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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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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Dreaming of Deck Time

CREATIVE DETAILS Maple Plain (55359) Details/Remodel

Spending time outdoors this summer is going to be all the sweeter after weeks of social distancing. Listening to the birds while sitting on the deck will feel like a vacation. Many people are using this unexpected stay-at-home time to take stock, and dream about what they will do when life settles. If a deck…

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How to Turn Reality TV into Real Results

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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 for generating ideas. They’re like Pinterest. They’re visually inspiring and spark your imagination. They nudge you to get started. They’re entertaining. The flip side is…

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Growing Pains? Try House Gains!

Attic Opportunity

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 up, becoming (much) more active. Perhaps there’s a new one on the way. A house that’s size was just fine five years ago, has started…

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A Better Bathroom

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Remodeling a bathroom is not thought of as being glamorous or exciting, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. People decide to remodel their bathrooms for many reasons. From wanting to stay in their homes long-term and needing to consider accessibility to wanting a “spa” feeling. These upgrades are exciting and can be very…

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