What’s the Story? Aug 2021

John Sylvestre certified aging in place specialistMiddle-aged home remodeling seems to be a good topic when you think about homeownership. After living in your home for any number of years, you get used to a lot of the furniture and finishes and it is sometimes hard to take an objective view of things that really are aged, outdated, or need replacement or repair. Along with the idea of budgeting for home maintenance these topics are serious business for any homeowner. I might also add that quickly taking care of something as simple as a leaking toilet, for example, may give you more time and savings before it becomes a disaster, floods the kitchen and you HAVE to remodel the kitchen. Paying attention and getting repair items on the “to-do“ list is a good habit to have when you own a home.

Recent South Minneapolis bathroom

Lots of things are happening in the remodeling business. Lots of people are interested in all sorts of remodeling. At the current time, we have 4 kitchens, 2 bathrooms, a porch window replacement in a 4-unit St. Paul apartment building, and 2 basement remodeling projects under construction. We are dealing with supply issues, worker shortages, and working through a Covid incident.  As always just another day in home remodeling.

Cabin sauna ready for concrete

I finally was able to get the grading and slab in for my sauna up at my cabin. Roughly a year after I talked to the concrete person, he texted me on a Wednesday and said he would be there the next day! Luckily, we were there. It has been so long since I thought about the sauna that I am not sure where to start but that’s OK. I don’t want to work on it until it gets much colder. I love working outside in the winter – no bugs, (less) poison ivy, and you don’t have to worry about overheating while you work!


I have a horseback fishing trip to the Wind River Range in Wyoming planned for the end of August. Instead of a canoeing trip to the far north, we thought we would give this a try. I will have photos on that trip to share next time.

Cocktails on the trail

As we approach the end of summer, I hope you have enjoyed our hot and dry weather. It won’t be long before we are shoveling snow!


Until next month,

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