Category Archives: Home & Garden

Quartz and Granite and Laminate, Oh My!

Choosing the Right Countertop Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming
By Trish Amundson

There’s no place like home—especially the kitchen and bath. These are frequently-used rooms that should be comfortable and convenient with functional countertop spaces.   

Countertops are available in a number of colors, textures and patterns that comprise a range of costs and maintenance requirements. Whether you’re building or remodeling, choosing a specific product from hundreds of options can be overwhelming if you don’t have direction from a kitchen and bath expert. Here, three local professionals offer a variety of counter selections. Each provides insights into a current trend while sharing pros and cons to help you make your selection with care.  Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Outdoor Holiday Decor That Inspires

Creating a Memorable Seasonal Display
By Kristie Moore

THE HOLIDAYS ARE FINALLY HERE, AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO GREET YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS, THAN WITH CREATIVE OUTDOOR DECOR? Decking your home out for the holidays involves more than just Christmas trees and seasonal music. The real magic of the season happens outdoors, where strings of twinkling lights illuminate the fresh snow and sprigs of evergreens add vibrancy and interest to a sleeping landscape all winter long. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Cold Outside, Cozy Inside

Is your heating system ready for winter?
By Amanda Ruggeri 

As we enjoy our last few days of beautiful fall weather, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming winter. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts winter temperatures to be above normal this year, but as we all know, normal in Minnesota is still very cold! Now is the time to start preparing by making sure that your heating systems are ready for the job.    Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

DeWitz Home Builders

Siblings carry on the family business
By Alison Rentschler

The DeWitz family has worked in the home-building industry for well over 50 years. Robert DeWitz started the company in 1957, and several of his children have been involved in the business. Currently three of his children Chuck, Jean and Julie work for DeWitz Home Builders. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Tile & Wood

Not Just for Your Floor
By Trish Amundson

Graceland mansion is notable for its eclectic dEcor, including a 15-foot-long white sofa; velvet, fur and leopard-skin upholsteries; and green shag carpet on the floor, walls and ceiling. Elvis’s former home reflects styles of the 60s and 70s. At the same time, it represents a decorating trend that has remerged and improved: corresponding wall coverings and floor coverings to create a smooth, distinctive and sometimes seamless look. This is a trend you “can’t help falling in love” with. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on August 29, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

STAGED TO SELL

Eye appeal is buy appeal in real estate
By Kristie Moore

Effective home staging can help you sell your home faster, possibly for a higher price. In recent years, home stagers have become even more savvy and in-tune with what buyers want.  

WHAT IS HOME STAGING?

Home staging is the styling and furnishing of a property for sale (occupied or vacant) to enhance its attractiveness and highlight its positive features to potential buyers. Professional home stagers understand the art and strategies of preparing a home for sale. They work with the flow of a home, eliminate clutter, edit and arrange furniture and even assist in curb appeal. The seller can be as involved as they want, hiring help with needed improvements or taking the DIY approach, depending on their needs and budget.  Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on June 28, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Upgrade Your Backyard “Living Room”

By Kristie Moore

The idea of DIY has changed considerably in recent years, both inside and outside of the home. Design shows, Pinterest and online video tutorials have expanded the possible options and desires of the average homeowner. The availability of these resources has enabled homeowners to reimagine their properties like never before. When approaching improvements from a creative edge, even modest homes and tight budgets can be transformed into luxurious living.   Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on May 1, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

REFRESH YOUR HOME – UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS

From buying new to refurbishing, experts provide options to upgrade your kitchen cabinetry—and your lifestyle
By Trish Amundson

Are your kitchen cabinets dated? Are you ready for a new look?  Whether you’re up for a complete overhaul or just want to freshen up your cabinet surfaces, there are many possibilities to consider when updating the most prominent fixtures in the heart of your home. Local experts can help you achieve a stunning transformation that incorporates modern styles and features—and aligns with your personal preferences and budget. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on May 1, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Grow Your Own Food

Rochester’s Seed Library Takes Root
By Karen Lemke

Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick and Heidi Kass are on a mission: to encourage and inspire Rochester-area residents to grow their own food and promote sustainability on a local level. Their simple idea has turned into a blossoming Seed Library at the Rochester Public Library (RPL).   Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on May 1, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Stylish trends that will floor you: Popular flooring options for your home

Are you considering new flooring as part of a home makeover or construction? From carpet and wood flooring to tile, luxury vinyl planks, concrete finishes and more, the options are plentiful. Local flooring experts are a great resource and can help you sort through the thousands of choices. As you shop around, you will see familiar products and learn about innovative ideas. You might be surprised by new flooring trends that offer not only style and durability, but possibly the best long-term solutions for your home.  

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This entry was posted in Home & Garden on February 20, 2019 by Scott Brue.