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Digest 2009

A reference guide to building professionals throughout the lakes area

An advertising supplement to the March 25, 2009, Becker County Record


Builders Digest 2009

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“For Your Family’s Comfort”

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218-847-7459 Detroit Lakes, MN

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— Index — Al Clark Construction, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 AmeriGas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Andy Francis Landscaping & Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Apex Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Arrow Electric Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 B&M Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Barnesville Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bob Bristlin & Son Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Briard Construction, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Campbell Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Color-Tek Coatings, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Collin Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Community Development Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Concrete Coatings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Country Fields Greenhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 D&D Repair & Appliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Dakota Chimney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Dennis Hass Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Detroit Lakes Overhead Door Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Detroit Lakes Public Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Detroit Paint & Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 DL Window & Door, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Don Teitz Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Dynamic Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover Elsner Well Drilling, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Exteriors Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 EZ 2 Build, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Floor To Ceiling - Carpet One - Floor & Home . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover Foltz Buildings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Francis Construction, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 G&R Hill Construction, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Gemstone Masonry-Concrete Operations Company, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Glenz Plumbing, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Goodin Wholesale Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hough, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11


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I’ll Tile & Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Johnson Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Kotte’s Plumbing & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 L&M Fleet Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 LakesNet Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Laney’s Plumbing-Heating-Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Maloney’s Plumbing, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Mark’s Electric, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Marty Solmon Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Menahga Concrete Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Menards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Mike Jahnke-CB First Realty-Lyon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Modern Heating & Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Nodsle Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 North Country Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Ottertail Power Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Paschke Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Pike Creek Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 RainMan Irrigation/Up-Down Doors/Spaceman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Schatts Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Seamless Gutters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Speciality Concrete, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Stelter’s, Inc. of Detroit Lakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Stenerson Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Twin City Garage Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Ulteig Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Wosika Brothers, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Zayic Concrete Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22


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Specializing in POST FRAME STORAgE,  CoMMerCIaL & offICe BuILDINgS,  gARAgES & INSuLateD SHopS • New Homes • remodeling & additions • Shingled roofs

• Steel roofs • Doors & Windows • Decks & Siding

MN LIC# BC-20460621 • ND LIC# 32002

Detroit Lakes, MN Home (218) 846-0079 • Cell (218) 849-4489 You’re budget is stretched and the economic news isn’t good.

YOU NEED TO DO WHAT YOU CAN TO SAVE MONEY!

So here’s the deal… Let us do a quote to compare to your current insurance policy.

IF WE DON’T SAVE YOU MONEY,

WE’LL BUY YOU LUNCH!

Call us today or just bring in your current insurance information!

Brent Gerber 218.983.3241 Brent Gerber Brent Gerber

Community218.983.3241 Development Insurance Services cdis@arvig.net LLC.

516 Main St. W.

cdis@arvig.net 218.983.3241 cdis@arvig.net 516 Main St. W.

516 Main St. W. Ogema,MN MN 56569 Ogema, 56569

Auto, Home, Life, Ogema, MN 56569 Why Pay More? Health, Farm or Business Why Pay More? Call today!

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“Your Hometown Quality Builder & Remodeler”

Quality Professional

Unique OFFERING: • State of the art construction materials and techniques • High quality workmanship • Complete satisfaction guaranteed

Experience

SPECIALIZING IN: • New Homes • Steel Siding • Remodeling • Garages • Replacement Windows • Additions • Decks • Sunrooms Dave Francis • 218-847-4054 Scott Francis • 218-847-3556

FRANCIS CONSTRUCTION

Dave, Dan, Lee and Scott Lic. #20266607

of Detroit Lakes, Inc.


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Commercial • Residential New Homes & Remodeling Licensed & Bonded Electrical Contracting Mike & Brenda Eidenschink Owners/Operators

30614 SUNSET ROAD • DETROIT LAKES

218-847-1946


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DETROIT LAKES 218-847-5607 BISMARCK DENVER FARGO MINNEAPOLIS SIOUX FALLS www.ulteig.com

From legal surveys to construction staking, subdivision platting to boundary surveys, we help our clients with all their land surveying needs. Ulteig provides timely and efficient service for projects small and large. Ulteig is an employee-owned company delivering comprehensive engineering, planning and surveying services to clients across the region and the nation.

