|06/08/2003 - Wisconsin State
Journal - 'Parade of Homes Showcases Quality|
06/02/2002 - Wisconsin State Journal - 'Builders Showcased; 35
Homes to be on Parade'
06/15/2000 - The Capital Times
- '`Site 175' Should Become Regular Part of Parade of Homes'
06/08/2000 - The Capital Times - 'Parade of Homes Lite Builders
Watch Costs to Offer Affordable Option'
Wisconsin State Journal - 'Better Homes And Bedrooms - Family Sticks It
Out As Roof Is Razed'
New Development In Fitchburg Is Among The Sites
Wisconsin State Journal :: HOME :: J1
Sunday, June 8, 2003
Pamela Cotant For the
The 2003 Parade of Homes features a
new site, Swan Creek of Nine Springs in Fitchburg.
The subdivision off Fish Hatchery Road and East
Cheryl Parkway is so new that street signs are being erected just in time
for the parade put on by the Madison Area Builders Association.
Swan Creek of Nine Springs, which is being
developed by Phil Sveum of Sveum Enterprises in Fitchburg, is one of the
latest spurts in an area experiencing huge commercial growth as well.
'Fitchburg itself is just growing like crazy.
There is big demand for housing,' said Tiffany Thom, spokeswoman for the
Madison Area Builders Association. Swan Creek of Nine Springs will feature
five homes, which are more modest in price and size than others in the
The Swan Creek homes with listed prices range
from $349,900 to $379,900. All of the houses range in size from 2,214 to
2,957 square feet.
Another parade site, Blackhawk on Madison's far
West side, features 10 homes. Only a handful of builders supplied prices,
which were $559,900 to $779,000.
All of the homes vary in size from 3,136 to
6,065 square feet. The Middleton Hills site in Middleton has seven homes
and those with listed prices range from $420,000 to $680,700. All of the
homes vary in size from 2,380 to 4,800 square feet.
The Montondon Addition to Savannah Village in
Waunakee has 10 homes and those with supplied prices range from $399,500
to $624,900. Supplied sizes show that most of the homes vary from 3,097 to
4,175 square feet.
A 2,636-square-foot Swan Creek home, which was
built by Midwest Homes of Madison and priced at $375,000, contains the
kind of detail and special features typical of a parade home.
'A parade home is always a chance to show as
many details and features as you can put in a home,' said Brian McKee,
owner of Midwest Homes. 'You've got to make a pizazz.'
The front of the home at 2747 Hollyhock St. is
finished with a stucco look and a two-story front entrance -- setting the
tone. The rest of the home is covered with vinyl siding while the deck
also is a vinyl material, part of an effort to reduce the amount of
maintenance the home requires.
Inside, McKee has done some special treatments
with drywall. For example, near the front door he created six small niches
in the walls where art can be displayed.
In the dining room, the 10-foot ceiling is
detailed with drywalled coffer drops to create a deep, grid pattern. A
built-in buffet runs the length of one wall in the dining room, while a
built-in cabinet runs along a wall in the great room.
The great room features a two-sided fireplace
so it also can be seen from the deck where a faux stone wall creates the
look of an interior fireplace.
The master bedroom suite includes a lounge area
with a railing that separates it from the rest of the bedroom, which is
elevated. The lounge has a wet bar, under-counter refrigerator and
A countertop is designed to hold a coffee pot
and a TV, which would be wired so the homeowners could see a view of the
front entrance on the screen.
'Everything is right here so they (homeowners)
don't have to go up and down the stairs all the time,' McKee said.
Each room in the home and the deck has its own
surround sound controls and the home has a central vacuum system.
The partially exposed basement of the home,
which has been sold, will be finished off in time for the parade with a
fourth bedroom, a recreation room with the home's third wet bar and a
Another Swan Creek home built by Elmakias
Construction of Madison shows the artistic fun the parade homes are known
for. First of all, the home at 2755 Hollyhock St. borrows from a number of
homestyles such as Prairie and Craftsman.
The builder, Yehuda Elmakias, also added some
of his signatures such as using lots of wood and mixing the species to
give the home more color and dimension. He also likes to incorporate a
custom-stained glass piece, in this case installed in a window at the
front entrance, which also has a stained glass door.
