Archive for July, 2012

Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

You know the drill. Every year, right after the holidays have passed you vow to have your kitchen remodeled, your basement renovated or your addition in place in time for next year’s festivities. And yet, every year you get busy. Summer comes and goes and, before you know it, November is upon us again. We know how it goes! This year, beat the cycle and have your project done before the first holiday turkey is placed in the oven by better understanding your project timeline.  Call us now and begin your project to have your home in tip-top shape for the holidays.

Keep in mind that however long your project is expected to take in terms of construction, it is likely that an equal amount of time will be spent in planning and preparation. For example, a one month project will likely take one month to plan in addition to one month of implementation. By allowing yourself plenty of time on the front end, you will help ensure that the project you end up with is the one you want, design mistakes will be eliminated, and you will have time to thoughtfully consider your plans. With that in mind, let’s get started on your holiday projects today! Check out our design galleries for inspiration and contact us today to begin your project planning.

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.

Laundry Room Design Tips

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


For most people, the laundry room is not their favorite room in the house. However, just like any other room, this functional space can benefit from some thoughtful form. Use these laundry design tips to turn your utilitarian room into a more organized and appealing space.

Thoughtful Layout: Like your kitchen, your laundry serves a very practical purpose. As such, the room’s layout must include work surfaces, storage, and room for the necessary appliances. Since your washer and dryer will likely be the center of your space, begin by placing these two appliances next to each to make for easy clothing transfer. From there, consider your laundry work process and create a designated space for each step.

For example, a sorting and prep station can be created with hampers designated for specific loads – lights, darks, etc. We recommend those on wheels to help make clothing transport that much easier. Next, consider a sorting and folding area. Install a counter at waist height to create a convenient folding station. Above, place storage cubbies with hampers in them to put each family member’s clean laundry in. If your laundry room is limited in size, consider front-load appliances that can fit underneath a counter for space maximization. Don’t forget to install a rod or hooks for those items that need to be air dried. Use a retractable clothing line for small spaces.

Careful Lighting: Oftentimes, laundry room lighting leaves something to be desired. However, this is a space that you will need to work in regularly and, as such, the room needs to be properly lit. Consider both ambient and task lighting when planning your space. Recessed lighting can be installed under upper cabinets for illuminating countertops and work areas, in addition to overhead lighting.

Customize Your Space: Just because your room is primarily used as a workspace does not mean that it has to be dull or drab. To the contrary, walls painted a pleasing color and artwork added to the room can help to make it a space that you want to return to! Don’t forget to include room for a built in radio or iPod dock so you can literally, “whistle while you work.”