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Contributed by: Annette Amdahl
Time: 2-3 hours
Shape your pumpkins
To create the bodies of your pumpkins, cut up a piece of 4"x4" wood into varying lengths. Make your longest piece 12" long, then the next 10", then 8" and finally your fourth and shortest piece at 6" long (see image 1). To make your pieces look uniform, sand off all 12 of their 90-degree corners so they're all now at 45 degrees (see image 2).
Create the stems
Take a 3/4" diameter woodeRead More
By Whitney Planting
Photography by Cipher Imaging
McKennan Park, Sioux Falls’ oldest developed park, is known as the crown jewel of the park system – full of rich history and stunning details. It’s only fitting that this historic home, renovated last year by Deffenbaugh Homes, mirrors that concept.
Architectural integrity is observed the moment you walk up to this fascinating home in the McKennan Park area. The original brick porch, complete with a metal railing, sits below the original awnings. Blue flower box planters rest beneath the windows, adding a refreshing pop of color against the cream exterior. Established hostas surround the brick porch, naturally leading you through the welcoming blue-grey front door.
Once inside, you’ll understand the significaRead More
By Kelli Phelps
Photography By: Michels Digital Solutions
Located in the newly developed Dakota Prairie Addition, this 4-bedroom, 3-bath custom-built home by Allen Homes is a breathtaking beauty. With 2,678 finished square feet, the Ranch home features a wide open floor plan and countless custom amenities throughout.
The exterior greets guests with an oversized four stall garage, a Craftsman-style white front door and dual vertical windows. The siding – a mix of horizontal and shake – is painted a lovely grey-tan color. Dark stack stone complements the crisp white trim and neutral paint. A gorgeous landscaped exterior – complete with rock, edging, and a sprinkler system – welcomes guests inside.
Rustic wide plank laminate flooring runs throughout thRead More
C-Lemme Companies LLC offers professional services for the design and development of residential neighborhoods, commercial properties and custom homes. Their focus is always on the satisfaction of their client. Every member of their staff is responsible for the success of each building project. C-Lemme Companies LLC is perfectly capable of taking the lead to design and build for any client.
CUSTOM HOME CONSTRUCTION
Founder Dan Lemme has been in the construction business since the 1970's. C-Lemme Companies LLC has developed long-standing relationships with all of their subcontractors and vendors. Each member of the construction team is devoted to maintaining the standard of quality C-Lemme clients have come to expect. The unique amenities built into each custom home are tailoreRead More
At Showplace Kitchens, “Your Showplace begins here, with us.” We say this because remodeling your existing home or building a new home involves many, oftentimes unfamiliar, decisions. In turn, our two beautiful showrooms along with the experience of our knowledgeable staff will guide the discovery and decision-making process to best identify the wants and needs of our clients. Every project will reflect the clients’ specific tastes and desires. A new 60,000 square foot manufacturing plant on the Showplace campus in Harrisburg is now home to ShowplaceEVO, Showplace’s newest line of cabinetry, known in the industry as full-access, frameless, or European-style cabinetry.
Showplace cabinetry has the flexibility to meet your deRead More
Written by Amy Thompson
Photography by Michels Digital Solutions
Award-winning home builder and designer, Rallis Construction, has built another quality one-of-a-kind home in Harrisburg, South Dakota. Privately nestled amongst established trees, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom walk-out ranch is perfect for any family wanting to live outside the hustle and bustle of the city. Natural boulder retaining walls, trees and shrubbery along with elevated gardens add to the relaxing rural feel. Authentic stone highlights cement board siding and mingles with board and batten siding. Peaks and an abundance of windows add to the Arts and Crafts design, as does the detailed timber entry.
The Craftsman foyer opens into the great room, which boasts a vaulted hand textRead More
MULCH: IS IT GOOD OR BAD FOR YOUR TREES?
I always recommend that a tree be mulched for improved long-term health and reduced stress. However, how the mulch is applied and what types of “mulch” you use can have drastic, even harmful effects on tree and plant health. This article focuses on proper mulching techniques and tree health, but the principles will actually apply to just about all landscape plants.
When it comes to your tree’s root system, in the context of optimum health, competition
from turf grasses is the biggest challenge. Having an open area that extends to the drip-line (the area from the edge of the canopy in to the trunk) that is free of turf and has a two to four-inch layer of decomposable wood mulch, has been shown to increase size of a treesRead More
Creative Surfaces Inc., a family owned and operated business, has been manufacturing countertops for nearly 30 years. They also specialize in making custom store fixtures and signage for retail, automotive, hospitality, casino and other industries. Creative Surfaces employs 120 employees in Sioux Falls and the manufacturing facility in Rapid City, SD. That number now includes three generations of the Pins family. In 2005, they expanded their focus on countertops with a retail showroom. Now conveniently located at 2105 S. Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls, the Stone Center is a great place for home and business owners to stop in and see an amazing selection of countertop materials with a variety of colors and designs in one place!
The Stone Center is a proud partner of CambriaÆ, headquartRead More
Contributed by: Annette Amdahl
Time: 5 Hours
• 4 - Pine 8' 2x4s
• 8 - Pine 1"x4"x16.25"
• 2 - Pine 12' 1"x10"
• 1 - Pine 19" 2x4
• Wood glue
• Pen or pencil
• 8 - 1.5" screws
• 1.25" brad nails
• Tape measure
Cut your boards
The main length of this project consists of four 8' 2x4s as the legs. You can buy these stock at any lumber yard, but when you get them home, it's a good idea to trim off both ends and cut them all to the exact same length. Having the legs the same length is important to make sure the end project sits lRead More
Your kitchen countertops are an essential component when it comes to setting the tone of your space. Taking the time to research your options in countertop designs before you start shopping will ensure you’re making a sound investment in the heart of your home. There are a variety of products and styles to consider, the pros and cons of each product as well as the trends in countertop design.
The Quality of Quartz
Made of natural quartz stone and durable resins, quartz countertops are dense, non-porous, and deliver unsurpassed reliability and performance. They are scratch and stain-resistant, available in a large variety of naturally beautiful colors, and virtually maintenance-free; they do not require any sealing. Although, not all quartz countertop options are created equal. SomeRead More
Contributed by: Annette Amdahl
Time: 2-3 Hours
Cut your boards
For this project, I decided to use a stock size two-foot by four-foot long piece of plywood for my main chalkboard backing. Then I took my miter saw and cut my four frame sides to size. The two longer sides are 26” long, the base is 28.25" long and the top frame piece is 21.25" long (see image 1).Read More
By: Kelli Phelps
Photography By: Cipher Imaging
Situated on the ever-growing east side of Sioux Falls is a new custom home built by Chad and Jill Young of Superior Construction. The 2,900-square-foot home sits on 1.3 acres of land in an established neighborhood. The beautifully constructed ranch home, comprised of 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, is nearly hidden by mature trees. The home’s twin peaks stand out among the lush trees, providing the basis of the color scheme used throughout the home. Brown shake siding, beige trim and grey cement board vertical siding blend seamlessly with the earthy tones of the area. A paved circular drive leads to a covered brick-adorned porch, welcoming you into the craftsman style home.
Natural wood flooring guides guests through thiRead More