Archive for March, 2008

Upcoming Event

On Saturday April 5th from 9am-3:30pm we will be at the Northfield Home and Garden Show at Bridgewater Elementary School.

April 12th is Healthy Kids Day at Northfield Middle School from 9am -12pm put on by the YMCA (stay tuned for more details.)

April 12-13 and 19-20 is the Northfield New Home Tour featuring the local builders and their avaliable property. There will be mini-seminars through out the whole week-end. Watch for the directory coming out in Northfield Entertainment Guide.


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Lakeville Home and Garden Show

Come visit us at the Lakeville Home and Garden show this Saturday March 29th! There are 130 booths participating in the show and it is our first year there! The show is hosted by the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce.

We will be in booth 305 and the show runs 9am to 3pm at Lakeville North High School.

Lakeville North High School is located at 19600 Ipava Ave W in Lakeville MN.

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Northfield New Home Tour


Coming in April the first ever Northfield New Home Tour featuring 5 outstanding local builders including, Schmidt Homes, Northfield Construction Company, Olson Brothers Construction, F & G Builders, and College City Homes.

April 12-13 and 19-20 from 12pm-5pm all builders will have featured model homes open. This truly is the best of the best builders and homes in Northfield. There will be mini-seminars on building, cooking, design, and green building through out the whole week-end. Look for signs and posters. There will be a directory coming out in the April Northfield Entertainment Guide and Real Estate Guide. Stay tuned for more information.

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The Fed Update

The Fed Poised to Cut Rates Again

Listening to National Public Radio this morning they were talking about the anticipated interest rate cut and the theory is that if they lower the rate banks will be more likely to lend money. However it’s unlikely that this cut will have that affect on the banks. If you’re in the market for a mortgage get your ducks in a row. Check your credit score, get your bills paid, and don’t open any new credit cards or get a loan for anything else. I would recommend looking into getting pre-approved before you look at homes to know how much you qualify for. You can also watch the interest rate and lock in when it gets really low. There was a day when the rate went to 4.75% for 3 hours!

There is activity out there in the housing market. It’s not all doom and gloom. We have seen good traffic through our models now that’s it’s getting warmer out and people are talking about building again.

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3rd Street Remodel Update

We winding down to the end of our kitchen remodel on 3rd St. There are a few finishing touches left but here is the latest update. The painting is done, the tile backsplash is in, and we’re waiting on glass to be installed on a few doors.

The homeowner selected Wellborn Premier Series cabinets in cherry. The permeter cabinets are in cherry light and the island is espresso. We put in Cambria countertops, a Kohler sink, and a Delta faucet. The homeowners were really concerned about keeping the kitchen looking Victorian as much as possible with a hint of the modern. We brought in some decorative elements the mimicked their original trim around the doors and windows and kept the colors some in keeping with the 1880s. The major change that we made was enlarging the length of the kitchen. The island is 12″ longer then the old one and the new Sub-Zero refrigerator is now where the doorway was. They now have more storage space and landing room framing the cook-top. We also took advantage of the 13′ tall ceilings by adding the mantel soffit hood about the cook-top. The tall box brings your eye right up to the ceiling.

Stay tuned for further updates.





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The Federal Reserve (this link will take you to the Wikipedia page about The Fed) is meeting this week and expected to cut interest rates 1/2% to 1%. Stay tuned for more information.

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The Saturday’s Star Tribune featured a home where the homeowners blogged about the whole process, From Drawing Board to Done.

This page also includes great links to other resources about building a home. I recommend looking into if you’re thinking about building your dream home.

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