where the sidewalk starts

November 7, 2011

Over at our Edina project, the sidewalk and driveway were poured last week… look how the family personalized it before the cement set!

This sidewalk will be especially important for DD, active mother and grandmother, who has her very own suite on the main level complete with sun porch, bedroom, walk-in closet and universally designed bathroom for easy use of the space.

By not having steps up to the house, it make the front door very accessible, and it provides for a nice sized front welcoming area.

Next spring (when all the snow melts!) the family will landscape the front yard and add in a patio that will be accessed off this front porch and a blue stone walkway that will wrap around the right side of the house to the main entertainment space in the back yard.

What a great project this is turning out to be!

Stay tuned for pictures of the main level cabinet installation!

When we started one of our remodel projects earlier this summer, we were handed a set of original plans for the house.  They definitely are something borrowed AND something blue! And boy, oh boy do we love working with crusty old plans! We really do!!

The details and notes on these original blue prints are amazing! We were so excited to get our hands on these…

Plans from the 1940s.

 
 

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!

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.