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Is your home your happy place?

Spring cleaning? Does your home seem a little drab or outdated? Time to re-fresh and "re-discover your home"! I just sorted through some clothing and the thought of a home improvement project is on my mind. It is also on my client's minds! Last week my fo


Radiant Heating 102: Types of Installation

"Wet" floor installation Methods Cables or tubing are embedded within a solid floor, either in a thick concrete foundation slab (commonly used in "slab" ranch houses that don't have basements) or a thin layer of concrete, gypsum, or other material install


Radiant Heating 101

Many of our clients are looking for inexpensive ways to add value to their remodel with an extra, finishing touch.  The focus of this 2 part entry is on radiant floor heating - an add-on that can make a great room even greater! Radiant Heating 101 In gen


Remodeling: Is it Worth It?

The $64,000 Question Many or clients are asking us these days: "Is it worth it?" What they mean is; "How much benefit will I truly receive from investing in my home?" And; "How much is too much?". The answer to both questions is "it depends". I'm not bein


Basements: The Undiscovered Jewel

We homeowners are always interested in finding ways to increase the value of our homes - this is even more important in our current economy, where buyers are pickier and every nook and corner of space needs to be maximized for value and function. A baseme


Insurance Covered Losses: How to Proceed

From a property owner's perspective, insurance claims can be a huge frustration or a relatively easy process.  It often depends on how you choose to get the repairs done.  Most policies provide coverage that will pay for a professional restoration company


Cold MN Days: Condensation on inside of windows???

27 Jan 2009 | Tags :cold, FAQ, home improvement, remodeling, windows, Winter

We recently installed some new Low E, Argon windows for a client (a second project for them), which increased the energy efficiency of the home. The homeowner emailed asking about condensation on the windows on our cold Minnesota days. I thought I might p


Great Winter Projects: Attic Remodel

 A finished attic is a great project to undertake in the winter time. Transforming unused space into cozy bedrooms, a playroom and adding an additional bathroom will add value to your home if it is done with thoughtful design, careful planning and quality


"Smart" Home Projects in a Tight Economy

31 Dec 2008 | Tags :Economy, home improvement

When there is concern about the economy, people become more aware of prioritizing their home improvement spending.  Some projects make more sense than others when considering how to maximize the return of your home investment dollars.  If well planned, la


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