Growing a Home for a Growing Family: Part 1 — Bloomington Home Addition & Remodel

May 15th, 2014

With the addition of a fourth baby — making them a wonderful family of six — these homeowners decided to update the home they love to meet their need for more space while giving it a beautiful new look!

This Bloomington two-story was originally built in 1979, and though parts of it have been updated, other parts of it carried the dated 1970s look and feel, such as dark oak wood work and linoleum flooring.

We’re remodeling the home in phases, starting with adding the new space, and preparing for a future kitchen and bath remodel. We’re working on it “as we speak,” and are excited to share part 2 in the near future so you can follow the results!

Here’s what’s happening:

  • We’ve created an addition to the upper level over the attached garage
  • New architectural cedar shingle details and new shutters have been added for curb appeal
  • We kept some of the brick on the garage to blend with the rest of the house
  • The new upstairs interior plans include two new bedrooms (making this a five bedrooms home), plus a living area to relax and play in
  • A full laundry space is being added upstairs (no more walking to the basement for laundry time!)
  • A large linen closet is also going in upstairs in preparation for a future remodel of the nearby kids bathroom
  • We’re adding more floor space to the main level kitchen now in preparation for a full remodel during a future stage
  • A newly created mudroom is going in between the garage and the kitchen
  • All the mechanical systems, including furnace, air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing are being updated with high efficiency replacements

Wow!  A total of 782 square feet of new space has been added to the existing home!  And though we’re only half way through the project, the homeowners are already incredibly pleased with the new look of their home – the updated exterior is contemporary while still blending in well with the neighborhood.

Here are some photos of the house before the remodel, and during the process.  Look for part 2 soon to see photos of the finished remodel!

If you’re interested in pursuing a kitchen, bath, or whole home remodel as well, get in touch with us here at Sass Construction today!  Happy to answer your questions and get your project moving in the right direction.  Serving Bloomington, Chaska, Eden Prairie, and more throughout the Twin Cities MN.

Project Feature: Chanhassen Bathroom Remodel – Before & After | Chanhassen Remodeler

April 16th, 2014

Before this bathroom remodel, these homeowners had everything they didn’t want.  A small shower sat opposite a water-heater-draining soaking tub. The room featured 1990s oak cabinets they didn’t like, far too much brass for their taste, and was topped off with laminate countertop.

What they really wanted was a bathroom that would function with their lifestyle.  A room of relaxation.  They envisioned a beautiful, practical shower in a contemporary, stylish room.

So did we.  The results?  A sophisticated and adorable new master bath (see below).  This remodeled bathroom now features:

  • Diamond brand cabinetry in cherry wood with a dark finish
  • Hanstone quartz on the countertops, used also on the shower seating and ledges
  • A custom walk-in shower layout, beautifully visible through a single sheet of glass
  • Stone-inspired 2×2 mosaic tiles in the shower
  • Neutral 18×18 tile on the floor and 9×12 tile on the walls in a brick layout pattern

Ready for a bathroom remodel of your own?  Connect with us today at Sass Construction.  We’re ready to listen to your needs and complete a remodel you’ll be thrilled with.  Sass Construction is an experienced remodeling company serving Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Praire, and more throughout the Twin Cities MN.

Home Design & Decor Trends for 2014 | Home Remodeling and Construction MN

April 3rd, 2014

Remodeled kitchen with white cabinets and black countertopTodays home trends lean toward light and bright with touches of bold accents. Evoking Scandinavian design, with its clean lines and simple surfaces, this look encompasses a fresh, contemporary feel that’s cozy too.

