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Sliding Door Solution for Small Spaces

Do you have a door problem at your house? You know, the kind of issue where you have a tiny space and opening a door into (or out of) that small area makes for some awkward maneuvering? I love that we have an attached bathroom in our bedroom, but it s a pretty small area to walk into and having the door swing into the already tiny space was frustrating from day one of living there. My Mom suggested when we moved in that I fix the problem with a sliding door of some sort, but I didn t really know how that would look. And it sounded expensive on top of all the other renovations we wanted to do.

I continued to be annoyed with the door situation until I saw the sliding barn door that we had installed at the studio to fix a similar problem. The issue with that door was that it actually swung outwards and stuck out into the living room when it was open (as you can see in the above before and after pictures). So awkward. A door that would slide instead of swinging made much more sense and wouldn t take up any space in the teeny-tiny bathroom or kitchen. Problem solved!

When I saw that the problem at the studio was instantly fixed with a new door configuration, I knew it would be the perfect set up to fix my door issue as well. Now, another door solution for small spaces is a pocket door, but they slide inside the wall rather than on top of the wall. So they are much more expensive because you need a contractor to open up the wall and install them. I wanted to use the hardware that we used on the studio door, but I also needed an actual door to hang on the hardware (duh!). The simple ones I liked were about $400. Too much. So I recruited Josh to build a door I designed with a vertical and horizontal stripe pattern, and of course, he nailed it and built it for much less! Tell us your door secrets, Josh!

Hey! Josh here. The real secret to building this door is that it s so easy and inexpensive to make. A door that looks similar can cost up to 800-1000 bucks (I stress looks because some material is just inherently more expensive.) This door cost about $80!

about 9 1 x 4 x 8 pine boards
1 4 x 8 medium grade plywood sheet (I used an oak ply)
wood filler

Here are the tools I used:
table saw
miter saw
circular saw
tape measure
straight edge
painter s tape

The first thing we did was make a plan, which is a good place to start. Laura s doorway was pretty narrow, so the door ended up only being 29 wide and 93 high. The door was just wide enough to cover both sides of molding when closed (by design.) Don t forget you can modify to fit your opening and space!

After we came up with the plan, it was time to cut some wood (or make some sawdust, as I ve heard old timers refer to woodworking). I cut the plywood down to the size we needed (29 x 93 ). In order to get the amount of planks onto the size we needed, I had to rip them to 3 1/4 wide. After everything was ripped, I cut them to the length needed, then sanded them.

After everything was cut and the edges were sanded, I laid all the planks on the plywood to make sure everything fit right. Then it was just a matter of gluing and nailing everything into place. I started with the horizontal planks. Then moved on down to the verticals, making sure to push the pieces firmly next to each other. I used 1.25 18 gauge galvanized nails.

After everything was glued and nailed down, I filled all the nail holes and any other imperfections in the wood. Once the filler was dry, I hit the entire thing with 120 grit sandpaper, and then moved up to 220. Since I was painting the door, I wanted to make the surface as free of defects as possible almost so you couldn t tell it was made from wood.

To install the door handle. I drilled a couple of holes from the back side of the door, inserted the screws through to the front, attached the screws to the handle, and then filled in those screw holes with wood filler.

At this point, all that was left to do was to tape and paint. I used painter s tape with edge lock technology. It costs a few bucks more, but you can tell the difference! I taped all of the edges super tight, and then applied 3 coats of each color, lightly sanding between each coat. And that is it! The whole thing took about a day to make. The longest step was painting.

To install the door onto the wall, we just followed the instructions that came with the hardware. This process will be different depending on which hardware you go with, so make sure to choose hardware that has an installation process you are comfortable with (or you can always have a professional install that part and just concentrate on your door).

Didn t Josh do such a good job? Teamwork! You can see above that I made the inside handle with a 1/2 piece of quarter round that I cut to 7 long, painted white, and glued on to the door. My husband wanted a really low profile inside handle so we could open the door completely (it s a really narrow doorway so you need all the width you can get), and this was the perfect solution.

