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What started as a two person remodeling company 30 years ago has grown into a multi-state construction and home improvement enterprise boasting more than 30 thousand happy customers. Delighting our customers, whether they are building new or remodeling their home with a new gutter system or roofing installation, is easy to do with the great products we offer and our staff of hardworking employees.

How to Destroy Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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There’s an old adage that states “never judge a book by its cover.”  While that may be the case, it doesn’t stop major book publishers from paying top dollar for unique and interesting cover art.  The same concept holds true for your home’s curb appeal.  Whether it’s the mailman, pizza delivery person or your mother-in-law, the exterior of your home is the first thing someone sees when they visit for the first time.  Because you enter and leave your home on a daily basis, it’s easy to become desensitized from what others see.  Here are some things to be aware of that might be hindering your home from having the best possible first impression.

Ignoring Your Surroundings-While your personal tastes should impact your final selections, you’ll have the best curb appeal by taking into consideration what your neighbors have.  After all, you don’t want to have the house that sticks out like a sore thumb.

A Boring Front Door- Everyone that enters your home does so through your front door, so it’s important to select one that reflects the style of your home’s interior.  Equally as important as the appearance of the door is the material it is made from.  Popular choices include wood, fiberglass & steel.  (Having trouble IMG_0305deciding?  We’ve dedicated an entire blog to this topic.  Check it out here) And don’t forget about color!  While there’s nothing wrong with a plain white door, it’s easy to add interest with a door in a lively color that matches your trim and/or shutters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Sweating the Small Stuff-Ignoring a handful of small things can turn into a big thing.  A combination of oil spots on your driveway, cracked concrete, a faded mailbox and crooked house numbers all count against your curb appeal in a big way when lumped together.

Absence of Plants-The best approach to your home’s landscaping is a layered approach that incorporates plants.  You can really make your home pop by plantselecting plant colors that are opposite of the color of your home’s exterior on the color wheel.  For example, purple flowers will really pop next to a yellow home.  Remember that white actually stands out the most and should either be used to link a space together or act as a focal point.  It’s okay to leave space between plants because as they grow, the space will lessen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Dark Yard-Landscaping doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.  There are several places that can benefit from illumination.  They include underneath stairs, house numbers, on path borders, trained on trees and fountains.  Another unconventional solution is glow in the dark paint for rocks that will shine long after the sun goes down.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Selling Your Home with Smart Technology

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We write from time to time about home upgrades that are at the height of consumer interest, as well as those that are on the way out.  One trend that you’ve most definitely been hearing buzz about is smart homes.  By definition, smart homes are those that are controlled through a central portal, often a computer or smart phone.  Tasks smart homes can be programmed to do include providing security, preheating your oven or programming your thermostat.  Not sure whether a smart home is a wise investment for you?  Here’s what you need to know!

Like a lot of discretionary home improvements (think pools, saunas and extravagant landscaping) the value of the upgrade relies on the person who owns the home appreciating it.  While you shouldn’t upgrade your home with smart home improvements thinking you’re going to get your investment back in full, should you choose to sell, there are some decisions that you can make that will increase the likelihood of a future owner seeing worth in them.

Utility Savings: Many manufacturers are now marketing smart appliances that can be hooked up to electric meters.  The perk of this feature is that it can assist you with shifting your electrical usage to off-peak hours as much as possible.  This means that optional features such as your refrigerators defrost cycle runs at a cheaper time of the day.

Customer Support: Complicated technology that requires a degree in astrophysics isn’t something that a new homeowner is likely to embrace.  When installing smart home features, opt for those that are easy to use and are also backed by a 24/7-customer service hotline that can be utilized for assistance.

Smartphone Integration: A recent survey by Coldwell Banker states that 62% of home buyers are interested in controlling their home technology through their smartphones or tablets.  When installing this type of technology in your home, you’ll have the upper hand against other systems that require the utilization of additional devices that do not directly communicate with your smartphone.

