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A Touch of Glass Adding Wow factor with Glass

Tough Beauties Creating the Toughest Container Annuals

Homeowner Resources Chippewa Valley’s Buyer’s Guide

Home and Garden Show Preview | Pages 25-28


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What’s Hot & What’s Not? Potential home buyers are in a great position right now – mortgage rates are low, home values have stabilized, and there are some terrific builders ready to work on your project. What are some of the new market trends in housing? The National Association of Home Builders recently released its “Characteristics of Single-Family Homes Started in 2009” report – research that summarizes a lot of the trends in new home construction. Houses are smaller, but not at the sacrifice of bedrooms or bathrooms. Three car garages are out, but front porches are back in. Other popular items are sensible ones – like the heat pump, made fashionable by the recent focus on energy efficiency efforts. Not every trend has to be “sensible” though! Fortunately the Chippewa Valley has hundreds of builders, remodelers and industry professionals that are staying abreast of the latest design trends and inspirations. See for yourself at the upcoming 33rd annual Home & Garden Show February 25-27 (check out the center spread for your guide to this year’s event). This issue also marks our first anniversary of Home Inspirations – Chippewa Valley’s finest resource for all things Home! Thank you for your readership. How do you think we’re doing? Let us know – drop me an e-mail at

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What’s Hot and What’s Not!


A Touch of Glass

Adding Wow Factor with Glass

16 Tough Beauties

Creating the Toughest Container Annuals

22 Living Outside of Beigeville

Don’t Hide Behind Your Exterior Color Scheme

25 Home & Garden Show Preview

A closer look at what’s happening, tickets etc

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Installing Baseboards with a Coped Joint

40 To Soon to Cash in Your Ash

Preventative Actions for Homeowners

46 Homeowner Resources

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A bit of sparkle delights in a space usually dominated by cabinetry. What better material to complete a room than glass? Not only decorative, it is reinventing itself in highly functional ways as countertops, storage components, and hardware. Here are some fabulous glass ideas and how you can use them in your next kitchen or bath project. 8

Countertop ThinkGlassTM turns your countertop into a work of art. With the ability to customize texture, thickness, colors, and shape, each piece is truly unique. The glass can be showcased with LEDs that light the edge of the countertop in one color or a slowly rotating array of colors. It makes an entertaining focal point at an island, bar top, or powder bath. It defies the common misconception that glass is delicate; with normal use it will not break, chip, crack, or shatter. As for maintenance, it is non-porous and any fingerprints are masked with an underside texture. 9

Cabinet Accessories Rev-A-Shelf, known for their functional cabinet accessories has partnered with an Italian company, Compagnucci, to offer glass accessories. Yes, glass as an alternative to wood lazy susans, pull-out shelves, and pull-out pantries, for highend applications where no detail is overlooked. The shelves are made of tempered safety glass and enhanced with StylonixTM, a transparent plastic coating that minimizes shocks to glassware and resists slippage. Modern, quiet, and elegant, they are equally fitting in a master bath to store toiletries and towels.

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Hafele’s custom glass roller shutters are a fresh take on appliance garages. They come in heights approximately 20”-35” wide, 25”- 61” high, and 13”-19” deep. In addition to appliances, consider hiding dishes, spices and oils. Make sure to measure your appliances before ordering. A 12” deep appliance garage may not fit your mixer. Make the countertop deeper than normal so you can still use the space in front or recess the garage into the wall. Place it in your bathroom to hide towels and toiletries.

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On a smaller and more economical scale, glass hardware can add just enough sparkle to your space. Atlas Homewares Spa Collection incorporates glass tile in their knobs and handles. Available designs include blue, green, black and tiger-striped glass and with metal finishes of chrome, brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze. Use both knobs and handles in your kitchen to add interest. Whether you use knobs on drawers and handles on doors or vice versa, be consistent. And if the drawer is wider than 24” consider 2 knobs or go with a handle.

Glass is a great way to break up the wall of cabinetry in a kitchen. You can make your kitchen feel larger just by using transparent glass. Add more interest by incorporating wood or lead mullions. Choose a textured glass if you are want to obscure the contents of your cabinets. Also consider finding a salvaged stain glass window or contacting your local artisan for something unique. Shown here is a stained glass window that was salvaged from a historical remodel and turned into a cabinet door. 10

Glass Tile Glass tile has been hot for quite some time and continues to grow in popularity. Available in virtually every size, shape, and color, it is possible to find one that will complement your style whether it is modern or traditional. Don’t know where to start? Decide on the color of the largest material in your space, usually the cabinetry, and let that guide your tile colors. If your countertop is shiny try a mosaic, tile with texture, or tile in a matte finish for contrast. If your countertop is matte try a shinier tile. Where to place it? In the kitchen, finish the whole wall behind the range as a focal point or use a glass liner next to natural stone as an accent. In the bathroom, use it as a floor border, inside shampoo niches, or even as a countertop in a less often used room like the powder bath. Adrienne Dorig Leland, owner of Dorig Designs is a National Kitchen and Bath Association Certified Designer.

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Tough Beauties Creating the Toughest Container Annuals By Dean Carstensen Photos contributed by Bill Hoepner

Not all annual plants are created equal when it comes to thriving in a container environment. Many of us have purchased a beautiful container planting or put one together ourselves, only to find it not looking so good a few weeks later. By making a few simple changes, you can toughen up your annual containers. Some plant varieties are just more difficult to keep looking good than others. Plants in containers are totally dependent upon the person tending the container for their life-giving sustenance. Those in flowerbeds can to a certain extent, adapt to conditions such as the lack of moisture. Additionally, there usually is some nutrient value in most soils. In a container, everything must be supplied, and at the proper time, plus in the proper amounts for the plant to flourish. A successful container plant begins with the choice of the container itself. For a low maintenance summer planting use a pot with a diameter of at least 16 inches. In general, the larger the container, the less it needs to be watered. A 16 inch pot will typically need water every other day to every fourth day depending upon the plants. Smaller diameter pots usually need daily tending. A 24 or 30 inch diameter pot can go 4 or more days between watering. Secondly, select the medium for the plant carefully. A soilless potting mix consisting of peat moss, bark, and perlite is a good choice. This provides good drainage for the plant in times of high moisture, but also holds on to some moisture for plants as the container dries. The pot needs drain holes in the bottom to allow excess moisture to leave the container as well. It’s a balancing act between drainage and moisture retention capacity of the container. Overwatering is also a concern should the plants be subjected to an extended period of rainfall. Usually a two to four inch layer of top soil in the very bottom of the pot helps hold moisture in drought times, but allows drainage in times of plentiful moisture. 17

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Third, you must consider your plant choice. The toughest of all annual plants for summer currently offered on the market is the Dragon Wing Begonia. It grows in full sun or full shade. The Dragon Wing Begonia can withstand an abundance of moisture and it will live through drought conditions. There is a red flowered variety and well as a pink flowered variety. Its only drawback is that the plant can be messy. Flower petals fall from The Dragon Wing Begonia as the flowers age and new flowers take their place. Another tough beauty many do not know about is the Mandevilla plant. Mandevilla is a tropical vining plant, and therefore needs full sun and heat to flourish. Varieties available include those with red, pink, white, and even yellow trumpet shaped flowers. Though it is tropical in nature, the Mandevilla plant doesn’t need daily watering in a container even in the heat of summer. Some varieties are vigorous vines and will need a trim every four weeks or so.