Here are the top 5 components to conquering today’s home design trends with Scandinavian influence:

  1. Keep it Bright – Start with a bright base (think whites, light grays, and the warmer greige tones) on your walls and cabinetry and add your color and texture with accent pieces.
  2. Simply yet Cozy – Keep your lines and surfaces simple — flat panel cabinetry, surfaces and countertops with less contrast (solid tile over stone), matte finishes that don’t distract — but don’t be afraid to mix in a few furnishings with ornate character or vintage origins to give your place that home-sweet-home feel.
  3. Color that Pops – Scandinavian influence has long been known for bright color accents.  Today’s trends embrace turquoise, bright corals, and of course shades of purple such as the color of the year, Radiant Orchid.  If you prefer less intensity, deep blue or an emerald tone might provide the right color accent for you.  Add your color in pillows, rugs, vases, dishes, and other home accessories.
  4. Black is Back – If you like the bright component, but long for a little more contrast, the good news is that black accents are back as well.  Add a furnishing element or two in black, or even consider designing a kitchen with two-toned cabinetry, such as white uppers and black lower cabinets.
  5. Textures and Depth – Just because the trending look is sleek and simple doesn’t mean it has to be flat, dull, or cold.  Textures are a great way to add depth to a home, whether it’s a rug, a throw blanket, or a custom molding with layers and depth.  As long as you keep the base of your look fresh and clean, texture accents will serve to add comfort rather than appear busy.

To find the right design style for your home, pick the trend components you love and mix them with your own long-withstanding aesthetics.  The result will be a cheerful home with cozy touches that is all you.  For more home inspiration, see how this family added some colorful cheer to their home and check out these ideas for keeping white fresh but not boring.  Start dreaming about your redesigned home today!

Sass Construction is a home building and remodeling company in the West Metro area of the Twin Cities MN, ready for projects throughout your entire home.  Contact us today about updating your place into a fresh new space you’ll love to call home!

Three Ways to Add Radiant Orchid and Purple Tones to Your Home’s Interior | Radiant Orchid Panatone Color of the Year 2014

March 18th, 2014

This year’s Panatone color of the year is Radiant Orchid, an intense purple with lilac, fuchia, and pink undertones.  While you might not be ready to paint your whole living room purple (though we won’t stop you!) this is an upbeat color that might just bring some visual joy to your home.

Here are three ways to use radiant orchid or other purple-tones in your interior design this year without letting it take over:

1. Spot on.  This color is intense, bright, cheerful!  One spot of it is all you need to add some “oomph” to a room.  Try a single piece of furniture (say, a new side table) that stands out in an otherwise neutral or deep-hued room.  Even smaller, but no less impactful, consider adding a throw blanket or pillow or two to accent your sofa or bed.

Purple pillows accent a living room

Try accenting with pillows in purple tones

2. Mix it up.  If you want to implement some radiant orchid without the attention being drawn to it alone, mix it in with other color tones.  Pairing purples with reds in particular is a fabulous way to add some fun and warmth to a room.  Or consider using it with a turquoise or emerald green to balance out the brightness with something a bit more earthy.

Purple pairs well with red

Purple pairs well with red

3. Pot it.  This spring and summer, what better way to give radiant orchid a try than with an orchid itself!  Bring in some potted flowers of the purple-nature and see how you like the color.  If you find yourself falling in love, add more orchid tones later on.

Pink Orchid Plant

Try a potted orchid or fresh cut purple flowers

Sass Constuction is a remodeler and builder in the Twin Cities area, specializing in interior and exterior projects for homes and businesses throughout Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, and more!

Sass Construction Operations Manager Dorian Thompson Featured on Channel 5 News

March 13th, 2014

In case you missed Dorian on the Channel 5 News, here is his interview. With the warmer weather causing water issues for homeowners and business owners, Dorian shares his expertise!

Click here to read the Channel 5 article or watch it below.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist | Take Care of Your Home Now to Save Money Later!

March 4th, 2014

It might be hard to believe, but Spring is on the way.  Once the snow melts (we promise it will!), here are 10 top home projects you’ll want to tackle.  Following this list of interior and exterior jobs will help protect your home and save money on energy costs and future repairs.

