Lake Cabin Roof Framing

Rain has continued at our lake cabin in the Carlton County area, but fortunately most of it has come during the night. The workers have had lovely days with light breezes off the lake. They have been busy completing the final roof framing. The roof on this project is all hand framed. It really isn't possible to use truss roof framing...

Lake Cottage Remodel…and Duluth

Over the long weekend I stopped in to check up on our lake cottage remodeling project in the Carlton County area. Work has moved along very nicely on the project. This past week the workers completed the soffits. On this project we matched the existing soffit detail, using 3/8" smooth plywood. The soffits angle up on the bottom of th...

Lake Cottage Remodeling

Our workers made significant progress this past week at our lake cabin remodeling project in the Carlton County area. With more good weather they were able to install much of the red metal roof. The roofing panels are 16" wide and have what is called 'standing seams' on them. The roof panel seams project about an inch above the roof...

Whole House Remodeling

The front entry at our whole house remodeling project has the brickwork completed, the walks and the roof in place. The underside of the roof will be completed soon, once the electrical work is installed. The covered entry really enhances the look of the home. And with Minnesota weather it is nice to have an entry area the keeps the ...

Decayed entry floor

Last week we helped out a client that had some deterioration at their front entry area. The entry has wood joists with basement underneath so we could see that water had penetrated the quarry tile floor. I was fairly sure there was no waterproof membrane under the mortar setting bed of the tile. Without a membrane water can penetrate...

Finishing Whole House Remodeling

Today we have the final inspection for our whole house remodeling project. Very shortly the owners will move in an occupy their 'new' house. This has been a fun project. We worked with an architect to remedy some of the issues the clients wanted to correct, including installing an entirely new stairway to the lower level. The new sta...

Lake Cottage

Yesterday I drove a load of materials to our work site near Carlton County, MN. I then loaded up equipment that was no longer needed on site to bring back to Northfield.  It was an absolutely beautiful day when I arrived at the site...75 degrees, light breeze and blue skies. Our carpenters said he has been enjoyable working on a la...

East Side Remodel

We started work on a small residential remodeling project on the East side of Northfield last week. It involves removing the existing driveway, patio and related surfaces and installing new surfaces. With the fall weather---and all the falling leaves--- on its way I wanted to get the exterior concrete work completed right away so it...

East side renovation

We moved on to the building portion of our East side Northfield renovation project. The first task was to remove all the trims and save them for reuse. We then removed the finish wall and ceiling surfaces, and the little bit of insulation that was in used. One of the main focuses of this project is to increase the insulation levels i...

East Side Renovations

We have just about finished our work on our East side renovation project. The new windows and the patio door have been installed and look very nice. We used some Marvin units which match the existing windows on the house well.  We retained the existing windows in the sunroom. The new electric service has been installed as well. Thi...