Lake Cottage

A week of great weather allowed our workers to make some excellent progress on the lake cottage we are working on. With the roof in place and temporarily water tight, attention was given to installing the weather barrier on the walls. Once that was done we started installing the windows and exterior doors.

The plumbers ...

Roof Repairs

Last week our workers started a repair job for a condominium homeowner’s association. The building has a series of exterior decks that are accessed from each living unit. They had problems with water leaking into the building at a couple of the decks. We had them contact an exterior envelope engineer to analyze the existing con...

Metal Roof

The lake cottage we are working on incorporates a metal roof. Metal roofs are becoming very popular. They provide a very long lasting, good looking roof. Most metal roofs we install are the standing seam type, as shown in these photos. A standing seam roof has the majority of the fasteners concealed. Each roof panel, 16” wide o...

Porch on Deck

Last week our workers started a porch project for a client. This enclosed porch is being constructed on a portion of the existing exterior deck at their home. The house and deck is about 12 years old and is in good condition. We reviewed the work with the Rice County building official and determined everything was sound and solid...

A Big Window

Earlier this week we replaced a large window for a client. The client wanted to retain the window type and configuration of the existing window, but wished to use a window with exterior cladding instead of wood that requires painting. We selected a Marvin Window product that fit the opening very nicely. We were able to reuse the ...

Porch

Our porch addition project is moving along nicely. Since we are constructing the new porch on top of the existing deck we essentially started out with wall framing right away and moved on to the roof framing. This roof has a somewhat ‘tricky’ connection to the existing house roof, but the carpenters did a good job on that are...

1920’s Bathroom

We’ve started another bathroom remodeling project. The existing bathroom has a older tub, probably from the late 1920’s. It was originally only a tub, but in the 1970’s it was converted to a shower. A window was located directly above the long wall of the tub, so the people installing the shower decided to ‘wall over’ t...

Finishing Lake Cottage

We are quickly wrapping up our work on the lake cottage we are building in Northern Minnesota. Last week the painters work busily working on the exterior siding and trim. Much of that work has been completed. The exterior is finished in two tones of gray….lighter on the lap siding and darker on the salvaged board and batten sid...

Porch

Our carpenters have finished up most of the exterior work on the enclosed porch we are building. The stairs to the room have been installed, and the siding is just about finished. The match for the vinyl siding is very good, considering the existing siding is over 10 years old.

 

We used an arch top window o...

Bathroom Remodeling

Our bathroom remodeling project has moved ahead well in the past few days. Opening up and exposing the window again into this bathroom has made a huge difference in how the space feels. One of the challenges of remodeling in a 1920’s house like this is dealing with the plumbing modifications. Like most homes of this vintage, th...