Comprehensive Engineering, Planning & Surveying

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Financing Your First Home By Al Clark

President, Lake Region Builders Association

Buying your first house can be very exciting. But financing your home purchase can be a daunting experience. In both cases, do your research and shop carefully to ensure you find exactly what you want and need. Deciding how much to spend on your home and which type of mortgage will work best for you – as well as understanding the settlement process – can be confusing. However, there are many sources that can help you get prepared well before you step foot into a sales office, model home or open house. • Get familiar with the lingo. Visit www.nahb.org/forconsumers for mortgage basics, a home buyer’s dictionary and information on financing, insuring and settling on your new home. • Figure out what you can actually afford to pay on a monthly basis. When determining the monthly payment you can afford, remember that, in addition to the monthly principal and interest, you will also be paying into escrows for property taxes, hazard insurance and possibly a homeowners or condominium association assessment. You have more knowledge about your living expenses than a lender. Hold firm with that number and don’t be tempted to agree to an amount higher than what you are comfortable spending. Mortgage calculators are a great way to figure out what your monthly payments would be based on interest rates and down payment amounts. Calculators can be found on most real-estate-focused Web sites, including nahb.org. • Pay down your debts. Debt that you carry on your credit cards will limit what you qualify for from a lender. Lenders want to see a total debt service ratio that is less than 40 percent of your monthly income. • Attend a first-time home buying seminar or talk to a credit counselor who does not work for a lender. You can research your options without being influenced by someone who has a financial interest in the home or loan you choose. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers free housing counseling and seminars; visit www. hud.gov for more information. • HUD also has a handy booklet on its site called “Buying Your Home: Settlement Costs and Helpful Information.” It describes the home buying and settlement process and explains most of the expenses you will encounter. It is free and most lenders are required to provide their loan applicants with a copy of this document under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). However, you will be able to shop more wisely for settlement services if you have read the pamphlet before you visit a lender. • When you have done your research and are ready to move on to the next step, visit a lender, understand the loan choices that would be available to you, and, once you’ve determined the most suitable loan, get pre-approved for that loan. Since you will already know how much money you can borrow, you will know what price range you should be looking at and can move quickly if you are bidding on a house that has several interested buyers. A lender’s pre-approval would still be subject to a final verification of your credit and a satisfactory appraisal, but it’s a big step toward becoming a homeowner. Once you have figured out the best way to finance your new home, get out there and go find it! For more information to help ease the first-time home-buying stress, contact your local Home Builders Association at Lake Region Builders Association or visit the National Association of Home Builders online at www.nahb.org/forconsumers.


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517 Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes

847-9775

www.dl-online.com/marketplace/dandd

We Specialize We’re here to help you cut through the confusion.


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Proudly supplies Anchor products (pre-cast retaining wall blocks, paving stones and accessories)

218-847-7391 800-726-7643

18262 OLD PIT ROAD • DETROIT LAKES, MN 56501

www.dl-online.com/marketplace/houghdl

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The "Not-So-Obvious" Benefits of Buying New By Al Clark, President, Lake Region Builders Association

Prospective home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new. Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or condominium often cite energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice. But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that aren’t so obvious. Below are a few more benefits of a brand-new home that you may not see in the sales brochure. Building a Communiity Together A brand-new community is one of the built-in benefits of many new homes. When families move in to a subdivision at the same time, often lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness are formed right away. Nobody is the “new kid on the block,” and many home builders host community block parties in new developments to help owners meet and connect. Popular amenities like pools, walking trails and courts for tennis and basketball offer additional opportunities for interaction among neighbors of all ages. Often new communities are comprised of home owners in the same stage of life, such as young families or active retirees, so neighbors can get to know each other through carpools, PTA meetings, tennis matches or golf games. Entertaining Throwing a party in an older home can be a challenge because smaller, distinct rooms make it difficult to entertain guests in one large space. Builders are responding to today’s homebuyer preferences with layouts featuring more open spaces and rooms that flow into each other more easily, like the popular great room. While you are in the kitchen preparing dinner, you can still interact with guests enjoying conversation in the family room without feeling closed off. The feeling of spaciousness in today’s newhome layouts often is enhanced the higher ceilings and additional windows that bringing in more light than you would find in an older home. A Clean Slate For some buyers, parking the car in a sparkling-clean garage or being the first to cook a dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your own sense of style. You can create your own home décor from the get-go! The advantages of being the first owner of a home extend to the outdoors. Instead of inheriting inconveniently or precariously placed trees, or having to tear up overgrown shrubs, you can design and plant the lawn and garden you want. Outlets, Outlets Everywhere! Homes built in the 1960’s and earlier were wired much differently than houses today. Builders had no way of anticipating the invention of high-definition televisions, DVRs and computers that we enjoy today—and the very different electrical requirements they would introduce. New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual home owner’s needs. Anyone who has ever lived in an older home can also attest to the fact that there are never enough outlets, inside or out! New-home builders plan for the increased number and type of electronics and appliances used by today’s families, so you can safely operate a wine cooler, Christmas lights or your computer. For more information on the benefits of a new home, contact your local Home Builders Association at Lake Region Builders Association or visit the National Association of Home Builders online at www. nahb.org/forconsumers.


