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Material Selection for Your Remodeling Project | Remodel Planning Twin Cities MN

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Selecting materials for your remodel is a big part of the project, Planning for Your Remodeland one that falls more heavily on you as the homeowner.  Here are some great guidelines to make the product selection process go smoothly and ensure you get the materials that are a good fit for your home, project timeline, and remodel budget.

1.  Before the remodel process has even begun, it’s best to start with a full evaluation of your space and what functioning items you need.  Jot down some of your ideas and main goals on a sheet of paper and bring it in as we sit down to discuss your project.  Bringing in photos or creating a profile of ideas on a site like houzz is also a big help.  Together we’ll develop a room layout, timeline, project goals, and ultimately turn your ideas into the reality of a beautiful new space!

2.  Once a project plan has been completed, we’ll walk you through the main items your project will need and provide advice on locating the pieces you have to locate.  List in hand, you’re ready to start making final decisions!

3.  Now it’s time to shop!  It’s important to make all of your selections as early as possible.  Your budgeted remodel allowance can quickly go wrong if you decided to choose materials that are outside of the original plan (say stone tile vs. porcelain tile) so we need a solid understanding of which products and materials you want to use to help define and stick to a budget.

As an example, here’s a list of items you may need to search for with a typical bathroom remodel:

  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Flooring
  • Fixtures
  • Lighting
  • Wall Tile

This is a basic list — your project may include a few more items depending on the space you’re remodeling and your goals.  We’ll also walk you through the order and priority level in finding certain materials.  For instance in a kitchen remodel we recommend you start with the cabinets, countertop, and flooring choices before moving on to other decisions.

By creating goals, deadlines, and a definitive process for you, we help take the stress out of selecting materials for your remodel.  It’s our goal to make sure you’re getting everything you want out of your remodeling project without any surprises.  Except for good ones of course — like how much you fall in love with your new space once the remodel is complete!

Sass Construction focuses on kitchen remodels, bathroom remodeling, and other interior and exterior remodel projects throughout Chaska, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, and surrounding areas in the Twin Cities MN.  Contact us today about starting plans for your own remodel project!

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!

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Summer is officially in full swing! With the weather getting nicer and nicer, it is tempting to put off home improvement projects until later in the year. However, as with most things, when it comes to your home, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Check out our summer home maintenance list to keep your space in tip-top shape!

Clean Your Dryer Vents: In the same way that you clean and empty your lint filter after each use, you must also seasonally clean your dryer vents. Use a long-handled brush to clean the hose that vents air from the dryer to the outdoors. Be sure to read your dryer’s manual for specific instructions and to purchase a brush that fits you dryer’s lint trap specifications. Otherwise, this is something you can easily hire a company to do for you.

Clean Your Gutters: Warm summer weather provides a great reason to work outdoors. Take advantage of the fresh air and sunshine to clear your gutters of any dry leaves or debris that may have piled up in the months prior. While cleaning, take time to inspect your gutters for signs of separating from your home, sagging, or dipping.

Check Your Roof: Check your roof for any evidence of damage. Common signs of roof disrepair include curling, broken, or missing shingles. The weight of winter snow can often do damage to roofs – damage that is best repaired in warm weather months.

Spruce Up Your Doors: Our doors are never more open than in the summer, so be sure yours are working smoothly. Spray your doorway’s track generously with a degreasing solvent and use a screwdriver, wrapped in a rag, to clean the track out.

Clean Up Your Exterior: Use a summer weekend to spruce up your home’s exterior. Take a power washer and lightly wash your home’s exterior and deck.

We hope these tips have been helpful! Give us a call if you have any questions about a present or future home remodeling project – big or small, we do them all!

Eden Prairie Kitchen Remodeled in One Day

Monday, June 25th, 2012

We just wrapped a great kitchen remodel in an Eden Prairie home! The house was part of a town home development built in the 1970’s. The homeowner wanted to update and beautify her kitchen and bring some extra life into the room. This meant replacing her laminate countertops, trading out her stainless steel sink, and otherwise upgrading the space.

To begin, we went shopping with the homeowner to assist her in picking out the perfect granite countertop and plumbing supplies. In addition to making the changes noted above, we also replaced a broken faucet and installed a garbage disposal, making her kitchen more functional for everyday use.

However, our real feat for this project was the timeliness within which we were able to complete it. For this project we were able to get in and out in just one day! Our homeowner was excited to learn that in just twenty-four hour we could organize the carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and granite installers necessary for a project of this size. We started construction first thing in the morning and by the end of the day we were able to provide a brand new space!

“Each morning I come down to my living area and find myself smiling as I run my hand over the gleaming new surfaces in the kitchen! This was my gift to myself for my 85th birthday. A design expert and most courteous gentleman by the name of Paul Weld came by after I contacted Sass. He orchestrated the project, carefully listening to my vision and brought material samples until we had the perfect choice. He was on time, courteous, helpful and quick to grasp my ideas-making the process truly enjoyable. I’m having fun inviting my friends over to surprise them! Thanks to Paul and the exceptional workmen!” – Norma

Spring Deck Projects

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Spring is in the air and we are hard at work with exterior home improvement projects. Right now we are all about decks here at Sass Construction having just wrapped up two great projects!

