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know who you are

There are really two sides to Wilson Lumber.  There’s the side that most people know, that is, that we sell building materials to pro’s who are building and remodeling homes (although as frustrating as it is, most people don’t know that we sell a whole lot more than just lumber).

But then there’s the significant side of our business where we sell to homeowners.  Now most of our interactions with homeowners (at least in dollar volume) is with what you might call larger ticket items.  Replacement doors, decks, cabinets, etc.  Hence, our tag line “way more than lumber”.

Trex_transcend-decking-tiki-torch-lava-rock-circular-outdoor-furniture-black   McClel After   newhomeoffice1

Anyway, recently we have discontinued all electrical, plumbing and paint products (well, almost all).  It’s not that we didn’t enjoy selling this stuff, or even that we didn’t make money at it.  The problem was that we were not excellent at it.  And we believe that if you cant be excellent at something, you just shouldn’t do it.  Also, we realized that people don’t need us for that kind of stuff.  And we are perfectly OK with that.  It gives us more resources, energy and space for the stuff we are excellent at.

As if that is not enough, I attended a conference recently where I saw this particular study by the Farnsworth Group that I’ve previously written about.

Major Categories

Basically, professionals depend on us for Lumber, Millwork and Building Materials.  (I must admit, I thought lumber and millwork were building materials.  I guess they meant stuff like siding, brick, gypsum, etc.)  So, as we are excellent at those things, that is where we focus our resources.

You might notice on the study that only 3% of pro’s made their last paint purchase at a place like Wilson’s.  And only 15% for electrical and 4% for paint.  I guess I’m now wondering why we kept that stuff around as long as we did.  O well, hindsight is 20/20.

If you need any lumber, millwork or building materials, give us a call (256-852-7411) or visit our website.  And if you need electrical, plumbing or paint, we can refer you to someone excellent:)


Building, Home and Remodeling Show Time

Well I cant just show you pictures of all the great stuff in our booth!  Then you wouldn’t have enough need to go see it.  And Huntsville’s Building Home and Remodeling Show is always worth going to see.


I’ll give you an overview.  Door specials on replacement steel unit’s INSTALLED, special pricing on Iron Doors, Window displays from Andersen Windows and Ply-gem, both with a wide breadth of product offering, decks, siding, Shower Doors, Cabinets and Closets.


And believe it or not, we did all this without cluttering the booth up, it’s pretty impressive.  Definitely one of my favorite booths ever.

So what are you waiting for?  The show’s open now.  Come on down!  Like I said, it’s always worth going to see.  Just do me one favor, don’t go see our competitors while you’re there:)


Now that’s a home office!

Oh, I use my home office as much as any other regular guy I suppose.  Do a little studying, log in to work on occasion, I even keep my guitar in there.

My problem has been that we’ve neglected that room “until we save enough to work on it”.  So as a foundation, here is where I had been doing my home office-ing:


I show that so you will know how cool I am as evidenced by the John Denver songbook on the table to the right.  Now, it’s not that there’s something wrong with a simple desk and filing cabinet.  On the other hand, it’s certainly not all that functional and definitely not warm or creativity inspiring.

So my wife and I finally decided to give our Cabinet and Closet department a shot at designing something.  Now I said that we were going to wait until we saved up enough.  Turns out, it wasn’t very expensive.  At least not what we thought it would be.

We met with Amy Hardy here at the store and told her what we needed (three file drawers, a couple of cabinets, large counter-top area, etc.  Boy, did she go way beyond what we expected.  So, long story short, here is the outcome:


Yeah, big change (sorry about the poor photography).  It’s called Freedom Rail and it’s from Organized Living.  Other than how awesome it looks, another great thing about it is how versatile it is.  Anytime I want to move things around, I can just lift it off the upright and move it.  Way cool!

I hate to brag but in this case, I was the perfect guinea pig for a blog.  We can do this in your home as well.  Give Amy a call at 256-852-7411 or visit us at


why didn’t someone think of this sooner?

Every morning I stand in the closet staring at the same shirts that have been hanging there for the last year as if a new one is going to appear.  Or at least hoping one jumps up and says, “Wear me today! I’ll look great with those pants.”

