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When it comes to building or remodeling, most people either know of someone, or worse yet, have themselves experienced a project gone sour. It has been my observation that 9 out of 10 disgruntled customers feel that way due to unmet expectations. The problem could have been a vague plan without enough details... 

Maybe you’ve begun thinking of buying your first home. With historically low interest rates, it’s a good time to buy. Owning a home also means you’re building equity for yourself, not padding your landlord’s wallet. And, you may be closer to home ownership than you think! Here’s what’s involved, and steps you need to take.

Homeownership provides peace of mind, long-term security and a place to call your own.

It is where dreams thrive and the future takes shape. It is where families make lifelong memories, and children are nurtured so they can build a better tomorrow.

Owning the home that plays such an important role in their lives is a cherished ideal for most families. They know that homeownership promotes social stability and is critical in creating wealth and providing financial security. 

A brick or stone home is a personal reflection of those who live in it. With brick and stone you can dream any design and transform it into a beautiful living experience.

Brick and stone give us everything we desire in a home – comfort, enduring beauty, style, craftsmanship and peace of mind. More importantly, the use of brick or stone delivers all that we need in a home – permanence, stability, security, design integrity, and long-term value.

Revolution - or maybe we should say evolution.

With the overwhelming gain in popularity of tile in the home, manufacturers have responded with an abundance of colors, sizes and finishes.

A designer can be an invaluable resource to everyone planning on building or remodeling a home. Often considered the “decorator”, the designer provides much more in service than simply helping with the selection of colors and materials.

In the residential construction trades today one must consider the maintenance issues along with curb appeal in a day where the home owner is on the run more than ever in an every day lifestyle that continues to demand time energy and just plain lack of time for maintenance issues.

When your selection options are presented for your homes exterior design and products that are available you need an expert to bring the options to you so you can make an educated selection based on many factors. How does it look, will I have to freshen it every how often? And what ongoing maintenance issues come into play.

These homes were designed with a balance of that curb appeal and lower maintenance products...

When buying or building a home three primary considerations come into play: location, lot, and structure. When building, the home’s structure often dominates attention, but location and lot remain vitally important in making the home work for you.

Mini Plans to Master Plans– A Creative And Affordable Approach to Landscaping

The ideal outdoor living space looks different to everyone. For some it includes a nice patio for entertaining and relaxing after a hard day’s work. For others it may include edibles so meals can be prepared using the freshest of greens. And for still makes the scene complete. It is likely that your ideal outdoor space contains...

If you own a home, no matter what its age, sooner or later you will probably join the millions of people who decide to remodel their homes each year. Perhaps you have already decided to do so. It was the moment you realized that avocado green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for today’s trendy kitchens. Or, you had an epiphany as you stood in line to use your own bathroom. Whatever the motivation, this thought has crossed your mind: Maybe it’s time to remodel.

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Crafting Rochester and SE Minnesota Communities

At the talent search for quality leaders, projects, and craftsmen including the building trades throughout Rochester, and SE Minnesota continues.

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These residential, commercial and specialty construction features and resources we post have continued to circle the globe, showcasing some of the hidden gems found in our quest for QUALITY! 

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Skilled Trades Apprenticeships in Rochester Initiatives include finding the needs to successfully "BUILD" Rochester and SE Minnesota including building a skilled workforce. If you or someone you know are considering the Construction Trades, the need for skilled craft professionals is urgent. Local "Apprenticeship Programs" are offered in Rochester, MN.