April 1, 2017
South High School
3131 S 19th Ave
Mpls, MN 55407
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Home Improvement Informational Sessions and Mini-Workshops – Get Inspired!

Attend Informational Sessions During the Fair

Nine short (20 minute) presentations will be offered at the South High School, Classroom 146. See below for this year's mini-workshop descriptions and a few special features.

No Cost: Housing Fair workshops are free. We've assembled experts in their fields to share their knowledge with you at no cost.

No Reservations Needed: Just show up and learn what you need to know for a successful project.

Home Improvement Classes Offered After the Fair

The South Minneapolis Housing Fair teams with Minneapolis Community Education to offer a variety of in-depth home improvement classes. As in 2016, the roster of classes will take place on evenings/weekends after the Housing Fair, at various Parks and Public Schools around the City. Please visit Minneapolis Community Education for class schedule and registration.

How to navigate your remodel/construction project with new state/municipal code requirements

10:30 am, Classroom 146

Presented by AEI Applied Energy Innovations

AEI Experts will be presenting a flow chart and tip sheets of expectations on what to expect for MPLS Plan Review. New adoption of Energy Codes requires significant attention to the mechanical plumbing, insulation and supporting documents now required to receive permits. Avoid costly change orders and project delays by attending this work shop.

Deconstruction - What is it?

11:00 am, Classroom 146

Presented by Better Futures ReUse Center

Tear downs and large remodels are booming right now in this part of the City and we are an option that diverts up to 90-100% of the building materials from the landfill. It's environmental, cost saving, and creates local jobs.

Window Options

11:30 am, Classroom 146

Presented by RRR Construction

There are a lot of things one can do to the windows in your house. Cost and finished product can vary a lot. What makes sense--Repair, replace, inserts, tilt pacs, vinyl, wood??

Monarch Seminar Learn how to grow a garden for butterflies and other pollinators

12:00 pm, Classroom 146

Presented by Vicki Bonk

Your yard can be part of making all the difference for the monarch butterfly whose populations are at a critical low due to devastating habitat loss. The monarch butterfly is a flagship species for conservation. Creating monarch habitat will give you a front row seat to the liveliness of the pollinator world while you are playing a vital conservation role. 

How to Maintain my Stucco

12:30 pm, Classroom 146

Presented by Smith Cole Stucco & Stone

Information on cleaning, small repairs, changing colors and textures and maintenance of adjacent items like doors, windows, roofing, chimneys, concrete stoops, etc.

Strategies for designing new homes that fit well in established neighborhoods

12:30 am, Classroom 146

Presented by Timothy Fuller Architects

A new home in an old neighborhood doesn't have to overwhelm its neighbors. The key is careful planning and close attention paid to scale.

Minnesota Housing Fix-Up Loan

1:30 pm, Classroom 146

Presented by Lake Area Mortgage 

A low interest rate loan to repair/remodel your home.

It's never been a better time to evaluate your home for solar!

2:00 pm, Classroom 146

Presented by All Energy Solar

Learn how it all works. This session will cover factors that affect your home's suitability for solar, what incentives are available, and what payment options you have.

Learn how to care for your old home

2:30, Classroom 146

Presented by Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour/Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM)

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) offers workshops to boost your confidence when tackling repair and rehab projects. Expert instructors and plenty of hands-on practice. PAM's Education Coordinator introduces this year's offerings, including favorites like Plaster Repair and Repairing Old Windows. For ideas and help deciding what to DIY or when to hire professionals, attend the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. Get insider tips on where to go this year for your questions, or how to nominate a home.


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