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November 10th, 2015

5 Ways to Jump-Start a Whole-House Decluttering Effort


November 3rd, 2015

7 Tips to Get a Home Winter-Ready

7 Tips to Get a Home Winter-Ready
Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Winter is on the way, and home owners should preparing their homes for the colder temperatures. The National Association of Home Builders Remodelers suggested home maintenance tips to increase energy efficiency and lessen the chance of emergency repairs.

Soon, The Snows Will Come

Bad Winter Coming? 10 Ways to Get Ready

Remind Clients: Winter Prep Saves Money

"Before winter weather sets in, spend some time improving and protecting the inside of your home," says NAHB Remodelers Chairman Robert Criner. "Fall is a good time to check mechanical systems and combat drafts. It's also an opportune time to organize the details of your next remodeling project and save space on the calendar of a professional remodeler."

Share these tips with your prospects to help them better protect their home during the colder months ahead.

Ensure there are no gaps in insulation or crawl spaces that expose pipes to cold air, which could put the pipes at risk of freezing and bursting.
Have your heating system checked by a licensed technician before cold weather requires daily use.
Block drafts around doors, windows and baseboards with weather stripping, window film and caulk to control heat loss.
Install storm doors and windows to improve energy-efficiency and get rid of drafts.
Have chimneys cleaned by an experienced chimney sweep to prevent the risk of a fire from buildup or blockages.
Spray door locks with powdered-graphite lubricant to prevent freezing and sticking.
Set ceiling fans to rotate clockwise to force rising warm air back towards the floor.

Source: National Association of Home Builders Remodelers

October 22nd, 2015

Learning About Light

Learning About Light
Make a careful study of the play of light in your home. Take several days, and document how both natural and artificial light look in the room or rooms you want to paint. Take digital photos as a record.
Which direction do the rooms face? Are they flooded with pale morning or bright afternoon light? Do they receive much natural light at all? And how do lamps and overhead lights affect the room throughout the day?Tip: Select two similar hues of a favorite shade, one lighter than the other. Paint the lighter one on the sunniest wall to enhance the effect of light in the room.

October 15th, 2015

When to Repair or Replace Your Appliance

When to Repair or Replace Your Appliance

If you plan to stay in your home for another 10 to 15 years, it may be worthwhile to upgrade to the latest efficient appliance.
By: Douglas TrattnerImage: George Doyle/Getty Images
When an appliance is old and isn't working efficiently, it's easy to decide to replace rather than repair the machine -may it rest in peace.

But appliances often break before their time, making the repair-or-replace decision harder.
If money is tight, you may have to repair the appliance and hope for the best. But if you've got some coin, then replacing with a new, energy-efficient model often is the better way to go.

That's a lot of ifs, and the repair-or-replace dilemma often is hard to resolve. Here are some guidelines that will help you decide.

Is It Really Broken?

When appliances stop working, we get so rattled that the obvious escapes us. Before you panic, make sure:
• The appliance is plugged in.
• Circuit breakers haven't tripped. (I once replaced a blender only to discover that the circuit needed resetting.)
• Flooring hasn't become uneven, which can stop some appliances from turning on.
• Vents and filters aren't clogged with lint and dust.

Is It Still Under Warranty?

Check your owner's manual or records to see if the sick appliance is still under warranty. Most warranties on major appliances cover labor and parts for a year; some extend coverage of parts for two years. If it's still covered, schedule a service call.

Is It Truly at the End of Its Useful Life?

Appliances have an average useful life - the typical lifespan after which the machine is running on borrowed time. The closer your appliance is to its hypothetical past due date, the wiser it is to replace, rather than repair.

Here are the typical lifespans of major appliances.
Appliance Average Lifespan (Years)
Compactor 6
Dishwasher 9
Disposal 12
Dryer 13
Exhaust Fan 10
Freezer 11
Microwave 9
Range, electric 13
Range, gas 15
Range/oven hood 14
Refrigerator 13
Washer 10

How to Follow the 50% Rule

In 2014, the average cost to repair an appliance was $254 to $275. Should you pay it?

