Now that the kids are back in school, it’s the ideal time of year to start the home improvement projects, and get the house ready for the holidays!  Skip has some awesome suggestions that will also enhance your home’s curb appeal, and increase it’s value!

Enhance your curb appeal, let in light, add fresh air, while increasing your home value with the addition of a storm door over your existing door!  From extra security and enhanced curb appeal to greater ventilation and increased energy efficiency, today’s storm door offer more than just protection from weather. 

  • Enjoy the Breeze: Increase ventilation, allowing fresh air inside for greater comfort and reduced heating and cooling costs.
  • Let in the Light: Brighten your outlook and warm up your entry by welcoming natural sunlight through. Enjoy your view whether it is to the front yard or the back yard.
  • Save time and effort: LARSON storm doors are so easy to install, they have patented the method. The EasyHang system gives you an exact fit with mounting rail extenders, pre-drilled hinge locator holes and no cutting or hacksaw requirements.
  • Availability: All models are available at Lowe’s nationally, as well as regional and independent home improvement retailers. 
  • Made in the USA! After 65 years in business, LARSON remains devoted to customers, employees and our communities which is why every LARSON storm door is still crafted in the United States. 
  • Visit for more information and BUILD YOUR DOOR! 

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Storm Door 1 – Graphite Screen Away 

Storm doors can look great on your home. Like this new graphite color by LARSON. Now available in the most popular premium screen-away model. SCREEN – AWAY  Enjoy the breeze and bring more fresh air into your home with the Screen Away® feature. The retractable screen glides up and down to let in more or less air and disappears out of sight when not in use.  LARSON revolutionized storm doors with hidden built in screens for anytime venting. By hiding the screen in a cassette at the top of the door, you can enjoy a clear view of the outdoors. When you’re ready to vent the screen pulls down instantly. The screen discreetly hides into a cassette at the top of the door and provides a clear view of the outdoors when not in use. The balanced window system and ergonomically designed handle glides the screen up and down for unlimited ventilation control  HIDDEN CLOSER This sleek hidden closer, with Click&Hold technology, is built into the storm door and out of sight to enhance the inside-out view. Professional grade, this closer is built to withstand 5x more force than traditional closers and is great for windy areas.  Click&Hold feature allows you to hold the door open when your hands are full. HANDLE New straight lever handles, available in Matte Black, Brushed Nickel and Aged Bronze, install easily and modernize your entryway.  The premium screen-away model in graphite can be accessorized with either a curved handle or a straight handle, in a variety of finishes. Deadbolt lock gives you added security and peace of mind.

Storm Door 2 – Full View Glass door with Built In Pet Door

BUILT IN PET DOOR Because you share your heart and your home with your dog, invite him to expand his independence and enjoy the ease of entering and exiting your home with a LARSON storm door.  Before you cut into your walls or damage your expensive prime doors, consider adding a pet storm door with PetSafe pet flap from LARSON. They have several storm doors options to keep your furry, four-legged family member content in your home.  FULL VIEW GLASS: Lets light into your home.  Increases energy efficiency HANDLE  New straight lever handles, available in Matte Black, Brushed Nickel and Aged Bronze, install easily and modernize your entryway.  Can be accessorized with either a curved handle or a straight handle, in a variety of finishes. Deadbolt lock gives you added security and peace of mind.

Storm door 3 – Full View Glass Door

FULL VIEW – Let light and sunshine into your home with a fullview storm door from LARSON. Add Low-E glass for increased energy efficiency and UV protection.  Full glass design allows maximum natural light into home and Superior weather protection.  HIDDEN CLOSER  The full glass features a hidden closer with Click&Hold™ design that holds doors open with an audible catch & release, ensuring the door will be held place securely until pulled shut.  Professional grade closer is designed for windiest conditions and can handle 5x more force than traditional closers.  Click&Hold feature allows you to hold the door open when your hands are full. HANDLE New straight lever handles, available in Matte Black, Brushed Nickel and Aged Bronze, install easily and modernize your entryway.  Can be accessorized with either a curved handle or a straight handle, in a variety of finishes. Deadbolt lock gives you added security and peace of mind. SEASONAL VENTILATION Seasonally, switch out full glass for full screen to allow natural airflow. The BetterVue Screen comes standard for up to 20% improved clarity, light and increased airflow. 


Faux columns by Barron Designs are the perfect way to improve your curb appeal quickly and easily without the cost, time and mess — and with lasting results. Made from premium high-density polyurethane, faux columns can be used to cover up existing worn porch columns, or used to create a whole new appearance for the home, driveway or mailbox.

With the largest selection of styles, textures and colors in the industry, Barron Designs can help you create a new look that matches or compliments the existing interior and exterior of your home, while giving it a more elegant appearance.

Unlike actual stone, rock or brick, these columns can easily be installed by the average do-it-yourselfer using standard carpentry tools.  The columns can be cut to the correct size with an ordinary saw — so no mason or contractors are needed. And since they’re made of lightweight polyurethane, they can be handled very easily.

One reason people love Barron Designs is that they are not only easy to install, but look like the real thing! They look much more expensive and look like it took a great deal more work.

Each product is produced in the USA by in-house sculptors, and are cast in molds from genuine stone, rock and brick. The molds recreate the exact shapes, finishes, textures and weathered imperfections, making them the most realistic products available.  Once installed, they are practically indistinguishable from the real thing!    

Barron Designs Combines Style with Durability

Barron Designs faux columns are highly durable.  They are resistant to wind, rain, fading, cracking, splitting, warping, pests and deterioration, so they can stand up to the elements for years to come.

