Sylvestre Construction, Inc.

In This Issue

• 5 Tips to Take
  the FRIGHT Out
  of Remodeling

• This Month's Tip

• Pass It On!

• What’s the Story?

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7708 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55423

Ph: 612-861-0188
Fx:  612-861-0190

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Member, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

GuildQuality Member

Member of Builders Association of the Twin Cities

Member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association


  Members of our staff hold
  the following industry

• NARI Master Certified
• NARI Certified Remodeler
• NARI Certified Lead
• NARI Certified Kitchen and
  Bath Remodeler
• NKBA Certified Kitchen
• NAHB Certified Aging in
  Place Specialist (CAPS)

October 2014

5 Tips to Take the Fright Out of Remodeling

Many people think it's great fun to scare and be scared at this time of year, and some go to great lengths to make their home look super spooky for little ghosts and goblins. But remodeling your home should not be a frightening experience. So if you're someone who finds making design and remodeling-related decisions stressful, and the thought of having people working in your home is anxiety-producing, have no fear! We have some tips that can get you through the process – large project or small – without waking up screaming in the middle of the night.

1. Priorities. Start by making a list of changes you'd like in your home and then put the items in order of importance: what you must have, what you'd like to have and what you'd like but can live without. A clear idea of your priorities and budget helps everyone know what to expect. We'll design a plan for your project based on what's most important to you, so that you'll have NO surprises.

Photo: home remodeling

2. References. Talk to people who have remodeled to find out if they loved their contractor and would refer them. Hearing someone's personal experience can be one of the most helpful factors in giving you a solid basis for making a decision. Think about the importance of the trust factor: learn about the contractor's licenses, insurance, professional affiliations (such as NARI), certifications and more. We're happy to have you talk to clients we've worked with in the past.

3. Design Guidance. There will be lots of decisions to make during the design and remodeling process. Getting the fine details of a design just right is important. We are always willing to provide you our expert guidance in both design and construction, even if you're feeling overwhelmed or confused trying to select light fixtures or faucets. With the comfort of knowing you are getting the best advice and making the right decisions, any stress you might otherwise have can be greatly reduced — if not eliminated.

Photo: kitchen remodeling

4. Communication. The ability to get questions and concerns addressed quickly during a remodeling project is extremely important and calms any fears you may have. We let you know what to expect at each step and what information we need from you. We put an emphasis on clear communications not only between our staff and you, but also among our staff members and our specialty trade contractors.

5. Type of Process. While we are happy to work with your architect, we generally recommend a faster, less complex process. We offer the "Design Build" remodeling process for homeowners who would like the peace of mind, simplicity and ease of working with one trusted company from concept to completion and a single company that will be responsible to solve any issues relating to the project. We believe the "Design Build" process is less stressful for most homeowners and for most types of home remodeling projects.

We know our reputation depends not only on providing you with a beautiful, well built, trouble-free project but also on making sure your remodeling experience with us is so good you are comfortable – maybe even eager – to use us in the future and recommend us to your friends. So don't be afraid to make the changes you'd love to see in your home!

If you would like to lessen your chance of getting stressed out by your next home remodeling effort, be sure and contact us about the project. We're with you every step of the way!

Maintenance Tip: Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

When you have your clocks "Fall back" for the return of Standard Time, it is also a good time to check and change your smoke alarm batteries. (Do the same when you "Spring forward" too.) Even though more than 95% of homes have smoke alarms, about 25% of fire-related deaths occur annually in homes where smoke alarms are present but not functioning, usually because of missing or dead batteries.

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Glacier National Park

Goats in their "unnatural" habitat

What's the Story?

Our October newsletter talks about taking the stress out of remodeling. We have such an interesting job ! Going into a client's orderly, neat home and removing a bathroom or kitchen- spaces you use everyday. This can be very scary and disrupt your family for a period of time. We talk about this often with our staff and are always looking for ways to minimize our visit to your home. We know that clients may not know about a great mitre joint, but they know what an organized and clean job site should look like. It's a lot like the camping phrase- "leave no trace"-show up but leave the site in better shape then you found it.

I was also talking with a remodeling friend and we were talking about how it is really easy to do 90% of the job right- it's the final 10% that really makes the difference. That 10% can be attention to details, the extra cleaning during the process, scheduling or the way our subcontractors communicate during the process. That small percentage can make a huge difference in the "process" and final outcome of your project and we are focused on that 10%.

Glacier National Park

Avalanche Lake – the fish are......

September was a beautiful month weatherwise and my wife and I were able to take a trip to Glacier National Park in the final 10 days of September. We saw black bears on 3 occasions, 3 mountain goats walking down the road and rented a wonderful cabin (yes, a private cabin in the park!) as a base of operationsl Glacier is an interesting park and the differences between the high plains on the eastern side and the heavily wooded forests on the western side are an interesting contrast.

Avalanche Lake

The view from our cabin

We took a very popular hike to Avalanche Lake and I am convinced that few people take their fishing gear. I was able to catch a fish on almost every cast for an hour! It was amazing. Being a fisherman, I do not have any photos of the 6-8" rainbows I was catching to verify this story, but take my was great!

Have a great end of October.

Until next month,

John Sylvestre