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November 19, 2019
To have their full value, antique and vintage doll heads need to have their original clothes.

Attics aren't a good place to store doll collection

Q: My mother collected dolls. She passed away almost 30 years ago and they are in my attic. Can you advise me regarding their value?…
Home & Garden
November 19, 2019

Not all heat cable is created equal

My advice to anyone considering heat cable for ice dam prevention is to either install a high-quality, self-regulating heat cable or skip it altogether.
Home & Garden
November 19, 2019

Animals, skeletons, and creepy home inspection stuff, 2019

Most of the stuff that we post is educational, but this one isn't. This is pure eye-candy for the season. If you follow our Facebook page, you've surely seen most of these photos, but not all of them. These are our favorites from 2019. Warning: Several of these photos are gross.
Home & Garden
November 18, 2019
Michelle Riedel's backyard garden in Oakdale includes a pond and stone steps.

Photographer tends a picture-perfect garden in Oakdale

Oakdale garden doubles as a studio for the photographer who created it.
Home & Garden
November 18, 2019

Inspections to consider when building a new home

There are three types of inspections associated with new-construction homes: pre-drywall inspections, final inspections, and one-year warranty inspections.
Home & Garden
November 17, 2019

New construction inspection: trust, but verify.

The homeowner didn't get a home inspection when she purchased the home, because the builder's rep had convinced her of all the myths listed above.
Home & Garden
November 16, 2019
“The Gables,” a restored Victorian-era home in Carver.

Time-capsule home from 1800s is older than Minnesota's statehood

The iconic Victorian-era house in Carver has been featured in calendars, on holiday tours and even an HGTV show, "If Walls Could Talk."
Home & Garden
November 16, 2019

Nine ways for water to enter your basement or crawl space

Wondering how that water made it into your crawlspace? Guest post by Murphy Home Inspection explains the most common ways water enters a crawlspace.
Home & Garden
November 15, 2019
St. Paul
Built in 1918, this two-bedroom, one-bath house located in the Greater East Side neighborhood has 844 square feet and features two bedrooms o

Home listings: What $139,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Chaska Built in 1886, this three-bedroom, one-bath house has 1,184 square feet and features three bedrooms on the upper level, eat-in kitchen, foyer and one-car…
Home & Garden
November 15, 2019
Wood siding, a metal roof and plenty of windows make this farmhouse both modern and rustic.

Home plan: Modern design, rustic details

This new design shows off open living spaces and a luxurious master suite. Unique details include see-through fireplaces in both the living room and the…
Home & Garden
November 15, 2019
One of several gnomes in the garden.

Lakeville backyard garden is a lush, living tapestry

"Surprise" backyard garden in Lakeville is woodsy patchwork of trees, hostas and ferns.
Home & Garden
November 15, 2019

Renting and the law: Owner wants to evict live-in girlfriend

Q: I am a Realtor advising a client on selling his home. My client’s girlfriend has been living there with him for three years. My…
Home & Garden
November 15, 2019

Freshen up for fall

Before holiday preparations overload our already busy lives, it's a good time to freshen up our homes for our guests and ourselves. That doesn't have…
Home & Garden
November 13, 2019
Flickers are ground feeders that include ants in their diet.

Birds large and small are victims of environmental lead poisoning

Eagles get lead poisoning from scavenging dead animals, particularly deer and the gut piles that deer hunters leave behind. Swans are poisoned by sucking up…
Home & Garden
November 13, 2019

Wildlife rehab center corrected web address

It was wrong in my column in Wednesday's StarTribune
Home & Garden
November 12, 2019
Mahjong has its roots in Asia but it was widely played in the United States.

Mahjong set probably isn't made of ivory

Q: I am trying to find information on this piece, which I recently inherited. I have looked on the internet and have gotten lots of…
Home & Garden
November 9, 2019
The home's exterior and front entrance also got an update.

'70s Mendota Heights rambler reinvented without adding square footage

A couple facing retirement considered building a house next door, but chose to reinvent their outdated rambler instead.
Home & Garden
November 8, 2019
Mendota Heights
Built in 1982, this four-bedroom, four-bath house has 2,362 square feet and features three bedrooms and laundry on upper level, vaulte

Home listings: What $449,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Maple Grove Built in 2001, this four-bedroom, four-bath house has 3,896 square feet and features four bedrooms and laundry on the upper level, fireplace, formal…
Home & Garden
November 8, 2019
Changing hardware can make a big impact.

Quick, cheap home touch-ups

Every home can use a bit of TLC every now and then, but spiffing it up doesn’t need to break the bank. If you’re looking…
Home & Garden
November 8, 2019
Home plan: A country charmer with classic curb appeal

Home plan: Country charmer offers single-level living

PLAN 923-122 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,220 Bed/bathrooms: 4 /3 Stories: 1 Bonus space: 432 sq. ft. Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Basement, daylight basement, crawl space,…