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Preparing for Sinkholes and Other Natural Disasters, 01 Apr 2015
01 Apr 2015

It’s true! Minnesotans everywhere are in danger of those terrifying holes that open up in the earth every so often. With all the soft ground present here in addition to old mining operations happening in this part of the country, thousands of quality pieces of construction in Minneapolis and elsewhere have crumbled into nothing as a result of these sinkholes. A couple of people have even died!

How are we supposed to protect our properties from these horrible things?!

Well, our first piece of advice is to chill out. We don’t get sinkholes in Minnesota.

Yeah, it’s a prank. Happy April Fool’s Day!

Ha ha! But, In All Seriousness…

But natural disasters are no picnic no matter where you might live, and the Twin Cities are subject to them just like any other large metropolitan area. Any kind of malady can wreak havoc on your home or business, but there are a couple of weather anomalies you should prepare yourselves for. So let’s go over how to cope with the most common source of construction destruction as winter finally releases its grip.

The spring and summer months are prime times of the year to start (and oftentimes finish) construction in Minneapolis. The weather is quite moderate, the temperatures are nice, and you’re not dealing with ten feet of snow. However, this time of year also brings forth a destructive force that is responsible for thousands of dollars in damage every year.

The Power of Nature

Of course, we are referring to the derecho. A derecho, if you don’t know, is a powerful storm system that follows along the dry line. They typically originate in the plains of Canada but gain strength as they meet the warmer air in the United States. These long and linear storms are short, but extremely powerful, characterized by hurricane force winds, downbursts aplenty, and even the occasional tornado.

How Do You Fight Back?

The best way to prepare your home against these forces of nature is to invest in some sturdy glass. The glass you normally find on windows of Minnesota houses provide very little wind protection unless it’s a gentle breeze. That means your regular windows will most certainly shatter as a result of derecho winds. So if you live in an area where you’re vulnerable to a derecho, we would recommend investing in some hurricane windows such as you find in Florida. Skyscraper construction in Minneapolis automatically uses this type of window on their buildings and you rarely, if ever, hear about one of those breaking following a storm.

Count on Coty

We want to help you make your home as comfortable and safe as possible. Whether you are more concerned about a derecho or next winter’s blizzard, we will help you give the home you are looking for. So be sure to contact Coty to find out how we can do just that.

Minneapolis and St. Paul Construction: The Best Homes, 30 Mar 2015
30 Mar 2015

It goes without saying that Minneapolis and St. Paul construction projects have a lot to meet up to. Both in the Twin Cities and the state as whole, there are pieces of architecture and design that are truly something to behold. It can be daunting figuring out how to make your custom home exactly what you are looking for. So here’s a handy guide of some of the best homes in the area to help you figure out just that.

Bardwell-Ferrant House

St. Paul is widely known for being a center of some grand and historic homes. Being the older of the Twin Cities can do that. Being the state capital only makes it more true. So, as can be expected, a tremendous amount of inspiration can be taken if one only walks down a classic St. Paul road. One of the more distinct ones would be the abandoned, but austere, Bardwell-Ferrant house. Boasting some peculiar onion domes such as you would find in Russia or Romania, this lovely home has a wraparound porch and two stories of pure history and class.

W.W. Bishop House

If you’re looking for St. Paul construction that is a little less odd, then look no further than the W.W. Bishop house. Looking like it comes right from the landscapes of New England, this home boasts wood siding, a tall brick chimney, and steep inclines on the roof for some quality weather coverage. But its most eye-catching detail is the distinguished medieval-style tower perched right on the front entrance, giving it a classic aesthetic hearkening back to European castles.

Mary Tyler Moore House

There is no greater comedian in the world than Mary Tyler Moore. Gaining fame during the 60s and 70s, this Minneapolis native filmed her TV sitcom right in one of the area’s most auspicious homes. With an effective fusion of old world charm and new world spaciousness, the Mary Tyler Moore home is definitely something you should look at for design inspiration.

Marcel Breuer House

Maybe you’re looking for something extremely modern, however, with minimalist design tendencies. St. Paul construction companies have a local model of the modern style, as well, with the classic and extremely distinct Marcel Breuer house. With only one story, flat walls and ceilings, and a stark presentation, this home may not suite your tastes, but it is the modern style. It is what is chic.

