Tag Archives: custom home builder in Elkhorn Wisconsin

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

Man Cave Psychology 101

A man cave is a space in the home where the men can totally express themselves – both in deciding on the style and the main purpose of the space. Man caves are emerging as an enduring trend in today’s custom home design. That being said, do you really need to consider having “man cave” space in a home? Sam Gosling, a University of Texas at Austin psychology professor, and author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You; said, “It’s

January is Radon Action Month

What you Don’t Know and Can’t See Can Hurt You   Could there be a chance that the air in your home is polluted by a completely odorless and colorless gas that damage lungs and can potentially give you and your family lung cancer? Wouldn’t you want to know if it was in your home?  The gas in question is radon, and given that January is Radon Action Month; a month when we normally spend much more time indoors; it

Keys to Success

  Recently Randy and Jason Thelen traveled to Manitowoc , the site of the Fall Builder 20 Meeting, hosted by Jim Reif  owner of J.M. Reif Builders, in Francis Creek Wisconsin. What is Builder 20, you might ask? Well, it’s a way to surround yourself with the best of the best; some of the smartest people in custom home building. More than a decade ago the National Association of Home Builders started Builder 20 Groups as a way to connect

What is a Modern Vintage Home?

Close to 1,200 people saw our Parade home during the open house event a few weeks ago, many telling us it was their favorite one in the Parade of Homes. Our home in Lakeland Builders Association’s 2013 Parade of Homes was one that can be described as Modern Vintage. A richly detailed home, with  nostalgic architectural details. You just leave your stress at the door when you enter the relaxing lakefront abode. And what can be better than a “Modern Vintage”