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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…

Randy Thelen inducted into Lakeland Builders Association’s Hall of Fame

It was a very special night for Randy Thelen, who was inducted in the Lakeland Builders Association’s Hall of Fame at its annual Holiday Party and Officer Installation Ceremony on December 11, 2015. This award was a surprise to Randy Thelen,…

Ultimate Dream Home vs Reality Dream Home

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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…

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…

GuildQuality Awards Thelen Total Construction a 2015 Guildmaster with Distinction Award.

GuildQuality, an independent customer satisfaction surveying company, has given the Guildmaster Awards since 2005 to recognize service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and home services professions. The GuildQuality team…

2015 LBA Parade of Homes; July 25-26 & Aug. 1-2

During the 26 years in the Lakeland Builders Association Parade of Homes, we've featured many styles of homes: European Manor, Lake Cottage, Farmhouse, Contemporary, Craftsman, Rustic log style, to name a few. This year we are excited…

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,…

Thelen Total Construction receives the 2015 Best of Houzz Design and Best of Houzz Service award.

The people have spoken. Houzz counted how many times the more than 25 million monthly Houzz users clicked to add a photo to an ideabook in 2014, and we were one of the professionals with some of the most popular photos; the ones added to the…

Spring Home Maintenance List

After a below normal temperature February, we are in the mood for spring, with a spell of above normal temps for early March. Can’t do many of these home maintenance items right now, but it’s good to have a list of Spring To-Do’s  for…