Meet the Team - Megan Prager

Introducing Megan Prager! Our rockstar Office Manager here at Zehnder Homes. She is responsible for all things accounts receivable & payable, and keeps our office running smoothly on the daily.

Get to know Megan a little better...

Name/Nickname:
Megan Prager -at ZH I’m more known by my last name, "Prager" :)

Job Title:
Office Manager

Where I’m From:
Swanville –  A tiny town in central Minnesota, where we have a lot of turkey farmers. I currently reside in Rockford with my husband, Dusty, my dog, Rocky, and coming in January - Baby Prager!

Favorite thing about my job:
The atmosphere, my co-workers, and the flexibility of daily tasks.

My favorite housing trend currently:
I really like the look of shiplap and barnwood!

Favorite Food:
Avocado, spinach, chicken, strawberry salad…and pizza.

What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My dog Rocky, a pony tail, and running shoes.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
On a lake or doing some sort of outdoor activity.

 Megan & Her Husband, Dusty, On the coast of france.

Megan & Her Husband, Dusty, On the coast of france.

 

Apple Orchard Fun

Apple Orchards are full of fun fall activities for all ages!

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No matter where you live in the twin cities or suburbs, there is an apple orchard close to you. Not only do they have sweet, delicious, fresh treats for you to sample, pick, or buy, but most have a variety of fun activities for everyone in the family to do too!

A few of the activities we enjoy are the corn pit, petting zoo, corn mazes, kid rides, apple cannons, and of course the apples! So if your looking for a fun fall activity to do with the family you should check out some of Zehnder Home’s favorite apple orchards listed below.

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Apple Jack Orchards
4875 37th St SE, Delano, MN

LuceLine Orchard
2755 Rose Ave, Watertown, MN

Pine Tree Apple Orchard
450 Apple Orchard Rd, White Bear Lake, MN

Minnesota Harvest Orchard
8251 Old Hwy 169 Blvd, Jordan, MN

 

What is your favorite apple orchard in the Twin Cities area?

Fall Parade of Homes Model - #195

It’s that time of year again and we are so excited to share our Model Home with you!

This completely custom home is located on a beautiful .7 acre lot in our newest development, Linner Road Estates - just minutes from downtown Wayzata, and less than 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. This contemporary design has high-end finishes and designer details around every corner. Centor folding patio door, custom-designed study, floating stairs and luxurious kitchen are just a few of the highlights.

The Parade of Homes runs through Sunday, September 30th, and the hours are Thursdays - Sundays from 12-6pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fall Maintenance Tips

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Summer is wrapping up, and we've begun ordering PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes) and taking our cinnamon flavored candles out from storage. But, while some of us may be a little excited to slip into the cozy clothes, watch football, and eat chili, we can't forget about taking care of business - your home.

It's important to prepare your home for the upcoming season - inside & out. Here is a list of items you should be taking care of during Fall to help your home get through our (sometimes) frigid Minnesota winters. 

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- Inspect and clean gutters & downspouts
- Seal gaps & cracks around windows & doors
- Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents
- Repair driveways, sidewalks, and steps
- Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems
- Store any lawnmowers, weed-whips, etc. and prepare your snowblower (test to make sure it works), shovels, etc. for the coming winter.

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- Clean or replace your dirty furnace filters (you should be doing this monthly)
- Inspect your furnace or have your HVAC contractor do a maintenance check to prepare for heating your home this winter
- Test smoke alarms & CO detectors (change batteries if needed)
- Check dryer venting - make sure it's clear of lint
- Get our your rake & garbage bags
- General Cleaning: now is the time to deep clean every room. Get rid of old newspapers and magazines, leftover household chemicals, clear spaces around heaters, furnaces, and other heat producing appliances. 
- Store spring/summer outerwear & get coats, boots, and gloves ready. 

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- General Cleaning: now is the time to deep clean every room. Get rid of old newspapers and magazines, leftover household chemicals, clear spaces around heaters, furnaces, and other heat producing appliances. 
- Store spring/summer outerwear & get coats, boots, and gloves ready. 

Once you've prepared your home for the coming winter, sit back with a warm cup of apple cider (or PSL) under a cozy blanket, and RELAX.

Enjoy this magical season with your loved ones!

Room of the Month - Yellowstone Rec Room

This Lower Level Rec/Family Room is perfect for entertaining! It features a ping pong table, stone fireplace, reclaimed barn wood, barn doors, bar, and more! 

Family Room
Cozy on up to the fireplace to enjoy your favorite movie or sporting event! This fireplace features stone to the ceiling & a reclaimed barnwood mantle. Custom built ins frame the fireplace & offer plenty of storage! 

