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New construction in Spring Valley was perfect move for this happy couple


Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Tom Lawson and his wife Fran have traveled the world with his colorful career in the Central Intelligence Agency, raising their children in places such as Australia, London, Turkey and Tokoyo.

Now retired, the Lawsons are enjoying their days with their grandchildren.

With Tom and Fran growing up in the Spring Valley area, moving back to this beautiful town brings them back to their roots.

But, it was their grandchildren that became the driving force behind their decision to relocate to Spring Valley. As a matter of fact, all of their grandchildren, including a set of twin baby girls just learning how to crawl, reside in the Spring Valley area.

Prior to moving to Spring Valley in their newly constructed home, they lived in Eyota. It was somewhat of a compromise, because they couldn't find what they were looking for in the Spring Valley area and their builder of choice, Dave Foster, was swamped with new construction when they built their home in the Eyota area just a few years ago.

Tom indicated that he and his wife had heard such great things about Dave Foster's work that they had always hoped they could have Foster Construction, Inc. build a new home for them.

Well, the timing was just right.

With the slowed new construction market, while Dave Foster was busy remodeling older homes, he was able to fit the Lawson's new construction dream home into his list of projects.

The Lawsons were finally going to get what they had wanted years ago -- a home built by Foster Construction, Inc.

While the landscaping and lawn have not been completed at this point, currently on the list of "things to do" now that the weather is prime, with the construction of the new home just completed nearly two months ago, there was plenty to talk about inside the home.

This 3,400 square foot three bedroom, two and half bathroom ranch style home includes a three-car attached garage, all resting on a very large lot in the city limits of Spring Valley.

Walking into the master bedroom, a custom feature was the trea ceiling with a very nice fan hanging in the center just above the Lawson's kingsize bed. In addition, all three large bedrooms provide ample storage with very large walk-in closets.

Set up with a coaxial cable jack and an electrical outlet high up on the wall, Tom explained his plans for a flat screen TV in the master bedroom.

Connected to the master bedroom is a master bathr .....
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Adding value to your property with a little curb appeal fit for a B & B

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Does your home attract the right kind of attention?

Heath Mensink, owner of Mensink Landscaping out of Preston, Minn., feels that "the curb appeal" makes a difference.

With over 20 years of experience, Heath has encountered a number ..... 
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Adding value to your property with a little curb appeal fit for a B & B

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Does your home attract the right kind of attention?

Heath Mensink, owner of Mensink Landscaping out of Preston, Minn., feels that "the curb appeal" makes a difference.

With over 20 years of experience, Heath has encountered a number ..... 
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Revitalize Your Lawn After a Long Winter

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Every spring, homeowners head outside to take stock of how the winter treated their lawn. Homeowners in areas that experience heavy snow or rainfall each winter likely do not look forward to this inventory, fearful of what another harsh winter did t ..... 
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Dill herb of the year for 2010

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

The International Herb Association has chosen dill as the outstanding herb for 2010.

Common in many gardens, dill grows 3-4' tall. It is an annual but reseeds itself readily. The seeds are best sown right in the place you want them to grow a ..... 
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Backyard barbecue

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Few things exude the spirit of summer more than a backyard barbecue. Casual attire is expected, and the a good time is had by all.

One thing that can ruin even the best barbecue, however, is the uninvited guest with a big appetite. And it's ..... 
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