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A second tier of plants that need less tending, especially in larger containers, are Geraniums, Wax Begonias, and Thunbergia Vine for sun to part sun locations. Hiemalis Begonias and Tuberous Nonstop Begonias are good for shade locations. Nearly as hardy as these second tier plants are Calibrachoa, or as some know them Million Bells, Purslane, Flowering Vinca (Catharanthus roseus) and Trailing Petunias. The Petunias will need to be trimmed back every 4 weeks or so. Flowering Vinca is one of those plants that can withstand heat and bright sunlight. It is an excellent choice for west exposures that must contend with high heat and blistering sun in the late afternoon. The most difficult container to tend during the summer is the hanging basket. Even the larger hanging baskets do not have nearly the volume of soil as a pot. They hang above the ground in drier hanging air with more air circulation and consequently baskets dry require more tending than larger pots. It’s out faster important to take some time to determine how ~ fast the hanging basket dries and needs water. Water when A good way to do this is to lift the basket after they are light. it is watered. Then lift it the first thing in the morning for several mornings, watering the basket when it is light in weight. Dean Carstensen, co-owner of Chippewa Valley Growers of Eau Claire, has more than 30 years of Remember that container plants are totally dependent gardening experience. He can be contacted via on you for moisture and food. Fertilize at least once a email at To learn more week with water soluble fertilizer. Mix fertilizer twice as about Chippewa Valley Growers, see their website strong for Geraniums and Trailing Petunias. The other plants will be fine with the amount of fertilizer for bedding plants. Success with container plantings really boils down to choosing the proper plants and container for the light Meet Chippewa Valley Growers at the 2011 conditions the container will receive, then providing the Home & Garden Show February 25 -27, 2011 proper food and moisture. The right choices all make a at the Eau Claire indoor Sports Center. tougher container of annuals. 19

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ne of the hardest things that a homeowner faces is picking out colors for their exteriors. This is the reason that many neighborhoods look like “beigeville.” Beige is safe, and being safe is on most people’s minds when they consider putting colors together for everyone to see. They take more chances on interior colors because they are not on public display. Picking out colors is really easy if you follow a few simple rules. Exterior colors cannot be selected in a vacuum; they are very dependent on all of the colors that surround them such as the roof, siding, trim and front door. There are fewer colors to choose from in roofing and siding than in paint, and since those are the long term colors they should be selected first. If the roof and siding colors are already in place then coordinating them with paint is the next step. Pick a roof color that fits the home. There are several styles to pick from but few selections in color. The shape of the shingle should fit the type of home design, such as slate-looking shingles on a Tudor, or cedar shake style on a ranch. The colors are in ranges of grays, browns, tans, greens and a few reds and blues. The most popular colors are called weathered wood and look like weathered cedar. These are a combination of warm and cool colors and therefore ideal for most situations. Once the roof color is selected the next long term color should be selected, the siding color. If you are installing vinyl, aluminum or even brick then there are several choices; but if it is paint there are thousands more. Look around for colors you like on finished homes. Don’t be too shy to approach a homeowner to ask what color their home is – they are usually very flattered that you like the color and give you the color name or allow you to match it. Look for colors that harmonize well with your roof or existing brick. Roof colors from the gray family work better with other cool colors like blues, greens, whites and all colors from the gray family. If the roof is brown, tan or weathered wood then colors from the warm side of the palette work best, such as creams, beiges, yellows and browns. The house trim can follow three paths, a lighter color than the siding, a darker color or a color that is the same. If there are interesting architectural features such as gingerbread, Craftsman corbels, pillars, etc. then a lighter trim color is ideal to make those areas stand out. If the home has many windows or is small then use the same color as the siding. If you want to downplay the trim and windows then use a darker color to make them appear smaller.


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don’t hide behind your exterior color scheme By Pat Verlodt Photo contributed by Randi Jo Market

The “house jewelry” is the front door color or shutters, an ideal place to put an accent color. This is the accent that sets your home apart from your neighbors and often makes a personal statement of your style. Use a color that is opposite in temperature to your siding and roof color, for example a red door on a green/gray house or green shutters on a warm cream-colored house. If you do not want to make the shutters stand out then make them a similar hue to the house or a neutral, for example brown shutters on a beige home, or white to match the trim. Because colors appear different in large amounts and in the sunlight, getting a test color is important. You can buy small amounts of paint and try them out on all sides of your home before you make a decision. Colors usually look brighter in the sunlight than they do in the paint store, so be cautious. You can usually get a larger sample of siding color from a manufacturer so be sure to ask for one before you commit to the final color. One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner makes is in selecting beige, yes the same one from beigeville. Since beige is from the orange family it has a yellow side and a red side. Beiges from the red side can look very pink, and that is usually a big surprise when it is completed. This is another reason to test your colors first. Don’t compare a color against another color unless they both will appear on the home. If you visit a paint store and start comparing beiges against other beiges you can fall into the pink trap, isolate the color and compare to your roof or trim color only. A little bit of imagination and bravado can make your home stand out (positively). Take that small step, even if only for the front door color, and it will pay you back in complements!

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Join Shannon Melvin of Wood Wright Construction and Monica Sommerfeldt Lewis, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, for this Baby Boomer Edition of “Growing Old with Your Home.” Discover the key steps to take when building or renovating your home to make it possible to live at home successfully. Find interesting ideas and projects. Your questions will be answered throughout this informative seminar.

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Chris & Scott Lokken, each with over 15 years experience at Tru-Lock & Security, share their home security advice. This session will cover the primary elements of home security including an assessment of locks and door hardware, restricted key systems and the latest technique in home burglaries…key bumping. Attendees will also get key tips on protecting their homes during vacation.

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6:00 p.m. Two Takes on Steak Join the talented and comedic team of Stu, King of the BBQ, and Matt, Gordy’s Guru, as they prepare grilled Prime Rib and Beef Bites. Receive cooking tips, samples, recipes, and information on making perfect steaks. Be prepared to laugh and learn. This duo is also cooking up surprises and prizes – don’t miss out!

