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A Historic Architecture’s Guide to New England Homes

One of the first things people associate with New England, aside from the Patriots, is the architecture. Reminiscent of simpler times in American History, New England-styled architecture is popular the world over for its character, charm, and history. In fact, many of the buildings and homes that we see today are historic and in their original state from the 1700s while others have a few cosmetic touches and historically reproduced pieces to restore the homes to their original glory.

With over 400 years of history behind them, the New England style of home is just as diverse as it is respected. From farmhouse styled homes to primitively designed shops, classic American culture is preserved in the very woodworked frames of the many styles of the New England home. Even those with modern updates and historical reproduction doors or windows still hold the basic charms that serve as reminders of gorgeous New England architecture. While there are a number of different styles, the most common types include seaport, farmhouse, coastal, and of course traditional.

This style is also referred to as the Federal/Adam Style and dominated much of the architectural scene from the late 1700’s through the mid-1800’s. Typically found in areas such as Portsmouth and Boston, it’s a re-imagined version of the Georgian style home. Seaport styles are usually brick homes with boxed windows, white trims, and adorned with cast iron lamps. While many of these historic homes have seen updates and historically reproduced doors, windows, and exteriors, many of these buildings and homes are still standing in their original condition, remaining as constant reminders of true American architecture.

Farmhouse styles are exceptionally trendy nowadays. Everyone wants a traditional farmhouse styled kitchen or bedroom straight from an HGTV episode. But in New England, large, airy farmhouses are a cultural staple. Nothing evokes feelings of what true American hard work means more than a farmhouse styled-home. Aside from the medium to large plots of land, farmhouses homes are idealized for their white woodwork, central hearth or fireplace that could be used for cooking, and colonial styles as well.

If you’re familiar with towns such as Nantucket and even the Hamptons, you’re familiar with the coastal style of home that is a staple in New England. Even if you’ve never personally visited the area, you know all too well the style that is surrounded by crystal blue waters and weatherworn wood. Rising to popularity in the late 1900’s, expansive driveways and meticulously manicured lawns are just small pieces to the world of coastal homes. If the beautiful water view isn’t enough, you’ll know a coastal home when you see neutral shingles surrounded by white trim, verandas, and colonial revival styles on sprawling homes.

It’s practically impossible to discuss the beauty that is architecture found throughout New England without discussing traditional styled homes. When you see these gorgeous homes, you know exactly where you are and what you are looking at. Traditional New England homes are colonial in design and typically denoted by columns, dormers, white built in cabinets and kitchens. These iconic homes are what many build their American dreams around.

Whether New England homes have your favorite style of architecture or not, the fact still remains they are historically beautiful in their own right. A tour through New England is a tour through an American time capsule.

Ways to Make Your Brewery Standout

The brewery and craft beer market is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive. At KSD Custom Wood Products, we’ve worked with some of the largest breweries in the nation to help them improve the aesthetics of their building and bring in more business.

While the market might be somewhat flooded these days, there are several ways brewery owners can make their craft beer business standout—here are a few:


It all starts with the door…

Your front door is a great place to start when sprucing up your brewery. The front door should set an inviting tone and standout as one of the most aesthetically pleasing parts of the building, even from the road.

KSD Custom Wood Products has a trusted reputation when it comes to creating and installing custom architectural entry doors for breweries. KSD can upgrade your brewery’s entire exterior by also installing custom architectural windows.

Create a logo…

Any successful brewery has an eye-popping logo that reflects its brand. A strong logo is crucial to a brewery’s brand awareness and can be incorporated into many aspects of the building and business front. Great logos should be simple, memorable, timeless and appropriate. Also be sure to choose colors that align with your brewery’s brand.

But perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when coming up with a logo is to create one that is truly unique and doesn’t resemble any others. You don’t want to have your craft beer confused with the competition.

Offer interesting bottle/labels…

Much like the logo, a brewery with bottles or labels that engage customers can go a long way in the business’ brand awareness. Work with professionals to design bottle that are uniquely shape or that provide a better pour. Add some interesting labels to the bottles and attach a witty name to it and you have yourself a craft beer and a brewery that will keep people coming back.

How to Create a Beautiful Entryway

Owning a home is part of the American dream. Whether you are buying a newly constructed home, are renovating your current home, or are building a custom home, you will want to create a beautiful entryway. The entryway to your home says a lot about the home and who lives there. Here are some tips for creating a beautiful entryway for your home.

