Home & Garden

An '80s kitchen in Minnetonka gets a cost-effective makeover — without replacing the cabinets

A 1980s kitchen makeover features an island wrapped in granite and mosaic glass tile.

A cost-effective '80s kitchen makeover reused existing cabinets while adding new, eye-pleasing elements.

Model spaces: Here's what caught our eye at the Parade of Homes

3 Graphic teal and pink bedroom for a horse lover, Parade home #231 in Medina by Toll Brothers.

Last weekend, we explored nearly two dozen homes on this year's Fall Parade of Homes to check out design features and decor trends. Here's what caught our eye.


The biggest Big Year ever -- the entire world

6,042 bird species in 365 days


Design Within Reach opens in Galleria, designer sample sale and growing garlic

New modern design showroomThe new Design Within Reach store in Edina's Galleria feels like stepping inside the modern furniture retailer's catalog.Shoppers are greeted by…


Four products to simplify your life

Chances are, your life is messy.One out of 10 Americans rent a storage unit, according to the Self Storage Association, and 25 percent of people…


Aging-in-place features

JoLynn Johnson's remodeled home includes the following features, designed to accommodate aging in place:• 36-inch doorways (wide enough for a wheelchair), with pocket doors, where…


Renting and the Law: Can security deposit be withheld to cover water bill 'overages'?

Q: I received a $400 reduction on my security deposit based on my landlord withholding money to cover water bills. His explanation is that he…


Home listings: What $309,900 buys in the Twin Cities

St. Anthony Built in 1967, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom house has 2,025 square feet and features four bedrooms on one level, updated eat-in kitchen with quartz…


Home plan: Reinvented ranch features two kitchen islands

PLAN HOTW170036 Total finished sq. ft.: 1,908 Bed/bathrooms: 3/2 Stories: 1 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Crawlspace Stone and shingle siding join with decorative trusses and…


Winter finch forecast from Canadian birder

You'd have better birding if you moved east


Tens of thousands of Painted Lady butterflies

We'll get back to birds in a moment, but first ...


Dying birds, butterflies, hurricanes, and duck stamps

Brief summaries of some news items


Tiny hummingbirds are sturdy and strong

Hard as it is to believe, these small dynamos may fly great distances to reach their winter homes.


Q&A: "Should I test for radon if the home already has a radon mitigation system?"

When a home already has an active radon mitigation system, is it even worth testing for radon? That's a great question.


Goldfinches find seeds, but not at feeders

Feeding on garden resources


How much is rent for a 2-bedroom in Twin Cities? Check out the Rent Chart

Average rental prices and vacancy rates for various Twin Cities geographies, updated quarterly.


Trees to plant now – advice from a forestry expert

Diversity is our best defense against pests and disease, argues forestry expert.


Home listings: What $229,900 buys in the Twin Cities

Golden Valley Built in 1955, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house has 1,737 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, two fireplaces, formal dining room,…


Home plan: Charleston charm with curved porches

PLAN HOTW170037 Total finished sq. ft.: 4,134 Bed/bathrooms: 3/5 Stories: 2 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Crawlspace Two levels of graceful porches create Southern-style curb appeal.…