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July 14
You may find your next heirloom lurking under old paint.

How to remove old paint from furniture

Q: What’s the best way to remove old paint from wooden furniture?   A: That outdated coat could be hiding a future heirloom, but uncovering…
Home & Garden
July 14
A chip off the old block is OK. A chip off a squirrel’s ear is not.

Chip lessens paperweight value

Q: I am curious about this squirrel that was a gift to my grandfather who was originally from Germany. Do you know anything about its…
Home & Garden
July 14

Water heater backdrafting: how to test for proper draft

When a water heater backdrafts, it's a safety hazard. Homeowners usually don't know they have a problem because a backdrafting water heater will almost never set off a carbon monoxide alarm. A water heater backdrafts when the exhaust gases from an atmospherically vented water heater spill out into the room, rather than safely leaving the house through the vent. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide and high levels of moisture, so this is always a condition that should be corrected.
Home & Garden
July 13
Sugarbush Ridge Ranch in Maple Grove.

Farm with custom home in the heart of Maple Grove hits market for $2M

This oasis in suburbia includes a horse barn, riding ring, vineyard, beehives, a "sugar shack" for making maple syrup and an enormous pool.
Home & Garden
July 11
Jeanie Kang on a balcony at Aria in Edina, where she rents an apartment and enjoys its proximity to Southdale.

More Twin Citians are opting to live in the shadow of suburban shopping malls

Luxury apartments close to restaurants, gyms and stores are springing up in empty parking lots.
Home & Garden
July 11
The kitchen in a vintage Prairie School-style home now blends with the rest of the house after a redesign by David Heide Design Studio.

Crafting a new kitchen for a Prairie School gem in Minneapolis

A functional modern-day kitchen has details inspired by the 1910 house, designed by prominent architects William Purcell and George Elmslie.
Home & Garden
July 10
A house that’s relaxed and functional.

Home plan: A house that's relaxed and functional

PLAN 23-2726 Total sq. feet: 1,704 Bed/Bath: 3/2 Stories: 1 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Crawl space, slab, basement   Simple design done right is beautiful,…
Home & Garden
July 10
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Home listings: What $224,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Robbinsdale Built in 1932, this four-bedroom, two-bath house has 1,460 square feet and features three bedrooms on the upper level, hardwood floors, eat-in…
Home & Garden
July 10
Nominate a garden that inspires you.

Last call for Beautiful Gardens

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.
Home & Garden
July 7
A male bluebird perched on a plum branch.

Why bluebirds appear blue

Surprising as it may seem, these beautiful songbirds don't have blue pigment in their feathers.
Home & Garden
July 7
These earred bowls are Quimper pottery.

Hand-painted Quimper pottery bowls date to mid-1900s

Q: I have inherited six covered bowls that are marked "HB" with "Quimper, France" below. What can you tell me about them and their value?…
Home & Garden
July 7

How to inspect a gas water heater

Gas water heaters are a lot like decks, in the sense that most handy homeowners feel qualified to install one. Thanks to these handy folks, we find more installation defects on decks and water heaters than just about any other component in the home, and today I'm going to share how we inspect water heaters.
Home & Garden
July 6
Eden Prairie home

$1.19M estate in Eden Prairie sits on bluff with incredible views of Minnesota River

The house isn't visible from the street. All you see is the long driveway that leads to the 1.64-acre lot.
Home & Garden
July 4
Charlie and Jennifer Lick built their cabin, designed by Kell Architects, on the point of a peninsula on Clearwater Lake.

New lake home near Brainerd is paradise on the point

A new lake home finally rises on land that had been in the owner's family for decades.
Home & Garden
July 3
Nominate a garden that's beautiful -- in spirit.

Gardens that make a difference

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.
Home & Garden
July 3
A welcoming front porch adds to a home’s curb appeal.

Home plan: Porch adds welcome curb appeal

PLAN 430-226 Total sq. feet: 2,847 Bed/Bath: 4/ 2 Stories: 1 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Slab, crawl space, full or walkout   It’s all about a…
Home & Garden
July 3
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Home listings: What $179,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Blaine Built in 1952, this two-bedroom, one-bath house has 736 square feet and features two bedrooms on the main level, new roof and…
July 3
Loll Designs in Duluth makes durable outdoor furniture of recycled plastic from milk jugs.

9 ways to make the most of your deck or patio

9 improvements that can help you make the most of your outdoor space.
Home & Garden
June 30
These household adornments were used as decorations and lighting on mantels, sideboards and tables.

Bohemian mantel lusters came in a variety of colors and decorations

Q: My parents purchased these hurricane lamps possibly around 1950. In a note they said they had been made in occupied Germany. Might they have…
Home & Garden
June 30
This is not the Minneapolis white-winged dove. Its shady tree perch did not lend itself to a good photo. This bird was in Mexico.

An eBird celebrity makes a repeat visit to a Minneapolis backyard

White-winged doves don't usually show up here, much less twice.