Hammers are being swung, concrete is being poured and measurements are happening for custom cabinetry. Yes – our project in Mendota Heights is in full swing and there is lots to update, so here is a smidge for you today…

 

Here are some snapshots of the progress so far…

In the top ‘before’ picture you can see that there was a screen porch on the right side of the house. Inside, we re-oriented where the kitchen is and now it will be to the left of screen porch. We decided to remove the porch for a couple of reasons… now there will be  more room for the herb garden, there is a better flow from inside to outside, and view from kitchen to pond is clear, where before the porch was blocking it.

In the bottom ‘before’ and ‘after’ picture, you can see that off of the new kitchen and dining room, we designed a covered patio space for grilling, eating and entertaining outside. The family loves to spend time outside and enjoy our beautiful MN weather.

The in-ground pool will see updates this spring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
While the pool is closed for the season, once spring comes around and renovations are made, this pool will be the go-to spot for the kids (and adults) to hang out at for the summer. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from the tennis courts, pond, and main house.
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A couple more weeks have passed since our last project update . Check out the latest improvements on our project in Edina…

 

Top: Here is Izzy's bedroom earlier this summer before the windows went in. Bottom: This week her built in bookcases and bench were installed. What a great spot to sit and read!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top: The upstairs family room before the fireplace surround and bookcases. Bottom: Jeff is working on installing the custom bookcases and mantle.

 
 
 

Top: This shows the wonderful in floor heating system in the master bathroom. Bottom: This week the tile and cabinets are going in! It's going to be beautiful!

 
 
We’ll have more to come shortly…  This week granite is getting installed, paint will be started, the wood floor should get stained and much more.  
 
The family is looking forward to being able to move in around Thanksgiving!

100% made in america house

October 13, 2011

It’s simple. Buying locally is the smart and right thing to do.  You get a great American-made product AND you are supporting your local economy…

Well wouldn’t it be great to do that on your next home remodel/ new build project?

Think of all of the parts and materials that go into a house; nails, studs, wiring, flooring, lighting, etc. One builder in Montana is thinking outside the box (and inside the USA) on his latest new build project. He is sourcing EVERYTHING in the home from the US. How fantastic!

The builder was able to find everything he needed for construction within 33 of the 50 US states.

Check out the video here: http://news.yahoo.com/video/business-15749628/home-completely-made-in-america-26889271.html

He says that if builders used just 5% more American-made products in their projects about 220,000 jobs could be created right now!

So, builders, contractors, and designers, are we up for the challenge?! I think yes!

The USA made nails cost $5 more a box than the Chinese made nails, but the construction crew found that the USA made nails jammed the nailgun far less often.

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!

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!