AS WE HEAD INTO THE PEAK OF SUMMER, YOU’LL WANT TO KEEP UP WITH ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AROUND THE HOUSE. WHILE MAINTENANCE IS SELDOM ON TOP OF ANYONE’S TO-DO LIST AT THIS GLORIOUS TIME OF YEAR, YOU WILL BE REWARDED BY HAVING A SMOOTH-RUNNING, WELL-CARED-FOR HOME. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE END OF SUMMER.

PESKY PESTS

Keeping ahead of pest infestations is always best, but it’s not always the way it works out. There are some signs you can look for to be proactive. Verissa Jonsgaard of Reliable Pest Management in Rushford advises, “Pest management (service) is important to have to stay ahead of issues before they start by having inspections to seal up holes for insects and rodents. Other signs to look for would be moisture conditions inside and outside of the home which could lead to centipedes, millipedes, spiders just to list a few. Extreme heat can also be an issue due to pests trying to escape the extremes earwigs love to show up with high heat and humidity.”

 

WHAT’S MORE ENJOYABLE THAN THE BEAUTY OF FLOWERS IN ALL THEIR SUMMER GLORY? WITH SUMMER IN FULL SWING, THERE ARE SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO INDULGE IN A GARDEN TOUR OR TO MINGLE WITH FELLOW FLOWER LOVERS TO CELEBRATE NATURE’S ABUNDANT BEAUTY. GATHER UP YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY AND EXPLORE THE VERDANT BEAUTY OF SELECTED LOCAL GARDENS.

SARGENT’S GARDEN PARTY

Every year, Sargent’s hosts their annual appreciation party for all of their customers. Sargent’s garden party is popular and is traditionally well attended. Scott Moon, manager of Sargent’s on Second, says, “We expect 800-1,000 people at each location. We have two shifts—from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at each location on the same day.” This year’s garden party is Tuesday, July 10 (in the event of a cancellation due to weather, Sargent’s has designated a rain date for July 11).

Sargent’s will have live music and serve light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres to guests. Moon adds, “We want people to relax, walk around, visit with other customers in the garden.” During the garden party, Sargent’s will also have mini-seminars on topics such as how to use herbs in cooking, bouquet-making and all about succulents. Guests don’t have to be rewards members to attend; however, Sargent’s asks guests to join their rewards program.

 

Jul/Aug
2018

100-YEAR-OLD FARMHOUSE: RETAINS ORIGINAL CHARACTER AND CHARM

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Written by TRISH AMUNDSON, Photography By FAGAN STUDIOS

A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED HOME UPDATE CREATES LARGE, OPEN SPACE WITH RENEWED PERIOD DETAILS, INCLUDING VINTAGESTYLE FARMHOUSE SINKS. WHILE MAINTAINING THE ORIGINAL CHARACTER OF THEIR 1910 FARMHOUSE, DAVE AND BECCA BENNEROTTE DESIRED A LARGE SPACE THAT WOULD ALLOW THEIR FAMILY OF FOUR TO COMFORTABLY GET READY FOR WORK AND SCHOOL EACH MORNING. THEY ALSO WANTED THE CONVENIENCE OF A MAIN-FLOOR LAUNDRY, IN ADDITION TO THE MUDROOM.

“We had a typical farmhouse kitchen for the era, which was very small with almost no counter space,” explains the couple. “We made the decision to move the kitchen to where the living room was and turn the old kitchen area into a mud/laundry room space that was currently in the unfinished basement.”

 

May/Jun
2018

Handy Gal's Guide to Home Maintenance

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

THE BEGINNING OF SUMMER IS A TIME OF REBIRTH AND RENEWAL, A TIME TO ADORN THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOUSE WITH PLANTERS AND HANGING BASKETS, CREATING WATERFALLS OF COLOR. EARLY SUMMER IS ALSO A GREAT TIME TO CATCH UP ON LESS GLAMOROUS PROJECTS AND MAINTENANCE AROUND YOUR HOUSE.

TAKE A GOOD LOOK

Now is a great time to assess winter’s damage to your home. Notice the condition of your driveway; is it in need of upkeep or repairs? What about your yard? Do you need to sod or reseed some areas that suffered damage from our harsh winter? 

 

May/Jun
2018

Kitchen by the Sea

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Written by Bob Freund

ROCHESTER COUPLE KAREN AND TOM BARRIE HAVE LIVED IN THEIR FOUR-BEDROOM HOUSE FOR THE PAST 26 YEARS. “WE WANTED TO DO THE KITCHEN FOR (THE PAST) FIVE YEARS,” ACCORDING TO KAREN. THEY LAUNCHED THEIR KITCHEN RENOVATION AFTER DECIDING TO STAY IN ROCHESTER. THE PROJECT TOOK THREE MONTHS OF CONSTRUCTION, FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2017. KAREN SAYS IT WAS WORTH THE MANY MEALS COOKED OUTDOORS ON THE BACKYARD GRILL WHILE THE KITCHEN WAS OUT OF COMMISSION. 

SEA FOAM GLASS BACKSPLASH

The Barries couldn’t create an ocean view outside, but they could bring the atmosphere of a seaside cottage inside their Cape Cod-style house on Rochester’s southwest side. 

