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    Ted talks front porches: how history and style repeat themselves

    April 27, 2018 8:12 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 27, 2018

    Ted talks front porches: how history and style repeat themselves

    A passionate architectural historian, Ted talks about the evolution of the front porch in America, its up and down history and its recent renaissance.

     

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    Ted Talks - Front Porches - Schlage

    Last April, we explored some budget-friendly tips for getting your front porch in tip-top shape each Spring. Creating first impressions. Making your porch a living space. Simply dressing up your front door. There’s no end to the simple, affordable and stylish ways to welcome the season–and the world–to your home.

     

    Where did it all begin? And what can we look forward to as front porches make a major comeback as both a functional and fashionable statement?

     

    For some insight, we turned to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion. A passionate architectural historian, Ted talks about the evolution of the front porch in America, its up and down history and its recent renaissance. He also shares his vision for the future of front porches and their role in creating a sense of community.

    Ted Talks - Front Porches - Outdoor Living - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q: What can you tell us about the historical significance of the front porch?

    A. “Homes, throughout history, have always reflected our cultural and practical needs. In colonial times, there weren’t many porches. It wasn’t until after The Revolutionary War that they began to appear in the South, driven by the need to escape the heat. The porch served a function. It was a comfortable part of the house because of its cooling breezes and protection from the sun. But it was also a meeting place, a comfortable place to socialize. And the nation was growing.”

    Q: That was the beginning, what happened next?

    A. “Over time, the porch evolved, getting more expansive and becoming an even more functional meeting space. This continued into the 1920s. As our cities and towns grew, porches became a social phenomenon because homes were being constructed so close together.”

    Q: And then the popularity started to decline?

    A. “Yes. The 1920s into the 30s saw a drop-off, mostly due to new technologies. With the automobile, people simply weren’t at home as much. Also, the dirt and noise from the roads made porches less inviting. On into the 1950s, you had the advent of radio and TV which tended to keep people in the house. And then came air conditioning! Now you didn’t even have to go outside to catch a cool breeze.”

    Q: When did the front porch start to make a comeback?

    A. “While there was a slight comeback in front porches for a time between 1970 and about 2000, we saw many home designs dominated by garage doors. Technology had again forced a design shift that put the front porch on the back burner and two-car garages at the forefront.

    Two things are leading today’s comeback. We’re becoming more social, number one. And number two: home delivery. We once had the milkman making deliveries, but that faded as communities grew and small local grocers became big chain supermarkets. Now it has come full circle with technology allowing for everything from meal services to package deliveries. The result: a functional need to have a protected place for such things. This simple need has contributed to the morphing of the front porch into a useful and social showplace for the home.

    Q: Where is the porch going?

    A. “Based on what we’re seeing, it’s not going anywhere. The porch has become a unique space and a showcase for one’s fashion sense and is important to the curb appeal of a home. While it’s not your living room, people are bringing the same design sense to the space. Plants, furniture, ceiling fans, outdoor televisions, the traditional porch swing, occasional tables, built-ins – these are all now part of the front porch landscape. And will continue to be.”

    Ted Talks - Front Porches - Schlage

    Q: How has this impacted the front door, itself?

    A. “Your front door is not just for wreaths anymore. It’s a space where you can make a statement. A reflection on “who owns this house.” You can dress up your door with things like pictures frames and family crests. You can refinish an old door or transform it entirely with large-pane glass or fancy cut glass with black muntin separating the panes – a huge trend right now.

    “Perhaps the easiest and most cost-efficient way to update your look is with new door hardware. And with so many styles available, you can complement everything from traditional to farmhouse to modern decor. Your front door can set the tone of your home, whatever your style. Quickly. Easily. Affordably.”

    Ted Talks - Front Door - Schlage

    Q: What does this mean for Schlage?

    A. “We’ve built our business by keeping pace with the needs of our homeowners. For instance, as front doors have become larger, we’ve included an assortment of oversized handlesets in our Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware line that will come out later this year. We also offer a broad assortment of knobs, levers and electronic locks that can be paired with a range of Schlage products depending on the style or door application.”

    The front porch is back, big time, and Schlage continues to be bring innovation and style to this important space, just as it has for more than 95 years. For more on how Schlage can open up a world of possibilities for your front porch, visit Schlage.com.

    Ted Talks: A century of Schlage – celebrating the spirit of innovation

    April 23, 2018 11:30 AM by Ted_Roberts

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    Schlage History - Walter Schlage - Founder

    Ted reflects upon the many technological and stylistic advancements that have made Schlage what it is today – and the man who started it all.

