Lazy summer days are perfect for entertaining friends and family outdoors—there’s not much better than al fresco dinner parties on long, sunlit evenings. Or if your family includes children who need to get out some energy before bedtime, summer days are the perfect opportunity to coat the kids in sunscreen, hand them popsicles and plenty of water, and send ‘em outside.

The caveat here is that outdoor entertaining is really fun only if you’re prepared with the right stuff to make sure everyone has a ball while staying cool, comfortable, and bug bite-free.

Ready to learn more about the must-dos for entertaining in the great outdoors? Check out our list below!


The lighting you choose for inside your home makes a huge difference in the feel of each room. And although outdoor lighting is equally important, it often gets overlooked. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t give much thought to your home’s outdoor lighting until the sun goes down.

The reality, however, is that outdoor lighting is important both to the look of your house and the safety of your guests and family members—and in most cases, it needs to go beyond a simple porch light and a motion-activated flood light at each corner of your house.

Not sure where to start? Keep reading!


Meet our June Vendor Spotlight, CertainTeed, a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products!


If rising temperatures haven’t yet made their way to your area, they’re probably just around the corner. Summer heat can be a welcome change from months of winter, but only if your A/C can keep up! Preparing your home in advance ensures that you’re ready when the thermometer spikes into the 80s. Not sure how to get your home ready for the summer months? Keep reading for our five best tips!


Meet our June Builder of the Month, Josh Osmer of Wausau Homes North Aurora. 
Josh worked for a homebuilding company in his younger years, and he eventually branched out to start his own construction company. Now, Josh is an expert at navigating the homebuilding process and is ready to help make every buyer’s custom home building experience an enjoyable one from start to finish.

Keep reading to get to know Josh on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our May Vendor Spotlight, Woodport, making doors in Shawano, Wisconsin, the heart of the Midwest.


Meet our May Builder of the Month, Jed Estola of Wausau Homes Ironwood. 
Jed has an extensive background in structural design and residential construction that makes him a well-rounded expert at navigating the homebuilding process. Woodtech Builders is ready to help make every homebuyer’s experience an enjoyable one from start to finish.

Get to know Jed on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our April Vendor Spotlight, Moen, the #1 faucet brand in North America!


Meet our April Builder of the Month, Jeff Klopp of Wausau Homes Wausau. 
Jeff has quickly become an expert at navigating the homebuilding process and is ready to help make every homebuyer’s experience an enjoyable one from start to finish.

Get to know Jeff on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our March Vendor Spotlight, Sierra Pacific Windows, a division of Sierra Pacific Industries, which is a family-owned forest products company.


Meet our February Vendor Spotlight, Dura Supreme Cabinetry. With a legacy of quality and craftsmanship, Dura Supreme is privately owned and operated for 60+ years, providing homeowners some of the best cabinetry in value, design, quality, and craftsmanship.


Meet our 2020 Builder of The Year, Greg Schoone of Wausau Homes Minocqua. 
Part of a dedicated family of builders, Greg Schoone has been building custom homes for over 28 years. An expert at the homebuilding process, Greg and his team specialize in the vacation market and are ready to help make every homebuyer’s experience an enjoyable one from start to finish.

Get to know our Builder of The Year in more detail with our Q&A.


Diamond Kote® Building Products leads the industry as the #1 brand of pre-finished LP® SmartSide®.


Meet our January Builder of the Month, Rich Krier of Wausau Homes Indianola. 
Owners Rich Krier, and son Brian Krier have been building custom homes for over 40 years. They are experts at navigating the homebuilding process and ready to help make every homebuyer’s experience an enjoyable one from start to finish.

Get to know Rich on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our December Builder of the Month, Jason Wanke of Wausau Homes Medford.

Jason Wanke and his team can construct the perfect home for your needs. You can count on their collective financial stability, longevity in the business, quality reputation, trouble free service, and price guarantee.

Get to know Greg on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our November Builder of the Month, Troy Freed of Wausau Homes Kalamazoo.
The Wausau Homes Kalamazoo team led by Troy Freed and his family, have 40 years of construction expertise. Troy is the current president of the Western Michigan HBA and his team was recognized by the Michigan Home Builders Association as the 2018 Builder of the Year. Troy is building a family legacy with Wausau Homes that will continue to serve the Kalamazoo community for years to come.

Get to know Troy on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our October Builder of the Month, Greg Ingersoll of Wausau Homes Elkhorn.
Greg Ingersoll, has been working in Southeastern Wisconsin for the past 3 decades. His experience spans all phases of building, remodeling, and land development, to managing condominiums in the prestigious Geneva National Golf Community in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Get to know Greg on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our September Builder of the Month, Mike Gibbons of Wausau Homes Appleton.
Mike Gibbons has been building custom homes in the Fox River Valley for the past 35 years. He earned the Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation through the Home Builder Institute of Wisconsin. A resident of Neenah, Mike is an expert at navigating the homebuilding process and is ready to help make every homebuyer’s experience an enjoyable one from start to finish.

Get to know Mike on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our August Builder of the Month, Barb Ravenscroft of Wausau Homes Waunakee.
Barb Ravenscroft has worked with homebuyers for 30 years to create the perfect living space. Barb is great with attention to detail, has amazing project management skills and creates quality finished homes. Wausau Homes Waunakee will guide you from the moment you step into the design studio to the moment you step into your new home.

Get to know Barb on a more personal level with our Q&A.


Meet our July Builder of the Month, Kory Bellmont of Wausau Homes Cold Spring.
Kory Bellmont has built extensive experience in the construction industry since 1997. Kory’s career started as a general laborer in excavating, but soon excelled to foreman, project manager, and finally vice president for his family’s development firm. An expert at the homebuilding process, Kory and the Wausau Homes Cold Spring team specializes in the traditional market and makes every homebuyer’s experience an enjoyable one from start to finish.

Get to know Kory on a more personal level with our Q&A.


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