Raising the bar(n) in your home: Say hello to a barn door this winter
Amid the many trends ebbing and flowing through home improvement, one in particular seems likely to stick around. Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country - in contemporary and rustic designs. With this design element found on such opposite sides of the style spectrum, one might wonder what it is about barn doors that people love so much. If you've found yourself asking the same thing, read on to discover why adding a barn door is an ideal winter home-improvement project.
Barn doors provide the perfect transition between rooms
As homeowners seek more open floor plans, interior doors are evolving. Barn doors meet homeowners' desire for fluid room flows by seamlessRead More
Contributed by: Annette Amdahl
Time: 2-3 Hours
Cut your wood
Using the materials list, cut your wood pieces to size. To create the point on the 4"x4" vertical part of the stand, cut a 45-degree angle from all four sides on one end (see images 1-2).
Create the base
Once you have your 12"x12" and 8"x8" pieces cut, use a router to add a 45-degree decoratiRead More
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder
What do you like best about the holidays?
Many of us recall the magic and wonder we felt as children, and those of us who have children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren have the opportunity to relive those feelings.
However, adults have more to worry about than whether Santa will bring the right Lego set or My Little Pony. It’s our job to pull off a holiday without a hitch, which can include planning, shopping, cleaning, wrapping, decorating, traveling, baking, entertaining, and more, all while fulfilling our current responsibilities and remaining cheerful.
By Kelli Phelps
Photography by Michels Digital Solutions
As you approach this 2017 Spring Parade Award-winning townhome, simplistic elegance meets you in the driveway. Located on the southeast side of Sioux Falls, the two-bedroom, two-bath property is a beautiful place to call home. Earthy dry stack stone and faux cedar shake side cover the home, creating an inviting look. A stone column near the front door guides guests inside the 1,800-square-foot home built by Darren and Lisa Blair of Blair Masonry Homes. Darren specializes in slab-on-grade high-end townhomes accompanied by stunning masonry details. Lisa focuses on the interior design details using high-quality finishes.
Upon entering the front door, you are greeted by a gorgeous contemporary chandelier. WhiteRead More
During the winter months, many families gather around their home’s fireplace. A fire in the fireplace creates a warm and cozy atmosphere, but don’t expect it to actually add heat to your home. As little as 10 percent of the heat from a fire in an open masonry fireplace radiates into the house.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Your fireplace will add elegance and warmth if you use it safely and have it cleaned by a chimney cleaning professional at least once every five years (two years if you use it frequently). A wood-burning fireplace should be equipped with andirons (or a grate) and a well-fitting screen. It may have glass doors as well.
If you are in a newer home with a fresh air vent to supply the fireplace with combustion air, open it and the damper before you start a fire. Then rRead More
Contributed By: Annette Amdahl
(cut into triangle pieces)
DETERMINE THE SIZE OF YOUR PROJECT
For this example, I added space to the project so I could add a basket in the middle. The main height of this piece is 30". If you decided not to have an area for a basket, I'd suggest making the height of your three longest pieces around 20" in length. See image 1 for a full view of all the piecesRead More
Aged to Perfection
By Kelli Phelps
Photography By Cipher Imaging
A piece of South Dakota history, this reclaimed home sits on a desirable cul-de-sac in Southwest Sioux Falls. From the warm rustic style to the modern smart features, every detail has been given thoughtful attention. Reclaimed barn wood adorns even the smallest of spaces throughout this four-bedroom, three-bath Hometown Remodeling home. Every bit of woodwork, from the floor to the ceiling, is authentic barn wood salvaged from a 97-year-old barn in Armour, SD. Giving this aged wood life again has been on the owner’s wish list for quite some time.
Two large wooden columns stand atop dry stack stone ledges, and leads guests through the Craftsman-style front door. A dark, stamped concrete front patio invites guests inRead More
Keep the chill out as temperatures drop!
(BPT) - Households heating with natural gas, which is almost half of U.S. homes, are expected to spend an average of $635 on heating this winter - 22 percent more than last winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration - but some easy seasonal maintenance tips can make a big difference.
"There are several simple, inexpensive ways consumers can save money on utility bills this winter, and still stay warm and comfortable as temperatures begin to drop," said Jill Murphy, a home heating and energy efficiency expert with Lennox Industries. "By taking the initiative to weatherproof their home before the start of the cold-weather season, homeowners will be able to enjoy a warmer and more energy-efficient house."
To help consumers comRead More
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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
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 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