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Heidi & Jake, professional color consultants at Sherwin Williams in Eau Claire, welcome you to a “Color 101” seminar. Jake will be covering the differences between finishes & paints, offer tips for the DIY (Do-ItYourselfer), and reveal the color trends for 2012. Heidi will look at finding the right tools for the job, how to measure properly for a paint project and how to avoid certain failures or flaws. Bring your questions!

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Patty Marten, Greener Grass Systems, and Jenny Reit, owner of May’s Floral Garden, team up to address the top gardening and landscaping blunders. Is your landscape relationship going cold? LOVE your outdoors again. These field experts will help you think outside the box to avoid the most common mistakes. Jenny and Patty will also share quick tips to enhance your yard.

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Becky Gray, Plant Pest and Disease Specialist with the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, will discuss what’s currently known about the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Wisconsin, including the location of known infestations and a sneak peek at looking for EAB in Wisconsin in 2011. She’ll also talk about a variety of options available to homeowners who have ash trees they’d like to try to save. EAB is a serious threat, but you’ll be better informed about the problem and what you can do about it.

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Now is the perfect time to start your list for spring clean-up! Check out the following tips from professional builders to start you on your way. If any of these projects are more than you can (or want) to handle, find a local professional in the Homeowner’s Resources on page 46.

Tip #1 Check the smoke alarm

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Tip #2 Clean out your fireplace.

Vacuum your fireplace to remove ash after your last fire. Ash can be sprinkled on the compost heap or placed in the garbage. Make sure the ashes are cold and there are no burning embers. While you’re at it, get your chimney inspected.

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and unplug unnecessary extension cords and store space heaters and other small appliances that go unused during the spring and summer.

Tip #4 Inspect your roof and

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Tip #5 Look over your siding

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Can You Cope? Installing Baseboards with a Coped Joint By Timothy Betts


arpenters have a strange language. Many of our terms come from Medieval times and a “coped” joint is one of them. We are not talking about a psychological defense mechanism, but an overlapping millwork joint, used on inside corners, where the profile of one piece of millwork is transferred to another and then cut to fit. Originally, the “cope” was a fitted head covering or cap, and often referred to a bishop’s hat. Later, the term expanded to include a form of verb meaning “to cover.” Thus, a coped joint is where one piece covers the other. To make the joint tight-fitting, the profile of one piece must be cut accurately to the mating piece. The end result is, effectively, a lap joint that looks as if it has been

mitered. This may seem a daunting task, but once the trick is learned, it is easiest form of joint for inside corners on baseboard and crown molding. Novice finish carpenters often make the mistake of trying to miter the inside corners of baseboard. Cutting miters is tricky business because the length of the wall and the angle of the corner combine to make the cut almost impossible to get perfect. Even if you do cut and install the joint flawlessly, seasonal movement of wood will creep in and make a mess of your joint. The answer is to cope your baseboards because the angle of the joint won’t much matter, and the length of each piece can have a margin of error up to 1/16 of an inch.



2 Because of this “forgiveness” in length, we don’t need to cut each piece to fit individually. It allows us to cut all the pieces of the room in one trip to the saw. Begin by sketching the layout of the room on a pad of paper. Then measure each section of wall and write the measurements on your sketch. Then head back to the saw where we will cut all our pieces ahead of time. I like to work counter clockwise around a room because it orientates the baseboard on my saw in a way that makes the cope easier to cut. The first piece is simple, just two straight cuts, so go ahead and cut it. Now it is time for the first cope. Find a piece of baseboard and place it up on the saw. Do not cut it to length just yet. This way, you can make multiple attempts at the cope until it fits well, and then cut the piece to length. To execute the cope, first tilt the bevel of your saw over to 45 degrees, place the baseboard flat in the saw and cut off the right end. [Pic 2] This will create a line that is the inverse profile of the baseboard. Your job now is to cut accurately along this line to get the two pieces to fit tightly together. To make this cut you can use a traditional coping saw, but most prefer to use a jig saw with a good blade. [Pic 3] The blade is critical to getting a smooth cut, and I recommend the T101B from Bosch or something similar. It has very sharp and aggressive teeth, but yields smooth cuts with little tear-out. To avoid tear-out, some carpenters will even cut from below the baseboard, but it can be difficult to control and is probably not for the novice.

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Get yourself a good blade on a reasonable jig saw and it should go just fine. Move the piece of base you just cut out from the saw fence and clamp it down where you can work on it with the jig saw. Place a piece of blue painters tape on the end of the baseboard to protect it from the saw’s foot and begin cutting your line. As you cut, tip the jig saw to the right to make an undercut on the baseboard. [Pic 4] About 10 degrees is more than enough of an angle to accommodate an open corner or a bit of blade wander. The first portion of the cut is from the bottom of the baseboard which is usually straight. Keep your cut slightly away from the profile line to avoid tearout. Cut until you get to the first transition of the profile. Back out of the cut, nip off the waste, and then cut the profile. Make relief cuts, staying shy of the profile line, then nibble out the waste. [Pic 5] To fine tune your cut, use a traditional carpenter’s rasp and a sharp knife. [Pic 6] Then grab a piece of scrap and check the fit. After a little practice you will get “most” of them “satisfactory” on the first try. After all, this is millwork, not fine furniture. If you did mess it up, simply go back to the chop saw, recut the bevel, and then try again. Keep at it and your skill will improve quickly. Once the cope has been cut, you can now measure down the baseboard and cut it to length. Cutting to length is also easier when you are




coping because a board that is slightly short will be covered by the next piece. The only place the gap will be noticed is at the top of the profile where it can be easily covered with putty or painter’s caulk. Don’t get too sloppy, but don’t get hung up on perfection either. This is where trying to cut mitered base becomes agonizing. Coping relieves you of this and allows you the flexibility to cut all pieces with one trip to the saw. Make your copes, make your cuts, grab the stack and head back to hang them. Most profiles cut reasonably well because they exit the top of the baseboard on a curve. However, some profiles such as the “provincial,” and the “beveled” profile pictured here, create a special problem because they have a flat top and filet in the profile. The profile line just seems to stop when you try to cut the cope. For sanity’s sake, you can deal with this by simply continuing the coping cut through the flat area and fit them together; however, there is another way. You can add a small miter at these spots if you stop your coping cuts short of the flats by about 1/16 of an inch, then cut the miters into the mating piece as you hang them. This preserves the illusion of the miter, and it has the added benefit of reducing tear-out because you never exit the top. When hanging, hold the coped piece onto the previously installed piece and cut the miter with a knife as they sit on the wall. [Pic 7] Then remove the new piece and use your knife to deepen the cuts, and then chip out the waste. What you will end up with is a joint that looks as if it is mitered but will stay tight and hangs easily. Timothy Betts is a general contractor and cabinet maker from Strum, WI specializing in remodeling, cabinetry and fine millwork. He can be reached locally with questions or comments at 715-695-3660 or

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The Emerald Ash Borer Only Attacks Ash Trees.

