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Surviving a Remodel
Surviving a Remodel
You’ve done it - made the decision to have that remodel done. The design is great, you have your contractor picked out and you are ready! Or are you? Sure, you think you’ve got every detail planned - but stuff happens. So, despite your best efforts to be prepared for everything, prepare to be flexible. Here’s some tips and information you need to take care of and remember about a remodeling project.

Trends in Deck Design
Trends in Deck Design

There are new colors, new graining, new board widths, new railing options, new lighting and all sorts of accessories. What does that mean? It means you aren’t tied to that old design of traditional one-width deck boards laid out in a horizontal pattern. 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.


May Is Deck Safety Month
May Is Deck Safety Month
Deck Safety Month is the perfect time to check and be sure your deck is in tip-top shape for the upcoming deck season.

Before and After - What a transformation!
Before and After - What a transformation!
his 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
Collaborative design with the KraftMaid Vantage Design Studio
A store within a store is nothing new. The big box stores thought of that concept a while ago. Collections within a store are organized like little boutiques. It helps you with choices - all the shoes are together; all the sportswear is together, and all the sleepwear is together. You get the idea.

Is it time for a new deck?
Is it 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.

Replacing your exterior door
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.

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!

Millwork - Easy Upgrade Option
Millwork - Easy Upgrade Option
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.

Is it time for a new roof?
Is it time for 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.

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  • Surviving a Remodel Posted last month
    You’ve done it - made the decision to have that remodel done. The design is great, you have your contractor picked out and you are ready! Or are you? Sure, you think you’ve got every detail planned - but stuff happens. So, despite your best efforts to be prepared for everything, prepare to be flexible. Here’s some tips and ...
  • Trends in Deck Design Posted 3 months ago
    Trends in Deck Design There are new colors, new graining, new board widths, new railing options, new lighting and all sorts of accessories. What does that mean? It means you aren’t tied to that old design of traditional one-width deck boards laid out in a horizontal pattern. The decking professionals at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks can help with your deck ...
  • May Is Deck Safety Month Posted 4 months ago
    May Is Deck Safety Month Deck Safety Month is the perfect time to check and be sure your deck is in tip-top shape for the upcoming deck season. We’ve got a checklist for you to go through and if it turns out you need a new deck, consult one of our associates at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks. You can get ...
  • Before and After - What a transformation! Posted 5 months ago
    What a transformation! 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. The removal of the soffit yielded tons more storage and added a lot more light. Some flooring in a more contemporary style made the ...
  • Collaborative design with the KraftMaid Vantage Design Studio Posted 7 months ago
      A store within a store is nothing new. The big box stores thought of that concept a while ago. Collections within a store are organized like little boutiques. It helps you with choices - all the shoes are together; all the sportswear is together, and all the sleepwear is together. You get the idea. Kitchen and bath stores are the ...
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