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JORDAN GERARD/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS Bob and Dawn Hansen of Spring Grove stand on their newly constructed patio, which features an outdoor fireplace and brick oven.
JORDAN GERARD/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS Bob and Dawn Hansen of Spring Grove stand on their newly constructed patio, which features an outdoor fireplace and brick oven.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:53 AM
What does one do with a swimming pool that’s only in use on a few 90 degree-plus days during the summer and the kids do not live at home anymore?

Turn it into a fireplace and pizza oven patio area for bonfires, cooking and entertaining, of course.
  • Spring Grove couple transforms swimming pool area into fireplace, pizza oven patio
    What does one do with a swimming pool that’s only in use on a few 90 degree-plus days during the summer and the kids do not live at home anymore?

    Turn it into a fireplace and pizza oven patio area for bonfires, cooking and entertaining, of course.
  • A well-lit space
    New Wilmington Township home provides modern living with focus on efficiency
  • New duplex in Preston offers ‘age-appropriate’ options for seniors
    “I’m trying to build homes that are more age-appropriate,” said Andy Bunge, a contractor in the Preston and Lanesboro area. “As our population continues to grow older, the need for more housing for older folks continues to grow. Having something a little more scaled down, all on one floor with handicapped accessible doors and bathroom fixtures is what I’ve been doing now. And having these homes in a location close to the post office, close to the downtown is also important. That’s what I’ve tried to do with this.”


  • Canton couple builds energy-efficient,  accessible home to replace 100-year-old house

    Brad and Barb Kerns of Canton moved and improved, but never left. 

  • Home theatre more than a ‘DYI’ project

    Home improvements are becoming more and more common. One of the most common ideas is to turn a basement into a home theatre. This isn’t surprising as ticket prices and concessions can make a night at the movies for two easily cost close to $50 dollars. The accessibility of Netflix, Blu-Ray players, and RedBox all are factors that cause homeowners to invest in this big budget project.

  • Wykoff man alleviates wintertime  blues through wood-fired warmth

    While Minnesotans endured record cold temperatures last winter, they were dealt another blow as the cost of propane skyrocketed. For rural Wykoff resident, Ryan Barness, that meant it was time to take action.

  • Preston residents convert barn into home

    Not many barns today are the traditional red barns one might see in a country magazine, painting or history book. With the advancement in technology and machinery, farmers now have the capacity to work hundreds of acres, milk hundreds of cows and many do not store hay in a barn’s hay loft anymore.

  • Torkelsons overcoming obstacles to add addition to their historic home
    Many obstacles need to be overcome when deciding to renovate an historic home built in 1892. Peter and Vicki Torkelson of Lanesboro were not expecting the amount of time they needed to invest in this project before actual labor on their home began.
  • Enjoying an old tradition that is new again - summer kitchens
    History often repeats itself and sometimes in very good ways. A necessity of the past has become a trend of the present - summer kitchens.
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