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September 2017 The WBS Connection

Sep 29, 2017

INSPIRATION

Elevations by WBS Houzz Project

Inspiration - Elevations by WBS Houzz Project

Simplicity and bling. At first thought, those two design elements might not seem to go together. But Elevations by WBS designer Kris Freismuth took her client’s request and wove it together seamlessly in this new construction home in Fond du Lac.

To give the homeowners the simple look they craved, Kris used Seville cabinetry painted Snow White on the perimeter cabinetry. The island cabinets are crafted from cherry wood stained Dark Pecan. The well laid-out kitchen provides more than enough organized storage areas and plenty of food prep space.

The bling comes into play on the adjacent built-in hutch, which features elliptical glass on the cabinet fronts and a mirrored tile backsplash. Cambria Torquay quartz was chosen for all counter surfaces.  View all photos on Houzz.


INNOVATION

Andersen MultiGlide Windows

INNOVATION - Andersen MultiGlide Windows

Wisconsin Building Supply will begin carrying the much-anticipated MultiGlide sliding door in October. This new take on sliding doors won the Best Window and Door Product at the 2017 National Association for Home Builders International Builders’ Show.

Andersen, which is arguably the most trusted, well-known brand in the industry, has designed this door to complement home designs that emphasize large expanses of glass in a contemporary or traditional panel style. The door can to fit openings up to 25 feet wide and 10 feet tall, creating a beautiful wall of movable glass.

MultiGlide doors, part of Andersen’s Architectural Collection, are available in stacking and pocketing configurations. They use continuously adjustable synthetic roller wheels for a smoother, quieter operation. MultiGlide doors feature an adjustable two-point locking system that provides intuitive adjustment. The line comes with a motorized operating option.

To fit the contemporary restyling in today’s new construction homes, Andersen has made this product available in 50 exterior colors. Interior finish options are plentiful, as well.


EXPERIENCES

Hurricane Impact

EXPERIENCES - Hurricane Impact

After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered the Caribbean and U.S., it became clear that rebuilding the impacted areas will require years of effort and time.

In order to do our part, WBS leaders donated money and vacation time to the hurricane relief efforts. In this unconventional way of donating, one executive — who would like to remain unnamed — gave up two weeks of his vacation time, and the cash equivalent is being donated to disaster relief funds.

As these areas are being cleaned up from the storms, we’d like to highlight some of what we think are the best ways those in the construction industry can give back.

The National Association of Home Builders has a disaster relief fund that assists areas affected by disaster in order to facilitate the rebuilding of communities. Donate directly to the Home Building Industry Disaster Relief Fund today.

If you’d like to use your skills, look into the following two volunteer organizations:

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster helps to alleviate the impact of disasters and helps coordinate volunteer efforts.

Volunteer Florida is a state agency that is mobilizing volunteers to help in areas impacted by Irma.

And, as always, the American Red Cross is a safe bet if you’re looking to donate financially. They are reported to spend 91 cents of every dollar donated on programs that actually benefit communities.

See the full list of the NAHB’s disaster recovery resources here.

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