Dream a Little Dream

Six years ago, a few friends had a little dream. They thought they’d take down a few barns, make some really cool custom furniture, and call it a small side project. What they didn’t know was how much they were going to dig that little dream, and how much people loved well-crafted custom pieces. The small side project expanded and filled a barn. Carpenters and office assistants and accountants were hired and we all became a team. The dream gathered steam and made friends and slept only a little and all the while tables and wall cladding and barn doors and mantels were being built and sold to happy customers. The dream grew so we bought it a pick-up truck and introduced it to more good folks and hired more carpenters.

But like a kid who outgrows his overalls, space was getting a little tight around our trusty old barn. Carpenters were bumping elbows, finishers were vying for a little corner. The dream had molted, and grown into a teenage dream, testing its boundaries pushing its limits. Someone needed to fly the coop and stretch its wings.

So 1.4 miles north of the Heritage property, we bought a new Heritage home. Heritage North. On 4.43 acres, with 2 buildings and close to 17,000 square feet of shop space, Heritage North is digging in and planting roots. Because of the ample space, we've already shifted select projects to be worked on there. And, of course, the property has a backstory. Local legend tells us that the place was a stop on the Underground Railroad. We're so looking forward to uncovering that history and making new history on our new Heritage North property. Dream on!!

The well traveled entrance to Heritage North.

The well traveled entrance to Heritage North.

The former dairy barn. Now known as The Missile.

The former dairy barn. Now known as The Missile.

Do we know anyone who can build a porch?

Do we know anyone who can build a porch?

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Ground floor of The Missile. There's nowhere to go but up.

Ground floor of The Missile. There's nowhere to go but up.

The Missile swept clean.

The Missile swept clean.

The white pole barn.

The white pole barn.

The pole barn already functioning.

The pole barn already functioning.

Look at the space!

There's a kitchen! It has paneling!

There's a kitchen! It has paneling!

Indoor plumbing?!! Good-bye porta-potty!!

Indoor plumbing?!! Good-bye porta-potty!!

We're so thankful to have such great roots on our existing Heritage property. That's where we cut our teeth and we'll never forget it.

Home is where all adventures begin.

Home is where all adventures begin.

A Whale of a Tale

Inspiration happens from whatever speaks to our hearts, our souls, and our minds. The artistic bent in us lights up and turns to use that inspiration to create beauty and art. Our customers have been inspired by so many things, and this time it was Melville's monster of a novel: Moby-Dick.

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The Team

At Heritage we're all about our team. Nothing here could happen without all of us working together toward the common goal of giving antique materials new life, and to have as much fun as we can doing just that.

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Super Bar

Sometimes we folks at Heritage make something really special that, frankly, we'd like to hang on to for a spell. This particular piece got its start when it dawned on us that we had only a few boards from the Lansky structure left and wanted to craft something truly unique with those materials.  The Lansky wood has a killer gangster history (the wood came from a secret hideout of famous gangster Meyer Lansky) so we thought long and hard about how to use the last of what we had around.

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A Family Home

Sometimes walking into someone’s house takes you into another world. This was the case when visiting JoAnn and Mike Robertson’s lovely home in Lake Geneva. The main living space boasts an open floor plan showcasing a wooded view out the back window wall.

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Heritage at Harpoons!

Harpoon Willie's on William's Bay has been a Lake Geneva dining hot spot for years. It's got history (the building used to be a lumber company at the end of the railroad line), great views of the lake,  and lots of dedicated and enthusiastic regulars. While Harpoons was doing a great business, it needed more seating for large groups and a few pub height tables to keep things conversational.

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HGTV Visits Heritage

We had such a great time showing the crew of House Hunters Renovation around last summer and now that the show has aired we can finally talk about it! Jen Duncan and her husband were in the trenches of refabbing their Chicago condo and were looking for the perfect table to linger around in their Dining Room. They caught wind of Heritage and Jen and the HHR crew trekked up on a beautiful day to look around and design a piece that would fit perfectly in their urban space.

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