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Free Meat Smoker!

Free Meat Smoker With Deck OR Porch Installation! For a limited time only, if you get a deck installed or a porch installed, you will receive a free meat smoker with your installation! We were thinking of extra ways in which we could show our appreciation for our customers, and we came up with this!

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She Shed

She Sheds over Man Caves Growing up, most of us saw the movie “The Little Rascals” which is notorious for the “He-Man Women Haters Club”, probably one of our first conceivable ideas of man caves in our lives. Well just like the movie, it is time for a bit of an update. Introducing She Sheds!

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ADA Home

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) We at Xpand Inc. firmly believe in the importance of accessibility for all Americans. This Xpands to homes and every member of the family. As we observe ADA this week, we wanted to share our current projects we have that involve the ramps for wheel chair accessibility. The home shown

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Xpand Inc Decks For Every Season!

We at Xpand Inc. talk a lot about houses and the numerous ways in which they can really become unique to each and every family. Whether it is through the shape of the home itself, or the style in which it is decorated, and even down to the materials that are used to create the

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MIDWEST HOME MAGAZINE FEATURING XPAND INC

In a recent article we had mentioned an upcoming event Xpand Inc was involved in with the Midwest Homes Luxury Remodeling Tour. As a follow up with that spectacular event and our preview in their magazine, we thought it would be a great idea to XPAND on the home that is featured! The picture featured

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Custom Homes with Homes Of Xcellence of Xpand Inc.

Are you in search of a home that can mark off all of the needs on your checklist? Are all the homes you find missing something special? Are you tired of searching for a home? We think it’s time you did things your way. We at Xpand Inc. have a branch of the business known

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Xpand in the Midwest Home’s Luxury Remodeling Tour!

Xpand Inc is going to be featured in the Midwest Home’s Luxury Remodeling Tour! This tour is a showcase of some of the best builders, designers and contractors alongside their work that can only be found in the Midwest! We at Xpand Inc are greatly appreciative of this opportunity to showcase our work to such

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Renovation & Purpose

Often times when we are looking for things to change in our home we focus on the question “what” and “where” but not the question “why?”. Renovations can be for more than aesthetic pleasure and a breath of fresh air in the form of changing your homes environment. Renovations can also solve those every day

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A Home Of Generations

With the ever increasing change in our society and how it functions, it makes sense that we would see changes in the home life and the ways in which our families react to it! More and more, it is becoming increasingly normal for families to live together for longer periods of time. Children seem to

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Outdoor Fireplace, Your Very Own Outdoor Living Space

Be prepared for those fresh-air nights that have the slightest chill and is showered by the stars in the sky with an outdoor fireplace! I know what your thinking, its the same thing as a fire-pit and i’m just confusing the words, but that’s not the case, I promise!An outdoor fireplace is exactly like what

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Eden Prairie Minnesota

Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Minnesota is a place of outstanding quality, voted best place in America to live in 2010 by MONEY magazine. This is no surprise though, Eden Prairie boasts an outstanding community ripe with diversity, housing options, parks and nature walks, a terrific school system all bundled with the amenities of a metropolitan

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Backyard Dissonance

Tired of feeling so disconnected to your back yard? That disconnect between your home and the backyard can really set people uneasy, like a whole portion of their property is shifted to the side, only meant to be looked upon  and not immersed in. The spring is coming and so are the opportunities to finally

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Who needs spring cleaning when you can spring build!

The snowy weather is waning and the spring is pushing through! So naturally, with the news season comes some new questions! What to build? A home? An extra garage? A deck, maybe patio? We say all of the above! Take advantage of the beautiful weather to come by preparing some outdoor locations like decks, patios,

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Bloomington, the perfect place to bloom!

Last week we talked about Prior Lake Minnesota and the opportunities that are present for those looking to settle down for a bit there. This week however, we would like to bring Bloomington into the spotlight! A popular and well respected developed city, Bloomington boasts more than 85,000 residents and 90,000 jobs! This well constructed

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What Is Involved In Building a Home

Our last article talked about Prior Lake and it’s great possibilities involved with living near the town. Today we thought it would be good to give a comprehensive look at what it takes to build a home! Building a home is one of the most exciting processes you could imagine. The chance to make an

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Building a Home in Prior Lake

Let’s say your looking to build a home, but not just any home, a home in a town that is still young and rapidly expanding. Prior Lake is that town! Prior Lake is a developing suburb that inhibits a small-town atmosphere. With the population steadily growing, now is a great time to set some roots

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Looking for some home work in Shakopee? Look no further!

