8 Beautiful Wisconsin Homes on Houzz

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Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin is proud to work with some of the best builders in the state.

Our partners are completing amazing homes for people in Wisconsin all the time. If you like looking at beautiful houses, we’ve got some that will make your jaw hit the floor.

Check out these eight projects from Wisconsin builders and architects that we found on Houzz.

1. Ellington Two-Story Home – Korndoerfer Homes

Korndoerfer Homes in Milwaukee has been building beautiful residences in Wisconsin since 1926. This model home is called the Ellington. It features a spacious layout with five bedrooms and a lookout lower level. Check it out!

exterior view of large home open concept kitchen and dining room basement living area

Photos by Korndoerfer Homes

2. Cedarburg Farmhouse – Henderson Group

It’s amazing how a home can be transformed when you put it in the right hands. Just look at the before and after pictures detailing what the Henderson Group did to this old farmhouse in Cedarburg. It went from worn out and kind of creep to a country home that’s completely cozy. The wrap around porch is incredible!

Before

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After

after house renovation renovated front porch and doors

Photos by Henderson Group, Inc

3. Frank Lloyd Wright Style – Belman Homes

No other name in design and architecture is more recognizable than Frank Lloyd Wright, and it takes a talented builder to pull off his style. Belman Homes did a fantastic job calling on his muse when they created the Rockwood plan.

In addition to the eye-catching exterior, this model features a contemporary kitchen and graceful lines throughout the entryways.

new home with dirt yard new modern kitchen new living room with fireplace

Photos by Belman Homes

4. Karalyn House – Cypress Homes

This floor plan from Cypress Homes is ideal for family living. The Karalyn House is an open concept, split bedroom ranch. It boasts a spacious kitchen as well as a sun room and mud room.

kitchen and dining room kitchen and living room

Photos by Cypress Homes, Inc.

5. Rustic & Modern in Suamico – Wisconsin Log Homes

The folks at Wisconsin Log Homes effectively combined two looks in one with this charming project. It’s rustic – with large wooden beams on the ceilings. Yet modern – with trendy white trim and kitchen cabinets. Plus, Pella windows let natural light splash throughout the home!

Check out the rest of these project photos here.

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6. Scray Hill Home – Gmack Development

This sprawling, country-inspired home from Gmack Development is located near De Pere, Wisconsin overlooks the city from atop a ledge. Arched windows add elegance to the exterior. Inside, you’ll find bright white cabinetry and out in the backyard is a large patio that’s perfect for entertaining.

front view of large home and landscaped yard furnished kitchen and living room home with backyard

Photos by Gmack Development, Inc

7. Waukesha County Lake House – Design Group Three

For this project involving Design Group Three, the original home was removed from the foundation for a complete rebuild. The result was a shingled, cottage-style home that’s perfect for lazy summer days by the lake.

We especially enjoy the loft as well as the view from the roof of the boathouse, which became an outdoor seating area.

house with marina deck with view of lake house with loft view of home from the second story loft

Photos by Design Group Three 

8. River Pointe Two-Story – Dickinson Homes

Our last home on this list isn’t quite Wisconsin. It’s from Dickinson Homes in Iron Mountain, Michigan. But Pella Windows & Doors frequently works with builders in the Upper Peninsula as well. We even have a sales representative, Joe Dost, dedicated to that region.

This house is a classy, custom-designed, craftsman home featuring modular construction. One of the most stunning areas of the house is the two-story great room featuring a coffered ceiling, dark wood floors, and lots of natural light coming in through the windows.

house with purple sky background living room with tall ceiling new updated kitchen

Photos by Dickinson Homes 

Get More Great Ideas on Houzz!

If you enjoyed these photos and started getting some great ideas for your own projects, make sure you join Houzz! And, don’t forget to follow Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin.

Whether you’re building homes or living in them, constructing a new house, or remodeling your current residence, we hope you’ll turn to and trust Pella to help make it beautiful with our windows and doors.

6 Benefits of Pella’s Between-the-Glass Blinds and Shades

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Pella takes pride in being an innovator in the world of windows and doors. We’ve been doing it for decades.