Home Safety: In the same survey referenced above, nearly half of all homebuyers are drawn to home improvements with smart home integration that make the home a safer place to live.   With that in mind, smart smoke alarms, security systems, outdoor lighting and locks are sure to be a home run with potential home buyers.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Bathroom Faucet Finish Guide

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Legend has it that anything that King Midas touched turned to gold.  And while that may have been ideal for the bathroom fixtures of the ‘90s, in present day we must admit that it looks a little dated.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed with options, but we’ve got you covered.  Here are some of the most popular bathroom fixture finishes on the market and what you need to know about them before committing.

Brushed Nickel

What it Looks Like: Brushed nickel is silver in color and has small, intentional scratches all in the same direction.  This process removes the shine from the nickel.

Why you’ll Love It: Brushed nickel is one of the longest-lasting finishes available.  It hides fingerprints, along with water spots, making it easy to clean.  Price-wise, it’s quite budget-friendly.  It works well in modern and traditional bathrooms.

Why you’ll Loathe It: If you’re looking to make a statement with your bathroom fixtures, brushed nickel isn’t unique enough to turn heads.

Chrome

What it Looks Like: Chrome fixtures are silver and shiny.

Why you’ll Love It: Chrome is cost-effective and it takes very little to maintain and keep clean.  It plays well with other materials.

Why you’ll Loathe It: While they are easy to clean, chrome fixtures are known for showing fingerprints and watermarks.

Copper

What it Looks Like: With its hints of orange, a copper sink can be a real statement piece.

Why you’ll Love It: By its nature, copper has several antimicrobial properties which means that bacteria in this type of sink will die in a matter of hours, instead of weeks.

Why you’ll Loathe It: Copper is less durable than other sink finishes.  It’s also harder to find accessories that match it.  Over time, it will show signs of age.

Brass

What it Looks Like: Brass fixtures are golden in color.

Why you’ll Love It: If you prefer a classic look, brass is a great fit.  It’s easy to clean and brass options in the marketplace are endless.

Why you’ll Loathe It: Over time, brass fixtures will become discolored and can even rust.  This finish is one of the most expensive.

Oil Rubbed Bronze

What it Looks Like: Bronze fixtures have a combination of brown & black coloring.

Why you’ll Love It: Bronze fixtures are a great addition to any bathroom because they exude warmth and elegance.  They pair well with statement sinks are a perfect complement to almost any bathroom style.  They are easy to find and conceal water spots & fingerprints.

Why you’ll Loathe It: This finish can be more expensive than others.  Oil rubbed bronze fixtures vary wildly in color from manufacturer to manufacturer, making it difficult to get a perfect accessory match throughout the room.  The finish can also change over time, impacting the look of the color and special cleaning projects are needed in order to prolong this process as long as possible.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Kitchen Sink Faucet Options

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You use it fill up pots, wash your hands and clean produce, but beyond that, you probably give very little thought to the faucet on your kitchen sink.  However, when you find yourself making upgrades to your kitchen, it’s a good idea to carefully consider your use of the sink to determine which type of faucet makes the amost sense for you.  Allow us to fill you in on the choices available to you.

Mounting Styles

Wall Mounted: Homeowners that opt for this option appreciate the ease at which they are able to clean their countertops.  They’re great if you find yourself cooking large meals and need to fill oversized pots with water.  If you live in a colder climate, verify whether local building codes permit installation on an outside wall.   Be sure if you go with this style that it’s properly insulated.

Deck Mounted: This style of faucet attaches right to the countertop and sink and is the most common kitchen sink style.  Homeowners favor this type of faucet abecause it provides a seamless appearance.  This style works well in modern kitchens.  Be sure to leave ample room behind the faucet so that you have room to clean behind it, as dirt, water & other gunk can get trapped between the faucet and the wall.

