Four Reasons Why You Should Have a Great Yard

When preparing for the home of your dreams, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of what you want the inside of your house to look like. You want the open-concept kitchen with white cabinets, hardwood floors, and granite counter tops. You’re planning for a beautiful master bedroom with a spacious bath and walk-in closet. You’re picking out the ping pong table that’ll go in the basement where the kids can hang out.

These are all important details to hash out before and during the home design process;

The exterior of your home adds to the curb appeal of your yard.

however, there’s one thing you might not have thought about.

Your yard.

What will your landscape look like? Will there be plenty of trees, or are you considering a

garden to provide fresh vegetables all summer long? What kinds of shrubs or flower beds do you want? While it might make the whole home building process more overwhelming, your front and backyard are just as important as what’s inside your home. If you haven’t spent much time thinking about your future yard, here are four reasons why you should start brainstorming now:
  1. A Yard Creates Curb Appeal. Curb appeal is the level of attractiveness of your home as seen from the outside. This includes the exterior style, color, and materials of your home. It also encompasses the flowers, shrubs, trees, porches, walkways and more. Anything that contributes to the overall beauty of the outside of your home serves as curb appeal. We like curb appeal, and so should you! Think about beautiful trees, stone walkways, and a porch perfect for enjoying your morning paper and coffee. All of these things are important factors when designing your house.

  2. You’ll want to be outside. A beautifully landscaped yard entices you to spend

    Pay no mind to the grass-less yard! This patio that we built is perfect for enjoying Memorial Day and 4th of July cookouts!

    more time outdoors. You’ll want to invite friends and family over for Memorial Day and Fourth of July cookouts. It’ll also be a perfect place for hosting birthday parties and backyard camping adventures for the whole family! Also, according to this Huffington Post article about the importance of getting outside, being outdoors increases your vitamin D intake, and it can also improve your happiness. All the more reason to give yourself the yard you deserve!

  3. Your Kids Will be Healthy and Active. Nowadays, children and teenagers are spending more time in front of TV, computer, and smartphone screens. This has led to childhood obesity and other health problems. While some screen time is okay, it’s absolutely crucial that younger kids are playing outside. Whether that’s having a great driveway for a game of pickup basketball, a swing-set in the backyard, or room to run around and toss a football, a spacious yard is important for the mental and physical health of your kids.

  4. It adds value to your home. A yard that’s been neatly and beautifully landscaped tends to increase the value of your house. According to this House Logic article, “Gorgeous Landscaping Ideas: Trees, Lighting, and Retaining Walls,” the authors cite both John Harris, a landscape economist, and a Clemson University study when they write that, “Good landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value… Even taking your landscaping from “good” to “excellent,” in terms of design, condition, and placement, can add 6% to 7% to a home’s value…” In other words, landscaping your yard with trees, shrubs, and flower beds is great for property value in case you ever want to sell your house.

These are just a few reasons that having a nice, landscaped yard is just as important as designing the interior of your home. Explore possible ideas on Pinterest, or contact C&E Wurzer Builders. We can help bring you a landscape that will be custom to your lifestyle!

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Introducing… “The Grayson” in Stillwater, MN!

At C&E Wurzer Builders, we’re proud of all the homes we’ve built. We enjoy the challenge of truly customizing the homes of our clients to embrace and meet their needs. From spacious, stunning kitchen designs that are perfect for family gatherings, to a custom bathroom that allows multiple kids to get ready for school, we’ll deliver the perfect home design to you. We’ve been lending our custom home building expertise to the Chippewa Valley for years, and now we’re excited to be extending our custom designs to homeowners in the St.Croix River Valley. 

Meet “The Grayson,” our brand new model home in Stillwater, Minnesota. We love the way this home turned out. It’s equal parts modern, warm/inviting, and exquisite. At 3,500 sq. ft., The Grayson is a Craftsman-style home that is sure to capture the attention of any one who visits it. This home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and it offers a striking contrast between the dark stained and white painted woodwork throughout the house.

There are plenty of features that are unique to The Grayson. Some of these characteristics include distressed oak engineered hardwood floors, a farmer’s porch and carriage-style garage doors. The tray ceiling in the kitchen perfectly accentuates the elegant pendant lights that illuminate the Cambria (quartz) countertops beneath them. The Grayson also has an open-concept layout, which has been a huge home design trend these past few years.

