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