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September 28
Tim and Jenn Morrow have installed photovoltaic solar panels on their backyard pergola and the rooftop of their St. Paul duplex.

These Twin Cities households are run by the sun

Thinking about going solar? Twin Cities homeowners will share their knowledge about their rooftop solar systems.
Home & Garden
September 27
Don’t get in over your head when planning a kitchen remodel. Think now about how to avoid pitfalls.

6 pitfalls to avoid when remodeling a kitchen

Before you start a kitchen remodel, unlearn what you think you know. The path is littered with potential pitfalls, and you need to keep a…
Home & Garden
September 27
A new-fashioned farmhouse.

Home plan: New-fashioned farmhouse

PLAN 430-191 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,652 Bed/bathrooms: 3 /3 Stories: 1 Bonus space: 669 sq. ft. Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Walkout basement, basement, crawl space,…
Magazine
September 26
Minnesota nice carries over to buying and selling home -- most of the time.

Has HGTV made Minnesota home buyers out of touch?

Are local home buyers and sellers always Minnesota nice?
Magazine
September 24
Form and function: Nordic touches fill the former home of rosemaling artist Karen Jenson, including clocks, shelves, bed frames and self-portraits.

Extreme example of the Norwegian art form 'rosemaling' found in a tiny Minnesota town

A Scandinavian-inspired home in quaint Milan is covered in a renowned painter's life's work.
Home & Garden
September 24
This Strasbourg sterling silver pattern is one of Gorham’s most popular.

Soap premiums included furniture; silver set missing serving pieces

Q: We are sending you photographs of our family Gorham sterling silver flatware — 72 pieces, pat. 1897. We also have a pair of Towle…
Home & Garden
September 24
A pair of collared doves searches for seeds

Eurasian collared doves are the new birds in town

A pale dove with a black neckband is rapidly colonizing new areas and could even be in your backyard soon.
Home & Garden
September 24

Seek Thermal ShotPRO camera review

Seek Thermal has a relatively new pocket-sized infrared camera called the ShotPRO, which retails for $699. I did a bunch of testing against the FLIR E6.
Home & Garden
September 21
The new kitchen in the Asa Parker house, which will be open during the Homes by Architects tour. The house was already more than a century old when th

How one of the oldest homes in Marine on St. Croix was rescued and restored

"Ultimate volunteer" rescued and rejuvenated a historic landmark house in Marine on St. Croix, a passion project carried on by his daughter after his death.
Home & Garden
September 20
Apple blossoms provide much-needed sustenance for pollinators.

Beyond the flower bed: Why you should plant trees for bees

Think beyond the flower bed when planting for pollinators.
Home & Garden
September 20
Carol and Frank Bennett in their freshly updated home, which will be open during the Remodelers Showcase (R35).

Edina home is transformed for a couple's next chapter

An Edina couple with grown children remake their kitchen and sunroom for entertaining. The home is part of the Remodelers Showcase.
Home & Garden
September 20
After: The arrangement is now cozy and cohesive.

How to create a family-friendly family room in 10 easy tips

The do's and don'ts of affordable family room upgrades.
Home & Garden
September 20
Ramsey
Built in 1997, this three-bedroom, three-bedroom house has 2,600 square feet and features two bedrooms on the upper level, vaulted ceilings, fi

Home listings: What $365,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

Ramsey Built in 1997, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom house has 2,600 square feet and features two bedrooms on the upper level, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, hardwood floors,…
Home & Garden
September 20
This kitchen was remodeled on a budget, by refacing the cabinets and refinishing the existing butcher-block countertops.

4 minor projects that look major

Quite often, our tolerance for outdated home interiors wears thin faster than our remodeling budgets expand. If you’re looking for an affordable, demolition-free solution, try…
Home & Garden
September 20

Renting and the law: One renter is leaving but others want to stay

Q: I rent a home with three other roommates. One has found a new housing situation and wants to remove himself from our lease. Our…
Home & Garden
September 17

Read this book

"The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming."
September 17
Quartz countertops can sometimes lose their shine with improper cleaning.

How to get a quartz counter's shine back

Sometimes when a countertop looks dull, it just needs careful cleaning.
Home & Garden
September 17
A cardinal enjoys sunflower seeds at a feeder.

Feeding birds apparently feeds our psyche

Seed sales are in the billions, mostly in the Western world.
Home & Garden
September 17
AFTER In the breakfast nook, a new bench beneath the existing bay window “gives the wall a purpose — and more seating,” said architect Meghan Ke

1950s St. Paul rambler gets a streamlined new kitchen and mudroom

A modern kitchen and mudroom enhance a rambler's midcentury modern style.
Home & Garden
September 17

Bath fan fire hazards

Old dirty bath fans can start fires. You take a hot fan motor and put it in contact with lint and dust, and you have a fire hazard.