The built-in cabinetry includes custom cubbies in the mudroom, and the lower level family room features a wet bar with mission-style cabinets. Complete with surround sound, 5” baseboard throughout and a fully finished and insulated three-car garage – this home offers the best combination of functionality and genuine aesthetic appeal.

If your jaw is on the floor after reading the description of this home, it gets better一 you can actually come visit The Grayson. Though the pictures are truly amazing, nothing compares to actually seeing this magnificent home in person. You can stop by The Grayson on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

We’ll have someone at the home to answer any questions you may have. Ultimately, we have these model homes so that you can see our attention to detail, as well as our dedication to making each of our customers homes exactly the way they want it to look. That means we can give you advice on the pros and cons of different flooring options, what the best home exterior options are, and more. We’ll help guide you in this process so that we design a home you’ll fall in love with.

If you’re ready to get started building your dream home after walking through The Grayson, contact us. Allow C&E Wurzer Builders to build the custom home you’ve always wanted!

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Join us at the St. Croix Valley HBA Tour of Homes

Bummed that the 2016 Chippewa Valley Home & Garden Show ended so soon? Do you still need more guidance in building your custom home or redesigning your kitchen or bathroom? While the Home & Garden Show has come and gone, there’s no reason to panic. You can spend more time with C&E Wurzer Builders at the St. Croix Valley Home Builders Association’s Tour of Homes and at the St. Croix Valley Home Builders Association’s Spring Expo!

For those of you who don’t know, C&E Wurzer Builders is lending our custom home expertise to homeowners in Hudson, Wisconsin, Stillwater, MN and other towns in the St. Croix Valley. We’re excited to be taking part in the Tour of Homes this year. The Tour of Homes started the weekend of February 19th (the same weekend of the Chippewa Valley Home & Garden Show), and continues every weekend until March 20th. This is the perfect time to take a roadtrip to see some great houses and get ideas for your future custom home or upcoming remodeling project.

You can see C&E Wurzer Builders on the following dates:

  • March 5, 2016 from  12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • March 6, 2016 from  12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • March 12, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • March 13, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • March 19, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • March 20, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

In addition to the Tour of Homes, C&E Wurzer Builders will also be at the St. Croix Valley Home Builders Association’s Spring Expo. The expo is this weekend and starts on Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 4:00 PM and ends on Sunday, March 6th at 2:00 PM. We’ll be at the Knowles Center at University of Wisconsin- River Falls, 1110 South Main St, River Falls, WI 54022.

Introducing our new, custom model home– “The Grayson!”

Attendees of the Tour of Homes will be blown away by our new model home, “The Grayson,” at Browns Creek. You can find us at 1450 Monterey Court, Stillwater, MN. 

The Grayson boasts about 3,500 sq. ft., 4 bed, 3 bath Craftsman-style home is sure to capture the attention of any one who visits it over the next few weekends! This home offers a striking contrast of dark stained and white painted woodwork throughout the house. Unique features include distressed oak engineered hardwood floors, a farmer’s porch and carriage-style garage doors. The tray ceiling in the kitchen perfectly accentuates the elegant pendant lights showering over the beautiful design of the Cambria (quartz) countertops.

The built-in cabinetry includes custom cubbies in the mudroom and the lower level family room features a wet bar with mission-style cabinets. Complete with surround sound, 5” baseboard throughout and a fully finished and insulated 3-car garage – this home offers the best combination of functionality and genuine aesthetic appeal.

Trust us when we say you won’t want to miss it. It’s a great home to look at whether you’re preparing to build a custom home this summer or a few years down the road. We can’t wait to share this home with you.

C&E Wurzer Builders will see you at the Tour of Homes. Contact us if you have any questions!

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Save the Date! Visit us at the Home & Garden Show

Are you looking for plans the weekend of February 19th- February 21st? We have you covered! Come hang out with C&E Wurzer Builders at the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association’s 38th Annual Home & Garden Show.

Join us at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center February 19th – 21st for all you need to know about the latest home and landscaping trends. Dates, times, and ticket prices are as follows:

Hours:

  • Friday, February 19th  1:00-8:00pm
  • Saturday, February 20th  9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday, February 21st  10:00am-4:00pm

Tickets:

  • $6 / daily pass in advance
  • $8 / daily pass at the door
  • $12 / weekend pass (available at the door)
  • Children 12 & under are free

We’re excited to show you the cool projects we’ve been working on for the past few months. We’ll be displaying three of our subdivisions with available lots, one of which is our new subdivision at the Estates at High View. Coming in 2016, these lots will be for sale. Home buyers can look forward to secluded backyards, panoramic views, and beautiful walk out and look out lots. Buy the lot from C&E Wurzer Builders, and then we can work with you to design and build the home of your dreams.

