How can you change the lives of a community?

Posted May 25th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Events, Gardening, Greenhouses, Preservation Maryland, Uncategorized
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In 1999 Brookside Gardens created a strategic, master plan to transform their gardens into a world-class destination. The first phase in their plan called to simply pave an unused space near the visitor’s center enlarging the parking lot, but Brookside’s landscape architect Ching-Fang and her team, Stephanie Oberle, Phil Normandy, and Ellen Bennett ENVISIONED SOMETHING MUCH GREATER – an integrated parking and garden landscape – parking AS a landscape!

With the help of several generous donors, beautiful elements, such as a waterway and gatehouse, were able to bring life to their vision. Made of ALL NATURAL, ORGANIC MATERIALS, from the stone brick wall to the beautiful planted flowers, all elements resting in this entryway has a purpose in the gardens, including the gatehouse inspired by Tanglewood’s modern-styled custom greenhouse!

“This particular gatehouse, designed by Tanglewood Conservatories, was designed to resemble a greenhouse. At night it evokes images of a lantern at the entrance, a beacon lighting the way to a beautiful garden experience… and adding a compelling new garden element.”

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Brookside’s vision for this project was to create an inviting and inspiring space that welcomes people to the gardens and fully embraces the visitor’s functional needs.

“We wanted the visitor center to become the heart of the gardens and extend Brookside’s horticulture and education,” Phil and Ching-Fang said. “We saw the gatehouse as our opportunity to start developing a quality design aesthetic. This is why we chose Tanglewood to design the gatehouse. It is a perfect match to its setting. We are delighted with the results.”

 

Great Challenges Bring Great Rewards

According to Stephanie, Brookside Gardens’ Director, their BIGGEST CHALLENGE was fundraising. Although they had a steep learning curve with fundraising and the creation and management of the project as a whole, Brookside’s staff, volunteers, and donors were dedicated to bringing this center to fruition. According to the team,

“The staff and volunteers are truly dedicated to Brookside Gardens and the project hit close to home for everyone. We are passionate about these gardens and everything we stand for.”

IF THEY COULD DO IT OVER AGAIN, the team said they would have asked a lot more questions. This was the first time they have completed a project of this magnitude. Between fundraising, lead time changes, and roadblocks, this first project brought on some great challenges but it also brought great reward.

This great change within Brookside turned out beautifully. We were not surprised we were able to work so well with Brookside Gardens. After all, our founders, Nancy Virts and Alan Stein, were married there over 20 years ago!

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Moving forward

Stephanie says their team is wiser and more knowledgeable about how to take on future projects of this magnitude. Next on their list is a GROWING GREENHOUSE roughly 10,000sq.ft. and a new CONSERVATORY to replace their now 50 year old beauty! Stephanie tells us,

The estimate for the new conservatory, one that matches all our dreams, is around $25 million. Obviously, more fundraising is on our horizon,”

For more information about Brookside or your project, GIVE US A CALL at 410.479.4700 or fill out our contact form!

Beautiful From the Inside Out!

Posted April 21st, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Events, Uncategorized
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Brookside Botanical Gardens is celebrating the GRAND OPENING of their new GARDEN GATEWAY APRIL 22, 2016! Free to all, we would like to invite YOU to come be a part of this magical experience with us!

Originally, this space was meant to be an engineering project, just beautiful unused garden potential, but their landscape architect, Ching-Fang Chen, saw much more waiting to be revealed. Her vision was to turn this space into an ALLURING GARDEN ENTRANCE, introducing a glimpse of the beauty within the gardens as visitors begin to enter; we could not have been more honored when they asked Tanglewood to create their main attraction – the gatehouse. yelloworchid_sm

UNIQUE TO ITS KIND, Brookside was looking to create something to look as though it was a part of the art of the gardens.

“Though a gatehouse is a functional structure where visitors can stop for information, this particular gatehouse is unique. It has been specially designed [by Tanglewood Conservatories] to resemble a greenhouse… and at night, it will evoke images of a lantern at the entrance, lighting the way to a beautiful garden experience… and a compelling new garden element.”

