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Our blog dedicated to home contracting is an invaluable resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of the industry. It offers comprehensive information on various topics including remodeling, renovations, additions, home improvement, and more. Whether you're looking to expand your knowledge of home contracting or simply stay informed, our blog is the perfect go-to resource.
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Custom Home Builder Blog

New home construction is an exciting journey of decisions and revelations. Perhaps our contractor blog can help you with your decisions and revelations.

At E-L Builders, we specialize in custom home building and design. We provide comprehensive services for each project, from concept to completion. Our team of experienced builders, designers, and architects are dedicated to creating high-quality homes that meet our clients’ expectations. We are committed to providing excellent customer service and have a proven track record of delivering projects on time and on budget. With E-L Builders, you can trust that your custom home will be built to last.

The information in our contractor blog is designed to help both homeowners and contractors alike to make informed decisions when it comes to the home contracting process. It provides an insider’s view into the industry, offering insights on the latest trends and techniques. It also serves as a great resource for DIYers, offering tips and advice on how to get started and complete projects with confidence. Our blog is regularly updated with the latest information and resources, making it a great resource to stay informed.

Smart Technology in Your Home

Incorporating smart technology into your lake cabin can enhance your overall experience and make your time spent there more comfortable and convenient. From improving security to adding entertainment options, smart technology can transform your cabin into a modern and efficient space. Here are some ways you can incorporate smart technology into your lake cabin.

June 3, 2024

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Get Cabin Fever with These Great New Trends

Cabin trends in Minnesota Lake Country have evolved with the times. Old, rustic log cabins with rough interiors have given way to cozy retreats with the latest modern amenities and contemporary designs. E.L. Builders in Brainerd Lakes explores some of the latest cabin trends of 2024 to generate a little cabin fever in those considering a new lakeside cabin or cottage. We build cabins that are homes to be enjoyed for years and by generations.

May 1, 2024

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Top 5 Considerations for Your Custom Lake Home Bathroom

A custom lake cabin bathroom is a prime consideration for your family and guests. Whether you are building a new cabin or renovating an existing one, there are several considerations you need to keep in mind when designing your bathroom. E.L. Builders, LLC, can help you design an exhilarating and relaxing personal oasis for your new or existing cabin by the lake. Here are the top five considerations we’ll guide you through.

April 5, 2024

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Incorporating Sustainable Cabin Trends Into Your Summer Cabin

Summer cabins are the perfect getaway for those who love nature. But with the increase in environmental awareness, it's essential to consider sustainable trends when building your dream cabin. Sustainable design features not only help to reduce your carbon footprint, but they also add value to your cabin and can save you money over time. E.L. Builders shares some of the best ways to incorporate sustainable trends into your new summer cabin.

March 14, 2024

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Insulate Your Lake Cabin To Withstand a Harsh Winter Weather?

If you're planning to build a custom lake cabin, you might be wondering whether it can withstand the harsh winter weather that comes with living near a lake. After all, the last thing you want is to end up with a cabin that's not built to withstand the elements.

February 1, 2024

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Is It Time to Remodel Your Kitchen? We Love Remodels!

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It’s where we gather with family and friends, share meals, and make lasting memories. But as time goes on, your once-beloved kitchen may start to feel outdated, cramped, or just not functional enough for your needs. E. L. Builders loves remodels! Our skilled and talented designers and craftsmen can take your kitchen to the next level this spring.

January 23, 2024

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What is Luxury Home Construction

Luxury home construction is more than just a fancy term for building a high-end home. It is a proven process that requires attention to detail and a commitment to quality that is unmatched by standard home construction practices.

December 11, 2023

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Lake Home Site Planning

Lake home site planning is an essential aspect of building a lake home. It involves strategically placing buildings, outdoor living spaces, and other features on your property. Site planning can help you maximize your land's natural features while minimizing negative environmental impacts.

November 30, 2023

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5 Essentials to Enjoy the Lake Cabin

As the leaves start to change color in Brainard Lakes and the air gets crisp, it’s the perfect time to enjoy fall at your lake cabin. Here are five essentials to make the most of the season:

October 31, 2023

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Lake Cabin Essentials

Having a lake cabin is a dream come true for many people in Brainerd, MN. It's a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

September 12, 2023

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Hands-On Contractor

When it comes to building your new lake home near Brainerd, there is no doubt that having a hands-on contractor like E.L. Builders is incredibly important.

August 21, 2023

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Luxury Home Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship is the cornerstone of our luxury home construction at E.L. Builders. We pride ourselves on high-quality craftsmanship in every detail that sets our luxury homes apart. But what exactly makes for quality craftsmanship in luxury home construction?

July 18, 2023

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Summer Cabin Fun

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start thinking about how you can make your home more fun and inviting for the warmer months. If you're looking for some remodeling ideas, here are a few things to consider.

June 5, 2023

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5 Tips to Build a Strong Foundation

A strong foundation is essential for any building. It supplies the support that the rest of the structure relies on, and it helps to protect the building from the elements. If your foundation is weak, your building is at risk of collapse.

May 24, 2023

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Plan a New Home

Here are three things you should avoid when you are building a new home.

April 4, 2023

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What's Trendy Up North?

