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:

Summer Decor Ideas | Sass Construction Remodeling

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.

Minneapolis Kitchen Remodeler | Kitchen Remodeling Twin Cities

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!

Growing a Home for a Growing Family: Part 1 — Bloomington Home Addition & Remodel

May 15th, 2014

With the addition of a fourth baby — making them a wonderful family of six — these homeowners decided to update the home they love to meet their need for more space while giving it a beautiful new look!

This Bloomington two-story was originally built in 1979, and though parts of it have been updated, other parts of it carried the dated 1970s look and feel, such as dark oak wood work and linoleum flooring.

We’re remodeling the home in phases, starting with adding the new space, and preparing for a future kitchen and bath remodel. We’re working on it “as we speak,” and are excited to share part 2 in the near future so you can follow the results!

Here’s what’s happening:

  • We’ve created an addition to the upper level over the attached garage
  • New architectural cedar shingle details and new shutters have been added for curb appeal
  • We kept some of the brick on the garage to blend with the rest of the house
  • The new upstairs interior plans include two new bedrooms (making this a five bedrooms home), plus a living area to relax and play in
  • A full laundry space is being added upstairs (no more walking to the basement for laundry time!)
  • A large linen closet is also going in upstairs in preparation for a future remodel of the nearby kids bathroom
  • We’re adding more floor space to the main level kitchen now in preparation for a full remodel during a future stage
  • A newly created mudroom is going in between the garage and the kitchen
  • All the mechanical systems, including furnace, air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing are being updated with high efficiency replacements

Wow!  A total of 782 square feet of new space has been added to the existing home!  And though we’re only half way through the project, the homeowners are already incredibly pleased with the new look of their home – the updated exterior is contemporary while still blending in well with the neighborhood.

Here are some photos of the house before the remodel, and during the process.  Look for part 2 soon to see photos of the finished remodel!

If you’re interested in pursuing a kitchen, bath, or whole home remodel as well, get in touch with us here at Sass Construction today!  Happy to answer your questions and get your project moving in the right direction.  Serving Bloomington, Chaska, Eden Prairie, and more throughout the Twin Cities MN.

Project Feature: Chanhassen Bathroom Remodel – Before & After | Chanhassen Remodeler

April 16th, 2014

Before this bathroom remodel, these homeowners had everything they didn’t want.  A small shower sat opposite a water-heater-draining soaking tub. The room featured 1990s oak cabinets they didn’t like, far too much brass for their taste, and was topped off with laminate countertop.

What they really wanted was a bathroom that would function with their lifestyle.  A room of relaxation.  They envisioned a beautiful, practical shower in a contemporary, stylish room.

So did we.  The results?  A sophisticated and adorable new master bath (see below).  This remodeled bathroom now features:

  • Diamond brand cabinetry in cherry wood with a dark finish
  • Hanstone quartz on the countertops, used also on the shower seating and ledges
  • A custom walk-in shower layout, beautifully visible through a single sheet of glass
  • Stone-inspired 2×2 mosaic tiles in the shower
  • Neutral 18×18 tile on the floor and 9×12 tile on the walls in a brick layout pattern

Ready for a bathroom remodel of your own?  Connect with us today at Sass Construction.  We’re ready to listen to your needs and complete a remodel you’ll be thrilled with.  Sass Construction is an experienced remodeling company serving Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Praire, and more throughout the Twin Cities MN.

Home Design & Decor Trends for 2014 | Home Remodeling and Construction MN

April 3rd, 2014

Remodeled kitchen with white cabinets and black countertopTodays home trends lean toward light and bright with touches of bold accents. Evoking Scandinavian design, with its clean lines and simple surfaces, this look encompasses a fresh, contemporary feel that’s cozy too.

