We work hard at creating spaces that our clients can enjoy and utilize. Having a kitchen view that makes you happy is important considering many of us spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink. Here are some examples from projects we've worked on that have drastically improved the kitchen view.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Quartersawn! We are grateful to work in beautiful neighborhoods with some of the greatest people around :)
Thank you to all our past clients and to all the people involved in making these projects successful.
This project was a new home built on a lot split which is a great example of an urban infill. Take a tour of the interior and check out the great companies and manufacturers we worked with on this home.
This week we are looking at Island lighting. There are so many great options out there these days it's hard to know which way to go. We want to share some of our favorite island lights with you from our past clients and hope it will spark some inspiration.
This past month our Project Manager had an opportunity to attend a seminar hosted by the Building Science Corporation. He brought back some helpful tips for keeping a tight house this winter. Here they are in no particular order:
1. When sealing a house, you get the most bang for your buck by sealing the top of the house first.
2. The majority of heat loss (30-40%) occurs through air leakage. This could be in the form of penetrations not being sealed, lighting into the attic, etc.. The 2nd biggest area (20-25%) is through the foundation.
3. Include a dehumidifier with all finished basement projects.
4. Whenever possible, insulate underneath the basement slab and on the outside of foundation walls.
A lot of people struggle with adding color to their home, especially in the kitchen! One easy way to break out of the white, grey, beige and black mold is by adding colorful bar stools. They instantly add a pop of color that makes the room feel brighter and more interesting and they are not permanent... you can replace them easily once you're ready for a new color scheme. Let's take a look at some of our past clients bar stool choices and a few other inspirational photos taken from other sources.
Our team attended a few seminars and conferences in the month of October. We want to share with you the tips, videos and articles that will help you make smart decisions when it comes to building and maintaining your home.
MN Green Path Seminar- Building the High-Performance House referenced a great article, which is a great read for anyone interested in building with high quality materials :
According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, there will be around a million-and-a-half housing units built in the United States this year (unit includes apartments, condos, and single-family houses). Most of these units will be built to the standard of the applicable building codes. That sounds like a good thing, but remember that the code is a minimum standard, so a house that simply meets code requirements is the worst house you can legally build. Continue reading
Another seminar, with Gord Cooke, had a lot of great technical advice like "your foundation accounts for 25% of your overall heat loss" and "roof sheathing ventilation NOT attic ventilation is the correct approach", also the American Panel Association is a free resource that shows how to build with less wood.
What's more exciting is the "Construction Instruction" app which has some really great graphics explaining heat gain/heat loss, vapor barriers, recommended suppliers and much more. We will be coming back to this app as we explore more articles and videos.
Here is one more link to our latest blog post that shares a few helpful tips on keeping a "tight" house for the winter.
We want to take a moment to shine a spotlight on a Minnesota based company called Marvin Windows. Beyond creating beautiful, well-made windows they stand out for various design reasons. Each window is made-to-order, customized to the exact specifications the client needs. Marvin has been an exceptional company to work with over the years, we look forward to seeing how they push the boundaries of great design! Take a look at some the beautiful homes we've worked with that have chosen Marvin.
What do you do when your space is limited but you really want, or in some cases, need a main floor bathroom? One option is adding a small bathroom or powder room. This is a bathroom that fits within your existing blueprint and doesn't require a total overhaul or home remodel to make it work within your space. Here at Quartersawn, we love anything that will make your life and household run smoothly. Check out some of our powder rooms and small bathrooms below.
We love custom details! Incredible metal railings happen to fall into this category. We've installed railings in new homes as well as in remodeled homes we've designed and built. In either setting, they stand out as a modern, sophisticated design statement.