Too Soon to

CASH ASH! in your

Article and Photos Contributed by Mick Skwarok, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture

The emerald ash borer, or EAB for short, is the new kid on the block when it comes to the variety of insects and diseases that already threaten a homeowner’s plants and trees. Annual foes include the Japanese beetle, the gypsy moth caterpillar and all manner of blight, rot, wilt and canker. Anyone with a green thumb of even the lightest shade has likely done battle with one or more of these from time to time. But EAB presents a new challenge. This beetle – a wood-boring insect from Asia – has no natural predators in North America and our native ash trees have no natural immunity to fight off an infestation. Communities and homeowners are often caught by surprise when an infestation is discovered because infested trees tend to go unnoticed for a few years, during which time the insects reproduce and spread into surrounding neighborhoods. Faced with all that is there anything a homeowner can do about EAB except to throw up their hands and surrender? Before we dive into solutions, let’s set the record straight: EAB only attacks ash trees. Just the real ones and the various landscape varieties derived from them. Autumn Purple Blaze is a kind of white ash; the Marshall’s Seedless is a 40

green ash. The mountain ash is not a real ash tree, so it’s not susceptible to EAB. Just like many cities and towns in Wisconsin, homeowners should also have a plan for the eventual arrival of EAB. Because this particular pest is commonly transported through infested firewood, its movement cannot be easily predicted. Wisconsin’s next infestation may be festering in a cord of firewood in your neighbor’s backyard or 200 miles away in a campground. 1. Where is your property and how close is it to a known infestation? For people in the Chippewa Valley, infestations exist to the south (Vernon and Crawford counties) and to the west (St. Paul). Not necessarily nearby, but not on the other side of the state, either. Perhaps not a huge concern right now, but certainly worth monitoring. 2. What’s the age and overall health of the ash tree(s)? If you choose to chemically treat a tree, you should know that, in general, small, young trees respond better to treatment than big, old ones. And if either is in poor health, you might be wasting your time and money since unhealthy trees are typically not good candidates for treatment. On average, landscape ash should survive about 40-60 years.

Deciding when and how to take action is up to you. When I’m asked “what should I do,” I start by asking a few questions of my own. 3. How many trees do you have and do any of them have some value? Shade-giving trees or those with sentimental value might be given priority if you’re considering some kind of preventative treatment. If you have a lot of ash, you may certainly choose to treat them all. With applications running from $20 to more than $100 per tree, you may decide to only use the best products on the high-value trees leaving the others for the DIY treatment, or no treatment at all. 4. Could you take some down and replace with something else? One possible solution in some cases is to remove the ash that you have and get something else in the ground as quickly as possible. You don’t have to do this all at once, but it does give you the advantage of removing and replacing trees on your schedule, according to your budget. This is one of the ways many communities are tackling the issue. The bottom line is this: when it comes to preparing your yard for the beetle’s arrival, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. As mentioned earlier, there are pesticide treatments available that can be used against EAB. Some are consumer products typically sold in garden centers, hardware and home improvement stores. Some are only labeled for use by licensed applicators. These restricted-use products typically cost more to administer, but may yield better results. Some products offer single year protection; others work for two or three. In order to maintain protection, the tree needs to be treated on a continual basis. Since we’ve only known about EAB in North America since 2002, it’s perhaps too early to define a long-term strategy for combating this pest in the backyard or the town square. Trees have already begun to die in parts of the state, and there will be more in the future. But scientists might discover “a cure” soon, and it may be worth your while to think about doing something to protect any high-value trees on your property. Mick Skwarok is the Plant Pest & Disease Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. To learn more about EAB and the various ways to go about protecting your ash trees, visit

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Floors N More Hanson Energy Services Haugen Stone & Concrete Hillcrest Granite & Marble Indianhead Insurance Integrity Roofing Jacobson Electric Kjelstad Plumbing Larson’s Custom Cabinets Liberty Exteriors, Inc. Lyman Lumber

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Homeowner Resources


Bauman Associates Ltd LarsonAllen LLP Nohre & Co. CPA’

Air Quality Consultants Gositti Enterprises

Appliance Sales/Services

Aerus Electrolux Amundson’s Appliance Denny’s Appliance Karl’s TV Audio & Appliance Lebakkens Inc of Wisconsin Menards


Lien & Peterson Architects Inc

Trusted Local Suppliers Accountants - Building Centers

Asphalt Contractors

Allied Blacktop Corporation Oium Asphalt, Paving & Well Drilling Senn Blacktop


Ruder Ware LLSC

Audio/Video Installation

Accelerated Automation LLC Intelligent Electronic Lifestyles Net Tel Communication Sound Installations Inc

Auto Glass

White Glass Company

Auto Sales

Eau Claire Ford Lincoln Mercury Markquart Motors


AnchorBank, Fsb Associated Bank Bank Mutual Charter Bank Eau Claire Johnson Bank M & I Bank Northwestern Bank Royal Credit Union Time Federal Savings Bank United Bank US Bank

Basement Waterproofing

Badger Basement Systems Inc

Bathtub Refinishing

Perma Glaze of Western Wisconsin



Advanced Construction Inc Andy Stanley Construction LLC Artisan Home Builders Asher Enterprises Inc Balts Construction Inc Bartow Builders of Eau Claire Bergh Contractors Inc Betts Bros Brunkow Builders Inc C&E Wurzer Builders LLC

(715) 834-2001 (715) 852-1120 (715) 834-2225

(715) 926-4642

(715) 832-3566 (715) 838-0530 (715) 235-2028 (715) 514-4744 (715) 831-1002 (715) 858-2009 (715) 835-7500 (715) 835-4858 (715) 287-4678 (715) 723-8527 (715) 834-3425 (715) 875-4741 (715) 833-1315 (715) 835-8939 (715) 831-6029 (715) 832-8323 (715) 852-1000 (715) 852-2415 (715) 852-1664 (715) 831-2254 (715) 833-7722 (715) 831-2180 (715) 858-9747 (715) 831-3574 (715) 723-4461 (715) 833-8111 (715) 229-2134 (715) 597-3136 (715) 839-6307 (800) 262-1880 (715) 839-8822 (715) 760-0888 (715) 552-1588 (715) 834-2733 (715) 832-7282 (715) 830-7465 (715) 829-9756 (715) 834-6194 (715) 695-3660 (715) 835-6744 (715) 271-4828

Builders (cont’d)

