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Big Lakers have many
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pany until it was sold to Iowa Telecom and
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It is also possible to purchase equipment
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Visit them at www.windstream.com for
more information.
The downside is, there are no local sales or
support people to talk to if the service fails.
For many years, this company has been the
sole provider of these services.
Now there are some alternatives, especial-
ly for residents of the cities of Big Lake and
Monticello.
Cable
For them there is an alternative. Charter
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Download speeds up to 30 Mbps, 10 times
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Charter offers a free internet modem and
security services, which includes automatic
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They will also pay up to $500 in early termi-
nation fees for anyone stuck in a contract.
Internet service alone costs around $40 per
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Big Lake residents have some alterna-
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By Ken Francis
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Thinking of building a home?
Or thinking of buying a piece of land to
build a home?
There are a few things to consider before
taking that first step. Not all lots are build-
able, and some may not be right for the
type of house you may be thinking of
building.
Sherburne County Zoning Administrator
Nancy Riddle says there are rules that have
to be followed when deciding to build a
house outside cities - and its not just
building codes.
One way to find out whether a piece of
land is buildable is to visit the countys
zoning office.
Initially there will be discussion
between staff and the person about what
they want to do and what kind of house
they want to build, says Riddle.
Theres one person in our office who
looks at the site drawing - where the house
and septic system is going on the property.
Then theres another person who looks at
environmental issues. Is it on a shoreland
or a lake? Is there a wetland?
There are different rules about how close
a house can be to a lake, river or stream.
There are also rules about how much sur-
face area of the lot can be built on or paved
near a body of water.
Riddle says there are different rules for
different areas of the county depending on
what the property is zoned for.
Depending on what zone youre in -
general rural, agricultural district... there
are different setbacks from the property
line, she says.
The county also has regulations about
how close the foundation of a home can be
to the water table. Many areas of
Sherburne County have a high water table,
making it difficult to locate a septic sys-
tem. In some cases, homes cant have a
basement because of potential flooding
issues.
We never just like to say yes you have
a buildable lot, because it depends on what
type of soils you have, says Riddle.
All of those issues are discussed up front
to make sure a specific lot wont have
problems later.
Riddle says there are also issues with
access to the property. Someone might
own a beautiful wooded lot that is nowhere
near a road. Without road access, the coun-
ty cant issue a building permit.
They need legal access to a public
road, she says.
Some people have an easement to cross
other peoples land to get to their property.
But there are cases where nothing about
access was ever recorded.
Sometimes we run into people who
have been crossing a property for years
and never had a legal easement, says
Riddle. They have to show us that they
have a legal right to go across that proper-
ty.
And, some townships require a road
access permit to connect a driveway to the
road.
In the majority of cases, people who
come to the county zoning office looking
to build dont have major issues to deal
with. Or, zoning staff can work with prop-
erty owners about how to resolve issues.
Riddle says a good idea for anyone
interested in building a new home is to
contact a builder.
Most of them already know a lot of the
rules, she says. Theyre so used to deal-
ing with these things, usually its easier for
them to come here.
Once the lot and plans are approved, the
county issues a building permit. It is post-
ed at the building site. Every time a differ-
ent part of the construction is completed,
the county building inspector has to sign
off on the work.
For each inspection they call in we go
out and inspect it. We usually want 24-
hour notice, says Riddle. Once every-
thing passes, then we can issue a certificate
of occupancy.
For more information about the entire
process, contact the Sherburne County
Zoning Office at 763-765-4450.
Lots to consider
when building a house
Panoramic photo of a wooded development.
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By Gary W. Meyer
Editor
It used to be - Steve Eid remembers - that
landscaping consisted of a bunch of trees
and shrubs, spaced nicely, in front of the
family residence.
Now, its quite different.
As peoples tastes have leaned to wide-
spread use of the yard - the back yard - that
has become the focal point for often-
extravagant displays of stone and living
things.
Eid, entering his 30th year as owner and
landscape artist at Steves Elk River
Nursery, sees the switch from front to
backyard as a main focal point for land-
scaping, as the key element of change in
his industry over the years.
