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An Evening of Excellence

Annual event honors NARI members’ success Across this country, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) serves as a trade association for remodeling professionals. As part of the association, members are committed to integrity, professional education, continuous advancement, ethics and home improvement excellence. The Fox Valley NARI chapter received its charter in March of READ MORE

Create Your Own Outdoor Oasis

From perfect pergolas to welcoming ramadas, your backyard never looked better Now more than ever, our own backyards have become our retreats. With a pandemic waging war on our ability to escape our own homes, creating a backyard sanctuary has never been more appealing or more needed.  Andy Vande Hey, president of Vande Hey Company READ MORE

Outside the Cubicle 

Custom home offices provide personalized space for taking care of business  More Americans are working from home than ever before. Currently, 43 percent of all U.S. employees work off-site at least part time, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report. As the lines between home and work continue to blur (and retiring doesn’t READ MORE

Living it Up Downtown  

The Fox Cities are experiencing a downtown housing boom  By Amelia Compton Wolff with research assistance by Zack Dion Appleton resident Abigail Kuehl lives downtown with her husband and three children. Two years ago, the family of five sold their home near Appleton West High School and moved into the Historic Fox River Mills Apartments READ MORE

#HomeGoals

Resolutions to make home life happier in 2020 The new year is a time to refresh and recommit to our goals. We commonly make resolutions for ourselves, but why not for our homes, too? Perhaps you’ve had a home renovation on your to-do list for a while, or you’ve been wanting to adopt a more READ MORE

Holiday Hospitality

Ensure your guest rooms are cheery and bright With the holiday season upon us, many homeowners will be hosting family members and friends over the next several weeks of joy and merriment. While it’s true that having guests in the home can be one of the more stressful parts of the holiday season, with a READ MORE

Tracking the Trends

What you need to know in a hot real estate market The Fox Cities housing market is hotter than ever. Though past patterns have seemed to benefit only buyers or only sellers at any particular time, the current market does have advantages for both sides, depending on the price range the potential transaction falls into. READ MORE

Spruced Up Spaces

Custom wood furniture and accents add an artistic element to every room of the home Nate Lenz was splitting firewood when he struck gold.  It turns out the log he was about to set a match to was spalted maple, an exciting discovery for a woodworker like Lenz. Spalting, the result of a fungus that READ MORE

Soulful Foundations 

Take a walk on the wild side with creative flooring choices  When Shannon Van Grinsven and her husband, Nick, were building their home in Combined Locks, details were everything.  “When we were designing this house, the little pops of interest were really important to me and the flooring was a big part of that,” Van READ MORE

Private Retreats 

Posted on May. 1, 2019 by Cody Wiesner

Escape the real world with a relaxing space at home   For many of us, finally going home after a long work week is a tremendous and reassuring feeling… for a moment, but then we’re faced with some impossible questions. Namely, what’s there to do this weekend? That’s when the dreaded “weekend paradox” takes hold. It READ MORE