     

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    Schlage didn’t invent the lock. But founder, innovator and visionary Walter Schlage certainly perfected it in ways no one could have imagined when he founded the company in 1920. From his first patent in 1909 – a door lock that could also turn the lights on and off – through the decades of innovation that followed, Schlage literally reinvented the door lock as well as the category of door hardware.

     

    One of the first things a visitor notices when entering parent-company Allegion’s headquarters is a wall with 826 patent certificates proudly displayed. It stands as a testament to the lasting commitment to problem solving, customer security and satisfaction, and a spirit of innovation that has stood the test of time.

     

    Who better than Ted Roberts, Allegion’s Style and Design Chief, to speak to this spirit? Ted reflects upon the many technological and stylistic advancements that have made Schlage what it is today – and the man who started it all.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. Where did Schlage begin and where is the company now?

    A. “The company has been around for a long time and has quite the history. It all started with Walter Schlage, an immigrant lock maker, who brought some very original ideas with him to America which then became patents and the foundation of Schlage. Dynamic, interesting and creative, Walter was what you’d call a “tinkerer.” His very simple goal, when you boil it all down, was to solve problems.

    “That’s really our goal today. Whether we’re talking engineering challenges, keeping up with the latest style trends or making our door hardware easy to install and use, everything we do is designed to afford our homeowners the best possible experience. It’s no surprise, with this kind of heritage, that people expect a lot from us. We want to exceed those expectations.”

    Ted Talks - Walter Schlage - Schlage History

    Q. Where do you see things going?

    A. “I don’t see our mission changing in the future, this perfect harmony of style and function. I see us continuing the melding of aesthetics, innovative product features, reliability and performance that continues to delight our customers. We have some big shoes to fill. We take that responsibility – to our heritage and to our customers – very seriously.”

    Q. What are some of the specific innovations Walter – and Schlage – are known for?

    A. “With over 800 North American patents alone, there are a lot of them. Walter was really the grandfather of the smart lock. His first patent was for a lock that turned on your house lights when you entered. It’s so ironic how that very first innovation was the precursor to the entire generation of smart locks we’re introducing as we speak.

    “Another that’s relevant today is Walter’s process of attaching glass to metal to create a glass door knob. They’re popular again today and are prominently featured in some of our newest collections. Taking something old and making it new again while remaining faithful to its origins – that’s a great example of true timelessness. And that goes for the products we make as well as our company as a whole.”

    “Walter also improved the cylindrical lock by adding his push-button innovation. which is still in use today. Again, we started with Walter’s desire to make life easier for people and that continues today with the products we make.”

    Ted Talks - Walter Schlage - Smart Lock

    Q. What has changed the most with the company over the years?

    A. “In a word, scope. The more we’ve looked at keeping the promises we’ve made to our homeowners over the years, the more new designs, styles, products and technologies have been explored.

    “We’ve grown so much as a company and as innovators. Mechanical and electronic locks. Exit devices. Card readers. Biometric interfaces. Door hardware. I don’t even think Walter Schlage could have envisioned what his homegrown company would one day become.”

    Q. What do you think Walter Schlage would say if he saw you now?

    A. “On one hand, I imagine he would be in awe of the size of the company, today’s technology and, like I said, the sheer scope of the products the brands create. I also think he would still want to tinker with everything – see what’s going on inside and what makes today’s products tick.

    “But he’d find a lot of familiar ground too, just in the way we approach our jobs and our commitment to security, safety and product performance. He’d also recognize in us a certain familiar entrepreneurial spirit and our company-wide desire to always look for and achieve the next best thing.”

    Q. In your role as Style and Design Chief, how does this sense of history impact you, personally, in your day-to-day duties?

    A. “I think I can speak for all of us when I say we feel like torch-bearers in a sense. Technologies change. Needs change. Styles certainly change–and then change back. We have to be in tune with that, just as Walter was in assessing his own customers’ needs way back when.

    “That’s really our goal today. Whether we’re talking engineering challenges, keeping up with the latest style trends or making our door hardware easy to install and use, everything we do is designed to afford our homeowners the best possible experience. It’s no surprise, with this kind of heritage, that people expect a lot from us. We want to exceed those expectations.”