2016 marks 50 years since Pella introduced a groundbreaking idea that’s made life easier and safer for families everywhere. We brought the first between-the-glass blinds to the industry in 1966 with Slimshade®, and we expanded into fabric shades as well as window grilles as the years went on.

Today, you can get between-the-glass blinds and shades in a style you love, and control them with smart-home technology. Keep reading to discover the ways this product makes your life better.

1. Dusting Your Blinds Less Often

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The first one is obvious. Shades and blinds that are in between two panes of glass don’t need to be cleaned nearly as often.

You’ve probably noticed that blinds and shades are attractors of dust in your home. When you do clean them, it’s a major pain. If you let things get too dusty, it’s almost impossible to clean around the strings on each individual blind.

With blinds and shades protected between the glass, there is less exposure to dust, sticky hands, and pets than roomside blinds and shades.

Think about all the time you’ve spent dusting blinds and cleaning shades. It adds up. With behind-the-glass options, you’ll be giving time back to yourself.

Between-the-glass grilles make cleaning a little easier as well. That’s because instead of having sections of window to clean around, you have one smooth pane of glass to wipe down.

2. No Cords for Less Hassle and More Safety

The cords used to operate typical blinds and shades can be a significant safety hazard. Specifically, younger children may play with the cords which can be a safety concern.

With cordless between-the-glass shades and blinds, you don’t have to worry about that possibility. Instead of cords, these unique selections operate with convenient sliders on the side of the window frame.

Besides the safety hazard, cords on typical blinds can get tangled and tied up in knots. It can make your home look somewhat unkept. But the handy slider on Pella’s between-the-glass selections is barely noticeable.

3. Protected from Kids

Speaking of kids, having blinds and shades between the window panes keeps those mischievous little hands from pulling them down and destroying them.

Parents know how the story goes. Rambunctious kids will ruin just about anything they can reach. Replacing shades and blinds costs money. Investing in between-the-glass options helps keep your blinds and shades protected.

4. Ideal for Patio Doors

Between-the-glass blinds work for more than just windows. Your glass patio doors are the perfect place to have these installed.

Blinds that hang in front of a sliding patio door make it difficult to get in and out. You’ll find yourself constantly pushing them out of the way, and they get stuck in the door when you close it.

However, when they’re actually inside the glass, the blinds move right along with the door as it slides open and shut. So there’s no need to operate two things when you want to step outside.

5. It’s Easy to Change the Style

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This is one of the nicest thing about Pella’s between-the-glass products. They are super-simple to install, so you can switch them out when you want something new.

Pella’s Between-the-Glass fashions for wood replacement windows can be changed by the homeowner thanks to our exclusive snap-in technology. We’ve developed a product that’s literally a snap to install and maintain. Learn more in this video.

You can do this with shades, blinds, and window grilles, all of them are interchangeable. So when you decide you’d like to switch from blinds to fabric shades, it’s not a big deal at all.

6. Available with Exclusive Insynctive™ Technology

It’s easy to see how convenient between-the-glass blinds and shades for windows and doors can be. Now why not take it one step further?

Smart homes are no longer the homes of the future, they are here now, and Pella is leading the way with Insynctive™

This exclusive technology combines security, comfort, and convenience to give you a home that works with ease. With motorized blinds, you can use a remote to open and close blinds with the push of a button. You can also use a smartphone app to control your window shades from anywhere (Provided it is connected to home automation system).

It’s clear that with between-the-glass options and automation with Insynctive™ from Pella, the future of your home looks pretty bright!

Interested in learning more? You can visit one of Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin’s four showrooms to learn more and see these products for yourself.

5 Reasons Why Winter is a Good Time for Home Improvement Projects

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When you live in Wisconsin, it’s common for homeowners to plan projects around the seasons. And, it’s widely known that construction picks up in spring, however, there are plenty of reasons to begin your home improvement projects before the ice begins to melt.

1. Project Scheduling Can Be More Convenient

Home improvement may not be top of mind during the cold winter months but January through March can actually be the ideal time to begin your home improvement project. For contractors, business typically slows down during this time of year as fewer job bids are being presented. This may mean faster scheduling and quicker turnaround time for you. You may also get more individualized attention since many builders aren’t juggling as many projects.

