Passive House

Passive House

The roof decking has all been installed on our Passive house project. The house has unequal roof pitches. This was done to provide a steep pitch to the south for future photovoltaic electric panels. You can see we framed in the gable ends using gypsum sheathing. This is above the white insulated form walls. All exterior surfaces will...

New Garage

New Garage

We are building a new garage for a long time customer, in the rural area outside Northfield. This was a challenging site as the best location for the garage backed up to a fairly big hill. The homeowner didn't want to have the garage walls in contact with the soils, so we had to do a bit of excavation to slope the soils properly away...

Rural garage

Rural garage

We finished up work on the rural garage we have been working on. This provides some really nice workshop space for the owners. It is low maintenance as we used pre-finished fiber-cment sheet siding, with batten strips. The fascia and soffits and doors are pre-finished metal . We fully insulated the garage so the owner can heat it an...

Rural Outbuilding

Rural Outbuilding

Yesterday we started carpentry work on a new outbuilding for a client. Late last fall we installed the foundation. Because there was no pressure to have the building completed the owner allowed us to work it into our schedule. We cleared the snow off the floor and the carpenters are busy on this bright sunny day starting to frame the...

Rural Outbuilding

Rural Outbuilding

We are using today's warm February weather to install the shingles on the outbuilding we are constructing. The walls and roof framing were completed during the past weeks and now we are about to start on the siding. The overhead doors were installed last week.

New Home

New Home

We are starting work on a new home in Northfield.....in our April blizzard! This home is on College Street where a house burned down a couple of years ago. It is a great lot, with nice slope to the south and east. Our first task is locating the sewer and water services, then we will move on to the general excavation work. We've fence...

Crossing Condominium

Crossing Condominium

Our work on another unit at the Crossing condominium building is moving along very well. This owner selected maple doors and cabinets with a light stain. It looks very nice in the unit that overlooks the Cannon River. We are extending the cabinets to the 9′ ceilings which gives extra storage space in the kitchen. The ceramic tile f...

New Home….snow

New Home….snow

We managed to do the work necessary to install the foundation footings for the new home we are constructing on the East side of Northfield. Yesterday was a good day to set forms and we managed to place all the concrete by 3:00PM—-just in time to cover it and let the snow settle.  I snapped a photo of my yard this morning. It is a ...

New Home Foundation

New Home Foundation

Our East side Northfield new home project was set back a bit when we discovered poor soils on the site. We contracted with McGhie & Betts Engineers to come to the site and inspect. They made recommendations for soil corrections and observed and tested as we implemented the plan. This involved trucking out unsuitable building soil...

Passive House

Passive House

The weather has finally straightened out enough for the synthetic finish to be applied to the Passive house we have been working on. This thin synthetic finish is applied over 8″ of foam that has been added to the exterior walls. The owner worked hard to get the tracks in place on the sides and heads of the windows for the roll-up ...