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    Allrounder Remodeling Awards Scholarship to 2019 Simley Graduate

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    Allrounder Remodeling owners Ruth and Eric Bader present a scholarhip to a 2019 graduate.

    Part of our Core Values is giving back to our community where we live and work. In addition, our industry is suffering from a lack of young people joining the rewarding and fun careers that we participate in each day.

    In an effort to give back to our community and bolster our own industry, we have developed a yearly scholarship for a Simley High School Graduate who plans to attend a post secondary school or apprenticeship program with the intention of learning a trade related to home building or remodeling. In order to qualify, students must maintain a B grade average, participate in community service, and provide letters of recommendation from teachers or community leaders.

    Our scholarship is administered by the hard working folks at the Inver Grove Heights BEST Foundation. They work tirelessly to find a student who meets the requirements that we set forth when developing the scholarship.

    This year, we were pleased to be able to present our scholarship to a young man who dreams of being a welder or mechanic.

    If you know a student who will be graduating in the coming years from Simley High School, please encourage him or her to apply for these scholarships.

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    Allrounder Remodeling owner Ruth Bader presents a Simley graduate with a scholarhip

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    Allrounder Remodeling Awarded Small Business of the Year for 2019

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. is honored and humbled to be presented with the Small Business of the Year Award for 2019.  The award was presented by the River Heights Chamber of Commerce during a ceremony on April 25, 2019.  Owners Ruth and Eric Bader were privileged to be joined by 8 key members of their team at the ceremony.

    During the ceremony, Owner Ruth Bader said, “Thank you to those who nominated us, voted for us and the committee that selected us for this award.  It is a true honor to be in the same company as Point North and Yours Truly for Small Business of the Year.

    Thank you to Shawn and Town Square Television for making the wonderful video showcasing our company.

    We owe a lot to our Chamber community for our success. This involvement gives us greater opportunity to give back and be a benefit to our community as is one of our core values.

    The Chamber allows us to be involved with local issues and gives us a platform to be introduced to other local business and supporting community members.

    We could not do the work we do without our team. Many of whom have joined us here today. Thanks to Kevin, Craig, Jim, Todd and Jenny for taking time out of your busy day.”

     

    Chairman of the Board Jake Sedlacek presents the Small Business of the Year Award to Ruth and Eric Bader of Allrounder Remodeling Inc.

     

    Press Release from the River Heights Chamber of Commerce:

    “With all of the outstanding businesses in the community, the River Heights Chamber is excited to honor the following finalists: Allrounder Remodeling, Inc., Point North Networks, Inc., and Yours Truly Marketing Incentives, Inc., each one deserving of the 2019 title! Finalists were nominated their peers, the community participated in an online voting poll and the River Heights Chamber’s Recognition Committee selected the winner.  The Small Business of the Year Award acknowledges an organization that has been in business for five years or more, has 20 or fewer employees, has at least two years of membership in the River Heights Chamber, and encompasses a business that has a commitment to the community through its involvement and assistance to community organizations, to its employees, suppliers and customer relationships, in addition to, a commitment to excellence in service, business ethics, friendliness and business operations.”

    Allrounder Remodeling team members Kevin, Ruth, Eric, and Jim

     

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. provides residential home design and remodeling services in the southeast Twin Cities metro area, including the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, Oakdale, and Maplewood.

    For more information, please call 651-497-7715 or 651-497-7714; or visit http://www.AllrounderRemodeling.com

     

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    Allrounder Remodeling Awarded Readers Choice for 4th Consecutive Year

    The Readers Choice Awards have been handed out, and we here at Allrounder Remodeling Inc. are grateful to our clients who voted for us!

    Sun Newspapers recently polled their readers, asking for their favorite choices in various categories.  Hundreds of readers took time to vote for their favorite community businesses.  Based on your feedback, Allrounder Remodeling was awarded the following awards:

    • Readers Choice Award, Best Remodeling Company, Eagan MN, 2019
    • Readers Choice Award, Best Handyman Service, Eagan MN, 2019

    This represents our fourth consecutive year being awarded Readers Choice.  Thank you for your continued support!  We have the best clients!

    If you’d like to learn about other awards that we’ve received, please visit our awards page.

    The full listing of Readers Choice Award Winners can be found here.

    2019 Readers Choice, Eagan MN

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. provides residential home design and remodeling services in the southeast Twin Cities metro area, including the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, Oakdale, and Maplewood.

