Entries by Melody Fehling

2016 LBA Parade of Homes

One highlight of the summer months is the Lakeland Builders Association Parade of Homes. Lakeland Builders Association and Thelen Total Construction have a long history together: At last count we’ve showcased 46 homes since the first LBA Parade of homes in 1989!  More than any other builder. This year we will be featuring two homes; […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]