If an appliance is more than 50% through its lifespan, and if the cost of one repair is more than 50% of the cost of buying new, then you should replace rather than repair.

To do the math, you'll have to know the typical lifespan (see above), and get a repair estimate. Most service companies charge a "trip charge" to diagnose the problem. These charges vary widely, so be sure to ask when you arrange the appointment. If the company repairs the appliance, the trip charge typically is waived.

DIY Whenever Possible

If you know your way around a socket wrench, you may be able to make simple appliance repairs yourself and save labor fees. YouTube has lots of DIY repair videos, and user manuals can help you troubleshoot.

Can't find your manual? Search online for "manual" along with your appliance brand and model number. Most manufacturers provide free downloadable PDFs of appliance manuals, and there are several online sites that specialize in nothing but manuals.

However, there is a downside to repairing appliances yourself.
• Many electrical replacement parts are non-refundable, so if you misdiagnose the problem, you've wasted money.
• Large appliances are heavy and bulky. You risk injury if you don't know how to move, open, and lift the machine property.
• Some appliance warranties are voided when you mess with the machine yourself.
• If you forget to unplug the machine before making repairs, you can electrocute yourself (making the money you save a moot point).
How to Calculate Whether Energy Efficiency is Cost Effective

New water-saving and energy-efficient appliances can be cost effective: A modern refrigerator, for instance, uses roughly half the electricity of one built 20 years ago.

But replacing energy clunkers that still have miles left on them may not be a money-wise move. You might spend thousands on an appliance in order to save hundreds (if you're lucky) on your energy bill.

Jill A. Notini of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers says if you're planning on staying in your home for 10 to 15 years, upgrading appliances is a good idea. However, if you're planning on moving soon, you'll save money by keeping your older appliances, and letting the new owners upgrade to energy-efficient models.

Are There Hidden Costs When Replacing Old Appliances?

The cost of replacing an appliance may include more than just the price of the machine. In fact, the price tag could be the least of the money you'll spend to upgrade an appliance.
• A new refrigerator may not fit in the old spot. You could have to modify cabinetry to fit the new appliance (be sure to measure accurately).
• Gas ovens and ranges will save money only if your home already has gas connections. If not, you could spend thousands bringing a gas line into your home or hundreds rerouting the lines you already have.
• Upgrading from a simple gas range to one with all the bells and whistles may require upgrading or adding electrical wiring and circuits

September 29th, 2015

Here Are The Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Wisconsin


September 22nd, 2015

Thank You

A big Thank You to everyone who came out over the past two weekends to the Home Builders Association of Sheboygan Parade of Homes! Since there were many attendees please feel free to call us 920-526-3028 for further information.

September 11th, 2015

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Sheboygan Parade of Homes kicks off this evening at 4:00 pm! Come stop by our lovely three bedroom ranch in Sheboygan and spectacular two story in Sheboygan Falls! We hope to see you all there!
It is open 4-7 Friday, 11-5 Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday.

September 3rd, 2015

How Long Does it Take to Build a Single-Family Home?


August 25th, 2015

Save the date!

July 11th, 2015

Welcome to the Hillcrest Realty Team Edgar Torres!

Welcome to the Hillcrest Realty Team Edgar Torres!

With a background in Real Estate, International sales and extensive experience with customer relations, I have a passion for working with people and strive to build relationships. At Hillcrest I have the ability to use the newest internet marketing tools along with an experienced hard working team. Whether building from the ground up, buying or selling in our market - I truly look forward to assisting you in selecting the best Home for you and your family’s needs. Contact me anytime phone: 920-207-0414.

June 30th, 2015

Choose Paint Colors With a Color Wheel

Choose Paint Colors With a Color Wheel
How to pick a complementary color scheme for your next paint job

Picking out paint colors can be a confusing experience, leaving you racked with indecision as you peruse swatches from paint companies intent on re-creating all of the 6 million colors distinguishable to the human eye. Trying to figure out which of those colors will mix harmoniously on your living room wall is enough to make you turn straight to the cream- and eggshell-white family and never leave.

