Concrete pumps

A reader sent me an email and asked me what I meant when I said we ‘pumped’ the concrete for the footings. This does sound a bit strange to those folks not involved in the construction industry. Some sites have good access and concrete trucks can drive around an excavation. If it works out, the trucks can attach chutes to the disc...

Craftsman addition and remodeling

Late last month we started an addition and remodeling on Second Street in Northfield. The home is a lovely 1920’s Craftsman style home. Gary Hanson with Prairie Creek Architects prepared the drawings for the project. He did a great job working out important details to keep the architectural style of the home intact. Brent Hauge is ...

Water Control

Work continues on the home I’m building. Once the foundation is installed we move onto dealing with water control issues. The first line of defense for keeping water out of the lower level of a home is usually some type of coating applied to the exterior foundation wall. I used a polymer product manufactured by . It is a black, spr...

Advertising…..Middle School style

Every year Northfield Construction Company sponsors student advertising. As part of the Arts and Communications curriculum in the schools, the students design advertisments for area businesses.

I thought this year's product by Ashley Malecha was good. I like the slogan "Build, build, build..we come to build an...

Managed Forests

Northfield Construction has been trying to use more lumber and wood products grown in a sustainable manner. This involves managing a forest according to guidlines set forth by forest councils. The idea is to see that the lumber harvest is managed properly from the time a bid is made on timber, through the actual harvest of the timbe...

Salvage windows; color selections

Work is moving along well with the Craftsman remodeling project we are doing on Second Street. The screen porch and deck take quite an elaborate structure to support the loads

For the kitchen addition we decided to re-use the existing window. I like to re-use quality components of a home when remodeling if it ...

Structural concrete floors

Over the weekend I worked at my home installing forming for a structural concrete floor in the garage. Because of the elevation difference from front to back on the lot, I decided to create a room under part of the garage. There are generally two ways to create a structural concrete floor in a garage. The first involves using pre-ca...

Floor framing

We have had a couple of days of great weather for house framing this week and have made use of it. The lower level bearing walls of my home were finished and we have moved onto setting joists. I selected 12” I-joists made by Roseburg Forest Products. These are engineered wood products that make and excellent floor system. The suppl...

Millsream… moving along well

Work on Millstream Commons continues to move along well. We have the roof shingles all installed and are pretty much watertight. There are a couple of flat roof porch areas that we are just finishing installing the rubber membrane, then the entire building will be sealed.

Most of the windows have been installe...

Remodeling work continues

Brent and Tristan are doing a great job on the kitchen and porch remodeling job they are working on. The owners can get a good idea of how the final product is going to look now.

The major framing work has been completed and inspected. On this project the roof is hand cut using dimensional lumber, not roof tru...