Going Up!

Often we are contacted by clients that need more room in their homes but they don't want to move away from the home. They like the neighborhood, the site, proximity to work, etc. When that happens, the challenge is to find away to address housing needs through remodeling. This week we started a project in rural Northfield that inclu...

Millstream…working on the roof

Work is moving along very nicely at the Millstream Commons project in Northfield. This 45 unit assisted living facility is really starting to take shape. The carpenters are busy setting the roof trusses into place this week.

We will have a crane on the site today to swing most of the larger trusses up onto the...

Circle Lake Home for Sale

Sunday Ellen and I drove out to Circle Lake to see how things are looking at the model home Northfield Construction Company is preparing for sale. I had not been out to visit for some time and work has really progressed nicely.

The exterior stucco work has started. We are using a traditional 7/8" Portland stu...

Solar power….inching along

Last fall I posted about a project we are working on that is not connected to the electric grid. The owner is committed to creating a lovely home that does not consume huge amounts of electricity.

If he has things worked out correctly he will eventually generate just about all the electricity the home uses. At...

Plywood turns 100

This year plywood turns 100. I think plywood was one of the biggest changes in the construction industry. While it turns 100 this year, it really came into use about 50-60 years ago.

According to a good article in Tools of the Trade, plywood was first created by Portland Manufacturing Company in 1905 for woode...

Blueprints and building permits

I receive a number of trade publications to help me keep up with new ideas and methods in the building industry. They include , , Journal of Light Construction, , , etc. There is a wealth in information that comes to me every month in these journals. I saw a couple of interesting articles in the May issue of Qualified Remodeler. It ...

Millstream Commons Dedication

Yesterday the Three Links staff, administration and Board of Directors held a dedication ceremony for the Millstream Commons project we are constructing. They were joined by a large group of community members and construction workers.

Mayor Lee Lansing welcomed the group and spoke to the re-use of the former P...

Millsteam….roof being installed

Work on the Millstream project in downtown Northfield has been progressing well in spite of the rather wet weather we have had this May. The Northfield Construction Company employees have been doing a great job sticking at their tasks. The roof framing is just about finished.

New Cox family home

After 30 years in the same home, Ellen and I are building a new home for ourselves. I’ve constructed many, many homes for people in the Northfield area but have never built a new home for myself. Now Ellen and I can experience firsthand what our client’s experience! A couple of years ago a wooded lot in an existing area of Northfi...

James Gang wins award

I was reading Melissa Cuccio's website today and learned that recently won an award. Applauze magazine rated them the 'best coffee establishment in Southern Minnesota'. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I can vouch for the fact that they have good tea, great service, and excellent soups and sandwiches. Congratulations are in o...