partnerships like this one expand what Tanglewood is able to offer you while maintaining our commitment to quality of materials and design.

Windows and Doors by Brombal – Old World Know-How with New World innovation.

Brombal epitomizes Old World know-how with New World innovation. They are world-renown for their beautifully handcrafted Italian door and window systems.

Whether it is used for making memories or guarding gardenias, steel adds a clean strength and form to whatever it is applied to you. And to craft Your projects Tanglewood’s Team uses quality Brombal steel Windows and Doors that will weather the elements outside while supporting an inviting, living environment inside. After all, “Anything else … is just another room.”

Why are You Still Dreaming? Let’s get your dream started –

To schedule a presentation with us today and find out more information contact Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700 or click here.

 

 

 

Do you believe great partnerships can help build your business?

Posted June 7th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Uncategorized
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What’s your vision?

We believe that the strength of our company comes from the strength of our community both inside and out. To inspire EVERYONE we touch through the creation of extraordinary glass architecture we set out on a journey to develop a world class team and started experimenting with a new business system. We are now ready to share the fruits of our experiences and want to INVITE YOU to join our journey in our new Seminar Series We’re Better Together.

About the Series

During our journey we discovered new ways to interact with our clients, work with our partners, saw from a new perspective how to engage our employees, and a new perspective of how business systems can be applied. When we shared our experiences during our first event this past May with local industry businesses, we were blown away at the feedback:

“We look forward to implementing some of the materials from this event with the team at Lywood!”

Chief Estimator, Lywood

“It’s great to see a company with the understanding that every employee plays a role in marketing and sales”

“Great presentation! We are really interested in learning more about the Untangled Minds Foundation – would be a great opportunity for our business!”

Owner, REC

During the event we examined key client generating areas of business such as Marketing, Pre-Sales, Sales, Servicing, and Client for Life and took a closer look at business challenges and client needs that identify:

  1. Key areas in your systems that would build your business into a profit center
  2. Pressure points to focus on in your current business systems to ramp up your client generation and better qualify them
  3. Network with other professionals in your industry
  4. AND MORE…

Guest speakers Jennifer Tibbs and international speaker and author Rosanna Boersma also spoke on the importance of these systems and how our personalities play a role in our successes as a team and in working with our clients.

What’s to Come?

JOIN US for our next event, How to Convert More Prospects into Clients Faster! If you thought this event was interesting, wait until we get into more detail and dissect what makes a business successful!

For more details contact Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700 or join our network and subscribe to our email newsletters to keep up to date on events HERE!

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!