Visitors to our booth will also get a glimpse at our new model home, “The Bentley.” The Bentley can be found in Eau Claire, and it features an open concept design with split bedrooms. Additional features include:

  • Custom Maple cabinetry
  • Granite countertops
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Deck
  • Hickory  hardwood floor
  • Tile floors
  • Custom tile shower with glass door
  • Lower level look out windows

If you want more details about the model home, swing by the Home & Garden Show and see it for yourself! We’ll be able to answer any and all questions you may have about the model home, and how we can replicate and customize this home for you.

As if you needed another reason to visit us, we’re also giving a presentation at the Home & Garden Show! On Sunday, February 21st at 2:00 p.m., our very own Saira will talk about the importance of having realistic expectations when planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel. This is a must see for anyone planning to renovate their home in the future. The summary for the presentation is as follows:

What does it Cost?  The Kitchen and Bath Reveal

The conversation – it’s sometimes awkward, often slightly uncomfortable and usually comes with a bit of anxiety. Because of the nature of construction, things often cost more than what homeowners think. This seminar presented by Saira of Lake Hallie Cabinets will help point different aspects of a construction project to help you have a better idea of what a remodel may actually cost.

Bummed because you’re not going to be in the Chippewa Valley that weekend? If you’re heading toward the Stillwater, Minnesota area, you can see us at the St. Croix Valley Home Builders Association’s Tour of Homes the same weekend as the Chippewa Valley Home & Garden Show. This event is every weekend, starting February 20th, and ending on March 20th. Stay tuned for another blog post going into more detail about the Tour of Homes.

Contact C&E Wurzer Builders for more information on both events. We hope to see you there!

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Planning for Your Dream Kitchen!

Kitchens are often the focal point of any home. They’re perfect for entertaining guests, hosting family gatherings and parties, and they’re also great for having nightly family dinners. Kitchens are also essential for the holidays. Whether you love to cook, or you simply have a large family, it’s important to have a kitchen that meets your needs.

C&E Wurzer Builders can create an open kitchen with a great dining area attached!

While it might be too late to start a kitchen remodeling project now with the holidays right around the corner– and cold temperatures along with them!– it’s never too late to start brainstorming ideas for the kitchen of your dreams. Before we talk about the fun parts, such as backsplash and cabinetry, appliances and flooring, there are many items to consider. Thanks to us and HGTV.com, we’ve put together a few things to think about as you prepare to renovate your kitchen.

The first thing to consider is your budget. Depending on how much money you have to play with, you could remodel your entire kitchen, or choose two small kitchen projects to tackle first. When working within a budget (especially if it’s tight!), it’s important to find a contractor who shares your vision, as well as understands the importance of staying within your budget. Likewise, it’s also good to have some extra money tucked away in case something in your renovation costs more than anticipated. This will keep you from going into debt, and you’ll be prepared for anything!

Another element to consider is your way of life. Do you have sit down dinners with your family every night? Are you known for your baked goods or delicious dinners? Make sure you come up with ideas that meet your needs and fit your lifestyle. Maybe you need state-of-the-art appliances and an island for kitchen prep. Maybe a large dining space is what you need, as well as a big pantry for extra storage. Whatever it is that will make your life easier and better, C&E Wurzer Builders will make it happen! We have a long, successful history of bringing families the custom kitchen of their dreams.

We can build you a kitchen with an island-- perfect for extra kitchen space AND a great dining area!

We also suggest to people that they consider the space of their current kitchen. If you have a smaller kitchen, but don’t want to build an addition onto your home, your options might be limited. We can still bring you a stunning kitchen regardless of space, and C&E Wurzer Builders can even advise you on what will look the best with the room you have. Nothing is impossible with us!

Ready to build the kitchen of your dreams? Contact C&E Wurzer Builders, and we’ll work together to draft the perfect space for you and your family!

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Fall-Proof Your Home!

