Laura Baker Services Cottages | Northfield, MN

Laura Baker Services Cottages | Northfield, MN

We have started work on two new residential cottages for (LBS). LBS has been fixture in Northfield for well over a century. Part of what they do is to provide care to special needs persons in a campus residential setting. These two new cottages will be homes for 14 of their residents. We have completed the roofing on one cottage,...

Budget for a Remodel | Northfield Construction Company

Budget for a Remodel | Northfield Construction Company

Before you start a remodeling project, it will be important to determine the budget. Setting a budget will help you plan your project more efficiently. It will stop project costs from getting out of hand too quickly. It will also help you choose the best financing option for your home remodel. But, before you set out to determine a b...

Choosing the Right Color for Your Dining Room

Choosing the Right Color for Your Dining Room

Whether you're looking to update the color of your dining room, or you've just finished a remodel, choosing the perfect palette for your dining room can be a fun and simple task. Color plays an important role in setting the mood for a room. The color you end up choosing should reflect how you want to room to feel. If you often entert...

Crossing Double Unit | Update | Northfield, MN

Crossing Double Unit | Update | Northfield, MN

We are finishing up the last few things at our Crossing Condominium double unit. This is a project where we combined two individual units into one large unit. The architect placed a gas see-through fireplace at the location of the former common unit wall which divides this new space into a dining area and a living area....

Choosing the Right Backsplash for Your Kitchen

Choosing the Right Backsplash for Your Kitchen

A kitchen backsplash not only functions as a great decorative piece, but can make kitchen messes easier to clean up, protecting your wall from damaging grease splatters and food particles. A backsplash can also give small kitchens an illusion of space, with its reflective surface adding more depth and dimension. Choosing the right ba...

Creating Space in a Small Bathroom

Creating Space in a Small Bathroom

One downside to having a smaller bathroom is a lack of space. Bulky features like a large bathtub or cabinets can leave you feeling a little confined. An excessive amount of toiletry items on the counter top due to a lack of storage space can make the bathroom feel cramped. Get rid of that claustrophobic small bathroom feeling by usi...

Laura Baker Services | Commercial Construction Project

Laura Baker Services | Commercial Construction Project

With the roof watertight on Cottage #1 we are moving on to interior framing. The interior framing for these two new buildings is light gauge steel. Steel framing is strong and perfectly straight, resulting in excellent wall surfaces. Our workers have completed most of the interior wall framing at this point. We have our...

West Side New Home | Residential Construction | Northfield, MN

West Side New Home | Residential Construction | Northfield, MN

We have started to install the roof trusses on the new home we are constructing on Northfield's West side. We completed the floor system, exterior walls and sheathing and most of the interior walls. All the walls have been braced and the carpenters are now setting the roof trusses. This house has a hip roof----all side...

Little Library in the Woods

Little Library in the Woods

This past weekend Ellen and I were at our lake cottage. Earlier in the week I made a "Little Library" to mount at the end of our driveway. Since it was being mounted in a cabin area I made it to look a bit like a cabin. I used all salvaged materials, except for the glass on the door....donated by ....and the door latch....

Remodel vs. Renovation

Remodel vs. Renovation

What's the difference between remodeling and renovation? Aren't they essentially the same thing? Both remodeling and renovating mean to make improvements on an existing building or home. However, they refer to two slightly different types of construction. Renovation means “restore to a good state of repair.” I...