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• Energy Efficiency • Energy Star • Green Building Sustaining • Cradle to Cradle Polysteel is the first Insulated Concrete Form to become a partner in the ENERGY STAR program, and the first and only Insulated Concrete Form to earn Cradle to Cradle Certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC).

• Design Flexibility & Versatility - Faster, safer & easier construction technology

• Energy Efficient

- 50%-80% savings on heating & cooling costs

• Structurally Sound

- Tornado, hurricane & earthquake resistant

• Environmentally Responsible

- Significant contribution toward LEED certification - First ICF to achieve Cradle to Cradle Certification™

• Safer, Quieter & More Comfortable

- Cleaner air, uniform temperature, superior sound barrier

EZ 2 Build, LLC 218-847-5222 • 1-866-336-0674 David & Sherry DeLair Distributor & Certified Installer, Detroit Lakes

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114 West Grant

Detroit Lakes

commercial • industrial • residential licensed • Bonded • insured

electrical contractors

Serving the area for over 45 years

If it’s electrical, we can do it!

Briard Construction Inc. Hunter Briard Cell: 218-841-3238 Email: briardconst@loretel.net 12568 E. Pearl Lake Road Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 License #20318218

New Construction • Remodeling Shingling • Siding • Decks Additions • Garages Doors • Windows


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UFOS from SpaceMan Our portable

Units For On-Site are an easy and affordable solution for your home or work remodeling needs.

Call today!

847.1313

www.myspacemanstorage.com

Up/Down Door Company provides high impact garage door solutions and garage door openers for your home or work place.

844.5900

28774 State Hwy 34 • Detroit Lakes Email: updowndoor@arvig.net www.updowndoor.com

“Open the door to Quality”

The Smart and Easy Way To a Beautiful Landscape. IRRIGATION

LAKE HOMES • RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL INSTALLATION • SERVICE • DESIGN

846-0680

28774 State Hwy 34 • Detroit Lakes www.heyrainman.com

Expert Care For Over 11 Years! Kent Disse

“We stand behind our sprinklers.”


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Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Technology? By Al Clark,

President, Lake Region Builders Association

More and more, home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate home technologies that increase the long-term value of their house but also provide convenience, safety and comfort. These days, energy management tops the list of desired features in new homes, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB’s 2007-2008 consumer preferences survey of more than 2,300 recent and prospective home buyers examined the features, products, amenities and layouts preferred in a new home. In the home technology features category, the number one choice among respondents was energy management at 61 percent – up from 45 percent in 2004. Also ranked highly in this category were multi-zone heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), lighting controls and home theatres. Staying in the home technology features category, three of the top five most-wanted technology features – energy management, HVAC and lighting control – also provide energy-efficiency. By incorporating the following technologies, home owners can save money on their utility bills: • Automated HVAC systems can maintain a more energy-efficient temperature while the home owners are away at work, but switch to a more comfortable temperature prior to their arrival home. Zones can also be created to heat or cool only the areas most used by the occupants, keeping other areas, such as guest bedrooms, shut down until they are needed. According to Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats can save consumers about $180 per year in energy costs. • Water heaters with a timer can be turned off when the occupants are traveling, then can turn on and begin heating the water in preparation for their return home. Tankless gas water heaters – which only activate when residents start to use hot water and immediately de-activate when they are done – are also a great option and can reduce water heating costs up to 35 percent annually. • Lighting can make up 10 to 20 percent of the total electrical usage of the home. Installing an automatic dimmer, which adjusts to the homeowner’s needs based on time of day or occupancy, will lower electricity bills and increase the life expectancy of light bulbs. • Blinds and drapes can be programmed to close during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun; keeping the house cooler. In the colder winter months, they can open up to allow the sun in to warm the house, which helps regulate the room temperature. By incorporating technologies that help make your home operate more efficiently, Energy Star estimates that home owners can save $200 to $400 annually on their energy bills. For more information on these and other home technologies available, contact your local Home Builders Association at Lake Region Builders Association or visit the National Association of Home Builders online at www.nahb.org/forconsumers.


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quality Modern Living Concepts “High craftsmanship... (Where Innovation Meets Common Sense)

World class customer service”

New Home Packages!!

Curb Appeal and Space! Our homes are generous in space, filled with function, designed for smart construction and best of all affordable!!! You will enjoy the comfort of in-floor heat not only in the house, but in the heated garage as well! This is one home you’re going to love!

Get What You Want!