One way to go, however, is to use a complementary color scheme. Proving the rule that opposites attract, these pairings can always be found at opposite ends from each other on a paint color wheel. When put together, they bring out the best in each other, making both colors look cleaner and brighter than if either were mixed with, say, a neutral gray or a different shade of the same hue.

An essential tool for paint pros everywhere, the color wheel is constructed to help you see the relationships between different hues. The bases are three primary colors: red, blue and yellow. These are then combined to make the three secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. Finally, the remaining six colors on the wheel are known as tertiary colors and are mixes of the secondary colors, including such hues as red-orange and blue-green.

Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel can help you understand how to best mix and match a cool color with a warm one, for a naturally balanced room.

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June 25th, 2015

Use a Nonstandard Vanity

Use a Nonstandard Vanity
Instead of purchasing a standard vanity, repurpose a vintage piece of case furniture with a new sink and plumbing fixtures. This sideboard makes a perfect sink with a few modifications.

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June 22nd, 2015

Thank You

A big Thank You to everyone who came out over the past two weekends to the Home Builders Association of Fond du Lac & Dodge Counties, Inc. Spring Parade of Homes!

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June 11th, 2015

Fond du Lc Parade of Homes


June 2nd, 2015

Add a Little Whimsy

Add a Little Whimsy
Quirky elements like wallpaper zebras give this space a fun personality.

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May 28th, 2015

Best Towns to Raise a Family in Wisconsin


May 26th, 2015

Listen to us on the radio Fond du Lac stations KFIZ and K107.1 !

Listen to us on the radio Fond du Lac stations KFIZ and K107.1 !

They will be interviewing us for the Fond du lac Summer Parade of Homes May 26, 2015 7:00-7:20am.

May 7th, 2015

Hide Clutter with Baskets

Hide Clutter with Baskets
If you have open shelves, use large baskets to corral small toiletries and accessories. Here, each sink has its own dedicated bin to keep his-and-hers from getting jumbled together.

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April 28th, 2015

Add Crown Molding

Add Crown Molding
Simple Early American-style crown molding—plus a little flourish atypical to the style at the bottom to join the cabinet tops—helps the eye roam to other parts of the open area plan.

Recreate the minimalist look by adding an intricate back bend at the bottom of the crown molding's flat casing to blend with the top of cabinet.

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April 16th, 2015

Add Historic Character with Classic Materials

Add Historic Character with Classic Materials
There are thousands of amazing tile options available, but some staples will always be classics. This bath glistens with classic hexagonal floor tile.

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April 14th, 2015

Welcome to the Hillcrest Realty Team Roy Ramos!

Welcome to the Hillcrest Realty Team Roy Ramos!

Customer service is my focus, offering products and services that are tailored to meet your needs. Providing a wide range of products and services to carry you seamlessly through your Real Estate transaction, whether Buying, Selling, or Building allow me to be your Real Estate Resource. Contact me anytime phone: 920-331-4210.

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April 9th, 2015

Top 10 reasons to build a new home

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April 2nd, 2015

Identify colors that appeal to you

As you identify colors that appeal to you, give some thought to your own preferences when it comes to the intensity of color. Do you prefer lighter or darker shades of color? Are you drawn to red or pink?
If you like a particularly strong color, but know that an entire room will be overwhelming, think about how it can be used as an accent, such as on a dividing wall or on furniture like this kitchen island.

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March 31st, 2015

The best countertops for busy kitchens


March 24th, 2015

Trimming It All

Trimming It All
When choosing paint colors for rooms that open onto each other, (such as kitchens and dining or family rooms), create a color that ties the spaces together.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to paint all of the trim -- doors, molding, windows, even cabinetry -- in all of the connecting spaces the same color. White, off-white, or tan are good paint choices.

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February 3rd, 2015

Wildlife Acres

We recently released 4 lots in the City of Fond Du Lac at Wildlife Acres neighborhood. Click the link below to learn more about them.

