Archive for October, 2014

Tips for a Beautiful Breakfast Nook: Designing a Breakfast Nook You’ll Love to Wake up To

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Thinking of creating a breakfast nook space in your home? Breakfast Nook Tips & Ideas  |  Kitchen Remodeling Chanhassen MNWhether you’re remodeling your kitchen or just looking to add a little bit of extra seating to the area you have, here are some tips that could make all the difference in creating a space you’ll fall in love with:

1. Keep it Cozy & Comfortable — A nook is just that, a small part of your home, set-aside for a specific purpose.  In this case, as a small eating and lounging area, assumedly with a table and chairs of some sort.  Don’t feel like your breakfast nook has to be any larger than the corner of a room, or whatever you have to work with, in order to make it a reality.  Spaciousness is not a priority here.  Comfy seating is.

2. Include an Element of Softness – Whether it’s a cushioned pillow seat, a warm rug, or an all-out wrap-around sofa bench that surrounds your table, your nook needs something soft.  When you’re transitioning from your pillow to the place you have your coffee in the morning (not quite entirely awake we assume), something cushiony is the right kind of go-between before you start your day.

3.  Add Some Storage — No doubt a breakfast nook doesn’t need much.  But it might need a place for you to store the morning paper, your journal, or just extra napkins.  Keeping a storage basket nearby or including a row of cubbies or a small cabinet is a smart kind of idea.

4. Make it Artful – This space should be warm and inviting.  Creativity is good here.  Since it’s a small space, your choice of style or color is not going to overwhelm your home.  So find some decor you love but where maybe too afraid to use elsewhere, and go for it.  Add color to the wall, or stock the corner with fresh flowers.  Whatever makes you breathe in relaxation and beauty, this is the place for it.

5. Light it Up — If you’re going to lounge, read, and ok sometimes even eat breakfast in this space, you need to be able to see.  Selecting a spot near a window is great, but if that’s not possible — or even if it is — adding a light fixture (think drop-down pendant light) over your breakfast nook is an excellent idea that will brighten your morning even more.

Looking for some beautiful breakfast nook inspiration?  Check out this photo story by hgtv and these ideas on houzz!

Ready to remodel your home, kitchen, or even add a breakfast nook of your own?  Connect with us here at Sass Construction for design ideas, and your new space could be complete before you know it!  High quality design and remodeling services for Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, and more!

Growing a Home for a Growing Family: Part 2 — The Upper Level Addition is Complete! | Bloomington Home Addition & Remodel

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

In the late spring we brought you part 1 of this family’s home project (read it here!) as we were starting the addition, with plans to undertake a complete interior and exterior remodel in stages.

We’ve been waiting on the final photos of this project to be able to show you the amazing outcome of the upper level addition — and it was worth the wait!  What a beautiful, completely practical transformation for this family balancing four kids, including a new baby!

Here’s what we’ve done:

  • The finished exterior is refreshed and charming, while still blending seamlessly with the original brick that was left intact.
  • The new paint, shutters, and stained cedar shingles make a sharp exterior impression.
  • Weary trips to the basement laundry room are no-more!  With a new upper level laundry just steps from the bedrooms, this mom of four boasts that she is now caught up on laundry since it’s always in sight.
  • An added room doubles as a office and school work area.
  • Another new room provides a quiet area for baby to nap.
  • The addition of an upper level family room gives the kids a hang-out spot of their own.
  • With plans in the future for a remodel of the upper level baths (master bath and kids bath) we added a large storage area that will combine into an enlarged bathroom space down the road.
  • On the main level, the old family room was converted to a large entryway to accommodate this family better.
  • And we opened up the kitchen floor plan in anticipation of a kitchen makeover in the near future as well!

These homeowners knew they didn’t want to leave their beloved home — they wanted to transform it into a practical, custom space, perfect for their family.  It’s been very rewarding to help them every step of the way along this remodel journey.  They are loving the outcome and so are we!  Check out the photos below…

Sass Construction works on residential and commercial remodeling projects, including whole home remodels and exterior work, in Bloomington, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, and more throughout the Twin Cities MN area.  Questions about your own possible remodel?  Get in touch with us today!