When you enter this new home, you are greeted by a front formal living room on the right and the formal dining room on the left.

This front living room will be highly used in this home. It’s where morning coffee, chatting with the neighbors, and general relaxing will happen. Large windows perpendicular to the fireplace look out to the street and let lots of sunshine in.

Let’s take a look at the progress so far…

This series of pictures shows the progress so far of the fireplace wall in the front living room.

Top picture: In August, the framing was complete and the windows were installed.

Second picture: A couple of weeks later the sheet rock was hung and the fireplace was installed. Also, you can see that the first coat of stain was put on the new wood floor.

Third picture: Late September/ early October the custom cabinetry arrived. In this picture you can see it as it’s being installed.

Bottom picture: Here we are at the end of November and the cabinets have been finished off in a soft white enamel. The iridescent glass tile, wood surround and mantle and stone hearth will finish off the fireplace.

The next step is paint on the wall!!

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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!

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.