Mar/Apr
2015

Taking Home the Win: Building Our Dream Home

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Written by By Jenee M Cummings, Photography By Jenee M. Cummings

In April 2014, my husband and I broke ground to begin building our dream home. By dream home, I mean a beautiful, functional space that would provide everything we need to raise six girls and two furry creatures, without sending this mom over the edge.   

 

Someone yanks open a closet door, and an avalanche of household stuff tumbles out. Is this comical scene happening at your house or office? 

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Rochester’s Own: Fascinating Old Homes

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Written by By Debi Neville, Photography by Dawn Sanborn photography

Old homes that span generations and economics spark the interest of many. We wonder about the people who lived there and are awed by the structures, which serve as calling cards for fascinating ventures into another time and way of life.  

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Inside “Minnesota’s Own”: Our state and city’s preserved historic homes

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Written by By Debi Neville, Photography by AMN photography

 

Minnesota has many treasures: 10,000 lakes, medical facilities and scores of architecturally significant homes. In the newly released book “Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes” by Larry Millett, the reader is invited to visit 22 historic homes located throughout Minnesota. Published by Minnesota Historical Society Press, the outstanding stories behind the people and the homes they built come alive, thanks to Millett, an architectural historian. Alongside Millet’s writing are 200 photographs of the historic homes taken by Matt Schmitt. 

At a book signing and lecture at the Winona Historical Society, Millett and Schmitt led an overflowing crowd on a photographic tour. “It was difficult choosing only 22 residences,” Millett says. “We began with over 1,000. There could have been many more, but we wanted to detail each home and its history, yet make the book a manageable and affordable size.”

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Remodelers Corner: Kitchen Remodel Snowballs

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Written by By Bob Freund, Photography by Mike Hardwick Photography

 

Carol Cooper and Matt Morgan’s kitchen was stuck in the ‘70s until last summer. That’s when the Byron couple set up a portable microwave downstairs and embarked on a complete revamp of the busiest room in the house. 

Quartz stone replaced scratched, laminate countertops; a peninsula of overhead cabinets disappeared in favor of a 5 1/2-foot-long island for food prep and storage; rectangular tiles replaced worn linoleum. In their new kitchen, Cooper and Morgan can slide a glass out of a hanging rack at their wine bar or jot down a note in a message center with a unique roll-top door. This kitchen remodel became the core of a renovation project that snowballed into other areas of their home. 

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Hot Trends for Your Home: Reflect your values and style

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Written by Jenee Cummings

 

Time has become a luxury for many families and individuals. If we can find opportunities to be more efficient—in any aspect of life—we take advantage. These ideas apply to how we construct our homes as well. Our homes are a personal reflection of our values. If you have the chance to remodel or build, do it in a way that not only gives you the biggest bang for your buck, but also optimizes your opportunities for comfort, quality time together and self-expression. 

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Creating a Kitchen Masterpiece

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Written by Penny Lex

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Creating a kitchen masterpiece

The desire for an updated, attractive kitchen that would resonate with the vintage of the rest of their 1939 home was the impetus for local artist Pat Dunn-Walker and her husband, Randy, to initiate their recent remodel. “We were committed to the house and wanted a fresh update,” Randy says. Since their occupancy in 1989, the Walkers had replaced appliances and changed countertops and flooring. However, the kitchen remained small, with limited area for entertaining.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Delightful Townhouse Living

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Convenient, Carefree, Customized

Nestled amongst the peaceful landscape of northeast Rochester, Stonehedge Townhomes offer everything you would expect from a traditional home—privacy, peace and quiet and ample space—with the convenience of low-maintenance townhome living.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Remodelers Corner: September/October 2013

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Written by Penny Marshall

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The decision to embark on a top-to-bottom home remodel isn’t made overnight. For Charlie and Pam Bollig, it was a dream they discussed for nearly 20 years.

Their 1970s four-bedroom colonial—quietly situated on almost three acres of land they love—no longer met their needs. “Our two children are grown. We have grandkids, and when they came to visit, along with their puppies, the house was just too small,” Pam explains. “So we made the decision to invest in our house and make it beautiful, up-to-date, more modern and to stay here in our retirement. This is home for us.”

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Warming Up the Great Outdoors

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Written by Alyssa Koenig

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Outdoor Fire Spaces to Keep Your Fall Cozy

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean an end to outdoor enjoyment. With unlimited options, in a variety of prices, these heating elements will keep your outdoor spaces warm and welcoming long after Labor Day.

 

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