2. Product Prices May Be Lower

Winter is a great time to take advantage of low prices and discount products. As the year comes to an end, many manufacturers run special offers to liquidate their inventory from previous seasons and reduce their existing stock in order to make room for products in the upcoming year.

3. No Need to Worry About Clean Up

Concerns of dust, fumes, and work areas with limited ventilation or space may cause some homeowners to wait until spring to remodel; however, current technologies and clean-up methods exist to control these problems. Fans with negative pressure, strip doors and curtains, and sealed heat ducts can help contain dust and filter debris in construction areas.

4. Approvals for Build Permits May Be Easier to Obtain

Government agencies can be less busy in winter, which allows contractors to obtain necessary permits quicker. The sooner your contractor obtains the proper permits, the sooner they can begin working on your home.

5. You Can Plan Your Projects Around Vacations

If the reasons above aren’t enough to persuade you to get a head start on your home improvement project, the thought of leaving for a relaxing family vacation and coming back to an updated, new room or space should be the incentive needed to schedule your renovation project.

Get Started On Your Next Home Project Today!

Are you ready to dive into your next project this winter? Let Pella Windows and Doors of Wisconsin help! From selecting the proper window and door styles to recommending the right materials and finishes for your home, our expert team is here to help.

Contact us or give us a call today at 1-800-242-1008 for answers to all your home design questions.

5 DIY Window & Door Remodeling Projects for Fans of Rustic Decor

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collage of rustic windowsPella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin offers many attractive window fashions that can be made to order.

From our convenient between-the-glass blinds and shades to distinctive cellular shades featuring a honeycomb design, you can select coverings for windows and doors that meet your needs and your style.

However, it’s always fun to add some extra personality to your home, and windows provide a great opportunity to do just that.

Here in Wisconsin the Door County peninsula is a special part of our state –  offering its own distinctive atmosphere. Many people comment on how Door County interior decorating is rustic yet warm and inviting.

You don’t need to own a cottage to give your home that Door County-feel. If you’re up for a DIY project, we found five ideas to give your windows and doors a picturesque makeover.

1. Shutters on the Inside of Your Home

Courtesy: Betsy Speert

You need some carpentry skills to do this one on your own. Luckily, Donna does give detailed directions on how she created her wooden gate screens.

She points out how she purposefully gave the tops of the gates a curved shape to “add some architectural interest to an otherwise very square window frame.”

Beyond vertical blinds and valances, you might think there isn’t much you can do to dress up sliding glass patio doors.

This idea from designer Betsy Speert’s blog brings a common exterior window dressing inside!

She installed plantation shutters with hinges on patio doors leading from a bedroom to an outdoor pool at her home in Florida. The two sets of shutters can open like French doors, and the blinds can be opened and closed to let in light or to get some privacy.

If you have a patio or deck off of your master bedroom, a simple remodeling project like this can add a lot of character.

You can use this same idea on windows! Get some advice on installing interior shutters from DIYNetwork.com.

The easiest way to do this is to find a set of slatted shutters that are the right size, and use a series of simple hinges to attach them together. This gives you an accordion-style screen allowing the shutters to stand up on their own while also making them easy to move around.

2. Folding Wooden-Gate Screen

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Here’s a similar idea with an even more rustic feel. Donna from Funky Junk Interiors explains how to build-your-own folding gate screens for an interior window covering. This is a project she’d been planning for awhile.

They remind us of doors to a barn, vintage boathouse, or a larger version of a charming, picket white fence. It’s definitely a very specific style, but if you like that summer cottage look, this is to die for! These screens are not attached to the wall, but moved into place when she wants privacy.

You need some carpentry skills to do this one on your own. Luckily, Donna does give detailed directions on how she created her wooden gate screens. She points out how she purposefully gave the tops of the gates a curved shape to “add some architectural interest to an otherwise very square window frame.”

3. Window Boxes to Get the Cottage Look

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Window boxes bring the outside of your home to life – especially if you have a green thumb and can grow some beautiful plants and flowers in them.

Most people tend to install window boxes that match their home’s exterior trim and shutters. However, for a bold look, you can choose eye-popping, contrasting colors instead.

Watch the video above for instruction on how to build your own window boxes.

