Archive for the ‘Remodeling Advice From The Experts’ Category

Minnetonka Window Replacement

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Windows are an important aspect of any home, therefore the replacement process we use is critical to their longevity. We recently had the opportunity to install some new windows in a 1970’s two-story home in Minnetonka. We pre-finished all of the windows in advance so the homeowners would not have any type of odor in their home. The installation took a total of three days (we like to be in and out of any job as fast as possible). The end result was a happy client that was very pleased with the entire process.

Window Replacement Process

1. Removing the existing windows

Removing Existing Window

2. Exposure of the existing sills and jambs

Exposure of the Window Sills and Jambs

3. Flex wrapping window sill and jambs


4. Fitting window in the opening


5. Proper foaming of insulation around the windows before the trim is installed


Give us a call if you are considering new windows for your home, we’d be happy to come out and give you our expert advice.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen can be a challenging space. Often thought of as the “heart of the home,” kitchens have the unique distinction of needing to be simultaneously, utilitarian work areas and welcoming gathering places.  To get inspired to create a kitchen that best reflects your family’s style, take at look at this list of some of our favorite kitchen trends going into 2012.

Juxtaposition: Combining seemingly contrasting styles is an ongoing trend that we suspect will continue to be popular in 2012.  For example, pair modern painted white lacquer cabinets with black granite countertops or rustic hardwood floors.  The juxtaposition of light and dark, modern and traditional will create an instantly classic space that can easily survive style changes and ever evolving trends.

Furniture-Style Detailing: Fancy fixtures, such as decorative brackets or the more intricate hardware that you might find on armoires or other furniture can add a grand twist when applied to the kitchen.  On your base cabinets, try applying furniture-style feet to your toe-kicks to create the look of the currently popular unfitted cabinets.

Colorful Countertops: A pop of color can help to transform a space and what better place to put it than in your kitchen counters?  Showy surfaces and bright bold colors are becoming increasingly popular today.  Not quite ready for a bold blue tile counter?  More conventional surfaces such as quartz can provide a subtler color injection when the hue is bold and unexpected.

Are you ready for a kitchen renovation?  Contact us at Sass Construction, Inc. to get started today!

Lower Level Finishing Ideas

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

lower-level remodel

Nothing seems quite as promising as the untapped potential of an unfinished space. However, these same exciting rooms can prove daunting when it comes time to determine just what direction you want to go. Consider one of these project options when it comes time to transform your lower level from a dark and dreary space into a room that your family will love to use for years to come!

• Home Theater: Avoid long lines and exorbitant ticket prices by bringing your theater viewing experience into your home. Common elements of a home theater remodel include insulating interior walls to help contain sound, installing wall sconce lighting and other dimming light options, sloping the floors to aid screen viewing, installing theater seating, and of course, creating a focal point for your screen.

• Bar: Are you still looking for that bar where everybody knows your name? Why not build your own? A lower level bar can serve as the perfect gathering place for family and friends. A true wet bar, complete with a sink and plumbing system, will afford the most entertainment options. In addition to the bar itself, great bar projects should also include conversational seating and entertainment in the form of a billiards table, juke box, or television focal point!

• Game Room: Whether you have a board-game loving family or a poker-playing group of friends, a game room is a space that can be enjoyed by all. Create a place with comfortable seating and plenty of floor space for lounging video game players. Make room for a pool table, billiards board or other large components for more traditional gamers. Functional and durable flooring will withstand whatever play time has to offer. By also creating a flexible room that can be easily rearranged to meet different needs, gamers of all types can enjoy the space day after day and through game after game!

• Wine Cellar: Convert your lower level space into a wine cellar to keep your favorite beverage within arm’s reach! Create a climate controlled environment by installing a cooling and insulation system to ensure your wine is well maintained and stored. Construct a storage and organization system to physically hold your wine. Finish the space off with an intimate tasting area for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Are you ready to finish or remodel your lower level? Do you have a project idea all your own? Contact us at Sass Construction, Inc. to get started today!