This sliding door has made all the difference in our bathroom space, and it feels so much larger since we made the switch. Plus, I love the character it adds to the bedroom side of the wall, and the stripes are just too fun not to like. Do you have an awkward door that needs a sliding door makeover? xo. Laura

Credits // Authors: Laura Gummerman + Joshua Rhodes. Photography: Laura Gummerman, Joshua Rhodes, and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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Kelsie September 12, 2014

I m planning on doing this in my master as well. The door I have is wide enough but it opens into the bathroom it blocks a window and is horrible for natural light for doing hair and make up. on a hot day its miserable because it gets very humid in the bathroom. Door closed=too hot door open=not great lighting. My concern with the door is the noise. I wake up a couple hours before my husband and don t want to wake him. Have you found your hardware to be fairly quiet while opening and closing?

The door is awesome, but I agree with Elizabeth safety first, Josh!!

That is genius! Looks like it was always meant to be there. Love the stripes and the hardware toughens it up so perfectly. I might try and adapt something like this to a set of pocket doors we have. Great project! xo

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Business Intelligence is about extracting and transforming data held by systems and databases into clear, useful information for making faster and better business decisions and about making it readily available to the people who need to make those decisions.

Business performance is ultimately improved by measuring and analysing key performance indicators in order to manage the internal business processes that drive those indicators for the purpose of improving efficiency and achieving business objectives.

You can only manage effectively what you measure and it is important to measure the business metrics that matter. Once you know what has happened, you then need to analyse why it happened. Only then can you take action to either perpetuate good performance or correct poor performance.

Our ERP software is the system holding data for the “Business Intelligence” solutions we provide to give you the visibility to improve your business performance .

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Ostendo is an affordable ERP and Mobility system specifically designed for small to large businesses that has the versatility to meet a wide variety of business requirements. Ostendo has comprehensive functionality with the flexibility to be setup and configured in various ways to meet specific requirements.

Ostendo is easy to use, but it requires an extensive understanding of its functions coupled with a sound understanding of industry processes to implement it so it can be used as simply and effectively as possible to meet your requirements.

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We specialise in Ostendo ERP software and have been a leading Ostendo Partner since Ostendo was released in 2007. We have been implementing and supporting fully integrated ERP systems since 2001.

Our team has a high level of knowledge and experience in operational and financial processes and have the knowledge and experience to help you implement the system in the most effective way to meet your business requirements. We are experienced in the change management required in moving from disparate systems to an integrated system.

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    Mobility is at the core of digital transformation. Mobile devices have transformed from just enabling business emails and data on the move to mobilizing enterprise applications, driving innovation and changing the way companies do business. Today, mobility solutions and services help companies leverage contextual, real-time data to reach out to customers, employees and partners anytime, anywhere.

    Our mobility services and mobility solutions make locations irrelevant, extract more value from point solutions, and augment innovative solutions to help businesses grow. The key areas of a business that are impacted by mobility solutions include:

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    Enterprise Applications for:

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    The rapid change in the mobile technologies has led to increased challenges in development and management of applications. And yet, superior experience has to be delivered glitch-free. Therefore, to insulate users from technological challenges, we offer mobility services and mobility solutions to build a range of applications related to:

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    • Deeply integrated with enterprise Systems
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    Application quality and user experience are complex elements in mobility eco-system, which include content, user segments, smartphones, tablets, form factors, network, bandwidth and more. Our mobility quality assurance services ensure high standards of applications quality through UX Design, UI, functional, performance, A/B and security testing specific to types of these applications. Our mobility quality assurance services include:

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    Mobile Application Development Services

    The ever-changing landscape of mobile technologies poses challenges in developing, enhancing and managing applications. However, user must be insulated from these challenges to provide superior experience. We offer these services to build a range of applications related to:

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    Enterprises deploying mobility services invariably have to manage users, devices, information, security, updates and support. To do so, they need to have an army of experts. This, however, takes the focus off their core business. Happiest Minds specializes in providing EMM services through customized operating models, email/telephone support, business hours and 24*365*7 availability.