Hes put in a few yards - and touched up
many more - as
well as commer-
cial work - to
know what hes
talking about.
The biggest
change in the last
five to 10 years
has been the out-
doors living areas
- the kitchens, the
pavers, the flag-
stone, the retaining
walls - along with
the live product,
he said.
And he esti-
mates the share
between hardscape
(the manufactured
products) vs. the
greenscape is
about 50-50 now.
And there has
been so much vari-
ety of hardscape
materials, he
says. There are
now so many manufactured products made
to look like natural products.
It makes for a lot of convenience and
variety in adopting a landscape project for
home owners. And fun, too.
Landscaping near the water has explod-
ed, he says.
People want to preserve the beach sand
or the rock. And the regulations (from the
DNR) are stronger, but are beneficial to the
property, he said.
Work around the water and drier yards
has allowed his crews the use of natural
plantings with flowers and native prairie
grasses. They are hardy, live through harsh
winters, and subsist on little rainfall.
And these plantings will get bigger as
the spaces in the backyards get bigger and
water is less available, he said.
He highly recommends plots of natural
native prairie grasses and flowers.
Half of the Business
Over the years, the landscape division
has consisted about half of Steves Elk
River Nursery business, the remainder
being retail from his store on Hwy. 10, four
miles east of Big Lake.
When they got their business underway
in 1985, Steves Nursery enjoyed boom
years of retail, as there were few on the
northwest side of the Twin Cities.
In the 1980s and 1990s, town homes
became very popular - and his crews found
a lot of work detailing projects around
them.
With the housing boom of the mid-90s,
things flourished. The box stores hadnt
grown yet, and it gave us a good chance
to grow.
All of a sudden, we had gone to three
landscaping crews and we were scurrying
to keep from getting behind schedule. And
the size of projects grew with that, too.
But the retail end of things has changed
over the last 20 years. The onset of the box
stores offering significant discounts on
retail products affected his business.
Still, his philosophy about treating the
retail customer has not changed. Whether
they want one flower, or are looking to
expand things in the yard, they are an
important customer.
And his staff treats customers that way,
whether they want help arranging product
in the yard are intent on doing it them-
selves.
Most landscape project owners are
looking for design and installation, he
said. And that will occur beginning in
April and running into November.
We have a program to fit their budget,
he says. A variety of plant sizes to help fit
their budget.
And he does the listening.
He Started Early
Steve was a junior in high school at
Willmar in the summer of 1974. He
thought he liked working with plants, so he
took a job with a nursery in that town.
It was entry level work. But I just liked
working with plants, he said. It lead to
work on a small landscape crew.
He attended junior college in Willmar
then was off to the University of
Minnesota School of Horticulture in St.
Paul, where he graduated in 1978.
In 1982, he had the opportunity to begin
a landscape crew out of the back of
Leonard DeChenes nursery and in 1985,
purchased DeChenes businesses, located
where it is today.
Help Is Near
Every business owner wants a son or
daughter who loves it as he does - and
could step in someday to take over things.
Its like that with Steve and his son,
Beau. Beau has actually been with the
business since 1985, working part-time in
Steve Continued On Page 9
Steves Nursery
celebrating 30 years
A GOOD SHARE OF landscape
projects now days have a 50-50 mix-
ture of hardscape (manufactured
product) and greenscape (trees,
shrubs and lawn). The explosion of
man-made products to look like nat-
ural items has caused for lots of
diversity in landscape plans. (Photos
by Gary W. Meyer)
STEVE EID, celebrating his 30th year as owner of
Steves Elk River Nursery, at his drafting bank.
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Beau is lead man on the job for the land-
scaping work.
And hes expected to help with our
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As for the future?
First, weve been blessed for the 29
years here. This is our 30th year.
Weve been treated very well by our
customers. We hope to have many more.
Steves Nursery can be reached at 763-
441-3090, or at his website,
www.steveselkrivernursery.com.
