2018 Idea Home

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Think contemporary. Think timeless.  Think home.  EPS Homes is back again with a modern all white design with Timeless Contemporary as their theme.  With everything from custom cabinets to innovative built-ins and the newest finds in furniture, accessories, and lighting design, you're sure to find inspiration in every area.

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Built by: eps homes

Energy Panel Structures is a Minnesota-based, employee-owned company with a dealer network spanning the Midwest and East Coast. EPS is a leader in the industry of engineered building systems featuring Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). SIPs offer design flexibility while providing an airtight, energy efficient structure that can save you up to 50% in energy costs, save labor and provide a healthy living environment. We are a single-source manufacturer for residential and commercial buildings, providing trusses, and floor systems and complete engineering. Please consider using SIPs for your dream home. www.epsbuildings.com 

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landscaping by: by the woods

Since 2001, By The Woods has strived to creatively and conscientiously develop what it means to design and install landscapes.  Together with their innovative garden center, The Garden By The Woods, they form one company dedicated to healthy and personalized landscapes – from full service landscape installation to helpful guidance and products for sustainable lawn and garden.

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furniture by: hom furniture

JC Imports was founded in 1973 when Wayne Johansen opened a small wholesale and retail import gift business. In 1979, a friend convinced him to convert one of his retail gift shops into a waterbed retail outlet. As a result, The Waterbed Room was opened and became the largest retailer of flotation sleep products in the upper Midwest. 

Today HOM ranks as one of the nation’s largest furniture retailers serving customers in the upper Midwestern states of Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Stop in yourself and find out why “There’s No Place Like HOM.”  

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windows by: andersen windows

Celebrating 115 years in 2018, Andersen is the brand homeowners recognize the most and contractors buy and install more than any other brand*. From our most popular 400 Series to the ultimate design freedom of the Andersen Architectural Collection, our drive to make windows that are different and better has led us to pioneer new products, set higher standards for our industry and ultimately become America’s premier window manufacturer. Visit us at andersenwindows.com.
*Based on 2016 homeowner brand survey and 2016 survey of trade contractors; Andersen family of brands aggregated.


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Landscaping products: belgard

Some of our greatest memories are made outdoors. It's where we get the chance to unwind and be ourselves. It's where our friends and families love to come together to entertain, play and relax.  Belgard is a place where the outdoors is always beautiful. Where the smiles never stop. In fact, we've built our reputation on fulfilling that dream. Our uncompromising level of quality and craftsmanship sets the standard for hardscapes. And our remarkably natural look and feel is unrivaled in the industry.  Since 1995, our locally made and nationally backed products have transformed thousands of residential and commercial properties across North America. Every day, our network of trained and certified contractors and dealers helps customers to envision their creative journey and realize their outdoor dreams.

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closets provided by: california closets

Visit the California Closets design studio located in Southdale Center, Edina to get an up-close look at California Closet’s high-quality systems, unique finishes and accessories offered. California Closets offers custom designs in all areas of your home including closets, mudroom, garage, pantry, laundry room, media center, office, storage, bedroom, anywhere you need added organization.  Schedule your free in-home consultation at californiaclosets.com.

Visit our booth at 1929. 

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Window Treatments provided by Custom Drapery and Blinds by Michael Esch

Custom Drapery and Blinds by Michael Esch is a full service independent provider of Custom Window Treatments. They work with many brands to find you the best product at the best price for your windows. With free shop-at-home service and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, they take the guesswork out of blinds and shades to ensure you love the results! Visit them at booth #2408!

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exterior siding: diamond kote building products

Diamond Kote® Building Products leads the industry as the #1 brand of pre-finished LP® SmartSide®, backed by a 30-Year No Fade Warranty. Choose from 25 colors or create a custom color; the possibilities are endless.

Our products are exclusively built on LP®SmartSide® and treated with a SmartGuard® process to withstand extreme temperatures, high humidity, freeze/thaws, fungal decay, and termites.

Our Diamond Kote® siding system was designed to hide nail heads, eliminate blemishes and provide a more efficient installation. The 5/50-Year Limited Warranty provides peace-of-mind protection for decades to come.

Visit them in Booth 1342!



At EZ Rack, we’ve worked hard so that you don’t have to. We believe that your home, business, or restaurant audio systems should be SIMPLE, INNOVATIVE, and CONNECTED. That’s why we’ve spent thousands of hours in the upfront system planning and programing process to create pre-built AV Racks specific to your individual needs. 