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There is a beautiful story that lies beyond just the revealing of this new gatehouse Tanglewood designed and built for Brookside.  Not only has Brookside brought the community together in the making of this project, in 1993, they brought Tanglewood founders, Alan Stein and Nancy Virts, together not only as business partners but as partners in life.

Click here to read their story!

Keep an eye out for our EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Brookside Botanical Gardens about their experience creating this wonderful new work of art!

How do you unwind?

Posted March 17th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, General, latest, Steel Structures
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How do you like to unwind after a long day?

Do you enjoy long walks? Do you watch the sun as it sets over the horizon with a cup of hot tea or a tall glass of wine? Do you enjoy the view of the night sky through the windows of a conservatory?

It’s amazing how the ATMOSPHERE CHANGES when you step under glass. Allowing the stressors of the day to wilt away and add some POSITIVE ENERGY into your life. The SPELL OF A GLASS CONSERVATORY creates a peaceful environment where your mind and body want to relax.

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From mountainous terrains to an amazing lakeside view, families around the globe are beginning to experience the magic of life under glass.

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Have you ever dreamt of living on an island?

Of all the amenities on this clients island their FAVORITE PLACE TO BE IS IN THE CONSERVATORY. He said,

“It has one of the PRETTIEST VIEWS IN THE WORLD… I like to keep this as a retreat to myself. I sit on the front porch and watch the waves and the mountains and it’s just one of the MOST PEACEFUL PLACES ON EARTH.”

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Click here to read more about the details of this project

When we spoke with the family about their vision for this dream conservatory, they wanted to make it look as though it could STAND THE TEST OF TIME; to serve as a getaway from the world around them. With the most beautiful view on the island, this COPPER CLAD and MAHOGANY conservatory creates a CALMING environment and SEDATIVE nature that makes you appreciate nature in its truest form.

This conservatory was also featured in Discovery’s EPIC! To get an inside exclusive look at the Shelter Island Estate, CLICK HERE to watch Season 1 Episode 10.

Do you feel relaxed?

Nestled within the homes of these families, their conservatories have changed how they live their lives. Give us a call today to START YOUR CONSERVATORY LIFE! Call us at 410.479.4700 or fill out our contact form.

Do you have a favorite room?

Posted March 10th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Dynamic Glass, Steel Structures
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What room do you love the most in your home?

One family spent 10 years carefully crafting this ISLAND RETREAT. The family’s PASSION FOR NATURE and NATURAL LIGHT drove them to this 24-acre island in the middle of Flathead Lake. In this 24,000 square foot mega-mansion, mahogany rooms and doors create the interior along with beautiful rows of enormous windows to that give them the MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW of the island.

From a wine cellar to an extravagant boat house to an indoor shooting range and gym, their LUXURIOUS DREAM HOME was nearly complete – then they contacted Tanglewood.

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The View

This family dreamed of adding a CONSERVATORY to their front porch overlooking the lake; the final piece to their dream home. Their vision was to make it look as though it could stand the test of time. To RELATE already existing ELEMENTS of the house to the conservatory, we chose to incorporate a COPPER CLAD EXTERIOR and STAIN GRADE MAHOGANY INTERIOR to stay consistent with the castle theme of both the main house and guest house, and topped with a DECORATIVE FINIAL. Inside, subtle light fixtures and sedative nature of the room makes for a peaceful place to relax.

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Of all the amenities on the island, their FAVORITE PLACE TO BE IS IN THE CONSERVATORY nestled alongside the house on the porch. He said,

It has one of the PRETTIEST VIEWS IN THE WORLD I like to keep this as a retreat to myself. I sit on the front porch and watch the waves and the mountains and it’s just one of the MOST PEACEFUL PLACES ON EARTH.”

Are you ready to view the world through glass?

Whether your view is overlooking the water, watching your kids play in the yard, or overlooking your garden, life under glass changes the way we live our lives. We appreciate the world around us and enjoy nature in its truest forms, without having to experience all its elements. To get your glass life started, give us a CALL at 410.479.4700 or fill out our CONTACT form!

