Posts Tagged ‘Home Improvement’

Windows: Your Material Options for Style & Efficiency

Monday, December 9th, 2013

There are many styles of windows to choose from, but beyond what shape and function you’d like your windows to take you’ll also need to choose what kind of windows to install.

With materials ranging from vinyl to wood to clad-wood to composite and fiberglass, it is important to choose a window that best fits your home, your lifestyle and your budget.

Quite simply, vinyl is low-maintenance, remarkably energy-efficient and the most affordable option. The only draw-back? Limited colors. For many people knowing you never need to repaint, stain or refinish more than makes up for this limitation. For others it means they need to look to wood or clad-wood to give them the flexibility they require.

The warmth, beauty and durability of wood window frames continues to make wood frames worth the price and maintenance. With energy-efficient options that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines, wood frames offer more features and nearly unlimited interior and exterior color options.

To help rid homeowners of exterior window maintenance, some window companies produce wood frames “clad” in vinyl or aluminum. This combination of materials makes the frame supremely durable and maintenance-free on the exterior, while giving you the beauty of natural wood on the interior side of the frame — which can be painted or stained any way you wish! This perfect combo typically costs more than ordinary wood frames, but if they are within your budget, clad-wood frames are both beautiful and practical!

Fiberglass or Composite
Meet the latest addition to the window frame world — fiberglass and composite-frame windows. Priced somewhere between vinyl and wood, these more-affordable window frames are extremely durable, maintenance-free and more energy efficient than vinyl. In addition, unlike vinyl windows, some composite frames can be painted to compliment your palette.

The range of material options means you really can find the windows 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 windows you want to install. Be sure to pay attention to the hardware and function: windows should work easily and feel good to use.

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

Want to know more about all the components of an energy efficient window? Check out this Ideabook on Houzz and this article at This Old House.

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


New Screened Porches

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

We recently wrapped up construction on two great screen porch projects! For our first porch, the family wanted a low maintenance, fully screened in unit that they could entertain in while enjoying their beautiful backyard. To accomplish this, we began by installing a durable and easy-to-clean tile floor that would hold up well to the elements. Next, we added vaulted wood ceilings to improve the porch’s aesthetic and give it the ambiance of a finished room. A fireplace was also installed to lend the porch character and provide a functional heat source on cool summer nights. The end result was a beautiful space, able to accommodate nearly twenty guests for conversation and entertaining!

Our next porch project involved renovating an existing space. The family’s outdated porch featured an overly damp interior and immobile windows. To upgrade the area we installed price efficient, rolling windows and added a new storm door. Next, we installed a new decking surround and a glass railing, designed to keep the lake view unobstructed as possible. Finally, a fresh coat of paint for both the interior and exterior resulted in a practical space perfect for outdoor use nearly year around!

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

Edina Home Remodeling Project

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We recently had the opportunity to remodel a 1956 two-story, walkout home in Edina. The homeowners, whom we have had the pleasure of working with many times in the past, asked us to make their home more accommodating for their now multigenerational family. Their goal was to create a bright and relaxing entertainment space appropriate for the adults, with a nearby play structure for the grandchildren.

We started on the home’s main floor. The family’s existing living room had an outdated fireplace mantel and surround, dated carpeting and white paint on the walls. Their floor plan also left something to be desired – the family’s office wasn’t adequately separated from the living room, making it difficult to use both spaces simultaneously. To punch up their space and make the lower level more multi-use, we removed the pass-through that separated the office and living room and framed a new wall in its place, eliminating the noise that had previously passed through to the office. We also installed a new fireplace face complete with a glass subway tile surround, replaced the existing carpet with natural maple hardwood floors, and repainted the walls with a bright and updated color.

On the lower level we reworked the family’s exercise space to better accommodate their equipment. We began by removing a wall and expanding the space. We also replaced the carpet with wood floors, repainted, and installed a wall-hanging widescreen television to enjoy while working out.

We also rearranged the basement to better serve the family’s multiple needs. Before the renovation, the basement had a hallway to the old exercise room and two closets for storage with a play area to the right of the existing fireplace. To better accommodate new needs, we removed one closet completely to give the basement more living area, remodeled the single existing closet to have a more functional storage area and converted the play area into a bar, complete with a wine cooler, microwave, sink, granite countertops, and maple cabinets. We installed new recess can lighting in the family room and pendant lights above the new bar area. But don’t worry – we didn’t leave the kids hanging. We also made a new and improved play area for the grandchildren!

We were so pleased with the overall outcome and, happily, our clients were as well!The family has since reported that their remodel resulted in a home the whole family loves! In their newly reorganized basement they are able to entertain the adults while at the same time provide a place for the grandchildren to play. A happy homeowner makes for a happy home remodeler!

Let’s talk Green…and I don’t mean green paint.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Is it wood or is it linoleum?
Is it wood or linoleum?

I’m talking about Green Trends, ‘Going Green’ and Greenbacks (money, that is).

 We all want to do our part and reduce our footprint and make less of an impact on the environment. Choosing ‘green’ products to use in you remodeling is a great way to start.

 One of the most popular trends is in flooring. Cork and linoleum flooring is at the top of the list. This isn’t the linoleum flooring from your grandmother’s kitchen. It has come a long way and can look just like hardwood flooring, metal and a wide range of textures, colors and styles. Linoleum has always been popular with hospitals because it naturally has bactericidal properties that can help stop microorganisms from multiplying. Can you say “easy to clean” too. 

The Cork Oak tree is not harmed by stripping the bark.

The Cork Oak tree is not harmed by stripping the bark.


 Cork is leading the way as well. It is a renewable product. The Cork Oak trees are stripped of 1/3 their bark, which then replaces itself quickly without harming the tree.


So, if you want to remodel and keep up with the new trends, look down and use ‘green’ on your new floors.



















Come and see us at the Eden Prairie Home Expo

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Eden Prairie Home Expo

The 9th Annual Home, Landscape and Garden Expo will be held at Grace Church in Eden Prairie on Saturday, March 19th, 2011 from
9 am-3 pm.
Visit the Sass Construction booth to get some ideas for your home projects. Talk to our experts and enter to win 2 hours of free labor on a handyman project that you have been waiting to finish.
Jeff will be giving a seminar on “Making your house a home for a lifetime.” It will address planning ahead for your future in your home so that you can live there safely, independently and comfortably regardless of your age or ability level.
You will find over 100 exhibitors, plenty of activities for the kids, FREE seminars & raffle drawings all day long, and of course, FREE admission for all. The Divine Grind will be open for snacks & beverages.

Enjoy the lastest newsletter

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Don’t miss this! You’ll find information about ice dams, our upcoming home expos, our latest kitchen and bathroom remodels, events around town and much more!

Sass Construction: Lead Certified Remodeler

Monday, June 21st, 2010

New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards dictate that remodelers follow new guidelines for lead safe renovation. All sanding, drilling and demolition work performed at any home built before 1978 must be done by a licensed, Lead Certified Remodeler following the stringent new lead-safe practices to ensure the safety of homeowners.
How does this affect you as a homeowner? If you are planning a home remodel or other home improvement project and your home was built before 1978, seek out a contractor that has the EPA lead certification. Sass Construction is a certified lead remodeler and has completed the concentrated training course about the protective measures that will be taken to keep families, workers and the remodelers safe during renovation.