We at Xpand Inc and Homes of Excellence offer a wide variety of home services that will fit your home building or renovation needs! Today we thought it would be good to give some insight into what those services are in a broad manner, so you know exactly where you fall and how we can

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YOUR DREAM IS OUR MISSION

That headline isn’t just to get your attention, it is to inform you of the reality of our services. We at Xpand inc, with our friends at Homes of Xcellence are based in Shakopee, Minnesota and are dedicated to achieving that which you dream of. We believe your dream home should not stay in the mind,

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What your driveway has in store for you come spring!

Still on the spring shtick, hoping it will arrive sooner rather than later. Spring is a beautiful time of the year! However spring can also be a bearer of bad news, due to the unfortunate effects of temperature change. Underneath the banks of snow is the thing we used to call a driveway, made of

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Spring sun, spring cleaning!

I know it’s a little early to be using the “spring cleaning” slogan, but on a day that is as bright as today and all the melting snow, it’s hard not to get ahead of myself! Although there are many days left before truly reaching the first day of the spring season, it is always

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Dreaming of the sun and shine

Being cooped up all day because of dreary weather is no fun. Sadly, we have a little bit of time left before the weather will allow us to enjoy natures bounty again. The cold and chilly weather cannot, however, take away from us our imagination and day dreaming abilities of our home and the luxuries

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Basement remodel tips and ideas!

Now that we have all had the luxury of sitting in our homes for the winter while the raging blizzard occurs outside, i’m sure the term “stir crazy” now applies to everyone. Having the time to sit indoors so much, i’m certain some of you are itching to change the interior of your home around.

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Kitchen remodel tips and tricks!

We have some new tips and tricks for those tricky kitchen remodels! A kitchen remodel is one of the most popular options for home remodels. Since the kitchen often is the central gathering place in a home, next to the living room, it makes sense! So how can we add some new unique styles to

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Home remodeling and renovations!

Home owners often run across a dilemma after a few years of inhabiting their home, they want something new, something fresh. We all get that itch, that desire to begin some form of home renovation or home remodel once the charm of our home loses its shine. This is completely natural and can be an

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Tips for enhancing the appeal of the homes interior!

The home has a multitude of things to consider in terms of functionality as well as visual appeal. When it comes to designing for the visual purpose of the home it cant be daunting. Don’t stress over making the home a beautiful body of art, enjoy the process and it will work out! However if

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Out with the old, in with the new!

Our homes age, just as fast as we do, however in their sense, the functionality and visual appeal begin to fade. This is when we often start to consider renovations of the home, to update and reinvigorate the home. We want to walk into a place that feels current and welcoming again, so lets get

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Painting ideas for the home! How grey can be a grey-t option!

When painting a room or home in general, people often consider colors that have a strong depth and are able to catch the eye in an instant. This isn’t a bad tactic, however there are other means to achieving this result! The colors we use have synergy with the colors around them, and this sole

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Garage maintenance in the winter

With the cold of the wind and the frozen falling sculptures comes salted roads and slush in abundance. Often during the winter through the slipping and sliding we track the slush indoors, and the location that receives the worst treatment is the garage. So for this little snippet, we are going to give some tips

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Concrete floors? Let’s give it a shot

I know, we have been doing a lot of posts that involve the floor of your home lately, but to be fair, it’s only because there are so many great options! Concrete floors are no exception! For this snippet, we will explain the aspects of concrete floors in a home that really give it an

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How to match your wood flooring!

The last couple articles we posted involved some aspect of the flooring and wood as one of the options. As beautiful as wood flooring can be, sometimes we run into issues matching that flooring with its surroundings, and maybe even the other types of flooring we have in the home. This article, we will try

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How to add to the remodel and really push your home’s character!

Remodels are the best way to reinvigorate and rejuvenate your home and it’s character. You can re-envision what your home will be like for your family and guests alike, and through doing this, will take the life experience and knowledge you have gained and naturally apply it to your home. Just as we evolve on

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Some great flooring options for your dream home!

Often times when we visit as home we examine it’s differences from our own. There are an outstanding amount of variables involved in the contrast between homes, but sometimes there are things that can really stand out, much more than others. Generally the flooring of a home is that factor. There are a multitude of

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Quick tips for kitchen islands!

In our last article we mentioned the kitchen being a place of centrality in the home during social events and the like. This little snippet will be somewhat of a follow up! This time however we are focusing on the kitchen island. The island is the physical location in the kitchen that draws attention the

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Kitchen tips for an open and airy feel!

