On Trend Right Now: Manufactured Stone Exteriors

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Manufactured stone veneer paired with ABC seamless siding

Thinking of updating your home’s exterior? Consider adding a stone veneer along with your new seamless siding, and watch your return on investment soar.

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Close-up of manufactured stone veneer

According to REMODELING Magazine’s 2015 Cost-to-Value Report, adding a manufactured stone veneer to your home’s exterior has a 92.2% Cost-to-Value ratio.  It was actually #2 on this year’s list of remodeling projects that bring the highest value.  In case you are curious, #1 was the replacement of your entry door with a new steel door, which has a 101.8% Cost-to-Value ratio.  (You might want to consider a new door too!)

Did you know, that Richard Larson Builders offers a stone veneer product that when paired with our ABC Seamless Siding, brings a classic and modern look to your home?

If you are considering updates to your home, choose your updates wisely and make sure you are adding value.  As your local and trusted home improvement confidant, we are here to help make sure you see a positive return on your investment.

The Off Season Secret

WinterHouseSceneIt is the time of the year that I once again make that child-like journey to the old Christmas time favorites on the television.  One enduring favorite is Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer where we are annually reintroduced to Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowmonster of the North, affectionately referred to as Bumble.  As a child, the terror of this yeti like creature with its long fangs and a hairless blue face, and hands filled a few moments of the family show with fear and extreme apprehension while we wondered what was next.

That same feeling of alarm and distrust are equally prevalent when your contractor suggests the unthinkable……replace your windows in the middle of a Minnesota winter.  The thought of removing the barrier that is protecting your home and family from the sometimes frigid weather might even make old Bumble himself a little nervous.  However, there is really nothing to be afraid of, and, in fact, the winter months can create a wonderful opportunity for homeowners. [Read more…]


GPS receiverIf you’ve been living on a remote, desolate island, completely passed up by technology and do not recognize the word used in the title; I will be happy to provide a little basic tutorial.  When traveling across country, recalculating is a term that is generated by your GPS that is used to identify a wrong turn on your journey.  If you veer off the most direct route to your destination, a voice notifies you that the GPS is “recalculating” your route, and will soon announce the corrected course to get you arriving at your destination as soon as possible.

Homeowner’s go through a recalculation process almost every season.  Collegiate and professional teams recalculate their game plan after each sporting contest.  Even businesses employ a recalculation exercise to keep them focused on their core values.  Society tends to have a little fun with the recalculating verbiage, but is is a very proactive process that typically is beneficial to all.

Your home is currently going through a recalculation process.  The unseasonal temperatures have created a January-like environment, and are forcing each of us to rethink the overall efficiency of our home.  Are you feeling drafts by your windows?  Do you see frost on your severely inefficient and outdated window and door systems?  And, most importantly, are you terrified to open the heating bill when it arrives in the mail?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, it is time to seek out the services of a professional that can assist you in your recalculation process.  Since 1967, Richard Larson Builders has been helping homeowners with that important progression.  Let our professionals recalculate, remove, and re-install a new window or door system from Pro Via that features energy saving technology that will pay dividends to you for years to come.




Have you reached it yet?

ScaleEverybody has one.  It might have been building for months, or, for some, it has just taken a day or two. What I’m talking about is a tipping point.  By definition, it is a point where an issue crosses a threshold that requires some type of action.  Unfortunately, when it comes to home improvements, those tipping points typically involve a little bit of pain.  High heating/cooling costs, water intrusion problems, or maybe just an extremely vocal significant other are examples of unintended consequences that involve a tipping point.

One of the best ways to combat an emotionally charged tipping point decision is education.  Learn as much as you can about the issue, and then you can make a logical decision on how to solve your problem.

As the rain falls on central Minnesota today, the phone has been very active with water intrusion problems or concerns from potential customers that have reached their tipping point with leaking or damaged gutters.

We have assembled a very useful tool to help educate homeowners about those “thingies-that-drain-the-water-off-my-roof,” or, as they are more professionally called; gutters.

Download our free Gutter Buyer’s Guide today.  This document will help walk you through the process of becoming a more educated consumer, and will help prevent those tipping points from creating a tremendous amount of pain.

Blending New With Old: A Larson Builders Kitchen Remodel

We understand that undertaking a kitchen remodel can be a daunting task.  Especially when you need the ‘new, modern, updated’ kitchen to blend in with the rest of house.

In the short video below, you will find a Larson Customer talk about the process her family went through, and how the team at Larson helped narrow down all the overwhelming options, keeping the project running smoothly.

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