EZ Racks come custom built, delivered to your door with the proper equipment and plug-and-play inputs needed to control your entire AV system. Whether it be the number of rooms, or the incorporation of your favorite brands (such as Direct TV, Xfinity, Amazon Alexa, Nest, or Sony) – EZ Rack can integrate and cover it all!

Contact us today at 612-990-3031 for an initial consultation. Or stop by and visit us at BOOTH 3520.

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kitchen countertops and island, backsplash, tub surround and bathroom vanities/sinks provided by: granicrete minnesota

Granicrete Minnesota is family owned and operated by Tom and Jean Eaton.  Ten years ago the Eaton's fell in love with the artisan- hand made Granicrete (concrete) overlays and have been installing and training installers  ever since. Their work has been featured in Extreme Makeover:Home Edition, three episodes of I HATE MY KITCHEN,  HGTV magazine and other prestigious home tours in the twin cities. Their two showrooms, in Albert Lea,and Golden Valley,MN showcase both residential and commercial applications.  Granicrete is NSF Certified (national sanitation foundation), and won't stain, has no grout and is used on  floors, countertops, showers, walls, fireplaces and outdoor living spaces.

Visit them in booth 2913!

Granicrete will be featured in the Idea Home with:  kitchen counter and island, tub surround, two vanity/sink combinations. 

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kitchen cabinetry provided by: ikea

IKEA believes in homes that are perfect reflections of the people who live inside. Our Kitchen cabinets suit you and how you use your kitchen. With a huge selection of cabinets, including models designed to hold appliances, you can create your ideal layout. They’re simple enough to put together at home, but if you’d like some help we’re with you every step of the way.

The best quality at unbeatable prices. Free 25-year Limited Warranty.

Visit IKEA in Booth 737.

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kitchen and bathrooms fixtures provided by: kohler

Since 1873, Kohler Co. has been improving the level of gracious living among its customers by providing exceptional products and services for the home. As a recognized global brand, Kohler leads the way in design, craftsmanship and innovation. Kohler's product offering spans across all price points, offering consumers a wide variety of options in kitchen and bath fixtures, faucets, and more.

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siding provided by: LP® SmartSide®

With over 20 years of proven performance, LP® SmartSide® is one of the nation’s fastest growing brands of siding materials.  LP SmartSide products combine the rich cedar-grain texture of traditional wood with the advanced performance of treated engineered wood to help extend its curb appeal for years to come.  And, thanks to its long-lasting durability and industry-leading, 5/50 limited-year warranty, homeowners have increased confidence in the value of their home. LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is beauty designed for peace of mind.

Visit them in booth 1237!

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Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems by: 
massmann geothermal & mechanical

Massmann Geothermal is a full service HVAC provider with 17 years of expertise in geothermal heating and cooling systems. We have installed more GeoComfort geothermal systems in Minnesota than any other GeoComfort dealer.

We are members of many local and national organizations. We are certified with six major brands of heat pump suppliers. Our employees at Massmann Geothermal are highly trained, NATE certified in service and installation of products and receive on-going training in the latest technological advances.

We use only the highest quality products such as GeoComfort and Lennox, both are backed by some of the industry’s best warranties. Our products are professionally installed and serviced to ensure client satisfaction.

We can assure you years of efficient energy use, lowered monthly heating & cooling costs and comfortable living. We look forward to partnering with you in maximizing the benefits of a reliable heating & cooling system for your family.

Visit us in booth 3129!

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painting provided by: Nick Slavik Painting & restoration co.

Nick Slavik is an Afghansitan and Iraq vet, father of 4 and a consummate outdoorsman.  He started his firm a decade ago and has grown it by harnessing technology, old world craftsmanship and entrepreneurship.  The NSPRC prides itself in its rigorous apprenticeship program, where it takes decent human beings and turns them into world class craftspeople.  

2017 Winner:
PDCA PIPP Residentail Restoration Award
APC Top Job Award

2018 Winner:
PDCA PIPP Residential Restoration Award
APC Top Job Award
APC Top Contractor Video Award
PDCA Craftsman of the Year

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The ideal porch window provided by: porchwerx

Newly patented porch windows by Porchwerx are designed to connect your Porch interior to the exterior without compromising your views.  The innovative design features expansive, dual sash glass panels that keep the comfort in and the wind, bugs, dust and pollen out.  See for yourself – come take a look at the IDEA Home and then check us out at Porchwerx.com

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idea home plans provided by: robinson residential

Robinson Residential Design Inc. was incorporated in 1996 by John and Janet Robinson. Mike Herperger & Dana Bushko joined the firm as partners in 2012. All of our design and technological staff have completed formal education in the area of Architectural and Building Technologies. Many of them completed work terms with us as students,  learning first hand the keys to well designed house plans. We continue to upgrade our education in various Architectural, Environmental and Building courses.

