Maximizing Your Basement

Most midwestern homes have them, but no two usually look the same. They’re the sometimes neglected and often underutilized basement. While we understand why so many homeowners don’t maximize their lower level’s square footage, it doesn’t mean we don’t highly encourage making the most of that precious space! No matter what purpose you may have in mind, finishing your basement increases your home’s resale value and livable space. Starting to think…

Tips for Designing a Basement Bar

One of our favorite areas to help clients reimagine is the basement. Unlike the main level, all bets are off downstairs! Basement space is open to interpretation. We’ve seen it all, media rooms, exercise studios, craft areas, game rooms, playrooms, and of course, built-in bars. Each type of space is fun to bring to life, but today we’re singling out the basement bar. A time-honored tradition, lower levels bars are…

Planning Your Next Home Addition? 6 Tips to Help You Prepare | St Paul MN Home Additions

Planning for your home addition is so exciting! But it can also be extremely overwhelming. Not to worry! We’ve pulled together some helpful tips to ensure your project runs smoothly and efficiently. With these simple suggestions from Andrus Built, you will have your dream home, as well as an enjoyable home renovation experience in no time. Set A Realistic Budget – It’s important to set a budget that you feel comfortable…

Basement Design Tips: Is it Time to Finish or Update Your Basement?

At some point during our beautiful MN summers we stop wondering when it will finally get hot, and start trying to find ways to stay cool.  While we don’t recommend cooping up indoors for long (summer will be gone before we know it!) it’s nice to have a cool and restful space indoors to recoup from too much sun, or enjoy some not-so-humid downtime.  And once the weather turns chilly…

Basement Finishing Ideas

We don’t know about you, but there are few things that we find quite as promising as the untapped potential of an unfinished space, like that lying in the basement recesses of many of our homes. Turn your next round of home renovation efforts towards your basement and turn an unfinished space into the bonus room you have always wanted. Consider one of these project options when it comes time…

Another Successful Renovation

When Susan and her husband picked Andrus Built out of the phonebook, they had no idea what a serendipitous moment it would turn out to be. The couple’s 1999-built home was in dire need of some renovation work, they wanted more room for family get-togethers, and Susan wanted to convert an extra bedroom into a space for her sewing and crafting. When they contacted Andrus about their needs the response…

Basement Remodeling Thoughts

We’re proud to say that we’ve been in the remodeling business for over twenty years, and during that we’ve worked our magic on a lot of rooms that our clients weren’t so proud of before we got a hold of them. Basements have always been a bit of a challenge in most homes; they have so much potential to be something really special, but are often just forgotten about or…