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Sylvestre Construction, Inc.
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June 2015

Design/Build Remodeling: The One-Stop Shopping Advantage

Remodeling your home can be exciting – making big plans, dreaming about how it will look, picking colors and fixtures, and then watching as your house is transformed into your dream home. But you might not know how the process works or where to start. Do you need to figure out what the finished project will look like all by yourself before you start? No!  Do you have to hire separate carpenters, plumbers and electricians? Absolutely not!

If you want to hire professionals to deliver a top-notch finished project, there are basically 2 approaches to home remodeling: Design/Bid and Design/Build.

Design/Build remodeling

Having an architectural firm design a project and then put it out to bid to builders for the construction phase is called the Design/Bid method. You discuss your ideas, priorities and budget with an architect who will draw up the designs and specifications, but you also need the extra steps of selecting and coordinating with an additional company, the builder or contractor. With this approach, there is the chance that what was designed (and what you approved) won't be able to be built within your budget or that miscommunications will result in problems on the job. The design/bid method is one of the more complex remodeling processes.

While we are happy to work with your architect and can help make the design/bid process less stressful, we generally recommend a faster, less complex and, we believe, less risky 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. It's one-stop shopping and we'll be the single company that will be responsible to resolve any issues relating to the renovation. We believe the Design/Build process is less stressful for most homeowners and for most types of home remodeling projects.

We find that homeowners here in the Minneapolis area truly enjoy the Design/Build method of remodeling because they are motivated to take part in the process of home design. Our Design/Build home remodeling services make clients part of the team from the very start. Our clients love that because they tend to have done their research and have good ideas regarding the kind of look, feel and functionality they want in their renovation. We find they usually also have some clear expectations of how they'd like the construction portion of the project to go. With Design/Build, our clients communicate with us and we coordinate with everyone involved as our construction brings the design to reality.

Creating a new space and putting in all the finishing touches on it is a rewarding process for all involved. Because the Design/Build method is so collaborative, we can discuss with you ideas based on our experience from past projects. We can also discuss what we're seeing in new products and innovative uses of materials and finishes. Through the Design/Build process, you can share with us home design ideas from Houzz, Pinterest, HGTV shows or the homes of friends.

Unlike the design/bid approach, we can keep cost in mind at every step. So, when we have finalized a beautiful design, building it within budget can be accomplished. You'll love that, too!

Like to learn more about our Design/Build method? Let's talk!

Maintenance Tip: Bug Out!

Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can also be carriers of serious diseases such as West Nile virus. The most effective way to control them is by eliminating the areas of standing water in your yard that are their breeding sites. Drain standing water from gutters and from puddles that form in buckets, watering cans, landscape planters, tarps that cover woodpiles or garden equipment, and around leaky faucets. If possible, birdbaths, fountains and ornamental ponds should be drained or flushed and refilled about once a week during warm summer months.

Float plane

Where is your next adventure? 

What's the Story

The longest day of the year is upon us and it's great to have all the extra daylight on these beautiful summer days. With the 4th of July just around the corner, summer is in full swing. The two screen porches we were working on are complete and our clients are enjoying the outdoors in their new, bug-free environment.

Screen porch

A new screen porch! 

Screen porch - interior
A good place to spend the summer! 

The planning for these porches took place in November. If you are thinking about updating your kitchen for the upcoming holiday season, now is the time to start the Design Build process. Make sure there is room for all your holiday kitchen helpers. It is amazing how new countertops, cabinets and plumbing fixtures will help the turkey taste even better!

We took our 7th annual MinneWi (Minnesota-Wisconsin) bicycle ride to our cabin over the Memorial Day weekend. The weather was perfect with temps in the low 70's and light winds from the south that blew at our backs. The first day we ride 81 miles – leaving my house in South Minneapolis and taking Summit Ave. in St. Paul, to the State Capitol, then the Gateway Trail to North St. Paul, Scandia and lunch in Osceola, Wisconsin.

The bicycle crew for MinneWi VII Day 2
The bicycle crew for MinneWi VII. The start of Day 2.

Through the years we have fine tuned the route, deleting uphills, adding downhills and overall enjoying a very nice ride through the Minnesota and Wisconsin countryside. We spend the night in Luck, Wisconsin then ride 45 miles on the second day to our cabin, east of Danbury, WI. We had 7 riders the first day and added another on Day 2. It is a great way to start the summer and good exercise.

The fish are biting and the water is getting warm. I hope you all have plans to enjoy our summer.

John Sylvestre

Until next month,

John Sylvestre

Phone: 612-861-0188

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