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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Can multiple generations live together under one roof? Absolutely!

Are you thinking of inviting your parents to live with you? Maybe your adult children are planning to move home after graduation or while they’re between jobs. Families across Minnesota and the country are creating multigenerational households. Even before the 2020 pandemic and employment challenges, families were choosing to live together to save money, build…

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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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What to Expect at Your First Meeting

Design Process

  At our first meeting, we will have the opportunity to “get to know one another.” We want to listen to your needs, desires and expectations and we want you to feel comfortable in asking us questions as well. It’s a good idea to have all the decision-makers present at the first meeting. Typically, everyone…

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Designing Your Home for All Generations

Family Room

Are you thinking of inviting your aging parents to live with you? Perhaps your adult children have returned to the nest. You’re not alone. According to the Pew Research Center, 20 percent of the U.S. population—64 million—lived with multiple generations under one roof in 2016. Financial and healthcare factors are primary drivers. Families also are recognizing…

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Give your Laundry Room a Fresh Start

Laundry Room

The trend of multi-use, beautifully designed laundry rooms has been gaining popularity in the past couple of years. No longer exiled to the dark corner of the basement, laundry rooms are moving into the mainstream. If you’re ready to refresh your laundry experience, start with three core questions: Location Function Design Location As you consider options…

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