Handle Choices

Single Handle: This style of faucet provides a modern look, as a single handle regulates both hot and cold temperatures.  The main downside of a single handle sink is that the temperature control on the faucet isn’t as accurate as other types.  However, if you favor the idea of only one hole in your countertop, this style is for you.

Double Handle: While this design is most commonly found in bathrooms, it’s also picking up steam in the kitchen.  Dual handles provide a uniform look and permit better control of temperature and water pressure.

Hands Free: A built-in sensor operates these faucets, though they still have handles which allow you to regulate temperature and water pressure.  They’re great for cooking when hands are too dirty to be used to turn the sink on and off.  They’re a great fit for those with arthritis.  With this style, you never have to be concerned with your sink overflowing accidentally.  Bear in mind that the hands free feature is regulated through a battery and that it will need to be changed in order to keep it functioning properly.

 

What a Difference 20 Years Makes in Home Trends!

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Babe the talking pig graced the silver screen or that Home Improvement meant a trip to the television set, instead of a k2hardware store.  Nowadays, DVDs are going by the wayside in favor of Blu-Rays.  It’s not just pop culture that’s faced significant changes since the ‘90s but the remodeling industry as well.  Here’s a snapshot of how homes 20 years ago stack up against those being built and remodeled today.

Color Schemes & Patterns: Twenty years ago, mauves and blues dominated the color schemes of homes everywhere.  These days, the trend skews towards
earth tones, tans and shades of white.  Popcorn ceilings have taken a back seat to orange peel texture and smooth ceilings.

The Bathroom: Twenty years ago, you would be hard pressed to find a newly renovated bathroom that didn’t have a garden or whirlpool tub.  However, in 2015, homeowners have made oversized, walk-in showers a priority.  Bathroom fixtures now skew towards stainless steel and brushed nickel, as opposed to brass.  It’s also now an oddity to see wallpaper in a bathroom, or many other places within the home, for that matter.

The Kitchen: Almond colored appliances were once in abundance but now nothing dates a kitchen, or raises your energy bill, like these relics.  Today’s top-of-the-line kitchens are now outfitted with stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, luxury backsplashes and undermount sinks.  Linoleum kitchen flooring is Jangula Kitchennow synonymous with chintzy quality.  Natural stone is now high in demand for the homeowner with opulent taste.  For the more budget-conscious homeowner, laminate flooring that can be hard to distinguish from wood, is a sensible choice because it is easy to install and maintain.  In terms of cabinetry, cherry cabinets have remained a viable option for the last 20 years.  Oak cabinets, while popular in 1995, have not stood the test of time and now appear dated.  Modern kitchen cabinets are primarily comprised of dark hues and extend all the way to the ceiling.

Home Features: The appreciation for energy efficiency at home has blossomed into a movement and present day homeowners seek out window and insulation solutions that keep their homes running efficiently.  While fireplaces will always be a coveted home feature, it’s now much more likely that you’ll see a gas fireplace in a newly remodeled room over a wood burning one.  Mother-in-law suites are also gaining popularity as older generations are moving in with their children. Busy lifestyles dictate the amount of time homeowners are willing to dedicate to home upkeep and there has been a surge in popularity for low-maintenance products such as siding, windows, decking and gutters.

 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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What You Need to Know About a Contractor’s License Number

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When interviewing potential contractors for a home renovation, a smart homeowner knows to ask whether or not a contractor is licensed.  Finding out that a contractor is licensed is a good step towards learning more about them, but the discussion should not end there.  Here’s what you need to know!

What a Contractor’s License Means: Contractor licensing laws vary state to state.  In Minnesota companies, not individuals are licensed and each company9 must choose an employee, often an owner, who will serve as the “qualifying person” or license holder.  This individual is the one responsible for taking the mandatory test and completing continuing education requirements.