    For more information, please call 651-497-7715 or 651-497-7714; or visit http://www.AllrounderRemodeling.com

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    Allrounder 2018 Recap

    As we begin 2019, we’ve been reflecting on the successes and failures of the past year.  2018 was busy and saw the completion of 14 significant renovation projects by our team. 

    In addition, our team completed 21 smaller updates and repair projects.  A few larger project highlights are below, and our full project gallery is located here.

    Community

    More importantly, our company was able to support some important community and charitable causes in 2018.  A few examples include:

    • Neighbors Inc. Taps and Apps event
    • BEST Foundation scholarship awarded to a student who will be studying architecture
    • Neighbors Inc. Duck Races
    • DARTS Party-it-Forward Event
    • Charity Police/Fire hockey game to benefit 360Communities
    • Walk to End Hunger

    In addition, numerous other causes were supported.  Learn more about the causes that your support of us allows us to support in turn.

    Awards

    2018 also saw 2 awards being presented to our company.  These mean a lot to us as they were voted on by our clients, who awarded us Best Remodeling Company and Best Handyman Company in Eagan.  You can see more of our awards here.

    A New Challenge

    Ruth also took on a new position in 2018, being named to the Executive Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Ruth and her fellow Board Members will direct and lead the way that the “best of the best” remodeling firms conduct their business.  The full news release regarding this exciting opportunity can be found here.

    Blessed and Grateful

    We are beyond grateful to our clients, family, friends, and trade partners who allow us to do what we do every day.  To say that we are blessed would be a huge understatement.  Thank you especially to our talented team, who makes us look like rock stars on a daily basis!

    Thank you again for a great 2018!  Wishing you a most blessed 2019 to you all!

    Ruth and Eric

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    Allrounder Remodeling Owner to Serve on NARI-MN Board

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. is pleased to announce that our owner, Ruth Bader, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).  Ruth will serve a 2 year term and will serve as Treasurer in 2019.

    The Board is comprised of leaders in the remodeling industry.  Board members include leading contractors, designers, vendors, and trade partners.

    NARI-MN Board Members for 2019

    The goals of the Board include:

    –Broadening the educational and training opportunities available to people who are interested in joining our industry

    –Consumer Education about how to find and hire a professional remodeler for your project

    –Rewarding the “best of the best” in the remodeling industry for their craftsmanship and design via the Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards

    You can learn more about NARI and how it benefits our clients and our community by visiting here.

    Fear not friends, Ruth’s main focus will still be on serving Allrounder Remodeling clients with the fast and friendly service that you’ve come to expect.  Ruth will still be heavily involved in our local community as well.

    Having a blast at the 2018 COTY Awards!

    While Allrounder Remodeling has been a member of NARI for a few years, Ruth’s new role will allow us to increase our involvement and participation.  One example was volunteering with check-in and greeting at this years COTY Awards!

    Please join us in congratulating Ruth on this new position!

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    Making Life Easier with Universal Home Design

    Universal Design is a concept in home design.  The idea is that there are little things that you can do within your home to make the home easier to use for persons of all abilities, thus making the home more “universal”.  The concept gets its roots from the Aging in Place concepts of the past, which is a design concept of adding features to allow a person to stay in their home as they get older and less physically capable.

    Some Universal Design ideas are one-floor living, no or minimal step entries, better lighting, grab bars in bathrooms, lever handles instead of knobs on doors, more thoughtful doorways, minimal or no transitions in the flooring, and placing electrical switches and receptacles at more favorable heights.  Let’s take a brief look at some of these ideas.

    One-Floor Living.  This is probably the most important concept.  Having all of your living spaces, kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and laundry on the same floor means that you don’t need to go up and down stairs to get to your spaces.  If you live in a two-story or split-level home, consider moving to a rambler or single level home.

    Entries.  The easier it is to get into your home, the better.  Design sidewalks and entry points to minimize or eliminate the number of stairs needed to get into the home.

    Bad: Multiple Steps Required to Enter the Home

     

    Better: Single Step Entry

    Grab Bars.  This item receives more pushback from clients than any other.  We often hear comments such as “that stuff is for old people” or “We’ll just move when we get to the point where we need those things”.  After Ruth broke her foot a few months ago, we suddenly found ourselves needing multiple grab bars in our bathroom.  So naturally, we did what most people in our situation do:  We ran to the store and bought the least expensive “hospital style” grab bars and quickly installed them so that Ruth could use the room safely.  And it looks like we did just that.  Manufacturers have designed some great looking grab bars that look more like a towel rack.  With a little foresight, these designer grab bars can be installed and used as towel holders without being that noticeable.  I actually find myself using them to steady myself in the shower, even though I’m supposedly young and able bodied.

