5 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Next Remodeling Project

You’ve waited, saved, researched and it’s finally time; You’re actually ready to begin your dream home project! Whether it’s an updated kitchen, spa-style master bath, or lower level bar suited for entertaining, one thing remains true: you want your long-awaited remodel to be a success. The last thing anyone wants after investing their resources in a big home project is to end up disappointed, after all, you’re the one who…

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…

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…

Painting Fun: Not Just for Kids Anymore

Being an adult has many perks: you get to eat whatever you want (well, if health weren’t a concern maybe), stay up late into the night (unless you have to get up early for work the next morning), and decorate your house exactly as you see fit (taking the other household members into consideration too, of course). But as much freedom as adulthood brings, it also comes with a lot…

Fashion and Flooring and Cabinets, Oh My!

Every year around this time professionals in the remodeling and design industries put together their ideas about what was popular in the past year and what to look forward to in the coming one.  Jillian Burton,  an interior design project analyst for the Wisconsin Kohler Company, spoke with Remodeling Magazine about some of her ideas for what’s hot (or not) in 2011. Here’s a recap of what she had to…

Prior Lake Home Remodel

Kim and Robert’s remodeling story started with windows and ended with new doors, new woodwork, and a new fireplace. The windows of their Prior Lake home were installed incorrectly when the house was built in 1996 which caused them to leak and warp, making them very difficult to operate. The husband and wife discussed their window issues with Doug and came up with several options. They could have their new…