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Before and After - What a Kitchen Remodel!
This gorgeous remodel by Marling Lumber and HomeWorks Designer Kelly Pallesen gave the homeowners a more functional, bright kitchen. They wanted additional storage, up-to-date cabinets and just an all-around updated and more modern feel.

Collaborative Design with the KraftMaid Vantage Design Studio
The KraftMaid Vantage Design studio is almost 240 square feet of collaborative space with everything a customer needs to pick a color palette and embrace the process. Learn about the KraftMaid Vantage Design Studio here.

How to Keep Kids and Pets Safe on Your Deck
How to Keep Kids and Pets Safe on Your Deck
Kids only belong on decks with adult supervision, so lock the door that leads out – and make sure the lock is higher than a small child can reach. Keep an eye on pets too who need supervision as well!

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.

Color Your World
Color Your World
We are constantly asked by customers - whether they are picking out siding colors or cabinet colors – what is “in.” Numerous times each year, the Pantone colors are announced. Currently, rose quartz and serenity are on top. You can try to keep up to date with the newest trends, but we stress that you pick what YOU want. You are the one living with the cabinets, siding, or shingles, so don't settle for something underwhelming. Browse the showrooms at our locations and look at your color options – we’ll help you color your world.

Decking Decisions
Decking Decisions
If you are dreaming of spending summer and fall on a great deck – there are a few things to consider before you launch yourself into the realm of outdoor living and entertaining.Where is the deck going? Are you ready for a wood deck? What kind of wood are you considering? Is a more expensive vinyl deck something you want? At Marling Lumber and HomeWorks, we can answer all these questions and more.

Wood vs. Vinyl Windows
Wood vs. Vinyl Windows
Windows come in dozens of styles; however, the two basic categories are wood or vinyl. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Both are energy efficient – the big differences are cost and maintenance.Wood windows look great when they are put in, but they need periodic maintenance to keep up that look, Vinyl windows are cleaned with soap and water and they never require painting or sealing. Wood or vinyl aside, measuring and ordering windows, in general, is complicated. That's why we recommend you get help from professionals like us for picking and measuring your windows.

It’s Nearly October and Time Is Not on Your Side
It’s Nearly October and Time Is Not on Your Side
Windows, doors, cabinets – they all take weeks to get. If you want a new kitchen before the holidays, it should be designed and ordered now. When you are planning a project, get a realistic timeline in your mind and understand there may be things along the way that we can’t control and neither can you. The factory is in the middle of nowhere and it closed for two days because they had electrical problems, the truck driver miscalculated the weather and the diesel froze, one cabinet is missing and its getting put on the next truck, all the orders were on one computer drive and it crashed and it will take a week to restore the data at the factory. Yes, all these things have happened and each of them delayed someone’s project that needed to get done. Plan with a realistic timeline in mind – and then add a week for things you can’t control.

Explore These Roofing Options
Explore These Roofing Options
You’ve got to put a new roof on your house and now you’ve discovered it’s not as simple as picking out a shingle from three or four options. There are new colors, new styles – should I get metal roofing and what are the advantages or disadvantages of all these things? Questions and more questions. Luckily, there is a lot of technology out there that you can take advantage of to help educate yourself and even get design help. Take a look at these sites and you should be ready to make your roofing decision.

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