Our home packages can be customized to suit your needs at no additional charge to qualified buyers. We have an in-house draftsman who can help you create the home of your dreams. Whether it is new construc-

satisfaction as our goal. We are focused on quality, budget and scheduling, along with relieving our customers of construction details. Pike Creek Builders LLC offers a variety of construction services management.

Residential Services • Custom homes • Additions • Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling • Basement finishing • Garages • General remodeling & repair services

Commercial Services

• New Construction • Retail & Office build-outs • Historical building renovations • General remodeling & repair service

QUALITY NEW HOME PACKAGES 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,500sq. ft., Attached/heated garage. Starting at $114,900. Built on your property or development of choice.

New for 2009!! We now have the ability to construct our homes with S.I.P.s (Structural Insulated Panels). S.I.P.s are foam wall panels that are extremely energy efficient and are in alignment with green building. www.extremepanel.com

25372 110th Street, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

218-841-2006

www.PikeCreekBuilders.com


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Your Wholesale Electrical Supplier Since 1972

www.arrowelectricsupply.com 960 10th Avenue SE 路 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Phone 218-847-5601 路 Toll Free 877-332-7112 Fax 218-847-5171 路 E-mail arrow@lakesnet.net Authorized dealer for many quality products including:

Beauty and quality

in home construction...

MN Lic. #20225226


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Warm your home, not the planet

Benefits of AmeriGas

• Automatic Delivery Program • 24-Hour Emergency Service • Protected Price Programs • Budget Payment Plans (with • • •

approved credit) Lineguard Plan Automatic Payment Plan Customer Referral Bonus

PROPANE • SAFE • RELIABLE

The “green” alternative 18872 Cty Hwy 21, Richwood Road • Detroit Lakes 218-847-1133

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DEFINITIONS PERTAINING TO HOME CONSTRUCTION By Al Clark,

President, Lake Region Builders Association

MOLDING is found both on the interior and exterior of houses. It is the wood, metal, plastic or plaster trim used around windows and doors, at the tops and bases of walls, along cornices, and for other decorative details. BASE MOLDING is a decorative band or finish board that is used to cover the joint between the wall and the floor; it is also sometimes called baseboard. CROWN MOLDING is a decoration used to cover the area where the wall and the ceiling intersect. FLASHING is sheet metal or plastic used to cover joints and openings in exterior surfaces of the house to protect against water leakage. FRAMING is the structural skeleton of the house, usually made of beams, studs and joists. BEAMS are members used to support the structure. CENTER BEAM is a member that runs the length of the first floor of a house and supports the house structure above it. COLLAR BEAM is a horizontal member in the roof that provides structural strength by connecting opposite rafters. STUDS are the upright wood or metal members used to form the walls and partitions. JOISTS are the horizontal parallel beams that support floors and ceilings. CORNICES are found on the exterior of the house. They are the structural trim that is used to cover the area where the roof and the wall meet. SOFFIT is a special type of cornice that covers the exposed underside of a projecting house part, such as the exposed underside of part of your roof that extends beyond a wall of your house. EAVES are the edges of roof that run parallel to the ground. You put gutters along the eaves to carry off rainwater and snowmelt from the roof. RAFTERS are the structural members that form the legs of the triangle created by the framing. RIDGE BOARD is the length of lumber at the peak of the roof to which the upper ends of the rafters are fastened. GABLE is the triangular end wall of a house that extends from the eaves to the peak of the roof. (A famous house in Salem, Massachusetts has seven of them.) DORMER is a projection built out from a sloping roof as a room extension or for a window. Not all houses have all of these features, and there are many house features that are not described above. If you wish to learn more about the components of a house, you may order the book Understanding House Construction by calling 1-800-223-2665, or by visiting www.BuilderBooks.com. The cost is $19.75 plus postage and handling.


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Helping Build America’s Heartland Detroit Lakes

Home Packages Garages & Post Frames Outdoor Living & More

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DETROIT LAKES PUBLIC UTILITIES providing quality electrical, water, wastewater, data/communications and internet services

When building or remodeling your home or business, make sure you contact us for latest services and cost saving programs being offered. • Up to $245 rebates on new energy efficient electric water heaters • $300 rebates on new qualifying energy efficient central air conditioning or air-to-air heat pumps. • Low cost rental security and yard lighting • Special off peak electric heating rates • Separate metering option for outdoor watering • Broadband Data Communications & Internet Services

City Owned and Operated Utilities offer Consumer Protection City of Detroit Lakes at its very best. 1025 Roosevelt Avenue, Detroit Lakes City of Detroit Lakes 218-847-7609

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Your hometown Internet provider. Serving the City of Detroit Lakes and surrounding area since 1997.