The homeowners and local design-build firm Beyond Kitchens gutted their dark, dated kitchen to transform it into a bright and open space with a hint of the sea. As they rebuilt the kitchen, they added accents reminiscent of the East Coast, where Karen spent part of her childhood. 

 

May/Jun
2018

Clutter Happens

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Written by Sara Lohse

My closet _____________________________________________________:

A:  Is tidy, well-categorized, and has homemade labels. Dare I say, beautiful?

B:  Has some semblance of order; however, I own more blankets than a hotel. 

C:  Makes me assume a “defensive” position. If opened, something will fall on me. 

Regardless of your answer, everyone battles with clutter. Even professional organizers have organizational challenges. But as a professional organizer, I understand what causes clutter and have strategies to deal with it. 

 

WHY THE CLUTTER?

The short answer…life. People have so many sticks in the fire; they’re just trying to keep the house from burning down. Life continues to throw new opportunities (or obstacles) our way and something has to give. 

 

Bringing a modern feel to the Historic Riverside Building.

THE WHITE STONE STEPS TO THE TOP FLOOR OF THE RIVERSIDE BUILDING SHOW THE WEAR FROM COUNTLESS SHOES OVER DECADES. THE STEPS ARE SMOOTH, AND A BIT BOWED IN PLACES, REFLECTING THE LONG HISTORY OF THE LARGE BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER. 

The latest footsteps now come from hundreds of students from Winona State University who climb the staircase to the third floor regularly. “It’s kind of a coincidence,” says Jeanine E. Gangeness, associate vice president and dean of Winona State University’s School of Graduate Studies. “(Both) the building and Winona State University Rochester have been here for 100 years.”

CONTEMPORARY PLACE

At the top of the stairs, students are greeted with a modern skyline of Rochester drawn in bright purple, the school’s color. They circulate through large, open spaces and meet professors in glass-enclosed offices. There’s a soundproofed studio for podcasting. It has an ingrained history, but WSU-Rochester’s center atop the Riverside Building today is an engaging contemporary place.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Handy Gal’s Guide to Home Maintenance

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

WHAT YOU CAN DO THIS SPRING.

SPRINGTIME IS A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER HOW WELL YOUR HOUSE IS EQUIPPED TO WAGE WAR AGAINST MOISTURE. THE SNOW THAT HAS KEPT US SHROUDED IN WHITE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS HAS BEGUN TO LOOSEN ITS GRIP, MELTING INTO RIVULETS OF WATER SCURRYING FROM THE ROOF AND SNOW BANKS LINING OUR DRIVEWAYS AND SIDEWALKS, IN SEARCH OF THE FASTEST ESCAPE ROUTE. 

If you have a great moisture intrusion management system already in place, then you can sit back and welcome spring and all its attendant glories. However, in the event your moisture intrusion management system is not up to snuff, you may be taking a hold-your-breath-and-wait-and-see approach. That tactic is tantamount to playing roulette. 

DOWNSPOUTS AND RAINWATER MANAGEMENT

When winter’s snow begins to melt quickly or there is a rain event that drops a large amount of rainwater in a short period of time, having your home protected by a well-maintained gutter and downspout system is invaluable as a defense against water damage or moisture intrusion in your home.

 

Jan/Feb
2018

Natural, Neutral New Home

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Written by Bob Freund

Delight for the Long Run

When Kate Jacobsen talks about “timeless neutrality,” she’s not discussing politics; she’s describing her family’s new home. Kate and her husband, Jeff, wanted to build a lasting look and function into their new home on Rochester’s far south side. “I wanted it to be timeless—not get tired in 10 years,” Kate says. 

The Jacobsens chose a blend of neutral colors to tie together the three levels of the 4,950-square-foot house. Neutral doesn’t have to be bland, as many homeowners have discovered. Patterns, shades of color and even sparkle can add interest. The Jacobsen house incorporates all three.

A MOVE ACROSS TOWN

Kate Jacobson, a nurse anesthetist, and Jeff, a teacher for Stewartville Public Schools, lived in a house in northwest Rochester for 12 years before moving last fall to live closer to Jeff’s job. Kate kept in touch with RyMark Homes after being impressed by the features in a model home. “We worked with (RyMark co-owner) Ryan (Ruskell) intermittently for over two years before we committed to him,” Kate says. 

 

Jan/Feb
2018

Red Decor

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

 

INCORPORATING CUPID’S COLOR INTO YOUR HOME

Red is one of those colors that gets noticed! Bold, bright and beautiful—red is the color of passion and power. The color most frequently associated with love and romance, red is also a stimulating color that grabs our attention. It’s no mistake that red is used on stop signs and fire engines. Red even has its own special day: Valentine’s Day!

RED44 APARTMENT COMMUNITY

Indeed, red is the predominant color theme at Red44, a new luxury apartment community located a stone’s throw from Apache Mall in Rochester. Red44 boldly utilizes red strategically throughout its common areas by incorporating the color in some of its accent pieces, while in other areas an entire wall has been washed in red. Their interior designer even chose to include paintings with a splash of red here and there, to tastefully pull the various design elements together without overpowering the space. As a result, the overall look is tasteful, sophisticated and elegant. 

 

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