The kitchen is often our pride and joy in the home. It’s a place of community, where the family or friends alike can gather and socialize while also partaking in some cooking or munching. The kitchen is often a place people think of when the words “open” and ” clean” come to mind. If your

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How to use that upstairs crawlspace!

Most all of us have some space in the home that isn’t necessarily used to it’s utmost potential, maximizing on your homes charm and character. For most of us that space is a little nook that we just designate as another storage space and just throw things to hide in there so we don’t have

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Project update! Carver, MN!

We know it has been quiet on the Facebook front when it comes to project updates, but that’s because we have been hard at work! Recently  we have been working to finish a project for a home in Carver, MN. We were asked to finish the lower level of the home, which included the allotment

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Tips on how to give a room a more prominent feeling of space!

So let’s say you have a beautifully decorated living room that your proud of, but still has some issues with the feeling of space and it being too cramped. How could you resolve to a degree, this issue of space, without ruining your already well developed design and layout of the room? Well there are

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Unique secret door customization!

You always hear about adding onto a home, but you never really hear about rooms you don’t want seen. This project is the perfect case of “out of sight out of mind”! We made this under the stairs storage space become wonderfully integrated with the home by adding a secret door! The door looks to

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Modern fireplace renovation ideas!

When you hear the word “fireplace” you usually think of the standard fireplace that is sitting in a brick chimney and in the living room of the home. Generally that’s how they actually are, but why stick with the generic? Let’s be a bit eccentric and exciting today! Modern fireplace concepts We are going to

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Garage workshop renovation ideas!

During the winter seasons, it is easier to get into hobbies that are at, or near the home. For some, this may be difficult based on the hobby or profession, due to the need for specific machines/tools. For example, if your a hobby ceramics artist, or even a full time ceramics artist, and looking to

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Breakfast nook, the new place for a light meal and a book!

Kitchens are fantastic, they offer a wide variety of options that most always involve great food, people, and atmosphere. Often, when thinking of a kitchen, there is the cooking area, and the seating area, but little did you know there is a secret location often forgotten despite its amazing qualities. A Kitchen nook! A small

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Wine and dine in your own home!

Going out to a nice luxurious restaurant can be a wonderful time. Beautifully made atmosphere with a sense of romance and charm filling the air. However, sometimes you just don’t have the time and energy it takes to go to a location such as this, getting the reservations and getting ready are just too much

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Nursery room and baby tips!

If you are lucky enough to be adding an extra to the family this coming winter, i’m certain you are stressing about the room that will be dedicated to that soon-to-be. A nursery room is supposed to be the safest location for the baby and have nothing but positive affects on the little bugger. So

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Bathroom remodel ideas!

The winter is a great time to consider the inside of your home, and the rooms that are used on a daily. One such room of great importance would be the bathroom, we use it every day, so it should be one of the top priorities when it comes to comfort, access and spaciousness. If

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Winter wonderland in an enclosed porch!

The home has a variety of things to offer in terms of functionality and services. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, the home has tremendous potential to become a character of its own. The only limit to what you do with your home is the limit of your imagination!…alright there might

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Bedroom remodeling ideas!

Now that the cold is sailing in on the frigid waves of winter, we all will be spending a bit more time indoors, which means our home will soon become subject to criticism due to constant interaction. So lets get the blood flowing and think of some new ideas for some indoor bedroom remodeling ideas!

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Kitchen Remodels and design changes!

Are you tired of the design and feel of your kitchen? I think it’s time you think about a remodel! Give that old kitchen design a rejuvenated style! Kitchens are often considered the heart of a home, so if the heart isn’t a place you want to be, it’s time for a change! That’s not

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Andy’s Corner October 2017!

Andy has a new project well underway! Built a new addition above the existing garage which includes A sport court with vaulted ceilings An exercise room A sitting room A new master closet. Re-purpose the existing master closet to be part of the master bathroom which will house a new tub and cabinetry. Also, a new

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Savage has a home for sale!

This beautiful Savage home is for sale! Be the first to snatch it up! This freshly built home is known as a “smart home” because of the easy functioning of appliances in the home, that also have multiple forms of functionality! Here are some quick specs of the home! The main level has a fantastic

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10 quick tips to ensure a healthy home!

Home is where the heart is! But often times home is also where the unhealthy habits or situations may occur! We have 10 quick tips to help keep your home a place of positive health! Let’s start! Barrier between the bedding and you! Make sure your using dust-proof casings for all your pillows and mattresses.