C&M Properties and Construction Inc Clear Creek Log Homes & Trading Co Cottagewood Group Country Home Construction LLC Craig Moe Custom Builder Creative Construction of Eau Claire LLC Dick Hieb Homes Durand Builders Service Inc Fern Construction Frazer Construction Glaus Bros Contracting Inc Great American Homes & Fireplace Hainstock Homes LLC Harris Homes & Construction Haselwander Bros Inc Haselwander Companies Inc Homes By Scott Thiess Construction LLC Hong Construction LLC Irwin Construction J. Theisen Inc Kent Homes Inc Kozial Construction Inc Kratzer Homebuilders LLC Landstar Builders Inc Legacy Homes Mike’s Custom Homes Mill Creek Builders/Enercept Northwood Builders Paul Prince Construction Paul Schneider Construction Pawlak Construction Peterson Custom Homes LLC Prudential Benrud Realty/Heartland Homes R. Tews Construction & Design Inc Richard Ryan Builder Rico Quality Homes Inc Royal Construction Inc Ruppert Construction Sandvig Construction Scheppke Real Estate Schumacher Bros Construction Signature Homes Steen Construction of Osseo Inc Storybook Custom Homes LLC Stratford Homes by Mustang Builders Timber Ridge Homes Valley Construction Inc Wayne Hanson/Home Builder Inc Wood Wright Inc Wurzer Builders Inc

Building Centers

Arrow Building Center Blade Millworks Building Hope Charlson Building & Design Center Chippewa Valley Siding Roofing & Supply Co CSR Lumber & Hardware Dealer’s Northland Supply Lampert Yards Lyman Lumber Company Menards Midwest Manufacturing

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Northern Crossarm Co Inc Northland Buildings Inc Pro-Build of Eau Claire Pro-Build of Menomonie United Products Corporation Western Building Products Inc

Cabinetry Sales/Installation

Cell Phones

Verizon Wireless

Ceramic Tile Sales/Installation

Design Tile LLC Independent Flooring Korger’s Furniture & Decorating Nationwide Floor & Window Coverings Quality Floor Coverings & Home Center Wall To Wall Carpet One Floor & Home

Chambers of Commerce

Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce


Health4Life Chiropractic LLC Stucky Chiropractic of Eau Claire Stucky Chiropractic of Lake Hallie

Cleaning Services

Chem-Master Inc CleanPower LLC K-Tech Steamatic of Western Wisconsin, LLC TRAC Solutions Water Works

Closets/Shelving Systems/Installation Amazing Space D&K Closets Inc Not Just Closets LLC

Computer/Telephone Wiring

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Net Tel Communication

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Concrete Contractors

(715) 235-0827 (715) 723-2779 (715) 720-1962 (715) 723-5004 (715) 834-7701 (715) 669-5469

Accurate Construction Brovold Construction Inc Buesser Concrete LLC Chippewa Concrete Services County Materials Corporation Haas Sons Inc

Concrete Contractors (cont’d)

Haugen Stone & Concrete Huffcutt Concrete Inc Jaenke Concrete & Excavation Inc Pozarski Concrete & Masonry LLC Simington Construction LLC Swim’s Concrete Construction LLC


Kitchen Craft

Countertop Sales/Installation

Cambria Countertops Inc Gerhards First Supply Granite Tops By Johnson Monument LLC Hillcrest Granite & Marble Lifetime Solid Surface Countertops Pahl’s Kitchen & Bath Collection Quality Floor Coverings & Home Center Simington Construction LLC Surface Designs Inc Thorcraft

Disposal Services/Recycling Johnson Roll-Off Service Toy’s Scrap & Salvage Corp. Veolia Environmental Services


A & D Docks and Service LLC

Document Destruction Services ShredAway


Archer Lion Inc Builders Millwork Inc Marvin Windows & Doors Pella Windows & Doors T.C. Inc Quality Floor Coverings & Home Center Tru-Lock & Security, Inc.

Drywall Contractors Premier Drywall LLC

Drywall Suppliers EC Drywall Supply

Duct Cleaning

Chem-Master Inc Erv Smith Services Inc/The Hearth Shoppe Hurlburt Heating Plumbing & Electric K-Tech Steamatic of Western Wisconsin, LLC

Economic Development Corporations Chippewa County EDC Momentum West

Electrical Contractors/Suppliers

B & B Electric Bear Valley Electric Chippewa Valley Electrical Contr. Inc. Jacobson Electric Kelly Heating & Electric LLC Ladysmith Electronics Michels Electric Richardson Electric Inc

(715) 797-4987 (715) 723-7446 (715) 832-6338 (715) 833-7010 (715) 229-9238 (715) 720-1611 (352) 483-7600 (612) 756-3807 (715) 876-6744 (715) 832-6638 (715) 723-5576 (715) 835-2035 (715) 226-1718 (715) 552-3225 (715) 855-1140 (715) 229-9238 (715) 834-2628 (715) 669-7557 (715) 577-3594 (715) 834-6677 (715) 858-9115 (715) 239-3818 (715) 835-0811 (715) 720-1654 (715) 926-3833 (651) 245-4801 (715) 836-9301 (715) 855-1140 (715) 835-1540 (715) 644-2794 (715) 832-6650 (800) 657-4483 (715) 836-8360 (715) 283-4422 (800) 215-8324 (715) 834-8822

Trusted Local Suppliers Building Centers - Electrical Contractors/Suppliers

Charlson Building & Design Center Clearwater Cabinetry & Design Inc Countertops Inc Furniture Medic By Greg Gerhards First Supply Hillcrest Granite & Marble Lake Hallie Cabinets LLC Larson’s Custom Cabinets Midwest Home Improvement Pahl’s Kitchen & Bath Collection Pro-Build of Eau Claire Pro-Build of Menomonie Quality Floor Coverings & Home Center Red Wing Custom Cabinets & Flooring LLC Surface Designs Inc Thorcraft

(715) 723-4100 (715) 874-4200 (715) 834-5351 (715) 235-3491 (715) 831-0855 (414) 258-3266

Homeowner Resources

Building Centers (cont’d)

(715) 723-7150 (715) 874-4673 (715) 832-1676 (715) 231-3880 (715) 225-3162 (715) 538-4613 (715) 832-6909 (715) 532-7111 (715) 695-3360 (715) 672-3357


Homeowner Resources

Electrical Contractors/Suppliers (cont’d) Viking Electric Supply Wergedal Skogstad Electric Inc Whitetail Electric LLC

Electronic Stores

Ladysmith Electronics

Energy Consultants

Extreme Panel Technologies Focus On Energy Hanson Energy Services Next Step Energy LLC

Equipment Sales/Rental/Leasing Bobcat Plus Equip Rentals FABCO Rents

Trusted Local Suppliers Electrical Contractors/Suppliers - Heating & A/C

Excavating Contractors

A Breeze Construction LLC American Express Transportation LLC Bergh Contractors Inc Cloverbelt Construction LLC Fedie Well Drilling & Pump Service, Inc. Green Thumb Landscaping & Excavating Jaenke Concrete & Excavation Inc Vernon Olson & Sons Inc

