Many times we get calls from areas far outside our normal service area. Some of our clients have asked us to travel because we have worked with them on a custom home or remodeling project here in Vilas County. So we do travel quite often, but this usually adds to the building cost because of hotel stays and travel time.
For more information on our service area please visit us at the link below. ~ John
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As always if you have questions feel free to contact us at any time.
Check this out. It is a video of one of our homes, and it was taken this weekend in early May 2013. http://youtu.be/eozKH3i6EZo
The home is here in Phelps WI , we built the home quite a few years ago. The homeowners son has a company that does Ariel Photography for anyone interested and used some his equipment to take this video. He said he even has better equipment than the camera used here. As you will notice the video appear to be taken casually on a spring day.
Please check his links below. – John
A link to some footage with his higher end equipment.
The new Discover Wisconsin video featuring Phelps, WI is now available online. You can view it here. Pretty exciting for our town will be featured like this. Let me know if you liked it too. Build@NorthTwinBuilders.com
It is certainly not a mystery why so many spend their vacations here and build so many seasonal vacation homes too.
We are heading towards the Wausau Builders Show Feb. 8-10. If you are in the area this weekend we would like to catch up and visit with you. We will be at booth 140 to answer any questions about our company or your home. It doesn’t matter to me if you are a client or not feel free to stop by.
I always enjoy answering questions about building science issues, energy savings or any other questions people have about their home. Many times what seems like a problem with your home can be resolved with a few simple steps if only the homeowner knows what steps to take. I will also have contact information with me to many reputable people that we work with in the Vilas County, Eagle River, Northern WI, Upper MI area.
If you have a vacation home or property in our service area which includes Land O Lakes, Watersmeet, Iron River, St. Germain, Eagle River, Phelps, Three Lakes areas please feel free to stop by and chat awhile. We would like to meet you and add you to our list of friends.
We hope to see you there!
A tip for today. When bitterly cold temperatures are forecast and you are away from your vacation home, it is best not to set your thermostats no less than 50 degrees. Even if your home is well insulated cabinets against exterior walls may contain an average temperature from the room and the coolness of the exterior wall. If you have set your thermostats to 40 or 45 degrees there is little margins left to the 32 degrees that may freeze your plumbing.
50 degrees gives you a little more margin for error if the furnace goes out or you have plumbing on the exterior walls of your home. I always suggest some sort of monitoring system to make sure you are notified if your heat fails you. These are as simple as call devices purchased at any hardware store or part of a monitored security system which is the most fool-proof.
I also suggest leaving the doors open to your cabinets to let the interior cabinet temperatures match the room temperature and not the exterior wall temperatures. Another way to look at it is you are setting your interior temperature within 18 degrees of freezing when at 50 degrees. When it is 20 below outside that is 52 degrees colder than freezing. And then we are depend on our exterior walls to protect possible plumbing pipes just inches from the -20 below temperatures.
I trust this helps you and it may very well save you trouble in the future.
Do you ever wonder where your home is losing heat on a cold winter night? The nights when your furnace or boiler run quite a bit and you notice it? Or perhaps you feel a cool draft and need to dress a little warmer.
Well there are ways you can tell where your home is losing heat and many times the “fix” is very reasonable. And when the “fix” is reasonable the paybacks are quick, which saves you money! All at the same time your comfort level is notably better. How cool is that.!?
There are people who can accurately measure the energy efficiency of you home and recommend the proper measures to save on your heating bills. Which in turn provides greater comfort at the same time.
They are called Energy Auditors. They can literally model your home in a computer, test your home, and then tell you where the fastest savings will be. Which again improves the comfort level and reduces heating bills.
In the North Woods area, Rich Urban supplies such a service. He can be reached at (715) 369-7390. As always if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
January 25-27 North Twin Builders will be at the Lake Home & Cabin Show in Madison. We would really like to meet you or if you are already one of our many friends, simply to catch up with you and what is happening in your life. Here is a link to the Lake Home & Cabin website for more information.
As always, I welcome your questions about home construction, custom homes, or energy-efficient homes or whatever else is on your mind. I really like home shows because we meet so many people and I really appreciate the questions. It gives me a wonderful opportunity to share my experience and expertise in all aspects of home building.
Over the years I find it enjoyable to help people with their questions. So many times something that may seem like a large problem or issue can be resolved quickly with a little more knowledge and an understanding of what is happening within your home or other structure. Issues like moisture on windows and doors, draftiness, kitchen and bathroom ideas, remodeling ideas, are all interesting things to talk about and many times I can help you through these subjects or issues.
So I hope you take advantage of our time in Madison and I hope to see you there!
I have a Northern WI off water 4 bedroom home for sale, and it is for sale below my cost to build it. Would love to move it as soon as possible.
Please pass this on to anyone who is interested.