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Quick tips to quickly enhance your curb appeal!

Looking for some new ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home? Look no further! We have got 7 ways to give your home that extra charm for the season! Spruce up the lawn!  While the beautifully colored leaves are unique and fun to look at, it’s important to keep up with the lawn

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How to install your own shower tile wall!

Shower tile is pretty much a necessity for aesthetic and functionality! But your shower doesn’t have the beautiful wall tile, so what now? Let install our own naturally! What you’ll need (it’s not as much as it seems I swear) Level guide/level Construction adhesive Concrete backer board with screws and cement board cutter Fiber tape

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Fresh off the Parade Of Homes!

This beautiful home is up for sell! Looking for a loving family that it can protect through the wind, rain and snow! Recently featured in the Parade Of Homes. Give us a call today and inquire about a walk-through! Phone: 952-292-6107 Email: contactus@xpandinc.com Address: 13727 Johnson Memorial Drive Shakopee, MN 55379  

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Follow the not so yellow brick road!

Obsessed with the Wizard Of Oz? Then this isn’t the article for you! However you’re more than welcome to stay and read how to lay your own brick pathway! (you can paint them yellow if you so desire) Why lay your own brick path? Having a pathway lead up to your front door is a

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Elko, MN has some new garages coming up!

Need a new work space? Need a place to park your car/boat/trailer? Look no further! we build garages! We can easily work with you and your desired garage dimensions and style too! Just give us a call today and lets talk it out! In the meantime, here is the progress of our garage in Elko

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Autumn chill, time for the home checklist!

The chill in the air is finally here! The crisp leaves beneath our feet remind us it’s almost time for that long-awaited snow fall! In mentioning the ‘S’ word, we should ensure our home is ready for whats to come! We’ve put together a nice little list to help you keep track of the tasks

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Front door porches customization!

Our homes are special to us, and should be a direct reflection of our personality and style! When people see our home, they should know who lives there! In saying that, curbside appeal is very important in this aspect! A strong factor for curbside appeal, would be the multiple forms of front door porches! Front

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How to ensure your safety during thunderstorms, and tips for your home!

With the recent weather in tow, thunderstorms are becoming relevant.  In light of this, it is important to know how to properly take precautions during these storms to better protect your family and home! There is something called the “30/30” rule that is helpful for evaluating the current weather situation. Basically when you see a

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Basic basement maintenance for the winter!

From fall to winter, there are plenty of opportunities for your basement to have some form of water damage. Between the heavy rains or the quick winter thaws (especially with Minnesota season madness) your foundation may have some breaches. There are a couple things you can do to be aware of the possible dangers and

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Extra! Extra! The last weekend for the Parade Of Homes begins!!

Hey everyone! The Parade Of Homes is coming to a close! Be sure to stop by and check out our new model homes! They could be exactly what your looking for! We are open 12pm-6pm tomorrow! 8206 157th Terrace, Model home #158 Savage, MN 55387 This home features the following! The main level has a

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Twin Cities home-lifts are becoming plausible!

A recent article in the StarTribune gives a spotlight to the option of a home remodel. It’s become apparent that most homeowners in the Twin Cities are choosing to remodel their homes and stay put, rather than venture into the housing market and uproot. These decisions seem to be backed by the difficulty in finding

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Jordan remodel, Prior Lake remake!

An update on our recent activities! These pictures are from a home in Jordan. The family decided to remodel the kitchen so that it was an open kitchen concept, further connecting the home in a stronger flowing manner!   The next project is a remake of the kitchen entirely, due to an unfortunate house fire.

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Types of decks, not to mention maintenance free!

In this entry, we will be going over some of the different forms of decks! This will help you and anyone else, decide on a deck that fits your home and desired aesthetic! First off, lets start off with the basics! What is a deck? Decks are generally made of wood or a composite wood

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Home with a side of balcony!

Balconies are a great addition to a home. Balconies add a nice little recess to stop the world for a moment, and forget the hustle and stress of everyday life. Balconies have a wide variety of forms they can come in as well, to help connect with the home aesthetically. Generally balconies are surrounded by

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Clean cutting board tips and tricks!

You’ve just finished gathering the materials to cook dinner in your new home. Your friends are on their way over for a fun filled night in this new environment, but somethings off. Your cutting boards needed for this home cooked meal are looking used and iffy, how did they get this bad? How can you

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Sky lights in your home! Yay or nay?

