WBS July 2016 Market Update

Jul 11, 2016

Take a peek inside a builder’s own new construction home, see the latest trends in housing costs, learn about a large project involving pre-built wall panels, and watch time-lapse video of a new-construction home.


A Builder’s Own Transitional-Style Home

The combination of traditional elegance and contemporary cool is a hot home trend right now, so it’s no surprise that a Madison-area home builder chose a transitional style for the construction of his own new home.

Windsor designer Carrie Benton helped the builder and his wife come up with the perfect look by incorporating a combination of painted and stained maple kitchen cabinets by Northern Classic Cabinets in the Pheasant door style. The perimeter cabinets were painted Serenity, and the island was stained Truffle.

A large butler’s pantry off the kitchen offers display space with its beautiful glass doors, and it also provides ample storage for all the kitchen extras. See on Houzz

WBS July 2016 Market Update



2016 Cost of Housing Trends

2016 Cost of Housing Trends



Components Provide Structure for Large Mixed-Use Project

One of the largest mixed-use retail and multi-family developments in the nation is currently under construction in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield on which Wisconsin Building Supply is providing materials and installation. Due to tight schedules and to help alleviate current labor shortages, the walls of the buildings were pre-engineered and constructed off site, in an automated process called panelization.

The multi-family structure using materials and labor provided by WBS totals 200,000 square feet and is an integral part of The Corners of Brookfield project, a $200 million development that will be anchored by a Von Maur department store.

According to Len Riehl, preplanning and panelization is what made the building – which consists of five-stories with retail space on the first floor and apartments above – possible with a 100-day framing timeline. The only way to get the building done on schedule was to pre-engineer and build the walls of the buildings off site, then transport them to the project for final assembly. The framing portion of the project is scheduled to be complete by Sept. with an opening date for the entire project of June, 2017.

“Panelization is a fast-growing segment in the construction industry filling the needs of contractors on projects ranging from residential to multi-family to commercial,” Len said. “It’s a very efficient and cost effective way to get a project done on time and within budget.”

Another benefit of panelization is that it reduces the number of laborers required to complete a job by up to 30 percent. This building would have required 90-100 laborers without pre-engineered panels to complete in 100 days, but it’s being completed with just over 60 carpenters.

“Contractors are challenged to find laborers and the benefit of panels is that it reduces on site head count needs and helps maintain the critical path on projects,” said Len.

Panelization reduces the potential for costly on site errors, eliminates field down time by foreseeing potential challenges, offers the means to provide a high quality product regardless of the outdoor elements and promotes safety by constructing products in a controlled environment.

Panelization is an environmentally friendly process, producing less waste and, therefore, a reduced cost associated with cleanup. The project is being managed by the WBS Installation Division.

To see a drone flyover of the construction progress at The Corners, click the video below. WBS is constructing the tall structure in the middle wrapped in white building wrap and is 70 percent complete.




WBS Features a Custom Build Using Time-Lapse Video

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to build an entire home in three minutes, you have to see this new project brought to you by Wisconsin Building Supply and Custom Family Homes in the Fox Valley. The time-lapse video, which spans a six-month period, shows the full exterior construction process, from digging and pouring the basement to the laying of the last veneer stone.

The construction of this home by Custom Family Homes of Appleton is shown below in a three-minute time lapse video. Each step – and every snowfall! – of the six-month process is documented along the way.

Materials for the build were supplied by Wisconsin Building Supply, including: lumber, TJI floor joists, the roof truss system, Therma-Tru exterior doors, Ply Gem aluminum soffits, FrontLine garage door frames, Andersen Windows, and Certainteed Landmark shingles.

The main level of this home is 3,405 square feet, and the lower-level walkout boasts another 1,634 square feet of finished space. What you can’t see from the video are the home’s four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. Interior finishes like 8-foot interior doors, 9- 10- and 12-foot stepped ceiling heights throughout, crown molding, open staircase material, and painted woodwork are a perfect example of what makes this a truly custom home.

If you are interested in having one of your home-building projects featured here, contact your sales representative.