Does Your Doorbell Match Your Floors?

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

On occasion, a client requests an ElectraChime to match existing architectural elements. In this installation, we executed a Metro cover in white oak and used the same stain as the refinished original 1930s floors.

Paired with three nickel-plated brass bells, this Oakland, California doorbell niche is stylishly retro-modern with a kind of "always been there" aesthetic.   

Contact us about a doorbell to meet your own needs. 


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This Client Photo and Note Says It All

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

"Here is our new ElectraChime at home in Alameda.  The niche is occupied again, and it looks and sounds great!  Thanks for your work, Eric."

ElectraChime Empire Tubular Doorbell with two brass bells. 


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How high is too high?

Posted on May 12, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

The answer isn't entirely existential when it comes to doorbells. Still, there is no single answer. ElectraChimes are meant to be seen, and heard. As a rule of thumb, we recommend the top of the chime be hung just above eye level at about six and one half feet on a standard eight foot wall.

Here are two installations close to the the ceiling. 

In the first example, a Coronet with a custom walnut cover and nickel-plated bells rests comfortably in a newly constructed home in Connecticut. The homeowner could have built the chime niche anywhere they wanted, yet chose a location near the ceiling.  

The Texas installation at right is a Coronet with three brass bells at the former location of a more modest doorbell. This negated the need for the homeowner to move the wires and patch the wallpaper. 

As a practical matter, playful children and pets are less likely to play with the tubular bells when they are mounted just out of reach. 


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Doorbells are Naturally Multi-Media

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

ElectraChime doorbells are meant to be seen and heard. And when a new doorbell owner is happy enough to make a video, I'm thrilled.  Here's a home movie from Southern California:

 

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ElectraChime Love Note. And We're a Fan of this Metro Installation!

Posted on November 04, 2014 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

Dear Robert,

Thank you so much for our beautiful door chime!  We absolutely love the way it looks in our living room niche (waaaaay better than how it looked when we moved in a few weeks ago, no?) and we also love the way it sounds!  And thanks, too, for all the phone help you gave my husband when he called with questions.  Our family couldn't be happier with our Electrachime doorbell.  Thanks again,

Mandy & Aaron F.
Santa Rosa, CA


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If your home suffers this malady, ElectraChime has a cure.

Posted on October 01, 2014 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

Before and After photos courtesy of K. Fitzgerald


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Doorbell Ingenuity in St. Louis

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Robert Dobrin | 0 Comments

Photos courtesy of Dave B

Here's an inside and outside view of Dave and Lisa's doorbell system at their charming St. Louis cottage. The doorbell button is just beneath the electrically illuminated house numbers. And the whole number panel is hinged to serve as a letter slot for the mail. A three in one. 

Of course, we're equally partial to the ElectraChime Empire door chime with Seashell inlay with brass bells in the niche. It's a perfect choice for a traditional decor. 


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