Room of the Month - 59th Ave Master Bathroom

Light & bright with modern farmhouse finishes! This Master Bathroom has it all - claw foot tub, floating shelves, and walk-in shower! Let’s take a closer look at the details…

Vanities
Custom built vanities feature function & beauty! The lower open storage is the perfect place to display towels or other decor, while the center bench offer separation between spaces & a place to take a break! Solid surface counters showcase the stunning countertop mount sinks by DXV. Drawer space is functional while still giving the vanity area the “open - feel”.

Light Fixtures
We always say - light fixtures are the jewelry of the home! They help in making your vision (or theme) come to life! This bathroom features simple yet beautiful clear globe lights over the vanities & in the ceiling - giving it the Modern Farmhouse vibe our clients were looking for!

Claw-foot Tub
Ok, time for the real showstopper - this TUB! This clawfoot tub by Kallista is easily one of the most eye catching features in this bathroom. With dramatic eagle-claw feet and furled edging, it truly is a piece of art! Paired with the modern Mirabelle tub faucet, it rings true to the style of this home. Enameled floating shelves are a great place to display decor!

Tile Plank Flooring
These wood-look plank tile floors are the perfect way to add warmth into this space while still being functional for a bathroom. The various widths & colors give you a rustic, comfortable feel.

Tile Shower
Who doesn’t love a classic white subway tile shower? It’s the perfect mix of traditional & modern! This shower features 2 shower heads - one mounted on the wall & one rain head - bringing you a spa-like experience! These homeowners’ opted for a shower ledge vs. a niche - which we think was a great choice! It’s a functional yet clean way to access all the things you’ll need in the shower. Framed with clear heavy glass, this shower is the perfect place to relax.

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What is your favorite part of this space?

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How to Maintain Proper Humidity Levels in Your Home

Living in Minnesota, we’re accustomed to changing humidity levels in our homes. In the winter, we experience dry air - which can effect how we feel (dry throats, itchy skin, etc.), but can also have effects on our homes.

It’s important to maintain the proper humidity levels in your home to keep them comfortable & to take care of products used to build them. Indoor humidity levels should be between 30-40% - keep in mind, as the temperature gets lower, the lower the humidity level should be in the home.

To measure the humidity levels in your home, you can purchase a hygrometer. This is an inexpensive gauge that looks like a thermometer. Once you have a better idea of how humid your spaces are, you can take the steps necessary to make it more ideal.

Humidity Too Low

Low humidity means your home will be dry. Without the proper moisture your home may experience drywall cracks, hardwood floor seams splitting (shrinking), wood cracking, millwork shrinking or cracking. Low humidity is common in Minnesota because of our colder temperatures. This can be solved by increasing humidity in your home by using a humidifier. These must be kept clean, changing the filters regularly according the the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure you purchase a humidifier that will cover the necessary square feet for your area (so that you’re not constantly refilling water).

Humidity Too High

High humidity can also cause damage to your home, and it’s a breeding ground for mold, rot, and insects. A lot of homeowners may fall victim to high levels because homes are built more efficiently to prevent energy loss from heating & cooling. Which means they seal in a lot of moisture. If humidity is too high, you can purchase a dehumidifier. This pulls moisture out of the air, and you’ll need to empty the water from it regularly.

When building with Zehnder Homes we always suggest adding a humidifier to your furnace to help control the humidity levels in your home automatically. While you’ll still want to keep an eye on it, this should greatly decrease the amount of effort put in to controlling the levels in your home.



Room of the Month - Linner Road Living Room

Our Fall 2018 Parade of Homes Model home was a showstopper. We’re so excited to share a closer look into one of our favorite spaces of the home - the Living Room!

Built Ins
The built in floating cabinetry brings function and style. With soft close drawers & doors, wood top, and large hardware - this space is perfect for storing movies, blankets and more - while still creating a contemporary feel. These cabinets are a stained Rift Oak, and if we do say so ourselves, are gorgeous.

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Hardwood Floors
The wood floors are a site-finish hardwood floor. They’re 5” wide and 3/4” thick White Oak with a custom stain. The stain is a warm grey/brown that ties in the neutral pallet of this home perfectly. Site finish hardwood floors are great because over time, if they scratch, you can get them refinished!

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Fireplace
This fireplace is truly the centerpiece of this room. With stone going up to the ceiling, a raised limestone hearth, and cozy open flame gas fireplace unit. This is the perfect spot to cozy up next to in the cold winter months. The custom made wrapped mantel adds a contemporary finish to a more traditional fireplace to tie the entire space together.

 
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Folding Door
This home sits on a large flat lot, that was perfect for a pool! With that pool, the homeowners decided they wanted to expand their entertaining space - so they could bring the outdoors in. The Centor folding door was the perfect fit to make this dream a reality! The large 4 panes of glass include a swing door, and can bi-fold on-top of one another to create an open wall! This door also features a window-covering system for privacy, as well as a complete screen that will cover the entire opening.

What is your favorite part of this space?

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?

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? 

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?

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?