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Accessible design boosts comfort, safety, and resale appeal

You don't have to be disabled to appreciate the benefits of universal design and aging in place features in your next remodeling project. Whether you want to adapt your home for retirement or just make it more welcoming for visiting parents, Murphy Bros.

Thoughts on Remodeling your Home... Now, Later or Never?

Early in 2011 we were interviewed by a couple who was looking for someone to design and build an entryway addition on their home.  At our first meeting, I had explained to him that the home finance world had changed substantially in the last few years so


We just received information that the MHFA (Minnesota Housing Finance Association) will be announcing a new rebate program for energy efficient home improvements such as windows, doors, insulation etc½  This program will have qualification criteria that i

Protecting Your Home's VALUE!

Investing in real estate in the 2000's became so vogue that "everyone" thought they should figure out away to get in on the action.  Unsuspecting investors leveraged themselves into credit lines, loans and contract for deeds; to do flips and speculate on

John Weighs in on Lead Paint Law Change

23 Nov 2009 | Tags :cost benefit, EPA, Lead Paint, MPR, painting, remodeling

Starting in April 2010, Builders and Remodelers who do renovation or remodeling project in homes built before 1978 must comply with the new lead paint safety requirements set by the EPA.   John attended the EPA approved course on Oct. 28th and was intervi

Desperate Homeowners are easy targets for charlatans.

In just this past week I have heard first hand of three separate instances of people, in their attempts to get a deal, got fleeced.  If you read the paper, internet news or watch TV it is easy to understand why consumers believe that contractors are despe

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