Tips for a Beautiful Breakfast Nook: Designing a Breakfast Nook You’ll Love to Wake up To

October 23rd, 2014

Thinking of creating a breakfast nook space in your home? Breakfast Nook Tips & Ideas  |  Kitchen Remodeling Chanhassen MNWhether you’re remodeling your kitchen or just looking to add a little bit of extra seating to the area you have, here are some tips that could make all the difference in creating a space you’ll fall in love with:

1. Keep it Cozy & Comfortable — A nook is just that, a small part of your home, set-aside for a specific purpose.  In this case, as a small eating and lounging area, assumedly with a table and chairs of some sort.  Don’t feel like your breakfast nook has to be any larger than the corner of a room, or whatever you have to work with, in order to make it a reality.  Spaciousness is not a priority here.  Comfy seating is.

2. Include an Element of Softness – Whether it’s a cushioned pillow seat, a warm rug, or an all-out wrap-around sofa bench that surrounds your table, your nook needs something soft.  When you’re transitioning from your pillow to the place you have your coffee in the morning (not quite entirely awake we assume), something cushiony is the right kind of go-between before you start your day.

3.  Add Some Storage — No doubt a breakfast nook doesn’t need much.  But it might need a place for you to store the morning paper, your journal, or just extra napkins.  Keeping a storage basket nearby or including a row of cubbies or a small cabinet is a smart kind of idea.

4. Make it Artful – This space should be warm and inviting.  Creativity is good here.  Since it’s a small space, your choice of style or color is not going to overwhelm your home.  So find some decor you love but where maybe too afraid to use elsewhere, and go for it.  Add color to the wall, or stock the corner with fresh flowers.  Whatever makes you breathe in relaxation and beauty, this is the place for it.

5. Light it Up — If you’re going to lounge, read, and ok sometimes even eat breakfast in this space, you need to be able to see.  Selecting a spot near a window is great, but if that’s not possible — or even if it is — adding a light fixture (think drop-down pendant light) over your breakfast nook is an excellent idea that will brighten your morning even more.

Looking for some beautiful breakfast nook inspiration?  Check out this photo story by hgtv and these ideas on houzz!

Ready to remodel your home, kitchen, or even add a breakfast nook of your own?  Connect with us here at Sass Construction for design ideas, and your new space could be complete before you know it!  High quality design and remodeling services for Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, and more!

Growing a Home for a Growing Family: Part 2 — The Upper Level Addition is Complete! | Bloomington Home Addition & Remodel

October 8th, 2014

In the late spring we brought you part 1 of this family’s home project (read it here!) as we were starting the addition, with plans to undertake a complete interior and exterior remodel in stages.

We’ve been waiting on the final photos of this project to be able to show you the amazing outcome of the upper level addition — and it was worth the wait!  What a beautiful, completely practical transformation for this family balancing four kids, including a new baby!

Here’s what we’ve done:

  • The finished exterior is refreshed and charming, while still blending seamlessly with the original brick that was left intact.
  • The new paint, shutters, and stained cedar shingles make a sharp exterior impression.
  • Weary trips to the basement laundry room are no-more!  With a new upper level laundry just steps from the bedrooms, this mom of four boasts that she is now caught up on laundry since it’s always in sight.
  • An added room doubles as a office and school work area.
  • Another new room provides a quiet area for baby to nap.
  • The addition of an upper level family room gives the kids a hang-out spot of their own.
  • With plans in the future for a remodel of the upper level baths (master bath and kids bath) we added a large storage area that will combine into an enlarged bathroom space down the road.
  • On the main level, the old family room was converted to a large entryway to accommodate this family better.
  • And we opened up the kitchen floor plan in anticipation of a kitchen makeover in the near future as well!

These homeowners knew they didn’t want to leave their beloved home — they wanted to transform it into a practical, custom space, perfect for their family.  It’s been very rewarding to help them every step of the way along this remodel journey.  They are loving the outcome and so are we!  Check out the photos below…

Sass Construction works on residential and commercial remodeling projects, including whole home remodels and exterior work, in Bloomington, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, and more throughout the Twin Cities MN area.  Questions about your own possible remodel?  Get in touch with us today!

