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  • Full Home in St. Paul

    This project touched nearly every room on all 3 floors of the home.

    KITCHEN

    The crown jewel of this project is the kitchen.  Careful planning and a full gut job allowed this space to really open up and become a useful space for our clients.  Old wonky framing was repaired.  The plumbing, electrical, and ventilation were all brought up to date.  Spray foam insulation made an instant difference in the comfort level of the room before the drywall went up.  Custom trim was curated to perfectly match what was in the other rooms of the home, and then the painters did a great job in making it all pop.

    Next, the custom cabinets were installed.  The cabinets include soft close doors and drawers, along with hidden rollout trays and a trash/recycling drawer.  Cambria quartz countertops look great and will be easy to maintain.  The wavy tile backsplash is super fun.  Tons of lighting was included ,both overhead and undercabinet.  Stainless appliances finish things off.

    BASEMENT

    A foundation leak led to much of the existing finishes being removed.  A drain tile system with sump pump was installed to deter future water infiltration.  Our team discussed some different ideas and options with the clients.  Ultimately it was decided to maintain the existing wood wall coverings on the existing interior walls, and rebuild the exterior walls with a drywall covering.  Painting all of these surfaces the same color really ties things together.  Since the ceiling height was so low, we left it open instead of covering it with drywall.  Painting the existing floor framing above makes the space feel much taller than it really is.  Our team added tons of lighting and updated the electrical system.  Updated heating supplies and returns, along with spray foam insulation really makes this basement feel cozy, even during winter months.

    LIVING ROOM/HALLWAY/BEDROOMS

    These areas received a nice cosmetic update.  Walls, ceilings, and trim were painted.  The wood floors were sanded and refinished.  Fun note on the wood floors:  2 other wood floor companies turned the job down because they didn’t feel the floors could be saved.  Kudos to our team for their efforts and beautiful results.  The finished attic received new vinyl plank flooring, along with new carpet on the stairs.

    OTHER TOUCHES

    Both exterior storm doors were replaced and a new electrical subpanel was installed.

    DESIGN TEAM

    Kitchen – Carly Hand

    Flooring and colors – Tracy Morris

    PROJECT MANAGER

    Eric Bader

     

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    Townhome Bathroom

    Our team was tasked with a couple of challenges on this bathroom project.  First off, this is the only bathroom in the home, so keeping the toilet functional during the project was of paramount importance.  Second, our client had recently had the floor re-tiled, which meant that we needed to design the other finishes around the floor, as well as keep the floor protected during the rest of the construction.

    The new vanity looks sharp in a modern style.  The tub/shower was removed in favor of a large shower, meaning our client doesn’t need to climb over a tub to use the shower.  New fixtures and a fresh coat of paint complete the project.  We are happy to report that the floor made it through the project without being damaged!

    Designer:  Chris Albrecht

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    Basic Basement

    This basement was semi-finished several years ago.  Water infiltration through the foundation caused severe damage to the finishes, so the space was demo’d out and a new drain-tile system with sump pump was installed.  After that, it was a matter of rebuilding things with updated electrical and HVAC systems, including a new electrical panel.  Plenty of lighting was added.  A beautiful paint job looks sharp.  Luxury vinyl plank flooring will be easy to maintain and resist moisture.  Since the height of this space is only 7′, custom doors were ordered to ensure a proper fit.  This project will provide great usable space for a growing family.

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    Family Basement

    Our client was seeking some space for her growing family, particularly a hangout for the teenagers.  As we discussed her ideas, it became clear that “mom” needed some space to make her life easier as well.  The finished basement includes 2 primary areas:  A Home Theater for entertainment, as well as a Laundry and Kitchenette.

    HOME THEATER

    Our trade partners did a wonderful job in designing the theater area for the family.  The primary TV is connected to a surround sound system that “shakes the house” according to our client.  The two smaller televisions are connected to video game systems.  The entire system is controlled via an app and either cell phones or tablets.  Our team also custom designed and built a sofa table to match a photo that our client found online.  The table features a knotty alder top and black legs.

    LAUNDRY/KITCHENETTE

    With 5 kids, this family does a LOT of laundry.  Our team specified 2 commercial grade washers and dryers.  These are the same machines that are used in laundromats, just missing the coin slots.  They will withstand the constant use.  2 undercabinet fridges store snacks and drinks.  One of the fridges locks to keep the adult beverages safely stored.  Our electrical partners wired all of the appliances on separate circuits, so our clients will not need to worry about tripped circuit breakers.  The porcelain tile floor will be easy to clean and hold up great.

    ELEVATOR

    Another company was engaged to build the elevator, which was critical for this family.  Our team coordinated with the other firm and carefully scheduled our work and our permits to not interfere with the elevator construction.

    OTHER FEATURES

    Both windows were replaced with Marvin casement windows.  Our team specified and installed plenty of recessed lighting with dimmers to control the level of light for each area.  Our mechanical partners did a great job with making the space warm and cozy.  Commercial carpet will hold up great for years against the teenage traffic.

