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DIY Network show adds up for Flux Design
The luckiest of numbers for Flux Design owner/president Jeremy Shamrowicz is 13: 2013 is the 13th year that his company (located in Riverwest) has been in existence. And the DIY (Do It Yourself) cable network has begun airing the first of 13 episodes of "Made in Milwaukee," a reality show featuring Flux in action. x
Local experts say baby boomers leading a real estate resurgence
MILWAUKEE Baby boomers are leading a resurgence in the local home improvement market. The home improvement industry is steadily building itself back up after years of struggling in a poor economy. And baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are to thank for the boost in business, said David Pekel, president of Wauwatosa-based Pekel Construction and Remodeling.
Model remodeler
Bill Winters wants to live to be 100, but only practice his trade until he’s 99 1/2. So, what’s he going to do for his final six months? "I guess I’ll revisit my best accomplishments," he mused. And, at the rate he’s going, he’ll have to be quite selective for the 58-year-old Winters was named the 2003 winner of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Builders Association Remodeler Sales Person of the Year.
Weathering winter
Prepare yourself — winter is around the corner. How to stay warm and lower costs? Read on! Peter Quale of Handyman Connection suggests using a roof rake, which is available at most hardware stores, to clear snow from your roof and prevent ice dams from forming.

Home ecology
What steps are builders taking to improve the energy efficiency of homes? Stan Wrzeski, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, explains that nowadays it’s best to think in terms of an "ecology of systems; that is, to consider all the various parts of a house that need to work together.
Wrzeski cites the importance of effective ventilation systems. 

Building kudos
t seems quite apropos that the remodeler of the year in the state of Wisconsin goes by the name of Mark Brick. Like the building material his last name mimics, Mark Brick, 44, of B & E General Contractors of Thiensville ("Design, Build & Remodel), has been going strong for 17 years.

All in the family

Choosing to remodel a home or build an addition can be a difficult decision. For Barbara Heimsch of Wauwatosa, it was an especially difficult decision.

Tennis, basketball anyone?
It’s a beautiful spring day. Tennis gear in tow, you and your partner head off to the park to get in a few sets. Alas, when you arrive all of the courts are occupied. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own court?

HGTV turns eye our way
Down a winding path amid towering pines and maples sits a spectacularly renovated home on five wooded acres in Mequon. This remodel is so impressive, in fact, that television crews from HGTV, the nationally televised home and garden television cable network, have decided to give the world a glimpse. Homeowners Jim and Terry O’Shaughnessy and the show’s host Pat Simpson will be showcasing this “jewel in the rough” on HGTV’s “Before & After” sometime this spring. The show airs Sundays at 7 and 10 p.m. central.

Breakneck bathroom
As an everyday space, the ideal bathroom is all about personal choice. That is why homeowners always have made great strides in improving the function and form of where they spend a good portion of their private time.

His taste runs to turrets
We all want a bathroom that is beautiful and functional. After all, a bathroom is the most used room in a house. At times it can be our precious place of sanctuary and one of the only places where others usually won’t follow.

Subterranean serenity
This isn’t the first time Hilbert and Mercedes Bruss have experienced high energy prices.

The master bath
Sure it might be nice to have a fabulous great room, impeccable home landscaping or finished basement, but when it comes to true house envy, there are only two places that really count — the bathroom and the kitchen.

Size is only part of the package
According to some area experts, the shower is becoming a luxurious way to start your day. “Most people get up in the morning and take a shower,” says Sandra Volk, showroom consultant at H.W. Theis Co. in Brookfield. “Since it’s used most often, people are making the shower as pleasurable as possible.”

A woman's home
In 1876, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the music for Swan Lake. Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States. In the Milwaukee Sentinel City Carriage Works advertised phaetons and buggies.

Preserving personality
When photographer Jim Schnepf first saw the Cedarburg stucco house with the barn out back, he knew something beautiful could develop.

Reviving a rec room
When Mike and Kathy Nelesen of New Berlin decided to finish their basement, they did their homework. “We talked to four or five remodeling companies before we found Perry,” recalled Kathy. They met Perry B. Szpek, design sales associate for JDJ Builders, Inc. of Greenfield at last year’s Fall Home and Remodel Show at State Fair. “He was one of the few that listened to our ideas,” said Kathy.

Old world feeling
Dick Kuchler is an expert at seeing things that don’t exist yet. “Dick is an engineer,” said his wife Kathy. “He can imagine what something will look like while it’s still on paper. I’m a visual person and I want to actually see something. Then I can decide.”

It's all natural
Sometimes there is elegance in simplicity. The “natural” route seems to be finding its way into more and more homes these days, and in particular the flooring. Homeowners are taking their games up a notch or two as more upscale options in flooring have become available. It’s no longer a quick decision over which color of linoleum or carpet to lay down.

Restoring your floors can add value to your home
While wall-to-wall carpeting has been the floor covering of choice in homes across the nation for decades, in recent years a growing number of homeowners are choosing to show off their wood floors. They are discovering that you can add charm and sometimes value to your home by restoring your hardwood floors. But whether you want to completely restore a floor or just refinish it, you need to get the facts first.

Go natural, and step on it!
If you ask interior designer Nancy Miller of Form & Function to recommend a floor that’s reasonably priced, extremely durable, stain resistant, aesthetically pleasing and made from a renewable resource, the answer will likely be “bamboo.” Most of the hardwood floors you see in homes today have many similar qualities, however what sets bamboo apart from the rest is the ability of the bamboo plant to regenerate itself in three to five years.


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