  1. Rake those gutters. Gutters protect your roof and home by directing rain and snow-melt away from the walls of your home. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage, something that is often difficult to detect until you need a major repair.
  2. Inspect your roof and chimney.  A prime hot spot for water that wants to seep in, your roof needs to stay in good shape to keep your home leak-free.  After the hard winter gives way, repair any loose shingles and keep an eye out for other damage, including cracks, loose bricks, or clogs in your chimney.  For more tips on inspecting your roof, click here.
  3. Clean outside surfaces.  Get out that pressure washer (or rent one) and give your deck, driveway, fence, or other outdoor surface a good washing.  Inspect for any mending and note areas that need paint touch-ups while you start dreaming about outdoor dining and the grilling season.
  4. Seal up your windows and doors.  Harsh weather will often harden caulk and seals, causing cracking. Check around your windows and doors, and repair and reseal as necessary. Blocking air leaks will help you save big on your air-conditioning bill this summer; and next winter the heating bill will thank you.  Energy Star offers even more ideas on saving money and energy here.
  5. Clean and repair your screens. Once we’re able to open the windows again (yay!) our screens will take center stage.  Check for small holes that may need repair and gently scrub with soapy water.
  6. Inspect your water heater.  Sediment can build up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it and help prolong its life while reducing your electric bill.
  7. Check on your AC.  And don’t wait till it’s 90 degrees to give it a try.  Turn it on once before you really need it to make sure it’s running properly.  Clear vegetation around your unit outside and make sure it’s getting good airflow.
  8. Inspect your washer and dryer.  Not only should you remove lint from the dryer, but take a moment to ensure that lint hasn’t found it’s way to the dryer vent as well.  Clearing your vent could save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run, and keep the possibility of a home fire at bay.  Also check the washing machine fill-hose for any cracks or leaks, which could cause major damage quickly.
  9. Double check life-saving devises.  Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. You never know when you’ll need them, so taking a peak once a year to ensure they’re running properly is a good idea.
  10. Clean your mudroom or entry.  Move winter boots out of the way, wash the floors, check for floor damage from sloppy shoes, and move spring necessities in!  Itching to re-organize entirely? Check out these mudroom makeover ideas!

Though some work is in store, keeping your home in top shape is an important investment.  View this list of home chores as a way to save money down the line.  And more money means more summer fun!

Sass Construction offers quality remodeling and contractor services in the West metro area of the Twin Cities, MN including Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Minneapolis and more.

5 Top Bathroom Trends for 2014 | Bathroom Remodeling Ideas Twin Cities MN

February 27th, 2014

Intrigued by what’s in store for bathroom style this year?  Here are 5 hot bathroom trends topping the lists for 2014 (& beyond!):

Bathroom Trends 2014 - asian inspired minimalism

Asian Influences — Plant life in the bathroom, bamboo decor and storage bins, pebbles used as stone tile — all signs that Asian-inspired design is hot for the new year.  This Japanese minimalist look, incorporating modern ideas and clutter-free style, often includes a soaking tub, hideaway storage, clear counter space, and eco-friendly features.

Tile Bling – Glass tile for the bathroom is getting rave reviews, sending ceramic tile backstage.  Glass tiles, with their almost effervescent appearance, bring a reflective tone to the bathroom, creating a bright and airy ambiance.  More resistant to mold and mildew than ceramic tiles, glass may also be the savvy option in addition to being the trendy one.

Things Heat Up – Floors, tile racks, and shower-heads that is!  In-floor heating, an amazing combo of practicality and comfort, is hotter than ever. Seemingly luxurious, it is often more cost-effective than other heating methods.  Towel racks, too, come with heating options – hard to beat on a cold Minnesota day.  And with multi-head showers topping the trends — offering an array of misting pressures and angles — your showering experience will come with more warm steam and hot water than ever before.

Glamorous Lighting – Adding some glam to the bathroom is easy to do when you select a light fixture that might otherwise be found in the dining area!  From pendants to that luxurious chandelier, using less-traditional lighting in the bathroom will be a trend that takes your bathroom to the next level of sophistication.

Black Comes Back – Though the monochromatic bright and white bathroom with a spa-feel is still very much in tow, there is new room for strong saturated colors like navy blue, and especially black.  A single black wall in the bathroom can make a strong statement, but if you want to keep it simple, try black fixtures and accents to give your room some cool contrast.

