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The Craftsman-style Home – Reflecting Madison’s Heritage

Craftsman-style Home | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Updating this Craftsman-style residence helps it to reflect the welcoming, cozy existence it was designed to represent.

A small cozy home appeals to would-be homeowners in 2020. Combining decades of tradition with modern amenities a Craftsman-style home has earned its place in Madison WI history. Throughout the area you can find hundreds of these unique designs in older neighborhoods. In addition, the styling has renewed interest among custom builders.

What is a Craftsman house design? With their roots in the 1920s signature features include an inviting front porch supported by heavy pillars, a low-slung roof with a dormer or two and the use of natural materials and colors inside and out. There’s a lot of wood trim – or in a modern renovation, wood-look materials. Typical Craftsman colors include browns, greens and other earth tones. Continue reading

Plan Every Kitchen Remodel Detail

Kitchen Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

This dated kitchen is a candidate for a total makeover – what will it take?

A kitchen remodel is one of the most rewarding home improvement projects you can undertake in your Madison WI home. It is also one of the most complexed. And, it can be one of the most frustrating.

Family activities center in the kitchen. The day’s events are planned and the day recapped. Creating an efficient, welcoming kitchen is a lofty goal, but one well worth the effort. Tearing out the heart of family organization requires planning and foresight. It disrupts all aspects of daily life. Is your family ready to do without the kitchen for weeks, maybe months? Now’s the time to think about it. Continue reading

Kitchen Cabinet Trends – Put Your Style On Display

Kitchen Cabinet Trends | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Custom installations of all kinds are available to meet your needs. Design a kitchen that fits your style.

Many aspects of your kitchen are subject to the whims of fads and fashions. Fortunately, kitchen cabinet trends are more stable than most. No matter what you want for your Madison WI home, there’s a cabinet style to fit your personal taste. Trends in countertops, tile selections and overall floor plans come and go – look the rise and decline of the “farmhouse kitchen” in recent years. Fortunately, kitchen cabinet selections are a steadying influence.

Consider these common threads in kitchen design: Continue reading

The Bump-out – Small Additions Add Big Value

Bump-out | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Adding great space to the inside doesn’t mean detracting from the outside of your home.

When you need a few extra square feet of living area without the rigors of a major remodeling plan, a bump-out addition is just the thing. Many Madison WI area homeowners want a more space but their lot size and budget won’t permit it. Adding a small addition that “bumps out” from the existing structure adds usable floor space anywhere in the house.

Consider adding space to your kitchen without knocking down interior walls. Or would you like to expand your master bath for a spa-like walk-in shower? Maybe your children are growing and need more closet space in bedrooms? Would extra space for an office or laundry room be worthwhile? Continue reading

Prepare To Remodel – Advanced Planning Guides The Process

Prepare To Remodel | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

Be prepared – your home life will be disrupted by noise, dust and people coming and going for weeks, maybe months. The results are worth it… if you can hang on.

So, you think it’s time to renovate your home. Do you know what it takes to remodel a single room much less an entire floor? When you prepare to remodel your Madison WI area home, be ready for a significant disruption in your daily routine. The first thing to understand is: Reality TV is NOT REAL. The wonderful remodeling programs compress weeks and months of intense work into 60-minute episodes. Don’t create a remodeling plan expecting a quick fix.

Homeowners planning for their new dream kitchen or bathroom have a short, but detailed list of expectations: Continue reading

An Open Floorplan Design Is Not For Everyone

Open Floorplan | Madison WI | Westring Construction, LLC

This older home has incorporated an open floorplan but is it making the best use of valuable space?

In all the popular places – TV, video and magazines – the concept of an open floorplan is a hot topic. Before you plan to knock down a wall in your Madison WI home, consider how – and if – it will really work in your daily routine.

Home buyers, especially first-time buyers, put the “open concept” high on their must have list. At the same time, owners of older homes consider opening up the floorplan a way to modernize. With the wide variety of architectural styles available throughout the Madison area there are plenty of options. Continue reading

Create Your New Home With A Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation| Sunroom | Home Addition | Madison WI | Westring Construction

A kitchen renovation can easily lead to a four season sunroom addition, changing the entire feel of your Madison WI home.

A kitchen renovation is a gateway project with the ability to change the entire feel and function of your home.

Many family activities occur in the kitchen, so a kitchen renovation, whether it’s updating fixtures, creating a new footprint or catering to a variety of new activities, will change how you live in your home.

Thinking Outside The Kitchen Renovation “Box”

Thinking “outside the box” when considering a kitchen renovation can be a literal thing to do, not a figurative thing. For example, adding additional room to your home as part of a kitchen renovation can be a great starting point. Continue reading

Selecting YOUR Perfect Remodeling Contractor

Remodeling Contractor | Madison WI | Westring Construction | Home Additions

Westring Construction wants you to have the best Madison WI remodeling contractor for your home improvement project

The right remodeling contractor working on your renovation can be the difference between an adequate project or a great result which you will appreciate for years.

When choosing a remodeling contractor to head up your project, starting the process with a few basic steps can make a huge difference and give you peace of mind throughout the entire process. Consider the following –

Check Referrals
A successful remodeling contractor will tell you their largest source of new business is word-of-mouth. Ask family, friends and neighbors about with whom they’ve had good experiences. Find out what made the experience positive. Ask how the contractor handled problems. Ask if they would use the contractor again. These questions will give you great insight. Continue reading

I Want My Remodel Done NOW!

Remodel | Remodeling Contractor | Madison WI | Westring Construction

With a remodel project in Madison WI, you can choose two of these three options. But never all three together.

When planning a remodel of any type, a steady-as-you-go process will get the best results for your home, your budget and sanity. Remodeling projects nearly always have many moving parts including contractor schedules, material deliveries, surprises behind the walls and even the homeowner’s schedule or needs.

By definition, a remodel is organized chaos. As a result, getting something done “NOW” can be a recipe for disaster.

Let’s face it, you ARE tearing apart (or open) a major part of your home. The place you live. Continue reading

A Successful Customer Leads to a Successful Remodeling Project

Remodeling | Remodeling Contractor | Madison WI | Westring Construction


Put your wish list together before meeting with your Remodeling Contractor in Madison WI

The outcome of a remodeling project can often be predicted by how well the homeowner does their planning – planning done before a remodeling contractor is even selected for the project.

Why, you ask?

Because remodel projects tend to run more smoothly for a “good” customer.

Look at it this way. Your remodeling contractor can plan for the materials needed, schedule subcontractors and manage the remodel or addition based on what they can control. A good customer will do their best to not change things in mid project, allowing the plan to unfold with few or no adjustments. In these conditions, your project will be completed on time and within budget. But what exactly makes a good remodeling customer? Continue reading