Tile Showers

A reader sent me an email asking about how we handle tile showers. They are indeed a difficult 'animal' to deal with, but there are some pretty good materials to use today. In days gone by, the industry standard was to have a roofer come and create and apply a hot asphalt shower pan. A mud base, sloped to the drain, was then insta...

Carpet tiles

 We have pretty much wrapped up our interior work at Robinwood Apartments in Faribault. Earlier we installed new siding on the apartment buildings. Our interior work was mainly confined to the common spaces and involved patching and painting walls, making repairs to handrails and other trims, and remodeling the finishes in t...

Refinishing existing windows

Our work on a large residential remodeling project continues to move forward. We are attending to various finishing tasks. One of them involves re-finishing the existing windows and doors. This home is about 25 years old with wood windows. Over the years there occasionally has been moisture accumulation on the window sashes that ...

Home Lighting

The March issue of the , published by By All Means Graphics, has an article on home lighting that I wrote. Lighting is such an important part of any home building or remodeling project with so many options available today to consumers. Careful attention to lighting placement and types is advised on all projects. The magazine is a...

Remodeling continues

The wood floors on the large residential remodeling project we are working on were finished last week. The floors are cumuru and the clear finish applied to the floor really brings out the strong, warm colors in the wood. When we use wood floors on our projects we typically sand and apply two coats of finish before the trim work,...

Historic Buildings

Tracy Davis recently posted some comments about . Locally Grown is a community driven site that deals with all sorts of local issues. I appreciate Tracy's comments on our historic buildings and how they can be 'greened up'.

Northfield is fortunate to have some wonderful older buildings as part of its vibrant downtown core. No...

Kitchen and bath remodeling finished

We just finished up a remodeling project for a rural Northfield client. This work involved remodeling their kitchen and bathroom. The home is an older farmhouse which often presents challenges for workers.

As part of our work we installed new fir trim to match the trim used elsewhere in the home. The kitchen cabinets are cle...

Water Quality Forum

Yesterday I participated in a forum on Low Impact Development (LID). The forum was held in Faribault and was sponsored by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP). CRWP is an area environmental organization that, as its name implies, is focused in water quality issues in the Cannon River watershed district. The forum took pl...

Proud old building

This weekend I spent some time in Northern Minnesota. While out and about I came across this old farm building near Kerrick..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Folding ironing board

  There are all sorts of cabinet hardware and fittings available for use today to make life a bit easier. Kitchen devices that lift mixers have been in use for a long time. We are working on a remodeling job now that includes a fold away ironing board. The ironing board is not a huge one, but it is available, compact and get...