Archive for November, 2011

Holiday Events In Your Neighborhood!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

It is official – the time for Christmas preparation is upon us! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to participate in one of many upcoming holiday events?  Check out these local holiday favorites:

Chanhassen Tree Lighting Ceremony: The City of Chanhassen will celebrate the lighting of their holiday tree on Saturday, December 3 at 5:00PM at City Center Park.  Enjoy a sneak peek of the City’s tree, refreshments, live reindeer visits, and a gingerbread house display.  Gather around a bonfire, listen to carolers and don’t miss out on a special visit from Santa Claus at this free event, open to the public.  Visit the city website for more information.

Arboretum Holiday Sale: Are you ready to deck you halls?  Head to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Holiday Sale to purchase your balls of holly!  Also available will be wreaths, greens and potpourris, and a variety of homemade gifts.  The event will take place Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5 and all proceeds will benefit the Arboretum.

IBEW Holiday Lights In The Park: Are you looking for holiday light displays but don’t want to have to drive around town to find them?  Each year, St. Paul’s Phalen Park is transformed with lights and color by the International Brotherhood of Electrician Workers.  Complete with over 50 larger-than-life holiday sculptures and animated displays, the park is open each night from 5:30 – 10:00PM, November 22nd – January 1st.  This fully volunteer-manned event raises fund for four partner charities and costs $10.00 per vehicle to tour the park.

Holidazzle Parade: The Minneapolis Holidazzle parade, now celebrating its twentieth year, has become a holiday tradition for many Minnesota families.  Taking place on Nicollet Mall from 12th Street – 4th Street, this annual parade features fully lighted floats, familiar storybook characters, and holiday music.  Free and open to the public, the parade runs Thursdays – Sundays, from November 25 – December 18, beginning at 6:30PM each night.  Visit the Holidazzle website for more information!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! This year we are very thankful for where we are and appreciate all of your business. Enjoy your day with family and friends!

Please note that our office will be closed Thursday and Friday so our team can enjoy Thanksgiving.

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!

Get Your Home Winter Ready

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
As temperatures drop outdoors, now is a great time to turn your attention indoors and begin preparing your home for winter.  Take a look at this list of simple seasonal maintenance items that will help keep your house in good shape!

Winterize Pipes: Check your home for any exposed pipes that may pass through unheated spaces like garages, unfinished basements, or crawl spaces.  Pipes in these conditions are prone to freezing and bursting in cold weather.  To prevent this from happening at your home, wrap pipes with fiberglass insulation or pre-molded foam sleeves, paying special attention to vulnerable pipe elbows.

Empty Exterior Faucets: Your home’s exterior faucets need to be readied for winter as well.  First, turn off the faucet’s water supply from inside the house.  Next, drain the water from the faucet by opening the exterior valve.  Remember to disconnect any outdoor hoses and drain them for winter storage also.

Deal With Drafts: 10 – 25% of a home’s heat escapes from the home’s windows and doors.  Before winter weather hits hard, check the weather stripping on your windows and doors and replace if necessary.

Check Your Furnace: Fall is a great time to check your furnace and make sure it is up to par before the heavy-use winter season arrives.  Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.  Don’t forget to stock up on furnace filters and put a reminder on your calendar to change them monthly!

Need additional support getting ready for the winter? Contact us at Sass Construction, Inc. to provide a FREE Home Assessment.

Only in Minnesota…World Famous Fish House Parade

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011


Minnesotans are very creative and fun loving. Most people dread the onset of winter, but not the residents of Aitkin, Minnesota. Join them on November 25th, 2011 for a day of fun and fish houses. Read more…