Steve Continued From Page 8__________________________________
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AUDITOR/TREASURER
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I have a
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Its a beauti-
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nature can co-exist. Song birds and deer,
an occasional bear brushing about for
berries, a wonderful wildflower patch I
planted last fall. Am anxiously awaiting its
stunning assembly of colors and shapes
this summer.
Out back, alongside the gently-flowing
Elk River, is where the real peace at heart
occurs. Fish swim, snapping turtles browse
about the surface. Ducks and geese and an
occasional canoe or kayakers.
But my lot is about 15 feet above the
river - and the bank is treacherous to
maneuver about.
How about a deck, or a
ladder, to get down to
the waters surface?
Not so fast, says
the people from
Elk River.
The county
planning and
zoning adminis-
tration (I suspect
they do this each
spring) recently mailed
out an information piece on
manning shoreland lots and
improvements to them.
Mostly, its about things you cant do to
your own property. (Then, maybe theres
an issue as to who owns that bank doing
down to the river.)
Shoreland Rules, theyre called. And the
county will rigorously protect the rights of
others by ensuring I dont do anything to
that bank or encroaching backyard to vio-
late others rights.
If I were a fighting man, I would storm
into the county planners office ad demand
an interpretation of every one of their dic-
tates.
But I am no longer a fighting man, so I
will reinterpret their interpretations as
being all for the better, even though they
are infringing on my backyard style.
They offer their dictates to keep water
clean, maintain natural beauty and prevent
erosion of your shore. . .
Its also to minimize use of fertilizer and
encourage growth of native plants. to
attract butterflies, songbirds, fish and other
wildlife . . .
Etc.
Dont remove vegetation, place rocks or
sand along a shore, grade the lot or alter
the shoreland without a permit from
Sherburne County. You will also need a
permit from the DNR, the county contin-
ues.
A permit would cost $100 for a minor
project.
Failure to obtain a permit
prior to starting a proj-
ect can result in over
$6,250 in after-the-
fact fines, fees and
mitigation.
Government
does get the last
word, right?
Meanwhile, if you
are in the mood for a
rain garden or shoreland
buffer, a grant might be avail-
able to you.
For more details, contact the good folks
at the planning and zoning administration,
763-765-4450.
(P.S. This spring I will be transplanting
seeds from about 200 milk weed pods har-
vested last fall onto adjacent sites in the
front of my township property. Those are
for the Monarch butterflies. We do need to
help our Monarchs. Theyre gorgeous -
and were losing them.)
Gary W.
Meyer
Editor
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June 23rd from 11am-1pm at Santiago Town Hall, 16655 20th St.
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Before embarking on home energy
improvements or remodeling, especially
major projects, the Minnesota Department
of Commerce strongly recommends hav-
ing an advanced home energy assessment.
An assessment, or energy audit, of how
your house is functioning can help you
decide what needs fixing or replacing. A
follow-up inspection after the work has
been completed can help document the
energy savings.
An energy assessment will identify
some simple low-cost measures you can
take, such as weather-stripping doors, and
it can help prioritize more expensive but
cost-effective measures, like adding insu-
lation and air-sealing or replacing a heat-
ing system. Analyzing the operation and
interactions of the various components of
the home upfront can save in the long run.
For instance, consider an energy assess-
ment before replacing major equipment
such as a furnace or boiler. Determining
and addressing air leakage, insulation, and
other issues can help to correctly size a
new heating system and ensure that it will
work as efficiently as possible.
An advanced energy assessment should
include the following:
A review of energy bills to help assess
home performance and identify savings
opportunities.
A blower-door test to determine air leak-
age.
Infrared scans to detect insulation levels
and sources of air leaks.
Efficiency and safety testing for com-
bustion appliances.
A thorough visual inspection for attic,
wall, crawlspace, foundation, basement,
window, door, and roof problems.
Contact your gas or electric utility to
arrange an advanced energy assessment.
More comprehensive assessments are
available from private contractors special-
izing in comprehensive home performance
reviews. Advanced energy assessments
range in cost from about $100 to several
hundred dollars, depending on the level of
detail. An energy assessment will be your
first step to saving energy and saving
money on your utility bills.
For more information on home energy
assessments and energy-saving improve-
ments, check out the Home Envelope
consumer guide on the Division of Energy
Resources website.
