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Gonyea Homes and Remodeling is proud to announce Highcroft, our upcoming neighborhood in Woodbury, MN. This vibrant, family friendly community, coming Fall 2018, is the perfect place to build your new home, within a convenient location and near a variety of amenities. Experience the highlights of the community below.

Location

Highcroft is conveniently located near the crossroads of 94, 494, and 694. Directly east of Bailey Lake, the neighborhood is just minutes from shopping, movie theaters, professional sporting events, and nightlife in downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Schools

Highcroft is in the South Washington County School District (ISD 833) and includes Red Rock Elementary, Lake Middle School, and East Ridge High School, which is just 2 miles west from the neighborhood.

Amenities

Highcroft neighborhood amenities include a beautiful community clubhouse and swimming pool, as well as sidewalks and trails that lead to a preserved oak forest and the shores of Bailey Lake. With direct access to the Woodbury Regional Trail System, you’ll enjoy miles of walking and biking trails in all the seasons.

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Spring is FINALLY here, after a long and snowy winter. Do you know what that means? It means it’s time to look at our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist to make sure you are taking the correct preventative measures before hot summer weather rolls around (yay!). Regular home maintenance can help preserve your home, keep your family safe, and lower expenses year after year. Although these tasks are imperative, it is important to schedule regular professional inspections throughout the year. Call a professional to perform any tasks with gas or electricity.

Below is a list of spring home maintenance tasks to help ensure your home is in tip-top condition before wintery weather. Although these tasks are imperative, it is important to schedule regular professional inspections throughout the year. Call a professional to perform any tasks with gas or electricity.

Download our checklist to check tasks off as you go!

Landscaping
Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes. Trim leaves and limbs that touch your exterior walls as they can cut into your home’s paint.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.
Make Exterior Repairs
Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation.
Sprinklers
Check your lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads.
Exterior Caulking
Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating. Scrape out all of the eroding caulk and recaulk if needed.
Roof
Minnesota winters can be rough. Check the condition of your roof surface flashing, eaves and soffits. Perform a thorough cleaning. Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls.
Windows & Door Screens
Clean screening and check for holes. Patch holes or replace the screen. Replace broken, worn or missing hardware. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
Check Safety Devices
Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries. Check expiration date of your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.
Decks & Porches
Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose boards and deterioration. If the stain doesn’t look like it should or water has turned some of the wood dark grey, treat your deck or fence.
Clean Dryer Vents
Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire. You can hire a duct cleaning specialist to clean the vents if needed.
Air Conditioning System Maintenance
Clean unit, check the belt tension and adjust if needed. Replace a crack or worn belt. Schedule an annual system check with an HVAC professional.

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The 2018 Spring Parade of Homes ended March 25, but we’re still reminiscing over each and every home we showcased. All eight of our model homes perfectly embodied what it means to build with Gonyea Homes & Remodeling. Our design and construction team have the experience and knowledge to know what works in every single room of a home. We’ve compiled photos of the main level spaces from each of our 2018 Spring Parade of Homes models. Explore the galleries below to experience gorgeous great rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and porches.

GREAT ROOMS

Great rooms are really great, aren’t they?! Unique fireplaces punch up a room’s style. Recently, we’ve had a blast designing surrounds that add dimension and elegance, often incorporating natural elements and interesting textures. As you look closer within each great room, you’ll notice small details, like intricate tile work and beautiful millwork.

KITCHENS

Our collection of kitchens from the 2018 Spring Parade of Homes wonderfully showcases our distinct style and expert knowledge of home design. With over 30 years in the business, we know that whether you’re coooking a grand holiday meal, or just baking some cookies with the littles ones, you want an effective and efficient kitchen layout, constructed with high-quality materials that will stand the test of time.

FORMAL DINING ROOMS

Our portfolio of formal dining rooms reflects our diverse design team who is fluent in many different styles. Explore the gallery to experience classic elegance with a twist, artistic millwork that grabs your attention, and unique, deep colors that bring an intimate ambiance to your gathering space.