January 23rd, 2015

luxe 2015 gold List

We are thrilled and honored we made the LUXE magazine 2015 Gold List! Thanks to editor-in-chief Pamela Jacarino. Check out their full list in their Chicago Winter issue!

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September 5th, 2014

Sheboygan Parade of Homes

May 6th, 2014

luxe. interior + design 'Bright Futures' pages 1-2

Overhauling a log cabin-style weekend retreat in Wisconsin results in a vibrant, airy and open space with maximized views of Lake Michigan.
Written by: Kimberly Olson Photography by: Werner Straube

Home Builder: Oyvind Solvang, Hillcrest Builders
Interior Design: Jessica Jubelirer, Jessica Jubelirer Design

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May 6th, 2014

luxe. interior + design "Bright Futures" page 3-4

Overhauling a log cabin-style weekend retreat in Wisconsin results in a vibrant, airy and open space with maximized views of Lake Michigan.
Written by: Kimberly Olson Photography by: Werner Straube

Home Builder: Oyvind Solvang, Hillcrest Builders
Interior Design: Jessica Jubelirer, Jessica Jubelirer Design

May 6th, 2014

luxe. interior + design "Bright Futures" page 5-6

Overhauling a log cabin-style weekend retreat in Wisconsin results in a vibrant, airy and open space with maximized views of Lake Michigan.
Written by: Kimberly Olson Photography by: Werner Straube

Home Builder: Oyvind Solvang, Hillcrest Builders
Interior Design: Jessica Jubelirer, Jessica Jubelirer Design

May 6th, 2014

luxe. interior + design "Bright Futures" page 7-8

Overhauling a log cabin-style weekend retreat in Wisconsin results in a vibrant, airy and open space with maximized views of Lake Michigan.
Written by: Kimberly Olson Photography by: Werner Straube

Home Builder: Oyvind Solvang, Hillcrest Builders
Interior Design: Jessica Jubelirer, Jessica Jubelirer Design

May 6th, 2014

luxe. interior + design "Bright Futures" page 9-10

Overhauling a log cabin-style weekend retreat in Wisconsin results in a vibrant, airy and open space with maximized views of Lake Michigan.
Written by: Kimberly Olson Photography by: Werner Straube

Home Builder: Oyvind Solvang, Hillcrest Builders
Interior Design: Jessica Jubelirer, Jessica Jubelirer Design

April 29th, 2014

People in Motion

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April 4th, 2014

Home Expo 2014

February 13th, 2014

Joining the Team

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January 21st, 2014

Hillcrest has Purchased Mueller Fields!

Hillcrest is pleased to announce its purchase of Mueller Fields in the Town of Sheboygan near the Maywood Environmental Park. Mueller Fields features architecturally unique homes in a meticulously laid out development. The home/lot packages start at $165,000 and offer the high quality construction that has made Hillcrest the area's largest home builder. Call, click, or stop by today, and let us show you why Mueller Fields may just be the community that meets all your needs at an outstanding value.

October 21st, 2013

The Parade of Homes was a Huge Success!

A big thank you to everyone who came out over the past two weekends to the Home Builders Association of Fond du Lac & Dodge Counties Fall Parade of Homes! Hillcrest is very excited to have had the opportunity to share just one of our thoughtful designs with so many enthusiastic people (and in such a wonderful setting!). Stop on by our Facebook page and take a look at some of the pictures from this wonderful event. We're already excited for next year!

October 7th, 2013

Fond Du Lac Parade of Homes

We're very excited to be a part of the 2013 Fond Du Lac Fall Parade of Homes! This year, the event will be taking place from Friday, October 11th to Sunday, October 20th. Tours will take place Fridays from 4-7pm, and from 11am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays. If you visit all 7 homes, you could win tickets to the Packers December 8th game against the Atlanta Falcons! Tickets are still available from the Home Builders Association Office, or can be purchased at any of the homes during the Parade. We are very excited to show you some of the neat things Hillcrest has been working on. We hope to see you there!

