August 2022

August 2022 Issue
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A Kid-Friendly Hangout

The Goddard School in Sun Prairie
Photograph by Chad Renly, C|R Prints & Photography LLC

With a riot of bright primary colors and an under the sea motif throughout, The Goddard School in Sun Prairie is a cheerful place for kids to go to every day. Serving newborns up to six-year-olds, the childcare center opened in January 2022. Owner Salman Ahmad says the location was chosen specifically because Sun Prairie is the fastest-growing community in Wisconsin and is close to several small communities, which helps with staffing. Salman also owns a Goddard School location in Verona with his wife, Mawara Sohail.

Don't Throw it All Away

Composting
Photograph provided by Curbside Composter

What would it take to get you to start composting at home? Having your own garden? Your own yard? Or perhaps you already compost but struggle to use what you and your family produce. You might have even once composted but stopped when the rats and mice showed up for mixed-species housing. Finding a way to compost at home doesn’t need to be a major inconvenience or even something you need a yard for.

Making it Make Sense

Lower Cabinets
Photograph provided by Dream House Dream Kitchens

We are creatures of habit, not that there’s anything wrong with that. But when it comes to doing what’s convenient versus what’s familiar, we might miss the obvious. This can be especially true when designing your first custom kitchen.

The Patio Warehouse

Patio furniture
Photograph provided by The Patio Warehouse

There have been big increases of sales of patio furniture in the country since 2020. One of the main reasons is that many people spent most of their time in their backyards during the pandemic. This also influenced their neighbors, friends, and relatives, and more people enjoyed spending time on their patios and in their backyards. This trend has kept up to now and may continue for the next several years. Dress up your chill zone with the latest from Tommy Bahama, Brown Jordon, Ariel, and other brands we carry.

Lawn Alternatives

Backyard
Photograph provided by Garden Search & Rescue

Lawn, grass, or gramina (Latin), whatever you call it, can be wonderful when lush and verdant, but maintaining its velour isn’t always the easiest or most practical. Thankfully, we live in an era and area full of parks where grassy lawn spaces exist to enjoy or play in without the maintenance. So what could we do with existing lawn space? There are a plethora of lovely options, most requiring much less work than a traditional lawn. Lawn can be fickle, drying out and dying due to heat, water loss, dog urine, and heavy tread; infiltrated with weed seeds; and require repeated mowing, fertilizing, watering, and raking. It’s exhausting to say the least.

Exterior Painting Spray-Net

House exterior: AFTER
Photograph provided by Spray-Net

In the last issue, we began our exterior paint discussion with what makes an exterior paint the “best.” In short, it depends. What material makes up your home’s exterior? Are you painting your doors? We continue our deep dive by answering a few more questions concerning logistics above the surface.

Ramping Up

Parking ram renovation into luxury condos by Dream House Dream Kitchens
Photograph provided by Dream House Dream Kitchens

Twenty-three years ago, the old Union Transfer building transformed from a parking ramp into luxury condos, half overlooking Lake Monona and the other half with a view of the capitol up King Street. Since then, many of the condos have undergone interior makeovers. One of Dream House Dream Kitchens most recent contributions is the home of a couple who wanted modern design elements with a contemporary feel that accommodated their homemade-cooking, handmade-cocktail lifestyle.

Stunning & Serene Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Kitchen remodel
Photograph by Kyle Wege, Crimson Sun Studios

The owners of this mid-century modern home realized their vision for a major kitchen and mudroom renovation with the professionals at Chads Design Build. They sought to brighten and contemporize the home’s aesthetics using clean lines and an updated color palette, open the space to the outdoors for more natural light and to adjacent rooms for entertaining, create areas to display their handcrafted glass and ceramic collections, reference their love of commercial kitchens through lighting and stainless steel accents, and improve the function and flow of this fundamental space to refresh one’s spirit. In a nutshell, they wanted to showcase their love for food, art, and their home’s architecture.

Issues

August 2022

Business Design
A Kid-Friendly Hangout
Environmental/Sustainability
Don't Throw it All Away
Furnishings & Accessories
Making it Make Sense
Patio Warehouse
Landscape/Gardening
Lawn Alternatives
Remodel/Renovation
Exterior Painting Spray-Net
Ramping Up
Stunning & Serene Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

May 2022

Business Design
EVCO Plastics' DeForest Headquarters Undergoes an Eye-Catching Makeover
Furnishings & Accessories
Going Frameless
Home Repair/Maintenance
Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Floors Looking Beautiful
Landscape/Gardening
How to Turn the Brown Season Around
Pets
A Home for Sparky, Whiskers, and Buster
Remodel/Renovation
An Indoor Oasis
What's the Best Exterior Paint
Technology
Sustainable Living­­: Windows of Opportunity

February 2022

Business Design
By The Book
Financial
Ready to Remodel?
Landscape/Gardening
What Makes A Species Invasive?
Remodel/Renovation
Exterior Revival
Mid-Century Masterpiece
Paint on Point
Wine Cellars
Technology
Sustainable Transportation

November 2021

Business Design
Reach Dane's Healing Space for Kids and Families
Financial
Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Kitchen Renovations
Furnishings & Accessories
Allergen-Free Sleep
Right Bathroom for You
Landscape/Gardening
Turning Nasty Nature into Dreamy Reality
Remodel/Renovation
Bringing Up the Past
Spray-Net: Cabinet Transformation
Technology
Sustainable Living: Heat Your Home Efficiently This Winter

August 2021

Business Design
From Weary Spaces to Wow-Worthy Offices
Financial
Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Living Spaces
Furnishings & Accessories
Design Services for Every Budget
Kitchen Storage
Simplifying Rug Shopping
Landscape/Gardening
Trees: What's Going on Down There? A Glimpse at the Soil Layer and Below
Remodel/Renovation
Hardwood Floors
Modern Mountain Industrial
Technology
Sustainable Living: Plan Now to Get Energy Efficiency Upgrades Done Before Winter

May 2021

Business Design
International Crane Foundation: Cranes of the World
Financial
Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Bathroom Renovations
Furnishings & Accessories
Organizing with Silver Track
Right Upholstery for Everyone
Landscape/Gardening
Trees: The Canopies of Our World
Remodel/Renovation
Back Porch Oasis
Paint on Point: Hope Comfort, and Possibility
Some Reassembly Required
Technology
Sustainable Living: What Contributes to the Energy Bill in Your Home?

February 2021

Online
Sketchworks Architecture LLC
Business Design
Hop Haus Brewpub: A Sequel with Merit
Financial
Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Entryway Updates
Furnishings & Accessories
Large Storage
Personalized Furniture for Every Budget!
Landscape
Creating a Backyard Oasis
Homegrown
Remodel/Renovation
Building a House to Make a Home
Coordinated Appeal
Technology
Sustainable Living: Save Energy with Smart Planting and External Shading Devices

November 2020

Business Design
Dugnadsånd Bygger Livsreise
Financial
Five Experts to Consult When Buying A Rental Property
Furnishings & Accessories
Accessorizing Your Accessorizer
Home Repairs
Impact-Resistant Shingles
Landscape
Mental Health Benefits of Gardening
Prairies In and Outside Town
Legacy
Taliesin Forever Relevant
Remodel/Renovation
A Minimalist Kitchen: Enhanced Function and Efficiency
Technology
Sustainable Living: Make Your Home Comfortable and Energy Efficient this Winter



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