This conservatory was also featured in Discovery’s EPIC! To get an inside exclusive look at the Shelter Island Estate, CLICK HERE to watch this episode!

DESIGN for you. Be your SOLUTION. CREATE beautiful architecture.

Posted February 12th, 2016 by Alan Stein and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Dynamic Glass, Skylights
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For over 25 years, Mercer & Bertsche Architecture & Engineering has used their expertise in residential ARCHITECTURE to create beautiful homes and additions for clients who value the HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE and ATTENTION TO DETAIL that they bring to each project. But DESIGNING A CONSERVATORY was a new kind of project for them and we were able to work alongside them to create a fitting addition for their client.

 

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Working Together
When we first spoke with Bill Bertsche about the project, we knew we were working towards a common goal:

DESIGN for the client. SOLVE their problem. CREATE beautiful architecture.

Their client dreamed of building a TRADITIONALLY DESIGNED CONSERVATORY filled with CLASSIC, CRAFT-WOODWORKING DETAILS. With years of experience, Bill knew that developing a design that flawlessly blends the NEW work with the EXISTING elements of the home would be a critical task.

He said, “…whether working on a historic home or starting from scratch, you’re trying to work within the context of history to find solutions that the owner admires and blend them with the existing home. You try to bring the best ARCHITECTURE to their lifestyle… But there are few architects that have the experience required to design and detail a TRUE CONSERVATORY. You could approach it as a stick built room, could make a frame and put in glass and windows, but you’d miss the essence of what a GREAT CONSERVATORY should be – GLASS AND LIGHT.”

The amount of KNOWLEDGE and CRAFTSMANSHIP required to RESEARCH, DESIGN and DETAIL a true conservatory takes a great deal of time to acquire. After reviewing Bill’s initial conceptual design, we could see the direction he and his client wanted and were able to use our expertise in HISTORIC CONSERVATORY ARCHITECTURE to help create a unique work of art.

 

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“We Learn Something Every Year”
As Bill says, “We learn something every year”. In both Bill’s and Tanglewood’s experience, we have learned that one of the most important KEYS TO SUCCESS is to welcome the opportunity to LEARN. While working on this project, we learned how we can be MORE HELPFUL TO ARCHITECTS by combining a deep respect for their design direction with our years of narrowly-focused, conservatory specific experience.

Bill explained, “…not only is Tanglewood a great design partner for conservatory projects, but they also make other ARCHITECTURAL PIECES such as the GLASS CUPOLA we used on this project which we could have used on a number of projects over the years… because of the quality”.

 

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What will your next project be?
We are looking forward to our next opportunity and would love to share our experience and expertise with you. Please CALL us at 410.479.4700 for more ideas and information.

A Client’s Conservatory Story

Posted January 13th, 2016 by Alan Stein and filed in Conservatory Projects, Dynamic Glass, Stained Glass
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What is your favorite memory in your conservatory from 2015?

There have been several amazing memories that have come from projects at Tanglewood this year, but for one family, the creation of their long awaited CONSERVATORY was a memorable experience.

We were contacted about this CLASSICALLY INSPIRED project by their architect BILL BERTSCHE from Mercer & Bertsche Architecture & Engineering. From a historic town in New England, the family envisioned a unique structure with a NATURAL INTERIOR crafted after an old room at The Cloisters in Sea Island. After just a few meetings, we could see this project bring out the family’s passion; based on OLD WOODWORKING TRADITIONS, we knew that with our years of EXPERIENCE and KNOWLEDGE of these designs we could help the team incorporate these ideas in the design of their dream conservatory.

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About halfway through designing the conservatory, the family had purchased a stunning chandelier from Italy. We will never forget when they told us the chandelier had come in pieces! They emailed us after it was assembled and said, “Took four of us six hours to put up!”, but it was worth it; it turned out to be a masterpiece of its own. When they were finally able to hang the chandelier in the conservatory, the family decided to add STAINED GLASS around the exterior to incorporate the chandelier’s elegant design and color. The marriage of these two turned out beautifully.