What a Contractor’s License Does Not Mean: To put things in perspective, just because someone holds a valid driver’s license does not make them a safe
driver.  It simply means that at one point they passed their driver’s test and have not committed enough infractions to have their license revoked.  The same logic applies to a contractor’s license.  It simply notates that someone within the company you are working with has passed the exam and is keeping up with their continuing education credits.  It does not guarantee that the work they will perform is outstanding.  In fact, shoddy work performed by the contractor does not directly result in the loss of their license, as state licensing agencies are not tasked with the responsibility of consumer protection.

Continuing Education Courses: In order to keep their license current, contractors are oftentimes required to attend continuing education courses.  This allows them to stay up to date with new codes, ethical business practices and safety requirements.  These courses benefit consumers through higher quality job performances, fewer customer complaints; less potential for liability and increased job site efficiency.

Contractors License Laws:  Before undertaking a construction project with the help of a contractor, it’s to your benefit to understand what licensing requirements must be met by a contractor, rather than simply taking their word for it.  States like Florida, Kansas, Louisiana and Ohio do not require a state 10license for contractors.  Other states leave issuing of contractor licenses to individual counties and contractors must get a license for each county.  Still others require licenses for only large-scale projects over a certain dollar amount.

How to Verify if a Contractor’s License is Legit:  In most states, a contractor’s license is a unique combo of letters and numbers that are specific to a contractor.  Here’s how to authenticate WI & MN contractor’s license numbers:

MN: https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/lookup2/licensing.aspx

WI: https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch

 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Picking the Best Kitchen Floor

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A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to participate in a Twitter Chat with the staff of Angie’s List, including founder, Angie’s Hicks.  The objective of the chat was to discuss timely home improvement topics and to address homeowner questions about improving their home.  (To view the chat in its entirety, visit https://storify.com/AngiesList/alhomechat.)  One of the questions we received was “What’s the best kitchen floor material?”  Since Twitter has a limit of 140 characters and the answer to this question definitely needs to take into account items such as personal preference, how you use your kitchen, etc., we thought we’d tackle the issue here.  Here’s what you need to know about the most popular kitchen floor materials on the market.

HARDWOOD

What it is: Hardwood flooring refers to a floor made from trees.

Why you should consider it: Properly cared for hardwood floors have a very long lifespan.  Changing out the color can be done multiple times through sanding and refinishing.  They are tough and can handle heavy objects being dropped on them.  They are a sought after option and having them can increase thewood value of your home.

Drawbacks to going with it: Hardwood floors have a number of enemies that can compromise their integrity.  They include stilettos, pet claws, sunlight and standing water.  Installing hardwood floors is a more complicated process than some other types and oftentimes, it’s best to have a professional put them in for you.  They need to be waxed frequently and can become slippery.

 

CERAMIC TILE

What it is: Ceramic tiles are constructed from clay, sand and water.  These elements are shaped into either squares or rectangles and then baked in a kiln to remove most of their moisture.

Why you should consider it: Ceramic tiles are durable and can withstand abuse from everyday wear & tear, spills and muddy footprints.  It cleans up easily and comes in lots of affordable options that can easily be installed by the homeowner.

Drawbacks to going with it: As ceramic tile floors settle, they can begin to crack.  Because they are so hard, anything that is dropped on them will shatter.  The material in itself is cold, so you’ll most likely want to place a rug over it.  Additionally, if the floor becomes wet, it can become quite slick and the grout will need to be sealed frequently.

 

LAMINATE

What it is: Laminate floors are comprised of multiple layers that are merged together to mimic the look of wood or tile.

Why you should consider it: This material is quite durable and can hold up to a pet’s claws, large group gatherings and spills.  Homeowners appreciate that laminateit’s easy to install and cost effective.  Unlike other types of flooring, resealing and waxing are not required.

Drawbacks to going with it: Once laminate starts showing wear and tear, it cannot be refinished.  Instead, it must be replaced completely.

 

 

CONCRETE

What it is: Concrete is composed of cement mixed with aggregates, such as limestone, and water.

