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Make your home a Winter Wonderland with these new Pantone colors

Want to spice up your home and banish those winter blues with some winter whimsy? Lucky for you the world’s leading color expert, Pantone, has come out with a 2011/2012 winter color palette that is sure to do just that. Appropriately titled “Wonder,” the winter color guide focuses on three main themes: Blue Sky, which represents fantasy and freedom; Science, which represents the marvel of discovery and exploration; and The…

Family-Friendly Halloween Fun in Saint Paul

Have some little ones that can eat more sugar in one night than you’ve eaten in your entire life, but can’t handle the spooks and scares of  regular night of trick-or-treating? Luckily, there are tons of events in Saint Paul this holiday season made especially for you and your treat-loving tots. Get the spirit of the season without the sobs by skipping a spooky night in the neighborhood and checking…

Minnesota State Fair Haunted House Gets New Stairs

If you have ever been to the Minnesota State Fair you probably recognize the haunted house from the photos below! It is a pretty memorable structure at the fair. We recently had the pleasure of adding some new stairs for them – take a look at the second photo. So the next time you are at the fair and pass the haunted house, you might just think about those nice…

Fall for One and One for Fall: Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

We know, we know, it seems like just yesterday you were sitting out on the pontoon, slurping down a Popsicle and watching the sun set in 90 degree heat, or strolling through the Midway, washing down a gooey mouthful of State Fair Cheese Curds with a delicious milkshake from the dairy barn. Well, as much as we’d like to travel with you back to that simpler time when all you…

The Finishing Touch – Choosing Fixtures for Your Home

When remodeling your home you have a lot to choose from in terms of design. One element that is sometimes overwhelming is choosing the style and finish you want for your fixtures. The finish of fixtures in a living space can give a room a completely different look. Here are a few finishes that give different looks: Metal fixtures come in a variety of colors and textures. The materials range…

Storm Proof Your House

After the historical Fourth of July storm hit Minnesota and Wisconsin this past week we are all taking a look at how well our houses are prepared for those treacherous winds and debris falling everywhere. Living in Minnesota you never know when your weather is going to do a 360 on you. That is why having the piece-of-mind in knowing your house is built with quality materials is crucial. Making…

Painting Fun: Not Just for Kids Anymore

Being an adult has many perks: you get to eat whatever you want (well, if health weren’t a concern maybe), stay up late into the night (unless you have to get up early for work the next morning), and decorate your house exactly as you see fit (taking the other household members into consideration too, of course). But as much freedom as adulthood brings, it also comes with a lot…

Season Shape-Ups

Now that spring has arrived it’s time to take off that coat and take in the outside world—without five layers of fleece in between it. Many people already use spring as the perfect excuse to get outdoors and get their body back in shape after months of winter hibernation, so why not apply the same principle to your home? Spring is a great time to renovate the exterior of your…

Another Successful Renovation

When Susan and her husband picked Andrus Built out of the phonebook, they had no idea what a serendipitous moment it would turn out to be. The couple’s 1999-built home was in dire need of some renovation work, they wanted more room for family get-togethers, and Susan wanted to convert an extra bedroom into a space for her sewing and crafting. When they contacted Andrus about their needs the response…

Interior Painting Tips

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room of your house! Give your existing shade a lift or paint an entirely new color. This little change can help you bring new excitement into your home. With so many paint color options, there is something for everyone these days, from bold to very light neutrals. We know that painting isn’t always easy or on the top of your…