Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota remodeling’

Project Feature: Kitchen Remodel

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Fall is well underway and here at Sass we have several great projects underway as well! Most recently we completed a full kitchen renovation. The 1956 rambler had a small, outdated kitchen with a stairway in the middle of the home. The homeowners wanted to update and modernize their home. To do so, we began by redesigning the home’s footprint. We removed a bedroom at one end of the kitchen, giving us room to expand the dining room and enlarge the main kitchen area.

To help make the room look both cohesive and more spacious, we extended the hardwood used in the rest of the house into our newly renovated area. We added eco-friendly style with the addition of a recycled green stone countertop product.

The project moved along quickly and was completed in just two months! This was a great project to work on as the homeowners enjoyed getting their hands dirty as well. In the end we had a great home that both our company and the clients could be proud of!

Remodelers Showcase: THIS WEEKEND!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


211 Mountain Way |Chanhassen

Our favorite weekend of the year is just around the corner! The Remodelers Showcase is taking place THIS weekend, September 28 – 30. Don’t miss your opportunity to see our featured project in Chanhassen. We look forward to meeting you this weekend and showing off this beautiful home!

Friday from 1:00 to 7:00PM

Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:00PM

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 The family’s existing living room had an outdated fireplace mantel and surround, dated carpeting and white paint on the walls.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!

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

spring-photoMarch 20th marked the first day of spring and the beginning of the transition from blustery mornings and frosted windows to the season of new growth and spring cleaning. Now that spring has officially sprung, take some time to ensure that your house is as ready for the new season as you are, with these spring home maintenance tips:

Air Conditioner: Don’t let the first hot day of summer be the first time that you test out your air conditioning system. Instead, have a certified HVAC professional check out your system at your earliest convenience. Not only does this ensure that the system is up and running, it can also verify that the AC is running at its manufacturer-rated efficiency, giving you the most bang for your buck on your electrical bill.

Exterior Inspection: Inspect your roof shingles to ensure that winter wear and tear hasn’t done any damage. Then, to help make sure built-up condensation is moving off the roof, clear your gutters of leaves and debris. To avoid basement flooding, check to make sure that all downspouts are directed away from your home foundation. In addition, check your home’s grading to ensure that all water flows away from your house.

Windows: Inspect and replace window and door caulking. Improper caulking can lead to moisture entering your home and walls, and can ultimately lead to mold. If you think it might be time to replace your windows altogether, give us a call and we inspect them for you – giving you our professional opinion.

Sideways and Driveways: Check your home’s pavement for cracks. Finding these flaws early on prevents weeds from taking up residence or from cracks expanding. Deal with any surface flaws with a home patching job or concrete surface filler.

Think Big: Don’t forget spring is a great time to plan your next home renovation or addition. Are you ready to plan your project? Contact us at Sass Construction today to get started!

Minnetonka Home Remodel – Kitchen and Addition

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Over the past three months we had the opportunity to take on a great home remodel, complete with one of our favorite projects – a home addition!  A Minnetonka family asked us to help them update their two-story 1960’s home by remodeling their kitchen and expanding with a home addition.  We started in the kitchen, opening up the space by removing three walls and eliminating the home’s drop-down soffit.  Next, to move the room into more modern times, we replaced the family’s dark stained, flat panel cabinets with custom white enamel cabinets and traded out their old and outdated Formica for new countertops!  To add warmth to the room, while also helping to establish a sense of continuity with the rest of the home, we replaced the outdated linoleum with oak hardwood floors.

With their newly brightened and more functional kitchen in place, our homeowners were ready for us to tackle phase two – the addition!  The family’s existing home had no first floor bathroom or laundry room.  To remedy these issues we designed an 18’ x 20’ addition to the back of the house – the perfect space for a first floor laundry room complete with laundry tub, washer, and dryer.  Also, in this space we constructed an elegant yet functional first floor bathroom.  To move the room from utilitarian to utopia we included a ceramic shower, a ceramic tiled floor, four foot wide vanity, and water closet.

Last, but certainly not least, we carved our space for a family room.  This particular lot backed up to a great wooded area which inspired us to add lots of windows – including a bump out bay window – and a glass patio door, perfect for viewing the wildlife that frequented this family’s backyard.  Finally, we installed oak hardwood flooring for warmth that flows throughout the rest of the first floor.

When all was said and done, the homeowners were particularly pleased with the way in which the new construction melded naturally with the existing structure.  And we were pleased to have another satisfied customer!  Are you ready for your own home renovation or addition? Contact us today to get started on your remodel or redesign!

Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen can be a challenging space. Often thought of as the “heart of the home,” kitchens have the unique distinction of needing to be simultaneously, utilitarian work areas and welcoming gathering places.  To get inspired to create a kitchen that best reflects your family’s style, take at look at this list of some of our favorite kitchen trends going into 2012.

Juxtaposition: Combining seemingly contrasting styles is an ongoing trend that we suspect will continue to be popular in 2012.  For example, pair modern painted white lacquer cabinets with black granite countertops or rustic hardwood floors.  The juxtaposition of light and dark, modern and traditional will create an instantly classic space that can easily survive style changes and ever evolving trends.

Furniture-Style Detailing: Fancy fixtures, such as decorative brackets or the more intricate hardware that you might find on armoires or other furniture can add a grand twist when applied to the kitchen.  On your base cabinets, try applying furniture-style feet to your toe-kicks to create the look of the currently popular unfitted cabinets.

Colorful Countertops: A pop of color can help to transform a space and what better place to put it than in your kitchen counters?  Showy surfaces and bright bold colors are becoming increasingly popular today.  Not quite ready for a bold blue tile counter?  More conventional surfaces such as quartz can provide a subtler color injection when the hue is bold and unexpected.

Are you ready for a kitchen renovation?  Contact us at Sass Construction, Inc. to get started today!

New Year’s Eve Events Around Town

Thursday, December 29th, 2011


Are you still looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration?  Search no further!  Check out one of these great holiday events happening around town.

Rock The Universe: Visit Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe between 6:00PM – Midnight for their annual Rock the Universe Celebration.  Enjoy live music from the School Of Rock Road Crew, dress the part of a rock star with free rockin’ hair and face paint, and make your own music video.  From 10:00PM on enjoy a New’s Year Eve countdown complete with party favors and a ball drop!  Cost of celebration is free and unlimited ride wristbands will be available for a discounted rate.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration: If you are partying with kids whose bedtime falls before midnight, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s Noon Year’s Eve Celebration may be a great alternative to the traditional midnight countdown.  Stop by between 10:00AM – 1:00PM for festive hat making, special animal enrichment demonstration, costumed characters and story time.  At 11:59AM enjoy a countdown to noon and celebrate when hundreds of beach balls drop from the ceiling!  Como Park admission is free and relies on donations for operation.

Buck Hill: Do you need to burn some calories after Christmas feasting?  Grab your family and head to Buck Hill’s New Year’s Eve Bash for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing.  This special celebration will also include live music, magicians, and a midnight fireworks display.  Enjoy glitter glam hair-dos and tarot card readings while keeping an eye out for a prize passing, snowboarding Santa!  Cost of celebration is free with Buck Hills Admission.

New Year’s Eve Party At Edinborough Park: Visit Edinborough Park in Edina, Minnesota for a family-friendly bash from 6:00 – 9:00PM.  Enjoy complimentary cookies and juice, dance and play with KidzDance DJ.  Play in Adventure Peak, splash in the pool and jump in the bounce castle.  New Year’s Eve Countdown will begin at 8:00PM.   Cost is $7 per child and adults are free with paying child.

Happy New Year’s!

Sass Team Holiday Traditions

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011


Nothing reinforces the importance of families and traditions as much as the holidays.  With Christmas just around the corner, we asked our staff about some of their favorite holiday traditions.

“My family has always followed the tradition of St. Nicholas by hanging our stockings – although originally it was shoes in the legend – by the fireplace on December 5, St. Nicholas Eve.  In the morning, our stockings would have a small gift, such as coins and candy, if we had been good children. If we had been bad, we would get ‘coal’ or, in my case, a charcoal briquette and a stick. St. Nicholas is believed to be the basis for what Santa Claus looks like today.  My parents also had their own incentive for honoring this tradition.  As my mother later explained, a piece of coal mixed into our stockings two weeks before Christmas ensured our best behavior leading up to the holidays!”  - Wendy

“Our tradition, since my daughter was born twenty-eight years ago, is to go out the day after Thanksgiving and cut down our own fresh Christmas tree.” - Jeff

“Being a full-blooded Norwegian, you might guess that one of our Christmas family favorites was “Lefse.”  Both my mother and grandmother made it, and it was awesome!  As my sister and I got older we both wanted to learn to make it ourselves, but we never quite got beyond helping. About 10 years ago my sister was here from California and we decided we’d try to make it with our daughters, nieces, and nephews.

