Door Store and Window Owners Featured in Louisville Builder


Earlier this spring, our founders Ann and Laurie were interviewed by McKenzie Nalley for Louisville Builder Magazine. The topic? Being a woman in the building industry—an industry largely dominated by men. With 20 years of success and surviving a recession under their belts, the story is a noteworthy one, serving as inspiration for other women seeking to enter the industry.

Co-Owners of Door Store and Windows, sisters Ann Gregory and Laurie Scarborough

Co-Owners of Door Store and Windows, sisters Ann Gregory and Laurie Scarborough


“If you had been there when Ann Gregory and her father started the business and asked her whether she and her sister Laurie Scarborough planned in 20 years’ time to be co-owners of one of the region’s most successful home outfitters, I’m certain she would have just laughed.

She probably would have laughed much harder than she did with me a few weeks back when I posed the same question. ‘No, we never planned anything,’ Ann chuckled. ‘We planned nothing. It all just kind of happened.’

A modest answer but one that belies the immense dedication and courage that keeps an operation like theirs alive…”

Read the rest of “Being Brave: The Sisters of the Door Store and Windows” on the Louisville Builder Magazine website by clicking here, or view the PDF by clicking here.

Fall Protection 101

When undertaking window installation projects, don’t forget to consider fall protection. According to the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2015 International Building Code (IBC), with Washington State amendments, if the sill height above finished grade on the exterior side of an operable window is greater than 72” and the sill height above the finish floor on the interior side of the operable window opening is less than 24”, then window fall protection should be provided.

Child Looking out Window

One simple way to avoid the need for window fall protection is to install your window at such a height that the sill sits over two feet from the finished floor on the inside. If you’re doing a remodel or replacement and the window sill is already sitting closer than two feet to the floor, you’ll need to consider fall protection. This can come in the form of window opening control devices, preventing the window from opening more than four inches, or a window fall prevention device.

Code requirements for window and door installation can be overwhelming to sift through. If you have questions about guidelines or specific projects, our New Construction team is here to help you interpret and implement code requirements!

International Builders Show 2019

Three Can’t Miss Updates From IBS 2019

Over the course of three days this February, TDSW attended the International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV, where we saw the best and most cutting-edge industry innovations. If you couldn’t make it, here are a few of TDSW’s can’t-miss takeaways from the show:

Ann, Laurie and Don at IBS Las Vegas

Your Door Store and Windows team at IBS 2019

    1. This contemporary Marvin pivot door, available now for spring patio projects. It speaks for itself; see it in action below.
    1. User-friendly windows ideal for kitchen remodels: It can be challenging to reach the locks on (and even to open) double-hung windows over a kitchen sink. Marvin has integrated the lock and lift in this sleek window that’s a cinch to unlock and open in one fell swoop; as you close the window it locks automatically. Even simpler: super easy-to-open awning windows.
  1. ZIP System Flashing Tape: when considering options for water and weather-proofing, builders who care about longevity have been leaning towards butyl-based flashing tape. At IBS we were able to see up-close the advantages of the acrylic ZIP System Flashing Tape, which offers a continuous air barrier, water resistive barrier, increased structural durability, and as you can see in this video from Matt Risinger, adhesion that builds over time (even in extreme temperatures.)

Interested in learning more about these or any other products we saw at IBS 2019? Your TDSW New Construction team is here to partner with you for your next building project. Give us a call today!