Why you should consider it: The components that make up cement flooring are some of the most readily available materials on the planet, making it very environmentally friendly.  Concrete’s lifespan is almost infinite.  It will maintain its color once it has been sealed.  It can be embellished to add interest.  If you live in a hot climate, concrete can be a great choice because of its ability to stay cool.  It holds up well against stains.

Drawbacks to going with it: Concrete is expensive to install, especially if you’re adding a design to it.  Additionally, it may be sealed in order to lock out the water.  Installing it in a cold climate can be undesirable because it will be cold underfoot.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Secrets to Maximizing Your Roof’s Life Expectancy

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Many health insurance companies offer wellness incentives to keep their clients healthy like discounted smoking cessation programs, health coaching over the phone and free annual physicals.  That’s because they know that preventative steps are imperative to keeping their clients healthy for as long as possible.  A homeowner can take a page out of this playbook by taking measures to keep their roof in the best possible shape for as long as possible.  Here are top tips to stretch out the longevity of your roof.

Routine Inspections: If you’re able, climb up on your roof once in the spring and once in the fall to remove any debris.  Inspect shingles for cracking, loss of granules, cracking, etc.  If you’re not comfortable getting on the roof, stand on the ground with a pair of to look for these issues.  Should you notice any damage, consult with a reputable roofing contractor who can advise whether a repair or replacement is needed.

Attic Insulation: Adequate attic insulation will stabilize your home’s temperature, saving you on energy costs.  Insulation also acts as a preventative to keepInstalling-Fiberglass-in-an-Attic-Copy1-300x169 water vapor from collecting on the underside of your roof.  If your attic gets too hot, your shingles may fail prematurely.

 

 

 

 

Attic Ventilation: You may not realize it but the health of your roof depends heavily on your attic’s ventilation.  Skimping on attic ventilation can cause your shingles to fail prematurely, ruin your insulation and increase your energy costs.  Another side effect of inadequate ventilation is ice dams.  Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and will warm the underside of the roof causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.  It’s also important to note that many roofing manufacturers will not warranty a roof that is not ventilated correctly.

Tree Branches: Keep tree branches trimmed back so they are not in direct contact with your roof, which can scratch your shingles.  Wind can also cause a-300x233branches to fall from the trees damaging, or even puncturing, your shingles.  Too many leaves on your roof can cause blockage in your gutters not allowing for proper drainage.

 

 

 

 

 

A 50 Year Roof?! Yes, you read that correctly!  Asphalt roofing manufacturer, GAF, offers a 50 year, non-prorated warranty on both labor and materials on their roofing.  Make your next roof the last one you ever buy.  Lindus Construction proudly offers GAF roofing and is happy to hold the status of Master Elite roofer, a distinction that only 3% of roofing contractors hold.  Call us today at 800.873.1451 to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Home Features on the Endangered Species List

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Home layouts, features and designs are continuously evolving.  New trends coming in signal the death of old ones and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  We’ll let you be the judge of which of these home features you’re sad to go.

Mirrored Walls Unless, you’re practicing pliés, it’s quite unlikely you’re going to see a mirrored wall in a modern home.  However, when done properly, they can add layering to a room.  Many homeowners simply aren’t willing to try them anymore because of their dated look and the fact that changing out a mirrored wall is a tedious undertaking.

Popcorn Ceilings-Popcorn ceilings reigned supreme from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Some contractors even added extra sparkle by adding ceiling glitter.  However, a quick Google search for “popcorn ceilings” produces pages and pages of ways to remove them from your home.    

Carpeting on the Walls-This trend reached the height of popularity in the 1970s.  In addition to aesthetics, it was sought after because of the warmth and soundproofing qualities it brought to a room. However, nowadays, it’s rare to find a home that’s wall-to-wall carpet, much less one that actually has carpeting on the walls.

Laundry Chute-Transporting laundry from the top floor of your home to the basement laundry room was a breeze with this contraption.  They can still be found in older homes and kits are available to retrofit newer homes.  However, they have fallen out of favor with many homeowners because they can clog, small children can get trapped in them and they can assist a house fire in spreading quicker.