Video URL: https://youtu.be/ERk8gnermcU

4. Corrugated Tin Interior Awning

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Using corrugated tin indoors is a super a creative way to bring a rustic, farm or industrial look to the interior of your home.                                                                                This design would look really fantastic with wood blinds of any color! It involves building a simple awning frame to the size of your interior window and attaching corrugated sheet metal, which is similar to what you would find on an outdoor chicken coup or a barn.

Ashley Turner from Shanty 2 Chic got this idea from her favorite salon and then built the tin awning herself to dress up the windows in her son’s bedroom. It gives her son’s bedroom a unique look that will be sure to impress.

Want to give this project a try? Ashley has detailed instructions on how to build the awning as well as how to take shiny corrugated tin and make it look weathered. Just visit her blog to see all the details.

5. Top of Window to Floor Curtains & Drapes

The first four DIY projects in this article are going to require some carpentry skills. Of course, a much easier way to express some personal style with windows and patio doors is adding some simple curtains or drapes.

This interior decorating idea is affordable, too. And, if you buy your own fabric, you’ll be able to find the perfect patterns and colors for your home. Kristi at Addicted 2 Decorating says she never buys store­ bought drapes and curtains. That’s one of her designs above, and you can see more on her website.

Keep in mind, there is a ”proper way” that designers suggest to hang your drapes to give them the most visual appeal. Keep in mind, there is a right way and a wrong way to hang your drapes. It’s more about going with what you feel is right and what works with your home.

First Things First …

Before you can decorate, you should make sure you have quality windows and doors along with blinds and shades. Whether you’re planning a big remodeling project or constructing a new home, Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin has the products you need to help build the house of your dreams.

We are happy to offer no-cost consultations. So connect with us soon to talk about your window and door projects!

4 Things to Do Now if You Plan on Building Your Dream Home Next Year

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pencil and home blueprintsBuilding a new house is an exciting and life-changing decision. To be able to create a home all about you is something homeowners dream about. Do you want big bay windows overlooking the river? Do you want an island in the kitchen for entertaining? Do you want a smart house using Insynctive technology to add safety and peace of mind?

There are endless options, so how do you ensure you’re on the right path? To make the process go as smoothly as possible, here are a few things you can do now if you plan to build a house next year.

Explore home inspiration platforms

We all have an idea of our ultimate dream home. So this is the time to not shy away from those innermost desires. Your needs and wants can be hard to describe, and sometimes you don’t even know what you want yet. There are social platforms that exist for this exact purpose. You most likely know about Pinterest, a place for home decor ideas, DIY projects, and more. But a newer platform, specifically designed for home building, décor, and renovation is Houzz.

On Houzz you can search specific keywords like “dark brown hardwood floors” or “double entry front doors.” Photos from professionals including designers, architects, builders, and suppliers like Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin, are then displayed for users to look through and save for inspiration.

Think beyond the house structure when setting a budget

This is the time to settle on a general number you’re looking to spend on building a new home, which should be based on what you can afford. When doing this, you will need to budget for enough to pay a general contractor, taxes, the foundation, roof, dry walling, etc. But as you plan, go beyond these initial costs.

For example, after you build a beautiful kitchen, you’ll need appliances. When picking out custom-trim windows, you will need shades or blinds too. Go through all costs beyond just the structure of your new house to help you plan for all expenses. And a bonus tip: there are homebuilding apps that will help you stay on track and organized throughout the process. Home Design 3D helps you map out your entire home including furniture so you don’t forget those next-step items. Construction Cost Estimator will help you plan out how much your inspired ideas will cost. Then, Mortgage Calculator by Quicken Loans will help plan out your finances.

Use free resources from home builder associations

Local homebuilders associations can offer many more resources than just the Parade of Homes events once a year. And these Parade houses are usually available online after the shows if you are interested in looking through homes in a certain neighborhood.

There are also lot listings, builder profiles, building permit information, and home financing resources. With local homebuilders associations, they are specific to the area where you’ll be building your home, so you can have peace of mind that you have the most relevant and current information.

To find local information in your area, visit the Wisconsin Home Builders Association.

Connect with local experts

By reaching out to local builders, general contractors, architects, and suppliers early in your planning process, you can make valuable connections that’ll help you put your dream team together.

