River House Siding

For the past couple of weeks one of our crews has been busy installing new siding on a clients house on the Mississippi River. The house was built in the early 1970's and has had some real wear on it. The original siding is a plywood sheet siding with grooves in it, generally called "T-111". It had decayed in many areas and woodpecke...

New siding completed

New siding completed

We finished up the siding on the house on the river that we have been working on. The old plywood siding had decayed to the point that it was no longer serviceable. We also replaced the soffits and fascias with pre-finished metal material. The original siding had vertical grooves in it and was stained a light brown. The new siding we...

Condominium at The Crossings

Condominium at The Crossings

We are just about finished up with our build out for another dwelling unit at The Crossing in Northfield. This condominium is a larger unit that faces the Cannon River and has spectacular views. With the foliage out in full force and the Cannon River running at a good clip it is a pleasing view out the windows. In this unit we again...

West Side Addition

West Side Addition

Last week we started work on a small addition to a Northfield west side home. Our first task was to remove the existing rear porch. The new addition will include a larger enclosed entry room, plus a second floor bedroom. The workers made quick work of the excavation and foundation installation.

Passive House….foundation

Passive House….foundation

We have been working at getting the foundation installed for our project. It has taken quite a bit of time to get things squared away. We first laid down a layer of rock to allow water and radon to migrate properly. However, once that was in place the structural engineer was concerned about the extruded foam insulation under the fo...

Passive House foundation

Passive House foundation

We poured the foundation for the we are working on. Work on this house is much different than other homes we have worked on. As you may have seen in the earlier posts, the house sits on 8" of extruded foam. To accomplish this we used layers of foam, layers of sand, etc so that we ended up with a basement floor that has integral peri...

Passive House

Passive House

We continue to be busy at our Passive House project. The foundation walls and basement floor were installed late last month. Our carpenters then began work on the lower level bearing walls and the main floor. The floor system uses 14" open web floor trusses. Since the exterior walls are insulated concrete construction, we have to att...

Crossing Condominium

Crossing Condominium

Last Friday we started work finishing another unit at condominium in Northfield. This is one of the two bedroom, two bathroom units on the west side of the building. Because it is on the west side we were able to coordinate our cabinet, trim and flooring deliveries so that we could lift all the materials up to the balcony. This saves...

Passive House…setting trusses

Passive House…setting trusses

Today we started setting the roof trusses on the second floor of the Passive House that we are constructing. It is a perfect day to do such work as there is no wind and the temperature is rather mild. We also had a fantastic sunrise greet us as we started our work. The sun was catching the reflective tape on the workers safety vests....

Passive House Roof

Passive House Roof

We set all the roof trusses on the Passive House we are working on. Our carpenters are just now finishing the roof decking. One pitch of the house...the front face...is fairly steep with a 12/12 pitch. This required toe holds and tie off slings to keep the workers safe.  The back pitch of the house and the entire garage roof is lo...