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Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Did you know over 200 homeless children live in the Cape Henlopen School District?

Did you also know many of these children lack the essential supplies to live a healthy life? Things that most of us take for granted, such as food, a bed, even a pillow or pillowcase to lay our head on at night.

Try and imagine this scenario, every night you go to sleep you lay down on the cold floor or maybe an old couch or in a bed with multiple siblings, with no pillow to rest your head or blanket to keep you warm. That is the reality many of the homeless children in our school district live each and every day.

Did you know you can help change this?

Sleep in Heavenly PeaceThis year, the Cape Henlopen School district and local partners are supporting an initiative entitled “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”  to collect pillows, pillow cases and blankets for our homeless youth.

This initiative began last year when our generous community donated over 60 pillows, pillow cases and blankets for our students. The impact of those pillows/blankets made a tremendous positive difference in the lives of many students. It has been proven a good night sleep is essential to a productive and healthy mind.

You can be the avenue that helps give these young promising children the ability to a good night sleep all year round. Something as simple as a pillow, pillowcase and blanket could make the difference between a student passing and failing an exam, a class, the school year.

Imagine the confidence that might blossom in a young mind from passing an exam. Imagine how receiving a pillow/blanket can affect them emotionally. A simple gift can change the lives of hundreds of students and our community.

Our goal this year is to provide a pillow set for all 200 homeless students.

If you would like to contribute to this year’s pillow/case/blanket drive for Cape Henlopen Students, you can bring your donations to the Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth, or Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry in Lewes; across from Nassau Valley Vineyards. The last day to bring your gifts is December 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

If you have any questions you can contact Shawna Stienmann or David McDowell at 302-645-6686 or at david.mcdowell@cape.k12.de.us or Vincent T. McDowell at 302-644-1405 or James Botti at 302-296-9622

5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling or Building a Kitchen

With the holidays right around the corner what better gift to give you and your family than a kitchen remodel? Americans are increasingly spending more and more time in their kitchens. We cook, eat, entertain, lounge, and even watch TV in our kitchens.

Technology has allowed us to utilize this area of our homes like never before. It is the place where we as families and friends congregate for meals and celebrations. The kitchen has become the focal point of American homes.

A kitchen remodel or design can be one of the biggest and best investments you make in your home. That being said, it can also be one of the most frightening projects to undertake. There are many things to consider during the process.

But do not panic; the experts at Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry have over 50 years of combined experience to help guide you through the process every step of the way. Keep reading to learn what our experts consider the 5 key things to reflect on before remodeling or building a new kitchen.

1. How well does your kitchen function now?

The first thing you should consider when planning a remodel is the function of your kitchen. How well does your kitchen’s layout work currently? Do you need more space, do you want to move cabinets, the stove, refrigerator, or an island, etc. If so, this will take careful consideration and calculations, especially if you don’t have the ability to expand the existing space.

2. How do you use your kitchen?

When you are thinking about the function of your kitchen, consider how you are using your kitchen too. Are you an avid chief? Do you use your kitchen to prepare meals daily for your family? Is your kitchen used for entertainment and gatherings? Avid cooks may want high-end appliances, where a kitchen that’s used daily will need durable appliances, and those who use their kitchen to entertain may want a large island and open space for guests to enjoy. This will need to be taken into consideration when planning your kitchen.

3. How much storage do you need?

Next, consider how much storage you need in your kitchen. Your new kitchen should be able to store all of your dishware, cookware, silverware, and glassware. For example, you may want a specific drawer for seasonings. Keep in mind, larger dishes will need bigger and wider spaces to be stored. If you have a large family, you may need to consider adding a pantry.  

4. What style kitchen works for you?

This question should be reflected on with the future in mind. Are you planning to live in your home for years to come? Or do you see yourself selling in the near future? If you’re planning a remodel for the purpose of selling, you will want to consider neutral paint colors, granite counter tops, and a modern backsplash design. You will get more back for your investment if you design a kitchen that the majority of buyers will find appealing. On the other hand, if you have found your dream home and plan to spend the next ten or more years there, you can choose a design that is more personalized to your style.

