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August 10, 2017
HCP Kitchen Remodeling Questionnaire

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? It is great to start the process early and consider design elements, colors and products that best suit you. Below we have some questions and things to think about to help determine your needs. 

Kitchen Remodel Questions

What do you like about your current kitchen?

What don’t you like about your current kitchen?

What is on your kitchen wish list?

Where do you eat your meals? Kitchen or dining room?

Do you like to entertain?  What is your entertaining style?

What other activities would you like to do in your kitchen? (Watch TV? Homework? Pay Bills?)

Is the primary cook right or left handed?

Do you have enough storage space?

What is your shopping style? Weekly? Monthly? Bulk?

Do you have enough fridge and freezer space?

Is your kitchen easy to clean?

Kitchen Features


  • Range
  • Wall Oven(s)
  • Cooktop
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Coffee/Espresso Maker
  • Vent Hood
  • Wine Chiller
  • Built-in Icemaker
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Trash Compactor
  • Microwave
  • Warming Drawer
  • Extra Refrigerator or Freezer


  • Spice Rack
  • Wine Rack
  • Pull-Out Trash
  • Tall Pantry Cabinet
  • Recycling Area
  • Divided Tray Storage
  • Cutlery Storage
  • Pull-Out Pantry
  • Small Appliance Storage
  • Computer Work Area
  • Pull-Out Trays
  • Lazy Susan Storage
  • Bookshelf for Cookbooks
  • Adjustable Shelving
  • Breadbox


  • Task Lighting
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Toe Kick Lighting
  • Pendant Lights or Island/Peninsula
  • Additional Outlets
  • Electronic Charging Station


  • Prep or Bar Sink
  • Pot Filler
  • Water Filter/Dispenser


  • Television
  • Audio Equipment
  • Message Center

Ready to get started on your kitchen remodel? We'd love the opportunity to work with you. Contact us today! Phone: 320-529-4800. Email: rachel@homecheckplus.com

July 14, 2017
Tape Measure Fun Facts!

The tape measure is easily the most used and important tool in our tool box. Dale always says, "Measure twice, cut once." In honor of National Tape Measure Day, here are some interesting history and fun facts about the tape measure.

  • Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut received the patent for a spring-click tape measure in 1868.
  • The invention originated in Sheffield, England by James Chesterman around 1829.
  • Chesterman was in the business of making "flat wire" for crinoline hoop skirts that were in fashion back then.  He developed a heat treated process that made the flat wire stronger.  When that fashion trend faded, he was left with a surplus of metal tape.
  • Chesterman then decided to put graduated marks on very long steel tapes, so he could market them to surveyors -- hoping they'd find his product's lightweight, more accurate and easy to coil & uncoil design appealing.
  • Chesterman's tapes sold in the United States for $17, which is about $300 in today's money.
  • Fellows' main contribution was the method of attaching the spring clip, which locks the tape and doesn't retract until you release the clip.
  • The steel tape measure didn't become popular until the 1940s.  Before that, the carpenter's folding wooden ruler was the most commonly used collapsible measuring device in the United States.
  • In 1876, Justus Roe & Sons began manufacturing steel tape measures in the United States.
  • Some tape measures have an additional black diamond mark every 19.2 inches, which is used for floor trusses and a special mark every 16 inches, which is the standard interval for studs in housing.
  • With the advancement in technology, tape measures are now available in digital form and some styles use lasers and ultrasonic technology to measure. 
June 8, 2017
5 Great Deck Railing Options

Deck season is finally here! This weather is great for spending time on a deck, whether it is grilling, entertaining or just relaxing. When most people are thinking about adding a deck to their house, the material of the deck itself is usually what comes to mind first. However, the railing material is also something to consider. We've built many beautiful decks using a variety of different railing systems. Check out a few of them below. 

Aluminum Posts & Spindles

Aluminum railing systems, whether custom made or otherwise are a popular choice. Aluminum is very resistant to weather elements, maintenance free and there are many designs and colors options to choose from. 



Composite Posts & Spindles

Composite railing systems pair nicely with a composite deck. The look is very clean and classic. Composite decking material is also maintenace free and eco-friendly. 



Composite Posts & Aluminum Spindles

If you can't declde between composite and aluminum, why not use both!? Composite deck railing systems have a variety color options, so you can select two accent colors. These posts have LED light caps to illuminate the deck once the sun has set. 



Composite Posts & Glass Panels

Glass panels are nice for when you want minimal obstruction of the views from your deck. Great for scenic back yards or lake homes. They are also a good option for families with kidsas they won't attempt to jam their head or toys between the railings. Another benefit is they can help block any wind.

 Deck - Monarch Composite Decking & Railing with Glass Panels


Ornate Aluminum Railing

This deck features an aluminum railing system with French Bastille spindles. A custom made railing allows you to be creative and can really add to the overall design of the deck.


May 12, 2017
May is National Home Remodeling Month!

It's our favorite month of the year...May is National Home Remodeling Month! We enjoy our client's excitement and eagerness to get started their next home remodeling project. 

Not to toot our own horn, but we are honored to be featured in the April issue of Trend magazine for a remodel project we worked on with the talented Mark Suess. Click here to check it out. Also, Home Check Plus was included in Remodeling Magazine's top 550 remodeling contractors. We ranked 183 in the nation! 

What can Home Check Plus do for you?

As a full-service remodeling contractor, we are your trusted contractor for all your home improvement needs. Here's a list of some of our services:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Additions
  • Porches & Decks
  • Windows & Doors
  • Roofing & Siding
  • Basement Finishing
  • Garages

Remodeling Advice

Here are some helpful guides to check out.

Remodeling Info & Ideas

Click on each of these for great information on various remodeling projects. 

Do you have a remodeling project you've been dreaming about? We'd love to work with you. Give us a call, 320-529-4800 or email rachel@homecheckplus.com

April 26, 2017
Is your home ready for April showers?

April showers are here! Is your home ready? Here are some of our tips!

  • Clean Gutters. Make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris, so they can function as intended. Also, be sure your downspouts are running away from the house.
  • Check Sump Pump. If you have a sump pump, check to see if it is working!
  • Landscaping Holes. Look around your house for any holes or low points and fill in if need be. Water can pool in those areas and it is a slippery slope to getting water in your basement.
  • Rain Barrel. Now is a great time to set up a rain barrel. The water can be used later to water your plants.
  • Stay Off Wet Grass. A lot of rain can leave your lawn quite fragile. So, it is best to stay off if possible. Avoid raking wet grass especially as it can damage the roots. 
  • Seeding. If you want to seed some areas of your lawn to spruce it up, do it now! This rain will help it grow and you'll have nice, lush, green grass before you know it. 

Call us (320-529-4800) or email if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to help!