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Today, more and more Americans are staying in their existing homes. Rather than buying a new house, they're choosing to do home improvements, remodeling projects or expand their current home with an addition. "Homeowners are remodeling specifically to suit their needs and make their home a place they absolutely love," says Diane Welhouse, executive director of the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). "They are weighing the pros and cons of moving and are making the decision to remain but are implementing improvements to create the home they've always dreamed of." Kitchen Amenities for Everyone When planning a kitchen remodel, today's homeowners consider the needs of the entire family and include design elements that accommodate everyone - even pets. "There are no hard-and-fast rules anymore," says Greg Perkins, a NARI Milwaukee member, Certified Remodeler (CR) and president of GMH Construction, Inc. "Our floor plans and designs are created to match the lifestyle and specific interests of each individual homeowner." According to Perkins, coffee bars, beverage centers, baking nooks and pet stations are just some of the cus- tomization requests from clients. They're also building easy-to-access appliance "garages" that are incorporated right into the cabinetry. "For those who love to cook and bake, larger commer- cial appliances, double ovens, pot fillers, warming draw- ers and dedicated counter space that is used as a serving buffet are important," says Perkins. Of course, there's also the technology that modern kitchens need to address. "Since kitchens are the gathering place where stuff often gets dropped off, we're creating technology cabinets so cell phones, tablets, laptops and other devices can be charged and conveniently stowed away," explains Perkins. "Our clients appreciate a central storage area that's concealed so devices don't clutter up the kitchen environ- ment they've created." In terms of kitchen technology, appliances have become intelligent devices that make life easier and more convenient. Gone are the days when a refrigerator just kept your food cold. Also, gone are the days when only the wealthy could afford these conveniences. "Even at a moderate price point, you can get appliances with built-in technology. For example, there are refrigera- tors that will find and read recipes to you or add items to your grocery list," explains Nicole Raffensperger from Design Tech Remodeling, also a member of NARI Milwaukee. "Other kitchen technology includes ovens you can operate with a phone app." Design with a Splash of Panache Beyond functionality and technology, there's design. White cabinetry is still a popular choice among home- owners. However, stained wood finishes remain a classic. "In Wisconsin, because of our long winters, home- continued on next page www.narimilwaukee.org WASHINGTON COUNTY DAILY NEWS • WAUKESHA FREEMAN • OCONOMOWOC ENTERPRISE • OZAUKEE COUNTY NEWS GRAPHIC • MILWAUKEE COUNTY POST • HARTFORD TIMES PRESS NARI MILWAUKEE OCTOBER 2018 261474001 262.363.4200 ❘ www.herriges.com 121 Wolf Run, Suite 1, Mukwonago, WI 53149 In Mukwonago since 1972 Julie Herriges, CKBR Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer Award Winning Residential Remodeler ✦ Additions ✦ Kitchens ✦ Bathrooms ✦ Lower Levels Remodeling Adds Luxuries and Amenities for 21st Century Living NARI Home & Remodeling Show Don't miss the Home & Remodeling Show presented by NARI Milwaukee October 12-14 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center. The show features more than 100 NARI member exhibitors who are showcasing the latest in remodeling and home improvement. Throughout the weekend, NARI members are on hand to answer questions, explain the newest design trends and innovative products and help spark your imagination and creativity. Friday, October 12, Noon-8pm Saturday, October 13, 10am-8pm Sunday, October 14, 10am-5pm Tickets: $8 in advance (online only), $10 at the door; Seniors (60+) are $8 at the door, children & military (with I.D.) are free Parking: $6 (ample street parking is also available) For more information, visit NARIMilwaukee.org

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