5. What is your budget?

After examining your current kitchen and thinking about storage, functionality, and style, it’s time to start making a budget. Make a wish list of important design features or products you want. Get a ballpark price by searching online for the things on your wish list. Use this to create a realistic budget prior to beginning the planning process; it will help you not over-spend. Consider adding a few thousand dollars to your final budget in case you run into unexpected expenses.

Whenever you consider updating or renovating your home, ask an expert. They will help you develop an appropriate budget for your project and ensure that you choose the best materials for your home or office. Ask our sales representatives today by calling 302-644-1406 or request a free quote online.

Is it Time for New Energy Efficient Windows?

ultrex windows

Does it cost an arm and a leg to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer? It shouldn’t! It’s time to talk about upgrading to new energy efficient windows.

Do you need new windows?

If your home feels drafty, it might be time to upgrade your windows. Drafty windows let in outside air making it nearly impossible to regulate the temperature inside of your home. Leaky or drafty windows can also let in excess moisture making your home susceptible to mold, mildew, and water damage.

How to check if it’s time for new windows:

  • There is damage to the caulking inside and outside your windows
  • The frame of the window is separating from the frame of the house. Check for signs like
    • Sun Damage
    • Moving air
    • Water
    • Etc.
  • Your windows don’t open or shut easily
  • Your windows don’t lock easily

If you aren’t sure, you can always hire a professional to test your windows and check for air leaks. Call or email Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry for a referral to a professional in your area. Dial 302-644-1406. Email amcinfo@atlanticmillwork.com.

So, You Need New Windows

Either you or the professional you hired determined that the best option for your home was to install new windows. What’s Next?

There are many options for windows. We recommend that you explore our online showroom or visit us in person and speak to one of our expert sales representatives. We can help you determine the best windows that fit your needs and meet your budget.

Should I Invest in Energy Efficient Windows?

With the rising cost of electricity, the biggest question we often hear is “Should I invest in energy efficient windows?” Our response is always “YES!”

Energy efficient windows could save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year as a result of lower electric bills. Your new energy efficient windows will trap cool air inside during the summer and keep the cold out during the winter. With less heat escaping in the winter and less cool air escaping in the summer, you can afford to give your HVAC system a break.

Frame Materials

There are four common different types of window frames: aluminum, wood, vinyl, and fiberglass.

Aluminum windows are the least energy efficient frame because they are very poor at insulating your home. Alternatively, Wood windows are very energy efficient and are very good at maintaining a consistent temperature in your home. However, wood window frames require frequent upkeep including painting, staining, and sanding.

Vinyl or fiberglass window frames are the best options for energy efficiency and easy upkeep. Visit our online showroom to learn more about our vinyl window options. We offer a variety of finishing options including woodgrain finishes and even custom colors to match your home design.

Glass Options

There are several different types of glass panels that you can choose for your windows. Each have varying levels of energy efficiency.

Single Pane glass windows are the least energy efficient. The single pane of glass does little to insulate your home compared to double pane windows. Double pane windows have two panes of glass that work to trap air in and keep air out. These can be very energy efficient when you choose Low-E coating or include argon gas between the panes.

Triple pane glass is the best at maintaining a consistent temperature in your home. The three panes of glass work together to provide the most energy efficiency. They provide twice the protection of double pane windows, especially when they include Low-E coating and argon gas between the panes too.

Green Business Bureau MemberAsk an Expert about Energy Efficient Windows

Whenever you consider updating or renovating your home, ask an expert. They will help you develop an appropriate budget for your project and ensure that you choose the best materials for your home or office. Ask our sales representatives about the best energy efficient windows for your home today. Call 302-644-1406 or email amcinfo@atlanticmillwork.com us to learn more.

South Bethany house wins national architectural award

, rghughes@delmarvanow.com

Read the original article on Delmarvanow.com.

Exterior of the Ethridge's house

(Photo: Scott Edmonston Submitted Image)

A house in South Bethany and its architect and builder have won a 2017 Integrity Windows and Doors Red Diamond Achiever Award award for their work on the house in the annual competition.

Architect Scott Edmonston of SEA Studio Architects and Shay Gallo of Shay Gallo Construction Inc. won the award for their work with the Integrity windows and doors from Marvin.

“I think Integrity likes modern architecture,” Edmonston said. “So they wanted to recognize some houses like this one that had a little different take on architecture.”

This is Edmonston’s second time winning the award and Gallo’s first.