Lake Minnetoka Deck

The first project was for one of our favorite customers – a Lake Minnetonka based family we have been working with for nearly twelve years. As you can see from the photos below, the first step in this deck project was to install a new flat roof over their basement addition. We framed in this new area and carried the deck completely across the back of the home. Over the course of ten days we installed footings and framework, leaving the family to install their own decking and railings with our guidance. We enjoyed tag-teaming with them to finish off a great deck so they can enjoy their beautiful views of the lake!

Minneapolis Deck

We also just finished a deck installation on a townhouse. The homeowner’s existing deck was rotten and in need of replacement. For her new deck, the homeowner desired some privacy from the homes on her left and right, and an open design that would allow her to take advantage of the yard behind her. We worked with the owner’s townhome association to design a deck that met her needs, while also falling in line with the association’s guidelines and approval. To finish the project up, the homeowner chose to complete the final step of staining the deck herself!

We are looking forward to a summer filled with more exterior projects and design opportunities!

Meet Ivan Sass – Lead Carpenter at Sass Construction

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Ivan Sass, a Certified Lead Carpenter, joined the company in 1985 when the company was still young. Mark considers his brother to be a major factor in its success. “He can do in four hours what most carpenters can’t do in eight.”

Ivan who is legally deaf, communicates on the job with hard-won speech skills and expert lip-reading. As long as he can see you talking, he can understand what you are saying.

Ivan Sass

Job Title: Lead Carpenter

How long have you been with Sass? Since January of 1985.

What do you like best about your job? I like working with a variety of things every day.

What kind of activities do you like to do for fun? Camping and biking.

What do you like best about living in Minnesota? The four seasons.

If you could plan a trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go? Aruba and Hawaii.

A Note From Mark Sass

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here – time sure does fly! I just wanted to take a minute to reflect on the past few months and what I have learned.

I have been going to Alaska for part of the winter for many years now, helping my son Brent live out his dream of dog mushing. I appreciate my time away and always come back with a new eye opening perspective on life.

This year in Alaska I worked on equipment, helped with logistics, feed dogs, and pitched in just about anywhere I was needed. In addition, I went with Brent to the races he competed in – the Yukon Quest, and for the first time ever the Iditarod. Brent placed 13th in the Iditarod and received the Rookie of the Year award – we are all very proud of him. And now that the racing season is over we are all looking forward to next year.

During the season I put on 5,500 miles traveling around Alaska, along with following Brent through the race checkpoints to cheer him on and help out with the dogs. Along the way I had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people from all walks of life. I also spent time dog mushing, snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling.

If I’m reminded one thing from my trip to Alaska each year – it’s we all need to slow down and enjoy life a little more. I hope that this note finds you well and that you can take some time to slow down this summer and enjoy all the important people in your life!

As always, let us know if there is anything we can do to help you! We appreciate your business and look forward to a great summer!

Meet Chris Sass – Vice President of Sass Construction

Thursday, April 26th, 2012


Name: Chris Sass

Job Title: Vice President

How long have you been with Sass?
From the very beginning, 30+ years. Mark and I started Sass Construction in 1980. We did business out of our house for 10 years, then moved into an office building in Excelsior for 13 years and 8 1/2 years ago moved to Chanhassen.

What do you like best about your job?
I went from doing all the clerical and bookkeeping and payroll for 9 years, to Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll for 7 years, to Payroll and Human Resources for the last 16 years. What I like the most about my job is the flexibility I have in the hours that I work and that everyone likes it when I show up for work on payroll day.

Name one thing you miss about being a kid?
Sitting on my Mom and Dad’s lap and playing on my tree swing in the backyard.

What kind of activities do you like to do for fun?
I have been on a bowling league for 25 years. I like to bowl but the enjoyment is visiting with these ladies every week in my league. I like to read and take my dog for walks too.

What do you like best about living in Minnesota?
The four seasons we have of weather and my favorite is Fall. I have to admit, we Minnesotan’s are Minnesota nice!

If you could plan a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I don’t really care about travelling abroad anymore but if I did I would choose Ireland. My daughter has been there twice and she say’s “you gotta go Mom”. I have a little Irish in me and would love to see the beautiful scenery and learn more about the history of Ireland.

Bloomington Home Show Photos

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Give Your Home a Quick Check-Up This New Year

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Helping you keep your home in the best condition possible is very important to us.

Taking the time to check and fix any items that need repair now, could save you headaches and money in the future – so here are some tips on what to check your home for:

· Test your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and check that they have batteries

· Check your heat exchanger in your furnace for leaks (in the winter months)

· Check and drain your hot water heater once a year

· Make sure your exterior weather stripping on windows and doors are correct to stop air leakage

· Check and maintain your furnace (replacing filters will improve the air quality inside of your house and cleaning the humidifier makes it run more efficient)

· Check out the health of your home by looking at your attic insulation and ventilation

· Check the condition of your windows – maybe it’s time to get a price on higher efficient clad windows, then you will never have to paint again and will save on heating & cooling costs at the same time

· Check the condition of your exterior siding – maybe it’s time for a new exterior paint job or even better, a new maintenance free exterior

We will share another list with you as we get closer to spring too, which will include additional outside items that need to be checked.

As always, if you have any questions or need our help with a project please give us a call.