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  Do you see frost on your severely inefficient and outdated window and door systems?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.

Where did that moisture come from?

WindowCondensationEver wonder why moisture (condensation) forms on your windows? Or, even better, what you can do to help prevent it?  Over the years, we have learned that typically this time of the year is the biggest culprit for condensation issues.  Below are some simple questions and answers that may help you, understand what is happening in your house.

I have moisture on the inside of my windows, what is this?
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Extending Your Day on the Deck: Deck Lighting

Deck lighting is a welcome addition to enhance both the ambiance and the functionality of a deck. You’re not limited in deck lighting options to help you achieve the lighting effect for which you want to achieve, so take the time to think about what you want and need.

Landscape Lighting

Lighting on and around your deck enhances your landscaping and the presentation of your outdoor living space. Lighting provides a warm element that invites seeing your space in a whole new way. Lighting in landscaping can complement deck lighting for a consistent look and feel. Landscape lighting helps provide a lighted path from the gate, path through the yard, and onto the deck.

Deck Lighting

Deck lighting options are as vast as landscape lighting and can feature lighted walkways, stairs, railings, newel posts, and overhead lights. Trex, a popular decking product offers integrated lighting into the materials for a seamless and polished look. If you are just starting a deck building project or remodel project, lighting is something you want to consider ahead of time, so that your selection is easily and beautifully integrated into the final project. The option of using dimmers and timers , as well as solar lights allow you to achieve the lighting that best fits your lifestyle and deck use.

Safety needs

Sufficient lighting on decks adds an element of safety that is necessary for your deck to be an extension of your home. You wouldn’t dream of making guests navigate through your home without lights, so make sure you’re able to offer them the lighting they need to enjoy their time with you on your deck!

Gallery of Deck Lighting Ideas We Can Make Happen for You!


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