Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
The tidiness technicians at Design Unlimited Painting scrub homes with high-pressure washers that powerfully massage away grime and grit to leave siding and trim sparkling. Dwellings can cast off their soiled shells and slip into the more comfortable surroundings of a freshly scoured, like-new carapace, just in time for the bungalow beauty pageant on May 14. Every employee at Design Unlimited Painting has at least 15 years of experience cleaning up after nature’s thunder parties, snow fetes, and sun-baked mud-pie feasts, and the expert abode-bathers happily don all-white garb to tackle every style of domicile, from Victorian painted ladies to modest ranches. Siding, stonework, and decks all benefit from the mold- and dirt-dethroning work of dynamically pressurized water, emerging as pristine as the day of their ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The crackle of Fireside Hearth & Home's fireplaces have filled the soundscapes of households across the country for more than 60 years. Today, their well-stocked showrooms feature a variety of advanced gas, electric, and wood-burning models from top designers such as Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo, and Heatilator. In addition to fireplaces and accessories, they offer a number of decorative surrounds and mantels built with stone, wood, or casted material to gussy up any new or existing hearth. At attractive display areas fashioned to look like natural household settings, attentive staffers stand by to answer any questions, offer installation guidelines, or share tips on repelling pesky Santas.
Drafts of cool air usually clue homeowners in to air leaks around windows or doors. But larger, more problematic air leaks may be hidden in attics, basements, ductwork, and crawlspaces, leaching the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Elite Energy Efficiency's experienced, BPI-certified technicians find the leaks during home energy audits, which they conduct using diagnostic tools such as infrared cameras. Techs can then seal the leaks with caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping. These services reduce energy bills and may qualify clients for further rebates from energy companies.
Not long after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Walter Bjorkstrand fought for economic freedom by founding his own company. Throughout the years, future generations of Bjorkstrands picked up the mantle, which currently resides in the knowledgeable hands of family members Mark and Jesse. Mark made his foray into the home improvement industry in 1968, soon becoming an exclusive dealer of Gutter Topper in the Twin Cities. Likewise, Jesse has been installing gutters, siding, and roofing for more than 20 years. As an authorized Gutter Topper installer, Jesse skillfully fits gutters with covers and guards that prevent leaves and debris from clogging them as water trickles freely through uninhibited downspouts. Mark and Jesse's techs each possess at least 11 years of experience, performing gutter work on all matter of houses and buildings throughout the years. When they aren't installing and cleaning gutters, the team armors homes with siding, fits walkways with heated snow mats, and guides unruly rain drops to the earth with decorative rain chains.
The founders of American Workshop describe their public workspace as a “health club for woodworkers." Much like a gym, the shop is a place where members gain access to specialized equipment that would otherwise take over their entire garage or spouse’s side of the bedroom closet. American Workshop’s experts also assume similar roles as fitness coaches as they lead classes, workshops, and one-on-one training sessions that help participants achieve personal goals.
American Workshop’s array of classes strengthens students’ grasp on woodworking essentials through hands-on practice drafting out ideas, measuring out board stock, and exploring the structural and aesthetic qualities of various projects. Students can also learn decorative techniques, such as applying an even finish with stains, dyes, and embarrassing stories that make wood blush. Safety-oriented courses, such as Woodworking 101 for beginners or Intro to Furniture and Cabinetry Design, are designed to boost confidence in using woodworking equipment, and private one-on-one sessions match students up with an expert to clarify lessons covered in classes.