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Lukas  Radtke
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Guide for Choosing Countertops
There are countertop options in all colors, styles and materials. What goes with what? A couple of things are going to influence your ultimate decision – how long are you staying in the house? How much time do you spend in the kitchen and what do you do there? And what can you afford? A Marling HomeWorks designer can help with your decision and quote several options for you.

Trends in Deck Design | Styles, Colors, & Accessories
The decking professionals at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks can help with your deck designs and there is a huge outdoor display at our Madison location and plenty of samples to see at our Janesville location. Marling Lumber and HomeWorks' decking lines include Azek Decking, Deckorators, Regal Rail, TimberTech, and Trex.

What is Millwork - Learn the Terms
Millwork has its own mysterious vocabulary and a bewildering array of options. Let's break it down. Millwork used to be architectural features, enhancements, build-ups that you put in a room to finish it off. The embellishments were made of wood and milled - see how easy that was - millwork.

How to Tell if You Need a New Roof
If you think its time for a new roof – it probably is. Roofs last about 12 to 20 years, but environmental factors play a part in a roof’s longevity. Lots of sun, hail and wind take their toll. If you are the second or third owner of a home, you may not be quite sure how long the roof has been on it and if it was installed properly. Remember, the time to get a new roof is before something drastic happens.

What to Know About Vinyl Windows
Many homeowners building a new home look to vinyl windows for savings and aesthetics – but more and more people renovating are also going with vinyl windows. A recent report shows more vinyl windows are being sold than all other types of windows combined. A sales associate at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks can help you chose the right window for the right area and steer you through the maze of styles and attributes.

Designing for your Pets
Designing for your Pets
Our furry friends have become an increasing consideration for both interior, as well as, exterior home design. For several years, the National Kitchen and Bath Association has included “pet friendly” as a design trend homeowner are asking about for new home builds and remodels. Recent statistics show more than 60 percent of homeowners mention their pets and pet friendly additions when they talk to a designer.Designers have used creative cabinet combinations to help make areas more pet friendly and now cabinet companies are acknowledging the trend by creating specific cabinet storage features to keep pet food and treats fresh and store dog related food and drink bowls.

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Recent Posts

  • Which Kitchen Countertop Choice is Right for You? Posted last month
    Whether you’re a prospective homebuyer touring a new house or an existing homeowner itching for a remodel, chances are you’ve got a critical eye on the kitchen countertops. This isn’t just  wild speculation; data shows that kitchen countertops have been the most popular home renovation project for several years now.  While many people agree that new kitchen countertops are a ...
  • A Comprehensive Guide to Navigating Kitchen Remodel Costs Posted 3 months ago
    For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place to not only cook great meals, but to entertain guests, break bread with family, and create lasting memories. It’s no surprise that many homeowners dream of a beautiful and functional space — but when it comes to turning those kitchen design ideas into reality, the ...
  • Composite vs. Wood Decks: Pros and Cons Posted 3 months ago
    So, you’ve decided to add a deck to your home — a cozy space for summer barbecues, family gatherings, and relaxing evenings under the stars. But before you dive into your deck construction project, you need to make an important decision: wood or composite? Both materials have unique qualities and distinct pros and cons; understanding their differences is essential ...
  • A Guide to Lumber Types & Applications Posted 9 months ago
    A Guide to Lumber Types & Applications When it comes to construction, carpentry, and woodworking projects, one of the most crucial materials to consider is lumber. Lumber is the term used for processed wood that is ready for use in various applications. It's a versatile material with a wide range of properties, making it suitable for everything from simple DIY ...
  • Why a New Quartz Countertop is a Great Investment Posted last year
    Why a New Quartz Countertop is a Great Investment If you’re like most homeowners, at some point the idea of renovation will cross your mind. Needs change, styles and trends evolve, and age takes its toll on even the most solidly built structures. Kitchen remodels are the most popular home improvement project — not only in  Wisconsin, but across the ...
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