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Stove detail

It's all in the Details

Some people make the mistake of  thinking that design is all about something looking great. That's not what we think design is. It's not just how it looks. Design is also how it works. Steve Jobs actually said that, describing the creation…
Green products are durable and maintenance saving

The Future of Green is Rosy

Kermit the Frog once sang, "It's not easy being green..." but with the wide selection of products,  building green becomes easier each year. New homes today are significantly more energy efficient than they were even 10 years ago. And…

Man Caves: The Ultimate Guy Hang-out

The idea of a separate zone in the home for guys to hang out is gaining a lot of traction in the homes we build. The earliest know man cave was probably  the cast-off old sofa and battered TV in the basement or a spot in the garage for…
Luxury Shower

Shower Power

Visiting a luxurious spa isn't the only way to unwind and recharge.  Homeowners today are seeing the benefits of  enjoying a sensational shower experience everyday. Roomy showers, clear glass enclosures, steam generators, body sprays,…
Fireplaces add wamth to your home

Todays Hot Topic: Fireplaces

There is something about the warmth of a fire that is both mesmerizing and comforting. Today's fireplaces are inviting and efficient for everyone. Some people feel there is no substitute for a wood burning fireplace. The advantages are: …
Carriage style Garage Doors

Your Garagenous Zone: Innovative Ideas for the Garage

Love shiny epoxy floors and ample space? Then we've found your new hot button!  Imagine the garage in your home: Inviting on the outside, organized on the inside - the garage is an integral part of  your home and we found…
Fall in Wisconsin

Prepare your Home for Fall and Winter

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It has been a very warm year, and JUST MAYBE we'll have a warm fall too, but with Halloween approaching next week, it's now time to think about preparing your home for the colder winter months ahead. Here's what you need to do to in the weeks…
Lake view from the screen porch

Inside Outside

Have you ever noticed that some homes are placed on their lots like they were dropped from outer space with little or no consideration given to what can be seen from the interior? Windows are generally located in the middle of the wall of…
Mud Room with built in bench and cubby

The Dirt on Mud Rooms

Gone are the days when you'd walk into a home with no place to deposit shoes, jackets, hats, backpacks and recreational gear. That's where the importance of Mud Rooms comes into play.  We design Mud Rooms to organize your chaos and contain…
Custom Built Home

Housing Market on the way to Recovery

The U.S. housing market is taking small steps towards a full recovery. The top five housing markets had an average gain 20.8% in mediam price.  For the most parts these are markets with rapidly declining inventory and growing levels…
elevator

Elevators Rise to the Top of Desired New Home Features

A new home with an elevator used to be considered very high-end. Now we’ve noticed a trend over the last few years where homeowners are seeing elevators as a very smart and practical investment. It allows them to stay in their multi-story…
Custom home built by Thelen Total Construction

Bigger Homes are making a comeback

In the past few years builders were downsizing homes to accomodate an era of frugality and austerity. As the economy slowly improves and anxieties ease, home buyers are upsizing again. According to the data from the Census Bureau, the average…