    Poorly planned grab bar installed under duress looks like an afterthought because it is!

     

    Well-Planned Grab Bar looks like a Towel Holder

    Door Levers.  This item hits home for me personally, as I’ve developed tendonitis in my hand.  This condition makes it very difficult to grasp and turn a door knob.  The lever style handles are far easier for persons of all abilities to simply push down on to open a door.

    Door Knob is difficult to grasp and turn for persons with hand injuries

     

    Lever handles are easier to operate, even with your hands full!

     

    Better Lighting.  Our home was built in the 1950’s, and most of the rooms have a single ceiling light or no lights at all with a receptacle controlled by a switch, which we are supposed to plug a lamp into.  As we get older, our eyes have a harder time seeing in these dimly lit rooms.  Adding light helps people of all ages to see well.  This is why we tend to specify a lot of lighting in our projects.

    Doors.  A conventional swinging door takes up space within the room.  A pocket door or sliding door does not add to the footprint of the room.  This is another concept that we faced when Ruth broke her foot.   Adding crutches to a person increases their width by several inches.  Older houses like ours have narrow bathroom doorways to start with, and the crutches made it difficult to get through the narrow doorway.   We actually had to remove our bathroom door for a few days until Ruth got used to the crutches.  Whenever possible, we try to specify wider doors and/or pocket doors, which provide more space for getting in and out of a room.

    Floor Transitions.  Very few homes have the same continuous flooring throughout.  Often times, Carpet will abut wood or tile.  In these transition areas, the different flooring materials are at different thicknesses or heights, which can cause toe-stubbing or tripping hazards.  Whenever possible, we try to eliminate these transition areas.  When a transition is needed, we try to “ramp” it rather than having an abrupt jog in the flooring height.

    We try to avoid toe-stubbing floor transitions such as this one, which poses a tripping hazard.

     

    Better: This transition is designed like a ramp, reducing the risk of a trip or fall

    Electrical Devices.  For years, the “standard” heights for electric receptacles has been 12” off of the floor.  There is no code or requirement that they be at this height, it’s just the way it’s always been done.  This height requires a user to bend over to plug something in.  Consider placing receptacles higher off the floor to save the backaches of bending over.  Likewise, switches located at the typical 48” height off of the floor are convenient for persons who are standing.  However, somebody in a wheelchair or scooter may struggle to reach switches at this height.  Consider placing the switches at a lower location on the wall to make reaching them easier for everyone.  In addition, consider the decora-style switches, which can be operated without needing to curl your finger under it.

    Many young clients are reluctant to incorporate universal design ideas into their homes, thinking that these concepts are only for the old or disabled.  We’ve learned firsthand that your physical condition can change in a moment’s notice, and having some of these concepts in place before you need them will make life easier for persons of all abilities.  When working with us to plan your remodel, ask what Universal Design features may be of benefit to you and your family.

     

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. provides residential home design and remodeling services in the southeast Twin Cities metro area, including the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, Oakdale, and Maplewood.

    For more information, please call 651-497-7715, or visit http://www.AllrounderRemodeling.com

     

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    Living Through Your Kitchen Remodel

    One of the things that often gets forgotten when deciding to remodel your kitchen is the fact that you will not have a kitchen for 6+ weeks!  If you are an avid camper, you probably are used to cooking with the bare essentials, but if you are like most people, there will be a significant adjustment to cooking without a kitchen.  In a perfect world, you’d move elsewhere during the project, but reality is that you will most likely be living in your house during your renovation.

    Here are a few tips to help you live through your kitchen remodeling project.

    Know What to Expect.  This will suck, and any contractor who tells you otherwise is lying to you.  There will be noise, dust, and severe disruption to your normal routines.  Parts of your home will be gutted out.   Even the most careful contractors will leave a stray nail on the floor now and then, so forget about walking around barefoot in the construction area.

    Hey, where did the kitchen go?