With over 80 years of experience in the industry, our Pella team knows a thing or two about the homebuilding process. Stop by any of our four showrooms and we’ll help you choose the best doors and windows for your new home, or help with any other questions you have. We can put you in touch with our network of local Wisconsin partners including homebuilders associations, general contractors, city chambers, architects, and more.

When it comes to building a new home, it’s better to be as prepared as possible. It’s a long journey that requires your full investment, and if you put forth the effort in planning ahead, you’ll be that much closer to enjoying your new home with no regrets after construction is finished.

So kick start your home building process and get planning!

To connect with our sales rep team, visit our main web page at PellaWI.com or call 877-319-0957. We look forward to hearing from you!

4 Reasons To Open Your Windows And Let In The Fresh Spring Air

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Pella WindowsWhen you spend all winter living in Wisconsin, you’re likely to open up all the windows you can once the temperature gets anywhere near 50 degrees.

Good for you! That’s actually a great idea. Fresh air from opening your windows can benefit your body, your mind, the atmosphere of your home, and your wallet.

Here’s how …

Opening Windows Can Clear Your Home of Indoor Pollutants

When you hear about pollution, you probably picture smoggy skies, car exhaust, and smokestacks pouring filth into the air. However, it’s now well-established that the air inside your home often contains more toxins than outside air.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission states on its website:

“In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”

That’s bad news for those of us who spend most of our day inside.

One reason indoor air quality is worse is the rate of dilution. If the air outside were an olympic size swimming pool, your house would be more like a thimble of water. Pollutants simply become more concentrated inside a building.

Pollutants released from things like fireplaces, water heaters, gas ovens, and space heaters all get trapped in your home.

Open Windows Can Make Your Home Smell Better

Have you ever noticed how everyone’s home smells a bit differently? Wouldn’t it be great if your home had the fresh aroma of spring? Open a window!

Nobody likes that stuffy house smell, but you’ll notice a dramatic difference when you air things out.

Just as pollutants get trapped inside a closed up home, so can odors. While you’d be hard-pressed to find many people who dislike the aroma of bacon, that smell hangs in the air for a long time.

Regularly opening your windows for short periods of time each day can greatly improve the scent of your home. You may not even need air fresheners anymore! They can add more chemical particles to the air.

Open Windows Can Help You Think and Can Make You Happier

Not only will your physical health benefit from open windows, your mental health could get a boost as well.

Various studies indicate air quality has a profound effect on cognition. For example, a University of Tulsa research project found proper ventilation is important for learning. Researchers say student test scores improved when hot stuffy indoor air was replaced with cooler outdoor air.

“Improving ventilation, bringing in more outdoor air and lowering temperatures in the classroom dramatically improves students’ ability to achieve,” Dr. Richard Shaughnessy of the University of Tulsa told KOTV news.

Fresh air is good for adults as well as kids. The Huffington Post reported on a Harvard study that found poor indoor air quality leads to low productivity among employees.

However, reducing CO2 levels and indoor pollutants produced a dramatic swing in the other direction. Better air quality improved participants’ ability to make decisions, process information, and respond to emergency situations.

Opening Windows Could Save You Money in the Summer

Honestly, when you live in Wisconsin, there are some summers when you’ll barely need to use the A/C. Opening your windows at the right time of day can help cool your house down.

It can get awfully humid in Wisconsin in the summer, so you’ll want to be careful about when you open windows to avoid getting humid air in your home. However, cracking the windows at night when the temperature falls and humidity drops is a good idea.

Don’t Forget About Your Screens! 

Of course, open windows call for screens! Many Wisconsin homeowners are taking their screens out of storage so they can let the fresh spring air into their homes.

Sometimes screens get damaged in storage over the winter. They may not fit tightly into your windows anymore, and screens with tears in them may lead to bugs getting in the house.

Want help getting your window screens back in shape? If you have Pella windows, you can call our service department at 920-321-3467 to let us know what your issues are. We may be able to help you over the phone. If not, we’ll come take a look.

Our technicians can make a service call to your home to try and patch things up or install replacement screens. They can also help with windows that might be sticking or aren’t operating as well as they once did.

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