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Should I hire a professional? Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years on the heels of Martha Stewart Living, HGTV, and other popular home improvement shows and publications. And, for certain small projects, a DIY project can be rewarding and fun - if you are prepared and have the proper skills. But before you start knocking down walls and taking out wiring, ask yourself the following questions: • Do you have a clear idea of what you want your project to look like? • Do you have the time to complete this project (be realistic!)? • Have you ever undertaken a project like this before? • Do you know everything you will need (materials, tools, etc.) to complete the project? • Are you familiar with the applicable building codes and permits? • Do you enjoy physical labor? • Do you have all the tools you will need? •  Do you have the necessary skills for this project? • If not, do you have the time and resources to learn these skills? • Where will you obtain the necessary materials? • If you cannot complete the project according to your original schedule, are you (and your family) prepared to handle the resulting inconvenience? • Will you need assistance with this project? If so, who will assist you? Do they have the time and skills required for this project? • Do you understand all the safety issues associated with this project? • Are you familiar with the architecture and structural makeup of your home (i.e., how knocking down one wall will affect the rest of the structure)? • Have you considered the hidden costs associated with doing it yourself - time, tools, and the possibility that you may actually decrease the value of your house if the result isn't up to professional standards? It is easy to look at the cost of hiring a professional contractor and think only of labor and materials. But remember that a professional contractor offers you an important service - years of experience, the right tools, a network of suppliers and subcontractors, and an indepth understanding of legal regulations, cost estimating, scheduling, and the latest construction techniques.


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Serving the Lakes Area Since 1978 New Construction • Remodeling

Brass Master Water Softners • Water Heaters • Sump Pumps • Water Pumps Lake Home Openings and Closings • Furnaces and Air Conditioners • Plenum Heaters Licensed • Bonded • Insured License #62099

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G & R HILL CONSTRUCTION INC. FOUR GENERATIONS OF QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

Serving the Lakes Area Since 1946 Randy G. Hill 218-841-3490

Gene A. Hill 218-849-7391

LIC. #20062224

FAX: (218) 847-5947 BUILDING TOWARD QUALITY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION


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When you say:

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Low-E Glass with Argon and SuperSpacerTM technology allow Vinylite Windows to exceed Energy Star performance guidelines. Vinylite Windows has a complete product line with thousands of possible style, color, and size combinations.

Low-E Glass with Argon and SuperSpacerTM Backed by local factory service techs andTM Low-E SuperSpacer the and Good Housekeeping seal, you can have technology allow Vinylite Windows to Glass with Argon peace of mind with your purchase. exceed Energy Star performance guidelines. allow Vinylite technology Windows to Available At: exceed Energy Star performance guidelines.

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Home Decorating 2009 Detroit Paint & Glass has provided you with Benjamin Moore PAINTS, Varnishes & STAINS, GLASS, CUSTOM SHOWER DOORS, COMMERCIAL STORE FRONTS, Brand Name Luxurious CARPETING, FLOORCOVERING, Screens, WINDOW SHADES, Blinds, and Custom Picture FRAMING. For over years

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Choosing a contractor is the most important decision you'll       make when you decide to build or remodel. Make sure you know what to look for before    hiring a contractor: 1. Your contractor should be licensed. Licensed contractors offer protections to you through the state that unlicensed contractors do not such as a 10-year warranty, workers' compensation insurance, general liability insurance and the contractor recovery fund. 2. Your contractor should be experienced with the type of work you want done. See our questions to ask for tips on selecting the appropriate contractor for your job. 3. Your contractor should be professional and care about the quality of service you will be receiving. Check with your local builders association for a list of builders in your area that care about the community they work in. The Builders Association of Minnesota is a voluntary organization of licensed contractors and remodelers who are committed to a code of ethics and ongoing training on the latest codes, technical requirements and building skills. Your local builders association is the best resource available for finding the highest quality contractors and remodelers in every region of Minnesota. The members of your local builders association live in the communities they serve. Their livelihoods depend on providing reliable, quality service on every project. Source: www.nahb.org


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“QUALITY AT A DISCOUNT”

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A Blue Scope Steel Company

Quality Commercial and Residential Construction Over 50 years experience serving the region. Ask about Pelican River Heights... a new residential development offering fantastic views! It's a must-see if you're considering a single family or multi-family home.

