• facebook
  • twitter
Call Us Today

News / Coty News

construction in Minneapolis
What Can Construction in Minneapolis Learn from the Zero Home?, 02 Mar 2015
02 Mar 2015

When we started to make energy-efficient construction in Minneapolis our focus every Monday, we went into it believing that there is not a single home out there which embodies “energy-efficient” so well that it literally has no emissions. During the course of our research, however, we did find one which has not only reduced its carbon footprint to nothing, but is quite fashionable as well! Called the Zero Home, we found this amazing marvel of energy-efficient construction here.

What is the Zero Home?

This single-family, 4300-square-foot home outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, though not certified Platinum by LEED, would certainly qualify for this highest honor with all the things which went into the construction and day-to-day running of this outstanding home. Constructed by a pair of home contractors in Salt Lake City, they report that the cost of construction was no greater than that of conventional homes—about $150 per square foot.

What Makes It Special

Wide Lumber.Several things have been noted in how construction of this home worked out. Building code requirements for construction in Minneapolis dictate that 2×4 lumbers are to be used. However, this particular home uses 2×6, which is much larger and provides greater stability. Minneapolis residents will also benefit greatly from the extra space given for insulation. Wider lumber, the article reports, also helps to draw warmer air inside, thereby reducing energy costs during both winter and summer.

Different Windows.The windows also help a tremendous deal in reducing energy expenses. Now, large windows are typically a double-edged sword. While they do bring a tremendous amount of natural light into the house, allowing the home owner to not be as reliant on artificial light from fixtures, they also release a lot of heat, making homes colder. The windows of the Zero House, however, are double-paned, using a layer of argon gas between two glass panes which absorbs chill.

And So Much More! Many other things are present in the Zero Home which we do not have time to go over right now. Some of them involve the water heater. Some come from the use of a fantastic HVAC system. This house even uses solar panels connected to the grid to provide all of its electricity! The fact that it was made with the same budget as normal homes is truly astounding and construction in Minneapolis can learn a great deal from this home.

Count on Coty

So we would highly recommend you look at this article and see what all you can do to implement these different changes in your dream home. We could all take away a tremendous amount from the Zero Home if you are looking for inspiration. Be sure to contact us to see what more you could do to enhance your current home to reflect the changing times.

Four Most Unique Homes in the World, 27 Feb 2015
27 Feb 2015

The death of Leonard Nimoy today is a major loss to the nerd community. His portrayal of Spock, the scientific officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original Star Trek series, was truly a defining role both for him and the science fiction genre as a whole. Now, one wouldn’t think that this Nerddom tragedy would have much to do with construction in Minneapolis, but the science fiction genre has, as a whole, inspired a tremendous amount of truly unique designs which show off the architecture of the future. While we couldn’t find any homes inspired by the Enterprise, we did find these efficient retro homes to help get you inspired.

4)The Flintstone’s House

Though there are no homes inspired by Star Trek, we did find this TV-inspired home which follows a Flintstone’s motif. This home was actually owned by the creator of The Flintstones and currently goes for 3.5 million dollars on the current market! Now that’s what we call the most expensive cave on the planet. It even comes with built-in period furniture.

3) The Slide House

Construction in Minneapolis is typically focused on making things not quite as slippery or slide-y as normal homes (need to protect against winter ice, after all). But this home in Japan takes sliding to the next level! Called the Slide House, this small, three-story family home in Tokyo forsakes stairs in favor of slides, which connect all three stories from the top down, making it a blast for the kids and truly futuristic design.

2) The Water Tower House

In the Star Trek future, folks are far more environmentally conscious than they are now. True, things have gotten better in recent years. But homes which reuse old structures still come one in a thousand. This is why this home in Belgium truly caught our eye. The family who lives here converted an old, derelict water tower into one of the best homes you have ever seen. With the large number of old buildings around here, some of them unused for years, this could prove a great model for further construction in Minneapolis.

1)The Transparent House

Everybody always says to avoid having a glass house for nobody wants the world to see in on their lives. But in the case of this house, that is exactly what the family apparently wants. Citing a desire to live their life without privacy like in the old days, this Japanese family built a house which is completely transparent. Floors, exterior and interior walls, and even the stairs are built of clear plastic. While certainly lacking in privacy, we can certainly see how a house like this would be easy to clean and even easier to maintain! But it definitely tops our list of the most unique houses.

Count on Coty

You may or may not want to build a house like these for your next construction project in Minneapolis. But we certainly can believe it if you want to make it as you as possible. So contact Coty and find out how we can help give you home of your dreams.

