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

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

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.