In our first installment of, "How to Choose the Best Kitchen Floor for Your Home," we covered important topics such as selecting a kitchen floor material based on traffic patterns and your cleaning routine. We listed two types of tile floors, ceramic and porcelain, and their strengths and weaknesses. Part 2 continues with more options for kitchen flooring materials:
Kitchen cabinets that catch the eye could be the answer to your design dilemma. We've put together some unique kitchen cabinet and style ideas to help maximize your space and add glamour to your home.
Cutting Edge Designs
Having decorative materials in your space will add elegance and sophistication to your kitchen. Consider putting fairy lights in a clear glass jar to instantly spice up your kitchen.
Built-in Bar Cabinets
By replacing your outdated wine cooler with built-in bar cabinets, you can instantly turn your pantry into a liquor station by adding drawers and dividers.
Treasure Chest Style Cabinet
Having a built-in treasure chest cabinet featuring a sliding glass door is a great and unique idea for your kitchen. You can put some decorative kitchen wares inside to turn it into a paradise for collectors.
Hiding ample storage for dinnerware by using camouflage cabinets actually makes your space look bigger. Picture frames serving as cabinet holders can easily improve your kitchen's look.
Full-length utility cabinets are perfect for kitchen corners. You can use the full-sized cabinets for broom storage -- any cleaning supply, really -- or rugs and tools.
Mix it Up
Mix some various styles into your space for a kitchen makeover. You can try trading a modern faucet for a vintage design (or vice versa), for instance, provided it complements rather than detracts from your design aesthetic.
Open Air Cabinets
Keeping upper cabinets open makes it easy to see the items you store in them. Also, accessing your stored items is a breeze if you can see them.
Thinking outside the box in your kitchen can make a mundane room exciting once again. For information on how to implement these unique ideas, or for other kitchen cabinet ideas, contact any FloorQuest location today.
Wisconsinites love sports: especially the Packers. It's been well documented. The Packers have been referenced in songs like the comedy classic, "Da Turdy Point Buck," and more recently, State Farm commercials featuring Aaron Rodgers, and a five-player cameo appearance in Pitch Perfect II Heck, the Packers franchise is the only publicly-shared, community-owned non-profit team in the National Football League. Obviously, Lambeau Field is the best place to catch the big game, but sometimes you can't make it to Green Bay. The next best thing is hanging out with your friends and community at a great sports bar. Here are some of our favorites:
GameDay Sports Bar
Located in Appleton, GameDay Sports Bar is no ordinary sports bar. Its patio, with an outdoor bar and a volleyball court is fun and even lets you burn off some of those burgers and beer. With great food and drink specials, and the game on TV, a good time is inevitable.
Legends Sports Bar and Grill
Legends Sports Bar and Grill is an Oshkosh favorite for food, drink and sports. Legends has over 20 high-definition TVs, fantastic drink specials all week and Friday night karaoke. Legends also features a volleyball court, so you can let your competitive side see the light of day.
Bad Badger Sports Bar
The Bad Badger is also located in Appleton. The pub has 33 beers on tap, pool, darts, foosball, and the bar top is an old bowling alley lane. Unlike many sports bars that TVs that can be easily measured with a yardstick, the Bad Badger has a 4 foot by 60 foot video wall.
No matter where you end up on game day, the fun of watching the Packers win is best shared with other cheeseheads. The above sports bar options are all great, so check them out. FloorQuest loves football, and we love the Packers. Find us on Facebook to share in the game day fun.
Wisconsin is known as the Dairy State, and its residents are affectionately called cheese-heads. (Bears fans may not be so affectionate about our nickname.) And it's obvious why: we love cheese, and we're good at making it. Everything from tortilla chips and hamburgers to fine wine and caviar is made better with the right cheese. Wisconsin has so many great cheese factories, and FloorQuest is so proud of our dairy production heritage that we wanted to give our readers some insight into where they can find our fine cheeses being made. Here's a short list of some of our favorite factories:
Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Company
The name says it all. The Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Company is all about cheese. Located seven miles north of Wisconsin Rapids on Highway 34, the Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Company makes a wide variety of cheeses and ice cream. The factory features an observation window and a video about making cheese. You can even schedule a tour, but you have to make a special request.
The Comstock Creamery features not only old favorites like cheddar and muenster, but it also specially-flavored natural cheeses made with cranberries, apples, sweet basil and mushrooms. Plus, they have a retail space with wine and specialty desserts, and an observation window so you can see all of the cheese-making action in full effect. You can find the Comstock Creamery five miles south of Cumberland on Highway 63.
Cedar Grove Cheese, Inc.
Cedar Grove Cheese, Inc. is located near Plain, Wisconsin, on Mill Road. The factory makes fresh curds daily, and features an innovative "Living Machine" water treatment system as part of its factory tours. (Call ahead for tours.)
FloorQuest loves cheese, and we love to get out and see how it gets on our tables. We want to see what you're passionate about, and, if it's cheese, share it with us on Facebook.
Fond du Lac is nestled in the middle of Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, and because it's only an hour from each, Fond du Lac is the perfect weekend getaway location. If you like windsurfing and fishing in the summer, or ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter, we've got you covered. Lake Winnebago is the perfect destination for all of those fun activities for any season. If something indoors strikes your fancy, we've got you covered there, too. We've put together a list of our favorite things to do inside for when the weather just won't cooperate:
Children's Museum of Fond du Lac
The Children's Museum of Fond du Lac is perfect for those of you with small children. The Children's Museum features play areas for hours of fun and learning. You can find the Children's Museum at 75 W. Scott Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.
