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Interior Paint Colors Homeowners Lives with Sense of Individuality

Although interior painting typically represents just 3 to 3 ½ percent of custom home’s construction budget, it is an important aspect of the homebuilding process that requires careful consideration from homebuyers. Selecting the interior paint colors is part of the homeowners’ overall design concept, ensuring the ceilings and walls match other finishes in the home like cabinetry, countertops and flooring.

lemel-paintingBlog---01“This gives the homeowner the opportunity to match their wall colors to the design pallet they have envisioned,” says Todd DeLonge, construction manager for Lemel Homes. “There is a plethora of paint colors to choose from, so once they have other stuff hammered out, it is easier to choose paint.”

Among Lemel Homes’ clients, grays are most popular right now, and homeowners often adding a random accent color that “pops” on its own. Lemel Homes offers their clients the services of a color specialist, who can suggest accent wall and field colors to help homeowners achieve the feel and look they desire.

How it’s Done

lemel-paintingBlog---02From the builder’s standpoint, interior painting typically takes place once the drywall has been erected and has been sprayed for texture, such as a sand or orange peel finish. The painting subcontractor takes over from here, applying one coat of primer on all the walls and ceilings throughout the home.

Once the ceilings and walls have been primed, the finishing carpenters and other trades return to complete their work before the painting begins. According to DeLonge, this may seem out of order, but working in this manner eliminate the need for too many touchups later.

“If you prime everything, let it be and come back to paint it, it makes for a much nicer job,” DeLonge says. “It would be easier to paint right away, but it’s not worth it in the long run for the quality that you get.”

Prepping to Paint

lemel-paintingBlog---04Interior painting subcontractors do not have to deal with the elements like their outdoor colleagues, but special conditions must be put in place before painting begins. For example, DeLonge says the house must maintain a temperature of at least 45 degrees for interior painting. Also, the humidity level must be at a moderate level, and care must be taken to control humidity.”When it’s really hot in the summertime, humidity could be a problem, so you need to get the right amount of ventilation to get the humid air out,” DeLonge says. “But if humid air is getting in, you need to get the air conditioning up and running, and sometimes that isn’t installed in a home until the end of a project.”

The interior painting process typically takes two weeks to turn around. Painting subs also return to a home a few days before closing for any touchups that might be necessary.

Making Dreams a Reality


Meeting expectations means more to us than just delivering a home on time and within budget. For us at Lemel Homes, we make sure you – our client – is at ease with the process of custom home building every step of the way.

We take pride in providing you with personal service, from the moment you walk through our doors to the moment you step inside your new living space.

Our mission is to meet your expectations.

Lemel_Joe_Desk_sm Your personality will be on display in every detail, from the floor plan to the counter tops and light fixtures. And our quality construction will assure that your home will remain beautiful and comfortable for generations.

We help our clients determine their wants and needs by starting each project with a “target meeting” – the first step toward bringing their vision for their home to reality. This dedication to upfront planning and client satisfaction gives us the ability to meet every demand our clients have, no matter the size and scope of a project.

When it comes to building the home of your dreams, we are the custom home builder you want handling your project from start to finish. We’re only limited by your wildest imagination, so dream big and leave the rest to us.

After all, your favorite place on earth should be the place you call home.

Winter weather and construction

winter-construction_02Many home buyers might consider the harsh weather conditions that come with Wisconsin winters as a reason to put off construction until the state thaws out. We at Lemel Homes think there’s no better time to start building the home of your dreams – if the right precautions are in place.

Today’s construction industry has been winterized to the point where it is an advantage to work through the cold months. It’s just a matter of preparation for what is to come – one more step in Lemel Homes’ exhaustive pre-planning that ensures your home is delivered on time with every amenity you desire.

In other words, there is no reason to let the cold and snow keep you from getting the jump on your dream home. The best way to determine a start date is not the changing of the seasons – it’s your desired move-in date, working backward from there.

If that start date lands in winter, so be it – Lemel Homes will have your home ready when you want it.

Planning for What’s to Come
winter-construction_04There are plenty of precautions we take to make sure building a home through winter is a successful endeavor. For instance, we never start a job until we see a forecast calling for the right temperature to excavate and pour the footings and the walls. And once construction begins, we use hay to keep the ground insulated as well as special attachments on our excavators to help dig through frozen ground.

One might think potentially freezing materials would pose a problem for wintertime home building, but we have considered all possibilities to avoid such trouble. For example, concrete remains heated as it is delivered to job sites, so pours maintain the same consistency as they would in any other season. Large blankets are used when the extremely cold temperatures descend upon us to control the heat concrete releases as it cures, preventing it from freezing and delaying a project’s progress.

Also, many of today’s materials are designed to withstand the elements of a harsh winter – roof shingles, for instance, are fabricated to be installed during any season. Ice and snow that has accumulated is chiseled away, allowing roofers to climb up to perform their work.

When the home is enclosed, our wood-wall sheathing and wind barrier will keep the wind out of the house so conditions are comfortable for the mechanical contractors. Once the insulation is in place and the drywall is hung, the house will have a furnace that will be able to keep the home at an inhabitable temperature.

Functional in the Frozen Tundra
winter-construction_01Much of the construction equipment needs to be kept warm, as well, so it will function properly in the cold. Cordless tools require batteries, which often have shorter lifetimes as temps drop. To combat the elements, new batteries and chargers are often kept inside a running vehicle on-site to be ready at a moment’s notice.

Glue and caulk are two major components of the home building process that also must be kept warm at all costs. These adhesives typically are kept inside a warm truck until needed, as well, to avoid freezing. That means exterior siding installation is usually scheduled near the start of spring.

Don’t Put Home buying Plans On Ice
winter-construction_03With plenty of planning and materials and equipment designed to withstand the elements, Lemel Homes is ready to build dream homes on job sites that can withstand the most brutal conditions Wisconsin’s winter can throw at us.

Let it snow and get going on your dream home today! Contact Lemel Homes to get started!