West Side New Home | Residential Construction | Northfield, MN

West Side New Home | Residential Construction | Northfield, MN

We have started to install the roof trusses on the new home we are constructing on Northfield's West side. We completed the floor system, exterior walls and sheathing and most of the interior walls. All the walls have been braced and the carpenters are now setting the roof trusses. This house has a hip roof----all side...

Remodel vs. Renovation

Remodel vs. Renovation

What's the difference between remodeling and renovation? Aren't they essentially the same thing? Both remodeling and renovating mean to make improvements on an existing building or home. However, they refer to two slightly different types of construction. Renovation means “restore to a good state of repair.” I...

How to Finish an Unfinished Basement

How to Finish an Unfinished Basement

You're considering remodeling your basement, maybe to add more value to your home or maybe to give your family extra space to grow. Either way, you're not quite sure the type of remodel you want for your basement. To help you decide, we've put together a quick list of popular basement remodels.   Family Room

How to Choose the Perfect Lighting for Your Living Room

How to Choose the Perfect Lighting for Your Living Room

Lighting provides us with the essential, subtle element that ties together the ambiance of a room. It can be used to accent an art piece or emphasize a fundamental design component. Choosing the right lighting for your living room will help accentuate key aspects and tie together the overall atmosphere. We've put together a quick lis...

Carpet or Hardwood? What Flooring Works Best with Your Home?

Carpet or Hardwood? What Flooring Works Best with Your Home?

Carpet and hardwood are two of the most popular chooses for flooring material in today's homes. But, which one will work best for you? Both have their advantages and disadvantages. In the more recent years, homes have been incorporating more alternative flooring options like linoleum and carpet in place of hardwood. Depending on your...

Home Remodels That May Require a Permit

Home Remodels That May Require a Permit

  While not all home remodels require a permit from the city, some do. We've put together a short list of items that may require a permit depending on where you live (building codes vary from town to town). Confused about which permits you need? Talk with your Contractor. They will be able to help you obtain the right permits...

Five (Almost) Mudrooms We Love

Five (Almost) Mudrooms We Love

Struggling with finding storage space in your home? Consider adding a cubby/shelving unit in an otherwise empty hallway! Here's a couple of almost mudrooms we love. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below! Working in a small hallway? Keep it narrow! This mudroom shelving doesn't extend into the hallway, yet provides a f...

Adding Skylights to Your Home

Adding Skylights to Your Home

Natural light has a healthy effect our our well-being. Studies have shown that natural light helps us , along with improving our focus/productivity. It also reduces the cost of energy in our homes. If you're looking to improve the light quality in your home, consider adding a skylight. Installing a skylight to any room in your home w...

West Side House, Finishing

West Side House, Finishing

We have been working hard on our new West side Northfield home. During the construction process the owners decided to change the exterior finish from smooth fiber-cement panels to Portland stucco. The stucco has been applied and finished in a bright white. With black windows, doors and trims this creates a sharp, distinct look for th...

New Home Trend: The Open Floor Plan

New Home Trend: The Open Floor Plan

A prominent new home trend for 2014 has been the open floor plan. What's an open floor plan? The term refers to a type of floor plan which utilizes a large area to create a single, extensive living space and reduces the use enclosed spaces (living room, office, etc.). An open floor plan has both its benefits and its downfalls. We'll ...