Skylights can be the perfect setting for a rainy day, blizzard, storm, you name it! Skylights have the ability to really let you gaze and wonder at the parts of nature that aren’t so fun to be in! Aside from that, its great for clear starry nights and bright beautiful days! The natural lighting a

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Finished project update! Big Sky is standing!

Big Sky Estate is complete and looking for a family to give it the love it deserves! It promises to be a wonderful home for any family! Features of Big Sky Estate: $509,900  #158 8206 157th Terrace Savage, MN  55378 Quality built custom home with character! Open concept floor plan with lots of storage and

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Windows! See the appeal?

Most people look at windows and don’t give it a second thought. However windows as well as most everything else in your home, has strong functionality aspects that need to be addressed! So lets get to it! Windows can be high performance , made with Ultrex, which is a pultruded fiberglass. Fiberglass outlasts and out performs

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How to maintain that pristine concrete driveway!

A clean, crack-free driveway is the best, it adds a strong aesthetic component when you pull up to the house that just makes you excited! Concrete driveways, or any type of paving material for that matter, is not perfect. All paving material is susceptible to some form of damage, however, concrete is one of the

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Apron kitchen sinks!

Tired of your normal kitchen sink? Not enough room for all the necessary sink activities? It sounds like you might be interested in the apron kitchen sink style! The apron kitchen sink, also known as farmhouse sink, was originally designed to hold large amounts of water to decrease the need of walking to the local

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How to prepare your pool for the fall and winter!

As the temperature drops, so does the desire to be in a pool. Now that the days are getting colder and the nights even more so, it’s time to close down and prepare your pool for the coming seasons. Before starting the incoming list of steps, be sure to advise the label on your pool

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Looking for bathroom addition ideas? What about a new shower?

Bathrooms are essential, we all know that, so in turn, its essential that the bathrooms have a strong aesthetic flow and functionality! A great option for a new bathroom addition, is a curbless walk-in shower! Showers come in many forms, either being a shower/tub or a shower with a sitting bench, both of which can

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Autumn maintenance! What needs to be done to prepare!

Autumn is a brisk season! Full of long-sleeve shirts and hoodies, pumpkins and apple cider. Autumn is one of the most vibrant of the seasons and can be an inspiring time for change and growth! However, the chilly wind and foreboding of winter is to be taken serious! As a homeowner you’ll need to make

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Update! Progress on the next Big Sky home!

Savage, MN, home to the Big Sky Estates is glad to present our current progress on our next model home!         This soon to be beautiful model home will include: Slab on grade style home, meaning there are no steps within the household An impressive 1513 sq ft! 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

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How to handle leaves on the lawn!

Now that the trees are shedding their leaves, homeowners all have a new task at hand! How do you keep your lawn clean and clutter free? There are multiple ways you can go about handling the developing piles of leaves, however i recommend leaving the raking for last! Here are some alternate options that can

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How to prevent a basement from flooding!

Floods are a mess, a big mess, and a flood in your basement is just plain wrong! Basement floods can blind side homeowners and really hurt them financially. Generally flooding can happen due to some poor sealing around windows, doors, or due to electrical outages, causing your sump pump to stop pumping the excess ground

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The paint you apply to your home is more than decoration!

Most people think the paint outside their homes  is merely for appeal, however it has a more vital purpose! Paint on the exterior of your home is a form of weather defense so to speak. Rain, wind, cold, and damp conditions can be battled with the right quality primer and paint! Weather is a relentless

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Fall Parade of Homes! What a smart choice!

The Fall Parade of Homes is our newest dream home creation! Here at Xpand, we make sure that our name stands for uniqueness and one of a kind! We will Xpand your homes level of aesthetic beauty as well as functionality! Just because it is almost fall, it does not mean we can’t raise a

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Hollow core versus solid core doors!

When building your home, doors are often not at the top of the list. Generally thought of as a side component, doors actually hold value in areas other than aesthetics! Generally there are two types of doors used for the interior. Hollow core doors or solid core doors, so how do you decide? Lets break

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Hot tips! How to maintain a wood-burning fireplace!

Summer nights are the natural setting for a bonfire, but when its raining its a bit difficult to achieve, so we move into the house and sit by the fireplace and get all comfy cozy! For those rainy summer nights we need to make sure our fireplace is maintained, we don’t want an added frustration

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Fresh off the dream train! Fall parade of homes!