PORCHES

After a long winter, its exciting to look forward to warmer days ahead! These lovely 3-season screen porches almost make you want to stick around for the 4th season. You can relax and entertain even on a cool spring or fall night, with a custom fireplace to keep you cozy and warm.

Some of our Parade of Homes models are still available and open to tour! Click below to find an open house near you.

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Winter is coming. Do you know what that means? It means it’s time to look at our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to make sure you are taking the correct preventative measures before the frozen tundra takes over! Regular home maintenance can help preserve your home, keep your family safe, and lower expenses year after year.

Below is a list of fall home maintenance tasks to help ensure your home is in tip-top condition before wintery weather. Although these tasks are imperative, it is important to schedule regular professional inspections throughout the year. Call a professional to perform any tasks with gas or electricity.

Download the checklist to check tasks as you go!

Fall Maintenance Tasks
  • Rake leaves. To make the job easier, choose a lightweight rake, wear gloves to protect your hands and use hand-held “leaf scoops” to bag leaves quickly. Sweep dry leaves from the garage floor.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.
  • Make exterior repairs. Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation.
  • Seal gaps. To keep critters out, fill small holes and cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.
  • Check walkways, railings, stairs and the driveway. Make navigating around your home safer by checking that all stairs are in good shape and have sturdy railings, and that the driveway is in good repair to make for easier shoveling.
  • Stock up on winter supplies. Minnesota winters can be rough. Check the condition of your snow shovels, get some ice melt, restock your emergency kits for your car and home and have your snow blower serviced and purchase fuel.
  • Shut off the exterior faucet and store hoses. Protect your pipes from the freezing temperatures by shutting off your water to exterior faucets before temps dip below freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.
  • Add weather stripping. Apply around the frames of windows and doors to help boost winter warmth and energy costs. Add door sweeps to the base of doors to keep heat in and cold air out.
  • Check safety devices. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries. Check expiration date of your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.
  • Check for radon. As the weather gets cooler and windows stay shut more often, radon is more likely to become trapped in your home. Hire a contractor to test and fix any radon issues.
  • Clean dryer vents. Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire. You can hire a duct cleaning specialist to clean the vents if needed.
  • Conduct an energy audit. A trained auditor can assess your home’s current energy efficiency and give you a list of recommended improvements you can make.
  • Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Making sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure.

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With Christmas right around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight some of our favorite Gonyea dining rooms and dinettes. We love to gather around the table with our own families, and we know it’s an important room to consider when building or buying. Our in-house design team has the experience knowledge to know what works in these spaces, and can help guide your decisions. Check out some of our favorite styles and elements we incorporated into our dining rooms and dinettes this year.

A Touch of Industrial

We had to include this dining room in our list of favorites. The full wall paneling adds an interesting texture to the room, creating a more elegant dining experience. The light fixture teases an industrial style, while still combining the overall design of the home. We can definitely see family dinners around the table.

Refined Style

This dinette, located right off the kitchen in our Harriet Collection, is the perfect space to enjoy a holiday meal with your family. The built-in on the end provides extra storage for either the dinette or kitchen. Adding a final touch to farmhouse flair is the gorgeous six light pendant.

Refined Style

This dinette, located right off the kitchen in our Harriet Collection, is the perfect space to enjoy a holiday meal with your family. The built-in on the end provides extra storage for either the dinette or kitchen. Adding a final touch to farmhouse flair is the gorgeous six light pendant.

Farmhouse Sophistication

Contrasting light and dark millwork transform this Farmhouse style home into a sophisticated retreat. Dark cladded windows enhance the natural light that flows in through the side windows. A simple light fixture is the perfect partner for the many architectural details throughout the main level. You’ll definitely be eating in style.

Classic Elegance

This classic dining room creates the perfect canvas for a gorgeous holiday masterpiece. The white wainscoting adds a subtle interest within the neutral walls. It’s the perfect place to host a party, since many different color palettes can enhance this room.

Classic Elegance

This classic dining room creates the perfect canvas for a gorgeous holiday masterpiece. The white wainscoting adds a subtle interest within the neutral walls. It’s the perfect place to host a party, since many different color palettes can enhance this room.

Click through our gallery to see more of our favorites!

