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Building 101

What You Need to Know About Roof Pitch

By Steve Bielinski, COO

There are a few things that you don’t think about much until you start building your home. Roof pitch is one of those things. But what really is the difference between this slope or that slope on a roof? Here’s the breakdown.

What Siding is Right for You?

By Steve Bielinski, COO

We offer two options when it comes to siding. Simple choice right? Well, it is if you’re well informed. Here are the differences between vinyl and cement board siding, and how you can determine which option is best for your lifestyle, your budget, and your home. 

How to Style Series: Modern Prairie

By Rebecca Brown, Interior Design Manager

When I begin to select products in a home, I take a lot of inspiration from the exterior design. Certain looks just work with certain home styles. In this series of blogs, I’ll be explaining how I would go about product selection for different styles of homes. This month we’re going to focus on the Modern Prairie.

Sneak Peek: Parade of Homes 2021

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

The Parade of Homes is back! With last year’s in-person event having been cancelled (and even though that didn’t stop us from building something special), we knew we had to go all out for the big return. Now, we don’t want to give too much away, but here’s a little teaser of what you can expect from our entry into the Parade of Homes 2021.

Tips for Stress-Free Design

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

Your home should be your place of zen. But sometimes choices made when building can lead to headaches in the future. Here are some design tips to make sure your home is always a place of comfort and relaxation. 

 

How to Prepare for Your Design Studio Meeting

By Rebecca Wardon, Interior Design Manager

You’ve picked your plan. You’ve found your lot. You’re ready to build. It’s time to get with the experts in the Bielinski Design Studio and bring your vision to life. It’s one of the most exciting parts of the building process, but it can be overwhelming to some. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your Design Studio meeting.

A Few Front Porch Design Tips

By Rebecca Wardon, Interior Design Manager

You only get one chance to make a first impression. So make it a good one with some seasonal styling for your front porch. Here is some inspiration to bring summer to the entrance of your home.

Benefits of Upgrading to USB Outlets

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

In the always-on world, it’s important that you’ve got the juice to get through the day. But this small upgrade to your home can make it way easier to stay connected and productive at home. Here’s how USB outlets can help.

The Ever-Evolving Garage

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

When my father and uncle started building together in 1960, they built detached garages. Now, over 60 years later, we’re still building garages, they just look a lot different. Here’s a quick look into how we’ve evolved the garage over the years. 

A Well-Built Wall

By Steve Bielinski, COO

You might think that all walls are built the same, but here at Bielinski Homes, we build it better. Here’s how we go above and beyond to create a sturdier, better-insulated home for you and your family.

 

Why Us?

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

A new Bielinski home is the stress-free choice, and here are three reasons why.

12,000 Homes Built: More Than a Number

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

Last year we celebrated our 60th anniversary, and this year we’re celebrating a new milestone: 12,000 homes built. That’s the most homes built by a single builder under the same ownership in the state. And it’s something we’re very proud of. Here’s how it happened and what it means to us.

Adapting Floor Plans For A Changing World

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

Change is inevitable. Whether it’s new technologies, new trends, or new demands, Bielinski Homes has been adapting to change for over 60 years. Here is how we’ve used our experience as home builders to create and adapt floorplans for the modern world.

60 Years of Wisconsin Homebuilding

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

In 2020, we celebrated our 60th year in business, and as the year comes to an end we’re all feeling a little nostalgic for everything that got us to where we are, we’re optimistic about what’s to come. Let’s take a look at the past 60 years of Bielinski Homes.

Featured Neighborhood: Fairwinds in Mukwonago

By Jackie Johnson, New Home Consultant

In this month's Featured Bielinski Neighborhood, you’ll learn more about what makes the Fairwinds neighborhood in Mukwonago so appealing, and why there are less than 15 lots remaining.

Our Most Popular Floor Plan

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

Our most popular floor plan has gone by many different names over the years: The Shorewood, The Sagamore, The Clemont, and now, The Sophia. There have been improvements made and features added along the way, but it’s always been the same fundamental layout. Here’s why The Sophia is such a hit, how it has influenced our building practices, and a glimpse into what’s next.

How Your Lot Grade Helps Shape Your Home

By Steve Bielinski, COO

The home you build is influenced by the land you build it on. Different lot types call for different foundations and exposures. Here are three different types of lots and how they will affect your home design.
 