Game Table Area
Whether you're super competitive or just want to play a good 'ole friendly game -this spot is perfect for you! The barn doors on the wall help bring the rustic touch to this area of the large space. 

Bar
This Wet Bar is the perfect place to belly up to enjoy a cold brew! It has walkout access to the patio, which makes it perfect for entertaining - inside or out! It features a stone mosaic backsplash, granite countertops, and pendant lighting - to give you that "real" bar feel! It opens up to the rest of the Rec Room, making entertaining a breeze! 

What is your favorite part of this Lower Level Rec/Family Room?

Refresh Your Style

If you are looking for ways to refresh your style, there are a lot of fun ways to liven up a room . Adding accent colors and patterns can really make a room stand out.

A few ways to add color and patterns to a room are by adding bright colored accent pieces.

 A few bright accent pieces can add a lot of color to a room.

A few bright accent pieces can add a lot of color to a room.

 Throw pillows are a fun way to brighten up a room, for any season!

Throw pillows are a fun way to brighten up a room, for any season!

 You don't always have to paint the walls to add color to a room...Instead paint the cabinets!

You don't always have to paint the walls to add color to a room...Instead paint the cabinets!

 Colored furniture can make a bold statement.

Colored furniture can make a bold statement.

 Wallpaper in a small space is really eye catching.

Wallpaper in a small space is really eye catching.

 Area rugs & accessories are a fan favorite to add color to a space.

Area rugs & accessories are a fan favorite to add color to a space.

 Furniture with patterns are a great way to liven up a room.

Furniture with patterns are a great way to liven up a room.

Where is your favorite place to add a pop of color in your home? 

Meet the Team - Megan Schwartz

Introducing Megan Schwartz, our Project Coordinator here at Zehnder Homes.

She makes sure all of our homeowner's selections are finalized, assists our interior designer & office staff with tasks throughout the day, and she is the main contact for any warranty items that come up after closing. Megan assists our Zehnder Homes team to ensure the build process is smooth & enjoyable for our homeowners.

Get to know Megan a little better...

Name/Nickname:
Megan Schwartz - I'm known around the ZH office as "Schwartz" or "Schwartzy"

Job Title:
Project Coordinator

Where I’m From:
I grew up in Maple Grove, MN but currently reside in St. Michael with my husband, Daniel, & my dog, Dexter!

Favorite thing about my job:
I love seeing a client's vision come to life. From ideas to the final product - it's so rewarding to see it all come together.

My favorite housing trend currently:
I am loving the brass comeback! Whether it be plumbing fixtures, hardware, or light fixtures - it's such a fun way to dress up a space without a huge commitment to the trend for years to come.

Favorite Food:
Anything with potatoes or breakfast foods (french toast, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, the list goes on...)

What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My dog, Dexter, my cellphone, and my cozy bed

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
Visiting family in Crosslake or Milwaukee, out on the lake, or at a meat raffle with my husband, friends, & family!

 Megan with her husband, Daniel, and dog, Dexter.

Megan with her husband, Daniel, and dog, Dexter.

 

Room of the Month - Fox Street Owner's Suite

Picture your dream Owner's Suite...Would it have a large shower, soaking tub, heated floors, and plenty of storage? We thought so. The Owner's Suite at our Fox Street Model is truly a dream come true! 

Bedroom
You walk into the Owner's Suite through double doors. To the left is the bedroom, to the right is the private bathroom. The bedroom is spacious and the large windows offer great light! The cozy sitting area features built-in book cases & recessed can lighting. Who wouldn't want to curl up and read a book here?

Bathroom
This Owner's Suite Bathroom is a showstopper! Marble floors & countertops add an elegant feel to this luxurious bathroom. This room is bright & airy while offering all the amenities you need to start or end your day. Enameled white cabinetry features practical storage as well as display shelves. Chrome fixtures add a little "bling" to an already stunning bathroom. Let the heated floor warm your toes as you hop into the freestanding soaking tub. 

Closet
The closet is spacious, yet practical. Plenty of room for hanging as well as drawers and shoe shelves! The best part of this closet is that it has a pocket door leading to the laundry room. Talk about convenience! 

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What is your favorite part of this beautiful Owner's Suite?

Screen Porch Decorating Tips

A screened in porch is a hot commodity in Minnesota! Where are Winters are long, our Summers are short, and our Spring & Fall are a melting pot of weather. Our summers in Minnesota are immensely enjoyed, and well deserved. Exterior entertaining spaces are a great way to add value to your home & make for a cozy additional living area. Here are some helpful tips on decorating these unique spaces!

Add Accessories - Planters, throw pillows, lamps, end tables, rugs, and flowers are all easy ways to add color and make your space more at home.

Weather Friendly Finishes - Make sure the furniture you put on your patio can hold up against the elements.