Making the Most of Your Bathroom Storage: An Organized Bathroom with Style

September 25th, 2014

Organized, clean, and calming. Isn’t that how we’d all like our bathroom described?  After all, a bathroom may be one of the smallest spaces in our home, but it’s where we start and end each day!

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In a bathroom, a lot of items compete for a little bit of space, making bathroom organization sometimes hard to manage.  What type of storage solutions do you really need?  Here are some tools that might make a big difference:

1. BUILT-INS — Built-ins are better suited to the small space of a bathroom than you might think:

  • Even the smallest wall space can accommodate new shelving when built right and open shelves save space by not having doors that swing open.
  • Recessed built-ins can take advantage of the hollow spaces hiding behind your drywall — consider a recessed medicine cabinet, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, or cubbies in your shower.

2. VANITIES — Make the most of this bathroom staple, by consider these vanity twists:

  • The Vanity Tower – A fabulous way to add storage without taking up more floor space, the vanity tower sits on top of your bathroom counter, like an upper cabinet. Easily adaptable to your bathroom’s style, vanity towers can even feature glass doors or open shelves to give the illusion of a more open space.
  • Open Shelf Vanity – Vanity furniture pieces with shelving are becoming more popular. These pieces creatively and practically store your daily necessities, when you combine with baskets or other containers to maintain a clean look.

3. CABINETS — Take your typical cabinet up a notch:

  • Open Shelf Cabinets – Consider built-in cabinetry with no doors for the flexibility to use baskets, trays, or other containers.
  • Drawers – Including drawers in your cabinets is an efficient way to maximize your bathroom storage. Consider installing small drawers with dividers for makeup, or a specialty drawer for larger items.

4. BASKETS — When in doubt, add a basket! Options for color, styles, and textures are endless. And the storage possibilities are fun, exciting and oh-so-helpful:

  • Keep small items organized on open shelves.
  • Artfully display toilet paper rolls.
  • Gather towels or washcloths.
  • Hide your hair dryer, cord and all!

Need some visuals?  Check out these images on bathroom storage ideas featured on Houzz for some starter inspiration!

Looking to add more storage to your bathroom? Considering a bathroom remodel?  Sass Construction would love to help! Serving Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Bloomington, and more throughout the West Metro area in MN.

Three Great Reasons to Remodel Your Basement | Basement Remodeler Twin Cities MN

September 11th, 2014

Remodeling your basement may seem like a major undertaking; after all, digging through those spider webs alone is quite the project!  But here are three great reasons to push that fear of spiders aside and place finishing your basement at the top of your list:

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1. Value – Finishing a basement offers a remarkable return on your investment.  According to the 2014 Cost Vs. Value Report put out by Remodeling Magazine, a basement investment of around $62,000 is consistently bringing a national average of a 77% return, more than almost any other major remodeling project.  Spend less than you would on other projects and reap more!  Not to mention that an attractively finished basement will give your home a significant edge on the market versus homes lacking that finished space.

2. Comfort & Entertainment -  Need a cozy space for the winter months?  A place to keep cool during the summer months?  A finished basement is the go-to location for such needs.  Not only will your own family enjoy using the basement as a recreational area, TV room, exercise area, or home office, but the extra space makes it much easier to entertain guests and host parties.  Better yet, add an additional bedroom in your basement remodel plans (maybe a guest bath and kitchenette too?), and create a welcoming space for those holiday guests to stay (or stay out of your way!), plus new value to your home as well.

3. Organization – If your current basement is a messy mix of bins and boxes, refinishing your basement will give you a much needed sense of order.  A finished basement can provide a space for storage and shelving, and don’t forget the extra closet space!  Remodeling your basement gives you the opportunity to move extra storage or project space from your upstairs to downstairs as well, creating a more serene environment on your main level.

Peak at these ten creative basements featured on hgtv, and start thinking about your own basement remodel plans today!

Sass Construction specializes in interior and exterior remodeling in the West Suburban area of the Twin Cities.  Serving Chanhassen, Chaska, Edina, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and the more!  Contact us here at Sass Construction to start talking about your potential basement remodel or other design and remodel needs today!

Project Feature: Eden Prairie Kitchen Remodel | Kitchen Remodeler Eden Prairie MN

August 27th, 2014

The homeowners of this 1970s Eden Prairie rambler longed for an updated kitchen with an open feel and more storage.  The wall between the small dining room and kitchen made both spaces feel cramped, and the kitchen cabinetry setup didn’t allow for enough storage or prep space.

