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Project Feature: Bloomington New Build Garage | Home & Garage Remodeler / Builder Twin Cities

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The homeowners of this 1978 Bloomington home decided that their small shed just didn’t cut it anymore – it was time for a garage!  In just a week and a half we gave them just what they needed – a brand new garage to fit their storage needs.  Seamlessly blending it into their yard, the new addition is a great fit and the homeowners are thrilled to have the storage space they need!

Check out the before, during, and after photos below!

Need more storage space of your own?  Ready for a home or garage remodel?  Contact us here at Sass Construction!  Serving Bloomington, Minneapolis, Chanhassen, the West Metro and homeowners throughout the Twin Cities. 

Project Feature: Bloomington City Pump House Exterior Update

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The Bloomington City Pump House is a commercial building that ensures fresh water to its residences and is essential to the city.  We were asked to help restore the exterior of this deteriorating building.  Before the exterior update, the building had cedar siding, and soffit and fascia that was made out of wood, which was wearing away.

They city had to act fast to prevent additional damages caused by the weather.  We were able to complete the restoration in about one week, by replacing the existing wood siding with a pre-finished lap siding and installing a new aluminum soffit and fascia.

Sass Construction Tip: Aluminum siding is always a good choice when it comes to commercial buildings facing our Minnesota elements  –  aluminum is more durable than plywood or other alternatives.

As you can see in the photos below, we were able to remodel parts of the exterior in keeping with its current look, while making it more durable and reliable for years to come.

Selecting the Right Tile for Your Kitchen Backsplash (part 1 of 2)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The kitchen backsplash is a focal point of your kitchen and one you should love to look at!  Yet with so many options to express your style, it can be hard to know where to start.

Here are a few steps to consider as you make your selection:

1. Know Your Options
Your materials may include brick, granite, stacked stone, sheet glass, bead board, copper panels, mirror tile, ceramic tile, marble, glass mosaic, and embossed tin amongst other things.  If you want your backsplash to be something special, be sure to look beyond the basic home improvement stores and to specialty shops and online tile sources (or ask your designer or remodeler for sources).  You might be surprised that you are drawn to something you never expected or knew existed.  Collect photos or samples of everything you can.

2. Consider Your Needs

  • Is décor your primary concern?
  • Do you need your backsplash to be easy to clean?
  • Is budget a priority?
  • Should it be easy to replace if you get bored or decide to move?

Then weigh how important these needs are and make a priority list.  If you fall in love with a decorative tile, are you willing to pay a little bit more for instance?  If you find an eco-friendly or highly textured option, are you willing to jump on it for the natural ambiance it provides verses how quickly it wipes clean?  Decide what materials or designs can be eliminated or moved to the top of the list based on these factors.

3. Decide What Overall Look and Feel You Want
What do you want the backsplash to bring to the kitchen?  Rustic ambiance?  A vintage feel?  Write down a few words that describe the feel of the kitchen you envision.  Which ones still on your list capture this mood or era?  Some materials lend themselves naturally to certain feels, by their texture or by their artistic detailing:

  • Stone gives off a natural, rustic feel (but isn’t always as easy to clean).
  • Bronzed paneling lends historic ambiance.
  • Bead board is more traditional (and easier to change out).
  • Ceramic tile is more common, but can effect the feel of the kitchen based on its size (smaller tiles are more vintage looking, larger ones more contemporary).
  • Glass tiles are trendy and brightening.
  • Painted tiles bring out certain cultures or artistic tastes.
  • Brick provides a gourmet, urban feel.

Look for our follow-up post (part 2) next week as we talk about creating a pattern for your backsplash and avoiding common tile mistakes!

In the meantime, enjoy the inspiration of 20 different kitchen backsplashes here!


Need help installing a kitchen backsplash?  Want to plan a complete kitchen remodel?  Contact us at Sass Construction today!

A New Years Thank You ~ from Mark Sass

Friday, December 28th, 2012

As our year comes to a close I wanted to take a minute to reflect on the past year.  I’d like to extend a strong Thank You to all our customers, employees and vendors  for the opportunity to work together, making it another successful year. One thing that is for sure in our world is change, and through it we are always learning how we can serve you better.

Don’t forget to share this special time of the Holidays with family and friends.

Look forward to working together in the New Year.
~Mark Sass

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Sass Construction! We hope you have fun spending time with your family and friends this Christmas Season!

Shorewood Window Installation

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

As summer is drawing to a close, we are working on a variety of home exterior projects.  One of our most recent endeavors included the window replacement of a Shorewood home. The updated Lake Minnetonka rambler had three twenty-year old windows that were in dire need of replacement.  Not only were the windows leaking, there was also a small portion of water getting inside the home.


imag0595During Installation

To resolve this issue Sass Construction installed three new windows and siding over the course of two days.  We began by removing the three windows and all of the siding from the home’s lake facing wall.  We proceeded to install the three new windows, housewrap and flashing to ensure the problem would not repeat itself.  Lastly, along with some finishing work inside, we stained the new siding to match the existing house color. Stay tuned for additional photos of the completed project!

South Minneapolis New Garage

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Dan Norby from Home Maintainers referred one of his Minneapolis clients to us that was looking to build a new and larger garage. It was very important to maintain the home and neighborhood’s architectural integrity, so we designed a 22′ x 24′ garage with similar architectural elements as the house. We then removed the old existing garage, pulled the appropriate permits and completed the project. “Sass is very quality conscious and the end product shows,” said Dan.

Fourth of July in Chanhassen

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

In case you missed it or were out of town here are a few photos from some of the 4th of July festivities in Chanhassen – including the parade, car show and of course fireworks.

Spring Deck Projects

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Spring is in the air and we are hard at work with exterior home improvement projects. Right now we are all about decks here at Sass Construction having just wrapped up two great projects!

Lake Minnetoka Deck

The first project was for one of our favorite customers – a Lake Minnetonka based family we have been working with for nearly twelve years. As you can see from the photos below, the first step in this deck project was to install a new flat roof over their basement addition. We framed in this new area and carried the deck completely across the back of the home. Over the course of ten days we installed footings and framework, leaving the family to install their own decking and railings with our guidance. We enjoyed tag-teaming with them to finish off a great deck so they can enjoy their beautiful views of the lake!

Minneapolis Deck

We also just finished a deck installation on a townhouse. The homeowner’s existing deck was rotten and in need of replacement. For her new deck, the homeowner desired some privacy from the homes on her left and right, and an open design that would allow her to take advantage of the yard behind her. We worked with the owner’s townhome association to design a deck that met her needs, while also falling in line with the association’s guidelines and approval. To finish the project up, the homeowner chose to complete the final step of staining the deck herself!

We are looking forward to a summer filled with more exterior projects and design opportunities!

Meet Ivan Sass – Lead Carpenter at Sass Construction

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Ivan Sass, a Certified Lead Carpenter, joined the company in 1985 when the company was still young. Mark considers his brother to be a major factor in its success. “He can do in four hours what most carpenters can’t do in eight.”

Ivan who is legally deaf, communicates on the job with hard-won speech skills and expert lip-reading. As long as he can see you talking, he can understand what you are saying.

Ivan Sass

Job Title: Lead Carpenter

How long have you been with Sass? Since January of 1985.

What do you like best about your job? I like working with a variety of things every day.

What kind of activities do you like to do for fun? Camping and biking.

What do you like best about living in Minnesota? The four seasons.

If you could plan a trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go? Aruba and Hawaii.