The Spice Crate
Foodies can rejoice over the sheer amount and quality of gourmet goods at the Spice Crate. The shop features a vast variety of coffees, teas, cheeses, and, of course, spices. If you're looking for that one hard-to-find ingredient for a new recipe, or you just want to expand your culinary horizons, head over to the The Spice Create. You can find it at 976 E Johnson Street, Ste #800, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.
Coliseum Sports Bar and Grill
There is no better place to catch the Packers game in Fond du Lac than the Coliseum Sports Bar and Grill. Not only is the food and drink delicious, the TVs are plentiful so you're sure to get a great view of the big game. You can find the Coliseum at 91 S Main St, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.
Fond du Lac is home to a host of fun activities for the whole family. Here at FloorQuest, we love to get out into our community and see just what it has to offer. Share your favorite things to do in Fond du Lac with us on Facebook.
Many people think of California when they think of movies, and with good reason. Los Angeles is home to many movie studios and all the people it takes to make movies, but Wisconsin has long been a site for filmmakers to create cinematic magic. We think it's really cool to see our great state on the silver screen and think it's even cooler to see the locations first hand. Here's a list of some iconic scenes featuring out little slice of Hollywood:
The Blues Brothers
While the 1980 classic was filmed mostly in Chicago, the famous Nazi car chase scene was filmed on the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge in Milwaukee. The Pinto's swan dive required special clearance, several test runs and six different cars.
The Giant Spider Invasion
This low-budget horror film was filmed entirely in Wisconsin at Gleason, Merril, Nicolet College and the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. The giant spiders were "constructed" from Volkswagen Beetles with attached legs. Puppeteers inside the cars manipulated the legs. This horror 1975 film's real claim to fame is being featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
This 2009 film starring Johnny Depp was filmed in Oshkosh, Beaver Dam, Manitowish Waters, Madison, Milwaukee, Columbus and Darlington. With that huge list of Wisconsin cities, you'd be hard pressed not to find some location not used in the film.
The Amityville Horror
It all started with a controversial novel that spawned 11 movie versions. The 2005 version starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George was shot in Salem and Silverlake. This version used the historic Rustman house as the "Amityville" house's exterior.
Share with Us
Wisconsin is great, and we're happy so many filmmakers have found the perfect locations here. Have you been to any of these or do you know of any locations we forgot? Comment below or share them with us on Facebook.
Metropolitan Builders Association Parade of Homes Presented by Nonn's
The the 2015 MBA Parade of Homes starts August 15 and runs until September 7. For the 70th anniversary, this year's Parade of Homes features 25 brand new homes showcased in three different subdivisions.
Stellar Work by Top Local Builders
Twenty-one southeastern Wisconsin home builders constructed the breathtaking homes. Every home in the Parade features the latest in exterior and interior design, cutting-edge building techniques, and state-of-the-art technology. If you're interested in buying or building your dream home, or in remodeling or home improvement ideas, consider the Parade of Homes to be your idea factory.
Local Event, National Recognition
The Parade of Homes is a nationally-recognized local event that began in 1945. It features premier model homes and subdivisions in southeastern Wisconsin.
This Year's Subdivisions
The 25 homes featured this year are showcased in these subdivisions:
How to Attend the Parade of Homes
One ticket gains access to all three subdivisions. (Sorry, we do not allow re-entry once you've left a subdivision.) Tickets are $12.00 for adults, or $10.00 in advance or online. Click here to purchase advance tickets. Tickets for children ages 3-12 and seniors 65 and older cost $6. Children younger than three are free.
The Parade of Homes hours are from 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and Labor Day.
FloorQuest proudly supports the Parade of Homes with expert, top-of-the-line installation. For more information about the Parade of Homes and what homes feature our services, contact any FloorQuest location.
Summers in Wisconsin are a beautiful thing after our long and harsh winters. We can't think of any better way to take advantage of the warm weather than to get outside for some great food and drinks at our favorite Oshkosh patios.
FloorQuest's Favorite Patios
Ground Round at River's Edge - For the best waterside dining in downtown Oshkosh, Ground Round at River's Edge is tough to beat. The riverfront restaurant is located in the Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center and overlooks the Fox River. The menu has everything from burgers to steaks and even a kids' menu, so bring the whole family for a meal down by the river.
Wendt's - Located on the shores of Lake Winnebago, Wendt's is famous for its fish fry. Their fried perch is arguably the best in Wisconsin. The restaurant has a laid back atmosphere, which is perfect for relaxing by the lake with some fried perch and cold beer.
Fratello's Waterfront Restaurant and Brewery - Another great place to enjoy food and drink on the Fox River. Fratello's is located on a high-traffic section of the river, and is great for watching the boats and people. The food and beer is just as great as the scenery, and the combination of sights and flavors makes for an ideal way to spend a hot summer afternoon.
Becket's - This contemporary and casual dining establishment is located in downtown Oshkosh's City Center. The dining room overlooks the Fox River and features a private dining room that can be reserved for special events. The mid-twentieth century brought amazing architect, Welton Becket to the forefront. His clean, organized lines swept the world. Ted Leyhe and Alberta Kimball commissioned Becket to design the Park Plaza shopping mall, and we're glad they did. It's gorgeous.
We Care About Wisconsin
FloorQuest proudly supports other local businesses. The above restaurants are just a few of our favorites. We'd love to know about your favorite Oshkosh outdoor dining options. Share them with us on Facebook or in the comments section below.