Roof Repairs

Yesterday we started a small roof repair project for a client. The home had a one-story area that had a flat roof, with a pitched asphalt roof at the perimeter. The flat roof had been leaking intermittently where the railing posts connected to the flat roof. Over the years there had been decay, to the point that the roof was no l...

Sharkbite plumbing fittings

Over the weekend I was at my daughter’s home in Minneapolis. She and her husband needed to change a hot water faucet at the laundry tub, so I helped out. I shut off the water at the water heater and made the faucet change. However, when I went to turn on the hot water….no response. It turns out the gate in the old gate valve s...

Bathroom Remodeling

On the bathroom remodeling project we are working on the tile work has been completed. The owners selected a simple 4x4 white ceramic tile for the shower. The tile extends from the tub all the way to the ceiling to provide an enclosure protected from moisture.

For the floor the owners selected a 6x6 floor tile. Before we ...

Finishing Lake Cottage

We are just about finished up with the lake cottage we are building in Northern Minnesota. The exterior work has been completed, including the painting of the siding and trims. We used horizontal fiber-cement siding which creates nice, crisp lines. The vertical siding on the gable ends---darker gray in color--- is some material w...

Lake Cottage Completed

This weekend I finished up the final trim work on the lake cottage project we have been working on. During the week the bathroom floor and fireplace hearth were installed and that required a final bit of baseboard and base shoe trim. It was nice to travel up, complete the work, inspect the final job, and load up equipment. We’v...

New Windows

We have been busy doing quite a few window replacements for clients this year. Many of the windows are in older homes. We have found that work very well for most of these installations. We can get the windows sized just right and they offer many options that retain the feel of the older homes.

 

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Christmas Present

We are doing some work for a client that makes a wonderful Christmas present for the family. The first project involves finishing the garage .We insulated the exterior walls and ceiling spaces and installed drywall. The drywall will have a smooth finish and white paint. We also installed a ceiling mounted gas furnace to keep the ...

The Crossing

We’ve started a project at . The Crossing is a residential condominium development that was constructed a couple of years ago. The building has several occupied units and many more that are for sale. With the lagging residential real estate market The Crossing had difficulties with sales, went through some reorganizations, etc. ...

Octopus and Winders

This morning I met with a client that is considering remodeling at their home. It is a nice home from about 1915. It is a bit unusual in that the home has not had a lot of remodeling done to it over the years. It still has what may very well be the original furnace, originally fired with coal. A gas burner has been added but the ...

Water Damage

This is the time of year when cold weather can cause problems in houses. Sometimes it is something fairly simple, such as a belt breaking on a furnace, which can be repaired easily and without incident. Other times it is something more major, such as a burst water pipe. That happened lately to a client. When the water line broke ...