Rick and Jeanne Carter remodeled the kitchen of their split-level home on Lake Minnetonka, as part of a larger home-improvement project.

1970s split-level on Lake Minnetonka is transformed for modern living

Older homes are an endangered species on red-hot real estate like Lake Minnetonka.

Exotic Maplewood grotto inspired by Hawaii is featured on water garden tour

July 20, 2018
Steve Danielson built a stacked stone “grotto” water feature accented with tropical plants in his Maplewood front yard.
Exotic grotto inspired by Hawaii highlights Minnesota Water Garden Society's tour July 28-29.
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$4.75M ultra-modern home on St. Croix River is like 'living in a work of art'

August 3, 2018
This Charles Stinson-designed home on the St. Croix is on the market for $4.75 million.
The retreat, designed by an acclaimed Twin Cities architect, has 600 feet of riverfront.
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A flock of birds passes wind turbines in the Altamont Pass near Livermore, Calif.

Raptor Center studiy is a step toward avoiding wind turbine deaths

U's center studied what birds hear. The next step is how they respond.
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Walking wet roofs

Walking a wet asphalt shingle roof isn't any more dangerous than walking a dry roof, provided it's clean. Yep, you read that right. I said it.
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Cross Lake compound

$5.85M compound on Cross Lake is three luxurious lodge-style homes in one

Properties can be purchased together as one giant estate or 'a la carte' as three separate homes.
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January 26
Somia Mourad and Keith Bush prefer the sleek, clean look of white enamaled woodwork and painted their 1891 Kenwood home to suit their tastes. Project

Tackling a controversial question: Should you paint the woodwork white?

That is the question for home sellers in an era when white woodwork is preferred by many prospective buyers, especially younger ones.
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January 25
Rather than moving to downsize, Arlys and John Edson remodeled the kitchen of their longtime home in Plymouth.

Instead of downsizing, Twin Cities baby boomers remodel homes for long haul

Downsizing is still happening, but later, studies suggest.
Home & Garden
January 25
A family commissioned architect Steven Holl to design a unique “Y-shaped” home in the Catskills.

One-of-a-kind homes by star architects can be tricky to sell

Having a home by a star architect is amazing — until you try to sell it.
Home & Garden
January 25
Some plant sellers offer horticultural coaching to turn online buyers into green thumbs.

'Plant coaches'? Millennials use them to keep their Instagram-ready houseplants alive

Some plant sellers offer horticultural coaching to turn online buyers into green thumbs.
Home & Garden
January 24
Kitchen trends include big islands designed to make a statement.

Bigger and bolder kitchen islands are the stars in 2020, new survey says

With contrasting colors and countertop materials, new, larger kitchen islands are designed to make a bold design statement.
Beautiful Garden contest winners Jim and Sally Strand tend an Asian-inspired garden complete with 23 distinct planting areas in their Plymouth yard. T
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January 24
ixed siding boosts curb appeal.

Home plan: Modern design with farmhouse flair

Four-bedroom home features a screen porch with a fireplace.
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January 24
Attractive cabinet fronts disguise recycling bins in a mudroom.

5 storage ideas to make your house more functional

Dedicated spaces boost a home's functionality.
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January 24

Stepfather paid no rent; does he get CRP form?

Q: My stepfather’s daughter wants me to give a Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) form to her father, who lives in my home. However, no…
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January 24
Howard Lake

Home listings: What $149,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Howard Lake, St. Paul and Maplewood.
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January 21
Red-bellied woodpeckers are hardwood forest dwellers.

Minnesota's birds reflect changing northern forest landscape

Hardwood-forest birds are finding habitat in Minnesota's northern boreal woods.
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January 21
These drop-front shoe boxes aren’t just good for storing high heels. An organizer recommends clear shoe boxes as a key organizing tool for multiple

Organizer tells you how to put your house on a diet in 2020

Pro answers questions from readers on the eternal quest to declutter.
Home & Garden
January 21

Moldy shower caulk... fixed!

Everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible. Until now.
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January 18
Renting furniture through a subscription service is a growing option. Chicago-based Inhabitr, which rents the furniture shown here, plans to launch in

Bored with your decor? Popular furniture rental options coming soon to Twin Cities

Furniture and home goods subscription services aim to give millennials flexibility and sustainability.
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January 18
Joan and John Elton in the expansive garden that he created and tends at their home in St. Cloud.

Retired wrestling coach creates a garden of bountiful blooms in St. Cloud

After the self-taught horticultural expert retired as St. John's University's longtime wrestling coach, he became its landscape manager.
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January 18
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Home listings: What $549,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Shorewood, Minneapolis and Afton.
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January 17
A bedroom is glammed up through the mix of a classic gold and black color combination.

Designer tips for styling a bed

A designer shares tips, from how to layer to how many pillows are just right.
Home & Garden
January 17

Tips for a stylish bed

You don't need 8 zillion throw pillows.