In 2 Days – Brent Sass, Professional Dog Musher Makes Rare Midwest Appearance

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


Brent's team of dogs in deep snow
Brent’s team of dogs in deep snow



Don’t miss this unique opportunity

to meet one of the nation’s premier sled dog racers.


Brent Sass will speak on Thursday, October 20 at the Chanhassen Rec Center (2310 Coulter Blvd, Chanhassen, MN, 55317).  Hear this native Minnesotan share how he is living out his dream as a competitive Alaskan dog musher.  Join Sass as he shares the drama and danger of dog racing in some of the harshest conditions in the world!  This free event, open to the public will take place from 7:00 – 8:00PM.


Brent Sass on a winter day

Owner and founder of Wild and Free Mushing, Brent Sass has been racing and training huskies for over eight years. Originally from Excelsior, Minnesota, Sass moved to Alaska in 1998 to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks before realizing that dog mushing was his true calling.  Sass opened Wild and Free Mushing in 2005 to truly dedicate himself to his craft.  Since his first time out, Sass has placed in over 16 races, including several first place finishes in some of Alaska’s most competitive runs.  In doing so, Sass has established himself as one of the premier sled dog racers in the nation.   

Replacing Windows? Explore the Different Types.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011


Windows are just one of those details that the average homeowner never really thinks about too hard until it’s time to replace them. We’ve been in this business a long time and have seen, replaced, installed, and hand-selected a lot of windows for a lot of different homeowners. We know the different types of windows like the backs of our hands, but our clients may not. Luckily, Real Simple Magazine recently published a quick tutorial on their website where you can see some of the most common types of windows and their pros and cons.

Here’s a quick roundup:


This window doesn’t open (so no extra air flow, unfortunately) but it doesn’t require vertical mulls, so you can see right through it without anything getting in the way. Additionally, the windows are airtight, so no worries about drafts or heat leaking out during the winter. They are primarily for decoration and added light rather than function.


Casement windows have a handle that you turn to open them from either the right or the left side depending on how they’re mounted. They offer excellent open air breeze during the summer and low leakage during the winter. On the con side, cranking them open isn’t always easy.


These windows are similar to casements except they open from the bottom instead of the side. One of the best parts about awning windows is that you can keep them open when it rains, making for excellent air flow on those stuffy summer days. Unfortunately they tend not to open very wide and aren’t feasible escape routes in case of a fire.

If you have additional questions about window types please give us a call! We’d be happy to guide you through the window selection process and provide you with the resources needed to make your decision.

NARI Offers Tips for Selecting a Remodeling Contractor

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Click the NARI logo for helpful video tips on selecting your home remodeler!


Advice From The Experts

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

This entry is from Carolyn at Jerry’s Floor Store:

Is your wood floor looking dull, tired, and slightly scratched; but you would like to put off the floor refinishing for a bit longer?  Unsure which product will do the job but not damage your wood?  Bona, a leader in wood care, has a product that might be your answer.  Bona Refresh is a specially formulated water based urethane refresher for all unwaxed, polyurethane wood floors.  It dries in 1 hour.  Furniture can be replaced in 24 hours.  It restores a gloss and shine to polyurethane floors.  It will last for 6 to 12 months, depending on home traffic.  It fills in the small scratches and is easy to apply by the homeowner.   We advise that you use a special wool like applicator in order to get the best streak free finish.  A cautionary note is that where you are down past the poly finish to the bare wood, the refresh coat will not adhere.  Bona has excellent application instructions and is safe to use with pets and children in the house.   Refresh is non-toxic, water based and environmentally friendly.  It is Greenguard certified for indoor air quality. 

Floors that need more than just a touch-up to  look their best will probably require sanding and refinishing.  This can be a 3-5 day process requiring the family to spend a few nights away from home.  Why not combine the floor sanding project with an already scheduled summer vacation?   Jerry’s Floor Store will give you a complimentary estimate and reserve your refinishing appointment.  Jerry’s Floor Store has a full line of wood flooring, carpet, tile, natural stone, granite countertops, quartz countertops, and solid surface countertops. 

Carolyn Manhatton

Jerry’s Floor Store /952-401-0955