January 2018 The WBS Connection

Jan 19, 2018


Light and Airy Spec Home


Feminine details fill every space of this twin home built on spec in Winona, Minnesota. Lyndsey Kampen, a designer at WBS Onalaska, explains how her design was planned to maximize space and give off a soft, gentle feel.

Dainty lighting, a curved quartz countertop, and plenty of wine storage are used to bring an air of femininity to the kitchen of this twin home designed by Lyndsey Kampen. To achieve this look she used Dura Supreme cabinetry throughout the home.

In the kitchen, Lyndsey used as much clever, functional storage as possible. Two wall appliance cabinets with lift doors flank the gas cooktop and provide space for the homeowner to hide small appliances. Pull-out pantry shelves provide easy access, and the wood mantel hood matches the look of the cabinets and allows the eye to easily move through the room without distraction. Built-in wine storage, and an integrated wall microwave and oven, are on the adjacent wall.

The Dura Supreme Homestead door style in maple, painted Silvermist, was used in the kitchen, main and basement bathrooms, entryway, and laundry room. The kitchen cabinets were topped with the popular Cambria Quartz in Brittanicca, with the curved island top being a design element. In the other spaces, Cambria Quartz Newport was the countertop of choice.

In the master suite, Lyndsey used Lifespan Closets to maximize space and keep things in place. The master bath vanity is made from cherry wood stained Mocha, and the Homestead door is used there as well. The space offers unique towel storage with an x-cabinet in the center, and a wall-to-counter cabinet draws the eye up to the fun vanity lighting. View more photos of this kitchen through the Houzz article.



Choose Elevations for Cabinetry Design


If you haven’t been using the kitchen and bath designers at Elevations by WBS, you’re missing out on part of the full-service experience we provide. With skilled, experienced designers in eight locations across the state, Elevations is the best choice for creating functional and unique spaces.

Whether you’re building on spec or completing a custom build for clients, Elevations by WBS is your best choice when it comes to kitchen and bath product and design. Here’s why.

  1. Your vision on our screens. Our designers listen to your needs and wants and use their expertise to provide the best possible design to fit your budget and vision. To help you see what you’ll be getting, we use industry-leading 2020 Design software to create photo-realistic renderings of your kitchen or bathroom.
  2. We carry four cabinetry brands. As an authorized dealer of Dura Supreme, Northern Classic Cabinets, Smart Cabinetry, and Quest Cabinets, we have options to fit every style and budget.
  3. Our designers stay on top of trends. Styles change and trends evolve. Our designers are here to help you determine the best fit for your space, whether you desire a classic look or cutting edge style. Our portfolio is full of endless inspiration.
  4. We coordinate with other contractors. To be sure that your look is cohesive, our designers will work with other contractors selling things like flooring and backsplash tile to find the best elements to complement your cabinetry. When you choose Elevations, you can be sure all parts of your design are well thought out and flow together flawlessly.
  5. Consultations are free! Our design services include a free in-home consultation or meeting at one of our eight design centers.



Ideas for Staying Warm When it’s COLD

The extreme cold weather we encountered in December and early January was enough to be dangerous for the average person, which means it was particularly hazardous for construction workers. And while your crews may have shut down during that cold snap, that’s not always realistic when the mercury plummets.

There are several precautions construction workers can take when working outdoors in dangerously cold weather and during winter in general. With the help of OSHA, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep your crews safe while the tundra is frozen.

  1. Pay attention to the most updated weather reports from your nearest National Weather Service office. It will give information on when wind chills reach critical thresholds. A Wind Chill Warning is issued when wind chill temperatures are life threatening. A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when wind chill temperatures are potentially hazardous.
  2. Watch out for cold stress, a condition that occurs when the body can no longer maintain a normal temperature. Results of cold stress are frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot.
  3. Teach your employees how to prevent cold stress by scheduling plenty of breaks; providing warm, sweetened beverages; using radiant heaters where possible; and encouraging workers to dress in loose, thin layers, always wearing hats.
  4. Inspect work sites every day. It’s important to check the jobsite for new hazards like ice and snow that may have formed while workers were away. Downed power lines and trees are other things to be on the lookout for.
  5. Check out the chart at the bottom of this page to help you determine how to schedule work breaks and when to cease non-emergency work.

If you’d like more information on how to keep your workers safe in winter, the OSHA website has plenty of resources.