Fencing Sales/Installation A Breeze Construction LLC Hayworth Fence Co Inc HS Fence Company

Financial//Estate Planning Advisors

(715) 532-7111

Floor Leveling

Flooring Sales/Installation

Baseman Floors Inc Design Tile LLC Floors N More Independent Flooring Korger’s Furniture & Decorating Nationwide Floor & Window Coverings Olson Hardwood Floors Quality Floor Coverings & Home Center Red Wing Custom Cabinets & Flooring LLC Wall To Wall Carpet One Floor & Home


May’s Floral Garden The Potting Shed Garden and Gifts

Foundation Contractors

Brovold Construction Inc T&J Concrete Foundations Inc

Classics Furniture Korger’s Furniture & Decorating Lebakkens Inc of Wisconsin Papa Bears Northwoods Store

Garden Centers

(715) 831-8577 (715) 832-9833 (715) 834-6194 (715) 289-4098 (715) 926-4566 (715) 832-4553 (715) 832-6338 (715) 878-4502 (715) 831-8577 (715) 832-0300 (715) 225-8779

(715) 233-1841

Erv Smith Services Inc/The Hearth Shoppe Fireside Hearth & Home Great American Homes & Fireplace

Furniture Sales/Leasing

(715) 720-0300 (715) 720-1234 (715) 874-6440

Fire Protection

Fireplace Sales/Installation

Furniture Medic By Greg

Garage Doors Sales/Installation

(715) 552-1760 (715) 514-2526 (715) 835-6525 (715) 834-7240

Ahern Fire Protection

Furniture Repair/Restoration

(507) 423-5416 (715) 828-3575 (715) 577-7362 (715) 830-9337

Edward Jones Investments Hall Financial Group LLC RBC Wealth Management Woita & Associates

Floor Technologies Inc.


(715) 834-7786 (715) 877-3177 (715) 829-1436

(715) 836-8360 (715) 832-5232 (715) 235-4840 (763) 478-9609 (715) 577-7720 (715) 644-5243 (715) 839-8048 (715) 833-2432 (715) 723-8852 (715) 858-0299 (715) 829-5016 (715) 855-1140 (715) 667-3008 (715) 832-4555 (715) 836-8220 (715) 831-4000 (715) 723-2779 (715) 289-3966

Chippewa Valley Door Co LLC Northwest Door Inc. Overhead Door Co. of the Chippewa Valley Tru-Lock & Security, Inc. Chippewa Valley Growers Inc Circle M Nursery Inc Gordy’s County Market Green Thumb Landscaping & Excavating Greener Grass Systems May’s Floral Garden McKay Nursery The Potting Shed Garden and Gifts

Gas Companies

Chippewa Valley Energy Eau Claire Energy Cooperative Lakes Gas Co. Tru Gas of Eau Claire and Mondovi Xcel Energy

Geothermal Equipment/Supplies

Cedar Falls Heating & AC Inc Certified Inc Hovland’s Inc Kelly Heating & Electric LLC Water Source Heating & Cooling, Inc.

Golf Courses

Lake Hallie Golf Course Wild Ridge & Mill Run Golf

Graphic Design Getcha Design JB Systems LLC


Chippewa Valley Growers Inc May’s Floral Garden


Gordy’s County Market

Gutters & Downspouts

Asher Enterprises Inc Blue Hills Roofing and Construction LLC C&T Siding Liberty Exteriors Inc Mathews Midwest Guttering Inc Rock and Tait Roofing LLC

Heating & A/C

1st Call Mechanical BME Inc Cedar Falls Heating & AC Inc Certified Inc Denny’s Plumbing & Heating, LLC Erv Smith Services Inc/The Hearth Shoppe Glen Pelke Plumbing & Heating Inc.

(715) 736-5550 (715) 835-4500 (715) 723-8852 (715) 831-1002 (608) 355-9488 (715) 723-0742 (715) 832-1474 (715) 874-4565 (715) 835-1540 (715) 839-8448 (715) 723-4247 (715) 726-2505 (715) 832-4553 (715) 832-0800 (715) 836-8220 (715) 834-0993 (715) 831-4000 (715) 876-6400 (715) 832-1603 (715) 838-2460 (715) 926-4271 (715) 737-2627 (715) 235-7166 (715) 834-5409 (715) 832-1691 (715) 832-6909 (715) 833-9001 (715) 861-5442 (715) 834-1766 (715) 579-1130 (715) 830-9375 (715) 839-8448 (715) 836-8220 (715) 726-2505 (715) 832-7282 (715) 379-9189 (715) 749-3162 (715) 926-4444 (715) 834-1610 (715) 723-7200 (715) 828-3057 (715) 828-7018 (715) 235-7166 (715) 834-5409 (715) 669-3604 (715) 836-8360 (715) 926-3848

Hovland’s Inc Hurlburt Heating Plumbing & Electric Jerry’s Heating & Air Conditioning Services Kelly Heating & Electric LLC Kurth Sheet Metal Inc Water Source Heating & Cooling, Inc.

Home Automation & Entertainment Accelerated Automation LLC Intelligent Electronic Lifestyles

(715) 832-1691 (715) 283-4422 (715) 723-8202 (715) 832-6909 (715) 723-2211 (715) 833-9001 (715) 875-4741 (715) 833-1315

Home Improvement & Remodeling Contractors

Hot Tubs & Swimming Pools Chippewa Valley Softub Poolman of Wisconsin Inc Swimrite Pools & Spas Inc The Pool People

Insulation Contractors

Cornell Corporation Eau Claire Insulation LLC Green Builder Insulation LLC Rock and Tait Roofing LLC

(715) 760-0888 (715) 838-8964 (715) 552-1588 (715) 832-7282 (715) 830-7465 (715) 829-9756 (715) 834-6194 (715) 695-3660 (715) 835-6744 (715) 271-4828 (715) 632-2788 (715) 836-7332 (715) 834-9750 (715) 828-4969 (715) 235-4840 (715) 830-1206 (715) 214-8325 (715) 597-3272 (715) 726-1280 (715) 835-6191 (715) 829-5518 (715) 452-5724 (715) 877-1880 (715) 926-4444 (715) 833-1120 (715) 834-9661 (715) 829-9850 (715) 858-0827 (715) 834-1628 (715) 835-2584 (715) 835-5704 (715) 829-6724 (715) 797-3535 (715) 835-3556 (715) 597-3120 (715) 456-3670 (715) 839-7995 (715) 743-2251 (715) 828-3430 (715) 839-0100 (715) 835-0929 (715) 834-7946 (715) 359-0474 (888) 439-6411 (715) 832-6927 (715) 210-6914 (715) 723-7200

American Family Insurance Paul Schlosser Agency Associated Financial Group Farmer’s Insurance-Paul Boatman Agency Gordon Schlosser Indianhead Insurance Agency Woita & Associates

