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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.

Start Designing Your Deck Now
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.

Trending Cabinet Colors
Trending Cabinet Colors
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!

Beware of Improvement in Stages
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.

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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    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 2 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 4 months ago
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  • Is it time for a new deck? Posted 9 months ago
    Water has started to rot the frame of this 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 ...
  • Replacing your exterior door Posted 10 months ago
    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. It pays off It’s not an inexpensive project, but the good news is that it’s ...
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