Beth Richardson

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Are you preparing for retirement?

Are you preparing for retirement?

I grew up in a duplex. It wasn’t the beautiful true duplex of the Arts and Crafts era that we see sprinkled throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, it was simply a bungalow where someone had created a small one bedroom apartment on the second floor and added an outside stairwell. My parents were able to […]

Should I paint my woodwork in my old house or not?

Should I paint my woodwork in my old house or not?

20 years ago even the question would have been sacrilege! Now, not so much. So this will be a very short column. The beautiful trim of the Victorian and Arts and Crafts eras, gorgeous though it might be, makes a house feel heavy and dark. In our northern climates in particular, but across the rest […]

Why do kitchens (and bath rooms) sell houses?

Why do kitchens (and bath rooms) sell houses?

Oh, let me count the ways… First, let me start with what I hear sellers say as to why they should not update their kitchens before selling: 1. It was good enough for me and nothing is wrong with it. 2. It costs too much to change it. 3. The new buyer might not like […]

What is the difference between repair, maintenance and upgrade?

What is the difference between repair, maintenance and upgrade?

I came across an interesting article a couple of months ago in one of those beautifully photographed magazines called Kinfolk. The pictures were very artsy, design conscious, emotional. I bought it anyway in spite of the $20 price tag so that I could read an article about the Swedish concept of hemmablind. It certainly applies […]