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If choosing door paint isn't an open-and-shut case for you, here's help!
A beautiful front door can make a statement and transform the look of your entire home. Don't let your home blend into the background. A new pop of color on the front door is so friendly and welcoming! It could be just the makeover your home needs. Plus it’s an easy and affordable quick weekend update to make your house really stand out in the neighborhood.
Use these color guides to each color to learn which hue, from unexpected purple to bright yellow to elegant black, will work well on your exterior door.
Yellow. Welcome visitors with a cheerful yellow front door. Often identified with happiness, high energy and warmth, a lively yellow can brighten otherwise gloomy exteriors.
Bright red.Read More
Our society is progressing rapidly, at what sometimes feels like lightning speed, and it is a challenge to manage the everincreasing demands that go with it. It’s no wonder it is such a feat to keep all the balls in the air. Yet we do it anyway—or at least we try. Finding ways to simplify our lives is important. Whole industries have sprung up to help us. Professional home organizers abound, TV shows teach us how to de-clutter and magazines are devoted solely to the topic of simplified living.
Choosing low maintenance products is one way to make our lives easier and less stressful.
We need only look up to find one place at home where maintenance chores can be eliminated. Many people like the look and charm of natural products like cedar roofs. But to keepRead More
A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:
1. Decide what you want out of your newly remodeled home. Start thinking about goals, amenities and a rough timeline, making sure you can clearly articulate your ideas to a contractor. Idea centers, such as Houzz or the James Hardie Photo Showcase, can serve as inspiration for kick-starting your remodeling project. This phase is also ideal for researching sustainable building products. By using green products, homeowners save money on heating and cooling costs, and builders can decrease construction&Read More
Blair Masonry, written by Kelli Phelps
Photos by CipherImaging
Majestic is the word that comes to mind as you arrive at this all brick ranch home in the desirable Copper Creek neighborhood. The all brick exterior, built-in archways, Edison style lighting, and oversized three-stall garage warmly welcomes you into this exceptional home built by Darren Blair of Blair Masonry Homes.
Pass through the brick archway to enter the front door and you are grandly greeted by a 12 foot double-sided stone fireplace. It is absolutely breathtaking and is undoubtedly the focal point of the home. The home has an open and airy design, yet the stone hearth gives the perfect amount of separation between the living, dining, and kitchen areas. The soaring ceiling and large picture windows in the formal livingRead More
Seamless Steel Siding, Roofing, Gutters, Soffit, Fascia & More from ABC Seamless
Since 1979, ABC Seamless has proudly installed durable, beautiful seamless steel siding and steel home products on countless homes throughout the Sioux Empire. At ABC Seamless, the goal is to protect one of your most important investments – your home! Along with the steel home products, they also install ENERGY STAR-certified home windows and patio doors, helping improve your home’s energy efficiency and curb appeal.
ABC knows that homeowners want and need quality home siding. But there’s something that makes ABC quite unique: Their siding is seamless! Vinyl typically comes in a box in lengths of 12 feet. On most homes, that means an average of 150 seams that are opeRead More
Mitch Hertz comes from a long line of carpenters. Four generations to be exact! So it wasn't a big surprise when he went to work for a local contractor, ultimately building a house for himself and his family in 1990. He's been working in the building industry as Freedom Builders ever since.
During the first several years, Mitch kept a full time roofing crew busy. Just before the recession of 2008, he completed a few new construction jobs. But the economic downturn forced consumers to move toward improving what they already had rather than building new. So Freedom Builders followed suit by focusing on remodeling and replacing exteriors. Mitch continues to employ full-time roofing crews that install seamless gutters, soffit and fascia, anRead More
Great People, Quality Products, Successful Partners With You!
Scott’s Lumber has been helping professional contractors and Do-It-Yourself homeowners in the Sioux Empire and surrounding areas since 1944. Our company has expanded and changed over those years. We have added an array of wholesalers to supply anything and everything our customers could want or need. The knowledgeable staff is here to provide all the tips and tricks you’ll need to finish the job. Scott’s Lumber also offers specialized services for all of our customers.
We supply quality products from some of the best manufacturers in the business, such as Andersen, Marvin, Bayer Built, Azek and many more. You’re sure to find the product that you need. But if you can’t come into tRead More
Thie Custom Homes has built another exceptional custom walkout ranch. Located on a cul-de-sac, this 3964 square foot home boasts five bedrooms and three bathrooms and offers a modern twist on classic interior styling.
The home’s blue shake and grey lapboard siding with white trim, reminiscent of cottage-style exteriors, includes stone and shingle accents welcoming you to the roomy covered porch. Large windows allow maximum natural light into the entry with an up-lit try celling.
Hardwood floor runs throughout the transitional style open concept upper level, including the living room. Dark floors and dark accent wall makes the custom built-in cabinets, painted white, pop. As does the white mantel and painted trim of the chic glass bead gas fireplace. The clean linedRead 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