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Electrical systems often rife with problems

What do you find to be the most important areas of a home inspection?

6 days ago
Tudor-style home has stucco exterior 

Parents can cook dinner and still keep an eye on kids playing in the front yard in the Donald 1 house design. 

6 days ago
Around the House 9/17/16

AGRI-SCIENCE PROGRAM: 

1 week ago
Garage tucked in back of three-bedroom home

The Biggs house design has the garage in the rear with a side entry. 

1 week ago
House of the Week: 9/10/16

The Kloster house design is ideal for a cabin in the woods or on beachfront property, with 1,778 square feet divided between 1,224 square feet on the main floor and 554

2 weeks ago
Ask the Inspector: Remove thermal vent dampers in pipes

This time of year, certain things change in the home inspection process.

2 weeks ago
Duo’s love of home design prompts startup

DALLAS — Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley dreamed of starting a company that sold unique home goods made by artisans from around the world. Then, they hopped on a plane

3 weeks ago
House of the Week 9/3/16

 A portico porch covers the entry door of the Theron house design, which has 1,828 square feet of living space and a storage area of 316 square feet.

3 weeks ago
Electrical safety No. 1 priority

Electricity is such a fundamental part of our everyday lives that we hardly ever think about how it works or any safety issues that could occur as a result of our plugged-in

3 weeks ago
Hopping over the border

A sharp-eyed state Department of Natural Resources botanist visiting the Chippewa Falls area recently found Japanese hop among a tangle of vegetation between a Chippewa Falls

1 month ago
Wood flooring options grow for homes

Wood flooring is a classic look for any home, but there are trends to consider when installing a new floor or refinishing an existing one:

1 month ago
Waste removal methods depend on project size

A home remodeling project has homeowners dreaming of the finished space. 

1 month ago
House features big patio, deck

This three-bedroom split-level house design features a rear deck over a walk-out basement patio — providing ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

1 month ago
Optional attic could be used as a playroom

The Sheba design has the look of a traditional two-story ranch home from the outside but has many extras inside. 

1 month ago
Around the House: 8/13/16

WELL INSPECTIONS REMINDER: Well checkups should be done each year, or if there is a change in color, taste or smell of your water, according to a news release from the

1 month ago
Presale inspections grow in popularity

Do you recommend a home be inspected before it is put on the market?

1 month ago
Set home temp to sweet spot while on vacation

Before you leave on your last, late-summer vacation, don’t forget to give your HVAC system a break too.

1 month ago
Design can function as duplex or multiplex

Duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes are popular to build. 

1 month ago
It's a homebuyer's market

Lower interest rates and favorable home prices continue to boost housing affordability across the country.

1 month ago
Outdoor kitchens need water-safe outlets

Homeowners might be giving thought to building outdoor kitchens or barbecue islands and other outdoor entertaining options during summer.

2 months ago
Ask the Inspector: Moisture, insulation issues can be spotted in attics

If you can get into your attic, you should inspect it a couple times a year for moisture buildup and a check of the insulation.

2 months ago
Ranch-style home has room to grow

The Renegade is a ranch-style home design featuring a wrap-around porch, large garage, lots of windows and room to grow inside.

2 months ago
Big ambition, smaller scale

LOS ANGELES — When Vanessa Bradley and Michel Bocande had an opportunity to tour the Minarc-designed Appleton house in Venice several years ago, they walked away

2 months ago
Tile, wood shingles among priciest roofing materials

It’s important to consider the pros and cons of several different types of roof shingles and the relative cost of each material, as well as consult with a local roofing

2 months ago
Most rooms in home have vaulted ceilings

The Orion is a two-bedroom compact home with 1,028 square feet of living area designed with an open floor plan, two-car garage and amenities available in larger homes. 

2 months ago
House Calls: Maintenance on A/C can help it run more efficiently

Now that we are midway through summer, you might have noticed your air conditioning isn’t working at full capacity. Here is some advice to make sure your air

2 months ago
Use the right tools when pruning

No matter what type of pruning method you favor — vase, open air, summer, winter — the first step is to have the right tools.

2 months ago
Garage could be added to lot

The Groen house design demonstrates a great use of space while offering large open family areas. 

2 months ago
Around the House 7/16/16

GROUND COVER CROPS PRESENTATION: Chad Zutter from the Elk Mound Seed Co. will present ways to use ground cover crops to improve soil health in gardens. The event is at 6:30 p.

2 months ago
Firewall violations may not be obvious

To show you the importance of getting your home inspected, I thought I would share some recent items I found during home inspections that buyers would not normally know about.

2 months ago
Selling your home: Curb appeal, upkeep attract buyers

Whether you’re selling your home in the current market or are several years out, the upgrades you invest in can affect more than your wallet.

2 months ago
People’s Choice winners named

Results are in for the annual People’s Choice awards, nominated by patrons of the 42nd annual Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association Parade of Homes.

3 months ago
Compact design has four bedrooms

The Serena house design is made for a family that needs a compact four-bedroom home.

3 months ago
Home inspectors won’t advise on big decisions

When I do inspections, I note routine maintenance recommendations in the final report. These generally won’t show up in the summary reserved for addressing bigger

3 months ago
Around the House: 6/25/16

CHIPPEWA VALLEY ROSE GARDEN PICNIC: A pot luck picnic for the Chippewa Valley Rose Garden will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the public rose garden. Bring salads,

3 months ago
House Calls: Picky on the property

Looking for a suitable lot for your new home can seem tedious when you are eager to start the main event — the actual building process.

3 months ago
Angular home has two porches

The Long house design has a wraparound porch that extends from the front entry around the side of the house. 

3 months ago
Weather impacts inspections

Is there anything you do differently in the inspection process in hot weather?

3 months ago
Stop and tour the gardens

MENOMONIE — Sheila Berger keeps her rural Menomonie garden free of pesticides by using only manure and maple leaves as fertilizer and compost.

3 months ago
Maximize comfort, energy savings by updating insulation

When making home improvements, homeowners tend to focus on painting and decorating. 

3 months ago
Privacy abounds in three-bedroom home

A large wraparound, covered porch leads into this three-bedroom home. 

3 months ago
Parade of Homes takes attendees to 16 houses

Kristi Sullivan ran through every detail of her home before working it into a plan with C&E Wurzer Builders.

3 months ago
Homeowners should retire visible knob-and-tube wiring

There are a few things that came up in the last two weeks regarding inspections. 

3 months ago
Check tracks, lubricate to extend life of garage doors

You don’t have to be an expert to extend the lifespan of your garage door. In fact, there are a few simple do-it-yourself tasks that will keep any garage door looking

3 months ago
Angular house has lots of space

An angular house plan with vaults rising to the central hexagonal gas fireplace hearth, the Deadwood design offers 180 degrees of views from the living and dining rooms.

3 months ago
Around the House 5/21/16

GARDEN PARADISE: Get ideas for your own garden by touring one created by a Wisconsin Master Gardener. Jackie’s gardens, which will be available for touring today and

4 months ago
House of the Week 5/21/16

The Williamsburg plan is for a modest-sized home at 1,316 square feet.

4 months ago
Ask the Inspector: Be wary of overloaded circuits

I’m building a new garage and the electrician who looked at my electrical service said the main wires had to be changed and that I had oversizing and double tapping in

4 months ago