    DESIGN TEAM

    Leah Johnson

    Carly Hand

    PROJECT MANAGER

    Eric Bader

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    Eagan MN Basement Contractors

    COZY BASEMENT IN INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

    Our Inver Grove Heights clients wished to mimic the cozy feel of their favorite Irish pub.  Our design team made the most of a small space and low ceiling height.  The basement remodel features a custom bar, custom cabinets with custom stained glass and integrated sound system, a gas fireplace, bedroom with egress window, and a ¾ bathroom.  The bathroom took on a hockey theme.  In addition, the laundry room and mechanical room received new paint and luxury vinyl flooring.

    This was a fun project for us, as our clients gave us freedom to produce some very custom touches for them, such as the hockey stick towel rack in the bathroom, custom cold-air return grate, and stained glass cabinet doors.

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    RUSTIC INDUSTRIAL BATHROOM

    Our client had a makeshift bathroom in her basement.  Unfortunately, it was poorly installed and leaked severely.  In addition, the space was dark and cold and not very hospitable.

    After going over some options and scenarios with our client, it was decided to start from scratch.  After full demo, our team installed the underground plumbing needed to drain the new bathroom.  In addition, the space was framed and insulated.  Wiring was brought in to code.  An exhaust fan was installed to keep the space well ventilated.

    The biggest challenge that our team faced on this project was an underground spring that was discovered.  This spring caused our plumbing trenches to continuously fill with water.  Creative use of additional trenches and pumps allowed us to keep working.

    The finishes in this basement bathroom are simple and functional without being over the top.  A mission style vanity looks sharp.  Rustic lighting provides plenty of light.  A simple shower insert with glass door allows the light to enter the shower area.  Luxury vinyl sheet flooring has a linen-look to it.  An electric baseboard heater provides a little extra warmth on winter days.

    This older home has a very low ceiling height and a lot of pipes and obstructions in the ceiling.  As a result, our client elected to have us leave the ceiling exposed and simply paint it black to finish off the rustic industrial look.

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    Home Remodel in Little Canada

    This project touched every single room of this 4-level split in Little Canada MN.

    Highlights include:

    Full remodels of two bathrooms

    Partial remodel of a third bathroom

    Painting of all walls and ceilings in the entire home

    New floorcovering in every room of the home, including carpet, vinyl, and tile

    Updated lighting

     

    Since our clients were living in the home throughout the project, we decided to perform the transformation in two phases:  First the lower two levels, and then the upper two levels.  A furniture moving company was hired to relocate our clients belongings prior to each phase, and again at the completion of all of the work. At the conclusion of the project, our professional cleaning team removed all traces of dust and remodeling residue.

    Our designer worked tirelessly with the clients to perfect all of the numerous choices in flooring, tile patterns, and paint colors.  She even helped our client hang her pictures and artwork.  Since each room of the home was touched by the project, careful consideration was given to how the different colors and textures work together.

    Among the challenges that were faced and overcome:  A hidden mouse infestation that required much disinfectant and odor-blocking primer, An alarm system installation that had wires snaked where our hardwood floors needed to go, and a sensitive fire alarm that was set off during a wood cutting operation (You’ll be glad to know that the Little Canada Fire Chief is a nice fellow).

     

    TESTIMONIAL

    “Eric and Ruth Bader presented a personal, professional and competent response to the project that I proposed to them.  Never did I sense reluctance or unwillingness to adjust or modify what I wanted done.  Their suggestions were also made with an understanding of my needs and the outcomes that I wanted.
    They have assembled a quality team of trades-people who were friendly, professional, and competent.
    Over the 2-1/2 months of work, I felt my home and the project were in good hands.  I appreciated that all the work was supervised, double checked for perfection, and generally completed on schedule.  Thanks for a job well done!”
    Alice, Little Canada MN

     

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    Design Build Remodel custom renovations

    FULL HOME REMODEL IN COTTAGE GROVE

    This 1950’s rambler hadn’t received much updating since it had been built.  The project includes a full kitchen, master bath remodel, and a completely finished basement.  In addition, the leaky old galvanized plumbing system was replaced with modern PVC and PEX piping.

     

    MULTI-FINISH KITCHEN

    Built in the 1950’s, this kitchen suffered from a lack of counter space, a lack of storage space, and some scary electrical and plumbing problems.  After fully gutting the room to the studs, the mechanicals were upgraded, the walls were re-insulated, drywalled and painted.  Custom cherry cabinets, Cambria quartz countertops, and stainless appliances provided the finishing touches.

    Our design team did a great job of making the most of a very small galley kitchen space.   This kitchen incorporates numerous colors and textures to appeal to every sense:  Cherry, copper, stainless, bronze, dark gray backsplash tile, and dark brown LVT flooring.

     

    MASTER BATHROOM

    The bathroom also suffered from some electrical and plumbing deficiencies, including a rotten floor near the toilet.  After many “behind the wall” upgrades, the space was finished off with LVT floor tile, custom cherry cabinetry, Cambria quartz countertops, and fixtures from Delta and Kohler.

     

    BASEMENT

    Our clients goals for the basement were:  provide additional storage, upgrade the laundry service, add a ¾ bathroom, and provide a generous multi-purpose area, which could be used for family space or an office setup.  The space was dark and gloomy, so our plan included new egress windows and plenty of recessed lighting.  One side of the basement is “utility” with plenty of closets for storage.  The other side features the large multi-purpose space.  In addition, a combination laundry/bathroom consolidates these areas to free up space for other uses.

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