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The Fall Farmhouse Inspiration series is a collection of photos from our October CJC@HOME event with Carver Junk Company. For a whole weekend, Carver Junk Company moved their store into one of our homes! The home, and everything in it, was for sale, open to tour, and full of farmhouse style fall home decor. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to give you a little tour of the home, especially if you missed out on the event. Each week we’ll showcase one room. We started with the great room in our first post you can find here. This week, we’re cooking something up in the kitchen!

All photos by J FUERST Real Estate Photography.
The Perfect Blank Canvas
Custom-built white cabinets, gorgeous beveled tile backsplash, and a navy island provide a fantastic blank canvas for this chef-inspired kitchen. With the shiplap hood and thought-out fall decor, this home is transformed into a warm contemporary farmhouse. We can just smell a pumpkin pie baking in the oven!
Wood Details
This “farmers market” wood tray is a cool and simple piece to incorporate into your kitchen. It gives the warmth and rustic feel of fall, while providing depth to a bright kitchen. Other wood pieces, and added pumpkin orange details bring pops of color throughout.
Interesting Focal Points
Don’t forget the island! You can decorate every space in your home by adding simple, yet unique and cohesive pieces. The centerpiece pillars add varying height, making it an interesting focal point for the eye.
Country-Inspired Tableware
Picking a few colors, like yellow and oranges, and introducing them to neutral accents, create a true farmhouse-inspired display.
Look for simple tableware that have a handmade, country feel to tie all the kitchen decor together.
STAY TUNED FOR NEXT WEEK’S FALL FARMHOUSE INSPIRATION: THE TABLE!

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Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, oh my! Halloween seemed to creep up on us, no pun intended. With only a few more weeks of fall, we thought it would be important to enjoy the weather, and get outdoors! We love our communities, and all the events they offer for families, which is why we are highlighting a few fun Halloween events going on this weekend. So, if you haven’t made any plans yet, or need to add another fall outing to your agenda, take peek.

East Metro

Woodbury:

Woodbury Lakes Treat Street | October 27 | 5:30-7:00 PM | Woodbury Lakes, 9020 Hudson Road, Woodbury; 651-251-9500

Lake Elmo:

The Great Pumpkin Chase and Kid’s Dracula Dash | October 28 | 7:30 AM | Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave. N, Lake Elmo; 651-430-8370

St. Paul: 

Boo-ology | October 28 | Noon-4 PM | Science Museum of Minnesota,120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; (651) 221-9444

West Metro

Shoreview:

Halloween Spooktacular | October 27 | 6:30-8 PM | Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N, Shorview; 651.490.4700

Plymouth:

Halloween at the Creek | October 27 | 6-8:30 PM | Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N, Plymouth; 763-509-5200

Excelsior:

Fantastically Spooky Ghost Trolley | October 27-28 | 6-9 PM | Excelsior Streetcar Line, 400 George Street, Excelsior; 952-922-1096

Victoria:

Enchanted Forest Halloween | October 29 | 5-9 PM | Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria; 763-694-7650

Chaska:

Ar-BOO-retum | October 31 | 9 AM-2 PM | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska; 952-443-1400

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If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you’ve probably seen our great Refined Collection Coloring Contest entries. The coloring contest sheets are in our Gonyea Guide, which is chock full of information, and FUN! These are located in any of our 8 Parade of Homes models. Winners receive a $100 gift card, so color away!

The deadline for the contest is Sunday, March 25, 2018. Winners will be announced Monday, March 26, 2018.

If you can’t get out to one of our Parade of Homes models, don’t fret! You can download your coloring sheet below, and follow the directions to enter for a chance to win!

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Each year seems to fly by when you’re having fun, and we can certainly say that about 2017. Before we’re well into 2018, we wanted to take a minute to look back at our year, and appreciate all of our hard work. Click each gallery below to look through some of our favorites of 2017. We can’t wait to see what the new year brings us!

Kitchens

Whether you’re cooking a grand holiday meal for the family, or just hanging out and baking cookies with the little ones, a Gonyea kitchen will fit your needs. With effective and efficient layouts, plus top-grade appliances and superior materials, these kitchens are bound to really cook!

