Minnesota Basement Remodel

by Jim Sweeney

For years, the unfinished lookout basement was detached from the yard, save for a few ground-level windows. With the addition of a stunning backyard poolscape, the homeowners wanted to create a high-class entertainment space that would connect with the outdoor living environment and spare the main level powder room the parade of wet feet. It also needed to provide a more private alternative to the open floor plan above where dad could enjoy game day, and mom and daughter could tackle crafts project. Most of all, they wouldn’t accept an ordinary, boring basement.

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10 Tips For Planning a Holiday Party

by Owen Sweeney

It’s already sweater weather and soon the holiday season will be upon us. This time of year means a lot of different things to everyone, but one thing most people do is get together with loved ones. Here are 10 tips to prepping your home for holiday festivities.

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A Little Bunny Gardeners Can Love

by Owen Sweeney
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August and September usher in a different, subtler kind of beauty in Minnesota. In perfect synchronization with that change, Pennisetum "Little Bunny" is an ornamental grass that starts to shine as its inflorescences fill out into full, perky seedheads that catch the dew in the morning and dance gaily in the breeze. This little gem reaches about 18" high by 18" wide and prefers well-drained but not dry soil in a sunny or mostly sunny location.