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    Top 5 Free Web Conferencing Tools

    Updated October 20, 2016

    Web conferencing is slowly becoming the preferred method of distributed teams to do business. However, especially for small businesses and start-ups, the cost of web conferencing tools can be prohibitive, ultimately delaying the adoption of online meetings. This doesn’t need to happen, though, as there is a variety of free web conferencing software available — and while it’s true that many are missing vital functionality or only have limited trial periods available, there are some tools that are as good as their subscription counterparts.

    To save you the legwork, I have listed these stellar free web conference tools for you below.

    1. AnyMeeting – Previously known as Freebinar. This is a fantastic free web conferencing software, with features that easily match those of its paid-for counterparts. As it is ad-based, you will have to put up with some minimum advertising in order to use this tool, but it is not intrusive for the hosts or attendees. It allows for meetings of up to 200 people and has essential functionality like screen sharing, VoIP and phone conferencing. meeting recording and it even has a follow-up functionality. It’s web-based. so the only download needed is a small plugin that enables screen sharing (on the host’s side). No downloads are necessary from the attendees, so even those behind a firewall should be able to attend meetings on AnyMeeting.

    2. Vyew – This is a product that has both free and low-cost versions.

    The free version is a features-rich web conferencing software that goes beyond basic web conferencing. However, it is not as simple to use as other free web conferencing tools – it takes a few hours to become familiar with the controls and features you will use. One huge advantage is that it supports Windows, Mac, and Linux and works without a hitch on all of those operating systems .

    It supports up to 10 participants in each web conference and best of all, it allows for free video conferences. But it does not record or play back any meetings. You can create meeting rooms which are saved and always left on – a great feature for online collaboration .

    3. Mikogo – Another great free web conferencing software. Where its interface lacks in looks, it more than makes up for that in functionality. Allowing up to 10 meeting participants at a time, Mikogo has all of the essential features that make for a useful online meeting tool. Features include meeting recording, switching between presenters and the ability to pause screen sharing (great when you need to open a document in a private folder, for example). But perhaps its most useful feature is the ability to control the quality of the meeting – great for when you want to save bandwidth. for example.

    4. TokBox Video Chat – If it’s a video conference software you’re after, look no further than TokBox’s Video Chat. Its greatest feature is that it allows for up to 20 participants at a time, and while it’s not specifically made for business (they do have a paid business offering), I found it to be reliable and easy to use. It also integrates with social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter, so you can let your business contacts know about your planned video conference easily, without the need for e-mail.

    Another great tool is the ability to share YouTube videos on the call, so all participants can see the same content at the same time, without the need for downloads. As it is not intended for business, it does lack the ability to record the meeting or take polls, for example. But for those more informal video conferences, the tool definitely delivers. Unfortunately, this tool will only be available until April 5th, 2011.

    5. BuddyMeeting – This is an open source tool that lets up to 25 people to meet at a time. It supports voice, chat, and video and has several useful functions like whiteboard, slide sharing (both PowerPoint and PDF) and screen sharing.

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    It uses Flash. so there are no downloads necessary as long as you have the Flash player in your computer (it s a free plugin). A downside with this software is that it doesn’t support meeting recording and playback. However, this feature should be made available in the near future. It is a reliable tool with a very easy user interface, so great for those who are hosting their first online meeting.

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    AutoZone Shifts Into High Gear With New Reporting Solution

    National Retailer Uses WebFOCUS to Tune Up Operational Reporting at 5,200 Stores

    AutoZone attributes its success to its ability to provide customers with the right parts at the right prices. Each of its more than 5,200 stores carries an extensive line of parts for cars, SUVs, vans, and light trucks, including new and remanufactured hard parts, maintenance items, and accessories. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional, and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts.

    Since opening its first store in 1979, AutoZone has leveraged technology to grab the lead in the automotive aftermarket industry. Using a highly efficient business model for logistics and distribution, the company has grown steadily for more than three decades. In 1989 AutoZone began using a Store Management System (SMS) to help keep stores stocked with the parts customers need. Soon after, it became the first auto parts retailer to register customer warranties in a computer database. In 1994, AutoZone established a satellite system to broadcast parts information from store to store. The company also has an active online presence.