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It was great having the family so deeply involved in the details of the project and together, we created a conservatory made of painted SAPELE and stained natural SINKER CYPRESS with complimenting custom STAINED GLASS, CUPOLA, fireplace, and more. We partnered greatly with the family, architect, and contractor and are glad we could bring such FLEXIBILITY in DESIGN to their vision. What really made this project special were the relationships formed and watching as this stunning conservatory molded into their dream. After talking with the family when installation was complete, it filled our hearts when they told us it is the BEST ROOM IN THEIR HOME!

 

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We hope your year was just as memorable and rewarding as it was for our clients. We are looking forward to all the new memories 2016 has to bring; maybe the next memory you make is with us!

Is YOUR Conservatory Ready to Take on Winter’s Worst?

Posted December 23rd, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, General, Insights
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Have YOU prepared your conservatory for winter’s worst?

We believe conservatories and greenhouses are MORE than just another addition to your home; they become your FAVORITE hideaway to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature – wouldn’t you like to take extra GOOD CARE of them?

Whether you undergo harsh snowfall, strong winds, rain, or ice, it is important to perform a REGULAR MAINTENANCE check in between seasons, particularly at the beginning and end of winter to catch any damage and get it repaired quickly. This will prevent future problems.

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To ensure optimum performance, here are a few signs to look for:

Leaks 

It is important that you REGULARLY look over the structure to make sure there are no leaks or moisture build up within the foundation. Especially with wood, moisture can COMPROMISE the integrity of the structure and become costly later.

Window Seals

Since conservatories and greenhouses are mainly constructed using glass, WARMTH can ESCAPE from its seals! The seals around the windows are your FIRST DEFENSE against snow and moisture from entering your home so it is critical to check for any flakes, cracks or holes. Inspect regularly, repair quickly, and reduce further damage to keep your room warm and happy this holiday!

Gutters

Although your gutters should be cleaned throughout the year, DOUBLE CHECK them in the winter months! Gutters are great spots for buildup, debris and insects to hide out and prevent the flow of rain and melted ice away from your building and DAMAGE the foundation.

Paint & Varnish

Maintenance is VITAL here. Mahogany, Sapele, and other woods need a GOOD COAT of paint or varnish to protect it from the weather. Failure to maintain proper finished is one of the MOST COMMON causes of damage to a beautiful conservatory!

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If you haven’t had your conservatory inspected yet, who better to take care of your favorite room than the people who built it!

For more helpful HINTS and TIPS this holiday season, CALL and ask about our 15 Point Inspection Plan to keep your conservatory or greenhouse in tip-top shape!

We are THANKFUL to have been a part of the creation of your conservatory or greenhouse and enjoyed working with you and your family. You were such a PLEASURE to work with we look for clients just like you! If you know anyone who is looking for our services, SHARE this email with them or have them give us a CALL at 410.479.4900.

 

Happy Holidays from Team Tanglewood!

Experience the Seeds of Creativity at the Enid Haupt Conservatory!

Posted December 9th, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, Events
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Have YOU experienced the SEEDS of CREATIVITY?

At the heart of the NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN rests a holiday experience you DON’T want to MISS! Stretched across 250 acres, YOUR FAMILY can take special tours, see musical performances, and participate in family activities; but the MAIN ATTRACTION lives at the ENID HAUPT CONSERVATORY.

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The New York Botanical Garden’s 24th Annual HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW is New York City’s favorite family tradition! With over half a mile of MODEL TRAINS rushing through the miniature streets, see the gardens come to life with over 150 recreated landmarks created from 100% ORGANIC, ORNATE MATERIALS!

NOTICE every DETAIL in the miniature ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL formed from bark to seed pods and bamboo to eucalyptus leaves, and more! Other great landmarks included are the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller

 

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Who are the minds BEHIND these beautiful miniatures?

WORLD FAMOUS landscape architect PAUL BUSSE and his team are the minds and talent behind these magical miniature plant cities! Paul’s journey began with a LOVE of trains and gardens. PASSIONATE about creating OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES, PAUL’S VISION for the train show was to make it WHIMSICAL and MAGICAL.