It’s common for home construction blogs to talk about the latest trend in homebuilding. Naturally, people wonder what’s new; some don’t want to be left behind. Let’s look at what’s hot and trendy at E.L. Builders.

March 6, 2023

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Our Building Process

As a premier contractor in Northern Minnesota, we know what it takes a great building process to build stunning homes for satisfied customers. How do we do it time and time again?

February 9, 2023

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How to Beat Cabin Fever

Contrary to some thinking, winter doesn’t mean we stop building custom homes and cabins. Instead, we work year-round designing and building. We’ve learned beating cabin fever requires being well-prepared for winter.

January 26, 2023

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Construction Work Stops in MN Winter, Right?

It’s easy to assume that construction work stops during a Minnesota winter, right? That isn’t necessarily the case with many builders in the land of 10,000 (frozen) lakes.

December 13, 2021

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Home Building Trends Include Adding Work/School Spaces

As many feel the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the need to change the way we do things, many homeowners are looking to add on some room to set aside for workspace. Between school closures and work restrictions, changes include adding some room to your home.

November 16, 2022

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Are You Ready to Build the Custom Home of Your Dreams?

When it’s time to build your new custom home, you want to make sure you build the home of your dreams. So first, you start with the backdrop of Mother Nature at her finest, with lakes, trees and wildlife everywhere you look. The Brainerd Lakes area is hands down one of the most beautiful parts of the state.

October 4, 2021

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Can’t Find the Lake House of Your Dreams? Create it!

You’ve known you wanted your own lake place for years. Truth be told, ever since you were just a kid and when being up north, fishing and spending the summer running in the woods were the best times you could imagine. Those memories, so pure and innocent, are exactly what you want your own kids to have in their lives. Back then, lake homes were special, even if they weren’t modern or convenient. Of course, today’s world brings a lot more modern conveniences to the woods of the Brainerd Lakes area, but finding a place with that special feeling isn’t easy. So, why not create your own?

September 6, 2021

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Is Your Dream as Simple as a Cottage in the Woods?

When you picture your perfect Saturday afternoon, are you sitting at your window, a glass of iced tea dripping condensation onto the side table, watching the lake where your better half is trying to scare up a walleye for dinner? And after the evening, complete with fish dinner, a fire and a glass of wine, you wander into your perfect cottage and sleep the sleep of the Brainerd Lakes Area.

August 20, 2021

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5 Must Haves for Your Dream Home

For years, you’ve been dreaming about building your dream home in the lakes and woods of Minnesota. With its beauty and serenity, it's a place where Mother Nature loves to be at her best. You start thinking about how you can have a little piece of that for yourself-we all do it! So let's talk about what are some must haves on your list for this perfect dream house? Here is just five ideas:

July 20, 2021

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3 Building Trends to Consider for Your New MN Cabin or Home

If you've been considering building a home or cabin in the Brainerd Lakes area this year, you may want to consider some of the building trends in Minnesota in 2021. While our number one goal is to build the house you want, right down to the smallest detail, we are experienced craftsmen and can pull in the trendiest features for your new build.

June 17, 2021

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3 Best-Loved Reasons for Going to the Cabin

It’s true. If you have memories of going to the cabin, you probably have memories filled with laughter, sunburn and sand in the bed. Fishing trips, fires with s’mores and days and days of being on the lake. Good food, good friends and good times, right? It seems nearly everyone loves going to the cabin. We had to do a little digging to come up with only three best-loved reasons for going to the cabin.

May 3, 2021

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Interested in Building Green in Your MN Custom Built Home?

The concept of going green in your home design used to raise a lot of eyebrows. Some thought it was too expensive, and others didn’t think it was possible to build a home with any significant difference by using environmentally safe materials. Still others didn’t know what was possible. Many people are considering the possibilities, especially when they have a deep love of the great outdoors. Let’s look at a few ways to choose some very trendy green design features in your new custom home.

April 13, 2021

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What Sets a Good Contractor Above the Rest?

When you’re thinking about building a new house – whether it’s a lake home, your primary residence or a little cottage in the woods, consider carefully before choosing a contractor. You need more than just a guy who can hammer nails. So, what sets a good contractor above the rest? Here are the top three characteristics that pull your contractor to the top of the prospect list.

March 3, 2021

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Ready to Remodel So You're Ready for Spring?

Spring is on the way! Yes, we know it will be a while yet, but even though the ground is still white and frozen, it's not too early to get started on that remodeling job you've been dreaming about for so long. If you start now, when the weather gets nice, you will be ready to get outside and enjoy it, rather than being stuck in the house redoing paint and tile.

February 2, 2021

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The 4 Things You Need to Know Before You Hire a Builder for Your Lake Home

Building a lake house isn’t something you simply decide to do. It’s something you dream about and wait for, often for years. When it’s finally the time to get down to business and hire a contractor, you deserve to know just what you’re in for before you get the keys to your new home on the Brainerd area lakes. E.L. Builders believes your lake home is worth our time, and our goal is to build your dream. You want the job done right at the best price. We want the best possible build at the right price for both of us. That’s why we don’t want you to jump in with your eyes closed. Instead, see for yourself if we meet the following best practices for choosing your home builder.

January 1, 2021

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