Here are the top 5 components to conquering today’s home design trends with Scandinavian influence:

  1. Keep it Bright – Start with a bright base (think whites, light grays, and the warmer greige tones) on your walls and cabinetry and add your color and texture with accent pieces.
  2. Simply yet Cozy – Keep your lines and surfaces simple — flat panel cabinetry, surfaces and countertops with less contrast (solid tile over stone), matte finishes that don’t distract — but don’t be afraid to mix in a few furnishings with ornate character or vintage origins to give your place that home-sweet-home feel.
  3. Color that Pops – Scandinavian influence has long been known for bright color accents.  Today’s trends embrace turquoise, bright corals, and of course shades of purple such as the color of the year, Radiant Orchid.  If you prefer less intensity, deep blue or an emerald tone might provide the right color accent for you.  Add your color in pillows, rugs, vases, dishes, and other home accessories.
  4. Black is Back – If you like the bright component, but long for a little more contrast, the good news is that black accents are back as well.  Add a furnishing element or two in black, or even consider designing a kitchen with two-toned cabinetry, such as white uppers and black lower cabinets.
  5. Textures and Depth – Just because the trending look is sleek and simple doesn’t mean it has to be flat, dull, or cold.  Textures are a great way to add depth to a home, whether it’s a rug, a throw blanket, or a custom molding with layers and depth.  As long as you keep the base of your look fresh and clean, texture accents will serve to add comfort rather than appear busy.

To find the right design style for your home, pick the trend components you love and mix them with your own long-withstanding aesthetics.  The result will be a cheerful home with cozy touches that is all you.  For more home inspiration, see how this family added some colorful cheer to their home and check out these ideas for keeping white fresh but not boring.  Start dreaming about your redesigned home today!

Sass Construction is a home building and remodeling company in the West Metro area of the Twin Cities MN, ready for projects throughout your entire home.  Contact us today about updating your place into a fresh new space you’ll love to call home!

Three Ways to Add Radiant Orchid and Purple Tones to Your Home’s Interior | Radiant Orchid Panatone Color of the Year 2014

March 18th, 2014

This year’s Panatone color of the year is Radiant Orchid, an intense purple with lilac, fuchia, and pink undertones.  While you might not be ready to paint your whole living room purple (though we won’t stop you!) this is an upbeat color that might just bring some visual joy to your home.

Here are three ways to use radiant orchid or other purple-tones in your interior design this year without letting it take over:

1. Spot on.  This color is intense, bright, cheerful!  One spot of it is all you need to add some “oomph” to a room.  Try a single piece of furniture (say, a new side table) that stands out in an otherwise neutral or deep-hued room.  Even smaller, but no less impactful, consider adding a throw blanket or pillow or two to accent your sofa or bed.

Purple pillows accent a living room

Try accenting with pillows in purple tones

2. Mix it up.  If you want to implement some radiant orchid without the attention being drawn to it alone, mix it in with other color tones.  Pairing purples with reds in particular is a fabulous way to add some fun and warmth to a room.  Or consider using it with a turquoise or emerald green to balance out the brightness with something a bit more earthy.

Purple pairs well with red

Purple pairs well with red

3. Pot it.  This spring and summer, what better way to give radiant orchid a try than with an orchid itself!  Bring in some potted flowers of the purple-nature and see how you like the color.  If you find yourself falling in love, add more orchid tones later on.

Pink Orchid Plant

Try a potted orchid or fresh cut purple flowers

Sass Constuction is a remodeler and builder in the Twin Cities area, specializing in interior and exterior projects for homes and businesses throughout Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, and more!

Sass Construction Operations Manager Dorian Thompson Featured on Channel 5 News

March 13th, 2014

In case you missed Dorian on the Channel 5 News, here is his interview. With the warmer weather causing water issues for homeowners and business owners, Dorian shares his expertise!

Click here to read the Channel 5 article or watch it below.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist | Take Care of Your Home Now to Save Money Later!

March 4th, 2014

It might be hard to believe, but Spring is on the way.  Once the snow melts (we promise it will!), here are 10 top home projects you’ll want to tackle.  Following this list of interior and exterior jobs will help protect your home and save money on energy costs and future repairs.