The 2,733-square-foot home features such unsual
combinations as oak three-panel doors surrounded by white maple casings
set off by black walnut accent squares in the top corners.
The oak baseboard is paired with maple quarter
Elmakias installed No. 2 red oak floors, which
have more color variation to complement the home's other wood species,
including those in a couple of inlaid patterns at the front entrance and
in the dining room. The master bedroom features unique wood trim on the
ceiling and around a window with a window seat.
Elmakias, who was encouraged by the buyers of
the $379,900 home to use wood liberally, said he likes to get a home
partially finished before deciding on the trim.
'You look at it and say, What else can we play
with?'' he said.
If you go:
What: 2003 Parade of Homes of the Madison Area
When: June 14-29. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Monday
through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Blackhawk in Madison, Middleton Hills in
Middleton, the Montondon Addition to Savannah Village in Waunakee and Swan
Creek of Nine Springs in Fitchburg.
Tickets: Available at the gate at any parade
site. Children 3 to 12, $6; adults 65 years and older, $6; and other
adults, $11. Tickets -- except those for elderly -- are $1 less if
purchased through June 13 at any Dane County AnchorBank or at the Madison
Area Builders Association office, 5936 Seminole Centre.
* Information: (608) 288-1133 or
BUILDERS SHOWCASED ; 35 HOMES
TO BE ON PARADE
Wisconsin State Journal; Madison, Wis.; Jun 2, 2002; Pamela Cotant For the
|Copyright Wisconsin State
Journal Jun 2, 2002|
From Japanese inspired details to rain gardens,
this year's Parade of Homes will showcase the features of 35 homes from
that many different builders.
The 52nd annual event by the Madison Area
Builders Association will run June 8 to 23 at four sites.
Blackhawk on the far West Side of Madison has
12 homes in the event. They range in price from $469,900 to $849,490 and
the finished sizes range from 4,626 to 2,853 square feet, according to
Middleton Hills in Middleton has six homes.
Those still for sale cost $456,000 to $495,000 and all six homes range
from 2,400 to 4,000 square feet in size.
The Savannah Village - Woodbridge Addition in
Waunakee has 12 homes ranging in price from $375,000 to $499,900 and
measuring 2,565 to 4,468 square feet.
Five homes will be featured at the Gardens at
Willowbrook in Sun Prairie. They range from $194,000 to $199,900 and
measure 1,794 to 2,251 square feet.
Despite the variety that naturally comes with
this many homes, the properties seem to have something in common, said
Tiffany Thom, Madison Area Builders Association spokeswoman.
'What we're finding is that more and more
people are creating their homes to be a sanctuary,' Thom said. 'People
aren't moving as often - they're building their dream homes
Thom said the parade event is designed to
display not just the homes, which in some cases were custom-built for
buyers, but also the neighborhoods.
In the case of Savannah Village, developer Don
Tierney of Southbridge Group is trying to create a historic feel through
pedestrian-friendly homes designed with traditional character. A gazebo in
the neighborhood serves as a gathering place, a new but rustic-looking
covered bridge connects one part of the neighborhood with the other and a
park contains facilities for a number of sports including tennis,
basketball and roller hockey, in addition to a shelter and
Some lots back up to a natural area. Three
homes in Savannah Village represent some of the diverse features found in
the parade. The house built by Summit Designers/Builders of Madison will
feature two rain gardens, which are depressed areas designed to absorb
rain water while featuring plants with deep roots such as Black-eyed
Dane County Sup. Eileen Bruskewitz, who serves
on the land conservation committee, was instrumental in getting a home in
her area to feature rain gardens. The home, which was built for the buyer,
also has a room in the basement built especially for the future owner's
floral arrangement hobby.
The walls were painted to appear as though the
brick is exposed in places. Oak columns set off the dining room while the
dinette and sunroom are combined to give one large area beyond the fantail
Walls are painted in earth tones.
'They really wanted the home to have a very
warm and open feeling,' said Jan Lanaville, Summit vice
The home built in Savannah Village by Princeton
Custom Homes of Madison has a loft with two dormers. It overlooks the
great room, which opens out to a large deck with a view of the arboretum,
three ponds and the covered bridge.
The kitchen features an Advantium oven by
General Electric that looks like a microwave but is powered by halogen
light, which cooks food much faster than a traditional oven.