Could your bathroom benefit from a refreshing trend or two?  Connect with us here at Sass Construction to share your bathroom remodel ideas… we’re ready to listen!  Serving Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and the Twin Cities area. 

Preparing for a Wedding or Graduation Party this Summer? | 3 Great Tips!

February 5th, 2014

Though winter may seem long right about now, if you have an upcoming wedding in the family or graduation party this summer, no doubt thoughts of warm-weather festivities are on your mind.

Preparing for a Wedding or Grad Party | Remodeling Tips

Here are 3 great tips for making sure your guests feel fully welcomed as you plan your upcoming party or prepare to host house guests:

  1. Greet your guests as they arrive and offer them a refreshing beverage.  No party is complete without personal connection.  Be sure to have drinks readily available and make time to pull yourself away from the kitchen to ensure your guests feel truly welcome.  A big smile goes a long way.
  2. Have plenty of seating.  But that doesn’t have to mean folding-chair clutter. Try adding cozy ottomans to the room that double as storage, and use sleek benches set against the wall to allow more guests in one space.  Bonus: these surfaces double as a place to set food.
  3. Consider the aroma.  A welcome scent in the air is a sign to your guests that something good is in store.  Whether it’s the chocolate chip cookies you have in the oven or scented candles, create an atmosphere of good aroma.

Worried you’re not going to have enough space for your guests?  Want to freshen up (or completely transform) your home before the big event?  The time to begin is now!  Whether you want to add an addition to your home, or just make some fixes to the space you have, at Sass Construction we’re ready to listen closely to your needs and help you impress your guests.

Offering building, remodeling, and contractor services for Chaska, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, and the West Metro area of the Twin Cities, MN — we hope you’ll get in touch with us today!

The Top 8 Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

January 21st, 2014

The kitchen is the heart of the home — the room where people gather to cook, enjoy good food, and spend time together. It’s no wonder that the kitchen design trends of 2014 seek to help us create warm, inviting, creative spaces.

In 2014 kitchen design will continue featuring some of what we saw last year (like open concept kitchens), but its exciting to look ahead at what’s new. And perhaps most importantly, to dream about how these trends will look in YOUR kitchen! Let’s take a look…

1. Go Gray
While white remains most common, gray has been steadily increasing in popularity and this year will be the preferred color choice for kitchen walls, even cabinets. Soothing, and reminiscent of stone, gray plays well with some of the other kitchen trends of 2014 — such as using raw materials and picking warmer tones for hardware and lighting fixtures – so read on!

2. Dark for Drama
If gray sounds too safe, too soothing, perhaps you’d like something a little more dramatic? Think about painting one wall — or your ceiling or floor — in a dark brown, deep red, copper color, or even black. This trend in darker paint tones will have your kitchen feeling dramatic and warm, with just the right amount of flair!

3. Black Countertops, in Quartz, please!
Believe it or not, designers predict countertops will be back in black in 2014. Pairing a black countertop with lighter colored walls and cabinets creates a stylish contrast to the all-white kitchens we’re used to (tired of?) seeing. And while you’re at it, order that black countertop in quartz! It feels and looks like granite, but quartz is more durable, less likely to chip or crack, and has a non-porous surface that is easy to clean and harder to stain. After years of competition, quartz is starting to surpass the ever-popular granite and is among the granite alternatives trending for 2014.

4. Warm Up Your Hardware
Tired of the emphasis on cold silvery metallic hardware like chrome, nickel and stainless steel? This year feel a wave of sweet relief and look for warmer metal finish choices like brass, aged gold, iron or graphite hardware. These tones are even making their way into hood finishes, and can be coordinated with lighting fixtures as well.

5. Camouflaged Appliances
The trend for open plan kitchens continues to grow. So much so that we now have appliance designers dreaming up appliances that beautifully blend into the kitchen. Picture a false front for your refrigerator, dishwasher, or microwave drawers, meant to blend with the surrounding walls or cabinets.