    It’s an information-intensive business, and that’s why business intelligence (BI) is so important.

    In the past, the IT department generated most of AutoZone’s corporate reports from a mainframe system at AutoZone’s Store Support Center. While these reports were adequate for monitoring basic activities, as the company grew, managers soon discovered they needed additional reporting capabilities.

    AutoZone turned to Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform, a move that has enabled the company to continue its tradition of technical leadership. WebFOCUS is used throughout the entire organization – from HR training and annual reviews to store operations, wholesale sales support, and customer satisfaction reporting.

    “We wanted to obtain a general-purpose reporting environment that could reveal operational metrics to our management team on demand,” says David Glasscock, director of operation support at AutoZone. “Ideally, this reporting system would be available to our users in the field, so individual store managers could access pertinent data when they needed it. WebFOCUS is giving our store managers access to data that they couldn’t access before. Our reports are timelier, more accurate, and more consistent. That makes a real difference in our operations.”

    Calibrating Custom Reports for a Remote Workforce

    Information Builders demonstrated a platform-agnostic solution that could run on Linux, AIX, and even a mainframe Linux partition. Additionally, each developer license came with eleven days of training. At the time, other BI vendors didn’t offer such training.

    “We didn’t want a reporting environment that could only be understood by analysts,” Glasscock says. “Instead, we needed a user-friendly system that would encourage people to create reports in an intuitive way. WebFOCUS was less expensive than the other BI solutions, and easier for our employees to use.”

    Due to its thin-client deployment architecture, remote users only need a standard Web browser to access the WebFOCUS environment. This is ideal for AutoZone because it enables the IT department to control the data on the reporting servers, yet managers at individual stores can help themselves to the information they need.

    Instead of continually creating new reports, Glasscock and his team are building a library of reports that managers in the sales, HR, and finance departments can access when necessary.

    Moving Into the Fast Lane With Report Templates

    Another thing AutoZone likes about WebFOCUS is its ability to access multiple data sources simultaneously – including flat files from the mainframe, text files, and relational databases. Installed on a Linux platform, WebFOCUS uses iWay Software integration adapters to seamlessly access data from DB2 databases, Informix databases, and flat files. In some cases, data is loaded into data marts that have been pre-sorted and structured for operational reporting. In other cases, users access data from production data sources directly, and even pull data from two different types of databases into a single cohesive report.

    Glasscock especially likes the way WebFOCUS uses reporting templates to let users specify report dimensions, calculations, measures, and other variables, all through a standard Web browser. For example, one report reveals how well the stores are complying with AutoZone’s inventory

    management programs.

    Enterprise Reporting

    WebFOCUS enables timely, accurate business data to be transformed, in real time, into richly formatted reports that can be accessed by everyone across the organization. AutoZone’s BI environment delivers information to more than 5,200 stores, 400 district managers, 50 regional managers, six divisional vice presidents, and 200 users at headquarters – between 10,000 and 20,000 users total.

    Putting End Users in the Driver’s Seat

    WebFOCUS includes dynamic load-balancing technology to transparently route report requests among servers, ensuring rapid and consistent results.

    “We’ve sized the current environment for our needs,” says Glasscock. “As we expand our reporting environment and the workload increases, we can add additional reporting servers that have been clustered to ensure good reliability and performance.”

    Fulfilling AutoZone’s commitment to customer satisfaction means always having accurate information about key performance indicators (KPIs), sales, and labor requirements. Glasscock says WebFOCUS helps AutoZone meet these demands by delivering information that makes everyone in the organization more productive.

    “The biggest benefit I see is in consistent, timely reporting,” he says. “We can move very quickly with this product, which means we can update and change our reporting strategy based on the evolving needs of the company. WebFOCUS gives us a lot of flexibility as we respond to the needs of the automotive market.”