It also is programmed to tell cooks exactly how
much time it takes to cook many items. The kitchen countertop has a
1/2-inch- thick solid surface.
'It has the same qualities of Corian (solid
surface) but it's about half the price,' said Greg Onsager, Princeton
owner and president.
A textured faux finish on the dining room walls
and two columns matches the look of the light fixture in that room. Many
of the other walls in the home are taffy-colored.
The lower level is partly finished. A two-sided
wet bar is built between a game room big enough for a pool table and a
seating area with a TV and fireplace.
The house also has a fire sprinkler system.
Another home in Savannah Village was built by Pulvermacher Construction of
Unusual features include the kitchen area's oak
floor, which has a checkerboard look because of the way light and dark
stain was applied. The look is repeated in the nearby laundry room, which
has black and white ceramic tile set in a checkerboard design.
The hearth room off the kitchen has raised
panels on the walls and a plate rail. A custom plate rack was built into
another wall off the kitchen to display the owner's silver platter
Several homes in Middleton Hills have a
Japanese influence. Some of that can be seen in hipped roofs that resemble
a Japanese pagoda.
The home built by Design Shelters, which has
its office in Middleton Hills, has a series of hipped roofs. The interior
also reinforces the 'less is more' philosophy of Asian architecture, the
Another builder in Middleton Hills, Thomas
Zimmer Builders of Madison, has shoji screened doors to frame the master
bathroom suite. Shoji screens, which often are found in Japanese homes,
feature translucent panels of ricepaper on wooden frames.
The Zimmer home also features a stained
concrete floor and flooring made with red birch, a wood used on floors in
a number of parade homes.
Another home in the parade, the one built in
The Gardens at Willowbrook by Elmakias Construction of Madison, features
oak flooring with an inlaid pattern in the dining room.
Besides a variety of wood floors and examples
of painted woodwork, this year's parade homes feature cabinets in a
variety of woods such as hickory, knotty cherry, ash, alderwood and maple
with details in cherry.
Distinctive features of the home built in
Blackhawk by Keuler Construction of Madison include a solid cherry
stairway with sculptured iron balusters, custom-designed mantels and three
slate waterfalls in the recreation room.
Many homes have a finished lower level such as
the one in Blackhawk built by Hauden & Scholl Custom Homes of Sun
Prairie. It has a huge recreation room with an entertainment center and
wet bar, 3/4 bath, hobby room, home theater and ample storage
`SITE 175' SHOULD BECOME
REGULAR PART OF PARADE OF HOMES
Madison Capital Times; Madison, Wis.;
Jun 15, 2000; Judie Kleinmaier;
Copyright Madison Capital Times Jun 15,
Judie Kleinmaier is the copy desk chief for The
The chance to see what a builder can do in
Madison with a maximum of $175,000 - including lot - was intriguing. When
my daughter, Karen, called Sunday to ask if I'd go with her to the Parade
of Homes, I immediately suggested that we go first to 'Site 175,' where
the nine Parade homes were all built for no more than $175,000.
We were both impressed. That comes from two
people with pretty different perspectives - one whose home is assessed at
somewhat more than $175,000, the other about to buy her first home for
somewhat less. We didn't like them all, but then neither did we like all
of the $350,000 and up homes at the Middleton Hills site. Overall, though,
the Site 175 homes all had nice features, and plenty of room for most
The prairie-style Elmakias home in particular
impressed us with its simple but pleasant design, its efficient use of
space, and its beautiful hardwood floors (a feature of many of the 16
homes we visited at the two sites).
A number of the Site 175 builders met their
budget by leaving basements unfinished or back yards unsodded. Elmakias
somehow managed to finish two good-sized basement rooms, and both had
plasterboard walls rather than paneling - a definite plus in my
The house built by Meridian, a subsidiary of
Midland, was impressive for the amount of finished space and a creative
The Wick Homes entry featured a three-car
garage, which is a very nice feature for a family with two cars and lots
of other stuff that belongs in a garage.
My favorite bathroom was in the Windsor Homes
entry. Located between the home's two smaller bedrooms, it could be
entered from either of them. The sink was separated from the toilet and
shower by another door. This is a feature I've seen in a number of motels,
and it sure helps when kids are trying to get ready for school at the same
In contrast, the master bathrooms in many of
the homes at the Middleton Hills site were as big as small bedrooms, and
several featured a tub plus a separate shower. I cringe when I see such
rooms because all I can think of is how much time it would take to keep
them clean. Co-workers point out that people who buy such houses can
afford a maid, but frankly, I'd rather spend my money on something
The Middleton Hills homes were nice, but huge.