6. Raw Beauty
Start checking out exposed brick walls, concrete countertops and floors, sliding barn doors, reclaimed wood shelving, and exposed beams — because using raw, natural materials couldn’t be trendier this year. Even in new construction, natural elements can be achieved with the use of some amazing veneers now on the market. The rustic vibe adds a lot of character and warmth, while remaining calm and industrial. Done right, this look is hip, trendy, and really beautiful.

7. Dishes (Still) on Display
Whether you install open shelves or glass-front cabinets, you’ll be on trend for 2014. Putting your carefully curated collection of dishes on display is a trend beyond farmhouse or modern design, it is officially popular for all styles of kitchens. From the fun of seeing your favorite mugs greet you in the morning, to the light that bounces off your glassware, to the ease of reaching for a salad bowl, there are just so many reasons to consider jumping on this train.

8. Non-Traditional Lighting
Bottom line for this one: think outside the box. Especially with the increase in open shelving, under-cabinet task lighting does not have to be your default. Consider sconces, lamps with a swing arm, and other decorative task lights that allow you to add personality to your space. And remember to put those warm finishes – like aged gold, iron, and brass – to good use!

Want to read more? Check out this report from Zillow Digs.

Sass Construction is available to make over your kitchen or any room in your home! Contact us about your interior or exterior remodeling needs.  We are a full-service remodeling company serving Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Excelsior, the West Metro, and the Twin Cities MN area.




Doors: Your Material Options for Style & Efficiency

January 8th, 2014

There are many styles of doors to choose from, but beyond how you’d like your door to look, you’ll also need to choose what kind of door to install.

Most door construction combines several materials, such as a fiberglass or steel door having a wood frame. Deciding which surface material to use impacts the strength, appearance, longevity and cost.

Let’s take a look at the surface materials available and how each impacts your home, your lifestyle, and your budget.

The most common style, wood doors range from high-end solid wood doors to low-cost versions made from wood-veneer surrounding an engineered-wood core. Their versatility and beauty are what set wood doors apart. From oak to cherry to walnut to pine (just to name a few!) wood doors may feature a natural finish or can be painted. Wood doors do require maintenance, but can always be sanded down for refinishing should the need arise.

When security and durability are your main concerns, steel doors an excellent choice. Not only are steel doors stronger than wood or fiberglass, but they aren’t easily damaged by wear-and-tear or weather. If steel doors do acquire dents or dings, they are easily repaired with an auto-body repair kit. Steel doors are typically less expensive and come in a wide variety or styles and colors.

Tip: There is a large range in the quality and price of steel doors. Just remember that the lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel. And yes, thicker is better.

Fiberglass-composite doors are maintenance-free, and their durability makes them a great choice for harsh or humid climates. These doors imitate the look of wood-grain and can be stained to look like oak, cherry and many other wood varieties.

Tip: Keep in mind that the wood grain on a quality fiberglass-composite door will run horizontally across the “rails” and vertically down the “stiles” to mimic a real wood door. 

Sold only through dealers, aluminum doors are custom-built for each installation, and are available in many styles and colors, with either a smooth or wood-grain surface. The baked enamel finish never requires painting, will not rust, and often comes with a 20-year warranty. Of course, all of these amazing features means aluminum doors are nearly as expensive as solid wood.

The range of material options means you really can find the doors to meet your project needs, all while accounting for energy efficiency and budget considerations! Remember, material choice alone is not enough to discern the quality of the doors you want to install. Be sure to pay attention to the hardware and function: doors should function easily and feel good to use.

Once you’ve selected the right doors for your home, be sure installation goes smoothly and correctly! Improper installation may not only cause damage to your brand-new doors, in some cases it will also void your warranty. Let the experts at Sass Construction help with your door installations and put your mind as ease.

For more details on the material options for your next door, check out this article from This Old House.

Contact Sass Construction about your interior or exterior remodeling needs, including installing new windows and doors. We are a full-service remodeling company serving Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Chaska, the West Metro, Minneapolis, and the Twin Cities MN area.