Adding Life to Your Custom Home with Houseplants

In the midst of frequently gloomy winters in Southeastern Wisconsin, homeowners benefit from adding touches of “life” inside when there seems to be none outside. The increasingly unpredictable weather patterns take away the snow that only temporarily beautifies the dormant landscaping, stripped to a dull, uninspired environment. Evergreens were the ...

Unique Features in Custom Built Homes to Love

In honor of Valentine’s Day week, we thought to explore unique and distinct spaces or architectural features that homeowners have imagined for their custom built homes that have made their home distinctly their own. The very definition of the adjective "custom," made or performed according to personal order, is cleverly contrary ...

Building with Barnwood: Incorporating Reclaimed Barnwood into Modern Custom Built Homes

With today’s increasing interest in “green” building and environmentally conscious homeowners seeking to minimize their environmental footprint with new custom home projects, high-quality reclaimed building materials are high in demand. Reclaimed barnwood is a prime example of a “green” building material that has gained a tremendous amount of popularity over ...

History of Christmas Traditions Continued

History of Christmas Traditions Continued

This week is the final countdown to the nation’s most celebrated (and most decorated) holiday of the year. By this time, nearly all adornments have been completed, adding cheer and festive enhancements to homes throughout Wisconsin. Last week’s blog examined the history behind the tradition of evergreens at Christmas time, ...

Christmas and Winter Holiday Traditions around the World: Part 1

Christmas and Winter Holiday Traditions around the World: Part 1

Christmas time brings with it so many familiar customs and traditions, many of which were handed down within our families. Wreaths, Christmas trees, caroling, yuletide logs, mistletoe, baking cookies, stockings and so many more traditional decorations and activities associated with Christmas are still commonly enjoyed today. How they became popular ...