    Ted Talks - Schlage History

    “As a designer following in his footsteps, I’m constantly aware that design is more than appearance – it’s a harmony of function as well as style, with each enhancing the other. Walter’s example guides us, as a company, to continue to look at what we do, holistically focusing on our customer and his or her positive experience with our products.

     

    “For me, personally, I want us to continue our mission of keeping people safe and secure where they live, work and visit. We’re designing products that people rely on, so we need to get it right. If Walter saw us today, I would want him to recognize and appreciate that and feel as much pride as we do in making it happen. And, maybe a little selfishly, I’d like him to be impressed with our passion for design.”

    From humble beginnings and the singular vision of a “tinkerer” to a global company and brand, Schlage has been and continues to be a testament to innovation and style. For more on how Schlage’s century-old heritage contributes to opening up a world of possibilities, visit Schlage.com.

    10 things the Schlage Connect™ lock can do with a Samsung SmartThings hub

    April 9, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    10 things the Schlage Connect™ lock can do with a Samsung SmartThings hub

    Whether you're shopping for the right smart home system or want to choose the best lock for your Samsung SmartThings setup, here are 10 smart lock features you could take advantage of.

     

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    The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt with alarm combines advanced features and compatibility with your home automation system — allowing you to control your lock from anywhere and freeing you from the hassles of lost keys, getting locked out, or hiding a spare for trusted friends and family. Because it is open-platform, the Schlage Connect lock works with most Z-Wave® smart home hubs, including Samsung SmartThings.

     

    Here are ten features you can expect to unlock when you pair your new Schlage smart lock with a Samsung SmartThings hub.

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    1. Remote accessibility

    Gone are the days of worrying whether or not you left your door unlocked when you left home. Simply check the status of your lock through the SmartThings app. If the lock is unlocked, you can command it to lock within the app no matter where you are, eliminating the need to turn around and go home.

    2. Smart home routines

    SmartThings allows you to create routines that are triggered by a certain action – like a goodnight routine that locks the doors, closes the garage and turns off all electronics. Setting up automation with other smart devices is fast and easy since you can do everything straight from your smartphone.

    3. Create unique access codes

    Quickly create a code for a family member or trusted friend and disable it when it is no longer needed through the SmartThings app instead of the lock’s touchscreen. You can also receive alerts from SmartThings when your Schlage Connect is unlocked using one of the access codes, so you always know who is coming and going.

    4. Easily share access codes with visitors via SMS

    Once you’ve assigned a new access code to a visitor in the SmartThings app, you can conveniently share that code via SMS. No need for you to leave the app and no need for temporary users to download anything new to gain access.

    5. One convenient place to check the status of all your locks

    Have more than one smart lock installed? Whether on your home property, vacation home or AirBnB, SmartThings allows you to check the status of each lock in one, convenient place.

    6. Lock all smart locks in one click

    Did you leave all your doors unlocked? You don’t have to command your Schlage Connect deadbolt to lock one at a time. SmartThings allows you to lock them all with a single tap.

    7. Rename or delete an access code

    No need to pull out your programming guide to delete an access code through the touchscreen of the lock. SmartThings allows you to edit and delete access codes all through the app.

    8. Check access codes added across all the locks in one place

    Keeping track of all active access codes across multiple locks is easy. Easily view which family members and friends have access to which locks.

    9. Receive updates on lock activity

    SmartThings offers a little more peace of mind with your Schlage Connect lock by letting you know precisely when your lock was manually locked, manually unlocked, unlocked using code, updated or deleted.

    10. Pair your smart lock with Amazon Alexa

    Add even more convenience to your home automation set-up by pairing an Alexa-enabled device with Samsung SmartThings. Easily check the status of your lock or command it to lock by asking Alexa

    Once you’ve installed your Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt on your door, pairing with the SmartThings hub is quick and easy. Get their full instructions on how to connect here. If you have any questions along the way, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter so we can help.

    How to make a smart door hardware purchase

    April 6, 2018 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    How to make a smart door hardware purchase

    When you need a new door lever or door knob, you’ll find that there are a lot of options to choose from. Get our tips for making this process as simple as possible.

     

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    When you need a new door lever or door knob, you’ll find that there are a lot of options to choose from. There are keyed entry locks for exterior doors, locking, non-locking, and non-turning interior knobs and levers, not to mention deadbolts and handlesets. Take into consideration the multiple styles and finishes available, and it may be difficult to know where to start.

    Let Schlage be your guide

    First, check out our door hardware shopper’s guide. The shopper’s guide breaks the options down into simplest terms, giving you the inside scoop on important door hardware lingo and making it easy to figure out exactly what you need.

