Archive for October, 2013

Homeowners’ Winter Preparation Checklist: Winter Is On It’s Way!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

MN Homeowners' Winter Home Maintenance ChecklistIt’s official: snowflakes have been spotted in Minnesota — yes, even here in the Twin Cities!  Like it or not, winter is coming our way.  To make sure you stay warm and cozy this winter, and to protect your home from potential damage that may come with the snow and ice, we’ve created a helpful winter checklist for you to review!

Homeowners’ Winter Preparation Checklist:

  • Wait to prune your trees or shrubs!  Waiting until late winter to do this will promote growth in the spring.  When is best exactly?  Check out the helpful pruning timelines for MN provided by Ramsey County here.
  • Prevent Ice Dams.  Ice dams are often caused by poor insulation and air leaks in the attic.  If you allow an ice dam to build up, water could intrude into your home when the ice melts, causing more damages than anyone wants to deal with.  Read here for some great tips on preventing them.
  • Clean you gutters!  Just like an ice dam, gutter blockage could cause water to find it’s way into your home.  Get out that ladder and do it right!
  • Drain and winterize your outdoor faucets and irrigation system. 
  • Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected.
  • Have your furnace tuned up!
  • Reverse your ceiling fan to create a downdraft of the warm air that tends to hang out at ceiling level.  Adjust your fan so that the blades run clockwise in the winter and counter-clockwise in the summer.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around your doors and windows and evaluate whether new windows would be helpful.  Sometimes sealing cracks may not be enough, especially if you have older windows!  Today’s window materials consist of low-e glass panels that act as a shield – keeping heat in during the winter and heat out during the summer.  To learn more about low-e glass and other types of energy-efficient windows, read more here.
  • Adjust your thermostat settings.  Set the temperature on your thermostat to range within the 65-68º range when you’re home and about 10 degrees lower than that when your away or asleep.

Following these steps over the course of the next few weeks will give you peace of mind, knowing your home is as cozy as you are.  Be ready for the winter ahead!

Do you have remodeling or home projects you need help with before winter sets in?  Contact us here at Sass Construction to discuss your remodeling or building project today!  Serving Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, and suburbs throughout Minneapolis and the Twin Cities, MN.

 

Project Feature: Eden Prairie Fireplace Cabinetry | Eden Prairie Remodeling

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

A fireplace on it’s own is a thing of beauty.  But placing a fireplace in the right setting, with complimentary features, can take a fireplace to the next level.

That’s what these Eden Prairie homeowners decided to do.  The fireplace in their main living area was a focal point, but they wanted to pull together this room they spend so much time in.  The temporary drawer-style cabinets they had sitting on either side of the fireplace didn’t give off the visual appeal they wanted.

We were able to not only build them custom cabinetry to suit the space and style of the home, but also created a fresh new mantel and fireplace trim to match!  The final effect with the built-in fireplace cabinetry is sophisticated and coherent.

Enjoy the before and after photos below!

Sass Construction is available to take any room in your home to the next level as well!  Contact us about your interior or exterior remodeling needs.  We are a full service remodeling company serving Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Chaska, the West Metro, Minneapolis, and the Twin Cities MN area.

Fireplaces – Hotter Than Ever! | Fireplaces For Any Room in Your Home

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

We all know that a beautiful fireplace can make an amazing accent to your living room or family room. Fireplaces for your Twin Cities Minneapolis homeBut have you considered that a fireplace might pair nicely in other rooms of your home as well? Read on for some inspiration on creating a stunning fireplace, as well as a few unexpected ways of including them throughout your home.

In the Living Room – Though the living room is a traditional space to see a fireplace, your fireplace doesn’t have to be traditional. It can be the star of the show, a rustic accent (like these natural stone fireplaces), or move in a more modern direction with contemporary and colorful tile (check out these!)

In the Kitchen – The kitchen hearth is an age-old idea, yet modern kitchens are just beginning again to embrace it as a decor trend. Adding a fireplace to todays spacious, contemporary kitchen brings a warm touch to one of the most popular rooms in the home. Watch this short video from hgtv to get a feel for the history as well as unique considerations of the kitchen fireplace.

In the Bathroom – What could be cozier? Stepping out of the bath or shower on a cold winter’s day with the fireplace running might seem unconventional, but it’s certainly not unappealing. With new compact versions of gas and electric fireplaces hitting the market all the time, this trend may become more common that you might expect. And since a well-designed bathroom can add a significant boost to a home’s resale value, you might just want to jump on this well-lit bandwagon as well. Peak at these fireplace-clad bathrooms from Houzz.

In the Bedroom – Not as hard to imagine, but still less common than main living areas, adding a fireplace in the bedroom can change the whole feel of the room. Whether it’s the master bedroom, or your welcoming guest bedroom, a fireplace evokes comfort, warmth, and luxury. Check out these design ideas for a radiant master bedroom.

Ready to make your own home more cozy? Whether it means adding a fireplace or remodeling your whole home, connect with us here at Sass Construction for expert home building and remodeling in the Twin Cities and Minneapolis area.

Project Feature: Bloomington New Build Garage | Home & Garage Remodeler / Builder Twin Cities

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The homeowners of this 1978 Bloomington home decided that their small shed just didn’t cut it anymore – it was time for a garage!  In just a week and a half we gave them just what they needed – a brand new garage to fit their storage needs.  Seamlessly blending it into their yard, the new addition is a great fit and the homeowners are thrilled to have the storage space they need!

Check out the before, during, and after photos below!

Need more storage space of your own?  Ready for a home or garage remodel?  Contact us here at Sass Construction!  Serving Bloomington, Minneapolis, Chanhassen, the West Metro and homeowners throughout the Twin Cities.