Posts Tagged ‘home remodeling’

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.


Remodelers Showcase: September 28th – 30th

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

One of our favorite times of year is almost here – the Parade of Home’s Fall 2012 Remodelers Showcase. This excellent event, put on annually by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, features 89 remodeled homes. Showcase project offerings range from kitchen renovations and additions to basements, garages and more. Sass Construction is excited to have a home included this year! Our project features the renovation of a family’s kitchen and family room.

Visit our home (# R38) on Friday, September 28 from 1:00 to 7:00PM and on Saturday, September 29 or Sunday, September 30 from noon to 6:00PM.

211 Mountain Way

To find us, follow these easy directions:

- HWY 7 to 101

- South to Pleasantview Road

- West to Near Mountain Blvd

- Right to Mountain Way

We look forward to seeing you out and about at this year’s Remodelers Showcase!

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.



















Remodelers Showcase April 1-3

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Don’t miss seeing our remodel!


We’re proud to be sharing our work at the Remodelers Showcase
this year. Visit us at: 5113 Indianola Ave. in Edina

Fri. April 1 from Noon – 7 p.m.
Sat. April 2 from Noon – 6 p.m.
Sun. April 3 from Noon – 6 p.m.

This remodel combined 3 little-used rooms to create a very bright, functional, beautiful kitchen/dining area. The garage and exterior of the house were also transformed. Stop by and take a look for yourself! Get ideas from this remodel, share thoughts for your project with Sass staff, and sign up to win 2 hours of free labor for your handyman needs (value $140). We look forward to seeing you!

View more photos of this kitchen remodel on our website. Photos of the garage and exterior are also available by clicking the first photo in the “Exterior” gallery.

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.

Phased Home Remodeling

Monday, January 18th, 2010

If you’re looking to make changes to your home and you feel a bit concerned, maybe you should think about breaking it down into a series of remodeling projects that fit your schedule, budget and lifestyle.  Many of our past customers have broken remodeling projects down into stages that have gone over several months or even several years.  Phased remodeling projects are part of a larger trend in American consciousness, which Trendwatching Magazine calls “Foreverism.”  People have a desire to continue conversations, relationships and projects over time with people they trust.

Whether it’s remodeling, renovation, or home maintenance, trust the Sass team for smart home solutions.  Contact Sass at 952-474-4568 or visit our website at  We look forward to hearing from you!

Smart Home Remodeling Solutions

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

resizevanityshower-2-no-ventWhether your project is small or large, remodeling or home maintenance,      trust the insight of the Sass team to find a smart home solution that fits your needs.     

Explore the possibilities…


Sass recently remodeled a 60 square foot bathroom using existing walls.  The renovation visually transformed the look of the  space  while improving the functionality of the room.

“We are thrilled with the final outcome,”  said Diana H.  “Over the years, Sass has been a valuable resource for us on many home projects, from room additions, to finishing our lower level, to minor repairs.  The ongoing attention to detail, service and the level of trust that Sass has provided over the years continue to make us loyal customers.”