construction update

October 7, 2011

After a site visit this week to one of our new-build projects we have some new photos to share!

The project is moving right along thanks to the awesome team with Fred Nordahl Construction and Remodeling. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as the floors get installed, doors get hung, paint gets painted and tile gets tiled!

These exterior shots show the house as it was in August with the first floor built. The bottom picture shows the house with the second floor, siding and roofing... al that we need next is paint!

 
 
 

Here are side by side shots of the front entry with the stair leading up to the second floor. We can't wait for the pretty flooring, stair parts and carpet runner! It's all coming together!

 
 
 
 

These shots show the evolution of the kitchen space. Once the cabinets AND our client's snappy vintage light fixture go in... oh heaven's! It's going to be delightful!

A couple posts ago, we blogged  about some pictures of window treatments “in process” as they were being made. Well just last Friday they were installed! Here are some of the pictures from that installation…

Oh what a different window treatments make!

Top: the stair windows before. Middle: Holly waving her 'magic wand' to get the pleats where they need to be. Bottom: the window after the panels were installed.

Window treatments really add a lot to a space. Before, this stair window was the first thing you would see as you enter the 3rd floor master bedroom; it was stark and cold and now Voila! The soft heathered fabric panels greet you. They are both beautiful AND functional since they block the bright morning light.
Below is the sequence of pictures from the bed wall. The window seemed small and disproportionate before the window treatments went up.
We added a double rod here; the sheers soften the window and add a layer of privacy while the fabric panels add a pop of color and provide the option to block out the light.
By adding the panels on all of the windows, the room feels more dressed up and a little like a fancy hotel.
What do you think of the transformation?

Top: the bed windows before. 2nd picture: Phil hard at work installing the double rod. 3rd picture: Phil and Dawn making final tweaks. Bottom: the 'aahhh' after.

One of our fabulous clients in Uptown in Minneapolis is anxiously awaiting her master bedroom window treatments. They will finish off her 3rd floor master nicely by adding color, texture, and by blocking the light on bright mornings.

Dawn, the talent behind Creative Coverings (our go-to workroom), sent us pictures as she’s constructing the panels this week…

It all starts with a fabric, an idea and a drawing...

 
 
 

Here, you can see how Dawn is prepping the lining by ironing it down and pinning it before she sews. This will then be attached to the panel fabric.

 
 
 

Next, she lays out the Romo fabric and begins to work on the hems.

 
 
 
 
 
These will end up to be three sets of fully functioning panels with pleats at the top. They’ll go behind the bed, in the seating nook, and on the stair wall.
 
Look for photos of the installation and of the finished panels hung in place in the next few posts!

We were recently out at a site visit to one of our remodeling projects in Mendota Heights. They have made it past the demo phase and are framing out the new rooms and spaces. Check out the progress!

From top to bottom:

  • BEFORE: This picture shows the existing home, a farmhouse built in the early 1900s. In the living room, you can see the fireplace and the ceiling was in need a repair.
  • DEMO: This was taken from the same spot as the top picture. The fireplace mantle is gone, as is the ceiling and walls – we are saving the amazing wood floor. It has peg and bow tie details in it! You can see the walls have been opened up to the new dining room beyond the living room.
  • DEMO: This long shot is down the back hallway leading from back hall to the kitchen. The back door leads out to the back yard, pond, and pool.
  • DEMO: This view is from the kitchen looking into the dining room. The dining room will have windows and doors on 3 sides with beautiful views out to the patios, pond and pool.
  • DEMO: Here is a sneak peek through the existing foundation to where the new hallway to the lower level sport court will be. This is sure to be a room that gets lots of use during the long MN winters!

Stay tuned during the coming months as we finish completion!!! We’ll post pictures of our progress.

While we are knee-deep in selections this week, the construction crew at Fred Nordahl Construction is knee-deep in lumber!
 

One of our summer new-build projects is in full swing this month and this week we stopped out on the job site to snap a few pictures of the progress.

  

The new home from the end of the driveway. You can see the two garage stalls on the left, the large window in the dining room, and the two-story foyer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here you can see the crew hard at work. Andrew is lifting the plywood up to the second floor to be installed so the second floor walls can go in next.

Trusses in waiting. The roof trusses will go on after the second floor goes up at the end of this week.