Ceiling Medallions- For decorative purposes only, ceiling medallions were often placed above ornate light fixtures.  They were popular in Colonial & Victorian style homes and were a status symbol for the upper class.  They are an uncommon find in new construction homes, but can beautifully compliment a room when the correct sized medallion is used.

Dumb Waiter-Manual models are moved through a combination of pulleys and tracks to move the dumbwaiters in between stories of a home.  Already existing homes can be retrofit with them and electrical ones are now available.  We just don’t see them ever being as popular as they once were.

Milk & Package Receivers- Long gone are the days of milk being delivered to your front door.  So too, are milk and package receivers.  These cast iron frames and doors were installed in the wall.  The delivery person would drop off items, on the outside wall and when the door was closed, it would lock automatically and was only able to be opened from inside the home.

 

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

Now Through the End of March, Receive 75% off installation labor on LeafGuard Brand Gutters, GAF Asphalt Shingles, Siding & SeasonGuard Windows.  Some Restrictions May Apply.  

 

 

 

Secrets About the Most Popular Refrigerator Styles

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The first refrigerators produced for residential use came out in the early 1920’s.  They were approximately $700, which is crazy, considering a new Model T Ford cost $450.  Needless to say, ownership of one was once considered a luxury!  Nowadays, nearly all American homes have one refrigerator, and over 25% have two.  A refrigerator’s lifespan can last up to 17 years, which means the last time you may have bought one, Minnesota was sending a professional wrestler to the governor’s mansion and Ben Affleck & Bruce Willis were hitting the big screen trying to save the planet from a giant asteroid.  It goes without out saying that a lot can change in 17 years.  Here’s what you need to know about the most popular refrigerator styles.

Refrigerator Only

How to Spot One: This model does not contain a freezer.

Perks: Skipping the freezer saves you cash.  Foregoing the freezer also means that you’ve got more room for refrigerated space.  Self-installation is a breeze.

Drawbacks:  It’s very rare that you get away without a freezer in your home, so you’ll most likely need to purchase a chest or standup freezer.

Top Mount Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on top of the refrigerator and is accessed by its own door.  Created in the 1940’s, this style still remains popular today.

Perks: As a rule of thumb, this freezer is one of the most cost effective than other models.  It takes up less real estate in your kitchen than other styles.  Homeowners can easily install this type of refrigerator themselves.

Drawbacks: This type of refrigerator has less storage space.  Some homeowners shy away from them because they do not have a built-in ice and water dispenser in the door.

Side by Side Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on the left side and the refrigerator is located on the right side. 

Perks: You have your choice of a model with or without a water and ice maker located on the door’s exterior.  Homeowners with them like that the freezer and refrigerator are equally as accessible and that the food in each can be easily viewed at the same time.

Drawbacks: Compact models rarely exist.  If you opt for the water & ice maker in the door, additional plumbing will be needed.  This model has less refrigerated space than other types.  Some homeowners shy away from this style because there needs to be space on both sides for each door to open.

Bottom Mount Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The freezer is located on the bottom and is accessible through a separate door.

Perks: This style allows for more refrigerated space than a top mount freezer.  It’s also easier on your back because the refrigerated portion, which is used more often, is at eye level.

Drawbacks: Placing the freezer on the bottom increases the unit’s cost.  If an external water and ice dispenser is on your must have list, you’ll have to select a different style.

French Door Refrigerator

How to Spot One: The refrigerator is housed on the top with split doors and the freezer is located below.

Perks: The interior of this type of refrigerator is spacious.  A unique trait that sets this style apart from others is that you only need to open one half of the refrigerator at a time.  The refrigerator is at eye level which is convenient since that part of the appliance is used much more frequently.

Drawbacks: This type is often the most expensive. Some homeowners complain that the freezer isn’t big enough for a family.  Certain models house the ice maker in the freezer which monopolizes a lot of space.

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