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Q: Do people still want formal dining rooms?

Filed in Construction, Home Experts by on May 8, 2014
Q: Do people still want formal dining rooms?

A: Experts Tom Hanson and Kent Hintermeister say no, not in new homes or remodels. “Formal dining rooms are a thing of the past,” Tom says…

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Lifelong Beauty

Filed in Construction by on April 29, 2014
Lifelong Beauty

If visions of wielding a floor sander or meticulously staining boards are keeping you from adding hardwood flooring to your home, you might think again.

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Q: How can I be sure I stay on budget during a project?

Filed in Construction, Home Experts by on April 20, 2014
Q: How can I be sure I stay on budget during a project?

A: “The biggest thing is do your planning up front,” says Tom Hanson of Wes Hanson Builders. Take your time, do your homework…

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Life Uninterurpted

Filed in Construction by on April 17, 2014
Life Uninterurpted

Have you ever lived through a power outage? We’re not taking about living without the coffee maker in the morning…

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Smart Phone, Smart Home

Filed in Construction, Home Maintenance by on April 4, 2014
Smart Phone, Smart Home

Come home from a romantic dinner to dimmed lights and soft music playing next to the hot tub with the fireplace lit — just by calling ahead.

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Details Make the Difference

Filed in Construction by on April 3, 2014
Details Make the Difference

There are a lot of decisions to make in the building or remodeling process, and maybe the most important ones revolve around the small details. We have all seen homes that stand out in their neighborhoods even though they are the same size and design as the adjacent homes. It’s because the owners paid attention […]

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Can I really do it myself?

Filed in Construction by on March 26, 2014
Can I really do it myself?

I am often asked, “When do I need to call a contractor?” or “When is a project too much for me to handle?” This is a difficult and personal question that depends on each person’s abilities and patience. It’s said that the most important thing in any do-it-yourself’s toolbox is a telephone and the number […]

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Q: What are the pros and cons of hardwood floors versus laminate?

Filed in Construction, Home Experts by on March 20, 2014
Q: What are the pros and cons of hardwood floors versus laminate?

A: Dan Zierden, of Cullen’s Home Center says: “Nothing can beat the look or feel of true wood flooring. It’s solid feel and long-term durability add warmth and comfort to almost any home.”

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Build New or Remodel? Don’t flip a coin! There’s a better way to decide.

Filed in Construction by on March 20, 2014
Build New or Remodel? Don’t flip a coin! There’s a better way to decide.

I love new possessions as much as I adore older sentimental possessions. You cannot beat the smell of a new car, but your grandfather’s vintage mid-century pickup can inspire powerful feelings of heritage and memory. A lake home has the power to do both, but if it is well past the time to update your […]

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How Low Will You Go? Basements are common, but not always desired

Filed in Construction by on March 3, 2014
How Low Will You Go? Basements are common, but not always desired

When Jerry and Vicki Sauer of Fergus Falls decided to build a new home, they wanted one they could enjoy for years. As they grew older, they new they wouldn’t want front steps or a staircase to a basement they didn’t need. They also liked the evenness of in-floor radiant heat. Their solution was simple: […]

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