They enlisted us to help them create a brand new kitchen and dining area, and within four weeks we transformed the space into a beautiful, roomy kitchen with warm accents!  This remodel included:

  • Wall removal: Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining area provided the open concept the homeowners wanted.
  • All new cabinetry: New Dura Supreme cabinets (in Maple with a cinnamon stain) feature soft-close hinges, full extension soft-close drawers, and amble storage space.  Cabinetry was added to the dining area as well.
  • New countertops: Granite countertops were used in both the kitchen and dining room.
  • A peninsula with room for stools:  The homeowners had hoped for a kitchen island, but the layout didn’t allow for one.  We suggested a peninsula, and they embraced the idea as a perfect fit!  The peninsula allows for additional prep space and doubles as a breakfast-nook / overflow seating area.
  • New flooring: Luxury vinyl plank floors now covers the extent of the kitchen and dining space.
  • Tile backsplash & new paint: An earthy-toned tile backsplash and fresh coat of paint gives the room a sophisticated, polished feel!

The homeowners love their new kitchen and dining area, and we were honored to help transform their home into a welcoming place to eat, dine, and gather.  See the before and after photos below!

Ready for a kitchen transformation of your own?  Connect with us here at Sass Construction to chat about your kitchen remodel options today!  Construction and remodeling help serving Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Edina, Bloomington, and more!

Project Feature: Excelsior Lakeside Stone Exterior | Excelsior Remodeler & Contractor

August 12th, 2014

This 1970s walkout rambler in Excelsior, set in beautiful surroundings, is a great place to entertain — especially on the lakeside of the home.  The homeowners wanted an exterior update to spruce things up for their outdoor guests.

They decided to say goodbye to their old, weather-faded siding and hello to charming stone, set in the two-story bump-out portion of the home.

We were able to give them just what they wanted, even custom matching the stone to existing stone on the front side of the home.  In just one week we completed the new exterior, giving this lovely home new life and appeal!

Click on the before and after pictures below to see the exciting update to this Excelsior home.

Does your home need an update?  Sass Construction specializes in exterior and interior remodeling in Excelsior, Wayzata, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, and more!  Contact us today.

Top Three Tips for a Successful Bathroom Remodel | Chanhassen MN Design-Build Bathroom Remodeler

July 31st, 2014

While there are a lot of pieces to the bathroom remodel puzzle, here are our top 3 tips for creating a successful bathroom remodeling experience. 

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1. Plan Ahead. Know your budget, gather visuals of what you want your new bathroom to look like, and work with an architect or your remodeler on a specific design. Using online tools like Pinterest or houzz is a fantastic way to store your ideas so that you can effectively communicate them with your contractor or designer.

2. Prioritize the Small Things.  Don’t underestimate the lesser-thought-of aspects of a bathroom that can make a big difference in its final look and feel.  While your first thoughts may be on the tub or tile, lighting for instance, will play a huge role in your bathroom, as will knobs and fixtures. For a peek at some inspiring bathrooms, click here to view an array of bath styles featured by House Beautiful.

3. Do it Right.  The last thing you want is a remodeled bathroom that is subject to mold and mildew later.  Moisture is a bathroom’s greatest enemy (and also one of its main components), so make sure you prioritize ventilation, as well as all aspects of quality construction.  Read more on purchasing the proper ventilation fan here, and always have an expert designer or remodeler help in construction and planning to make sure you won’t have hard-to-fix regrets later.

If you’re looking for the nitty-gritty, you can find an in-depth guide to bathroom remodel planning stages from hgtv here!

Looking for a design-build experience for your bathroom here in the Twin Cities? Connect with us at Sass Construction. Creating exceptional home remodeling experiences in Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minneapolis, and more for over 30 years!

Adding Touches of Summer to Your Home | Home Design and Decor Ideas Twin Cities MN

July 24th, 2014

Along with the warm weather and green grass come cravings to immerse ourselves in all-things-summer, lest we never forget its beautiful, sun-drenched glory.  One way to keep summer in our midst at all times is to bring touches of the outdoors in.  Here are a few ideas to give summertime the center stage in your home:

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Glimpses of the Garden – Fresh cut flowers are an easy way to add a touch of summer to the home, so bring some in!  In addition to floral arrangements, try using other accents of the garden as decor.  Experiment with using bright colored pots in unexpected ways, like to hold your ice bucket or filled with an array of candles.

