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2016 Spring Parade of Homes # 362

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This beautiful custom home sits on nearly three acres in a quiet cul-de-sac and offers gorgeous views. The main level has a fantastic open layout that includes a rustic FPL, gourmet KT, powder and flex rooms with ample storage. The upper level offers 4 BRs, two full BAs and spacious laundry. The owners' suite features trayed ceiling, walk-in closet and private BA with claw foot tub. The unfinished walkout basement provides endless possibilities for any family's future needs. Quality-built using Marvin windows, custom cabinetry, oil rubbed bronze fixtures, barn wood accents and custom touches throughout. Orono School District.

6630 Franklin Hills Road Independence Minnesota 55359 Home Description: This beautiful custom home sits on nearly three acres in a quiet cul-de-sac and offers gorgeous views. The main level has a fantastic open layout that includes a rustic FPL, gourmet KT, powder and flex rooms with ample storage. The upper level offers 4 BRs, two […]

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2016 Spring Remodelers Showcase

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This 50's rambler was in need of an extensive renovation to show its true potential. Additions, front and rear of the home, provide for additional square footage, as well as single level lake living and a welcoming new front entrance. Special focus was also given to maximize the beautiful views of Lake Minnetonka throughout the home. Exceptional details entailing cooper roofing, a gourmet kitchen, vaulted and paneled ceilings and custom touches everywhere. Other features include an expansive lake side iron-wood deck with glass railing and custom mahogany wine cellar hat happens when you take a nice home overlooking Lake Minnetonka and turn a great remodeler loose? In this case, a whole home remodel designed to maximize its amazing lake views, provide the perfect spaces for its family, and all with a delicate Artisan touch. Features of this home: 1950s home transformed with two additions Graceful new exterior defines lake living with columns framing the new front porch, presented in a perfect balance of shakes and stone The new, expanded garage steps directly into a convenient mud room and pantry Step further into the gorgeous interior and discover amazing views from its new, open layout You’ll love the soaring, vaulted great room with warming fireplace and wall of windows. The gourmet kitchen is designed to please with custom cabinets that provide a space for everything while setting a graceful tone Private and convenient, the main-level master suite is a dream, with built-ins, large walk-in closet and double slipper tub The vaulted sunroom is a perfect retreat for reflection, or a sunny gathering space for family and friends Speaking of, family and friends will definitely want to see the custom wine cellar created with Mahogany reclaimed from the original structure And, of course, what would a lakeside home be without the perfect deck to enjoy it-this one in iron wood with glass railings

2730 Pheasant Road Orono Minnesota 55331 Home Description: This 50’s rambler was in need of an extensive renovation to show its true potential. Additions, front and rear of the home, provide for additional square footage, as well as single level lake living and a welcoming new front entrance. Special focus was also given to maximize […]

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Historic Renovation

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444 2nd street was built in the mid to late 1950's and served as an auto parts store for many years. Throughout the years this building has been many different businesses including Excelsior title, Transnation Title insurance company, Gregg and Assoc. which specialized in food and agriculture, multiple financial service companies such as GCI Capital Inc., and of course the current occupant Vantage Financial. During demo of the old vertical wood siding we uncovered a neat piece of history. We found a sign from 1964 for Judge O'Neill Grathwol, who was running for Incumbent Judge of Shorewood, Excelsior, Tonka bay, Greenwood and Deephaven. The current building owner thought it was so unique that he now has it framed in his office. Before we started this project the building was just like every other aging building in downtown excelsior. With its new facelift it looks like an entirely different building.

444 2nd street was built in the mid to late 1950’s and served as an auto parts store for many years. Throughout the years this building has been many different businesses including Excelsior title, Transnation Title insurance company, Gregg and Assoc. which specialized in food and agriculture, multiple financial service companies such as GCI Capital […]

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Planter Ideas For Spring Flowers

