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Firing Up

Posted on May. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Bringing the inside out has become a popular concept when it comes to outdoor kitchen spaces. While Wisconsin may present seasonal challenges, for those who appreciate the taste and experience of cooking on the grill, the possibilities of what can be brought to patios are endless. “Lately, we’ve seen a surge in the bells and READ MORE

Test of Time

Posted on Apr. 1, 2016 by Rob Zimmer

The white picket fence has come a long way over the decades, yet it’s as popular as ever according to fence manufacturers and installers throughout the Fox Valley. The traditional classic gets an uplift with higher-quality, long-lasting and durable materials, as well as more style options. “I’m kind of a wood purest,” says Jim Marks, READ MORE

Remodel rundown

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Kate Mothes

If you’re a homeowner, does hearing the word “remodel” make you giddy, or send chills down your spine? Sometimes it can go both ways. Maybe your 1970s-era kitchen cabinetry is in need of an update, or a bathtub on its last leg inspires a bathroom redo. Whether it’s a brand-new fireplace or something as simple READ MORE

Bathroom beauties

Posted on Feb. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

From the ornate to the functional, bathrooms have come a long way since the days of outhouses. No longer are they just another room in the house, but rather one that can make a design impact in a tiny space or put a getaway retreat within your own home. “It’s all about the look” and READ MORE

Furniture finesse

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Rounded edges, smooth lines, intricate handiwork, keepsake stitches, bold patterns, touchable textures, simple stains, colorful hues and memorable etchings. A favorite piece of furniture can include some or all of these things. Whether it’s a naugahyde keeper or a turn-of-the-century heirloom filled with stories, one man’s trash can be another’s treasure. Breathing new life into READ MORE

Transitioning Technology

Posted on Dec. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

As time has evolved, so has technology. From the days of the first telephone to crowding around a television to get a glimpse of a historical event or favorite variety show, the possibilities have become endless as to what can be found inside today’s homes. “I think one thing that people need to understand is READ MORE

Lower level living

Posted on Nov. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

’Tis the season for family and friends, laughter and memories, and gatherings galore. The last thing you want, however, is for guests to be stuffed into a room tighter than the dressed turkey on the dinner table. So, where do you go with everyone who brings holiday tidings this time of year? Place to gather READ MORE

Everything in its place

Posted on Oct. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

Form meets function when it comes to cabinets in homes today. From kitchens to locker spaces, design is tailored to the purpose the storage solution serves. Customers are looking for “good, simple, functional storage,” says Nick Arnoldussen, owner of Arn’s Custom Cabinets in Little Chute. Gone are the 1970s blonde tones and the dark oaks READ MORE

Start your engines

Posted on Sep. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

Some see cars as a means of transportation. To others, they’re a piece of artwork constructed with intricate design down to the finest of details and the sounds they make. Whether building them, detailing them or creating a place to enjoy them, Fox Cities area car owners enjoy vehicles — old and new — for READ MORE

Building Upon the Past

Posted on Aug. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

As the old adage goes, what’s old is new again. Such is the case for homes being showcased by five companies with entries in this year’s Valley Home Builders Association Summer Parade of Homes that will incorporate reclaimed materials. The 38th parade will include 34 homes and be held throughout the Fox Cities Aug. 22-23 READ MORE