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Bringing Geo to the World Lic.TS01611 • dkhass@wcta.net • Insured & Bonded

Serving Frazee & the LakeS area • 218-538-6698


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A Housing Glossary By Al Clark,

President, Lake Region Builders Association

Make Sure Your Dream Doesn't Become a Nightmare... The Best Advice to Avoid the Worst Mistakes When You Build or Remodel Your Home Homebuyers and homeowners can be excused for not knowing the names of all of the parts of a house. A typical house contains more than 3,000 different components. You may hear people throwing around terms such as soffit, cornice and joist without knowing exactly what they are. Some of the names for house parts have made their way into common English usage in a non-housing context. For instance, most people know the term "eavesdropper" for someone who listens in on someone else's conversation. One also finds house parts in people's names, such as the actor Clark Gable or tennis star Patrick Rafter. Here's a primer on some of the components of a typical house from John A. Kilpatrick's book Understanding House Construction, published by the Home Builder Press of the National Association of Home Builders. For a full dictionary of building terms go to: www.nahb.org

How Your House Breathes By Al Clark, President, Lake Region Builders Association

To survive, we breathe in oxygen and then exhale carbon dioxide and water vapor. In the same way, your house needs to breathe to provide you with a healthy home. Your house needs to bring in fresh air for its occupants. It needs to exhaust water vapor generated by occupant activities. When you open your windows, outside air can enter you house. Kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans exhale water vapor and stale air from your house during periods of high moisture producing activities. If your house has an air exchanger, e.g. a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) or continuous fan, this also helps your house to breathe. The HRV inhales fresh outside air and exhales stale house air.


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MALONEY’S PLUMBING INC. 218-847-4942 Plumbing Fixtures & Supplies

commercial • residential • remodeling • service & repair • lake homes • hot water heating • plumbing fixtures & supplies

Bonded & Insured • Dan Maloney • Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 • License #004298PM

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• Paver Patios, Retaining Walls, Rip Rap • Full Lawn Maintenance — Residential & Commercial

Experienced & Certified 1 mile North of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road • 19165 County Hwy. 21

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DL Window & Door Inc.

Andersen® windows...in the heat of summer their High Performance™ insulating glass is 41% more energy efficient than ordinary double pane windows. Low-maintenance Andersen® products are featured in our homes. Visit our showroom today.

www.dlwindow.com 914 8TH ST. S.E., DETROIT LAKES, MN 56501 • 218-847-8708 © 2006 Anderson Corporation. All rights reserved.

Find your perfect home with an ABR® “I’m your ABR”

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Accredited Buyer’s Representative empowered by

I have “Yor-kies” to your new home!

CB First Realty-Lyon

1345 Highway 10 West Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Phone: 218-844-6900 Cell: 218-841-6831

mjahnke@atthelakes.com

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Is your fireplace safe & clean? VIDEO INSPECTION

1-800-201-0167 Cultured Stone Installation Tuck Pointing

We also specialize in brick repair & converting wood fireplaces to gas

JOHNSON’S

PLUMBING

Master Plumber

Clean Reliable Professional Service!

218-847-7135 • New Construction & Remodeling • Winterize & Hookup Lake Homes & Cabins

Licensed & Bonded Lic. #3387M

Merl & Kyle Johnson • Fixtures & Supplies • Service & Repair

P.O. Box 1042 • Detroit Lakes, MN 56502


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Is Buying a Home in Today’s Economy a Good Idea? By al clark

President, Lake Region Builders Association

Let me say this right upfront. As a long-term investment, homeownership is STILL one of the best investments for individual households. “Why” you may ask? After all, the headlines say the housing market is down and out, with defaults rising at an alarming rate, and mortgage markets so frozen that buyers can’t get a home loan at any price. What buyers need to realize is that housing markets, like all markets, inevitably have their ups and downs. And homeownership has a track record that is virtually unmatched by any other purchase in terms of its real benefits. Despite the turmoil in mortgage lending, if you have good credit, a job and steady income, you will find there is still plenty of mortgage credit to be had at good rates. For well qualified buyers, rates are running at about six-anda-half percent, which is a very good range on a historic basis. Another thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot of homes for sale, more than there have been in a very long time. That means you have a great selection from which to choose and should have no problem finding exactly what you’re looking for — and, you’re in very good position to negotiate a good deal. Once again, it’s important to understand that the long-term fundamentals for housing remain positive. Look at anticipated population and household growth; consider the increasing scarcity of available land in metro markets where jobs are located and where people want to live. Over time, these factors will help drive up the value of housing. One more thing to consider: To make the argument that prices will keep going down, you have to believe that the cost of building a home is going to go down. That won’t happen. Land, material and labor costs will only keep getting higher. So the price of new homes will increase overall, and the price of existing homes, due to market competitiveness, will go up as well. A home should first and foremost be a place in which to live and raise your family. Too many people in the recent past got carried away with the idea of making a quick buck by purchasing a home or condo and then reselling it right away at a profit. Those days are long gone. The bottom line is this: if you are looking for a place to live and for a solid long-term investment, now is a good time to buy a home. For more information on why now is a good time to buy, visit www.nahb. org/timetobuy or contact the Lake Region Builders Association at 218-8470699. To sign up for NAHB’s free consumer e-newsletter, visit www.nahb. org/housekeys.