Every time I go to the Parade of Homes, which is only once every few
years, I come away wondering where the people come from who buy such
homes. But there obviously is a market or the builders wouldn't be
building the homes.
As an empty-nester, I was particularly
interested in the homes that featured a master bedroom separated by some
distance from the other bedrooms. I no longer have to listen for kids at
night, and I'd like an arrangement that offers lots of privacy for
overnight guests. If my husband and I ever decide to give up our
four-bedroom in Hill Farms with its wonderful trees, that's the design I'm
going to look for. And I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of AARP types
thinking the same way in a few years.
One of the builders at the Middleton Hills site
asked us about the traffic after we said we had been to Site 175. He said
it costs the Madison Area Builders Association about $15,000 for each
Parade site, and there was some concern that Site 175 might not be a big
As I noted, my 20-something daughter and I were
both impressed. And judging by the traffic, other people also were
interested. The main reason I'm writing this column, in fact, is to let
everyone know that we think Site 175 is a wonderful idea. It's fun to see
what builders can do when dealing with a budget that's more realistic for
Do it again!
PARADE OF HOMES LITE BUILDERS
WATCH COSTS TO OFFER AFFORDABLE OPTION
Madison Capital Times; Madison, Wis.; Jun 8, 2000; Jeff Richgels The Capital
|Copyright Madison Capital
Times Jun 8, 2000|
Judging by the response so far, the 2000 Parade
of Homes 'Site 175' - where homes are priced at a maximum $175,000, about
the average price of a Dane County home - is a resounding
Eight of nine homes already are sold at Site
175, in the Glacier Crossing neighborhood on Madison's far southwest side.
And Site 175 builders say many people haven't been able to wait for the
Parade's opening on Saturday to check out what a $175,000 Parade home has
'Every week was our own little mini-parade,'
said Jim Bourne, of Meridian Builders and Site 175 chairman. 'There were
so many people coming through and asking questions of anyone that was
working on their house in the evening. The traffic flow was just
'I stopped by one weekend and I had five people
in one hour,' added Yehuda Elmakias, of Elmakias Construction.
The 2000 Parade is not only the 50th Parade,
but also the largest with 46 homes on five sites, one more than in past
years. The extra site is Site 175, a concept pondered by the Madison Area
Builders Association for many years.
'Every year we got asked' about having an
'affordable' site, says Tom Zimmer, of Zimmer Builders, chairman of the
2000 Parade. 'People say, `Nobody can afford these big homes.' So, just as
an experiment, we did it. And if the attendance is good, we're going to
keep doing it.
Site 175 builders, Zimmer adds, 'all feel it's
going to be great. But people still like to go out to Blackhawk and see
the big houses.'
The difference, Zimmer adds, is that while
people will go to Blackhawk and the other Parade sites 'for the show'
those coming to Site 175 'are people who really want to buy or
Of the nine Site 175 builders, only Len
Linzmeier of Windsor Homes had previously built a home for the
'I came in here for a reason,' Linzmeier said.
'I wanted to see if could you do it (build for $175,000) on a Green Built
Green Built refers to a set of formal standards
involving environmentally friendly materials and wise water and energy use
The newcomers hope being in the Parade will
give a boost to business.
'We're thrilled to be in the Parade,' says
Laura Weber of Bill Weber Jr. homes. 'This concept really targets the
market we're after. We felt the traditional Parade really was not the
market we're after, though we do some bigger homes.'
The Site 175 market includes many move-up
buyers, some first-time buyers, and even people who are moving down -
'empty nesters or the single older person,' said Elmakias.
What a Site 175 buyer gets is not 'no frills,'
but certainly not the palatial touches of a typical Parade home. For
example, you will find a whirlpool tub at Site 175, but you won't find a
three-headed, glass-block shower.
Obviously, Site 175 homes are smaller than
elsewhere in the Parade. But the builders favored open floor plans in
order to make the houses seem larger than they are.
Savings also were found in inventive ways, such
as using rounded drywall in place of trim, using quality but not top-end
fixtures, and using vinyl siding instead of brick.
