Home & Garden

Mon
27
Apr

The new squeeze: water heater size

A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.
A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.

It’s a problem many homeowners won’t run into for a while, but when they do, they may find themselves between a basement floor and a hard place.

Mon
27
Apr

Saving energy means saving money

Month after month, one of the best ways to save money is by conserving energy and making your home more energy efficient. 

Thu
16
Apr

Is a low-snow winter a good thing?

Compared to the average winter, the one we just had was a real laugher. Snowfall was way below average, and I am taking credit for it! That’s because, while remembering the snowy winter of 2013-2014, I took the plunge and bought a new snow blower last November. I was going to be ready for any blizzard that might come our way.

Tue
14
Apr

Use color to create space, calm

The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)
The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)

It’s no surprise homeowners are turning to soothing grays, beiges and other “retreating colors” for bedrooms.

Fri
24
Oct

Simple tips for easy cleanup


With a few simple tools you’ll be able to keep your kitchen squeaky clean so it can continue to be the favorite hang-out for the entire family. (submitted photo)

From rushed morning breakfasts to hurried dinners, the kitchen is often the busiest room in the home.

Fri
24
Oct

Give yourself a gift—or two—before holiday hosting time


The warm cream and rich mocha tones of this backsplash could be at home in a teens, twenties or mid-century modern home. Go for a darker countertop and minimalist shelving for an uncluttered, yet cozy kitchen. (submitted photo)

Ever envy those beautiful homes that seem to get redecorated with every new season? Thinking that the family and friend get-togethers at your home this year deserve an updated setting?

Fri
10
Oct

Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of autumn allergens


New vacuums on the market have high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which capture allergens, irritants and pollutants. (submitted photo)

Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues.

Fri
10
Oct

What can you remodel in winter? Take a look


This Asian-inspired half-bath converts a tiny footprint into a warm retreat, with rich woods, gold accents and sleek detailing (submitted photo)

Many homeowners think they've "missed" remodeling season once the leaves fall. And, if you're opening holes in your home's exterior or building patios, that may be true.

Tue
23
Sep

What's blooming in September?

Extension video series gets you up close and botanical
Other than the everpresent rose of fall-blooming sedums, which come in shades from pink to rose to burgundy, maybe brick orange if you squint a little, are there any other shades and shapes of fall flowers?
Yes, say University of Minnesota extension educator Karl Foord and professor of horticulture Mary Meyer, Ph.D. How many do you want?
Spring and early summer bloomers get a lot of focus in Minnesota - they're proof we've all survived another winter, for one thing - and each tulip and hyacinth gets its own standing ovation.

Sun
21
Sep

Outdoor living spaces add value to a home year-round


A few amenities outdoors add value not only to life in your home but to its attraction to buyers. (submitted photo)

Summer may be ending, but it’s not too late to spruce up your outdoor space. In fact, there are several enhancements that can be made to extend your outdoor living time well in to the fall and even year round.

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