Minnesota Energy Tips is provided
twice a month by the Minnesota
Department of Commerce, Division of
Energy Resources. Contact the divisions
Energy Information Center at
energy.info@state.mn.us or 800-657-3710
with energy questions.
Commerce recommends an advanced
home energy assessment before making
major home improvements, upgrades
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make it more sellable in the future? While
little fixes here and there can help a bit --
there is one single upgrade that can make
a huge impact -- a new roof.
To get the best return on your invest-
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A roof that will add to the curb appeal of
your home, as well as withstand wear and
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One of the simplest ways to make a big
impact on your homes exterior is with
your front door. But if you are tired of the
old standards colors, youre not alone --
experts predict bolder trends this year.
Exuberant hues will be popular this year
as a way for homeowners to show the
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For those going for a classic feel, colors
that are vibrant, yet at the same time, offer
comfort, warmth and reliability will reign.
For homeowners looking to express their
colorful selves, consider selecting a
paintable fiberglass door with a smooth
finish. For example, those from Therma-
Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection and
Pulse, feature clean lines, crisp angles and
attractive glass configuration options, and
are ideal for adding personal expression to
a home.
The top five door colors for the "exuber-
New color trends in home exteriors
ant homeowner" in 2014 include:
Capri: A tropical blue that wakes up nat-
ural woods and neutral surroundings, this
hue adds a splash of energy.
Raucous Orange: This color demands
attention with its energetic tone and makes
the perfect punctuation point for homes
with a modern look.
Dynamo: This flirty violet hue instantly
updates traditional color schemes for a
trendier home front.
Relic Bronze: A deep, almost brown mus-
tard color, Relic Bronze reflects aged
beauty.
Quixotic Plum: This sophisticated deep
purple is where trendy meets timeless.
The top five door colors for those fol-
lowing the more classic trend of comfort
include:
Georgian Bay: Brighter than dark navy,
this step-above reserved blue is a trusted
color when it comes to the welcoming
message it sends to family and friends.
Show Stopper: Like classic red at dusk,
Show Stopper adds a touch of mystery to
this bright hue. A slight spin on traditional
red, this color warmly welcomes people to
a home.
Polished Mahogany: The deep, rich shade
of brown has a staying power that travers-
es trends and captures a solid feeling for
homeowners.
Classic French Grey: Stepping out of the
shadows to stand on its own, this cool, neu-
tral grey will continue to rule the palette in
2014.
Gulfstream: This bright, modern blue has
an of-the-moment appeal. At the same
time, it still feels rooted in something
familiar and nostalgic for homeowners.
Whether you follow new trends or stick
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homes exterior into consideration. From
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curb appeal.
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Consumers should beware of insulation contractors
who offer to insulate attics without checking for and
sealing attic air leaks. If the offer to insulate does not
include sealing air leaks, then the contractor is in viola-
tion of the Minnesota energy code, which says Attic
insulation may not be installed unless accessible attic
bypasses have been sealed.
Before building science demonstrated the role that air
leaks play in energy loss, it was commonly believed that
insulation was enough to stop heat flow through a home
or building. Although insulation slows heat transfer, it is
easily compromised by air flow. The only way to stop
this air movementand associated heat lossis by
eliminating the air leaks between the inside of the house
and the outside. First step to tightening ones home:
Identify air leaks and seal them.
Adding insulation is a great way to reduce the amount
of energy that you use, but it only reduces energy costs
if it is installed per the manufacturers instructions and
in conjunction with air sealing activities.
Consumers should conduct careful research before
investing in any energy-efficiency technology or
improvement and before signing with a contractor. Get
at least three bids. Utility companies and nonprofit ener-
gy groups may have contractors they recommend, and
utilities may offer consumer rebates for insulation work.
Get references and check sources like the Better
Business Bureau of Minnesota (651-699-1111 or 1-800-
646-6222) to see if there are any complaints or actions
against contractors.