'You see a lot of the basic construction, but
you don't see too many details,' said Elmakias.
Every home includes the lot, driveway and
landscaping in the price. Built-in appliances also are included and some
of the buyers added other appliances to their mortgages.
Each builder also took steps to make their
homes stand out.
The 1,910-square-foot Meridian home is a quad
level - a quint, if you count the unfinished basement - with the top level
being a bonus room over the garage that can serve as an office, extra
bedroom or exercise room.
The home features a diamond-shaped gas
fireplace that cost about $2,500, about $300 less than a traditional
fireplace, though the home also includes one of those on another
The diamond fireplace, said Bourne, is 'a neat
option. It doesn't take floor space.'
The two-story Windsor home covers about 1,600
square feet, not counting the unfinished basement, with numerous windows
providing plenty of natural light for the open floor plan.
The second floor includes a balcony overlooking
the downstairs, designed as a perfect spot for a family computer,
All Glacier Crossing homes are wired for fiber
optics, allowing for services such as dedicated high-speed Internet
Elmakias built what he calls a 'modern prairie
style' with a front porch. The garage also is set back further from the
street, putting more emphasis on the house.
Counting the finished basement, which includes
a family room and an office, the Elmakias home covers nearly 2,100 square
The open main level features a powder room in
the middle, a large kitchen with a center island and a deck off the dining
Upstairs, the master bedroom includes a
whirlpool tub and, like the Windsor home, a balcony area for a family
The two-story Weber home covers more than 2,100
square feet, including a finished basement that features a family room and
a room that can be used as an office, exercise room or fourth
The home includes ceiling fans in all three
bedrooms and the main room in the open downstairs, which has a vaulted
ceiling. It also features oak trim throughout, something the Webers 'feel
real strongly about.'
The builders generally agreed that building a
$175,000 Parade home is harder than building a traditional, more expensive
'You have to be more creative and more unique
with what you've got to work with,' Zimmer said. 'Out in Blackhawk the sky
is the limit.'
'Anyone can build an expensive house, but you
really have to use your creativity to build an affordable (Parade) house,'
'I think the big challenge was to stay in
budget,' said Elmakias. 'You couldn't just put something in because you
liked it. My buyer wanted to change to Corian countertops and I said, `No,
we cannot do that. If you want to do that, you can call us after (the
Parade) and we can make this change.' '
Weber said that while someone used to building
with a spacious budget might find a Site 175 home challenging, it
shouldn't be tough for this year's Site 175 builders because it's standard
operating procedure for them.
'In this price range our customers just have to
pick and choose what's important to them,' she said. 'They can't have it
all. They have to make choices.'
Parade of Homes
Dates: June 10-25. Sites will be open from
noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 3-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Tickets: Advance tickets are $9 for adults and
$4 for children 12 and under, $1 more at the sites. Tickets are $5 or
seniors 65 and over.
Sites: Three repeat sites and two new
Blackhawk, Madison - 14 homes. Making its fifth
straight appearance, Blackhawk is a 290-acre development about one mile
west on Old Sauk Road off the West Beltline.
Westwynde II, Sun Prairie - 7 homes. Making its
10th straight appearance, Westwynde is on the west side of Sun Prairie,
off Wisconsin 19.
Southbridge, Waunakee - 9 homes. Southbridge,
in its sixth year, is just off Woodland Drive off County M.
Middleton Hills - 7 homes. Marshall Edrmann's
planned 'New Urbanism' development is making its Parade debut. The
development is off Frank Lloyd Wright Avenue off County M (Century Avenue)
Glacier Crossing 'Site 175' - 9 homes. The
250-acre southwest side Madison development is off the intersection of
County PD and Maple Grove Road.
Better Homes And Bedrooms -
Family Sticks It Out As Roof Is Razed
Sunday, February 8, 1998When
last we heard from Bruce and Nancy Darken in May, they were in the midst
of planning to add a second story and back porch to their modest East Side
home, more than doubling the original size of 1,050 square feet.
Gail Gawenda For
the State Journal
Now the project is nearly finished. They've
moved their bedrooms to the second floor, and they're enjoying their new
The new second story contains four bedrooms,
two bathrooms and a laundry closet. One of those bedrooms is the master
suite with a cathedral ceiling, and a walk-in closet. Each of the three
Darken daughters now has her own room, a big change from all three being
crammed into one small bedroom.