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September 18th, 2013

A personal touch

September 18th, 2013

A personal touch

September 1st, 2013

Realty Milwaukee

Hillcrest is expanding its footprint into Milwaukee County! We have already undertaken several building, landscaping, and remodel projects in Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee! Hillcrest is now a one stop shop for all things Realty in Milwaukee. If you are looking for a custom builder in the Milwaukee Area, look nor further than Hillcrest!

August 27th, 2013

Sheboygan Parade of Homes 2013

August 1st, 2013

Hillcrest Custom Homes Division Making Waves

Hillcrest Builders Custom Homes Division is on the forefront of home building in southeastern Wisconsin. Earlier this year, Hillcrest completed just the 6th home in the state of Wisconsin to qualify as a LEED certified Platinum home, the highest honor the organization offers for environmentally friendly building. Hillcrest was also named by The Sheboygan Press the #1 home builder in Sheboygan County, in their 2013 Readers Choice publication. Hillcrest has always prided itself on delivering quality homes at an affordable price, and we are proud to be recognized for excellence in our field. Whether you are looking for custom homes in Milwaukee, green building in Manitowoc, or anything in between, call, email, or stop on by. Let us show you the difference a dedicated builder can make.

July 28th, 2013

Sheboygan Best- Your #1 Builder

July 22nd, 2013

Design for a View

The key to home design is a floor plan and elevations that are designed to optimize internal layout and external aesthetics ("curb appeal"). This has always been the focus of Hillcrest Builders as well.

In addition, at Hillcrest Builders' Custom Division, we have a passion for designing the home around "the indoor-outdoor exchange". We study the land and the directional views on the client's property. We work closely with our client to determine best way to capture the unique vistas from within the home.

We start by working on a floor plan that incorporates the client's desired living spaces. Window exposures with our without tall wall sections are essential components. Another key element of the layout is based on patios and porches. When we design these outdoor amenities, we think of them as transition spaces. They need to communicate well with the connecting indoor spaces for function, as well as being positioned for the views and other outdoor amenities such as a pool, garden, beach access, or back woods.

Based on this philosophy, we have developed a strong reputation for home designs on the shore of Lake Michigan and inland lakes in South-East Wisconsin. We also have extensive experience with country settings where the client owns a piece of land or where we assist the client in finding and acquiring the land. We then design the home to fit the land and the client's desired amenities, home style and budget.

June 17th, 2013

Manitowoc Parade of Homes 2013

Hillcrest Builders is proud to introduce this custom built home fo rthe Manitowoc Parade of Homes. Dates: June 20-23 2013

June 15th, 2013

conDO or conDON'T

There is a time in life when people begin to question if they should stay in their homes or consider moving to a condominium. We hear this debate constantly as we tour these folks through condos during Open Houses. They have so many concerns and questions about moving into a condo and there is emotion involved in this decision. For some it means admitting that they are growing older and for some it means the loss of space for their possessions. It is not an easy decision to make and takes time to make the lifestyle change.

I am familiar with many of these emotions as my husband and I have made the move to condo living. We sold our home of 42 years and moved into a small condo. I admit it has been hard getting rid of our some of our possessions and we have shared or donated most of the unused items. (I admit to renting a storage shed for the overflow). We have grown more creative about new ways to entertain large groups of friends and family.

But there comes a time in life when experiences mean more than possessions. Owning a condo allows more time for trips to visit grandchildren, winter months spent in the south, that dream trip to Europe, fun camping up north or becoming a Road Scholar. You can leave home without the worries of snow removal, lawn mowing and exterior maintenance.

Possessions are things but experiences are what make memories. Is it time to make that choice? It is liberating!!

The bottom line for us is that we are thrilled with the decision and enjoy the opportunity to visit our grand kids in MD without worrying about the house. It was the right time and right decision for us.