For more information on insulation and other energy-
efficient measures to improve your home, contact the
Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of
Energy Resources (DER) at 800-657-3710 or 651-539-
1882 or visit www.energy.mn.gov. DER provides a free
home energy guide called Home Envelope with detailed
information about air sealing and insulation, saving
energy, and selecting a contractor.
Beware the insulation
contractor who does
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improvement project or a new renewable
energy system, or have you recently com-
pleted a project? You may be eligible for
incentives to help pay for or finance those
projects.
Check out the Database of State
Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
(DSIRE), the most comprehensive source
of information on financial incentives
and policies that support renewables and
energy efficiency in the United States.
DSIRE includes up-to-date information
on:
Federal tax credits
Federal grant and loan programs
State loan programs
State incentive programs
State sales and property tax incentives
Utility rebate, grant, and loan programs
For instance, at DSIRE you can learn
about the 30 percent federal Residential
Renewable Energy Tax Credit (good
through 2016) or the Residential Energy
Efficiency Tax Credit of up to $500 for
energy purchases made from 2011-2013.
DSIRE has information on the new 10-
year $250 million Made in Minnesota
Solar Incentive Program for new solar
electric and solar thermal installations.
The database provides a long list of
Minnesota utilities that offer rebate pro-
grams to residential and commercial cus-
tomers. Virtually every utility in the
statethe large investor-owned utilities
and the municipals and cooperativespro-
vides incentives on a range of energy-sav-
ing efforts, including energy audits, air
sealing and insulation, new high efficient
heating and cooling systems, and efficient
lighting.
Need financing for an energy-saving
project? Check out the low-interest Fix-Up
Loan offered by Minnesota Housing, as
well as other loan programs.
The DSIRE website is
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Department of Commerce, Division of
Energy Resources also offers financial
resource information.
Minnesota Energy Tips is provided
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Energy Resources. Contact the divisions
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Whether addressing air leak-
age and insulation issues,
replacing your heating or AC
system, or installing a solar
energy system, selecting a con-
tractor for a home energy
improvement job should be
treated like any major purchase:
Be precise about the job expec-
tations and the products and
services being purchased and be
diligent in checking the creden-
tials and integrity of your con-
tractor.
Identify several potential
hires for your job via usual
sources such as the Internet,
Yellow Pages, word of mouth,
friends, professional associa-
tions, etc., and get bids from at
least three contractors.
Check with the Minnesota
Department of Labor and
Industry at www.dli.mn.gov to
make sure the contractor
is licensed (if licen-
sure is required) and
check with the
Better Business
Bureau to see if
there are any com-
plaints or actions
against the contractor.
Get references and check
out online consumer rat-
ing services to learn what
others have to say about par-
ticular contractors.
Tips on bids and contracts:
Only review bids that are in
writing and include detailed
information about the project.
Be sure you are getting what
you expect.
Dont be misled by sales or
deals that are available for a
limited time only.
Contractors should apply for
permits and are responsible for
meeting building codes and
arranging inspections.
Learn about the Three-Day
Cooling Off Law that gives
you the right to cancel within 72
hours of signing a contract.
Dont provide a check or down
payment until this period has
ended.
Require lien waivers from all
suppliers and subcontractors.
Make sure the job is complet-
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cleanup, before making final
payment.
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Asbestos Awareness aims to make peo-
ple aware that asbestos is still a problem.
Each year in the United States, 2,000-
3,000 people are diagnosed with a deadly
form of lung disease caused by exposure to
asbestos and 10,000 Americans die each
year from all asbestos-related diseases.
While most exposures to asbestos occur in
the workplace, many victims of asbestos
disease were exposed in their own homes
and didnt know it.
The Minnesota Department of Health
(MDH), working with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
is increasing its efforts to make people
aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure.
Increased awareness of asbestos in our
home and work environments is important
so that parents, health care providers,
housing authorities, building and construc-
tion interests, educators and others can
work together to prevent exposure, said
Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed
Ehlinger.