Downstairs, the front door was moved to the
center of the house allowing for more usable space in the living room, and
an interior wall was removed between the kitchen and the dining room. The
new four-season porch is reached through French doors from the dining
room. They put a futon there so that the porch can be used as a guest
room, and ``we're out there a lot,'' said Nancy, because it doubles as a
family room. Because it has heat vents from the gas furnace and cellular
insulating blinds, the room does not get colder than the rest of the
Work on the house took nearly four months, from
Aug. 18 to Dec. 10. The Darkens and their builder, Yehuda Elmakias, of
Elmakias Construction, agree that the most challenging part of the project
was that the Darkens lived in the house while the work went on around and
over them -- even when the old roof was removed and only a large blue
plastic tarp covered the ceiling.
``Of course it rained quite a bit during that
period,'' Nancy said, ``and there was wind, too. It was like camping,
hearing the rain tapping and the tarp being lifted by the wind. Every day
the workers had to drain the pooled rainwater off before they began
Said Elmakias: ``Our work team wanted very much
to not only leave the house safe for the family, especially the children,
after a day's work, but also to leave the home as comfortable as we
could,'' given the necessarily disruptive conditions of the work in
There were days when home life was almost too
difficult, such as when electrical power had to be shut off for wiring
work to be done. And there some amusing days, such as when a worker
unintentionally created a skylight in the living room ceiling, but didn't
But the Darkens did not leave. Perhaps the most
stressful part was the noise, Bruce and Nancy said. The workers used air
compressors to run their hammers and stapling guns, all of which were
quite loud. Juliet Darken, a sixth-grader at Sennett Middle School, found
it difficult to study when she came home from school.
And, Bruce said, ``To talk on the phone, I had
to take the cordless out into the yard because of the noise, and sometimes
I had to sit in the car to be able to hear.''
Even more difficult for the family was when the
second story was completed, and the workers began on the first floor.
``There were days when we'd come home from work and just give up on supper
and go out to eat,'' said Nancy. The only time they went away for a few
days, she said, was when the hardwood floors were being refinished in the
living and dining rooms.
Would they recommend the idea of staying in the
house while it was under construction? ``If you'd asked me a few months
ago, I'd have said, `no way,' '' said Nancy. But now that it's over, I'd
say `yes.' ''
Bruce agreed. ``It's difficult, but living
there has its advantages. We were always there when Yehuda needed
decisions to be made. We could also see the work as it was done every day
to see if it was going the way we expected it to, and if not, we could get
it changed right away.''
The girls got an education too. Rachel, 9,
enjoyed watching her own room being built, and Whitney, 5, had fun
following the workers around.
``Actually, they became almost like family,
they were around so much,'' said Nancy. And the whole family became good
friends with Yehuda, the contractor, with whom they developed a
The only major glitch, said Bruce, came at the
beginning when they were choosing a contractor. They had been working with
one contractor to design the plans, but when they tried to pin him down on
final construction cost estimates, he became evasive and difficult to
reach. When this contractor came to them asking for $5,000 to buy the
second-story floor trusses, they hesitated because of his ambiguity.
Meanwhile, Elmakias had asked to bid on the project.
The Darkens decided to go with Contractor No.
1, but before they could reach him with their decision he withdrew from
consideration. Shortly thereafter, they heard from several building
material suppliers that he had gone out of business.
``We were lucky,'' Bruce said. ``We could have
had a horror story if we'd given him the $5,000, or if he'd gone out of
business in the middle of the project.''
In the end, Bruce said they stayed within their
budget of about $100,000 for the project.
Now the Darkens can offer expert advice for
other homeowners contemplating such a remodeling project.
``Check the contractor's references, and not
just the ones they tell you about. Ask what projects they're working on
now, and go out and see the site. Also, check out what subcontractors
they've used, and call them to ask if they've had any problems and about
the quality of the work,'' Bruce said.
This is the kind of checking they did before
signing the contract with Elmakias, Bruce said, and the kind of checking
they should have done with the earlier contractor.
The Darkens also recommend guidelines put out
by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection,
booklets called ``Home Improvement Contractor Responsibilities'' and
``Home Improvement Tips.''