Value-added home design

What would add value to your home? Energy efficiency … a smarter floor plan … a home that will deliver the highest return on investment at resale? How ever you define "value," you'll learn inside tips at "The Value of Great Design," an evening of architecture and design presented by AIA Minnesota and the Star Tribune. A panel of architects will share their best remodeling and home design strategies for creating a value-added home.

New this year: an opportunity to sign up for a 20-minute one-on-one consultation with a residential design professional ($20), before or after the program, which includes the reveal of this year's Home of the Month winners.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 19 in the atrium of International Market Square, 275 Market St., Mpls. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and include a buffet of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres catered by D'Amico & Sons, plus a cash bar. Register online at

Designer kitchens

The most interesting kitchens in the metro area aren't all in trendy restaurants. They're found in homes throughout the Twin Cities, and you can tour 10 of them during the Designer Kitchen Tour, April 16-17, sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.

This event features a variety of design styles, price points and innovative kitchen trends. Designers and contractors will be on hand to answer questions, talk about creative use of space and share effective cost strategies.

A one-time admission fee of $15 plus service fee (when you buy a ticket online) or $20 at the door gives you access to all 10 kitchens on the tour. Tickets for single homes are available at the door for $10 per home. To purchase an advance ticket for all 10 kitchens, visit (search "designer kitchen tour minneapolis"). To see photos and locations of kitchens on the tour, visit

To learn more about today's kitchen trends, there's a related seminar, "Trends for Your Kitchen That Match Your Lifestyle," 5 to 7 p.m. April 14 at Warners' Stellian, 3533 W. 70th St., Edina. Registration and light bites at 5 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m. RSVP to by April 11.

DIY for old windows

Do you own an old house with drafty old windows? Learn beginner's DIY skills at a class, "Repairing Old Windows," presented by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM). The class will be taught by Paul Schmidt of Restoration Window Systems, an expert in historic window maintenance. Participants will learn about removing and repairing sashes, weatherization methods and glazing practices. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at Restoration Window Systems, 7839 Elm St., Fridley.

To learn tips on painting old windows, there's another class, "How to Paint a Window," taught by restoration specialist Ioana Stoian. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch included) April 23 at Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls.

The cost for each class is $50 ($42.50 for PAM members). Register at (under "Services" and then "Education.")

Stone patio workshop

Learn how to install a natural stone patio or walkway at a free DIY workshop. You'll learn the proper installation techniques, and about pavers in many shapes, textures and sizes. The workshop will be held at 11 a.m. April 16 at Gertens, 5500 Blaine Av. S., Inver Grove Heights. Registration is requested at


Blooming art

Create fresh floral arrangement inspired by the artwork "Laurel Tree of Carolina" — just like the pros at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Art in Bloom, which will be held April 28 to May 1. The Bachman's Floral Design Workshop includes instruction, refreshments and materials for a take-home centerpiece, 6 to 8 p.m. April 21, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Cost is $60. Register at or call 612-861-7600.