Interior Design/Decorating

Bed, Bath & Drapery Shop B-Framed Galleries Charlson Building & Design Center Classics Furniture Dorig Designs Gerhards First Supply House Blend Lighting & Design House O’ Dreams, LLC Lydia’s Your In Style

Internet Consultants/Providers JB Systems LLC Net Tel Communication

Irrigation Systems

Greener Grass Systems Premium Lawn Service LLC Pudenz Irrigation LLC RainMaster Lawn Systems

Land Development

Cottagewood Group Haselwander Companies Inc J. Theisen Inc

Landscape Contractors

A Breeze Construction LLC All Season Landscaping Buesser Concrete LLC Circle M Nursery Inc Distinctive Edge Green Thumb Landscaping & Excavating Green Valley Lawn & Landscaping Greener Grass Systems K & M Landscaping of Eau Claire LLC McKay Nursery Natural Touch Landscaping Northwoods Unlimited LLC Premium Lawn Service LLC RainMaster Lawn Systems RB Landscape Red Flint Rock & Stone

Landscape Suppliers

A Breeze Construction LLC County Materials Corporation Greener Grass Systems K & M Landscaping of Eau Claire LLC Red Flint Rock & Stone

Lawn Care Professionals

A Breeze Construction LLC Green Valley Lawn & Landscaping Greener Grass Systems

(715) 723-3293 (715) 834-7858 (715) 514-4006 (715) 672-4050 (715) 723-0274 (715) 834-7240 (715) 839-9000 (715) 832-4476 (715) 835-5144 (715) 835-4500 (715) 514-4279 (715) 832-6638 (715) 726-3080 (715) 456-6199 (715) 552-0400 (715) 514-0785 (715) 830-9375 (715) 835-8939 (715) 832-0800 (715) 878-4643 (888) 264-8858 (715) 839-8484 (715) 379-2309 (715) 834-9997 (715) 835-6191 (715) 831-8577 (715) 287-3544 (715) 720-1962 (715) 723-4247 (715) 829-1338 (715) 832-4553 (715) 833-2400 (715) 832-0800 (715) 839-8499 (715) 834-0993 (715) 556-2817 (715) 830-0998 (715) 878-4643 (715) 839-8484 (715) 235-3434 (715) 855-7600

Trusted Local Suppliers Heating & A/C - Lawn Care Professionals

Advanced Construction Inc Air-tite Window Systems Andy Stanley Construction LLC Asher Enterprises Inc Balts Construction Inc Bartow Builders of Eau Claire Bergh Contractors Inc Betts Bros Brunkow Builders Inc C&E Wurzer Builders LLC Country Home Construction LLC Creative Construction of Eau Claire LLC Fern Construction Frazer Construction Great American Homes & Fireplace Gustafson Remodeling Homes By Scott Thiess Construction LLC Hong Construction LLC Irwin Construction J. Theisen Inc Kent Homes Inc Kozial Construction Inc Legacy Homes Liberty Exteriors Inc Midwest Home Improvement Northwood Builders Paul Schneider Construction Pawlak Construction R. Tews Construction & Design Inc Reiter Construction Rico Quality Homes Inc Ruppert Construction Sandvig Construction Special T Siding & Construction Steen Construction of Osseo Inc Storybook Custom Homes LLC Wayne Hanson/Home Builder Inc Wood Wright Inc Wurzer Builders Inc

Insurance Services

Homeowner Resources

Heating & A/C (cont’d)

(715) 831-8577 (715) 832-2325 (715) 834-7701 (715) 832-0800 (715) 839-8499 (715) 855-7600 (715) 831-8577 (715) 833-2400 (715) 832-0800


Homeowner Resources

Lawn Care Professionals (cont’d) Premium Lawn Service LLC Pudenz Irrigation LLC RainMaster Lawn Systems TruGreen Ultimate Lawns

Lawn Equipment Sales/Service Eau Claire Lawn Equipment

Lighting Fixtures & Designers Classics Furniture House Blend Lighting & Design Lydia’s

Marketing/Advertising Getcha Design

Masonry Supplies/Contractors

Trusted Local Suppliers Lawn Care Professionals - Septic Systems & Service

Haugen Stone & Concrete Nelson Masonry LLC Pozarski Concrete & Masonry LLC Stone Pro LLC


Select Comfort


Builders Millwork Inc

Mold, Lead & Asbestos Testing LEGEND Technical Services Inc

Painting Contractors/Retail

Accent Finishing LLC College Pro Painters Conco Paints/Sherwin Williams Hirshfield’s Decorating Center Korger’s Furniture & Decorating Quality Floor Coverings & Home Center SDR Painting LLC Sherwin Williams T. E. Anderson Decorating

Plumbing Contractors

Bohl & Proulx Plumbing Inc Certified Inc Chris Rud Plumbing LLC Denny’s Plumbing & Heating, LLC Glen Pelke Plumbing Higley Plumbing Hurlburt Heating Plumbing & Electric Kelly Heating & Electric LLC Kinderman Plumbing LLC Kjelstad Plumbing McQuillan Plumbing LLC

Plumbing Fixtures/Supplies

Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery Gerhards First Supply Goodin Company Pahl’s Kitchen & Bath Collection

Pole Buildings

Custom Structures, Inc. Northland Buildings Inc

Portable Toilets


Cesspool Cleaners LLC Myers Septic Service LLC

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Printing & Promotional Services Badgerland Printing USA Inc Impact Advertising Jay’s Sign Service, Inc. Leader Printing Supreme Graphics

Radio Stations

Clear Channel Radio

Real Estate Closing Services All Title Services Inc Vinopal Title and Abstract


Eau Claire Realty Inc Edina Realty Haselwander Companies Inc J. Theisen Inc Scheppke Real Estate

Retaining Walls

All Season Landscaping County Materials Corporation Green Thumb Landscaping & Excavating Greener Grass Systems Jaenke Concrete & Excavation Inc RB Landscape Versa-Lok

Roofing Contractors

Air-tite Window Systems Asher Enterprises Inc Balts Construction Inc Bartow Builders of Eau Claire Blue Hills Roofing and Construction LLC C New Roof C&T Siding Chippewa Valley Siding & Supply Co Integrity Roofing Liberty Exteriors Inc Rock and Tait Roofing LLC Stichert Roofing Inc

Roofing Materials/Sales

A H Bennett Company Certainteed Corporation Chippewa Valley Siding & Supply Co Cornell Corporation

Satellite Television Dean’s Satellite


Chippewa Valley Technical College

Security Systems

Access Security Net Tel Communication Per Mar Security S.O.S. Security LLC Tru-Lock & Security, Inc.

