The Hunter Douglas Advantage

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Well-designed window fashions do more than simply cover a window.

Hunter Douglas has perfected the art of window dressing by combining form and function in beautiful designs that last a lifetime and are a pleasure to use every day.

“There really is no better product on the market, and that is why we choose Hunter Douglas window coverings, from blinds to shades, for all of our projects at Custom Home Interiors,” says Andrew Emmans, president of CHI.

With so many innovative products and cutting edge features, there are many advantages to choosing Hunter Douglas.

Many of their products are made with specially engineered translucent fabrics that diffuse sunlight and disperse it deeper into the room – to help illuminate your home naturally and reduce the need for artificial light – making them environmentally friendly and economical.

hunter_douglas_shades_architellaA unique range of operating systems – from cordless and retractable cords, to wireless motorized shades that connect to your smartphone, tablet, or a remote control – make window fashions easy to use. Every innovative lifting system is designed for enhanced child and pet safety as well.

Hunter Douglas has a team of skilled textile engineers who create their beautiful fabrics internally with a process that produces some of the most perfectly textured weaves, including woven fabrics, textured weaves, mica, metallic and pearlescents. Each fabric goes through extensive testing to ensure it will perform and live up to the Hunter Douglas lifetime guarantee.

Great design is beautiful to live with, provides variable light control, insulates rooms against heat and cold while saving energy, protects your furnishings from damaging UV rays, and even absorbs sound, improving the acoustics in a room.

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The Hunter Douglas advantage means our customers can expect a thoroughly satisfying experience when selecting, purchasing or living with Hunter Douglas window fashion products.

 
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Custom Home Interiors works with industry professional to provide leading edge furniture, appliances, home automation, fireplaces, window treatments and fittings for commercial and residential projects.

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Meet the CHI Team’s David Skinner

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David SkinnerName: David Skinner

Job title: Operations Coordinator

Number of years working with CHI:

1 year in April 2016

What did you study in school?

I am currently completing a Computer Science degree at Carleton University.

What is your favourite room in a home and why?

My favourite room would be the living room or entertainment room because I love sitting down with family or a group of friends and having a shared experience, whether it be watching a movie or playing a game.

If you could only have one appliance in your kitchen, what would it be and why?

My one appliance would have to be a dishwasher because without it my roommates would fill our kitchen with dirty dishes. I don’t mind doing dishes, but without a dishwasher it would be like a second job in our house.

What is your most memorable CHI project to date?

I have been working with CHI for a little less than a year now as the Operations Coordinator. The first large project that I was able to work on from start to finish was the Minto 185 project. I was partially in charge of the installation team, so in addition to installing the appliances, I was assisting in project management. It was a great learning experience for me, and I look forward to working on more projects from conception through to completion, then being able to step back at the end and appreciate all the hard work that went into the final product.

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After we completed our installations at Minto 185, it was very rewarding walking through a finished suite and seeing the appliances shining in their new homes. With the addition of the window coverings, which CHI also installed at Minto 185, I believe we really helped the suites stand out.
 
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Six Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

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The cost of heating a home can often be more frightful than the weather outside. Instead of letting rising energy costs send a shiver down your spine this winter, consider some of these energy efficient ways to keep your home warm this winter.

  1. Move Furniture Away from Vents

If your furniture is in front of or on top of heating vents, it is likely that your rooms are not getting the maximum heat potential. Take a tour of the house and rearrange any pieces of furniture that could be posing an issue and see if the flow of heat improves and the room feels warmer without having to turn up the thermostat.

  1. Snuggle Up in Quality Linens and Blankets

1498aaUsing the same sheets year round might not be the best approach for the climate you live in. Materials that breathe well might be perfect in the summer, but when the temperatures drop, you want to make sure your bedding traps enough of your body heat to keep your warm through the night without having to employ a hot water bottle. Working with our team to create fine custom linens and blankets for your home will ensure style is not sacrificed for comfort when designing any room in a house.

  1. Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces can be installed in minutes, often on the same day as purchased. Installation and operating costs of an electric fireplace are a mere fraction of their wood burning and gas counterparts. At about $0.18 per hour at maximum output, you can heat a room for about $50-$80 a year. We choose Dimplex® for our projects. They carry a wide carry a wide array of top-quality designs with an unparalleled selection of styles, accents and finishes to suit any style and application.

  1. Cover Wood Floors and Tiles with Area Rugs

According to the National Energy Foundation, uninsulated wood floors can account for up to 10% of a home’s heat loss. Using area rugs not only prevents this loss of energy and keeps toes warm, it is also an easy way to pull together the look of a room, muffle the sound of heavy heels and talking.

  1. Reverse the Ceiling Fan Direction with Heat

If you have ceiling fans that your normally use to circulate cool air it the summer, try reversing the fan direction when you have the heat on in the winter. Since warm air rises, this will push the warm rising air back down to the floor where you still need it. You will waste less energy and require less of your heating system.

  1. Keep Heat in and Cold Out with Premium Window Coverings

hunter_douglas_shades_architellaWindows are known to let drafts in and heat out; and with it your money goes wafting through the cracks. Choosing the right window coverings can save a homeowner plenty of money by keeping heat inside and cold out. Hunter Douglas’ highly energy-efficient Duette® honeycomb shades can make a big energy savings at the window.

These energy-efficient tips will do more than save you money each winter, they are a great way to update a home with new technology and modern designs that give a home fresh appeal.  Ask one of our experts about custom solutions to warm up your home or project.

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Window Treatment Solutions Give Builders Competitive Advantage

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While buying a new home often comes down to size, location, and price, what matters most when choosing a builder is the experience and satisfaction of past buyers and the reputation that comes as a result. One way to enhance the buyer experience is to provide them with convenient and time-saving logistical solutions that will simplify the transition into their new home. Going above and beyond the traditional offerings can give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

window shuttersWindow treatments are more than a decorative tool to dress up a window or to coordinate the entire look of a room. They are also an essential functional tool providing privacy from neighbours; energy efficiency by keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer; and in some cases, like condo corporations, ensuring adherence to contractual requirements.

It is no wonder that window coverings are at the top of the priority list for most home buyers and home sellers; and yet we have all witnessed, or even experienced the somewhat uncomfortable delay between new home possession and the installation of blinds or drapes. That is partly because choosing window coverings can be a daunting task for many. There are so many styles and suppliers to choose from that even figuring out where to start can be stressful.

Anticipating a client’s needs by providing a helpful and trusted referral to take care of all of their window covering needs under one roof is a simple, easy, and innovative solution that benefits the buyer and your business. Not only could it be the deciding factor in choosing a builder, but improving the customer experience leads to positive buzz that often drives business.

Custom Home Interiors provides builders and real estate agents with interior and exterior design solutions ‒ from leading edge furniture, appliances, home automation and fittings for commercial and residential projects ‒ for quicker sales and higher profits.

Builders and realtors who work with Custom Home Interiors reap the benefits of helping their home owners, home buyers and home sellers take care of all their outfitting needs with our team of professionals.

Contact us to find out how you can take advantage of these benefits and become an affiliate with Custom Home Interiors.
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Custom Home Interiors works with industry professional to provide leading edge furniture, appliances, home automation, fireplaces, window treatments and fittings for commercial and residential projects.

We publish a quarterly newsletter containing links to bi-monthly blog posts & other relevant industry news. Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter.

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