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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.

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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.

How to Make Your Custom Home Efficient, 23 Mar 2015
23 Mar 2015

Energy efficient construction in Minneapolis might mean a whole lot more than just knowing the right materials or taking some creative liberties with transportation. Design and style have a lot to go into it also. Many different types of houses out there take advantage of some very unique styles that are both interesting to look at and easy to set up. So we are going to talk about some of the things you can do to make an energy efficient home without it seeming too cliché or over the top.

It’s All About Temperature Regulation

Big Rooms, Big Savings. A big part of keeping a home efficient is being able to hold in a great amount of heat during the winter or block it out during the summer. Most of the energy going into a home is largely attributed to the quality of the air conditioning. So one of the biggest things you can do to help make a custom home energy efficient is by simply making the rooms big and open. This allows air to circulate more freely and so not put as much strain on the air conditioning to heat or cool separate areas of the house.

Use the Right Windows. Another big factor when it comes to temperature management is the location of the windows. Now, we went over how skylights should be avoided for construction in Minneapolis because of the weight of the snow we accumulate up here, which can lead to some serious accidents during the winter. However, if you find a way to displace the snow, things will be a lot easier and you can put in a lot more windows to let in some natural sunlight as well as warmth.

The best way you can do this is by keeping windows located at almost extreme angles. Skylights break because snow accumulates on them over time. But the sharper the angle, the easier the snow will slide off. If you can figure out this balance between 90 degrees and 45 degrees, you should be able to find the best way to let in the most light.

Don’t be Afraid of the Wind Turbine

Generating your own power is another great way you can help your home be self-sustaining. The time of windmills being found in the backyards of exclusively survivalists and hippies is over. Nowadays, many folks are setting up their personal wind generators to help them power their home without having to leech on the grid. So do consider putting in a wind turbine, which is as classy and appealing as it is good for your home.

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These are just a few of the ways we could think of to help make your next project a success. When it comes to construction in Minneapolis, you don’t want to take any chances. So do be sure to contact Coty Construction the next time you want some help with your dream home.