How We Designed Our Flagship Model Home

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

As design trends evolve and family lifestyles change, we look forward to showing you cutting-edge home designs. Our flagship model home in Franklin exemplifies how Bielinski homes are built with our customers in mind while staying on-trend with design. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we went about planning our latest model home.

Floor Plan Modernization Benefits You

By Paul Bielinski, CEO & VP

Even in our 60th year as homebuilders, it’s important for us to continue evolving. That’s why our new Harmony line of floor plans takes older Bielinski designs and modernizes them to meet the needs of today’s homeowners.

Breaking Down Our Walls

By Steve Bielinski, COO

A wall is a wall is a wall… or is it? You might think building a wall is pretty simple, but we at Bielinski Homes put a lot of thought into making the best walls we can. Here are some examples of wall techniques and how we do it here at Bielinski Homes.
 

All About Windows

By Steve Bielinski, COO

When you’re thinking about building a new home you imagine the counters, the cabinets, the flooring, but do you think about the windows? Windows aren’t the most glamorous part of a home, but they’re definitely one of the most important. They keep the elements out and let the light in. Here’s how you know your windows are right for your home.

How does Bielinski Build Efficiently?

By Steve Bielinski, COO

How can Bielinski Homes build such well-crafted, affordable homes without cutting corners? It’s all about efficiency. Here are two examples of areas in our design process where we reduce on building waste and therefore home cost.

The Making of a Homemade Floor Plan (Pt. 4)

By Paul Bielinski, CEO

Every Bielinski floor plan is homemade by us, and some of them are so popular that we make them again! We recently unveiled The Harmony Series, which is the modernized version of some of our floor plans. Here’s what goes into that process of modernization. 

 

My Bielinski Home Building Experience, PT. 5

By Paul Bielinski, CEO

Last year, I built a new Bielinski home! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, you all got to follow along. In this five-part series, I shared what that process looks like. In this last installment of my home building experience, we’re looking at the warranty process.

The Future of Green Building

By Steve Bielinski

At Bielinski, we believe that companies like ours have a duty to take on a larger role in protecting the environment. So for the past 11 years, we’ve done just that. Here are some of the ways we build green as well as a look into the future of green building.

How to Start Planning Your Build

By Jennifer Durand, New Home Consultant

If you want to get into a new home, here are the first steps you should start taking today.

June Inspo

By Paul Bielinski

Did you know that all of our floor plans are made in-house? Here’s how Frank, Steve, and I approach the design process.

April Inspo

By Steve Bielinski

Is green building just another buzzword? Here’s how eco-friendly techniques are helping builders like us, make better homes for you.

Cooking Up A Home

By Paul Bielinski

Building a home is just like cooking a satisfying meal, it all comes down to ingredients, technique, and organization.

How It All Began, With Frank Bielinski

By Frank Bielinski

We sat down and spoke with one of Bielinski Homes co-founders, Frank Bielinski, to learn about how it all started.

Winter Home Energy Efficiency

By Steve Bielinski

Winter is around the corner and the mercury is plummeting, is your home ready for the Wisconsin cold? Bielinski homes sure are, here’s why.

Holiday Home Health

By Steve Bielinski

Holiday decorations are some of our favorite things about this time of year, but between the nail holes, the fire hazards, and the extra weight, decorations can be pretty harmful to your home. Here are some tips for better and safer holiday decorating.

My Bielinski Home Building Experience, Pt. 4

By Paul Bielinski

I’m building a new Bielinski home! And if that isn’t exciting enough, you all get to follow along. In this five-part series I’ll share what that process looks like. This month we’re on to construction!

My Bielinski Home Building Experience, Pt. 3

By Paul Bielinski

I’m building a new Bielinski home! And if that isn’t exciting enough, you all get to follow along. In this four-part series I’ll share what that process looks like. It’s part three and we’re going to look at pre-construction.

Understanding the Cost of Building a Home

By Steve Bielinski

When you’re building a new home, there are four main costs that you will need to take into consideration: the lot cost, home site improvements, the home base price, and options and upgrades. That might sound intimidating, so let me break it down for you.

