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Filed in Home Experts by on April 11, 2014

For a limited time, we’re offering a free one-year subscription to the submitter of any question we publish in an upcoming issue. The topic is up to you, Design, Construction, Insurance, Real Estate, Energy, Home Improvement…you name it. We’d love to hear from you (and so would our panel of experts).

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Q: How can I bring vintage character into my new home?

Filed in Home Experts by on June 1, 2015
Q:  How can I bring vintage character into my new home?

A: Vintage and industrial is a very hot trend. One good thing is the items found in industrial actually work nicely in a vintage setting. Items that you would see in a warehouse or factory…

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Q: What are the pros and cons of gas versus electric fireplaces?

Filed in Home Experts by on April 26, 2015
Q: What are the pros and cons of gas versus electric fireplaces?

A: Gas fireplaces offer the advantage of higher BTUs resulting in the generation of more heat for the space. They also offer real flame, which is highly desirable…

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Q: What is the first step in purchasing or refinancing a home?

Filed in Home Experts by on March 31, 2015
Q: What is the first step in purchasing or refinancing a home?

A: Once you decide to purchase or refinance, the first step is to meet with a lender to determine if it makes financial sense to refinance, or the loan you may qualify for, if purchasing.

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Q: How does the maintenance of a timber frame home differ from that of a conventionally-framed home?

Filed in Home Experts by on February 8, 2015
Q: How does the maintenance of a timber frame home differ from that of a conventionally-framed home?

A: The timber frame structure itself does not create any significant maintenance for the homeowner.

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Q: I like to stay current with trends in fashion and home décor and am intrigued by this year’s “color of the year” Marsala. How can I incorporate it into my home without taking on a full scale redesign?

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on February 2, 2015
Q: I like to stay current with trends in fashion and home décor and am intrigued by this year’s “color of the year” Marsala. How can I incorporate it into my home without taking on a full scale redesign?

Pantone’s Marsala

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Q: What are the major differences between hardwood and engineered flooring?

Filed in Home Experts by on December 31, 2014
Q: What are the major differences  between hardwood and engineered  flooring?

A: “Hardwood flooring is a solid 3/4 inch thick product that consists of the same material throughout,” says Denny Johnson of Cullen’s Home Center, “Solid hardwood requires…”

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Q: What’s the difference between a construction loan and a conventional mortgage?

Filed in Home Experts by on December 9, 2014
Q:  What’s the difference between a construction loan and a conventional mortgage?

A: “A construction loan is used to build a home or complete a significant remodel and/or addition,” says Chris Marvel of American Federal Bank in Fergus Falls, “It is typically a line of credit…”

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Q: How can I bring a pop of color into our relatively neutral lake home? We’ve got a lot of wood, darker or neutral finishes and fabrics, but I’d like to brighten things up a bit with color, any suggestions?

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on October 30, 2014
Q: How can I bring a pop of color into our relatively neutral lake home? We’ve got a lot of wood, darker or neutral finishes and fabrics, but I’d like to brighten things up a bit with color, any suggestions?

A: “Having a neutral base is not a bad thing,” says Betty

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Q: We’re dreaming of owning our first lake home. We’d like to use it as a weekend retreat and fix it up or build on as time and budget allows. Do you have any suggestions as we begin our search for the perfect getaway on a budget?

Filed in Home Experts by on October 1, 2014
Q: We’re dreaming of owning our first lake home. We’d like to use it as a weekend retreat and fix it up or build on as time and budget allows. Do you have any suggestions as we begin our search for the perfect getaway on a budget?

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We just moved into a house that has a lot of oak trim. We’re going to be adding more detailed millwork, and I’m torn between painting all the trim white or going with more oak. What’s the current trend?

Filed in Home Experts by on August 29, 2014
We just moved into a house that has a lot of oak trim. We’re going to be adding more detailed millwork, and I’m torn between painting all the trim white or going with more oak. What’s the current trend?

A: “This is a conundrum for many home owners…”

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