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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
When most people think about downsizing, they imagine endless piles of their possessions to sort through and nail-biting decisions about what to do with Grandma’s good china. Because downsizing is often thought to be a daunting task, it’s easy to procrastinate and put it on next year’s to-do list, which will quite possibly slide onto the following year’s list of projects. Making decisions is difficult, and it takes courage to face your discomfort and move forward.
Lighting is an essential element of any home. Real estate agent and builder, Mickey Rowland of Excel Homes, understands firsthand the importance of lighting and its impact on the enjoyment of a home. To get the lighting just right, Rowland works with a lighting professional to incorporate solutions into the homes he builds, including his own home.
Rowland completed his personal home in early 2018, which features a rustic, modern farmhouse look. Warm wood tones, neutral classic colors and timeless custom finishes carry the farmhouse aesthetic throughout. Wide-planked hardwood flooring blends with sleek chrome hardware and Restoration Hardware vanities. The home includes custom cabinets and woodwork, beautiful Cambria countertops, and carefully chosen lighting to complement the design.
AS WE MOVE INTO THE WINTER MONTHS, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE YOUR HOME IS IN PEAK FORM TO HANDLE THE COLD WEATHER. In addition to having your furnace tuned up and removing the screens from your windows, there are several other chores you may want tackle before the full brunt of winter is upon us.
Snowblowers need a tune-up before the beginning of the winter. If you didn’t have your snowblower tuned up this past spring, call today to schedule your tune-up. You may wait several weeks for an appointment, so don’t delay this critical step. If you prefer, you can tune up your snowblower yourself. Simply check and replace oil, ensure the fuel filter is clean, add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel, check tires, lubricate bearings and inspect parts for wear.
Either way, you don’t want to discover you have problems with your snowblower after a foot of snow is dumped on us overnight. Your snowblower needs to perform on-demand, and a well-running snowblower is something you’ll be glad you have after each significant snowfall.