Tips for Hiring the RIGHT Contractor

Research Their Track Record It’s fast, free and easy! Contact Better Business Bureau to obtain Business Reviews and see if they are accredited. Ask for Multiple Quotes Shop around and get at least three written estimates. Verify License and insurance Ensure that companies have a current license to do work in Minnesota at dli.mn.gov. Also […]

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Outdoor Living Spaces

Living in Minnesota means being able to enjoy the warm, but enjoyable, days are few and far between! That said, being able to seamlessly merge your indoor and outdoor living spaces is important. Also being able to control the humidity and temperature when the weather changes allows you to use those spaces more. It’s important […]

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Top 5 Big and Small Remodeling Trends

BIG UPDATES Home additions– Home additions are ideal for families who want to remain in their current home, but could benefit from some extra square footage. There are plenty of options when it comes to expanding, whether adding up, over or out. Either way, families can create space where it is lacking, whether that is […]

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Sunroom or 4 Season Porch? How to Decide

With the onset of warmer weather here in Minnesota we are all thinking about how to prolong the time we can enjoy our backyards! One of the options below is a great way to enjoy your garden or view year round! Sunroom: This room — also called a solarium or conservatory — is a glass enclosed […]

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Walk-In Showers

“Walk in showers, walk-in tubs and grab bars- where do we start to make sure a home is ready for someone as they age?” I read up on some of the training given to remodelers that earn their CAPs certification (Certified Aging in Place). They follow these 3 guidelines and priorities when updating a home […]

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Exterior Updates from Small to Large

Your house may be a beauty inside, or updated in the right area’s -kitchen and bath, new carpet, fresh paint on the walls- but if the exterior is lacking… people’s first impression may be lacking. Siding and windows can be expensive, but the return on investment can be huge! This can be especially true if […]

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Universal Design

New buzz word the last 2 years in design- what does it mean? Universal Design is a new way to look at your space when designing. In a remodel it may help you make your home ready for you to age in place or more marketable as it fits all stages of someone’s life- anyone […]

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Insulation 101

Why is insulation so important in a home? Proper insulation is the best way to maximize comfort and minimize energy bills. It’s not a cosmetic, beautiful update but a necessity for every home. All insulation works the same way: by trapping tiny air pockets that slow the movement of heat out of a house during […]

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Top Five Holiday Home Hazards

1. Shoveling It’s important to keep entry ways clear of snow and ice to prevent injury from slips and falls. But, it’s just as important to make sure you’re shoveling correctly so as not to hurt yourself. Avoid pulling your back by bending at the knees, keeping your back straight, tightening your stomach muscles, and […]

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5 Tips for Choosing a Contractor

When choosing a contractor to head up your remodel, these simple steps can mean the difference between complete confidence and sleepless nights. Ask for Referrals Word of mouth, hands down, is the best way to find a qualified professional to tackle the job. Ask relatives, friends and neighbors whom they’ve had good experiences with. Ask what […]

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