“I had no idea [it would become so big]… But that was always my bottom line, a company that builds happiness. We’re really selling lots of smiles.” – Paul Bussee

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The Holiday Train Show is known as one of the TOP 5 BEST EVENTS for families to visit in New York City during the holidays! The show is a great way to celebrate the holiday season for both the YOUNG and the YOUNG AT HEART!

Below are other locations this magnificent train show has been displayed!

Chicago Botanic Garden       Morris Arboretum        Eiteljorg Museum       Fernwood Botanic Garden

State Fair of Texas              U.S. Botanic Garden     Krohn Conservatory    Royal Botanic Gardens

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Super Sunshine – Tale or Truth?

Posted November 18th, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, Domes and Cupolas, General
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Does sunshine brighten YOUR morning?

When the snow begins to fall and we start layering ourselves in bundles of clothes, we seek the warmth of the sun and its NATURAL BOOST to get us started.

Starting your morning and even working throughout the day with access to sunlight can help BOOST your ENERGY to take on a busy day and BE PRODUCTIVE. The most common EFFECTS of natural light are closely drawn to positive effects on MOOD, HEALTH, PRODUCTIVITY and an INCREASE in overall well-being.
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According to DR. PHYLLIS ZEE, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine:

 

“There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day — particularly in the morning — is beneficial to your health

 

Is YOUR HEALTH gaining all these BENEFITS?

Where can we get the most of the sun’s natural boost during the winter? FROM OUR CONSERVATORIES!

MAXIMIZE your morning with SUNLIGHT!

A CONSERVATORY will add an increasing amount of natural light to your home! IMAGINE all the health benefits of a room almost entirely made of glass allowing natural light to DANCE around the room, creating a FUN, UPLIFTING and RELAXING ATMOSTPHERE! Not only will we feel MORE AWAKE and ENERGIZED, studies have shown NATURAL RAYS from the sun have MEDICINAL BENEFITS that positively affect multiple aspects of our lives. YOUR conservatory could serve not only as a relaxing reading area, but as a perfect space for exercise activities such as YOGA and PILATES or an OFFICE SPACE!

For more information on our conservatories and skylights, CLICK the links or give us a CALL at 410.479.4700 and ASK OUR TEAM about the effects conservatories have had on the families we’ve worked with!

 

Building Dream Homes

Posted September 17th, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, Dynamic Glass, Stained Glass, Uncategorized
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Where does the inspiration for your dream home come from? Do you see something and think, “I’ve got to have it!”?

Following a dream that has lasted a lifetime, this client came to Tanglewood to finally bring it to life. Walking through our shop they could envision all their dreams coming true; turning their home into a getaway retreat. Fascinated with our craftsmanship, team and designs, they took one look and had to have it. What was it?

Imagine yourself on vacation. There’s NO worries, NO schedules, NO work, and all you need to do is RELAX. Now, how do you bring that to your home? With a conservatory! They fell in love with the idea of a magnificent brick and stone conservatory to house a spa on the far end of their property.

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Notice the stunning copper roof, the gabled entry and cupola atop the conservatory. Stunning additions, such as cupolas and skylights, bring natural light to a room and are decorative, functional pieces everyone desires. In love with their conservatory, Molly refers to it as their “private sanctuary” just for her and her husband.

But their dream home wasn’t finished yet.

About four years after the completion of the conservatory, they uncovered another piece to their dream home! Inspired by the windows of the conservatory, they wanted to accent other rooms in their home.

While renovating their kitchen, they had the idea to add a two story window wall, back entry door, a bay window by the kitchen sink, and an addition to the guest bedroom! Listening to Molly passionately explain her vision and gesture what she wanted, we knew exactly what she was looking for.

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The final piece to their dream was uncovered three years later. Off of the master bedroom was an old leaky sunroom on the second floor. Do you have a room that you just never use? This was there’s. Molly eagerly came to us with a beautiful floor pattern she designed ready to renovate this sunroom. The result speaks for itself.

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So, did you see something you’ve got to have? No matter how long it takes to create your dream home, Tanglewood is here for YOU. We’d love for you to share your dream home vision with our team and bring them to life! Give us a call at 410.479.4700 or fill out our form.