It will probably come as no surprise to you that it never happens.

Anyway, when the decision is finally made, I then have to make the trek to the laundry room to turn the iron on, then go waste time somewhere while it heats up, then eventually back to the laundry room where I hope I haven’t been away so long that the iron has auto-offed on me.

But there’s hope for people like me, observe:

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Ironing Boards in the Master Closet!  Are you kidding me?  If your closet has electrical outlets, a new and growing trend is to place an Iron-Fix ironing board into your space. It can be done behind drawers or it can hang on the wall.

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They’re really not that expensive, they save space and they’re easy to use. They pivot 180 degrees so it can fit in tight spaces.  In the pictures above, you see how it hides away in what looks like a drawer.  So, no more hanging the ironing board off of a door which is noisy and inconvenient and wears out the door hinges.  No more walking to the laundry room every morning.  No more wasted space in the laundry room.  If only it would lay my clothes out for me…

To see one in action come by the store and see us (we don’t have any irons so don’t plan on pressing any shirts).  To read more about it go to  Actually, their whole website is full of really cool stuff so take some time there, then come by here or see even more Storage Solutions from us on the web.


Successful New Years Resolutions

Am I too early to blog about New Years Resolutions?  I don’t think so.  I went to Wikipedia and looked them up and here is what I found:


I even found this image:


That’s all well and good, but then I read this:

A 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail

Ouch.  If I may, I’ll suggest that it’s because most of those “resolutions”, stink.  Improve finances?  Become more organized?  What does that mean?  A better goal would be to have x dollars in y account by z date.  Or as for organization, learn x about Microsoft Outlook and connect my phone calendar to my home calendar by a certain date.

Or better yet, meet with one of the organization specialists at Wilson Lumber by the end of January 🙂  “What’s that?” you say, “organization specialist at Wilson Lumber?”  Yes, I say.  Have you considered what you could do with your closets past simple wire shelving or a wood shelf with a rod?  How about something like one of these?

freedomRail Closet   Classica Laundry

Or have you looked in your garage lately?  Does it need help?

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These pictures only show a couple of options.  To see what we can do in Laundry Rooms, Pantries, Home Offices and a whole lot more, you can go to or  (Schulte is changing their name to Organized Living so I’m not sure how long the website will be named that.)

So, this years resolution is to meet with one of our designers, come up with a budget for the project, and get it done.  Easy, right?

Seriously, if you’re interested come by and see Amy or Linda.  Call us at 256-852-7411 or see us on the web.


The job nobody thinks about until it’s too late

The problem with spring cleaning is, you never know what products you’re going to need until it’s too late.  For example, too often I’ve cleaned everything out of my garage (where I park important things like my broken bicycle, lawn mower, miter saw; whoever heard of putting a car in there?), only to sweep, and then pile all the stuff right back in there where it was before.

So if you’re like me, you head to the nearest discount store and buy some cheap shelving that lasts a year or two until you need to go back and buy more.  Or worse, the shelving you buy simply becomes more junk you move outside so you can sweep and then put back in place, creating more work for little reward.

If only I had planned ahead, I could have done something more than going to all that trouble just to clean the floor. I could have had something like this wise customer of ours.

I’m sure their bikes aren’t broken like mine.  The point is, there is a better way to utilize what space you have.  We recommend that you consider your own lifestyle and life stage, your interests and hobbies, and how much space you need.  One minute, your kid gets a new tricycle and sand box toys and you place them in the corner.  The next minute, they have mountain bikes, balls, bats, helmets, golf clubs and pogo sticks (do kids still have pogo sticks?).

So, what’s the answer?  A garage organizing system that grows with you and your family.  One that is adjustable and has lost of options.  A good designer (I know where you can find some) can help someone through this process and come up with something functional and appealing that you can be proud of.

Best of all, you don’t have to move it to sweep.  There’s so much available it will probably surprise you.  For more inspiration on how you can make a difference in your garage visit our website.  Otherwise, give us a call at 256-852-7411.  Happy spring cleaning!

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