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New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year! The New Year always brings to mind a clean slate. We say good bye to the past and embrace new beginnings. For some of you – that may mean a move, a new location and new home, and we welcome the opportunity to talk to you…

All About Allowances

Allowances items are an important part of your Building Contract and Home Specifications. But how can you make sure your allowance items for appliances, cabinets, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and flooring are reasonable since the cost of these…

2018 Lakeland Builders Association Parade of Homes

Usually this time of the year, I’m getting ready for the annual Lakeland Builders Association Parade of Homes.  People start calling me for information. We typically will have a home or two in the event. However, this year – we will not…
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The Hidden Benefits of Building New

There is no question that the vision of a new home fires up the imagination. Who hasn't dreamt of a home with beautiful architectural design,  enough space for favorite activities, desired features, colors and style. It is a big reason enough…

2018 LBA Home Improvement Expo at The Ridge Jan. 27-28

Are you planning a remodeling or addition project? Thinking about selling your home and building new? Where do you begin? Who do you talk to? The perfect place to start is at the Lakeland Builders Association Home Improvement Expo, at the…

What is the cost-per-square-foot of your homes?

A question we get a lot from potential clients is "What is the cost-per-square-foot of your homes? We understand the question is really, "How much will my house cost?" And the answer is: "It depends." Professional custom home builders…

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).

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…
2017 LBA Home Expo

2017 LBA Home Expo at The Ridge Resort January 28-29

2017 Lakeland Builders Association Home Improvement Expo, which will be at a NEW location – The Ridge Resort  in Lake Geneva on January 28-29.

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…

Pantry Power

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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…

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…