Exterior


Victorian Garage Addition in Columbus, WI

We’ve recently been working on a garage addition and remodel of an old Victorian home from the 1850’s.

It’s the oldest home we’ve ever worked on! The homeowner’s want a larger, updated kitchen, mud room, and laundry room. They also want to remove their 2-car garage and build a new 3-car garage addition. All of this while maintaining the period look of the home and increasing it’s value.  

Our first post about this home will be covering the 3-car garage we’re adding to the home. The homeowner’s existing garage was too small to fit two cars. It also faced the wrong direction, making it difficult to get in and out of. 

Garage Addition Before

Garage Before

Garage Addition Before

Garage Before- Facing perpendicular to driveway

Garage Addition Before

Garage Before- The garage was difficult to get into because of the direction it faced

The homeowners had plenty of room on their lot to build a new, larger garage that faced the street. This would make for easier access and a more spacious driveway. The first thing we did was remove the existing 2-car garage and leveled the area. 

Garage Addition During

Garage Removal

After the foundation walls were poured, framing began on the new 3-car garage addition.

Garage Addition During- Framing

Garage Addition During- Framing

We decided to build 3 gables on the garage over each garage door. The gables make the garage more interesting to look at and go with the style of the home.

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition During

Garage Addition- Almost finished!

Garage Addition- Almost finished!

Inside each gable we mixed half-round and shake siding to match the gables on the rest of the home. Each gable will also get a custom designed fretwork accent.

Garage Addition- Gable Detail

Garage Addition- Gable Detail

Please stay tuned! We’ll be uploading more photos as this addition project reaches completion. We’ll also be posting about the kitchen remodel that was phase 2 of this project. 

To see more project photos, visit our New Homes & Additions photo gallery.


MoistureShield Sustainable Decking Project

With our latest deck project in Madison, WI under construction, we’d like to put some information on our blog regarding our favorite decking system.

Over the past 3 years, we have built three decks out of MoistureShield Decking. Two of the three decks have been a two-tone design, with the border and skirt board in a contrasting color. MoistureShield is available is a variety of colors, creating a unique outdoor living space. Our clients are ecstatic with the finished look, from the colors to the perfectly mitered corners. The concealed clips allow for a seamless finish, with no screw holes on the finished surface. This makes for a beautiful, yet durable finished product that’s also easy to clean. MoistureSheild decking is also stain, fade, scratch, mold and mildew resistant. It’s designed to last a lifetime.

In addition to high performance and aesthetics, MoistureShield is also in line with the pricing of Trex deck systems. Our carpenters prefer the install on MoistureShield over Trex due to MoistureShield looking and feeling like wood (not plastic like feel/aesthetic like Trex). Furthermore, it has a marine rating, which lends itself to a longer lifetime. Most MoistureShield products have a limited lifetime warranty.

MoistureShield is also a very environmentally conscious company, with a highly sustainable manufacturing process.

Their parent company, Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. is a leading plastics recycler and manufacturer of green composite building products. MoistureShield has a total of 95% total recycled content  (38% post consumer, 57% pre-consumer). MoistureShield doesn’t cut down new trees to make its decking.

All things accounted for, we feel confident we’ve been supplying and installing the best of the best for our clients. Because of this, they’ve been loving the results. 

Contact us today to get a free estimate!

Decking Project

MoistureShield Decking Project in Waunakee, WI

Decking Project

MoistureShield Decking Project in Madison, WI

To see more project photos, visit our Sun Rooms & Decks page.


Colonial Curb Appeal Project in Madison, WI

When it comes to remodeling, a lot of homeowners overlook the exterior of their home and only focus on the interior. However, the exterior curb appeal of your home can make a huge difference to the overall value! 

After a recent update, the curb appeal of this colonial home has greatly improved. Aside from removing the 22 ton maple tree, we also added an overhang entry to the front door. The exterior took on a different color scheme- grays, white, and a punch of red in the front door. This added a much needed update to the curb appeal of the home.

A tree fell on the house in late May, just as we were about to finish up the exterior work. As a result, we had to stop everything, repair the roof, repair the siding (which included removing a few branches), and repair the interior where the tree had compromised the window and plaster work. The home was meant to be featured on the 2013 NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes. After the tree fell, we had to postpone the tour until the next year. 

Thankfully, the fallen tree didn’t harm the back deck. We used MoistureShield decking – the most low maintenance deck material on the market. In addition, it’s a very sustainable material and comes in a variety of colors. It’s marine-rated for boat docks, so our clients won’t have to deal with water damage to the deck. You can read more about MoistureShield decking in our recent blog post MoistureShield Sustainable DeckingA rain garden sits just beyond the deck to help control water run-off. Next year it should be in full bloom.

Although the fallen tree caused a longer than anticipated project, our clients are ecstatic with the new exterior of their home. We were able to show off their whole-home addition during the 2014 NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes. Check out our blog post Tour Home 2014- Two Story Addition to see more photos.

Curb Appeal Before: Front of house

Before: Front of house

Curb Appeal During: Tree damage

During: Tree damage

Curb Appeal After: Front of house

After: Front of house

To see more project photos, visit our New Homes & Additions page.