Septic Systems & Service Bergh Contractors Inc Certified Inc Cesspool Cleaners LLC Glen Pelke Plumbing

(715) 874-5149 (715) 834-7562 (715) 835-0501 (715) 830-5886 (608) 323-3366 (715) 552-5108 (715) 838-9016 (715) 831-0880 (715) 552-1818 (715) 839-7653 (715) 834-9997 (715) 835-6191 (715) 833-9625 (715) 287-3544 (715) 832-2325 (715) 834-7701 (715) 832-4553 (715) 832-0800 (715) 832-6338 (715) 235-3434 (800) 770-4525 (715) 838-8964 (715) 832-7282 (715) 830-7465 (715) 829-9756 (715) 379-9189 (715) 695-3501 (715) 749-3162 (715) 723-6320 (715) 577-5987 (715) 926-4444 (715) 723-7200 (715) 683-2490 (715) 874-4555 (608) 582-4383 (715) 723-6320 (888) 439-6411 (608) 269-2897 (715) 833-6333 (715) 726-9090 (715) 835-8939 (715) 832-1222 (715) 955-4581 (715) 835-1540 (715) 834-6194 (715) 834-5409 (715) 723-3449 (715) 926-3848

Huffcutt Concrete Inc Hurlburt Heating Plumbing & Electric Jaenke Concrete & Excavation Inc McQuillan Plumbing LLC Myers Septic Service LLC Vernon Olson & Sons Inc

Sheet Metal Work

1st Call Mechanical Erv Smith Services Inc/The Hearth Shoppe Hovland’s Inc Kelly Heating & Electric LLC Kurth Sheet Metal Inc

Shower/Tub Enclosures

(715) 723-7446 (715) 283-4422 (715) 832-6338 (715) 667-3368 (715) 874-5274 (715) 878-4502 (715) 828-3057 (715) 836-8360 (715) 832-1691 (715) 832-6909 (715) 723-2211 (715) 832-6638 (715) 552-3225 (715) 832-8323

Advanced Construction Inc Air-tite Window Systems Andy Stanley Construction LLC Asher Enterprises Inc Balts Construction Inc Bartow Builders of Eau Claire Bergh Contractors Inc C&T Siding Chippewa Valley Siding & Supply Co Country Home Construction LLC Creative Construction of Eau Claire LLC Frazer Construction Gustafson Remodeling Liberty Exteriors Inc Midwest Home Improvement Pawlak Construction R. Tews Construction & Design Inc Rock and Tait Roofing LLC Sandvig Construction Special T Siding & Construction Valley Construction Inc Wayne Hanson/Home Builder Inc Window World of Chippewa Valley LLC

(715) 760-0888 (715) 838-8964 (715) 552-1588 (715) 832-7282 (715) 830-7465 (715) 829-9756 (715) 834-6194 (715) 749-3162 (715) 723-6320 (715) 632-2788 (715) 836-7332 (715) 828-4969 (715) 830-1206 (715) 926-4444 (715) 833-1120 (715) 858-0827 (715) 834-1628 (715) 723-7200 (715) 797-3535 (715) 835-3556 (715) 833-8383 (715) 839-7995 (715) 552-1890

Siding Contractors

Siding Materials

A H Bennett Company Archer Lion Inc Chippewa Valley Siding & Supply Co Dealer’s Northland Supply Red Flint Rock & Stone

Snow Removal

Buesser Concrete LLC Green Thumb Landscaping & Excavating Green Valley Lawn & Landscaping Greener Grass Systems Jaenke Concrete & Excavation Inc Northwoods Unlimited LLC Pozarski Concrete & Masonry LLC Premium Lawn Service LLC Pudenz Irrigation LLC RainMaster Lawn Systems RB Landscape Ultimate Lawns

(715) 874-4555 (715) 720-1654 (715) 723-6320 (715) 552-2020 (715) 855-7600 (715) 720-1962 (715) 832-4553 (715) 833-2400 (715) 832-0800 (715) 832-6338 (715) 830-0998 (715) 833-7010 (715) 878-4643 (888) 264-8858 (715) 839-8484 (715) 235-3434 (715) 563-4399


Advanced Engineering Concepts LLC Kramer Land Design Studio

Tax Services

Bauman Associates Ltd LarsonAllen LLP Nohre & Co. CPA’s


(715) 832-2325 (715) 834-7701 (715) 797-4987 (715) 839-8499 (715) 855-7600 (715) 271-1483 (715) 552-0330 (715) 831-0654 (715) 834-2001 (715) 852-1120 (715) 834-2225

Automated Building Components Starwood Rafters Inc.

(715) 924-4867 (715) 985-3117

TV Stations

(715) 852-1572 (715) 852-5907


Utility Companies

Eau Claire Energy Cooperative Xcel Energy

Water Softening Systems/Service

Aquarius Water Conditioning/Kinetic Certified Inc Gibson’s WaterCare Service Sterling Water Culligan

Web Design

JB Systems LLC

Well Drilling

Bergh Contractors Inc Fedie Well Drilling & Pump Service, Inc. Glen Pelke Plumbing, Heating & Well Drilling Inc. Oium Asphalt, Paving & Well Drilling

Window Sales/Installation

A H Bennett Company Air-tite Window Systems Andersen Windows Archer Lion Inc Badger Custom Windows Inc Liberty Exteriors Inc Marvin Windows & Doors Pella Windows & Doors T.C. Inc Quality Floor Coverings & Home Center Weather Shield Mfg Inc Window World of Chippewa Valley LLC

Window Treatments

Bed, Bath & Drapery Shop Gerhards First Supply Hirshfield’s Decorating Center Korger’s Furniture & Decorating Nationwide Floor & Window Coverings Quality Floor Coverings & Home Center Southern Oak Window Fashions

(715) 832-1603 (715) 737-2627 (651) 777-0448 (715) 834-5409 (715) 834-7716 (715) 834-9431 (715) 830-9375 (715) 834-6194 (715) 926-4566 (715) 926-3848 (715) 287-4678 (715) 874-4555 (715) 838-8964 (651) 338-6519 (715) 720-1654 (715) 835-3838 (715) 926-4444 (651) 245-4801 (715) 836-9301 (715) 855-1140 (715) 532-7262 (715) 552-1890

Trusted Local Suppliers Septic Systems & Service - Window Treatments

Gerhards First Supply Pahl’s Kitchen & Bath Collection White Glass Company

Stone County Materials Corporation Haugen Stone & Concrete K & M Landscaping of Eau Claire LLC Red Flint Rock & Stone Stone Pro LLC

Homeowner Resources

Septic Systems & Service (cont’d)

(715) 839-9000 (715) 832-6638 (715) 835-9914 (715) 723-8852 (715) 858-0299 (715) 855-1140 (715) 835-8557


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Home Inspirations Magazine Spring 2011  

The publication for the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association and the 2011 Home & Garden Show.