October 2018
Dear friend,

Halloween is right around the corner. It’s always so much fun to see what costumes the kids in the neighborhood are wearing this year. Some of the most popular are heroes from recent movies, such as King T’Challa from Black Panther, Violet from The Incredibles, and Chase from PAW Patrol, etc. Have fun handing out candy to the kids at your front door (and maybe sneak a few pieces for yourself!)

As the holiday season approaches, most likely you will be decorating your front entry door for many different occasions. It is time to consider whether or not your door itself feels welcoming to your family and friends. Has your wood entry door become stained and faded, or your steel entry door scratched and dented? Now is the time to consider replacing that door. Below we list several current trends that can help make your front entrance outstanding!

As we mentioned in our last eNewsletter, our T.W. Ellis team attended the Remodeling Show and Deck Expo this month. Check out our team learning some of the many new innovations that will put their work on the cutting-edge and benefit you, our clients.

Happy Halloween!!

Tim Ellis
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T.W. Ellis Stays on the Cutting Edge

Our T.W. Ellis team attended the Remodeling Show and Deck Expo on October 9–11 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Our team was able to take advantage of the many topnotch educational sessions that were offered, along with opportunities for networking with other experts in our field. We were excited to learn some of the leading edge building techniques and best practices that will continue to keep our company at the forefront of the building industry for the sake of our clients.

Left: Eric Sneddon and Michael Teti, our lead carpenters, at the Remodeling Show representing T.W. Ellis.

Right: Tim Ellis learned about the latest porch windows to keep up with the newest housing trends.

We are excited to have taken advantage of this opportunity, improving our skills and knowledge to better serve you with your next remodeling project.

See more photos on our blog.

Photo Courtesy of Aven Love Studios

Harford County Public Library Foundation raises record amount at 14th annual gala

T.W. Ellis has always believed in helping support our community in a number of ways. One way we can get involved is through the annual gala benefiting the Harford County Public Library. This year the theme, “An Evening in the Stacks–The Pink Edition", focused on the Pink Panther and the quest to find the missing pink diamond.

At the 14th annual gala event on October 13, we presented a Live Auction Package valued at $15,000. The package called “All Decked Out” featured a custom-built Trex transcend deck with white vinyl railings plus a lighting package, deck furniture, grill, wireless speakers, and professional landscaping presented by T.W. Ellis. Special thanks to our package contributors: DeWalt, Ivy Hill Land Services, Klein’s ShopRite, Myers Building Product Specialists, and Trex.

The winners of All Decked Out will be thrilled with the luxuries and conveniences their new deck will provide. And, the Harford County Public Library will benefit from the funds raised from this auction item!

We are so excited to announce the event raised a record amount, over $126,000!!

You can read more details about the gala in the write up from Bel Air News & Views.
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Attractive Front Entry Doors

One of the most noticeable aspects of your home is your front entry door. Somehow it draws attention to itself and creates curb appeal, even more so than your windows, siding, or roofing that occupy way more space. It is because your front door is an expression of your entire home—it makes its mark on your home’s exterior design, surrounding landscaping, and interior styling. As your neighbors drive by your home, or guests approach your door step, does your front entry door feel engaging?

A current popular trend that makes front doors especially captivating is when they are painted with a striking accent color, one that stands out from the rest of the home’s exterior. Colors can range from bold hues like orange, red or navy blue, to pastel green, lavender or turquoise. Black doors today are considered chic and sophisticated. The paint color you choose gives you the opportunity to show off your personality.

Another notable shift in the look of entry doors today is the trend for including glass inserts. Glass has the benefit of bringing daylight into your entrance foyer, which naturally brightens the space. Glass inserts also create a more intriguing door, since the panes can be designed in every shape, size, glass type, and configuration imaginable. Straight lines fit well with Modern or Craftsman style homes, while rounded glass inserts that may include scrollwork are usually chosen for Traditional style homes.

Today’s front doors are often larger than the previous standard size—from eight to nine feet high and up to three-and-a-half feet wide. The increased width and height of your front door can make a powerful impact on the outside of your home, indicating superior durability and security. The larger opening provides more space for moving furniture in and out of your home, as well as for wheelchair access. Including accent windows, such as sidelights and transoms, is also a fashionable trend that boosts the prominence of your front entrance, while allowing even more daylight to flood your foyer.

The door hardware you select should be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing as it complements the design of your door. For an elegant look, a handset is the way to go. There are many different designs that include one piece, two piece or full plate handsets with handles, latches, and dead bolts. You may also want to consider a digital keyless lock. Currently, dark hardware finishes like iron black and aged bronze are all the rage.

Wood, fiberglass and steel are three main materials in widespread use for door construction. If you prefer natural wood because of the warmth of its appearance, keep in mind that wood requires regular maintenance to protect it from the weather. Fiberglass doors are designed to withstand the elements and provide easy-care. In addition, these doors can convincingly resemble wood grain. Steel doors are sturdy and generally less expensive than fiberglass, but in harsh, humid climates they may be susceptible to denting and rusting.


Doors are an important part of the overall insulation picture for your home. Your fiberglass or steel door should have an energy-efficient core. Consider purchasing an entry door system with all the components—such as hinges and weather stripping—designed to work together efficiently.
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Since 2002, we have been a customer service oriented company that is fully committed to communication, industry certification, continuing education, and quality craftsmanship. You can depend on us to exceed your expectations for your project.
• 2014 NAHB Remodeler of the Year
• 2012 HBAM Builder of the Year
• 2009 HBAM Remodeler of the Year
• 2015 NGBS Advisory Committee
• Master Deck Professional
• Graduate Master Remodeler
• Master Certified Green Professional
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• Certified Aging-in-place Specialist
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