Exterior and Interior

Our workers have been busy working on the exterior siding on the new home we have under construction. This home has exterior walls constructed using insulated concrete forms (ICF) by Reward. Reward includes fastening strips on each side of the form. On the exterior the siding is screwed to the fastening strips. It is a bit slower us...

Grilling Deck

Earlier this year we finished work on a new grilling deck for a client. It incorporates some salvaged tempered glass panels for the guardrails which provides a nice, clean look to the deck. The side railings are made with colored aluminum balusters. Since the deck is being totally used for grilling there was no need to include stair...

Huge Sewer Pipe

From time to time we have to extend or replace utility services to a building which may require excavation in the public street right-of-way. Working in the streets brings its own challenges, typically getting the proper permits, inspections, etc to complete the job as planned. The jurisdictions are generally very good about identify...

Rural repairs and maitenance

We are working on some maintenance and repairs for a rural client. The work involves a variety of tasks....removing and replacing some exterior concrete walks and drives, replacing windows and a door, etc. We used the good weather last week to attend to much of the exterior concrete work. Most of the concrete is exposed aggregate. We...

Exterior Envelope Improvements

Last week we started an exterior home improvement project for a client on Northfield's east side. The work involves removing the existing siding and windows and  installing new house wrap protection membrane, windows, siding, soffits, fasicas and trims. When we are done with out work the owners will have a very low maintenance exte...

River House Siding

For the past couple of weeks one of our crews has been busy installing new siding on a clients house on the Mississippi River. The house was built in the early 1970's and has had some real wear on it. The original siding is a plywood sheet siding with grooves in it, generally called "T-111". It had decayed in many areas and woodpecke...

New siding completed

New siding completed

We finished up the siding on the house on the river that we have been working on. The old plywood siding had decayed to the point that it was no longer serviceable. We also replaced the soffits and fascias with pre-finished metal material. The original siding had vertical grooves in it and was stained a light brown. The new siding we...

Rural Remodeling

Rural Remodeling

We are just finishing up on our rural remodeling and siding project. Our work involved coordinating the installation of a new PVC roof membrane on the flat roof areas. We included new tapered insulation to give positive flow for water. With the recent rains it was tested well and performed admirably. During the work we discovered sev...

Window Replacements

Window Replacements

We are starting a window replacement job for a Northfield client on an older home. The home has traditional six lites over one lite windows. The client wanted to retain the same configuration for the new windows. We selected replacement windows for the project. They offer a simulated six lite pattern that includes exterior and inter...

Stairway to lake

Stairway to lake

One of my lake cottage neighbors asked if I could help them out by building new stairs down to the lake. I finished up the work this weekend. Our cottages are about 40-45 steps above the lake. Often the older cottages have really rickety stairs. This neighbor had some wood sections, some log sections, some stone sections, some dirt s...