Written by Mary Liebetrau

June 14th, 2013

June 20-23 Manitowoc Parade of Homes

April 2nd, 2013

Home Expo 2013

February 28th, 2013

Hillcrest lowers lot prices by $10K

February 7th, 2013

Hillcrest Builders Leadership in Energy and Envioronment Design Platinum Home

May 25th, 2012

Hillcrest Realty Expands to Ozaukee County

Hillcrest Realty announced today that it has added another core target market - Ozaukee County. "We have built homes in the area for years, and now we are expanding our realty focus here", said Oyvind Solvang, President of Hillcrest Realty and Hillcrest Builders. Hillcrest Realty has hired Barb Kobishop, a highly successful and seasoned Realtor who is very active in the Grafton and Port Washington communities. "Barb is a gem, and we are so excited that she has joined our firm. She provides the kind of unparalleled customer focus that is our hallmark in other markets. We have received great feedback since it became known that Hillcrest Realty is expanding in the area and that Barb has joined us", Solvang added. Ms. Kobishop commented: "Hillcrest fills a need in our market that I am very excited to bring to my clients. The combination of assisting clients with buying and selling existing properties as well as being active in new construction and remodeling is a great combination and a new trend that I can’t wait to introduce to our community in full force", said Kobishop.

Hillcrest Realty is a full service realty company offering services to buyers and sellers of residential and light commercial real estate. Its affiliate, Hillcrest Builders, has four divisions in residential construction: Pre-priced single family homes, custom homes, remodeling and multi-family homes. Hillcrest Builders is also expanding in Mequon, Cedarburg, Grafton, Port Washington, and Fredonia and will be announcing new focus communities here in the very near future.

October 20th, 2011

Remodeling Your Home

After living in home for so long, it gets tiring looking at all the same decor, bathroom fixtures and small rooms. You've decided that its time for a change, a clean slate. The question persists, should I buy new or remodel the house we live in? Many Americans are now opting for improving their existing homes instead of moving into a new home for several reasons.

- The cost of building a new home is much greater than customizing your home in order to fit your lifestyle and needs as your life changes, family gets bigger and demands for accommodating living quarters.
- Moving requires adjusting to a new neighborhood and different schools.
- The stress of moving is usually greater than remodeling parts of your existing home.

By staying put and choosing to remodel your home, the end result after the new space is finished is a feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment without the stress and financial woes of moving. The expense of updating your home will usually pay off, as long as your investment doesn't out-do the neighbors. The rule of thumb when paying for a remodel is not raising the value of your home to more than 10-15% above the middle price of a home in your neighborhood.

When you do decide to sell, the updating you've done will give you an edge on others in the market and attract buyers that are weighing on whether to buy new or buy an newly updated home. Be looking at the latest home trends and demands that buyers are looking for such as an updated kitchen or bathroom and higher ceilings. This may help you decide how to improve your home for yourself and future potential buyers.

October 4th, 2011

Buying a New Home or Resale

Homebuyers have many choices these days as the market is flooded with homes new and old. Interest rates are the lowest they've been in 50 years and the Wall Street Journal says this is the time to buy! There are many options to weigh out when selecting the right home and there are quite a few factors to consider. There are a few reasons that buying a new home instead of a resale may be the best choice to make.

More Energy Efficient. Homes that are built new offer better energy efficient features and systems. Heating and cooling systems are new and wall insulation is better quality than homes that were built years ago. Low-e windows are the normal as well as other cost saving features. In the end, you will have the piece of mind that most everything is covered under warranty and will save you money on utilities.

Includes a Homebuyer's Warranty. New homes come with a builder's warranty and will give you a sense of security for years to come. Many resale homes do not come with as comprehensive of a warranty and often isn't included in the price. Your brand new heating and cooling systems are also usually covered under the manufacture's warranty.

New Appliances. Many times, brand new appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers can be included in the price of a new home or mortgage. You won't be settling for old outdated appliances that may need to be replaced.

Custom Design Options Available. When you're building and buying new, you will usually have the freedom to make choices of colors, stains, flooring, cabinets and countertops. Buying a resale means either living with someone else's style choices or remodeling which can be expensive.

More Storage. When you are buying a new home, you'll be able to choose floorplans that offer more space saving and storage options such as walk-in closets, pantries and larger garages and basements that you'll be able to grow into. With older homes, the storage space is often limited or customized to someone else's liking.

