WBS February 2017 Market Update
Feb 23, 2017
A Clean and Simple Design that’s High on Functionality
The style of this new construction home has quickly become a classic look in today’s design world. Its simple beauty is something we’re seeing requested over and over. Onalaska design professional Liz Granum created this look in a new construction home in 2016.
In order to maximize storage space, Liz used White Dura Supreme Cabinetry in a classic shaker-style door profile that extends to the ceiling and is topped off with wide, gorgeous crown molding. The island is painted gray and contains no wasted space, with extra drawers and cabinets built in to its back and sides. The countertops are a dark honed granite, which gives the kitchen a more casual look than standard, glossy granite.
The large window above the white farmhouse sink lets in plenty of natural light and gives this kitchen a light and airy feel. The larger white subway tile is a more transitional style than the standard 3x6 inch typically seen, but it gives the same effect. By incorporating a microwave drawer in the island, Liz was able to free up space so the homeowners could make a design statement with a Dura Supreme range hood over their slide-in professional oven.
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The Most Innovative Sliding Door Yet from Andersen
If you have a client who is looking to blur the lines between inside and out, the latest sliding door from Andersen Windows & Doors is the perfect blend of design and performance that will help do just that.
The National Association for Home Builders International Builders’ Show is one of the best places to see and find new, innovative building products. At this year’s show in Orlando, Andersen Windows & Doors came away with the award for Best Window and Door Product. That door, the MultiGlide sliding door, is one that we’re proud to carry.
MultiGlide, available as a custom order through WBS, is ideal for home designs that emphasize large expanses of glass in a contemporary or traditional panel style. It has the ability to function as a sliding glass wall, truly allowing the outdoors in.
Designed to fit openings up to 25 feet wide and 10 feet tall, MultiGlide doors are available in stacking and pocketing configurations. For added design flexibility, panels are available in a sleek, all-aluminum option or an aluminum-clad wood option for warmth on the inside. MultiGlide doors use continuously adjustable synthetic roller wheels for a smoother and quieter operation and feature an adjustable two-point locking system that provides intuitive adjustment.
Partnering with the Appleton Housing Authority and Appleton Schools to Build a Handicapped-Accessible Home
As the numbers of qualified, skilled workers in the building trades continue decline, Wisconsin Building Supply recognizes the importance of fostering interest in the building industry among our youth. That’s just one reason we’re proud to partner with the Appleton Housing Authority and Appleton schools every year to build affordable homes for the area’s low-income people and families.
The School Youth Build Program is a partnership between the Appleton Area School District and the Appleton Housing Authority, and it is in its 10th year. WBS has been the building supplier of choice for many years, providing all the necessary materials to build a home.
This year’s home-building project was supplemented by a $10,000 WHEDA grant, which supported the building of a three-bedroom, one-bath single-family home in Appleton’s northwest side. The home was designed for individuals with disabilities and has an accessible shower, adaptive appliances, adjusted counter heights, hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, and a zero-step entry into the home.
The home is being constructed, interior designed, and marketed by high school students under the guidance of Marcus McGuire, an Appleton Area School District technology teacher. This gives them real-world experience that will help them make future career decisions.
During the course of the project, juniors and seniors in McGuire’s year-long building class learn everything it takes to build a house. WBS supplied the framing, trusses, shingles, siding, soffit, windows, entry doors, plaster base, interior doors, casing and baseboards, and even the door locks.
“These kids are our future,” said WBS Appleton Outside Sales Rep Jeff Evers, who works with Appleton schools on this project. “The trades are slowly fading away, and we need good people to continue in these fields. These kids get one heck of a education in the building trade. It’s hands on, which allows them to retain more than any other lesson they could be told or shown in a classroom. They come away with pride knowing they built a home for a family.”
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