Archive for March, 2012

Meet Paul Weld – Sass Construction Sales and Design

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Paul Weld has over 20 years of experience in residential remodeling. He is educated in design, structural engineering, plumbing, electrical and most important, in the field of listening. Paul believes helping you make your dreams come to life is the best part of his job.

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Name: Paul Weld

Job title: Sales and Design

How long have you been with Sass? 2 ½ years

What do you like best about your job? Meeting people and making their dreams a reality.

Name one thing you miss about being a kid? No responsibilities!

What kind of activities do you like to do for fun? Ski, skate, sliding, rollerblading, hiking

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

If you could plan a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Italy  - architecture

Bloomington Home Show Photos

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

spring-photoMarch 20th marked the first day of spring and the beginning of the transition from blustery mornings and frosted windows to the season of new growth and spring cleaning. Now that spring has officially sprung, take some time to ensure that your house is as ready for the new season as you are, with these spring home maintenance tips:

Air Conditioner: Don’t let the first hot day of summer be the first time that you test out your air conditioning system. Instead, have a certified HVAC professional check out your system at your earliest convenience. Not only does this ensure that the system is up and running, it can also verify that the AC is running at its manufacturer-rated efficiency, giving you the most bang for your buck on your electrical bill.

Exterior Inspection: Inspect your roof shingles to ensure that winter wear and tear hasn’t done any damage. Then, to help make sure built-up condensation is moving off the roof, clear your gutters of leaves and debris. To avoid basement flooding, check to make sure that all downspouts are directed away from your home foundation. In addition, check your home’s grading to ensure that all water flows away from your house.

Windows: Inspect and replace window and door caulking. Improper caulking can lead to moisture entering your home and walls, and can ultimately lead to mold. If you think it might be time to replace your windows altogether, give us a call and we inspect them for you – giving you our professional opinion.

Sideways and Driveways: Check your home’s pavement for cracks. Finding these flaws early on prevents weeds from taking up residence or from cracks expanding. Deal with any surface flaws with a home patching job or concrete surface filler.

Think Big: Don’t forget spring is a great time to plan your next home renovation or addition. Are you ready to plan your project? Contact us at Sass Construction today to get started!

Video: Bathroom Trends & Fixtures

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

In the second video of our series host Jeff Wuensch, of Sass Construction, will introduce you to a few bathroom trends and fixture ideas over at the Ferguson showroom in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Minnetonka Home Remodel – Kitchen and Addition

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Over the past three months we had the opportunity to take on a great home remodel, complete with one of our favorite projects – a home addition!  A Minnetonka family asked us to help them update their two-story 1960’s home by remodeling their kitchen and expanding with a home addition.  We started in the kitchen, opening up the space by removing three walls and eliminating the home’s drop-down soffit.  Next, to move the room into more modern times, we replaced the family’s dark stained, flat panel cabinets with custom white enamel cabinets and traded out their old and outdated Formica for new countertops!  To add warmth to the room, while also helping to establish a sense of continuity with the rest of the home, we replaced the outdated linoleum with oak hardwood floors.

With their newly brightened and more functional kitchen in place, our homeowners were ready for us to tackle phase two – the addition!  The family’s existing home had no first floor bathroom or laundry room.  To remedy these issues we designed an 18’ x 20’ addition to the back of the house – the perfect space for a first floor laundry room complete with laundry tub, washer, and dryer.  Also, in this space we constructed an elegant yet functional first floor bathroom.  To move the room from utilitarian to utopia we included a ceramic shower, a ceramic tiled floor, four foot wide vanity, and water closet.

Last, but certainly not least, we carved our space for a family room.  This particular lot backed up to a great wooded area which inspired us to add lots of windows – including a bump out bay window – and a glass patio door, perfect for viewing the wildlife that frequented this family’s backyard.  Finally, we installed oak hardwood flooring for warmth that flows throughout the rest of the first floor.

When all was said and done, the homeowners were particularly pleased with the way in which the new construction melded naturally with the existing structure.  And we were pleased to have another satisfied customer!  Are you ready for your own home renovation or addition? Contact us today to get started on your remodel or redesign!