There’s no doubt about it– fall has arrived in Northwestern Wisconsin. While the beautiful leaves, trips to the pumpkin patch, and Halloween preparations are distracting, it’s important to tend to your home as we enter into a chillier season. Whether you’re a new home owner, or you’ve lived in your home for 15 years, it’s easy to forget some of the maintenance that needs to get done before winter arrives.

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to trigger your memory and help you prepare. Better Homes and Gardens (BHG), for example, has a fantastic fall checklist that you can use to make sure your home is ready for anything! While everything on this checklist should be completed, there are four that we want to make sure you do.

1.) Clean Your Gutters. For those of us who live in homes surrounded by trees, our gutters can accumulate with falling leaves. Keeping gutters clean is crucial, especially when we get into winter and run-off from snow looks for a place to go. We want to keep that water outside, and not in your house. BHG recommends cleaning your gutters, and then covering them with “mesh guards to keep debris from returning.”

2.) Check Out Your Roof. If you have a leaky roof now, chances are you’re not going to want to see what it turns into in the winter. What will be an already cold Wisconsin winter night, will turn into a freezing nightmare if there’s leaks in your roof. If you’re concerned about your roof, call C&E Wurzer Builders– we’ll check it out for you!

3.) Inspect Your Furnace. We already feel the hint of winter in the cool fall air. Now is the perfect time to make sure your furnace is in working order. Better to find issues now then on the coldest days of the year. BGH says to keep an ear our for any strange noises or strange behavior (like a faulty thermostat).

4.) Don’t Forget About The Fireplace. Wood-burning fireplaces are a warm, winter blessing. If they aren’t cleaned properly, however, they can become very dangerous. Maintaining your fireplace includes inspecting and cleaning out creosete deposits, checking your chimney for cracks or loose bricks, and more. Have your fireplace inspected this fall before starting any fires this year.

Take a look at the rest of this fall, home checklist. Taking care of each of these items could make the difference between a comfortable or miserable winter season. If you have questions about who to call for any of these home check-ups, let us know. We can point you in the right direction, so that you and your family can create more memories in your home all fall and winter long!

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Custom Home Building Innovation

C&E Wurzer Builders—Where Innovation Meets Modern Living

At C&E Wurzer Builders, we’re never satisfied with building the same house twice. Each home we create provides a unique living experience, customized to meet your family’s needs. Whether you need five bedrooms, a designated “man cave” for big game days, or a kitchen that’s perfect for entertaining parties for years to come, we are here to help make your vision a reality.

We love to stay ahead of the curve on trends and create modern homes, while also keeping our custom homes timeless. That’s why we’re excited about the recent walk-in pantry that we built. We know that, often times, the kitchen is the most important room of the house. It’s where important conversations are held, where meals are shared, and where moments are celebrated.

Often times, people say they don’t have enough storage space in their kitchen, which can make these moments strenuous or fleeting because there is too much “stuff” out on surfaces or sitting areas. This walk-in pantry, while innovative and beautiful, also has a very classic and simplistic feel to it. Not only is this a place where you can store groceries, but you can also store kitchen appliances in here, too, such as a microwave, coffeemaker, or electric tea kettle.

With a pantry like this in your custom kitchen, your counter tops will be free of clutter and clean, giving your kitchen an open and airy feel to it. With its sleek white cabinets and deep shelving that stretches way back, we’re sure that space like this is a great fix for all of your storage needs. This is why C&E Wurzer Builders wants to build your custom home—to make sure you have the space you need to make your house a home.

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Come One, Come All to the Parade of Homes!

It’s that time of year, folks. It’s time to walk through beautiful homes, and envision yourself starting a life and making memories in a brand new kitchen or living room. We don’t want you to imagine yourself in just any home, though, but in one of our homes. We are formally inviting you to view three of C&E Wurzer Builders beautiful, custom built homes. This is what you need to know:

When: June 13th, 14th, and 20th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 15th to June 19th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:
Visit our custom homes at:
N4831 600th Street, Menomonie 54751
7933 Martin Road, Fall Creek 54742
5398 William Drive, Eau Claire 54701

How (much is a ticket): Tickets are $8 if purchased before the event, or $10 at the first home you visit.

Why: Because your perfect home is waiting for you.

