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Deck Stairs

April Showers Bring May Flowers…and Home Maintenance

April showers bring May flowers. And possibly water in your basement or rain seeping through your roof. Now is the perfect time to do a spring tour of the exterior...
living room

How to Turn Reality TV into Real Results

Property Hunters. Fixer Upper. Kitchen Crashers. The success of home renovation shows isn’t a fluke. Network executives understand the power of aspiration and elbow grease. Home renovation shows are great...
Notepad

The Holidays and A Wish List for Your Home

I remember walking into several different retail stores at the end of August and I could not believe all the holiday merchandise already out. I was not ready to let...
Cabinets

Turn up the Heat in Your Home: With a Fireplace!

The leaves have started to change, the air is cooler, the days shorter. Fall is definitely in the air. As soon as I feel the chill that the air brings...
Round shed

Shed the Routine

There should be a better word.  “Shed” just doesn’t capture it.  One imagines a neglected structure at the edge of a property, full of shovels and rusted rakes, an afterthought. And...
Basement

From High to Low: Creating Space in the Basement

In my last post, I explored a solution to the familiar problem of “home-shrink” in the face of a growing family.  Mike and Vanessa didn’t want to leave their neighborhood...
Attic Opportunity

Growing Pains? Try House Gains!

You love the neighborhood; you don’t want to move.  You love the lines of the house; you don’t want to disrupt them with an addition. But your kids are growing...
Airlock

From Messy Entry to Organized Mudroom

Let’s face it; sometimes living in Minnesota is like living on another, less hospitable planet. In January, we seem to have been whisked too far from the sun.  Six months...
Backyard Dreaming Space

Unique Projects

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a residential bathroom remodeling project that made extensive use of universal design and won our company a coveted Contractor of the Year...