Great Rooms

Great rooms are really great, aren’t they?! You can gather with family, kick back and relax, watch a movie, read a book next to the fireplace, and much, much more. Explore some of our favorite great rooms and keep an eye out for custom built-ins perfect for holding your favorite reads, and gorgeous tile and stone that make the fireplaces stand out.

Owners’ Baths

Relax. Our luxurious spa-inspired master baths will be exactly what you need after a long day of work. Take a soak in the exceptional tubs, or hop in the shower to get squeaky clean!

Bars

Drinks won’t pour themselves, but playing bartender is easy when you have a bar in your lower level. Our combination of designer selections will play to your style, whether you love the classic, farmhouse, or modern look.

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What You’ll Need:
• A sturdy cardboard or foam base 2x3 ft
• Lots of thin cardboard (cereal boxes or pop boxes) for tracing pattern pieces
• Your paper pattern (print on 11x17 paper)
• Lots of tape (masking works best)
• Scissors
• An exacto knife
• Graham crackers (about 3 boxes)
• White fondant (a big box)
• Cereal for your roof (2-3 boxes)
• Tons of candy for decorating
• 3-4 tubs of royal icing or frosting
• Markers and colored pencils
• A candy can that has a 3/4 to 1 inch diameter

Extra Things That Are Helpful To Have On Hand:
• Extra people (the more you have the faster you can build)
• A bottle of wine (to keep your sanity)
• Plastic knives and spoons for spreading frosting
• A rolling pin
• A photocopier to make extra pattern pieces
• Patience

Total Time:
About 9 hours with three people working. This will take more or less time depending on the level of detail you want to add.

Home Construction

Let’s Get Started!
1. First, make multiple copies of your pattern pieces. This will help you in case you mess up or pieces get lost. We also later used pieces of our pattern to complete decorating.
2. Carefully cut out your pattern pieces. It’s helpful to label them.
3. Use your paper pattern pieces as a template and trace them on to the cardboard.
4. Cut out the cardboard pieces and label them.

Assemble Your Cardboard Wall Pieces
1. Use your masking tape to assemble the walls of your house. Don’t be afraid to use a lotof tape.
2. When you have your walls together, center your home on the base and use tape to attach it.

Get Graham-Crackering!
1. Keep in mind that your graham crackers will add significant strength to your home.
2. Attach your crackers, covering your cardboard pieces. A think layer of frosting works well.
3. You will need to trim crackers to make them fit. An exacto knife works really well for this.
4. If you have some holes/gaps, don’t worry. Keep in mind that fondant and frosting hide a lot of sins.
5. Make sure you add graham crackers to your gables as well.
6. Add your candy cane as the front post to give your structure some support.

Fondant Fun
1. Knead and roll out your fondant. The more you work with it, the easier it is to use.
2. Cover your graham crackers with a layer of fondant. Use your fingers to smooth out seams and imperfections.
3. Make sure you add fondant to your gables as well.
4. If you want to be fancy, use a knife or ruler to draw horizontal lines on your exterior walls (to look like siding).

The Roof
1. Tape your roof pieces together. Like before, use lots of tape.
2. Attach the main roof piece (the biggest one) first. A think layer of frosting will help keep your roof secure.
3. Next, attach the roof piece that connects the front porch section of the home with the rest of the home. Use tape if needed and a ton of frosting.
4. Add the smallest roof piece last.
5. Before you add your gable and the roof tiles, let your frosting settle for a while. About 15-20 minutes should do it.

A Gable For Glamour
1. Use tape to attach your gable roof to the window section.
2. Using a ton of frosting, attach the gable to the roof. Let it settle before adding your roof cereal tiles.

Decorating Tips

1. We used our pattern pieces to make our windows. We cut them out, colored them in and used frosting to attach them to the fondant walls.
2. The cereal roof tiles were added with frosting, working in horizontal rows.
3. Chocolate bars were used for the garage door and front door.
4. The snow was created using frosting as the base layer and shaved coconut on top.
5. Almonds were used to make the driveway.
6. M&Ms were used to make the front walkway.

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