Archive for June, 2013

Project Feature: Chanhassen Bathroom Remodel

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

It’s amazing what a few changes can do!  The homeowners of this 1990s Chanhassen home wanted to update their bathroom, using the same footprint the room already had.  Tired of their brass fixtures, carpet in the bathroom, white block tile throughout, and the framed shower door, new color and style was in order.

In about two weeks time, the makeover was complete!  We installed beautiful Moen fixtures in an oil rubbed bronze on the tub, sink, and shower.  The new beige tile from Great Tile gives the room a warm, natural glow.  And the updated frameless shower door was custom made to make a 90 degree turn to the wall, better suiting the room.

Voila, an updated bathroom without major tear-down first!  Stylish and relaxing, the homeowners have themselves a whole new room.  Check out the before and after photos below.

Sass Construction is ready to update your bathroom (or kitchen, or other room) too!  From room facelifts to all-out remodeling, we’re ready to help.  Contact us to get started with your remodeling plans today!

Wood and Composite Decking Materials | Twin Cities Deck Builder

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Ready to plan your new deck?  Visualizing the final result and knowing which materials to use are two very different parts of the process.

Though there are multiple types of decking material on the market today, here at Sass Construction we regularly work with both wood and composite, which offer a range of options within their categories.  Here we offer some helpful information for you on materials we regularly use and recommend:

Within the composite decking market, we recommend:

AzekAzek is a PVC decking that is 30-40% lighter than most composite decking.  A few of the benefits of this composite decking brand include:

  • Low maintenance
  • Minimized expansion and contraction
  • Mold resistant
  • Paintable

In regards to wood used to build decks, we have a few favorites too.  Different woods react differently to the elements and are some are easier to work with and more durable long term than others.  Here are four wood types we would recommend for a deck with a few details about each:


  • You don’t have to refinish Tigerwood, but it is recommended that you oil it for the first few years
  • Harder and more durable than Pressure Treated Southern Pine, Cedar, and most other woods


  • A soft wood that is often selected as a more affordable option to a composite or PVC
  • Lasts about 15-20 years if cleaned and treated properly
  • Should be cleaned and sealed every 2-3 yrs

Pressure Treated Southern Pine

  • Lasts about 15 years
  • Important that it is sealed well the first time after installation
  • After that, it is recommended the deck is cleaned and sealed about every 2-3 yrs


  • A very dense tropical hardwood
  • Lasts about 25 years
  • Costs a bit more than composite

Wood maintenance note: we do not recommend pressure washing a wood deck.  Only sand a deck (sanding will clean it).  Then seal with an oil-based sealer only — stay away from water-based alternatives.

Though the decking options on available today may seem overwhelming, these are the woods and brands we consistently recommend.  Start dreaming of your new deck today and contact us here at Sass Construction with questions or to start your Twin Cities deck, patio, or remodeling project!

Project Feature: Chanhassen Bathroom Remodels | Chanhassen Remodeler

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

The homeowners of this 1986 Chanhassen home knew it was time for a change.  Their outdated bathrooms needed updating, so they decided to remodel both their master bath and their hallway bathroom at the same time.  In about three weeks time we were able to complete the remodels with amazing results!

The homeowners selected beautiful new tile, Cambria countertops, new vanities, and updated light fixtures.  We were able to custom fit the new cabinets to meet their needs and match the wall cabinet in the hall bath to the style and color of the new vanity.

Both bathrooms were styled with the same design elements (tile, color, vanity), except for the differences in the showers.  The master bath is now home to a stand up shower with a custom made frosted glass shower door, while the hallway bath is suited with a tub and shower setup.

Check out the before & after photos below!  Ready for your own bathroom remodel?  Contact us here at Sass Construction to get the process started!  Serving Chanhassen and the Twin Cities area.


A Well-Lit Home: Lighting Options & Trends for Your Space – Part 2

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
bathroom with chandelier and sconces

This bathroom creatively uses a chandelier combined with wall sconces to achieve a romantic effect.

Though it may seem like a small factor in  your home, we know that lighting can make a huge difference!  Picking up where we left off last week with Part 1 of A Well-Lit Home, here are four more lighting styles for your interior space, ready to provide the ambiance you’re looking for:

Recessed Lights – Tucked inside an opening in the ceiling, groups of recessed lights give off ambient light without making an overpowering design statement.  Often paired with a dimmer switch, this style of light also allows you to create a low light environment when you want it.  Recessed lights are popular in kitchens and living rooms, especially over islands or sofas and tables.

Chandeliers – Not just for the dining room anymore, chandeliers are adding style to kitchens, bathrooms, even entryways!  A chandelier can add romance, elegance, or modern style to almost any room.  One chandelier is great, but sometimes two is better –  try using a pair of smaller, low-hung chandeliers over a kitchen island or two larger ones over a long dining table. Peak at these beautiful chandelier uses from hgtv.

Wall Sconces – Sconces mount directly to the wall, and are usually used in pairs.  Often seen on either side of a fireplace or doorway, sconces have been a classic source of accent lighting for decades.  Sconces come in a variety of materials such as glass, metal and ceramic.  They shower indirect light on sections of the wall, often forming interesting shadows and backdrops.

Lamp Light – Though it’s important to install as much light as necessary at the time of your remodel or home building project, do not forget that table and floor lamps can be a key source of light for a room, and certainly add a lot of style.  Lamps allow you to swap out lighting on a more regular basis, especially if you like to decorate with the trends.

To create a well-lit, well-designed room, you’ll likely want to combine direct and indirect light, such as overhead sources with lamps or sconces.  Ideas flowing?  For some unique and trendy ways to use lighting in your home, check out these creative ideas from hgtv and then start planning how you can add ambiance, practicality, and charm (with lights!) to your new or remodeled space.

Sass Construction has the expertise you can trust to create a remodeling experience that will benefit your family and your home.  Contact us today!  Brightening up homes in Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, the West Metro, and throughout the Twin Cities.