WBS December 2016 Market Update

Dec 19, 2016

A contemporary new build on the Mississippi, the latest trends in housing costs, explaining the true importance of design, and an eco-friendly product that looks to replace traditional housewrap.

Happy Holidays from WBS!


Happy Holidays from WBS!


By now the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is in full swing, and we’d like to take a minute to send holiday greetings to you, our loyal customer. We hope you’ll take a few moments to slow down and enjoy your surroundings. We hope that through your partnership with us, your business will continue to grow and prosper in the new year!


Contemporary New Build on the Mississippi

If you have clients interested in contemporary style, you must check out the kitchen and bathrooms of this new construction home on the Mississippi, designed Onalaska certified kitchen designer Lori Engelhart.

In the kitchen, Lori used Holiday Oyster Bay textured foil cabinets with a horizontal grain on the perimeter, and she paired them with Silestone Unsui counter tops. To coordinate, the island is designed using Holiday Outer Banks textured foil cabinets with a horizontal grain and a Silestone Seleno waterfall countertop. A circular hole in the island countertop is open to a garbage can below, and a stainless steel tambour next to the fridge features a full-height roll up that conceals the amazing coffee station behind. The chrome hardware is by Emtek.

In the master bathroom, Lori designed separate vanity areas for the couple’s differing storage and prep needs. She again used Holiday Oyster Bay textured foil cabinets with a horizontal grain and Silestone Unsui countertops.

The Jack and Jill guest bath is accessible from both guest bedrooms. It has a double vanity with Holiday light green metallic high gloss foil cabinets and Silestone Unsui countertops. [See on Houzz]



2016 Cost of Housing Trends


2016 Cost of Housing Trends



The Importance of Function in Design

Kitchen and bathroom design isn’t just about making things look good. While that is a goal, of course, the main purpose of this type of design is function and workability, as WBS Elevations designer Kris Freismuth in our Fond du Lac location explains in this short video.




Eco-friendly Panels with Built-in R-value


Eco-friendly Panels with Built-in R-value


As more homeowners look for eco-friendly products to incorporate in their building and design, WBS is responding to that need. Zip System R-Sheathing by Huber Engineered Woods is an innovative panel that not only installs quicker and easier than traditional housewrap, but it contains R-value and provides superior air and moisture resistance.

Zip System R-Sheathing is an innovative structural roof and wall system that brings a new approach to weatherproofing and insulating homes, multifamily buildings, and light commercial applications.

The system is made of panels, instead of traditional rolled housewrap. It uses a simple, two-step installation: simply put up the panels and tape the seams. Zip System is said to be so easy that it turns taping into a one-man job and installs 40 percent quicker than housewrap.

Air leakage can increase energy costs because it makes heating and cooling systems work harder to keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Zip System sheathing and tape builds in protection against air leakage and possible moisture damage within walls. This means it will keep air and moisture out, and energy savings and comfort in.

For more information on this product we’re proud to provide, visit