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Reclaimed Materials & Classic Details Give New Homes Unique Appeal

Newly constructed homes are energy-efficient and clean, but most don’t have the same kind of charm of an older home. True “vintage homes”, for all their beauty, tend to have problems just beneath the surface that reveal their true age. Now, builders and architects are turning to reclaimed materials and classical decorative elements to give high-performance new homes and remodeling projects a less “cookie-cutter look” and give them more character. Some are doing so by giving new life to reclaimed or vintage materials like antique slate roof, reclaimed barn stone, and salvaged timbers as accents inside or outside the home. Others are replicating historic architectural styles, with cornices, columns and all! One place in the home that is perfect for using recycled or reclaimed materials is the bathro
Posted on 20 September 2011

2011 Fall Parade of Homes in the Twin Cities

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities’ Fall Parade of Homes began this weekend and will run through October 2. The parade features 278 model homes in 74 cities this year. The Parade of Homes is one of the top local marketing events for new homes throughout the Twin Cities metro area. In a sign of the times, the number of homes featured is down from 331 homes in 2010, 325 in 2009 and 497 in 2008. At its peak in 2006, 1,210 homes were shown off in the fall Parade. But the Twin Cities Parade of Homes is one of the most successful events of its kind in the country and 278 is still plenty of homes to explore. They range in price from a $129,900 attached home in Andover to a $2.6 million custom home in Edina. About 70% of the homes are listed below $500,000. As the Parade of Homes has been shrinking, the Remodelers Showcase has been gro
Posted on 13 September 2011