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Specialty Concrete. Inc. Concrete, • Driveways • Sidewalks

Customer• Proof Patios

• Pavers John Bergquist • Walls • Foundations • Tearout & Replace Footings • Colored, Stamped & Decorative Concrete CustomerID: 1001048262

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Elsner Well Drilling Inc

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12616 110th St

Telephone: 218-587-3355

Menahga, MN 56464

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14693 West Lake Sallie Dr. Detroit Lakes, MN Office • (218) 847-3817 Cell • (218) 841-8484

ELSNER WELL DRILLING INC LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED BY KELLY ELSNER • SERVING THE AREA FOR OVER 20 YEARS

FARM • HOME • CABIN • GOLF COURSE RESIDENTIAL • MUNICIPAL • COMMERCIAL “Where Elsner Goes, Water Flows” FREE ONE” THE PH R E “OV TIMATES ES

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More Power Same Location, Same Fine

To Ya! Service for 3 Generations

Commercial & Residential Wiring Licensed Electrical Contracting Free Planning Service

(218) 847-5255

Don & Joe SchattSchneiDer 521 South Shore Drive • Detroit Lakes, MN

a Division of Stenerson Lumber

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555 Hwy. 59 North, Detroit Lakes 218-846-1778 • Toll Free 1-888-339-4480


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SALES - SERVICE - INSTALLATION The Complete Overhead Door & Rolling Steel Door Company 324 Main Ave East West Fargo, ND 58076 (701) 281-4759 Fax (701) 281-4592 1-800-726-4029

SALES - SERVICE - INSTALLATION

We hold in high esteem, the members of Lakes Area Builders Association. The work completed by members of LABA is done professionally and with expertise. For your next building project Let your LABA member set up an appointment with our showroom staff and make your dreams come true.

Goodin Wholesale Company Detroit Lakes


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Questions to ask before hiring a contractor for your building or remodeling project

How long have you been a contractor? Do you have references? Do you have liability insurance? Have any complaints been filed against you? What is your role in the company? Will you be my contact on this project or will it be someone else? Do you participate in a local trade association? Are you involved in any local civic organizations (e.g., chamber of commerce)? Your building or remodeling project is important. You want the highest quality product, which you can only expect from licensed contractors. Talk to prospective contractors to find the person who is right for your project.

Ask for estimates Ask for a written estimate of the work to be done based on a set of plans and specifications. This is a time-consuming process for the contractor, so you should be prepared to pay for this package.

Apples to Apples

Make sure that you're comparing apples to apples. Estimates from different contractors need to be based on identical project specifications. Make sure each bid includes everything you’ve asked for. Change orders (that is, changes to your project after you’ve begun) can be very expensive.

Should I make my decision based on price?

Conventional wisdom states that you should "get at least three bids" before hiring a contractor. But it's a mistake to let price alone drive your selection. If you like a contractor and are confident that he would do a good job, don't automatically switch to another contractor (who may not rank as high in customer service, competence, communication, etc.) if the estimate is more than you can afford. You may be able to scale down by making a few modifications - using quality stock rather than custom designed cabinets or selecting less expensive appliances or fixtures. Source: www.nahb.org


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Your one stop shop... start to finish! Jen & Darcy Savig

your

Serving the area for over 40 years.

Formerly JCS Cabinets, 350 Eagle Street, Audubon, MN 218-439-6699 www.dreammakerrrv.com Family owned and operated

Over 50 years in the Lakes Area

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Residential • Commercial • Cottages • Cabinets Perry Nodsle

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1473 Legion Road • Detroit Lakes • Res. 218-847-8347 • Lic. #1834


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Wood Finishes Interior/Exterior Paints & Stains Painting Supplies Garage Floor Coatings Concrete Coatings & Stains

Industrial, Commercial, & Residential Coatings

218.847.7100 Fax: 218.847.7104 29060 Hwy. 10 E., Detroit Lakes

Proud to be Representing Minnesota’s 7th District

Look forward to seeing you at The Builders Show Congressman Collin Peterson

Paid for and authorized by the Peterson for Congress Committee. P.O. Box 265, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502


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33732 182nd St. • detroit LakeS

• Glass Block Benjamin Bergman • Marble Troy Fingalson • Granite Porcelain 18901 Dan Street • Ceramic Detroit Lakes • Carpet • Wood — Just off Richwood Road and Tower Road on the North edge of town — • Laminate

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• Free Estimates • Licensed Bonded • Insured