    Plan Ahead.  Think about where you will set up a small temporary kitchen.  If you have a wet bar or similar space elsewhere in the house, this is a great spot.  Think about what you can cook using a hot plate, microwave, and crock pot.  Likewise, think about where you will wash dishes.  You may only have a small bathroom sink, so forget about big pots and multi-course meals.  Baking is probably not going to happen.  Your BBQ grill will become your favorite cooking appliance during this time.  This is also a great time to dig out all of those restaurant gift cards that you’ve been given, and try some new places.

    Ask your contractor for help with a temporary sink during construction

    Find a Peaceful Spot.  Ask your contractor to block off an area that is just for you and your family.  You’ll be amazed at how much this will help with your mentality during the project.  Not having to look at a construction zone at all times will help you maintain a small sense of normalcy amongst the chaos.

    This Temporary Plastic Wall with Magnetic Door keeps the Construction Separate from Family Areas.

    Communicate.  A good contractor will keep in touch during the project, and make you aware of what happened today, as well as what to expect tomorrow and beyond.  In addition, a good organized contractor will be able to provide an approximate completion date ahead of the job, so you’ll have a “light at the end of the tunnel” to look forward to.

    During your remodeling project, it may seem like the job will go on forever.  Rest assured, once the project is done, you’ll love your new space so much that all of the “pain” that you’ve endured during the project will be a distant memory.  When interviewing potential contractors for your kitchen remodeling project, ask them what steps they will take to make the process as livable as possible during the job.

     

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. provides residential home design and remodeling services in the southeast Twin Cities metro area, including the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, Oakdale, and Maplewood.

    For more information, please call 651-497-7715, or visit http://www.AllrounderRemodeling.com

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    Allrounder Remodeling to Sponsor Fundraiser for DARTS

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. is proud to be among the sponsors for the upcoming Party It Forward fundraiser benefiting DARTS.  If you aren’t familiar with DARTS, it is a nonprofit organization providing personalized and professional services for older adults and their loved ones for over 40 years.

    The fundraiser will take place on October 13 and will include food, music, drinks, an auction, and much more.  To learn more, buy tickets, or donate, please visit https://dartsconnects.org/darts-events/party_it_forward/

    We hope to see you there!!

    Fundraiser to benefit DARTS in West St Paul MN

    To learn more about DARTS and their mission, please visit https://dartsconnects.org/about-us/

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. is proud to support DARTS and their mission.  If you’d like to learn more about Allrounder’s involvement in the community, please visit https://allrounderremodeling.com/about-us/community/

     

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. provides residential home design and remodeling services in the southeast Twin Cities metro area, including the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, Oakdale, and Maplewood.

    For more information, please call 651-497-7715, or visit http://www.AllrounderRemodeling.com

     

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    Allrounder Remodeling to Sponsor the Neighbors Inc Duck Races

    The Neighbors Duck Races is a fun family event, with all proceeds benefiting the food shelf and other good works of Neighbors Inc. in South St. Paul.  As part of our core values, Allrounder Remodeling Inc. is proud to sponsor this event along with other leading community businesses.  We hope that you can join us for this exciting event.

    To learn more, please visit https://www.neighborsmn.org/event/great-neighbors-duck-races/

     

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. is among the sponsors of the Neighbors Duck Races

     

    Allrounder Remodeling Inc. provides residential home design and remodeling services in the southeast Twin Cities metro area, including the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, Oakdale, and Maplewood.

    For more information, please call 651-497-7715 or 651-497-7714; or visit http://www.AllrounderRemodeling.com

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    Allrounder Remodeling Awards Scholarship to 2018 Simley Graduate

    Part of our Core Values is giving back to our community where we live and work. In addition, our industry is suffering from a lack of young people joining the rewarding and fun careers that we participate in each day.

    In an effort to give back to our community and bolster our own industry, we have developed a yearly scholarship for a Simley High School Graduate who plans to attend a post secondary school or apprenticeship program with the intention of learning a trade related to home building or remodeling. In order to qualify, students must maintain a B grade average, participate in community service, and provide letters of recommendation from teachers or community leaders.

    Our scholarship is administered by the hard working folks at the Inver Grove Heights BEST Foundation. They work tirelessly to find a student who meets the requirements that we set forth when developing the scholarship.

    This year, we were pleased to be able to present our scholarship to a young lady who dreams of being an architect.

    If you know a student who will be graduating in the coming years from Simley High School, please encourage him or her to apply for these scholarships.

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