Home Experts

Q: Are there ways to make a north-facing, dark kitchen feel brighter?

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on March 20, 2014
Q: Are there ways to make a north-facing, dark kitchen feel brighter?

A: Betty Ravnik, of Ravnik Interior Design, says: “We may not all have northern-facing kitchens but we all have seasonal light issues with minimal light entering our spaces.”

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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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Q: What are my options for low-maintenance, rustic-looking exteriors?

Filed in Home Experts by on February 15, 2014
Q: What are my options for low-maintenance, rustic-looking exteriors?

A: “A lot of people have a different definition of rustic. That can cover a broad spectrum,” says Benjamin Miller of Blue Ox Timber Frames…

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Q: How do I go about planning an outdoor kitchen?

Filed in Home Experts by on February 15, 2014
Q: How do I go about planning an outdoor kitchen?

A: Start by considering function and what you want to use it for, says Dan Zierden, of Cullen’s Home Center. “Just like the inside of your home, the kitchen seems to be where people gather, sit and talk…

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Q: Should I consider a porch for my home?

Filed in Home Experts by on February 15, 2014
Q: Should I consider a porch for my home?

A: “I love porches,” asserts Matt Schmidt, a designer with Wes Hanson Builders. They’re a transitional space between indoors and outdoors. They are often among the most-used rooms in the house.

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Q: Does our increasing need for storage change the way homes are built?

Filed in Home Experts by on February 15, 2014
Q: Does our increasing need for storage change the way homes are built?

A: Somewhat, says Ben Miller of Blue Ox Timber Frames. He builds a lot of lake homes, where storage needs might be different than for traditional homes. Larger garages are a continuing trend, he notes. Lake-home owners often need room for a couple of cars plus a boat. Miller says side entries or tuck-under garages […]

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Q: What type of flooring really holds up to winter’s salt, snow and muck in a home’s entryway?

Filed in Home Experts by on February 15, 2014
Q: What type of flooring really holds up to winter’s salt, snow and muck in a home’s entryway?

A: Denny Johnson of Cullen’s Home Center doesn’t hesitate to answer: Armstrong Alterna. This luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is durable and looks like ceramic tile but stays warmer than ceramic and absorbs noise. It comes in a variety of sizes and shapes for customization. “You can make your floor look really unique,” says Johnson. But […]

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Q: I’m starting to think about buying a second home. How do I start?

Filed in Home Experts, Real Estate by on February 15, 2014
Q: I’m starting to think about buying a second home. How do I start?

A: Jon Drews of Keller Williams Realty says to first consider money: What are your options for financing a home? Next, Drews says, you’ll need to decide what you want from a home and property. If you want a lake home, for example, how do you plan to use the lake – swim in it, […]

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Q: What should I do to be proactive in anticipation of storm damage?

Filed in Home Experts, Home Maintenance by on February 15, 2014
Q: What should I do to be proactive in anticipation of storm damage?

A: With winter upon us, it is time to review your homeowners coverage with your agent, says Annabelle Lee of American Family Insurance. Did you add value to your home with summer projects? You’ll want to be sure you have enough coverage to rebuild or repair your home in the event of a disaster. “In […]

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Q: I need some advice for selling my home during the winter.

Filed in Home Experts, Real Estate by on February 15, 2014
Q: I need some advice for selling my home during the winter.

A: There are some unique challenges in winter, but there are also some fantastic opportunities, says Jon Drews of Keller Williams Realty. If you are planning on purchasing another home in the spring, a winter sale can be beneficial. A buyer with nothing to sell is a well-positioned buyer and better able to take advantage […]

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