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Pergolas: A shady way to beat the heat

Filed in Construction by on February 19, 2014
Pergolas: A shady way to beat the heat

Pergo what? Changes are you’ve seen or sat under one of these dazzling architectural denizens, but chances are equally as great you may not know their name. A pergola is a wooden, vinyl, aluminum or fiberglass structure made up of a header that usually lies above your patio doors or windows and is supported by […]

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Avoid These Top Ten House-Planning Blunders

Filed in Construction by on February 18, 2014
Avoid These Top Ten House-Planning Blunders

Once in awhile I receive suggestions for articles to write. For this issue, it was my “Top 10 list of major boo-boos when planning a house.” Good idea. I thought they asked for “Top 10 list of Phil’s architectural boo-boos.” Perhaps we’ll chat about those another time… 10. Not knowing what you want in a […]

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A Window Buyer’s Guide

Filed in Construction by on February 15, 2014
A Window Buyer’s Guide

Do your research before investing in new windows The windows of a home reflect its soul – they reveal a bright and welcoming destination with a cozy, safe, restful appeal. Windows provide a portal to the landscape and natural surrounds that are stunningly beautiful season after season, year after year. And, ideally, those windows are […]

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Midwest’s Green Roots Grow Deep

Filed in Construction by on February 15, 2014
Midwest’s Green Roots Grow Deep

Green this, green that … you may be tired of hearing the word “green”. Alas, I would bet that you are green yourself, for we are all descendants of the Great Depression era, World War II, the energy crisis of the 70’s, oil/gas shortages and the latest energy push on these issues under the guise […]

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Q: Are Community Solar programs a good way to purchase solar energy?

Filed in Construction, Home Experts by on February 14, 2014
Q: Are Community Solar programs a good way to purchase solar energy?

A: Dan Husted of Lake Region Electric Company says, “Yes!” Utility-based Community Solar programs allow customers to buy the output of a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel that’s owned and operated by the utility. It’s a simple, affordable way for customers to choose clean solar energy without the hassle of installing, maintaining and insuring their own […]

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Heating Things Up

Filed in Construction by on January 20, 2014
Heating Things Up

Fireplace Options to Warm & Enhance Your Home  Stay warm this winter by installing a new gas or wood fireplace in your home. This season’s fireplaces are as varied as the people enjoying them. Add a more efficient wood-burning insert to an existing fireplace. Hang a beautiful, thin gas fireplace on your living room wall. […]

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Porches, Decks and Patios

Filed in Construction by on January 18, 2014
Porches, Decks and Patios

We’ve assembled a gallery of favorite porches, desk and patios from some of the homes we’ve featured in past issues. Feel free to browse the full gallery.                

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