Welcoming Door
One of the first steps is having a welcoming door. This can be done using mahogany doors. The door is the first thing people will see as they approach your home. Make sure the area around it is well-maintained and well-lit. If you have multiple entrances to your home, make sure the main one is clearly marked with landscaping or a delineated path so visitors are not confused.

Foyer Lighting
We mentioned having your front door being well-lit and that is important, but even more important is the foyer lighting. The foyer of your home is where you will greet your guests with hugs, handshakes and smiles. Make sure there is plenty of light in the foyer so you can see everyone clearly.

Keep it Clean
Keep the foyer of your home clean. If there is no closet in the foyer then it’s likely bags, shoes and other items will begin to pile up right inside the door. Don’t let this happen. Purchase a bench with hidden storage or some piece of furniture where items can be stored in the foyer.

Appeal to the Sense of Smell
Some of the best entryways in homes appeal to the sense of smell. Have a fresh bouquet of flowers on a table in the foyer. If you are allergic to flowers, consider plugging in a scented wax warmer or other items that give off a welcoming scent.

As you prepare to renovate your home, contact KSD Custom Wood Products to discuss the mahogany doors available.

Join A Winning Team at KSD Custom Wood Products! We are Now Hiring!

ksd custom wood productsTo be a successful business in any industry, it takes hard work, a team of talented individuals, great customer service, and a top quality product. For 28 years, KSD Custom Wood Products, INC has used those ingredients for success to become the leader in custom wood solutions for the Northeast.

With a vision for designing and a passion for hand-crafted wood products, Kim Doubleday started KSD Custom Wood Products in 1989. From its humble beginnings in Kim’s garage, KSD Custom Wood Products originally specialized in hand-crafted architectural windows and doors. Through hard work, expert craftsmanship, and a thorough knowledge of the industry, the simple garage business has grown to a 40,000 square foot facility that employs over 30 skilled craftsmen.

Over the years, KSD Custom Wood Products has helped a number of clients with finding the best solutions for their architectural windows and doors. KSD Custom Wood Products has worked on the homes of many public figures, ranging from the NFL Commissioner to the owners of Priceline.com and many other known celebrities. To date, their largest client is Harvard University. KSD Custom Wood Products has helped historically reproduce many of the university’s windows and doors on their most historic buildings, with their first project together dating back to 1992. This long lasting relationship between Harvard and KSD Custom Wood Products is a testament to the business’ hard work and expert services. Additional projects for KSD include The Lawrenceville School, Princeton University, and much more.

With such a longstanding tradition of success, KSD Custom Wood Products is looking to expand their team to individuals who are experienced, believe in hard work, and put passion into everything that they do. The following positions are available:

  • Manufacturing/Woodworking
  • Glass Department: Manufacturing high-quality Insulated Glass
  • Product Fit up: Responsible for setting up sashes and doors into their perspective frames & installing hardware
  • Finish Department- Spraying and Hand Painting of our windows and doors
  • Auto CAD Designer
  • CNC Programmer

While experience is preferred, KSD is willing to train the right person if need be. For those interested in applying, please visit the KSD facility in person or email President Kim Doubleday at kdoubleday@ksdcwp.com

As KSD Custom Wood Products is seeing their busiest year yet and expanding their team further, the future is truly bright for what this company can achieve. If you are interested in learning more about KSD Custom Wood Products and how they can help you, feel free to contact them.

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Architectural Windows and Doors

The curb appeal of a home can make or break its value and chances of being sold when placed on the market. Upgrading the curb appeal of your home does not just have to be solely for making a sale. Many homeowners want to upgrade the look of the home for themselves. Maybe they feel it’s time. Maybe they want to change the exterior look of their home. Whatever their reason is, a home’s curb appeal can be improved with architectural windows and doors.


Sleek Design
Architectural windows and doors add a sleek design to your home. Whether you are looking for an old-fashioned look or a more modern one, these windows and doors have it all for your home. The doors can be solid or have window lites, it’s all based on your preference. Windows can be slanted, rounded or straight and in various shapes and sizes.


Door Types
The door types that can be used in your home remodel include entry doors and garage doors. Entry doors can be single or French doors. The garage doors can be made in any shape or size for your home’s needs, including rounded carriage doors that swing open instead of opening on a track.


Beautiful Entrances
Architectural windows and doors are perfect for brand new home construction. Your home can feature beautiful entrances in the front and the rear with these types of windows and doors. They can be installed under archways or other overhangs that prevents you from dealing with inclement weather as you lock or unlock your door. The doors can be installed with brick or stone around them to really bring out the luxury they provide.

Architectural windows and doors add value to your home and create curb appeal. Consider them for your next home improvement project.