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GREAT NEWS for 1ST TIME HOMEBUYERS • Rates are at an all time low! • Outstanding selection of homes • $8,000* Tax Credit on new or existing home purchase. Lake Region Builders Association 26120 Broadway Ave., P.O. Box 145 Detroit Lakes, MN 56502 Phone: 218-847-0699 • Fax 218-844-5383 *For qualified buyers

MARCH AND APRIL HOME MAINTENANCE CHECK LIST By Al Clark

President, Lake Region Builders Association

1. C  heck and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations. 2. Clean or replace furnace filter. 3. Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters. 4. Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams. 5. Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed. 6. Inspect basement/crawl space for seepage/leakage. 7. D  o safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks. 8. Check and repair any damaged screens. 9. Adjust thermostat for season change. 10. Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows


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MENAHGA CONCRETE PRODUCTS INC. “A Solid Investment in Your Future”

READY MIXED CONCRETE CONCRETE PUMPING SERVICE CONCRETE • ROCKFACE • BLOCKS Year Rou nd • Chimney Blocks Service! • Masonry Supplies

• Washed Crushed Rock & Sand • Crushed Concrete, Rip Rap & Boulders • Class 5 - Black Dirt & Fill • Loading at Pit/State Certified MN Scale • Logix - ICF

Hwy. 71 N. Menahga, MN

CALL TOLL FREE:

1-800-450-4432 218-564-4432

Bob & Linda Berttunen

New Homes • Garages • Remodeling • Additions jmwosika@q.com

218-849-6884 Contact Jeff

Lic #20443126


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Seamless Gutter Systems

FREE S ESTIMATE CALL WAYNE AT 218-841-0232 or 218-334-4425

Campbell Plumbing, Inc. “Your Complete Plumbing Professionals” Tom Campbell

President • Lic.#063090PM

Ryan Cornwell Installer • Lic. #010419PJ

Serving the Lakes Area

Phone: 847-2621 • Cell: 234-0640 • DETROIT LAKES Bonded & Insured


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10 Tips On Getting The Best Return On Home Improvements 1. Clean / de-clutter - 973% Average Return on Investment: Remove clutter by storing items in basement, attic or friend’s home. Rent a storage space or sell excess items, if needed. Keep every room very clean during open homes. Do pre-open house cleanliness inspections. 2. Lighten and brighten - 865% Average Return on Investment: Replace any burnt-out bulbs and use higher wattage bulbs, if possible. Have defective electrical components repaired or replaced. Make sure skylights are clear and keep drapes open during the day. 3. Yard - 426% Average Return on Investment: Store away personal effects from front yard. Hire gardener or landscaper to trim back the overgrowth and maintain yard. Make sure that your lawn has a healthy green appearance. 4. Plumbing and electrical - 260% Average Return on Investment: Consider repairing or replacing any defective plumbing or electrical items in your home. Make sure you have the right person for the job by getting several estimates. 5. Staging - 251% Average Return on Investment: Buy some fresh flowers, live plants and other decorations to liven up the home. Dispose of old furniture or other large items. Consider renting furniture or hiring a staging consultant. 6. Update kitchen and bath - 168% Average Return on Investment: Update kitchen and baths by resurfacing cabinets or painting with neutral color. Replace toilet seats, dated fixtures and drawer/cabinet handles. Freshly caulk and redo grout in countertops, sinks, tubs and showers. 7. Paint interior - 148% Average Return on Investment: Repair any damaged interior walls by patching all chips, holes and cracks; then touch up or repaint interior walls with neutral color. 8. Carpeting = 104% Average Return on Investment: If carpets are only lightly soiled, shampooing and/or spot removal should suffice. If there are rips, fading, heavy wear, smells or deep stains, replace with neutral color. 9. Flooring - 101% Average Return on Investment: Repair and refinish damaged floors, or cover with neutral-colored wall to wall carpet and note damage in your disclosure. 10. Paint exterior - 76% Average Return on Investment: Repaint or resurface the outside walls of house, as needed. Patch and repair any damaged areas.

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ELECTRICAL SERVICE

• Commercial • Residential • Industrial

THERMOIMAGING

• Electrical Equipment & Panels • Heat loss in Homes & Business

ELECTRICAL DESIGN BUILD

• Electrical Prints • Budgets • Schedules

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Love means never having to turn down the thermostat. GeoComfort geothermal systems aren’t only for new construction. Reduce your monthly utility costs by up to 70%, and keep the house you love warm—all night long. In addition to the benefits to your budget, GeoComfort geothermal systems also are environmentally friendly and provide unparalleled comfort for your family. So, keep the house; lose the conventional furnace.

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Builders Digest 2009

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