Being faced with the decision to purchase a new home or resale can sometimes be difficult but making a smart decision is looking at the long-term investment and remember that these factors will matter. If buying a new home sounds like it's the way to go, see talk to Hillcrest today and see how we can build your dream home!

February 24th, 2011

LEED Platinum Home Under Way

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May 31st, 2010

Hillcrest Builders Ownership Change

Hillcrest Builders on May 27, 2010 completed a restructuring of its ownership structure. Oyvind Solvang, President and co-founder bought the remaining ownership from Tod Hellmann who has left the company. Solvang comments: "Tod helped start the company and had many ideas that initially contributed to the growth of the company. We wish him luck in his future endeavors." Solvang further states that the market is now showing strong signs of recovery and that Hillcrest is poised to accelerate its growth again. "We have introduced three new product lines in addition to our original Premium Line of homes. For our budget focused customers we offer the Value Line with home/lot packages starting at $159,900. At the other end of the scale we have our Custom Home Division, and we build high end custom homes from Ozaukee County to Green Bay. Our Remodeling Division is also growing fast based on our in-house design, value offered and timely completion. We are also known as the leading green builder based on our in-depth technical expertise and experience building the first LEED Silver certified home in the area." Solvang concludes that "the simplified ownership structure and added capabilities makes us very excited and optimistic about our future".

Hillcrest Builders is located in Glenbeulah, WI. The company offers over 30 pre-priced home plans ranging from a $110,000 Value Line home to ranch and two-story Premium Line homes over 3,000 sqft. The Custom Home and Remodeling Divisions provides our customers complete design-build solutions, where our in-house design team brings ideas to reality. The Plymouth Design Center contains complete selections services where customers work with a Hillcrest designer to select all exterior and interior finishes and fixtures. For more information, call 920-526-3600.

February 25th, 2010

Hillcrest unveils Value Line of Homes

- Tri-County News

October 24th, 2009

Pushing the Green Envelope

'Pushing the Green Envelope' - The Sheboygan Press October 24 2009

March 5th, 2009

Kiel Subdivision Open for Great Homes

'Kiel subdivision open for great homes' - Tri-County News March 5th, 2009

September 1st, 2008

Green & In Balance

- Sheboygan Press

August 19th, 2008

Green Building

- Tempo August 2008

June 24th, 2008

Landing a slice of heaven

- Tempo June 2008

February 20th, 2008

Timing Right for Kiel Growth

- Kiel Progress February 2008

Small Town U.S.A. or Big City Life?

When it comes to deciding upon an actual location to live in...the options are endless, of course. There are so many factors to consider, it can be mind boggling. Before you start looking for your next house, become an informed buyer. Know WHERE you want to live.

(1) Start by sitting down and take a detailed inventory of yourself and your family. Write down all the personal things that are important to you (and your family) about the community that you live in. Make a list and then prioritize it.
Be specific. Are you a walker, a runner, a bicyclist, a peace and quiet lover or maybe you like the hustle and bustle of a city at work and play? Is an active night life important to you? Is a community's population count important? Or the cultural amenities nearby? Some commmunities can be too sleepy for some people and others way too noisy and busy. Even if you find the house of your dreams, you won't be happy if you're living in a community that doesn't jive with your lifestyle, and looks can be deceiving.

(2) Visit your intended community on several occasions, at various days and times. Park the car and walk around, listen to what you hear, pay attention to what you see...sit on a park bench and imagine yourself actually living in the community. Is it a good fit for you AND your family??? Walk around the desired neighborhood and talk with people outside....find out how they like living there. (Most people love to talk about their neighborhood.)

(3) Additionally, check on things like the local taxes, the local crime rate, the quality of the municipality's drinking water. Visit the local police department and ask them to provide you with the past year's list of incident reports in your desired area/neighborhood. If you have children, go visit the schools, interview the principal, go to the school district's website to see how it ranks with other schools.

Buying in a community because you can get a better price on a house is not always the value you perceived it might be. Happiness is paramount!