Parade of Homes is a great kick-off to summer, and it’s a great time to start house hunting. We’ll be there to answer any questions you have about our homes or our building process. We thoroughly enjoy this event because it allows us to get to know and build relationships with future home owners. C&E Wurzer Builders has homes at three great locations throughout the Chippewa Valley, and while they’re all different, they are equally beautiful and unique. Make sure to visit them all!

When you’re in Menomonie, our 1,790 square foot custom home in Emerald Crest Estates will wow you. With a three car garage, stunning, sliding barn door, and beautiful, custom detailing, we have a feeling you’ll be coming back for a second and third visit during Parade of Homes.

Next stop on the parade is our home on Martin Road in Fall Creek. This four bedroom, four bathroom home boasts 3 custom wood and gas fireplaces, great for enduring a tough Wisconsin winter. This home also comes equipped with a security system and concrete storm shelter, promising to keep you and your family safe for years to come.

Last, but certainly not least, is our home on William Drive in Eau Claire. This custom home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, perfect for your family to grow and expand. With an oversized screen porch finished with natural cedar, barn door accents and custom stone work, this home will serve as a stunning backdrop to all of your family’s memories.

We know that these homes have you hooked, but in case you need any more incentive to join us, we’ll be holding a drawing for a FREE iPad.

Possibly finding the home of your dreams and the possibility of winning an iPad? We like the sound of that!

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Have You Seen Our New Lookbook?

At C&E Wurzer Builders, we’re proud of the beautiful, custom homes we’ve built. We know that we can talk about our custom homes, but we think that photos of our hard work and quality homes will speak louder than any words. That’s why we’ve created a Custom Homes Lookbook of some of our most recent work. The Lookbook allows us to easily share our new creations with you.

When you see a home you like, simply roll your cursor over the image and click. You’ll be taken to the home’s features (bedrooms, price range, square footage, etc.). More importantly, the image will be accompanied by a short story. Our hope is that you’ll be inspired and expand on this home’s story, fill in the gaps with your own adventures there.

When looking at these pictures, we want you to imagine yourself here. You’re in the kitchen making dinner with your family. You’re watching the Super Bowl in the family room with your closest friends, cheering on your team. You’re hosting birthday parties in the backyard. Whatever the occasion, our homes will be the perfect backdrop to your life events.

No two families are the same, and our homes and Lookbook reflect this. We believe that your home should be as unique and beautiful as your family. C&E Wurzer Builders will build a custom home that is perfect for the memories you will create. Whether you’re looking for elements of luxury and rustic, contemporary and country, classic and elegant, or cozy and sophisticated, C&E Wurzer Builders can build your dream home.

Once you’ve had a chance to look through these homes, tell us which one catches your eye.
Let C&E Wurzer Builders build your custom dream home. Contact us today!

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What Makes Us Different : Interior Design Services

Many details need to come together for a custom home project. A home builder can construct a house but what you want is a home. It’s the interior design and aesthetics of a house that truly make it your own. Whether building a brand-new home or remodeling an existing one, it’s important to have someone on your build team to help finalize the finishing touches.

An experienced interior designer is essential when working on a custom home build or custom remodeling project. A designer can help maximize space, create unique designs and arrangements as well as coordinate the finalized details of your home including lighting, flooring, countertops, cabinets and appliance placement.

At C&E Wurzer Builders, we have a unique partnership with Lake Hallie Cabinets & Design, a family-owned business just north of Eau Claire, WI. This relationship gives us direct access to expertise and experience in custom cabinets and interior designs. The experience in design and high-quality cabinetry and materials bring an added level of service to C&E Wurzer Builder homeowners.

Lake Hallie Cabinets & Design’s experienced designers will work with you from the beginning of your project’s design to ensure the details of your home match your overall vision. We will help you pick out colors and finishes, paint and install your cabinets, flooring, countertops and trim. Our design showroom gives you an opportunity to touch, see and experience how different materials look in reality. Once the initial design and materials are finalized, our 3D interactive showroom computer software will show you how your new space will look.

The benefits of working with C&E Wurzer Builders and Lake Hallie Cabinets & Design:

  • You’ll be able to choose the products you want home from our design showroom.
  • Quality manufacturers and products will ensure your products will stand the test of time.
  • Finishing touches and small details will receive just as much care as the architectural design and foundation of your home.
  • The full-service experience will let you enjoy creating a home that will be beautiful, as well as stand the test of time.

Ready for a different custom home experience? Contact C&E Wurzer Builders today!

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