How to Replace Your Tile Roofing in Minneapolis, 25 Feb 2015
25 Feb 2015

When it comes to materials for roofing in Minneapolis, tile is one of the most popular. While the material itself is quite expensive and installation follows that same trend, the price is well worth the investment as tile roofs last many years longer than any asphalt or wood roof. In addition, they are fire-resistant, wind-resistant, and have few cases of mold or leaking.

Another detail which makes tile such an attractive choice for shingles is the fact that it is easily replaceable. When one breaks due to hail or some other debris, it can be replaced with almost no problems whatsoever. However, just like any roofing job, it follows a specific checklist for effective replacement. So here is our step-by-step guide to replacing tile shingles.

Step #1: Look for the Broken Tile

Of course, the first thing you need to do is inspect the roof. You need to look for signs of wear, leaking, and biological growth like fungi on the underside. Fortunately, finding these signs on tile shingles is quite simple for roofing in Minneapolis in that damaged tiles typically leave gaping holes, making them easy to find and replace.

Step #2: Stay Safe

When you are preparing to head up, be sure you follow every safety precaution possible. Do not wear loose clothing. Be sure to establish a safe zone for foot traffic, as falling tiles can result in some serious injury. We also recommend you wear rubber-soled shoes to help you from falling. It is also important that you avoid walking on the tiles themselves as they cannot bear the weight of a full human being.

Step #3: Replacing the Tile

When you find the broken shingle, all you have to do is break into smaller pieces using a light hammer. This will help you create a perfectly even hole for the replacement shingle to be put into place. Tile roofs are intricately connected to each other across a system of ridges and lips. So all you have to do is slide the new shingle into place.

Securing the shingle is a different matter, however, and this is why you should largely call a contractor specializing in roofing in Minneapolis. However, if you are intent on fixing it yourself, then listen closely. You have to drill a hole below the slot of the covering tiles. It is important that you do not drill into the pre-existing ones as the structural integrity of that section of roof will be compromised.

Once you have drilled the hole, hold the replacement tile in place with copper wire nail and the largest flathead screwdriver you can find. Then drive the nail between the covering tiles. Make sure the nail you use is twice the thickness plus one inch of the tiles—any smaller and the shingle will not be secure against the rafter. Once you cover the nail head to prevent rusting, you have successfully completed replacing your tile shingle!

Count on Coty

Like we mentioned, however, roofing in Minneapolis is tedious work which requires a steady hand as well as steady feet. So don’t do the work yourself and risk messing it up. Simply contact us and we’ll get it replaced for you!

Green Minneapolis Construction: Finding the Right Location, 23 Feb 2015
23 Feb 2015

When you want to build something which is environmentally friendly according to the U.S. Green Building Council, you have to consider a lot more than just the building itself, such as its layout and some of the technology attached to it. You also have to consider different materials and transport, among other things. But before any of that can get started, you have to think about location. Indeed, the USGBC looks at the location of a building site before work has even begun. In a city like Minneapolis, construction typically occurs on whatever land you might have available to you. In other words: You work with what you have. So on this inaugural post about green building techniques, we are going to go over how to find the ideal location for your eco-friendly home.

Reuse Some Old Land

One of the biggest and easiest things you can do to get some big points on the tough LEED certification criteria is simply using land which was previously developed and then left alone. This satisfies a requirement which gives points for reusing undeveloped land. Things like old railroad yards or even an abandoned warehouse will give you huge points in the Location and Transportation portion of the certification. Here in Minneapolis, where construction is always happening but sometimes never goes anywhere, you could find yourself a gold mine (theoretically, of course) by setting up a home or business where planning was simply dropped.

Protect the Habit

There is a lot more to selecting a prime location than just reusing land, however. The biggest reason why the USGBC looks at this segment carefully is so the surrounding natural habitat of the local flora and fauna can be effectively protected. According to the current version of LEED, there are several things to look out for under the category Sensitive Land Protection. Watery areas—and we know there are plenty of those in Minnesota—are the prime benefactors in this sense.

Build Outside of the Floodplain. This is probably common sense, but you want to build your home outside of the floodplain. Here in Minneapolis, construction can be delayed massively because of spring floods as the winter thaws out. But you want to build in a dry area for more than just insurance reasons. Thousands of species of amphibians, birds, and insects live in the floodplains of America where moisture is rich and there are many nutrients to be had. So by building outside of the floodplain, you get to preserve their livelihood as well as yours.

Count on Coty

There are plenty of other reasons why you should consider looking for a proper location for your home. Feel free to contact Coty Construction or check out our e-book for more information about the importance of picking the right site.