Keep it Light – Heavy fabrics remind us of winter.  If you have throw blankets over your sofa or pillows with wool or heavy fabrics, swap them out for lightweight versions.  You may want to use summer weight towels in the bathroom and kitchen too — in a summery color please!

Color Galore – Add bright colored accents to your tabletops or living room setting.  Bring in bright colored trays, pillows, table runners, vases, and other items that will add a little punch wherever you look.  Summer is not a season for drab — pinks, aquas, oranges, yellows, and reds take center stage.

Scents of the Season – We associate winter with cinnamon and fragrant fir trees, likewise summer with the smell of fresh floral blossoms and tropical fruits!  Splurge on a couple luxurious candles in yummy scents and breathe-in a season of summertime memories.

Here’s to enjoying our Minnesota summers to the fullest!

Sass Construction is a design-build contracting team located in Chanhassen MN.  Connect with us about your Twin Cities summer remodeling projects today!

Remodeling with Investment in Mind (Part 2) | Kitchen Remodeling Contractor Minneapolis MN

June 4th, 2014

In our last blog we talked about how much value a kitchen remodel can bring to your home.  If you’re excited to remodel, but are not sure how long you plan to be in your home, you might want to approach your remodel with a slightly different angle.

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Here are a few tips for remodeling with investment in mind:

Value —  You’ll want to create a kitchen that reflects the value of the area you live in.   Be careful about designing an elaborate kitchen for a neighborhood that won’t reap it’s value.  But it’s equally important that you don’t cut-corners on a kitchen in an otherwise luxurious home and neighborhood!

Style —  It can be tempting to pour your own style and personal touches into a kitchen.  And this is not a bad thing!  But if you’re concerned about selling, select a refreshed updated look that still suits the style of your home.  If a new buyer falls in love with the arts and crafts style of your home’s exterior, they might be surprised to find the overly-modern kitchen inside.  Don’t design separate rooms with styles that clash.  When in doubt, go for a transitional style that merges traditional with more contemporary looks.

Energy — Invest in energy-efficient appliances.  Not only do they save you money as they use less energy, potential buyers see them as a wallet-friendly bonus when shopping for a new home.  Read what energy star has to say about saving big with appliances on their fact sheet here.

Functionality – Whether you’re thinking of yourself or future buyers, organizational elements are a big hit with everyone! Invest in features like drawers for your cabinetry and pantry, soft-close cabinets, waste-recycling cabinetry space, and other organizational aspects.  A well organized kitchen never goes out of style.

Ready to get started?  Check out these Top 8 Kitchen Remodeling Trends and see if any of them might be good fits for your new, improved kitchen!

Connect with us here at Sass Construction to start talking about your new kitchen today and we’ll work with you on both the design and construction aspects to create a kitchen of value that you’re sure to love.  Serving the Minneapolis area, including Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and more throughout the Twin Cities!

Kitchen Remodel ROI for Minneapolis & Remodeling with Investment in Mind (Part 1) | Kitchen Remodeling Contractor Minneapolis MN

May 29th, 2014

kitchen tile backsplashYou want a new kitchen! A beautiful, functional kitchen that you and your family will love. But is the money to remodel worth the value you’ll get out of your home if you decide to sell?  What would your ROI (return on investment) be if you remodel and then move?

A kitchen is one of the first rooms a potential homeowner looks at when buying a home. So a well-maintained, updated kitchen is a big part of a home’s value. How big exactly?

Pretty big according to this respected online remodeling resource: In their 2014 Cost-vs-Value report they share that a homeowner remodeling a kitchen in the Minneapolis area should expect to recoup 72-76% of their investment. Dollars well spent! In comparison, the surrounding Midwest area boasted a smaller but still impressive value of 62-65% ROI on their kitchen remodel.

So how do you design a kitchen that you will love while still getting the most for your money if you decide to sell?  Stay tuned for our next post and we’ll share how! (Update: see part 2 here).

Get remodeling! Connect with us here at Sass Construction to start talking about your new kitchen today. Serving the Minneapolis area, including Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and more throughout the Twin Cities!