The house they won the award for is a 2,200-square-foot, modern-style home with four bedrooms and three-and-half bathrooms that borders the canals in South Bethany.

The house cost $300 per square foot to build, Gallo said.

It features a tower on the front of the house, a porch with a garage door-esque entrance to it and windows overlooking the South Bethany canal.

“It’s amazing,” said David Ethridge, owner of the home. “We are so relaxed when we walk in there, and we have a relatively long drive from New Jersey, and I can feel my blood pressure dropping 60 miles out. When I walk in the door I feel like we’re on vacation.”

Working with Ethridge and his family was great, Edmonstron said, and allowed them to “have fun with it.”

Edmonston said the Ethridges wanted a modern, fun beach house that would be different than their traditional brick house in New Jersey, so they went out and tried to do something that would stand out.

“They were very open minded and willing to think outside the box,” Gallo said.

The Ethridges were at the house during weekends in the summer and will go back during the holidays because the family enjoyed the property so much.

Every space of the house was used to ensure it feels as big as possible, including building closet space into the walls of the house rather than having separate rooms.

“We have enough heating and lighting for a 5,000-square-foot house, but we have a 2,200-square-foot house,” Edmonston said. “We wanted to make some of these spaces feel big even though they were in a compact space.”

The architect and builder, too, wanted the house to be as energy efficient as possible and to reduce the house’s footprint.

They used bamboo for cabinets and concrete for the flooring in the first floor to trap heat during the day that would be released at night, as well as using cork on the side outside the house.

The deck on the outside of the house also uses Brazilian walnut, which Gallo said is typically burned in Brazil when fields are being cleared rather than used in houses.

“The house on the energy side is small for a reason,” Edmonston said. “It faces south so that we collect natural light so you don’t have to be in here with the lights on even during an overcast day, and we have heated floors in here so that you get this nice radiant heat without wasting a lot of energy, and then we use some really energy-efficient windows.”

There were some challenges the crew faced when they started on the house, such as details with how the wall sits flush with the trim on the floor boards.

There are also no square angles on the house, as the property is on a parallelogram, which Edmonston said presented a unique challenge for both himself and Gallo.

But Gallo said he enjoyed working with a challenge.

“Generally, it was just a fun project and we did a lot of fun with some things. The homeowners were open minded to new ideas and things you don’t see every day,” he said. “It went well.”

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Marvin Windows and Doors: Alternatives to Andersen Home Products

Many home owners and builders ask if we sell Andersen Windows and Doors. We do not. We sell a great alternative to Andersen Windows and Doors; Marvin Windows and Doors. Anderson is an energy efficient brand and has been making windows and doors for builders since 1903. This makes them one of the oldest and well-recognized construction brands on the market. However, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry offers many excellent alternatives such as Marvin, Integrity, Alliance, Simonton, and JeldWen. Our most recognizable alternative brand is Marvin Family of Brands.

Marvin Family of Brands

Marvin Family of Brands offers two unique brands, Marvin and Integrity by Marvin, which offer customizable products for every project. Both are the perfect choice when you need to replace your old Andersen products or when you are looking to upgrade to a higher quality brand. Marvin products are all built to order, allowing you to fully customize your Marvin window to fit your old window space perfectly. This saves you the time and money it would take to resize a window or door space to fit another brand. Check out our products by Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry.


Marvin Family of Brands offers a variety of window and door materials to complement the style of your home, including wood, extruded aluminum, and Ultrex pultruded fiberglass.


Wood frame windows

Complement any project or design with an array of high-quality wood species. If your project requires the one-of-a-kind look of an unusual wood species, Marvin Family of Brands offers many beautiful and unique wood options. Available on Marvin and Integrity products.

Extruded Aluminum Clad

extruded aluminum window

All aluminum cladding is not created equal. Marvin’s extremely durable extruded aluminum substrate is significantly stronger than roll-form aluminum. Marvin aluminum clad meets the toughest AAMA 2605 70% PVDF standard for a finish with superior resistance to fading and chalking. This makes it a great product for humid and hot climates. Available on Marvin products.


Ultrex window

Ultrex pultruded fiberglass, a material patented nearly 20 years ago when Marvin pioneered the fiberglass windows and door category. They have led the category ever since with a commitment to a product that is tough, smart, long lasting, and worry-free. Available on Integrity products.

