Author Archives: Melody Fehling

2017 LBA Parade of Homes July 29-30 & August 5-6

One highlight of the summer months is the Lakeland Builders Association Parade of Homes. It is a great opportunity for you to see some of the area’s most unique new homes. You’ll see the latest trends, come away with ideas, put them to use in your existing home, or may even be inspired to build a new home. This year we have two very distinctive homes to show you. The one on Delavan Lake is around 2,400 square feet cottage

Universal Design Ideas in the Kitchen

Wouldn’t you want the hardest-working room in your house to allow you to perform tasks with ease as you get older? A kitchen with Universal Design features can be your body’s best friend (at any age). Here are a number of ideas to incorporate:  Layout and Design: Keep the sink close to the stove. As we age, it’s harder on our arms and backs to carry big pots full of water to and from the cooktop. If any spills occur on the way, it’s

LBA Builder of the Year – Thelen Total Construction

Randy Thelen was recognized as LBA 2016 Builder of the Year, a reflection of the Thelen Total Construction’s active role in the organization throughout the years.  We consistently supported LBA by participating in the Home Expo and the Parade of Homes, year after year. In addition, Melody Fehling, office manager at Thelen Total Construction chaired the 2016 Parade of Homes committee, and serves on the LBA Board of Directors. Traditionally at the Lakeland Builders Association’s Christmas party and officer installation

Pantry Power

According to the National Association of Home Builders, a pantry was the kitchen feature most desired by new home buyers.  Kitchen pantry possibilities range from a closet, a nook to a dedicated room.  A couple of interesting trends in pantry design: Wanting more daylight in the kitchen prompts a shift in storage design. Delivering more daylight means less available wall space and that has translated to an increased interest in walk-in room pantry space. A really large pantry can serve

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