In other words, you won’t have to worry about replacing them or having them appear drab or shabby in a few years. And maintenance is virtually non-existent; you might occasionally wash them, just like you would any other home exterior, but no special TLC is required.     

Faux columns come in many different styles, and can be purchased as either a column cover or a column wrap.

If you’re ready to improve your curb appeal and upgrade the look of your home’s interior or exterior, Barron Designs has exactly what you need. Visit for ideas and how-to’s on improving your home’s appearance, or to shop for the style that’s best for you.

For over 10 years, has helped more than 80,000 online shoppers find the perfect residential mailboxes for their homes, HOAs, and apartment complexes. When the store first launched in 2008, the goal was simple. Lucas Robinson, the founder, wanted to provide a guided and curated store experience for mailbox shoppers while offering expert product advice and customer service. To that end, offers some of the highest quality designer curbside mailboxes and home address plaques found online.  In addition to curb appeal products and expertise, has over a decade of experience helping residential developers and contractors outfit their building projects with outdoor and indoor cluster mailboxes for USPS delivery. Whatever your mailbox needs, trust that has you covered.

Here are a few of their best-selling products by Whitehall, one of the best-known brands in home decor and curb appeal:

The Ultimate Mailbox and Post

The Ultimate Mailbox and Post by Whitehall includes every post and mailbox accessory you need to maximize your curb appeal. Available in four different architectural finishes, this is truly the ultimate mailbox and post combination.

The Balmoral Mailbox and Post

Constructed from the highest quality die-cast and powder coated aluminum, the rust-free Balmoral Mailbox package features a distinctive monogrammed mailbox with the stately Balmoral Deluxe Post, which includes a sturdy, solid bracket and ball finial. This mailbox and post combo stands out because of its larger size, beautifully curved lines, and unique aesthetic.

The Wall Mailbox

Made from recycled aluminum, the Whitehall Wall Mailbox is crafted to perfection. The process of molding the final product consists of exposing the aluminum to intense pressure, resulting in an extremely dense material that withstands the harshest elements for years of use and home appeal.

The Providence Arch Wall Plaque

Whitehall’s uniquely designed personalized plaques have been embellishing American properties for over half a century. This uniquely designed personalized plaque is available in multiple finish options with customized lettering.

The Rolling Hills Arch Plaque

This Address Plaque is a best seller for its simple yet elegant design. As with many Whitehall Plaques, it can be personalized with either one or two lines of address text and is available in a variety of finishes.

The Arch Marker

The Arch Marker can be purchased as either a wall mount or a lawn plaque with mounting stakes included. As with the Rolling Hills, it can be configured with up to two lines of address text and is available in multiple architectural finishes.


CertainTeed offers an industry-leading selection of low-maintenance siding and roofing products that create beautiful, timeless looks that last. 

Adding any of these to your home will ensure a beautiful look and a sizeable return on investment (ROI). Siding is estimated to recoup over 75% of project costs and asphalt roofing shingles are estimated to recoup over 68%, according to the 2019 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.

In addition, CertainTeed’s user-friendly online color tools allow homeowners to try out different exterior product style and color combinations on a range of home styles, or even on a photo of their own home, before purchasing. The visualization tools make selecting and coordinating siding, roofing and trim easier and more fun, for personalized, crave-able curb appeal.

CertainTeed has the widest selection of quality siding products available today – all in a huge variety of colors, orientations, sizes, textures and finishes – including vinyl clapboard, insulated siding, Board & Batten vertical siding, bevel-edged dutchlap and polymer shakes & shingles. All siding products come with guaranteed PermaColor™ Lifetime Fade Protection to ensure the color lasts no matter how harsh the weather. 

CertainTeed also leads in quality standards for roofing products, with more than 300 roofing options to choose from. CertainTeed’s Integrity Roof System® is designed to provide optimum performance by using shingles, underlayment and accessory products from a single manufacturing source, so they are backed by a single company.

With all products made in the U.S., CertainTeed is the only building products manufacturer that can also combine roofing, siding and trim in one complete package – along with the widest color palette in the industry – for the ultimate mix-and-match experience. All this is paired with peace of mind knowing that CertainTeed stands behind its products with the best warranties available today.

  Here are some of Skip’s choices for top-of-the-line exterior products:

  • Cedar Impressions® polymer shakes and shingles – Cedar Impressions shingles have the most authentic wood look in the industry, using TrueTexture™ technology molded from real cedar. Ageless CedarTM Color Blends make it possible to choose the cedar appearance you prefer – freshly sawn or aged, without any actual aging occurring. A rainbow of solid colors are also available. 
  • Monogram® vinyl siding – This vinyl siding has the widest color section in the industry – over 40 coordinating siding and trim colors. It’s also one of the toughest, withstanding winds up to 220 mph along with a Class A fire rating.
  • Northgate roofing shingle – This shingle is unmatched by other standard asphalt shingles. It offers Class 4 impact resistance, which is the highest rating available. It also offers enhanced weatherability, so it will not crack, shrink, rot or fall off. It’s available in 11 max definition color blends.
  • Landmark® Pro designer roofing shingle – This asphalt shingle is engineered to replicate a real wood shake – without the necessary maintenance. It’s certified to meet the industry’s toughest third-party (UL) manufacturing quality standards. It also offers superior durability with a Class A fire-resistance rating and 15-year StreakFighter® algae-resistance warranty. It’s available in 24 color blends.

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