We had a recipe from our grandma and it called for 5 tablespoons of salt – we thought it seemed like a lot but it was Grandma’s recipe.  Lefse is supposed to be round but as we were rolling it out, the kids were laughing and having a great time trying to decide what state their Lefse was shaped like; so not only did it not taste good, it didn’t even look good!  Needless to say, we didn’t count this experience as a success, only an attempt to carry out a Norwegian tradition but we had a great time.  Our mother and grandmother would have laughed until they cried. But the story has a happy ending – I have now learned how to make Lefse that both looks and tastes good.  It has become a tradition with my kids and grandkids to have good Lefse at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.” - Barb

“Christmas dinner with Mark’s family is something I look forward to every Christmas.  We start out with oyster stew and homemade bread for garlic toast.  Then we jump right into the main course – sauerkraut and dumplings, deep fried or baked fish, German potato salad, kolaches (a Bohemian sweet roll), and rohliky (a Bohemian crescent roll).  While the food never changes, our deserts change all the time.  It is whatever we all decided to bring from pies, cookies, caramel corn, fudge, rosettes and more.  It’s a Bohemian/Czech and German dinner that the family always looks forward too.  IT’S TRADITION!” – Chris & Mark

We hope you make time this year to enjoy your own traditions and, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Green Heating Options

Monday, December 5th, 2011

As the temperatures outside are dropping, we are turning up the heat inside. This year, as you turn your thermostat on, consider installing one of these energy-efficient, renewable or alternative heating methods:

Radiant-Floor Heat: Radiant-floor heating delivers heat through the floor—usually through a hot-water tubing system embedded in a concrete slab. The heat is distributed over a large surface area and, as such, it can be delivered at a relatively low temperature while still achieving the same results as a traditional heating unit. The heat is delivered uniformly and warms people directly (through the floor) as opposed to warming the air around them. As a result of all of these factors, most homeowners are able to maintain lower thermostat temperatures as compared to other systems.

Geothermal Heat Pump: Geothermal heat pumps work by drawing heat from the earth into your home. Unlike heat drawn from the air, the earth’s ground temperature is much more constant and consistent. It is this consistency which makes geothermal pumps efficient, comfortable, and quiet heating units.

While geothermal pumps can be more costly to install than traditional heating systems, their energy efficiency can help to offset these initial costs. For example, according to the US Department of Energy, geothermal heat pumps use twenty-five to fifty-percent less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency now includes geothermal heat pumps in the types of products rated in the EnergyStar® program. Lastly, geothermal pumps are mechanically simple and placed below ground. As a result, most have very minimal maintenance costs.

Are you ready to install an alternative or renewable heating system in your home? Contact us today for more information!

Holiday Events In Your Neighborhood!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

It is official – the time for Christmas preparation is upon us! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to participate in one of many upcoming holiday events?  Check out these local holiday favorites:

Chanhassen Tree Lighting Ceremony: The City of Chanhassen will celebrate the lighting of their holiday tree on Saturday, December 3 at 5:00PM at City Center Park.  Enjoy a sneak peek of the City’s tree, refreshments, live reindeer visits, and a gingerbread house display.  Gather around a bonfire, listen to carolers and don’t miss out on a special visit from Santa Claus at this free event, open to the public.  Visit the city website for more information.

Arboretum Holiday Sale: Are you ready to deck you halls?  Head to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Holiday Sale to purchase your balls of holly!  Also available will be wreaths, greens and potpourris, and a variety of homemade gifts.  The event will take place Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5 and all proceeds will benefit the Arboretum.

IBEW Holiday Lights In The Park: Are you looking for holiday light displays but don’t want to have to drive around town to find them?  Each year, St. Paul’s Phalen Park is transformed with lights and color by the International Brotherhood of Electrician Workers.  Complete with over 50 larger-than-life holiday sculptures and animated displays, the park is open each night from 5:30 – 10:00PM, November 22nd – January 1st.  This fully volunteer-manned event raises fund for four partner charities and costs $10.00 per vehicle to tour the park.

Holidazzle Parade: The Minneapolis Holidazzle parade, now celebrating its twentieth year, has become a holiday tradition for many Minnesota families.  Taking place on Nicollet Mall from 12th Street – 4th Street, this annual parade features fully lighted floats, familiar storybook characters, and holiday music.  Free and open to the public, the parade runs Thursdays – Sundays, from November 25 – December 18, beginning at 6:30PM each night.  Visit the Holidazzle website for more information!