  1. Rake those gutters. Gutters protect your roof and home by directing rain and snow-melt away from the walls of your home. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage, something that is often difficult to detect until you need a major repair.
  2. Inspect your roof and chimney.  A prime hot spot for water that wants to seep in, your roof needs to stay in good shape to keep your home leak-free.  After the hard winter gives way, repair any loose shingles and keep an eye out for other damage, including cracks, loose bricks, or clogs in your chimney.  For more tips on inspecting your roof, click here.
  3. Clean outside surfaces.  Get out that pressure washer (or rent one) and give your deck, driveway, fence, or other outdoor surface a good washing.  Inspect for any mending and note areas that need paint touch-ups while you start dreaming about outdoor dining and the grilling season.
  4. Seal up your windows and doors.  Harsh weather will often harden caulk and seals, causing cracking. Check around your windows and doors, and repair and reseal as necessary. Blocking air leaks will help you save big on your air-conditioning bill this summer; and next winter the heating bill will thank you.  Energy Star offers even more ideas on saving money and energy here.
  5. Clean and repair your screens. Once we’re able to open the windows again (yay!) our screens will take center stage.  Check for small holes that may need repair and gently scrub with soapy water.
  6. Inspect your water heater.  Sediment can build up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it and help prolong its life while reducing your electric bill.
  7. Check on your AC.  And don’t wait till it’s 90 degrees to give it a try.  Turn it on once before you really need it to make sure it’s running properly.  Clear vegetation around your unit outside and make sure it’s getting good airflow.
  8. Inspect your washer and dryer.  Not only should you remove lint from the dryer, but take a moment to ensure that lint hasn’t found it’s way to the dryer vent as well.  Clearing your vent could save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run, and keep the possibility of a home fire at bay.  Also check the washing machine fill-hose for any cracks or leaks, which could cause major damage quickly.
  9. Double check life-saving devises.  Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. You never know when you’ll need them, so taking a peak once a year to ensure they’re running properly is a good idea.
  10. Clean your mudroom or entry.  Move winter boots out of the way, wash the floors, check for floor damage from sloppy shoes, and move spring necessities in!  Itching to re-organize entirely? Check out these mudroom makeover ideas!

Though some work is in store, keeping your home in top shape is an important investment.  View this list of home chores as a way to save money down the line.  And more money means more summer fun!

Sass Construction offers quality remodeling and contractor services in the West metro area of the Twin Cities, MN including Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Minneapolis and more.

5 Top Bathroom Trends for 2014 | Bathroom Remodeling Ideas Twin Cities MN

February 27th, 2014

Intrigued by what’s in store for bathroom style this year?  Here are 5 hot bathroom trends topping the lists for 2014 (& beyond!):

Bathroom Trends 2014 - asian inspired minimalism

Asian Influences — Plant life in the bathroom, bamboo decor and storage bins, pebbles used as stone tile — all signs that Asian-inspired design is hot for the new year.  This Japanese minimalist look, incorporating modern ideas and clutter-free style, often includes a soaking tub, hideaway storage, clear counter space, and eco-friendly features.

Tile Bling – Glass tile for the bathroom is getting rave reviews, sending ceramic tile backstage.  Glass tiles, with their almost effervescent appearance, bring a reflective tone to the bathroom, creating a bright and airy ambiance.  More resistant to mold and mildew than ceramic tiles, glass may also be the savvy option in addition to being the trendy one.

Things Heat Up – Floors, tile racks, and shower-heads that is!  In-floor heating, an amazing combo of practicality and comfort, is hotter than ever. Seemingly luxurious, it is often more cost-effective than other heating methods.  Towel racks, too, come with heating options – hard to beat on a cold Minnesota day.  And with multi-head showers topping the trends — offering an array of misting pressures and angles — your showering experience will come with more warm steam and hot water than ever before.

Glamorous Lighting – Adding some glam to the bathroom is easy to do when you select a light fixture that might otherwise be found in the dining area!  From pendants to that luxurious chandelier, using less-traditional lighting in the bathroom will be a trend that takes your bathroom to the next level of sophistication.

Black Comes Back – Though the monochromatic bright and white bathroom with a spa-feel is still very much in tow, there is new room for strong saturated colors like navy blue, and especially black.  A single black wall in the bathroom can make a strong statement, but if you want to keep it simple, try black fixtures and accents to give your room some cool contrast.

Could your bathroom benefit from a refreshing trend or two?  Connect with us here at Sass Construction to share your bathroom remodel ideas… we’re ready to listen!  Serving Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and the Twin Cities area.