Aging in Place Checklist

This checklist contains features you may want to consider for your next new construction or renovation project. Even if you aren’t thinking about remodeling for aging or retirement, many of these features will make future accessibility modifications easier down the road. No matter where you are in your remodeling journey, it’s nice to know that…

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Award-Winning Universal Design

This award-winning universal design received a CotY (Contractor of the Year) award from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) for a residential bathroom in the $75,001-$100,000 price range. Designed to Foster Independence All projects are transformative, but every once in a while we are given the opportunity to take making a difference in a…

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The Taj Ma’Outhouse

Some homeowners want to make another kind of statement. A few years back I racked up another CotY award for a bathroom project. I was renovating my own cabin in Wisconsin and I couldn’t get out of my head that a cabin should have an outhouse. We didn’t technically need an outhouse, but it was…

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Thank you, Les Anderson

When I talk about remodeling for over 50 years, 39 years of that has been with our friend Les Anderson. All of you know Les and his carpentry skills, patience in solving problems, and general construction knowledge. But we know him best for his ever-present smile and the positive attitude he has brought to the…

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Single Level Living in Lilydale

This retired couple from St. Paul sold their two-story home and bought a 1980s condo in Lilydale, close to the kids and family. They wanted an open, accessible space where they could live “happily ever after” on one level. The new 8-foot opening allows people, light, and air to flow freely. Cooks and dishwashers can…

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Decking Materials: Cost vs Maintenance

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Time and money—both upfront and long-term—can influence which decking materials you choose. Here’s a quick rundown on the cost and maintenance of five common decking materials. They range from least to most expensive. (Top Photo: Evgenia Basyrova from Pexels) Pressure-treated Lumber: A cheap but toxic decking material Pressure-treated lumber is the least expensive of all…

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Home Monitoring Systems

As we emerge from the pandemic and leave the house more often, it’s a good time to install home monitoring so that you can keep an eye on things when you’re not on the property. Consider upgrading to a more robust security system, expanding into automated lighting and sound systems, or adding monitors for energy…

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