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March 9, 2017
6 Reasons You'd Love Eze-Breeze Porch Windows

Screen porches are a great way to enjoy a nice day without having full exposure to everything the great outdoors offers. They provide the perfect spot to sip a cup of a coffee, read a book or dine with the family. Upgrading your screen porch with Eze-Breeze Porch Windows will make you love the space even more! Here's why:

1. Ventilation. Eze-Breeze porch windows have 4 adjustable panels, allowing for various ventilation options or complete closure.

2. Low Maintenance. Keeping a screen porch clean can be a challenge; especially cabins or lake homes! The complete closure option of the porch windows prevents dirt from entering. Cleaning the windows is also a breeze as the panels can just be removed. 

3. Ambiance. The frames of Eze-Breeze porch windows add a warm feeling to the porch while still allowing for great sight lines. 

4. Options. There are many size and color options to fit all porch designs. Eze-Breeze offers a fixed window and door option as well for a complete package.

5. Durability. The window film is very durable and won't crack or break. You can actually punch the film and it will return to it's original form!

6. UV Protection. Eze-Breeze porch windows offer better UV protection over glass and remain neutral versus absorbing heat. The window film also helps prevent fading of fabrics and finishes. 

Interested in Eze-Breeze porch windows? Give us a call 320-529-4800. Spring is right around the corner! 


February 1, 2017
Featured Products from International Builders Show 2017!

Our Estimator/Project Manager, Matt Cecko, recently was in Orlando for National Association Home Builders International Builders' Show. While he spent most of the time in meetings representing the CMBA as president, he was able to walk through the vendor show. Here are a some products from IBS that we'd like to highlight.

Formica Writable 

Formica has come out with a new product that is just like wipe off boards! The Writable Surfaces are available in a few patterns as well as classic white. They can be mounted on walls, cabinets, countertops, etc. Formica Writable would be perfect for many applications -- kitchens, kids play rooms, homework zones & more. They would work great in businesses for brainstorming sessions too! 

Formica Writable

Sterling Shower Bench

Sterling shower surround is a product we use for our clients quite frequently. They now have the option of a removable bench! Ladies and aging adults can definitely appreciate having a small bench in the shower. An added bonus: the benches are economical! 

Sterling Shower Bench

Kohler Workstation Sink 

This Kohler kitchen sink is one of many brands that are helping make food prep a breeze. There are several workstation accessory options available including a cutting board and colander.

Kohler Workstation Sink


Azek Lanscape Pavers

Azek interlocking pavers are made from a high performance composite material, but look like natural stone. They are easy to install, durable, come in a variety of colors and are made with 95% recycled material! Azek pavers are great for patios, walkways, decks, driveways and more. 

Azek Pavers


Kitchen Products

Cambria Quartz - Roxwell

Cambria Quartz Countertops

New Cambria designs! We like the wavy pattern in Roxwell. One of the many great features of Cambria is all designs are the same price. Click here to check out all the design palette options.  

Kitchen - Wall Mounted Pot Filler

Wall Mounted Pot Filler

A wall mounted pot filler is a super convenient feature to include in a kitchen. The photo is of a pot filler from Moen. This kitchen design idea is especially nice for anyone that loves cooking and/or doesn't love going to the gym (a pot full of water is heavy!!)

Kitchen Cabinetry Options

Custom Cabinetry

Customize your kitchen cabinetry with elements that are fitting for your lifestyle. Some options include: garbage & recycling compartments, kitchen utensils, coffee bars, pull out pantries, spice racks and more.


Bathroom Products

Bathroom Soaking Tub 

Freestanding Bathtub

Freestanding bathtubs have been gaining popularity over the last few years. Their simple, beautiful design creates a focal point feature and spa-like feel to any bathroom. Freestanding bathtubs are available in a variety of shapes and styles.

Panasonic Bathroom Fan 

Panasonic Bathroom Fan

We can't stress enough the importance of having and using your bathroom fan. Panasonic has a bathroom fan with an adjustable CFM. This element is great if after installation it is determined your bathroom needs additional airflow. 

Bathroom Shower Heads 

Shower Head Options 

Steam shower, rain shower head, multiple shower heads, body sprays...so many shower options to choose from!


Exterior Products

Andersen Windows VeriLock

Andersen Windows VeriLock

Andersen windows & doors with VeriLock technology have integrated security sensors that can tell you when they are opened or not locked. As an Andersen Certified Installer, we are trained to properly install Andersen windows & doors.

GAF Shingles

GAF Roof Shingles

GAF makes a quality shingle product. If you'd like something a little different than your standard shingle, check out their Sienna collection - provides a classic old world elegance at an affordable price. Home Check Plus is proud to be a GAF Certified Installer. 

