Cabin foundation supports

Cabin foundation supports

We are finishing a little project for a cabin owner in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. They have a typical vertical log cabin that was probably constructed around 1920 or so. It is supported on a variety of supports....pieces of log, pieces of concrete blocks, posts, etc. The soils react on these supports each winter causing the c...

East Side remodeling

East Side remodeling

We have started work on some remodeling work for a client on the East side of Northfield. Most of our work is focused on energy improvements. But we also are making their basement area more useable. One of the things they wanted to do was add a half-bath in the basement.  I worked out details and had the city building inspector cond...

East Side Remodeling

East Side Remodeling

We are winding up our work in the basement at our East side remodeling project. The new stair has been installed and works quite well. It was a lot of work to remove portions of the stone foundation, reframe joists, etc to make the stairway wider and with more headroom. But the end result is very nice and will make accessing the base...

Small Toilet Room

Small Toilet Room

We are creating a small toilet room for a West side client. The older home does not have a bathroom on the main level. So we are claiming part of an existing pantry area and making the toilet room. We dropped the ceiling a bit to allow the plumbing and exhaust fan to be installed. It will have a tiny sink, but it will accomplish the ...

East Side Remodeling, continued

East Side Remodeling, continued

We have just about finished up our work in the basement of our East side remodeling project. The windows have all been replaced, the stairs rebuilt, the toilet room constructed, insulation and electrical work improved, and the walls and ceiling painted. The space is so much brighter now with the surfaces painted. We have yet to paint...

East Side Remodeling, insulation

East Side Remodeling, insulation

Today the insulators are finishing up with insulating work in the attic of our East side remodeling project. They are installing sprayed foam insulation between the rafters. We are doing this in an effort to add insulation to the home---and hopefully lessen the ice dams on the roof that the owner has been plagued with. The foam insul...

Crossing #314

Crossing #314

We have started finishing work on another conominium unit in The Crossing building. This unit is on the third floor overlooking the Cannon River. These riverside units have spectacular views to the east and wonderful morning light through the large windows. In this unit we are changing some of the door openings to accept pocket doors...

Remodeling…concealed damage

Remodeling…concealed damage

This week we started a home remodeling project for a client. Our first task was to remove an undersized structural header beam, lift the house slightly to remove the sag, and install a new stronger beam. That work went fairly well. Our next task was to remove wall coverings in preparation for some new windows. When we opened up the w...

Crossing Condominium

Crossing Condominium

We are finishing up our interior work at another Crossing condominium unit. This unit is finished using maple doors and trims. I really like the lighter finish on the wood. The kitchen cabinets extend to the ceiling and incorporate some glass doors. As with other units this one has a deep pantry to the right of the refrigerator. The ...

Rural remodeling project

Rural remodeling project

Last week was a real wipe out for our rural remodeling project. Between the snow and power outages we didn’t get a lot done. But this week is starting off to a great beginning. The workers have re-framed all the openings on the dining room in preparation for new windows. We are installing Andersen window units on this home. Most of...