Watch-out Savage, MN! Big Sky Estates has started development of new homes! Be sure to stay tuned to check out the progress and eventually the final results! These homes will include: 2 stories, entry level and horizon beauty level! (second level name based on preference) 4 bedrooms, everyone gets a room! 3.5 bath, with no

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Less termites, less problems!

Most homes today have beautifully decorated wood pieces, either as door frames, pillars, counters or whatever else! Nothing is quit as frustrating as termites chowing their way through those lovely decorations. So how do you know if you have termites? Here’s how to check! Some signs of termites are actually very subtle, for example the

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Summer air, ants on my pear

Summer time means picnics, beaches, bonfires and…well ants. While we enjoy the summer sun, sometimes our homes become the special getaway location for ants. Ants are a common occurrence in homes, found all over the home but especially the location that has crumbs and other forms of food. Ants are no fun so lets discuss

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Quartz vs granite countertops!

Previously we talked about granite countertops and their key properties for what they can bring to your home, however now we will compare them to quartz countertops to give you, our valued friends, another option to think about! So, whats the difference’s? Granite: Is a mixture of multiple minerals and formed through the solidification of

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Summer humidity and how it affects your home!

Summer is a beautiful time, full of fun in the sun and an overall increase in leisurely activities. However summer is also known for its intense weather conditions, especially humidity! Humidity can affect us in more ways than we know, especially concerning your home! humidity is the accumulation of water vapor in the air, that

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Types of exterior stone sidings!

As a follow up to the last post, its important to inform you on the types of exterior stone sidings! you cant very well clean what you don’t YET have! There are multiple kinds of exterior stone accents, all having a unique style, and all coming in a variety of  shades and values! So lets

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How to maintain those beautiful exterior stone accents!

Exterior stone accents on a home can really amplify its appeal as well as add a strong connection to nature and its natural wonder! Exterior stone accents however are prone to getting a worn down look after time which can lessen their beautifying affects! So how to we maintain them? First off its important to

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Hardwood flooring hard to clean? Not today!

Hardwood flooring is a popular option for kitchens and common walkways, its elegant and homey, however needs to be maintained just like everything else! So when a whole soccer team rolls through the kitchen with their cleats and leaves trails of dirt and grim everywhere, how do we keep the floor looking like new?  Well

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Tips for maintaining your home!

Maintenance is important, especially seeing as it can be the factor between something working or not. The best solution is to not have a problem in the first place! So here are some tips and tricks for maintaining your home, be it old or new!   1.Garage doors are an essential part of a garage

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Granite counter tops! Rock solid and aesthetically pleasing!

Granite is the slow crystallization of magma, so lets put it in the kitchen and cook up some good times! The natural beauty of granite is a favorite for many, it has wonderful variations in color as well as texture, making it a strong medium to help tie unique kitchen or bathroom designs together! The

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Extra! Prior Lake home has called Xpand! Have you?

  That’s not all! There will be a new staircase to access the master suite! However due to the new staircase effecting a current upper-level room, we will be making a new wall to divide the existing bedroom and the new stairwell. How considerate! What can’t Xpand do? The answer is nothing! (home improvement-wise) Give us

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Annual deck maintenance will help protect your investment

Annual deck maintenance will protect your investment and help keep repairs to a minimum. Decks are exposed to the elements year round, and here in Minnesota the weather isn’t always so kind. It’s a good idea to establish some sort of routine that will protect your deck and prevent expensive future repairs. Here’s a simple

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Find the perfect hardwood floor for you!

Solid Hardwood Solid hardwood adds warmth and character to any room in your house. We can help you find any variety of finish, width and option to match your style, from rustic to modern. Whether you want oak, walnut, maple, birch, cherry, or exotic hardwoods, we can help you get the exceptional wood floor that

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Expand or add-on to your garage

Do you need more space in your garage? Do you have a one or two stall garage but would like space for another car? Or maybe your looking to add more space for lawn care equipment or that new motorcycle you just scored. Possibly some work out equipment like bikes or a punching bag, or

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The best pool and beach accessories for the summer

When the weather turns hot, it’s hard to beat a day at the pool or beach Check out these cool accessories! Multicolored Glasses – Nothing takes the chic out of a poolside party faster than paper cubs. Enter in some multicolored tumblers. In cheerful summer colors, these glasses won’t break, crack, or discolor. Picnic Backpack

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Kitchen sponges
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When to change things around the house

Everything tends to have an expiration update, but do you know how often you should be changing some household items? Air Filter-When the air being circulated through your house is coming through your air conditioner, it pays to clean the filter regularly. If it has been awhile, be prepared for quite the accumulation of dust,

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For The Grill Masters Out There

The Best Grilling Experience Are you known as the Grill Master to your friends and family? If so, why not have the best setup you possibly could. Have you dreamed of having a grill built into a nice stone counter-top? Maybe you want your grilling area covered and have a built in fridge for beer

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Let Xpand Inc. build your new deck!