Make it Cozy - Using an area rug and throw pillows can really warm up your screen porch.

Add Lighting - Lamps or out door string lights will let you be able to enjoy your screen porch well into the evening hours. 

Mix & Match Planters - Using different planters for your flowers and plants will give it a complete look. 

What is your favorite thing about your screen porch?

Room of the Month - 59th Avenue Kitchen

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Rustic Farmhouse meets Modern Day conveniences. This beautiful kitchen was so much fun to design with our clients. Now, we'd like to share more of the details of this comfortable yet stylish space with you!

Island
This center island is perfect for a busy family or entertaining guests! It's soft blue/gray enamel brings a pop of color without being too overwhelming. The island was designed to have the stools tuck under, creating a seamless look. The end panels offer a cross detail - which we love. The warmth of the butcher block countertop makes the space feel comfortable & casual. This island houses the farmhouse sink, dishwasher, & microwave drawer. A farmhouse sink wouldn't be complete without a beautifully classic faucet. 

Perimeter Cabinets
These cabinets provide function & style! Shaker style cabinetry frames a beautiful custom wood hood. A large slide in range is made for a gourmet chef! Lighted glass upper cabinets offer a space for displaying decor & bring a touch a elegance to a casual space. Hiding in the perimeter cabinetry is a secret entryway - you heard me right! Open the pantry doors to reveal an oversized walk-in pantry!  

Beverage Station
The perfect place to hydrate or grab a snack! This beverage station features a custom-paneled beverage fridge, floating wood shelves, and beautiful subway tile to the ceiling! We love the contrast of the floating wood shelves against the white cabinets. These shelves also help to tie in the butcher block island countertop perfectly!

This kitchen truly just makes us feel at home. It is so inviting, warm, & comfortable! What is your favorite part of this room? 

Add a Little Spring to Your Home

Spring is in the air and if you are looking for a few ways to add a little spring to your household, here are a few ideas with flowers and greenery.

One of the easiest ways to brighten up a room for spring, is to add flowers! If you choose real flowers you will also get to enjoy the smell of spring. Flowers are easy accents pieces to put on almost any surface in a room. If the room could use more color, then go with a colorful variety of flowers. In a more colorful room you could use neutral tones, like white or one solid color flower.

 A colorful centerpiece in the middle of a large space can really brighten up the whole area.

A colorful centerpiece in the middle of a large space can really brighten up the whole area.

 White floral arrangements go well with a soft colored room.

White floral arrangements go well with a soft colored room.

 A simple center piece on the dining room table, along with accent flowers in the corner of the room.

A simple center piece on the dining room table, along with accent flowers in the corner of the room.

 Different areas on the countertops

Different areas on the countertops

 The white arrangement of flowers go well with the blue accent pieces in this dining room.

The white arrangement of flowers go well with the blue accent pieces in this dining room.

Greenery and flowers often go very well together, especially in larger spaces. Greenery is one of my favorite ways to add a little more life to a room. Adding greenery to your home can be made simple and you do not need to worry about matching patterns or colors. Here are a few ideas for placement of greenery that are all different shapes and sizes.

 Centerpieces

Centerpieces

 Wall & corner shelves

Wall & corner shelves

 
 Console & side tables

Console & side tables

 

Where are your favorite areas to display flowers or greenery in your home?

 

New Edina Lot - Available for a Custom Build!

We've just purchased a beautiful .65 acre, 300' deep, wooded lot in Edina that we are excited to offer to you for a Custom Build!

We wanted to share a few photos of the lot available - just picture your dream home in this setting!

Interested in learning more about this lot, or about building with Zehnder Homes? Give us a call - we'd love to talk with you about how we can make your dreams a reality.

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Contact us today for your private walkthrough of the lot!
Zehnder Homes, Inc.
(763) 204-8114

2018 Spring Preview Model

Introducing our beautiful Fox Street Model - showcased in the Spring 2018 Parade of Homes, hosted by the Builder's Association of the Twins Cities.

Stately elegance in a pristine Orono setting on historic Fox Street! Our newest plan features all the upgrades you have come to expect: 10’ main level, Thermador appliances, screen porch, sport court and more. Mature trees on all sides creates a private setting, and the Luce Line trail is around the corner. Located in the award-winning Orono School District, this home does not disappoint.

We're pleased to share some images from this model with you. Some of our favorite features of this home are the 10 ft Main Level Ceilings, White Oak Hardwood Floors with a Matte Finish, Large Kitchen Island, Powder Bath Wallpaper, Owner's Suite, Lower Level Bar & Wine Room, & Sport Court - the 1.37 acre lot isn't bad either!

For more information on this beautiful home, check out our website!

We look forward to seeing you at our next Model Home during the Fall 2018 Parade of Homes!