EVCO Plastics' Undergoes an Eye-Catching Makeover

EVCO Plastics
Photograph by Chad Renly, C|R Prints & Photography LLC

Although EVCO Plastics might not be a household name for the average consumer in Dane County, you probably have something fabricated by EVCO in your home without knowing it. Think shelving in your refrigerator, a medical device, or even a component of your electric toothbrush. The DeForest-based company, which also has locations in Oshkosh, Georgia, Mexico, and China, is a global leader in plastic injection molding and contract manufacturing. They produce countless consumer and industrial plastic products that make up components of items we use every day.

Going Frameless

Frameless Cabinets
Photograph provided by Dreamhouse Dreamkitchens

Do you have wide reveals? It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Most of us do. And they look okay. In fact, if you’ve never seen a tight reveal, you’d assume a wide reveal is normal. But with each face frame cabinet box, you’re losing a minimum of three inches.

Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Floors Looking Beautiful

Clean Living Room
Photograph provided by Coyle Carpet One

Spring has sprung, and while you’re cleaning out cupboards, scrubbing the fridge, and rotating your wardrobe, don’t forget to pay some attention to your floors. A home's flooring is a significant investment frequently overlooked during spring cleaning. It’s possible to keep your floors looking great for years to come if you take a few precautions and provide sufficient care and maintenance.

How to Turn the Brown Season Around

Saffron Flower

Our snow-covered winter days seem to be dwindling on either end of the season’s edges—the brown season of dormancy stretching on longer and longer each year. Plants and trees need soil temperatures to be above certain degrees for any growth to occur, so despite our lack of the fluffy white stuff, our growing season won’t extend quite the way our brown season will. Brown season starts as early as March and can extend until mid-May, returning by late October and lasting until the end of or past December. This potentially adds up to four months of the year, with the growing season being about the same amount of time. Given we only have a few inches of snow cover as I write this on an early February day (with 40 degrees Fahrenheit on the way tomorrow), this leaves us with some room for creative additions if we want to keep the landscape interesting.

A Home for Sparky, Whiskers, and Buster

Happy Dog
Photograph provided by Dane County Humane Society

Before you take the leap of adding a new pet to your family, there are plenty of questions to answer and shopping to be done. By thinking ahead, you’ll be able to relax and focus on your new furry friend once they’re home.

An Indoor Oasis

Indoor pool
Photograph provided by Degnan Design-Build-Remodel

Our clients desired a family retreat. Somewhere everyone could gather for all sorts of recreation. Their goals specifically included an indoor pool addition that could fit a six-person spa, an infrared sauna, and a dedicated changing room. They wanted an entertainment area where they could all hang out together, watch football and basketball games on TV, and enjoy some drinks. They also wanted big windows and plenty of light as well as operable skylights.

What's the Best Exterior Paint

Newly painted house exterior by Spray-Net
Photograph provided by Spray-Net

When it comes to exterior paint, “best” depends on a myriad of factors. Answers to some core questions can help guide your decision-making process and give you a better idea of what you’ll need for your project. They can’t be summarized, so we’re going to take a deep, relatively technical dive into the things to consider when choosing the perfect exterior paint for your project over a series of articles—starting with this one.

Sustainable Living: Windows of Opportunity

Living Room windows
Photograph provided by MGE

While new windows enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal and can increase its value, they also can improve energy efficiency. It’s an important consideration as heat loss and gain through windows is responsible for up to 30 percent of the energy used for residential heating and cooling.