Decks Decks can benefit nearly every home. Whether used as a backyard retreat or for entertaining, decks and patios are multi-functional outdoor living spaces. Picture a comfortable spot to do your grilling and relax with family. Enjoy that nice summer day soaking in the rays on your new deck. If your looking for ways to

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The Man Cave

Increasing in popularity, the man cave is becoming one of the more desired rooms a homeowner can design. It’s called a man cave but it can be great for the whole family! Everyone can retreat to a sanctuary to relax after a long day of work, or invite friends over to gather for the big

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Parade of Homes 2017
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Homes Of Xcellence – Fall Parade of Homes Update

We are currently underway on our build for the Parade of Homes this fall at our Savage Big Sky Estates location.  Call us today to talk about building your Dream home in Big Sky! Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Garage: 3 Auto Home Sq. Ft: Approx 2600 Story’s: 2 Story Age of Home: 2017 Fall (Under

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5 delicious ways to cool off this summer

…This may include frozen berries and alcohol. Blueberry Ginger Smoothie -Start off the day by whipping up a frozen, fresh garden smoothie. Grab a banana (extra bananas to avoid using milk), some blueberries, small amount of ginger, some mint leaves, ice cubes and a dash of honey. Mix them all together and you got yourself

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Adorable ways to decorate above a baby crib

Dress your nursery like a pro with these adorable designer inspired ideas. Botanical Prints -A nursery design should be calming and soft. A neutral color palette accented with botanical artwork could do just that and with out having to have the upkeep for actual plants. Hang the framed prints symmetrically above the crib for a

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Poison ivy
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How to kill poison ivy growing in your backyard

Eradicate Poison Ivy plants in your backyard! Leaves of three leave them be. This old adage explaining how to spot poison ivy has likely saved many hikers from traipsing through patches of this toxic plant. Although animals are unaffected by the effects of poison ivy, reactions to contact with the plant by humans can range

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Some clever ways to decorate your bathroom!

Fill that empty space on your walls with some gorgeous art work, extra storage, and lush plants Re-purposed wine box -Add some warmth to an all white room with an old wine box, that not only add a nice touch to your room but can also act as a nice storage container. Simple shelves with

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What’s the difference?

Clarification on some household terms that are commonly confused Daisy VS. Chamomile -The daisy is a perennial with white petals and a yellow center. Shasta daisies, which are most common in the U.S., have 4-inch-wide blooms that flower from early summer up until the fall. -The Chamomile blooms annually from June to August. They have

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7 quick summer hostess gift ideas

Here is a list of great summer hostess gifts that doesn’t include wine! Ice cream Sandwich Maker –Great for families who have kids… or no kids. Because who doesn’t love ice cream? Coasters -Going over to a cocktail party? Maybe some snazzy coasters that could be used indoors or outdoors. Mason Jar Herb Garden kit  –One of

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Get rid of unwanted pests in your home garden without using chemicals!

Use these organic tips to rid yourself of those garden pests Ladybugs -Releasing a batch of ladybugs into your garden could help take care of aphids, mites and mealy bugs. Lightweight row covers –Lightweight fabric row covers keep out damaging insects while also allowing rain, sunlight and air through. Companion plants -Planting marigolds can lure

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Tips for organizing and decreasing clutter in your garage!

Can’t find what your looking for? Try adding some metal shelves or cabinets. You have all this wall space, use it! Grab some plastic totes or something of the sort and use them to keep similar items together. Grab some hooks to add to your wall for your brooms, shovels, ect. Safety! Store your chemicals

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Cleaning tips
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Clever hacks to make cleaning dust collectors easier

Use these clever hacks to make cleaning those dust collectors easier Cleaning air vents – Try putting them in your dishwasher and using car wax to keep them clean.   Scrub down your cleaning supplies -Use a vacuum to get the lint off of brush tools. -Fill a bucket with hot soapy water and soak

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A few cheap and easy outdoor design tips to change things up this summer

Turn your old table into a focal point Turn that old outdoor table that looks worn down into something new! Throw a vibrant tablecloth or tapestry over it. Try selecting some low maintenance plants Planting some low maintenance plants can be cost effective but also add some texture and color to your backyard. Succulents, evergreen

