Waukesha County Home

October, 2022

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Tailored From Page 1 The Metropolitan Builders Association advocates for the home building and remod- eling industry, provides resources to con- sumer and industry professionals, connects professionals in all areas of the construc- tion trade, and represents reputable and professional members, according to the organization website. Still running strong in current home trends are updated kitchens, according to Van Sistine. "There's lots of new countertops, new cabinets, really great appliances," he said. New this year are some of the light fix- tures featured by builders, according to Van Sistine, who said a "basket weave or bird cage style" are among those styles trending. Color pallets at the recent home show tended to vary from house-to-house, a mix of those featuring cooler colors and those with mostly warm color schemes, accord- ing to Van Sistine. And the use of natural instead of painted wood has been on the rise. "We're definitely seeing more natural woods coming back," Van Sistine said. "We had a few houses that had natural wood doors and trim." The shift during the pandemic of increased remote work has changed some home layouts in what Van Sistine believes will prove to be long-term trends. "Some of those things are here and are staying," he said, noting that the fading away of formal dining areas in some homes. Popular now are front rooms designed as flexible or multiple purpose rooms, accord- ing to Van Sistine. He said many homes also feature extra seating at kitchen countertops that can function as multi-use spaces. Van Sistine added that in some two story homes, work and study nooks as "dedicated desk spaces" upstairs are also now com- mon. For those planning to build, there are still some slowdowns in the supply chain to con- tend with, according to Van Sistine. "Products are available but you have to plan early. If you start digging and have a hole ready for windows and you order plan- ning for four weeks, now it might be 16 weeks," he said. The key is planning ahead. "That's really important, I can't stress it enough, if you're thinking about doing a project. Start talking to a builder, to some of the suppliers, start deciding what you want," Van Sistine said. "You can't leave things open and wait until the end to pick something." Van Sistine also recommended arranging financing early as well. "Talk to your banker to get a sense of what your borrowing power is," he said. "With home building in general, certainly plan early and get good expectations set." HOME OCTOBER 2022 2 Distributed by: ©2021 by Conley Media Waukesha County Home is published monthly by Conley Media - Waukesha County, 801 N. Barstow St., Waukesha, WI 53186. Contents of this publication may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. A publication of Conley Media Sales Director: Jim Baumgart 262/513-2621 jbaumgart@conleynet.com Editor: Dan Muckelbauer 262/513-2626 dmuck@conleynet.com Production: Patricia Scheel 262/513-2690 pscheel@conleynet.com Home Volume 11 ■ Number 6 ■ October 2022 Color schemes in new homes in the 2022 Parade of Homes by the Metropoli- tan Builders Association varied; some featured cool- er colors and others warmer groupings, according to Toby Van Sistine, director of government affairs for the MBA. Updated countertops in kitchens and bathrooms remain popular, according to Van Sistine. Submitted by the Metropolitan Builders Association A home featured in the recent 2022 Parade of Homes by the Metropolitan Builders Associa- tion. Homeowners can find inspiration for proj- ects on a budget by selecting pieces from a display that they like and working directly with a builder to tailor a project, according to Toby Van Sistine, director of government affairs for the MBA. Submitted by the Metropolitan Builders Association

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