Archive for June, 2012

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Summer is officially in full swing! With the weather getting nicer and nicer, it is tempting to put off home improvement projects until later in the year. However, as with most things, when it comes to your home, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Check out our summer home maintenance list to keep your space in tip-top shape!

Clean Your Dryer Vents: In the same way that you clean and empty your lint filter after each use, you must also seasonally clean your dryer vents. Use a long-handled brush to clean the hose that vents air from the dryer to the outdoors. Be sure to read your dryer’s manual for specific instructions and to purchase a brush that fits you dryer’s lint trap specifications. Otherwise, this is something you can easily hire a company to do for you.

Clean Your Gutters: Warm summer weather provides a great reason to work outdoors. Take advantage of the fresh air and sunshine to clear your gutters of any dry leaves or debris that may have piled up in the months prior. While cleaning, take time to inspect your gutters for signs of separating from your home, sagging, or dipping.

Check Your Roof: Check your roof for any evidence of damage. Common signs of roof disrepair include curling, broken, or missing shingles. The weight of winter snow can often do damage to roofs – damage that is best repaired in warm weather months.

Spruce Up Your Doors: Our doors are never more open than in the summer, so be sure yours are working smoothly. Spray your doorway’s track generously with a degreasing solvent and use a screwdriver, wrapped in a rag, to clean the track out.

Clean Up Your Exterior: Use a summer weekend to spruce up your home’s exterior. Take a power washer and lightly wash your home’s exterior and deck.

We hope these tips have been helpful! Give us a call if you have any questions about a present or future home remodeling project – big or small, we do them all!

Eden Prairie Kitchen Remodeled in One Day

Monday, June 25th, 2012

We just wrapped a great kitchen remodel in an Eden Prairie home! The house was part of a town home development built in the 1970’s. The homeowner wanted to update and beautify her kitchen and bring some extra life into the room. This meant replacing her laminate countertops, trading out her stainless steel sink, and otherwise upgrading the space.

To begin, we went shopping with the homeowner to assist her in picking out the perfect granite countertop and plumbing supplies. In addition to making the changes noted above, we also replaced a broken faucet and installed a garbage disposal, making her kitchen more functional for everyday use.

However, our real feat for this project was the timeliness within which we were able to complete it. For this project we were able to get in and out in just one day! Our homeowner was excited to learn that in just twenty-four hour we could organize the carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and granite installers necessary for a project of this size. We started construction first thing in the morning and by the end of the day we were able to provide a brand new space!

“Each morning I come down to my living area and find myself smiling as I run my hand over the gleaming new surfaces in the kitchen! This was my gift to myself for my 85th birthday. A design expert and most courteous gentleman by the name of Paul Weld came by after I contacted Sass. He orchestrated the project, carefully listening to my vision and brought material samples until we had the perfect choice. He was on time, courteous, helpful and quick to grasp my ideas-making the process truly enjoyable. I’m having fun inviting my friends over to surprise them! Thanks to Paul and the exceptional workmen!” – Norma

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.