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Big Sky Update May 19th 2017

This Rambler is set to finish in June! 3 Bedroom 3 Bath Master On-Suite Finished Basement If you had an interest in our Big Sky location, we do have additional lots available! Lots 28 & 29 block 2- walk out Lot 31, block 2- look out Lot 2, block 3- single level living (no steps)

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Design Corner May edition

Open up the blinds and let that sunshine in, summer is here! When decorating for summer try to stick to bright vibrant colors. Lighten up your lights and darken your darks to create a nice contrast in a room. This will really make your room pop! Flowers or plants are always a great addition to a

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Kitchen counter and stainless steel stove, an island and tile backdrop on the wall
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Dream Kitchen!

Do you currently have your dream kitchen? Do you have ideas cut out of magazines, or pins upon pins on your pinterest account? Xpand Inc. is here to help. The kitchen, to some, is one of the most important rooms in a home. People spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking meals day

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Summer is here and fire pits are in!

Summer is here and so are those nice cool summer nights. Give your backyard a new look by adding a modern firepit. Fire pits can create a remarkable focal point in almost any backyard setting and there are many different options to choose from. The most common fire pits are ones that are portable and

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Why A New Custom Outbuilding Could Be Great For You!

If your someone looking for some extra garage space, storage, or even just your own space to get away from the house, an outbuilding might just be the perfect thing for you. An outbuilding can really be anything you want it to be. Maybe instead of a garage your looking to make a guest house, or

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NewsLetter May 2017

              Click Here to Contact Us A new deck for your current home is a great way to use the space you have in your backyard. Imagine having a place to grill out, or host that outdoor summer party you’ve always wanted to have. Decks provide you with a great

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Design Corner, May 2017 Edition
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Design Corner, May 2017 Edition

Maximize your outdoor living space. Let Xpand, Inc. turn your old deck into an enjoyable outdoor living area that can be used in spring, summer and fall.  Consider letting us turn your mosquito ridden deck into a cozy and comfortable screened in porch.

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NewsLetter April 2017

              Click Here to Contact Us We’ve always looked at projects and thought about how to take them far beyond the usual things any contractor can do. We ask “Why not?” in a world full of “why?” Because we’re never content to just do the easy or quick thing, our

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Review by Happy Xpand Inc. Customer
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Why do people just like you choose to work with Homes of Xcellence

The reason why we selected Xpand/Homes of Xcellence to build our new home is we know that they perform high quality craftsmanship. Xpand completed a master bedroom/bathroom suite addition in our home ten years ago. We were very pleased with the design, the high quality products and the the fine workmanship.   When we first

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Before & After
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Design Corner, March 2017 Edition

When looking to change up a room or a space think simple! Consider an easy change of fabrics or pillows. Consider changing a rug, or a wall hanging. If you have bit more ambition, a simple paint color can make the world of difference. Pops of color combined with neutral furniture are very safe, especially

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West Metro Home Remodeling Fair
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West Metro Home Remodeling Fair

Xpand Inc will be at the West Metro Home Remodeling Fair The West Metro Home Remodeling Fair is a free event sponsored by the Cities of Golden Valley, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Minnetonka, as well as Hopkins, Minnetonka, and St. Louis Park Community Education. Its goal is to provide residents with ideas, information, and

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Big Sky

$459,000 3222 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, additional Office Space Flex room that could be an additional bedroom Marvin Integrity windows Barn-wood accents wall Custom cabinetry throughout house 3-sided stone fireplace Extra-deep garage Granite counter tops Pond-view Smart House Arch Stone Entry Finished lower level with walk out Wet Bar Large Owners Suite Free

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The Ultimate Man Cave 2500 sq ft garage 10 ft garage doors Interior will be completely finished Home to a Golf Stimulator In-floor heat Floor drains Image of house frame work
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The Ultimate Man Cave

Look what we are building this month! 2500 sq ft garage 10 ft garage doors Interior will be completely finished Home to a Golf Simulator In-floor heat Floor drains

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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.
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2016 Spring Parade of Homes # 362

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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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
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2016 Spring Remodelers Showcase

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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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.
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Historic Renovation

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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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.
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Planter Ideas For Spring Flowers

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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Small Space
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Style Lessons for Small Spaces

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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Frozen Pipes
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Avoid Frozen Pipes

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

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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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.
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Featured Project – 837 Old Bridge Way

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

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