Asbestos has been used in thousands of
products because of its strength and flexi-
bility, acoustical properties and resistance
to heat, chemicals and electricity. When
building materials that contain asbestos are
disturbed, asbestos fibers can become air-
borne in the home or workplace. Breathing
in asbestos fibers over a long period can
cause serious illness, including malignant
lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Many symptoms of asbestos-related dis-
eases do not appear for 20 or more years,
making it difficult to diagnose.
For these reasons, we want
Minnesotans to know that if they are going
to renovate their home or commercial
property, they need to find out if existing
building materials contain asbestos so it
can be dealt with safely and properly, said
Dan Locher, asbestos and lead compliance
program supervisor for MDH.
In Minnesota, there are about 1.4 million
homes built before 1981 that could have
asbestos in a variety of building materials:
textured ceilings, floor and ceiling tiles,
linoleum, boiler and pipe insulation, duct
wrap insulation and seam tape, sheetrock,
plaster, roofing felt, shingles, and exterior
slate siding. Commercial and public build-
ings of approximately the same age range
could have asbestos in similar building
products. The only way to know for sure if
you have asbestos is to have building
materials tested. Asbestos inspections must
be done by a certified asbestos inspector.
Similarly, handling or removal of asbestos-
containing materials should be done by a
licensed asbestos abatement contractor.
Trying to do the work yourself could put
you, your family and the public at risk,
Locher said. For information on how to
find a qualified asbestos inspector or con-
tractor, visit the MDH website at:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/asb
estos/homeowner/howhire.html.
MDH has developed factsheets and edu-
cational materials that provide guidance on
testing, remediation and proper manage-
ment of asbestos-containing building
materials. They can be obtained from the
MDH website at
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/asb
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What does the ideal kitchen look like to
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you communicate your vision to the con-
tractor or architect doing the work.
And there are many free resources
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collaboration between friends, family and
professionals.
Consider using a free iPad app such as
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DesignMine allows you to create person-
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of real homes.
These personalized design boards can
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with friends, family and design profes-
sionals. Collaborating on ideas can
smoothly transition the project from
design to reality.
The most common cause for home proj-
ects taking longer and costing more than
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Collaborating on ideas with a profession-
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you avoid these extra costs and time asso-
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Youre ready to paint. You selected a
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more evenly. Some brushes have tapered
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In addition to brushes, you will proba-
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Quality, of course, matters. The best
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We are living in the midst of one of the
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Ambiance
To get the real movie theater experience,
set up your home theater system in a room
without windows, such as a basement or
interior rec room. If thats not possible,
consider a thick set of curtains to com-
pletely black out natural light. This will
give your room the right look and feel
while enhancing the picture quality of your
movies, shows and games.
When it comes to curtains, framing the
screen with a velvet red, gold or purple
curtain adds a touch of old time theater ele-
gance. Consider setting up an automated
system that simultaneously dims the lights
and draws back a curtain in front of your
screen.
If you want to go all out, paint the walls
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with a mini fridge so you never need hit
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energy demand, which will reduce the size
of the investment needed for your renew-
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returns on your system.
Energy improvements such as air-seal-
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repairing home heating and cooling sys-
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investments. An advanced energy assess-
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can determine your homes energy per-
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replacing. It will identify some simple low-
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efficiency measures, then explore what
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What's growing on your windows? If you have
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contact with moisture for an extended period of
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And mold growth can be hazardous to your
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What makes up this debris? It can be anything
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Reduce the chance of condensation in your
home. Use ceiling fans, particularly in the
kitchen and bathroom to increase ventilation.
Leave interior room and closet doors open.
Consider reducing the number of house plants in
your home.
If your blinds or window coverings are closed
all the time, condensation can get trapped in
between the window treatments and the win-
dows, creating a damp environment that may
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coverings to increase ventilation near windows.
Additionally, ensure air vent deflectors are
placed on floor vents to reroute air into the room
rather than straight up against a window.
While installing vinyl windows in the home is
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Impressions count when visitors arrive
at your homes front door. Its the first and
last space they see, and it has the power to
make a positive or negative impression.
This season, consider an easy, cost-
effective home improvement project that
can add value to your home and boost curb
appeal -- updating the main door and entry
of your home.
Upgrade the Door
Start with the basics. Evaluate the look
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