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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!

a look at in floor heat

October 18, 2011

We recently had one of our clients install in floor heat in their master bathroom and sun porch. If you’re considering this method of heating, here are some points to consider.

Pros:

  1. Consistent heat – this way of heating helps there to be less hot and cool pockets in your space and offers a more consistent heat throughout the space.
  2. It’s quieter than a traditional furnace.
  3. While it costs more to install upfront, it saves money in the long run because your thermostat can stay regulated easier.
  4. You can set it on a timer, so it’s only on when you’re using the room. (You can set it so the bathroom is nice and toasty warm on those cold winter mornings!)
  5. This type of system works well with solar-powered sources.
  6. It is recommended for those with allergies because, unlike a forced air unit, there aren’t lots of allergens floating around from room to room

Cons:

  1. It is more costly upfront to install because it should be installed by a professional who knows what they are doing to make sure it will work correctly.

You should take into consideration what material you will cover it with. The thickness and type of flooring will determine how much of the heat will enter the room.

 In floor heat can be installed anywhere – even under a wood floor if it’s properly installed!

This master bath shot was taken right after the in floor heat was installed. Now it's just waiting for marble tile!

 

In floor heat installed under hardwood flooring in a lakeshore home.

 
 
 
 
 

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! 🙂

And now… for the rest of the story…

To conclude our wrap up of blogs from the past year, we’ve noted a few entries from the last part of 2010.

In July, we posted the  ‘after photos’ from the 2010 ASID Showcase Home  where we designed the Front Porch on the Lake of the Isles home. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/showcase-home-porchafters/

In August, we highlighted three of the main color trends for fall: Magenta and Chocolate, Yellow, Grey and White, and eggplant. See the fresh combo of yellow, grey and white here: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/color-trends-yellow-grey-and-white/

In September, we showcased three themes for table top decor ideas for hosting fall dinner parties. These themes can translate easily to parties throughout the year. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/fall-dinner-parties/

In October, we posted a few pictures from a custom window installation. We used the same fabric on the cornice board and to upholster a wing chair in this lovely music room. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/hauthaus-installation-day/

In November, we showed you how to make a feather wreath with Holly. Did you make one? If so, we’d love to see pictures! 🙂 https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/make-a-holiday-feather-wreath-with-holly/

In December, we showed you how to create a fabulous holiday table using things you might find in your kitchen cabinets and your front yard! https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/holiday-table-decor-with-hauthaus/

Here’s a quick wrap up of some of the entry highlights from our blog throughout the year.

We covered everything from the 2010 ASID Showcase House to tips on what you can do to give your home a mini face lift. And from the latest projects we’ve worked on to the latest and greatest in lighting design. 

Read our highlights below and click on the links to go back and visit the previous posts! 

In January, we gave you some quick and easy tips on how to re-fresh your home after the holidays: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/january-tips-for-a-quick-pick-me-up-for-your-home/

In February, we highlighted some of the custom furniture pieces we have designed for our wonderful clients: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/custom-furniture-designed-by-hauthaus/

In March, we posted some lovely detail shots from a home furnishings project we completed in Plymouth: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/design-in-the-details/

In April, with the spirit of the Twins’ first season at Target Field in mind, we highlighted some sassy products in red and blue: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/red-for-me-blue-for-you/

In May, the 2010 ASID Showcase house was in full swing and we posted pictures and the story of how the hauthaus front porch came to be: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/story-of-a-hauthaus-porch/

In June, we showcased some of the new lighting trends for 2010: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/whats-new-in-lighting-design/

Happy New Year! Please stay tuned for the wrap up of July – December to come later this week!

local product: Cambria

July 28, 2010

Plain and simple: Here at hauthaus, we love Cambria!

There are many reasons to love the local, green product…

  • It’s maintenance free! Unlike granite, you never have to seal or polish it. Just a wash with warm water will do the trick!
  • It’s all natural, baby! Cambria is made from an extremely hard material; pure and natural quartz.  Did you know that quartz is the hardest non-precious stone found on earth? Well, now you know!
  • It’s food safe. Cambria has been certified as an excellent surface for food prep. Since it’s nonporous, liquids and chemicals cannot penetrate it.  It is also resistant against bacterial growth.
  • It’s local! Cambria is made right here in Minnesota; Le Suer to be exact. The next time you’re travelling down 169, be sure to check out the large facility and it’s large water fountain!

Here are some examples of hauthaus projects in which Cambria was used…

In this kitchen remodel in Minneapolis, we reused the granite from the existing kitchen on the new perimeter cabinets.  For the island, we used Cambria in the color: Sussex. It is such a nice, neutral grey, and it coordinated perfectly with the existing granite.

Inspired by Cass Gilbert and the rathskellar in the MN State Capital Building, we designed this lower level entertainment space in St. Paul. The bar called for a durable material and Cambria came to mind. We used the color Oak Hampton in this application. That color is a very deep brown that is almost black; which worked perfect in our space.

In this front porch on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, we used the brand new Cambria color: Waverton. We were very excited to see this new Cambria, as it has veining and looks like marble. We used an antique table found at Spinario Design for the base of the cocktail table and Cambria as the top. It adds a fresh pop of white to the front porch.

Cambria comes in many colors and looks. For more information, you can check out their website at www.cambriausa.com, or stop in their showroom at IMS.

cheers, amber