Mold Issues

There have been several articles in newspapers and magazines dealing with mold problems in homes. This is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. There are many types of molds that can cause significant health problems, especially in infants and young children. From time to time homeowners see small amounts of mold growing o...

Home Show Activities

The Northfield Home and Garden Show is over for another year.

Bernie, Chris and I had a great time at the show on Saturday. The warm, sunny weather brought out a lot of show visitors. It was great to see so many past clients, and to visit with many new people about projects they are planning. Since I have been bui...

Home Show Gift Winner

The winner of the Northfield Construction Company $75 Fermentations dinner gift certificate is Mark and Susan Quinnell of Northfield. We had nearly 200 entries for this gift. We all congratulate Mark and Susan and know that they will enjoy a quality dining experience at Fermentations in Dundas.

Water control

As we enter into the rainy, wet weeks of building, it reminds me how important water control is for the basement or foundation of a building project. No one likes to have water seep into a basement, especially if there is finished living area in the basement. Basements are constructed on most residential projects. We need the baseme...

Stucco Issues

Many of you may have read the article in the Saturday Minneapolis Star Tribune about stucco problems. I thought it was an informative article on some of the issues surrounding the use of stucco for an exterior wall finish on homes in Minnesota. As I have said at other times in this weblog, Minnesota's climate provides real challenges...

Growth

Last Thursday night I participated in a transportation forum hosted by the Northfield League of Women Voters. It was a good forum, with Dale Maul from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Region Six, Dennis Luebbe the Rice County Highway Engineer, and Randy Peterson the City of Northfield Public Works Director all making presen...

Projects in progress; web site additions

See some of our residential and commercial projects in progress, as of the end of April. We've added a search page to our web site, a weblog email digest (see the box on the upper right of most pages) that you can subscribe to, as well as a weblog archive by month. If you have suggestions or comments about our web site, be sure to l...

Mike McKeag….Featured Employee

Mike McKeag is one of Northfield Construction Company's most versatile employees.

Mike is comfortable working indoors or outdoors, framing a new home or doing demolition work for a remodeling project. He has worked with Northfield Construction Company for just under five years. Growing up in a farming family near S...

Groundbreaking for River Walk Condominiums

Site preparation for Dean Kjerland's new building, River Walk Condominiums, started this week on the west side of the Cannon River in downtown Northfield. This is a shot from the footbridge, looking west. (Click the image for a larger view of the architectural sketch.)

Featured Employee

The featured employee this month is Marja Cox, our summer receptionist and office assistant. Marja is my daughter and is home from college. She attends Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Marja just completed her junior year at Luther and is majoring in elementary education. This is the third summer that Marja has filled this position....