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Replacing Your Exterior Door
There are several things to think about when you are replacing your exterior door. First, obviously, its what people see first. It’s the image your home projects. Do you want your image to be cracked paint, dents, outdated and not exactly secure looking? Of course not.

Trending Cabinet Colors | Kona Color Cabinets
Here's a primer on how home cabinet colors, painted and stained, vary from region to region in the United States. Choose your cabinet colors according to the region where you live, the room where the cabinets will be installed, and (most importantly) what you like best!

Start Designing Your Deck Now
A deck extends your living space from inside to the outside. Whether it’s for having a party or some quiet relaxing family time, the varieties of decking – from wood to composite - can make your outdoor space as elaborate or simple as you please. Yes, the decking season starts in Spring, but now is the time to think about deck design and ordering so it can be enjoyed from the Spring well into the Fall. Each decking company has its own colors, some have their own recommended fasteners, some let you mix colors and some let you be a little more creative with curves, stairs and inlaid designs. Now is the time to let a decking professional at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks begin your design and line up an installer, so you can start enjoying your outdoor space as soon as the weather cooperates.

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.

Beware of Improvement in Stages
Home improvement in stages may not be what you want. If you're thinking about breaking your next home improvement into stages, remember: colors and styles change for all home products, have a plan if an item becomes discontinued, be aware of trends in cabinet colors and styles, and remember, as wood ages, it develops a patina, so add those upper cabinets sooner rather than later.

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.

6 Signs that It's Time for a New Deck
There really is no bad time to think about a new deck. If the snow is flying – you can start getting a new deck designed and order for spring installation. If it’s the Fall, you can check to see if your old deck is showing signs of wear and start looking at options.

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.

Prevent Moss From Growing On Your Roof
Moss is a simple, non-vascular plant that doesn’t grow flowers, wood or true roots. While moss can be very beautiful in certain natural settings, it is very bad for your roof. Once moss takes a hold of your roof, it can cause structural damage, resulting in degradation.

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  • Replacing Your Exterior Door Posted 4 years ago
    There are several things to think about when you are replacing your exterior door. First, obviously, it's what people see first. It’s the image your home projects. Do you want your image to be cracked paint, dents, outdated and not exactly secure looking? Of course not. Let's take a look at some reasons why you should replace your exterior door: It ...
  • Trending Cabinet Colors | Kona Color Cabinets Posted 5 years ago
    The most popular home cabinet colors, painted and stained, vary from region to region in the United States.   In the Midwest, honey or medium oak has been and still is – the most requested color. From baby-boomers to gen-Xers, that warm brown town signifies home and evokes happy kitchen memories.   The most popular colors for cabinets in the Midwest are: ...
  • Start Designing Your Deck Now Posted 5 years ago
    A deck extends your living space from inside to the outside. Whether it’s for having a party or some quiet relaxing family time, the varieties of decking – from wood to composite - can make your outdoor space as elaborate or simple as you please. Yes, the decking season starts in Spring, but now is the time to think ...
  • Guide for Choosing Countertops Posted 5 years ago
    When making a decision regarding new countertops, you need to be very aware of the current countertop options. Style trends are constantly changing, so you'll want to make sure you don't make a decision on a whim. Look through our suggestions regarding countertop options and see if it's time for new countertops.  There are countertop options in all colors, styles ...
  • Beware of Improvement in Stages Posted 6 years ago
    Some home improvement sites are encouraging consumers to do their projects in stages – bits and pieces to make things more affordable. While that may stave off a big hit on the pocketbook, it also may lead to issues later.  So, plan ahead keeping the following advice in mind: Styles Change Constantly Colors and styles change for all home products – ...
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