Our clients include homeowners, builders, developers and not-for-profit groups. We offer a full range of design services including site design, preliminary design, interior layouts and multifamily project planning for both new construction and renovations. We have become known for our creative home plans based on a variety of architectural styles, our attention to detail and for providing courteous service. We tackle each new project with enthusiasm and professionalism and endeavour to make each project as enjoyable and stress free as possible for our clients, from the initial meeting to the conclusion of the working drawings.

We take pride in the fact that our cottage plans and home plans have been used to build thousands of homes across Canada and the United States.

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kitchen countertops, backsplash and bathroom vanities provided by: seaNic solutions

Nic Lang, owner of SeaNic Solutions and Twin Cities Diamond Coat, operates a solution base fabrication business. He is known for his Vanity/kitchen countertops, realistic plank flooring and stone/brick wall finishes (all created with concrete and Epoxy). His works are a true mixture of metal/wood fabrication skills, concrete, epoxy, mica, and elements from the faux industry. Most recently he has expanded as an entrepreneur; purchasing a dealership with Diamond Coat Epoxy, developing/manufacturing/patenting a resinous Mica tile company, and expanded his skills toward functional furniture/art. With a lot of trial, error, and a love for reverse-engineering he has built a stream of business in the Midwest to keep him growing more than he ever imagined a "hobby" would become.  Nic is an energetic and passionate artist; applying coatings and fashioning pieces that have industrial, aged and patina finishes. Nic continues to fine-tune industry methods for creating overlays with integrated sinks and most of all he has developed an ability to look at things scientifically and create artistic works of art. Nic is the king of out of the box thinking and problem solving for projects that need that leading edge over the competition. 

Within the last 10 years, he had honed his own style of concrete skills for replication of whatever clients envisioned; making one of a kind masterpieces.

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washer/dryer provided by: sears outlet

Sears Outlet has great offers on mattresses, refrigerators, kitchen appliances and washers & dryers in store and online. Specializing in home appliances, household goods, and lawn & garden equipment, as well as fitness equipment, tools and electronics. You can find great deals that are 25-70% off the manufacturer's retail price. Sears Outlet has new, discontinued, scratched and dented, out of carton and reconditioned items for sale. Sears Outlet carries the top brands like Kenmore, LG, GE, Samsung, Whirlpool and Craftsman home appliances. Shop at Sears Outlet and join the thousands of satisfied customers.

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Design aficionados at heart, Techo-Bloc is known for elevating exterior design by creating landscape stones that push the boundaries of functionality, durability and aesthetics. Our products span lifetimes and are engineered to endure the harshest weather. The most diverse collection of landscape stone styles, textures and colors transform any backyard or front yard, into a spectacular setting.

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Natural Stone, Pavers, Retaining Walls, Outdoor Lighting, Stone Veneer provided by: timberwall

We have a deep commitment to providing solutions for our customers. Our job is to make sure each customer is satisfied. We will not just give the standard, one-word answers. We will have a 'how can I help you' attitude that will flow out to all of our customers. We will try to explain things the way we would like someone to explain them to us: in great detail, clearly, and patiently. 

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paint provided by: valspar and ace hardware stores

Valspar and Ace Hardware combine to offer Great Color, Quality, and "How To" Advice for Your Idea Home, as well as this year's 2018 Idea Home on Display.

Your local Ace Hardware store is the place to start your "paint journey" for any size project.  The quality, choice limitless color options, all within the "Paint Studio" provide a great environment to bring your paitn inspriations to reality.  With the brands that have both endured and advanced over decades, features like Love Your Color or Change it for Free, One Coat Coverage Guarantee, Green Guard certified products, and Sample Pints being free when you come back and buy your paint, are but some of the benefits the Paint Studio offers!

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trim/millwork provided by:
waudena millwork

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A revolutionary system where the window trim and jamb comes assembled, so your contractor or DIY project will be a perfect installation every time.  Trim-N-Time® uses an innovative lip casing to easily slide into your interior door or window extension jamb.  On site dust and finishing odors are eliminated with Trim-N-Time® installation system as factory cutting, professional assembly, and factory finishing is completed in our state-of-the-art factory in Wausau Wisconsin.  Trim-N-Time® is available 22 stock stain colors, over 50 paint colors, and 4 standard wood species with custom species available upon request.  Trim-N-Time® installation system is available to purchase at lumberyards in Minnesota and throughout the upper Midwest. 

Visit them in Booth 1340!