Remodeling Projects for Spring and Summer

We are entering the time of year where all of us will walk outside again and re-introduce ourselves to our neighbors and enjoy some of the warmth that greets us with spring. It’s also a great time to do a few household remodeling projects you might have been putting off. We can help you with a few of those projects. Continue reading

Common Door Problems

doorYou may have moved into a home that has some minor door issues that have gotten worse over the years or you may have seen issues crop up with the doors in your new home. You know what they are: door squeaks or rattles, the trim now has a gap, the hinges are loose, the wall plates appear to be misaligned, etc. Let’s talk about these common issue and how some can be fixed yourself while others will require some help from our door shop. Continue reading

Bathroom Makeover

custom vanity 3Do you walk into your bathroom everyday and think, “I hate this room, but it’s so small, what can be done?” For the most part, unless you are going to tear everything down, re-route pipes or enlarge the house, your bathroom, with the toilet next to the sink and the bathtub right across from it, is going to stay that way. BUT, that doesn’t mean you can’t remake the way a bathroom looks! Continue reading

Your Kitchen in 2017

Darren kitchen 2Our last blog talked about the home remodeling trends for the coming year and now we want to focus on kitchen cabinets, since the kitchen is one of the most remodeled rooms in homes across the country. The 2017 Kitchen Cabinet trends have to deal with color and style. Here are our 5 favorite! Continue reading

Home Improvement in 2017

Custom WoodworkAs we wrap up 2016, the trend analysts are already looking at what changes homeowners are considering for 2017. The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) predicts continued growth in home renovation and repair spending for 2017 before tapering off near the end of the year. While popular trends are looked at based on what majorities of people are buying and changing in their homes, we here at Brunsell know that our clients have their own styles and desires and some even buck the trends. Despite that, here’s what analysts say 2017 will look like for home improvement. Continue reading

Your Fireplace Mantel for Christmas

Mantels_Decorations_ChristmasIt’s the time of year where we are decorating, cooking, planning, and celebrating. Fireplaces are gathering places as the temperatures drop and become the focal point of living rooms. But, sometimes forgotten is the fireplace mantel and how much it can change the look of a room with just a little decoration for Christmas. Here are some ideas for sprucing up your mantel! Continue reading

Why Custom Millwork Still Works for the Home

millworkThere’s a feeling most people get when they walk into a home and the interior is highlighted with wood; from the interior-finish to the decorative highlights, a custom wood highlighted home brings us back to a simpler time, but one of old-school elegance. Custom millwork is still a valued part of most building construction or remodeling projects and Brunsell Lumber prides itself on the custom millwork we create for our clients and have been creating for more than 70 years in Wisconsin! Continue reading

Organizing the Closet

Closet_organizationThe closet: the bane of most people’s rooms.

It’s the part of the room that holds the most “treasures” but is never organized, even when you spend a weekend putting it together. By Tuesday of the next week, it’s a mess again.

It’s the part of the room that just doesn’t seem to have enough space!

Closets are something we all need and use and something we just can’t seem to keep in order. There’s either not enough space or just no way to keep all the clothes organized to make it easy to find what you need when you need it. You’re not alone in your angst. But, there are ways to make your life easier when it comes to the little clothing retailer that is your closet. We can help design a closet system for you that will have you wanting to spend more time in your closet rather than shutting the doors and running away! Continue reading

Kitchen Design Ideas

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Photo credit: Andrea Rugg, for Building Design & Construction

You aren’t alone if you hate your kitchen. It is one of the rooms in the house that nearly everyone spends the most time in and many find it inefficient and difficult to use if they didn’t design it themselves. This is why most home remodeling projects start with the kitchen and go from there. In a 2013 survey of their readers, Forbes asked nearly 8,000 readers about their plans to remodel. 49% of those who responded said they were going to completely gut their kitchens! If that’s your plan in the coming year, here are some ideas to consider and some to forget. Continue reading

Searching for Replacement Windows

Most people think the most important thing to look for when searching for replacement windows is how much can the energy bill be lowered. While this is very important, it should never be the most important reason. It could take years to actually recoup all the money spent on your replacement windows via your energy savings. Here’s what we believe you should be considering WITH the savings when looking for replacement windows. Continue reading