Painting Your Home to Fit Your Personality

The color of your home tells the story of your personality and homeowner style.  Whether you prefer neutral tones, bright colors, or anything in between, there is a color to match your personality.  Working with Jackie Jordan, the Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams, we’ve listed five personalities and matched them to various HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams color palettes.  Each …

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GARAGE DOORS: Top Trends

The garage door for your custom built home can make or break the exterior appeal.  Spending time finding the proper quality and design will make your home one of the greatest looking houses in your neighborhood.  Action Overhead Doors has provided information about trending garage door types/designs in today’s housing market. PRE-FINISHED STAIN – All garage door manufacturers make a …

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Home-Design Trends for 2014

New home construction has been growing consistently over the past few years and is expected to increase substantially yet again in 2014.  As new homes are being built, architectural trends are popping up.  Here are five home-design trends we expect to see more often in 2014: Open and Accessible Floor Plans – Homeowners are constantly on the run.  What better …

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8 Holiday Decorating Ideas for your Home

Today we have a guest blog post from, Mari, at Arcadian Home, a great place to find interior design ideas and tips from foyer lighting to unique floor rugs.  The site is also a place to purchase many high-end decor items to make your home look magnificent. It’s that wonderful festive time of year again. Whether you tackle holiday decorations yourself or …

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Feng Shui Your Home

The principals of feng shui originated thousands of years ago and are one of the five arts of Chinese metaphysics.  The Merriam Webster dictionary defines feng shui as “a Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it”. In the Chinese language, “feng” means “wind” …

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Build a Custom Kitchen to Entertain in!

With holiday season approaching, the kitchen may be the place that everyone seems to congregate to.  Whether your celebration is big or small, make sure your guests are as comfortable in the kitchen, as in the living room.  Here are a few tips for designing custom kitchens for entertaining. Open Kitchen Spaces. Open spaces allow the chef of the evening to …

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Interior Design Tips – by our Designer!

One of the many benefits of building with Homes by Tradition (HBT) is access to our very own in-house design center.  Danielle Matthies is HBT’s Showroom Manager and assists clients in picking all their materials indoor and out.  Since there is a wealth of knowledge in our own backyard, we decided to spread it around!  Danielle was kind enough to …

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HBT Takes Home a Reggie Award – 2013 Parade of Homes

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) put on a great red carpet Awards Gala, last Thursday, to honor its top builders and trade partners for their excellence in the home building industry.  During this event, Homes by Tradition was presented with the coveted 2013 Reggie Award(SM) for the Parade of Homes Westfield Design located in Spirit of Brandtjen Farm (Lakeville, …

Things Every Home Should Have

What makes a house a home depends on the person or family and their interior design preferences. However, there are certain things that every home should have for a comfortable, humble abode. Personality. Your home is a reflection of you, so let your space tell a mini-story about whom you are and what you like. This could be communicated through …

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Would You Ever… Build An Indoor Pond?

You’ve probably noticed in the last few weeks that the sun is setting earlier, which means one thing for Minnesotans…winter is approaching.  If you are like most of us, you live in Minnesota for primarily for the “summer lake life” so have you ever thought of creating that in your home year round!?  …with an indoor pond!? Incorporating water and nature …