     

    But beyond just features and functions, how do you know that you’re making a smart door hardware purchase? How do you find solutions that are simple and offer long term value? It’s tempting to grab the cheapest lock in the aisle that sort of looks like what you used to have, but the truth is that door hardware for the home is a little bit like accessorizing your outfit. Just like a pair of shiny new shoes or your favorite necklace, door hardware can be the perfect detail that elevates everything around it to the next level. In other words, it’s worth putting time into – but not too much time.

    Keep it simple

    Which brings us to our most sound advice: look for brands that offer simplicity. Door hardware is usually categorized into a variety of functions depending on which door in the house it will go on. Schlage Custom Combined Interior Door Hardware makes things a little easier by allowing you to switch between two settings: locking and non-locking. The locking option is perfect for bedroom and bathroom doors where you may like some privacy, while the non-locking option is ideal for hallway and closet doors.

     

    Most interior doors fall into these two categories, so instead of tallying up how many of each you need, you can get a Schlage Custom Combined Interior lock that will work with both. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to install and all you’ll need at home is a screwdriver. You can’t get easier than that.

    Consider the benefits

    Two functions in one lock also offers long term benefits. If you have young children in the home, you may opt for the non-locking function for safety. Later in life, as your family moves up and out, you may want to turn that bedroom into a home office with a lock on the door. Whatever life sends your way, a Schlage Custom Combined Interior lock can adapt to fit your evolving needs year after year.

    So next time you want to give your home a style lift without investing a lot of time and money, consider how easy it would be to add new knobs or levers. With the premium style and design of Schlage Custom door hardware, as well as the innovative Combined Interior function, you’ll be getting the most bang for your buck!
    Have questions about your door hardware purchase? Be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

    5 ways to turn a hollow core door into more

    April 3, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    5 ways to turn a hollow core door into more

    Want to give those hollow core doors a much-needed upgraded? Check out these DIY tips and tricks to personalize your doors and match your style.

     

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    Want to give those hollow core doors a much-needed upgraded? Check out these DIY tips and tricks to personalize your doors and match your style. The best part? Each of these door makeovers look like they cost a fortune, even though you’ll know better. Opportunity is knocking! Do more with that door.

    1. BEADBOARD DOORS

    Beadboard doors work for almost any style of home. Get this simple tutorial from The Shanks, who used beadboard wallpaper to achieve the look they wanted. At 1/3 the price of actual beadboard, it’s worth thinking about.
     

    Brittany, the Pretty Handy Girl, used molding and beadboard panels to dress up the hollow, flat doors of a rental property. She opted for panels instead of wallpaper to stand up to the rigors of rentals.
     

    2. PANEL DOORS FOR EVERY BUDGET

    This step-by-step tutorial from Jenna Sue Design Company takes a plain slab door and turns it into a five-panel door. It looks like a million bucks but only costs $12! The black paint gives her doors an extra luxurious appeal, too. For a flawless paint job, be sure to check out these door painting tips and tricks.
     

    Create the illusion of raised panels with this quick and affordable tutorial from Lowe’s. The raised panels add dimension and elegance to plain, flat doors. With just a few supplies and a short amount of time, you can create a classic look you'll enjoy for years to come.
     
    This rejuvenation of an old, synthetic closet door is a little more involved, but you can’t deny the beautiful, rustic look achieved by adding veneer and authentic details. To learn how to make it happen, here’s Cassity from Remodelaholic.
     

    3. PANEL MOLDING

    If you’re comfortable with more advanced tools and techniques, This Old House put together a detailed tutorial on adding panel molding to dress up a hollow core door. We’re talking a transformation from slab door to grand entranceway.
     

    4. BARN DOOR

    In her ongoing adventures of creating a home one project at a time, Christina from Christina’s adventures repurposed the hollow core door in her kitchen in a truly unique way. Using some imagination, careful planning and little know-how, she turned it into a sliding barn door – adding privacy while taking up minimal space.
     

    5. OPEN POSSIBILITIES

    The finishing touch of any door makeover is choosing the right hardware. Schlage door hardware is easy to install and offers a wide selection of styles, trim and finishes that give your door a whole new look.
     

    For more hollow core door inspiration, check out "How to make your hollow core doors look expensive when you’re on a budget". Don't forget to show us your hollow core door upgrades on Facebook and Instagram.
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