Choose Marvin

With over a hundred years in business, Marvin has perfected their custom window and door building to provide you with only the best quality at a price you can afford.
Get all new windows and doors for your home! Renovate your kitchen and put a new energy efficient Marvin custom window over the sink! Redo your deck and put a beautiful new Marvin custom French door in to showcase your outdoor space when your guests come to visit! Make your home feel awesome!
Choose Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry to help with your next project, and don’t forget to ask about our Marvin Family of Brands products for sale. Call (302) 644-1405 or stop in to visit our showroom at 17527 Nassau Commons Blvd, Lewes, DE 19958 and speak with one of our expert sales representatives.

Building Coastal Homes for Durability and Beauty

Bethany Beach home

This beautiful custom coastal home built on the Assawoman Bay in Ocean City Maryland was constructed by Beachwood Incorporated with building supplies from Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry. Beachwood is dedicated to using expert craftsmen and quality products. They construct superior homes — homes which meet their customers’ needs and budgets; homes built on-time and supported by outstanding service; and homes which express pride. Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry has been supplying building materials to Beachwood Incorporated for nearly 25 years. During this time our two companies have mastered the art of building coastal homes.

Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry’s Steady Adoption of Sustainable Business Practice

Green Business Bureau

Lewes, DE – By committing to going green, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry is focused on future growth that will make the building materials supplier and distributor more competitive in the Green Business Bureau Memberresidential and commercial housing and building materials marketplace. The company strongly believes sustainability takes into account how we might live in harmony with the natural world around us, protecting it from damage and destruction. Having been an environmentally conscious company since they opened their doors in 1991, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry has taken major steps towards increasing commitment to being green and recently joined the Green Business Bureau (GBB), which is a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses. 

With the aid of a grant from the Rural Energy for America Program that covered 25% of the cost, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry commissioned The CNC Solar Company to install a 143 kW DC system on the southern facing upper roof of their warehouse. The 550 panels system has taken the company nearly off the grid and provides nearly 95% of the electricity it takes to operate their offices and warehouse.

Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry Goes Solar

A small business in a small town makes big news with solar energy. Atlantic Millwork and Cabinetry is a family owned small business in Lewes specializing in windows, doors, cabinetry, decking, millwork products and more. Recently, they hosted Senator Tom Carper (D) from Delaware and Kathy Beisner, the acting director for USDA Rural development in MD/DE for a tour of their facility and their new solar energy system.

With the aid of a grant from Rural Energy for America Program that covered 25% of the cost, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry commissioned The CNC Solar Company in Rehoboth Beach to install a 143 kW DC system on the southern facing upper roof of their warehouse.

Mark Woodruff, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, Richard Reed

Mark Woodruff, President of Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, Richard Reed, Co – Owner of Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry

Our mission at USDA Rural Development is to help increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in Rural America,” said Beisner. “One way we do that is through the Rural Energy for America Program that has helped roughly 55 rural small businesses and farmers in Delaware improve their bottom line by installing renewable energy systems and energy efficient equipment. Through Federal loan guarantees and grants the program helps cut carbon emissions, creates jobs and saves families hundreds of dollars on their utility bills each year.”

Small businesses across the United States are using USDA financing in innovative ways as a means to creating more sustainable communities and the enhancement of economic competitiveness.

Bethany Dunes Renovation, Bethany Beach Heather Lane – Oceanfront

Bethany Beach Renovation - After

Bethany Beach Renovation

This oceanfront project in Bethany Dunes, Bethany Beach Delaware is considered a Bethany Beach renovation even though it’s a new house. DNREC moved their beach preservation line west after the existing house was built. If demolished the existing house would be relocated approximately 30 feet west of the existing house. Shifting the house west would have severely diminished the ocean front view and eliminated this house’s unique view to the south.

Are your windows and doors prepared for hurricane season?

Is your home prepared for hurricane season? Peak hurricane season is from late August to late November. Currently, the National Hurricane Center is projecting Matthew, the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007, could take a path toward the Delmarva Peninsula. These storms are unpredictable and residents of Sussex County, especially coastal residents, should be on heightened awareness.

In 2016 (as of July), there have been eight weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included two flooding events and six severe storm events. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 30 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

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