View inside the kitchen. The large window by Holly is where the sink will be placed. This kitchen will feature wood floors, enamelled cabinets, and an eat-in table by the far window.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This will be the new home of a family of four and the matriarch of the family, DD. It features a main floor master suite for DD as well as a complete ADA bathroom and laundry room.  The second floor master suite is home to a free-standing cast iron tub and walk in closet. The kids each have their own rooms with walk in closets and built-in window seats as well as a ‘secret room’ in the lower level.
 
Stay tuned for pictures of this home’s progress as well as after shots when it’s finished!

A couple of blog entries ago, we shared a sketch for custom Kravet bench upholstery and  pillow fabrics… here is the follow-up “After” picture with a snap of what the space looked like before we started any work.

Sketch for custom bench and pillows

In this project on Clearwater Lake, we designed custom cabinetry with a dark espresso stain to contrast with the cedar plank walls that are in the rest of the cabin. Once we took the brick out (seen in the before image), we carried that planking through the kitchen to create a cohesive look. 

The tile was handmade for our project and sourced at Rubble Tile. We selected pretty tones of blues, greens, and dark blue/ almost black.

After: custom cabinetry, bench, and tile

 

In the ‘Before’ picture (below) you can see that we took out the two windows on the side and added one in the middle. (Where the fireplace was, the bench is now in the ‘after’.)  By taking out the corner window, we were able to get in a concierge station for the phone, phone books, TV, and kids craft supplies.

 

Before the hauthaus cabin kitchen remodel.

 
 
 
 

After: custom bench and tile detail.

 
 The project is coming to a close, we have a couple small details to take care of yet… as those finish up, stay tuned for pictures of the fully completed project!
 
cheers.
 

Stay tuned for finished pictures from our current cabin remodel up on Clearwater Lake! We’re just putting together the final touches…

Here’s a sneak peak at the kitchen bench that we designed to fit seamlessly in with the cabinetry, along with the fabric pillow selections…

When choosing these fabrics from Kravet, we kept the scale of the three fabrics in mind so they would all jive together.

Because they are all at different scales (one is a large scale pattern, one is a medium stripe, and one is a small pattern) they all work and create a cohesive look.

Check back in a few weeks for finished pictures from this project!

Before & After: sunroom

June 14, 2011

What a difference window treatments make!
 
 

Before: window treatments in the sunroom

 
 
 
This poolside sunroom needed a little help when it came to window treatments. We found a fabulous Kravet fabric that tied all of the colors in the room together. Our very talented workroom made our sketch a reality…
 
 

After: window treatments in sunroom

 The homeowners, who live on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, were thrilled when the treatments went up! It really softened the windows and gave a finished look to the much used room.
 
For other projects we’ve done, check out our website: www.hauthaus.com
 
 

Sheila’s back entry had a tiny bit of a storage problem. She was tired of keeping carefully sorted bags on the floor – she needed a solution!

We, with the craftsmanship of our trusty cabinet maker, came up with something beautiful and highly functional.  By also refinishing the original hardwood floors and adding a painted, tin ceiling, the back entry and the kitchen got a whole new, sassy look!

Now, everything has it’s place – and there are NO MORE BAGS! 🙂

See how we took this main level living space from “cookie cutter” to a space filled with the homeowner’s own personality and style…

This builder-home needed a splash of personality!

After we got to know the delightful homeowners, their two little boys, and their dog, Jackson, we distilled down their ideas, favorite things, and design style into a specific design concept. (We do this with all of our clients, as it helps to keep everyone involved on the same track.)  All of our design selections tie back to the design concept, which makes a for a very unique and cohesive design.

First, we changed the paint colors. The clients prefer a cool palette… even just the new coat of paint made a world of difference in the feel of the home. Next, we brought in Minnesota-made sofas and chairs with clean, modern lines.  The window treatments soften the space while providing protection from the hot/ bright sun.

A photo wall in the living room features stainless steel frames from Room and Board. It’s a great place to display fun family photos – and it’s easy to change them up as the kids grow and new additions to the family are made.

We made sure to use kid and pet friendly fabrics and finishes. You might wonder how it works to have a family with little kids and a dog  with two large white sofas… we used a fabric with nanotex technology. This means that spills bead up on the fabric and can easily be wiped away. How great!