My Bielinski Home Building Experience, Pt. 2

By Paul Bielinski

I’m building a new Bielinski home! And if that isn’t exciting enough, you all get to follow along. In this four-part series I’ll share what that process looks like. This month we’re talking about style.

My Bielinski Home Building Experience, PT. 1

By Paul Bielinski

I’m building a new Bielinski home! And if that isn’t exciting enough, you all get to follow along. In this four-part series I’ll share what that process looks like, starting with the floor plan.

Quality Craftsmanship in Homebuilding

We’re back with some home design inspiration. But this month we’re gonna skip the style and go straight to the substance. We sat down with Bielinski Homes COO, Steve Bielinski, to find out what quality craftsmanship really means.

How to Finance Your Homebuilding Project

Building a new home is quite the undertaking. And often it all boils down to dollar bills. But a number of our clients don’t know exactly how to go about financing their homebuilding. So here are the basics.

Picking the Perfect Bielinski Home

By Paul Bielinski

Many people don’t realize just how many options you have when building a Bielinski home. Here are three steps towards making the right choice for you.

Finding Land to Build On

By Paul Bielinski

When it comes to your dream home, you know the what, but how about the where? Finding land to build on doesn’t have to be so hard. Here are some different ways to find the perfect lot.

Choosing the Right Windows

If eyes are the window to your soul, then windows must be pretty important. Here’s our guide to picking the perfect panes for your home.

Eco-Friendly Features

Eco-friendly is more than a buzzword to us. It’s something we think about during every single step of our building process. Here are three areas where it really shows.  

Build OR Buy?

To build or not to build, that is the question. And we’ve got the answer.

Flooring 101

School’s in session. Today’s class: Flooring 101. We’re going to be breaking down two common styles of floor.

Do You Know Your Home Siding Options?

Choosing the right type of siding for your dream home might not be glamorous, but it’s important, and a lot of folks don’t know where to start.

5 Details That Count

Building a new home? Don’t forget about these easily overlooked details.

3 Questions You Must Ask Your Builder

 If a home builder can check all these boxes, you’re on your way to making the right choice.

Lasting Design Trends You’ll See in 2017

2017 is the year where casual and comfortable finally overtakes formal and fussy, whether that comes through in exciting colors, simplified floor plans, or giving previously overlooked spaces the love they deserve, we can all agree that these four trends are here to stay.

What’s so great about Open Concept anyway?

We sat down with Bielinski Homes COO and fourth-generation home builder, Paul Bielinski, to ask him about one design trend that has become incredibly popular in the past twenty years: open concept floorplans.

How to Avoid These Common Regrets When Building Your Home

Regret. There is nothing quite as intimidating when it comes to building your new home. Every little decision comes with a little voice in the back of your head saying, “Will I regret this?” The truth is that most common regrets are easily avoidable, and here’s how:

The Building Process

We get it. Sometimes building a home feels like walking up to a cliff and jumping off. So let’s make sure you’re wearing a parachute.

  • When we rightsized from our home of 43 years to a Bielinski Condo in Bay Pointe, our New Home Consultant answered all of our questions and communicated with us the entire way. We’re fully enjoying our beautiful new home and the condo community.
    John and Jean Jones
  • I’ve been so impressed and completely satisfied with the entire Bielinski building experience. From the initial sale and throughout the construction process I have appreciated Bielinski’s professionalism, craftsmanship, and follow-through.
    Heidi Hamilton
  • We are extremely happy with our new Bielinski Condo. It’s well-built and full of all the features we wanted in our home.
    Deborah and Brian Blackney
  • We chose Bielinski because they are a family-owned business and have been building in the Pewaukee area for a long time. The Clemont floor plan is just perfect for all of our family events and Packer parties.
    Bob and Darla Landgren
  • We couldn’t be happier with our new home! The entire process was fantastic. Everyone was so responsive and quick to help. Bielinski’s knowledge of the industry was invaluable. We recommend Bielinski to anyone looking for their next home.
    Mike and Kristin Smith
  • We had a really good experience with Bielinski from start to finish. Everyone was responsive and reliable. Now we are enjoying life in our new home.
    Peter Holzwart and Therese Gaynor-Holzwart
  • Once I got settled in, I knew I was exactly where I belong. Without Bielinski’s knowledge and communication, I would still be questioning whether I should build at all. Thanks to the entire team that made this all possible.
    Barb King