Count on Coty

So if you need some help with design inspiration, look at these stupendous examples of St. Paul construction and architecture. There is no charge for simply looking and they can give you some fantastic ideas. Be sure to contact us if you need any advice on how to go about setting up your dream home for the cheapest prices and highest quality.

Construction in Minneapolis Post-Job Paint Advice, 27 Mar 2015
27 Mar 2015

The period following a big project involving construction in Minneapolis is always an interesting time. But at the same time, it is extremely stressful. So many different decisions need to be made such as interior design. But more so than anything else, picking a decent exterior color can make or break the value of your home. Exterior paint jobs do not come cheap, so the colors must be carefully chosen if you expect to do well. So here are some things you should consider when you are picking out your exterior paint.

Look at Your Neighbors

One of the first things you should look at, especially if you are not in a homeowner’s association, is the traditional style of houses around you. You don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a paint job that detracts from the overall aesthetic of the neighborhood. While we would not recommend painting the siding the same color as your neighbors, it does need to be in keeping. So don’t paint your house red if the others around you use yellow or some other lighter color. It will only draw bad attention for being such a sore thumb.

Make Sure It Matches

Following an analysis of the neighborhood, you next want to pick a color that suits your home as well. Many things which affect the quality of construction in Minneapolis, such as windows, shingles, and any landscaping are already done before you begin painting. So you want to pick a color which is complementary to the rest of the house. If you have a lighter rooftop made of, for example, aspen wood, then it would behoove you to pick a lighter color. It’s much like matching a shirt to pants. You don’t want to clash.

Get the Proper Paint

Once you decide on a color, it’s time to figure out the kind of paint you should use. Now, some siding materials do not allow for paint to be used on them because it degrades the quality of the finish. However, the two most popular types of siding—vinyl and brick—can both be painted over. So when you are shopping for the colors you want, make sure that the paint you are looking at can be used on whatever type of siding you have.

Know How to Apply

Of course, the very last rule you need to follow is know how to apply the paint. Exterior paint jobs are entirely different from interior paint jobs in that you have to seal the finish in addition to a number of other things. So make sure you know what you’re doing—or better yet, hire a painter—before you take a paint brush to the wall.

If you have any questions about construction in Minneapolis, or the process of getting your house finished following its conclusion, be sure to contact Coty for more details.

What Not to Do with DIY Home Repair, 25 Mar 2015
25 Mar 2015

DIY home repair is only as difficult as you make it. Yes, it does depend somewhat on your particular set of skills and how familiar you are with the tools of the trade. But there are some jobs that you just have to know yourself. These could include how to fix a shingle, installing a new faucet on the sink or shower, or switching the fuse. However, even the simplest job can leave behind a giant mess. It’s important that you know what to look for. So let’s go over some of the most serious mistakes you can make while performing your own repair work.

Investing in Cheap Materials

The biggest mistake you can possibly make is “cheaping out.” Trust us on this: You never want to settle for cheap. You know the old saying “you get what you pay for?” That’s exactly the thing we are talking about. Don’t invest in cheap materials or you will find yourself performing the exact same repair in an extremely short amount of time. Businesses that sell cheap goods make their money off of the fact that you will go back to them time and again to fix the same problem. Don’t fall in that vicious circle.

Ignoring Safety Protocol

The other biggest mistake you can make is not following safety guidelines. It is not okay to do roof work wearing nice shorts and converse. You should not go walking around under loose tile without a helmet. You should wear gloves when dealing with metal or siding. These are just a few DIY home repair crimes we have heard about as a result of people not following safety instructions. So be smart and be safe.

Being Hasty

Many people like to think that with simple jobs, you just need to get in there and get it over with. This is hardly the case however. There is no such thing as “getting in there” when it comes to DIY home repair. You have to have a plan. You have to have the necessary tools. You have to follow directions. You would be surprised how many people think it’s alright to just take a hammer to a busted shingle and just use some nails to secure it. So make sure you have everything you need and directions to follow.

Eyeballing It

The last big mistake you should avoid is the eyeball. Many people who perform DIY home repair believe that the naked eye is enough to see how big something needs to be or where nails should go. However, when it comes to repair work, you never want to “eyeball it.” Have your measuring tape and leveler handy. You don’t want something to be badly askew.

Follow these rules and you should have a successful repair job. Be sure to contact us if you ever have any questions.