Remodeling Value: Is it Worth the Money to Remodel my Home?

If you’re thinking about remodeling, you’re likely considering what kind of investment it will mean — and whether that investment will pay off if you sell your home.  Whether you’re considering a bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel, basement remodel, or whole house remodel, we’ve got some answers you might like! The good news is, statistics for 2013 show that this year is expected to bring better return on your remodeling investment…

Back To School – Making Your Home Study Friendly!

With the first few weeks of school under your belt you are likely becoming a pro at getting out the door in the morning, a master of snack creation, and a homework warrior.  With all of those important titles to juggle, back to school can be a tough challenge!  Help your home work for you by creating a space conducive to your new scholarly schedule. Let Your Kids Get In On…

Planning For Your Home Addition

Have you outgrown your space?  If your home no longer feels like it fits your needs, it may be time to consider a home renovation or addition.  We love taking an existing space and renovating it to perfectly meet the requirements of the homeowners who live there.  However, as you prepare for your home improvement project, there are some important considerations before you can get started.  Check out our preparation…

Andrus Built Home Exterior Renovation

With summer weather here we are excited to be outdoors and working on home exteriors! We recently had the opportunity to install new siding on the home and garage of a 1978 home. The homeowner, Jim, asked us to replace their deteriorating siding and help them to give their residence a fresh new look in a long-lasting material. The challenge? A tight turnaround! Explains Jim, “This was a last minute…

Home Additions

While we love all of our projects, both big and small, one of our favorite undertakings is an addition.  We love to dig in deep and transform a home from a good place to live a great place, perfectly specific to the family in residence. Yet, sometimes an addition or a large-scale remodel can seem like a daunting task.  To get started, begin by developing your wish list for the…

Outdoor Entertaining

With the weather warming up, it is tempting to move your entertaining outdoors.  However, before you head outside, spruce up or add to your exterior living spaces.  Add panache to your outdoors with these helpful hints: Add Furniture: Seating is key to any entertaining event!  Arrange seating conversationally, as you would inside the home, to encourage discussion and relaxation spaces.  Don’t forget to consider the size of your space –…

Building with Heart

This story was featured in our summer newsletter. Since we received such great feedback from it we wanted to share it with everyone!  Though each of our clients’ projects and homes are unique, every now and then we meet someone whose story is truly exceptional. Eric is one of those people. In 2008 Eric contacted Andrus after realizing that he had gone to high school with one of Doug’s cousins. He had…

Minnesota State Fair Haunted House Gets New Stairs

If you have ever been to the Minnesota State Fair you probably recognize the haunted house from the photos below! It is a pretty memorable structure at the fair. We recently had the pleasure of adding some new stairs for them – take a look at the second photo. So the next time you are at the fair and pass the haunted house, you might just think about those nice…

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…

Leaky House, Solid Partnership: Andrus Helps save a St. Paul Home from Persistent Water Damage

When the kitchen water pipe in her aging St. Paul house unexpectedly burst, homeowner Sherrie knew she had her work cut out for her finding the right contractor to repair the damage. The house was built in 1953 and was beginning to show major signs of aging despite the 1000-2000 square foot addition that had been built on in 1962. On top of peeling, discolored wallpaper and a kitchen ceiling which…