Fireworks Beautiful but Potentially Dangerous

Tips to keep it safe With Independence Day right around the corner, you might be thinking picnics, parades, and fireworks shows. As fun as fireworks are, they are dangerous. Think about it: fireworks are little exploding devices. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2016 there were 11,100 people who were injured and […]

Ultimate Lighting Guide

Pick the Right – Fixtures for Every Room in Your Home For so many of us, lighting is an afterthought in our interiors. This happens when you think of it as a utilitarian detail of the room, rather than something that adds aesthetic value. When it’s done right, lighting is the unsung element that brings […]

Have Questions? Ask the Builder

Rich Kogelschatz, CAPS, CGB, Heartland Builders LLC It’s natural to have questions and changes when building a custom home. Prevent surprises and delays by getting answers from the top. There are lots of things homeowners can do to keep their building project running smoothly. Number one is making timely product choices, but another key action […]

Top 5 Tips to Enjoy your Summer Barbecue

If enjoying your home in the summertime includes a barbecue on your patio or deck, follow these five safety tips for your grilling equipment and the food you will be cooking. Location Always Matters Maintaining an adequate distance between the grill and the outside wall of the house is important to reduce the chance of fire. […]

Paint with a Plan

You’ve finally decided on that paint color that will pull everything together and now you are ready to paint.  If you have the time and want your paint job to be flawless you’ll need a few tips from the pros. Do a thorough visual inspection and prep. Any cracked, flaking, or peeling areas need to […]

Benefits of Homeownership Create Enduring Appeal

Homeownership endures as the foundation of the American dream, and that’s why the home building industry is celebrating National Homeownership Month in June.   The benefits of owning your own home are numerous — for you and for your community. You build financial strength and emotional well-being for you and your family, and at the same […]

Are You Making These 4 Bathroom Design Mistakes?

Most of us aren’t professional interior designers, which is why it’s okay to make a few design mistakes from time to time (It’s the best way to learn, right?). However, you don’t have to live with your missteps forever. Often, with just a few small tweaks, those errors are easily fixed and your interiors feel […]

Keep Unwanted Summer Guests Away

Summer is a great time to entertain visiting friends and family.  There are some guests, however, that you shouldn’t allow into your home — pests such as ants, roaches, rats and termites. Pest infestations are more than a nuisance. It is important to protect your family from disease due to food contamination and allergens and […]


Brett Little, GreenHome Institute Despite living in the great lakes where water appears to be abundant, many wells, streams, and aquifers are running dry. Costs to pay for water to be delivered to your house are going up all over and even if you are on a well, that doesn’t mean you don’t pay for […]

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Yard

The beginning of spring is an ideal time to get a head start on your yardwork. A little work now will spruce up the outside of your home, start your “spring cleaning” routine and make your summer yard chores easier. Rake, Remove, Repeat First, rake the entire yard. Remove all sticks, leaves, and dead vegetation. […]