Sketchworks Architecture LLC

ETC lobby
Photograph by Sketchworks Architecture LLC

Contrast, emphasis, balance, scale, harmony—a sampling of the design principles architects use to create structures with a sense of place. It’s how some pieces stand out without taking over their surroundings. How things make sense to us in their environment. Sketchworks Architecture LLC has a firm grasp on incorporating all these aspects with a little something extra: a sense of community.

Hop Haus Brewpub: A Sequel with Merit

Main dining room
Photograph by Sketchworks Architecture LLC

Designing a brewery from the ground up comes with no shortage of inspirations. Over a century of brewery, beer hall, and brewpub concepts aren’t just a click away, they’re open for business across the state. Add Sketchworks Architecture LLC, a local firm whose large portfolio includes several breweries and distilleries, and you get the new Hop Haus Brewpub in Fitchburg.

Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Entryway Updates

garage doors

Your home’s entryways are among the first features prospective buyers notice. They’re also some of the best items to update if you’re seeking a healthy return on investment (ROI). Here are some of the most ROI-friendly upgrades in the Madison area.

Large Storage

large storage options
Photograph provided by Cabinet City

Four totes of snow clothes, three rolls of holiday lights, two oversized yard inflatables, and a molting partially assembled fake Christmas tree. Yeah, there’s not much rhythm and rhyme there, but the same could probably be said about how you store these things in the attic, basement, or garage. Now is the best time to give those totes and large items their own space.

Personalized Furniture for Every Budget!

Blue velvet couch
Photograph provided by Waunakee Furniture ETC

Not only should your furniture be comfortable and functional, it should also be like a fine piece of artwork.

Creating a Backyard Oasis

Backyard Oasis
Photograph by Pete Olsen Photography (peteolsenphotography.com) and provided by Garden Search & Rescue

Many of us dream of having an inviting outdoor space, one with all the common comforts, but are often unsure where to start. Hiring designers and landscapers is one sure way to go; however, sometimes an easier solution or faster result is sought, even if it’s only until what's better desired is known. We have all spent much more time getting to know our spaces this year, and there’s nothing like a long Wisconsin winter to dream up ways of making it better.

Homegrown

Crispy Fern
Photograph provided by Avid Gardener

Having Green plants in our homes and schools is an important component of creating a sustainable indoor ecology and healthy minds and bodies. Indoor plants lead to an improved overall environmental quality while creating a happier and calmer space for creative and focused learning.

Building a House to Make a Home

Bathroom vanity
Photograph provided by DesignWell Interiors

A custom home is a unique opportunity to design and build your house with the intent to make it your home, marrying the importance of lifestyle design function with all the beautiful things you love. It’s important to think through the design of your home on a personal level.

Coordinated Appeal

kitchen by Degnan Design-Build-Remodel
Photograph provided by Degnan Design-Build-Remodel

Function is ultimately what drives a home’s remodel: the homeowner may want their kitchen to incorporate a bar for cocktails and conversation, inviting guests to spread out, or they may want a backyard with a large fire pit to encourage more nights away from the television. When Degnan Design-Build-Remodel was tasked with a complete makeover for a two-story home in Oregon, they took function from purpose to inspiration.

Sustainable Living: Save Energy with Smart Planting

House exterior
Photograph provided by MGE

While we often think of landscaping as a way to add curb appeal, strategically planting trees and shrubs also can help manage your energy use. It's estimated smart landscaping can save up to 25 percent of the energy a typical household uses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Shading your home is a smart way to save energy year-round.

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