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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

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

How long have you been in business?

Why this is a great question to ask a builder. The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that it takes at least 3 to 5 years to create a sustainable building business. Most builders never get there: residential contractors have a failure rate higher than nearly every other business type, surpassed only by restaurants. Only the strongest  homebuilding companies survive. High-end custom home building is even more competitive. The few companies that rise to the top of this challenging niche are financially sound

Ultimate Dream Home vs Reality Dream Home

Building a new home – more than any other endeavor tends to pit dreams against the hard reality of cost.  And it’s pretty common for the homeowners’ vision to be out of sync with the budget and actual costs to build. That can be disappointing, but there can be creative solutions that reduce building costs while still delivering that vision. The solution to the budget conundrum involves more than shrinking the size of the home and giving up favorite features

Thelen Total Construction – Grand Sponsor of the 2015 LBA Parade of Homes

Get ready! The Lakeland Builders Association Parade of Homes is just three short weeks away and we’re the Grand Sponsor of the 2015 LBA Parade of Homes! We feel it’s fitting to be the Grand Sponsor for a couple of reasons: Lakeland Builders Association and Thelen Total Construction go way back. At last count we’ve showcased 43 homes since the first LBA Parade of homes in 1989! More than any other builder.   This year you can view a home like

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