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11 ways to upgrade your planters By Alison Sherwood Milwaukee Journal Sentinel POSTED: 05/26/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT | UPDATED: 3 DAYS AGO Fancy decorative containers? Too expensive. Faded plastic planters? Time for a facelift. Upgrade your planters and pots with these creative ideas that will make your plants even more beautiful. DIRTY LAUNDRY Salvage an old or broken laundry basket to make this planter. Hot glue pieces of burlap to line the inside and outside of the basket, and glue a thick rope around it. Fill with soil and add greenery. TIRE OF FLOWERS Make a rustic statement on the side of your house or shed. Drill holes for drainage in the bottom of old tires, hang them and fill with dirt and flowers. The tires will hold heat, thus protecting your plants on chilly nights. DIY CEMENT BOWLS Make your own cement planters. You'll need two bowls or containers for molds -- one larger than the other. Mix equal parts cement, peat moss, Perlite and water (be sure to wear gloves to protect your skin). Spray the inside of the larger mold and the outside of the smaller mold with nonstick cooking spray and scoop enough cement mixture into the larger container to form a 1- to 2-inch layer around the inside. Press the smaller container on top of the cement and place rocks inside it to weigh it down. Dry for 24 hours; remove the inner container. Let cement dry an additional day before removing outer mold. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and drill a hole in the bottom for drainage. Advertisement GARDEN CHANDELIER Dress up your yard by painting an old chandelier and replacing the lights with plants. CHALK IT UP Spruce up old planters with a coat of bright paint and a chalkboard paint rim. Label your pots with waterproof chalk marker. NUMBER IT Metal buckets make cute planters on their own, but add your house number for form and function. STICKY SITUATION Give indoor pots and vases a quick and easy makeover with colorful tape. RAINY DAY Colorful rain boots filled with flowers or herbs add whimsy to your outdoor space. TIERED PLANTER Add some height to your outdoor decor. Stack three planters on top of one another with small plastic planter dishes under each of the top two pots. BRINGING BROKEN BACK Salvage a cracked planter by burying the broken side underground to look like plants are spilling out from it. ROCKIN' BUCKET Drill holes for drainage in the bottom of a plain bucket, then cover it in mosaic tiles. Stone tiles give it a natural look, but other styles can add a modern touch to your porch.

11 ways to upgrade your planters By Alison Sherwood Milwaukee Journal Sentinel POSTED: 05/26/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT | UPDATED: 3 DAYS AGO   Fancy decorative containers? Too expensive. Faded plastic planters? Time for a facelift. Upgrade your planters and pots with these creative ideas that will make your plants even more beautiful. DIRTY LAUNDRY Salvage […]

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Style Lessons for Small Spaces

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6 style lessons for small spaces By Barbara Ballinger Chicago Tribune POSTED: 05/11/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT | UPDATED: 18 DAYS AGO   Small is getting bigger for sure. The average American single-family house will drop to 2,152 square feet this year, 10 percent smaller than five years ago, according to the National Association of Home […]

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Design Trends for 2015

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Design Trends for 2015

Here are a couple of style trends that are starting to show up in new houses and remodel projects. All white kitchen with a twist – The trend of white kitchen is still very popular but people are starting to put a twist on it by using a bold accent color repeatedly throughout the space […]

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Avoid Frozen Pipes

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Frozen pipes cause a huge amount of damage each year; unlike natural disasters, this disaster is largely preventable. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help save yourself the mess, money, and aggravation. Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic, even if you live in a climate where freezing is uncommon. Exposed […]

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Xpand Expands

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We are happy to announce that as of the first of the year we have expanded our business and created a new custom home division called Homes of Xcellence. We are very excited about this new endeavor and would like to thank all of our friends and customers that have helped make this possible.

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Featured Project – 837 Old Bridge Way

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This beautiful custom home offers gorgeous pond views on a double lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. The main level has a spacious open layout that includes a rustic fireplace, stainless steel appliances, and powder room. Quality built using Marvin windows, custom cabinetry, and oil rubbed bronze fixtures throughout. The upper level offers four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a spacious laundry room. The Owner's Suite features trayed ceiling, walk in closet, and private bathroom with claw foot tub. The unfinished walk-out basement provides endless possibilities. Scheduled to be completed March 2015.

This beautiful custom home offers gorgeous pond views on a double lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. The main level has a spacious open layout that includes a rustic fireplace, stainless steel appliances, and powder room. Quality built using Marvin windows, custom cabinetry, and oil rubbed bronze fixtures throughout. The upper level offers […]