Velux Skylights

Velux Skylights

Skylights are a great way to create additional light in any room. We've installed Velux skylights in many of our clients' homes. 

January 31, 2017
HCP Wins Best of Houzz 2017!

All of us at Home Check Plus are so honored to receive "Best of Customer Service" on Houzz

We truly value our clients and strive to provide them with the best service and workmanship in the home remodeling industry. Building client relationships where they trust us, are happy with their remodeling experience and choose us again for their next project is very important to us. Home Check Plus is celebrating our 20th year in business this year - we'd like to say THANK YOU to our wonderful clients for the many years of success and we look forward to another 20 years of servicing your home remodeling needs.  

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews. A "Best of Houzz 2017" badge will appear on our profile as a sign of our commitment to excellence.

Check out our Houzz profile, here.

If you've had a positive experience working with Home Check Plus, we'd love for you to write a review for us. Click here.

Not familiar with Houzz? Well, it is the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The website has tons of photos, so it is great for getting design ideas for all types of home projects. Let's say you want to remodel your kitchen -- you can create a "Kitchen Remodel" ideabook and save photos of kitchen design elements you like. Then share your idea book with Home Check Plus! 

January 10, 2017
Matt Cecko CMBA President 2017

A note from Matt...

Hello, my name is Matt Cecko, and I'm the 2017 Central Minnesota Builders Association President. Since 2005, I have worked as a project manager for Dale Gruber's Home Check Plus, an experienced full-service home remodeling contractor in St. Cloud.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in Little Falls and reside in St. Augusta with my wife Rachael. We have been married for four years and have two wonderful children, Flynn and Flora, who keep us on our toes! Flynn is two and a half and Flora is nine months. 

Being the 2017 CMBA President is something I've been looking forward to. For more than a decade, I have been an active CMBA member, serving as the President of the Remodeler's Council in 2010 and the Chair of the Spike Club in 2011, and currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Builders Association of Minnesota.

As the 2017 president, you will find I am passionate about the housing industry and can't wait to see what the New Year brings. My goals as CMBA president are to help recruit new members, strengthen membership value, create revenue from the On The Level magazine to ensure future publications, advocate for all aspects of the housing industry and to continue to invest in our future workforce with programs like, "Tools for School." It is so important to expose our youth to our industry. 

Happy New Year to you and your family!

-Matt Cecko

September 1, 2016
DGC & HCP Olympics Recap!

At Home Check Plus, we love the Olympics (who doesn't?). Since none of us our quite athletically gifted to make it to Rio, we decided to host our own Olympics on Osseo (Avenue). The DGC & HCP Olympics lasted 2 1/2 weeks and involved opening ceremonies - including the passing of the torch, highly competitive events, medals...we did it all. The staff was divided into the following teams:

Receders 3 1/2 - Travis, Doug, Bob and Dale
The Young & The Restless - Roger, Kevin and Randy
Slap Hands - Matt, Hope, Tony and Dawson
Change Order One - Bear, Paul and Steve

Continue reading for a complete recap of the DGC & HCP Olympics 2016.

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Hammer Throw

We kicked off the DGC & HCP Olympics with the carpenter's version of the hammer throw. The rules were simple - throw 12 inflatable hammers into five gallon buckets - the person who gets the most in the bucket, wins. Believe it or not, Tony Knier (who has only one good arm at the moment) won gold! Bob Eisenreich received the silver medal and Hope Schroeder bronze.

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Kevin Schmidt

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Randy Olson

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Hope Schroeder 
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Roger Kirchner

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Steve Raeker

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Bob Eisenreich 

Ladder Sprint

Ladder Sprint was the second event. For this event, the athletes had to channel their inner Usain Bolt and sprint to a ladder staged near one of our buildings, climb up the ladder, grab a tape measure on the building's roof, step back down the ladder and run back. Two lessons learned: loafers don't make good running shoes and we have a small dip in our lot (almost caused a wipeout).

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Paul Gruber
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Doug Heinen
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Dawson Harris
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Bear Holtslander
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Dale Gruber 
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Matt Cecko 

Team Water Balloon Toss

Team Water Balloon Toss closed out the games. It was a tough battle, but team Slap Hands won gold, silver went to Receders 3 1/2 and The Young & The Restless got their first medal of the games, taking home the bronze. 

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 Closing Ceremonies 

As you can see from the final medal count, Team Slap Hands dominated the games, receiving a total of 6 medals! Congratulations to all DGC & HCP Olympic athletes...you did great!! 

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