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Six 2020 Design Trends

As 2020 begins, the design industry is cozying up to new trends. We asked our talented designer, Tracy Donlan, for her perspective on what styles will be popular in the coming year. Read on below to see what she had to say!

1. Color and Comfort
Painted cabinetry is still the most common request for kitchens and bathrooms, with white being the strong leader.  However, we direct our clients to a softer, warmer version – a linen or creamy white – especially with our long Minnesota winters, a true white can feel harsh and cold come February.

2. Bold Tones
Color usage is becoming deeper and softer.  Jewel-toned dusky sapphires, dark teals, terra cotta, and rich jade are balanced against soft sunset blushes and warm taupe.  Greys are still popular but trending from the cooler to a warmer undertone giving a sense of serenity and calm.

3. Touches of Warmth
Adding touches of warmth through natural materials is gaining even more prominence.  Whether wood, rattan, or burlap, the inviting quality of natural materials makes a room feel more livable.  These finishes are moving away from being as rustic, with less rough-hewn appearance and a more touchable and sophisticated appeal.

4. Playing with Texture
Combining multiple textures can also add interest and elevate a design.  The richness of velvet juxtaposed with burlap can lead to unexpected elegance. Whether it’s something simple as a table setting or in a larger format such as pillows on a sofa.  Performance textiles are allowing more variety in color and texture to be used on furnishings without the worry of maintenance and livability.

5. Kitchen Zones
Bringing this theory into kitchen design, more kitchens are utilizing multiple cabinetry finishes.  Combining painted and stained cabinetry or multiple colors can designate different zones, add interest, and animate a kitchen.  Special attention can be brought to unique features within the room by highlighting them with the finishes selected.

6. Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are the surface of choice for many homeowners.  Allowing for less maintenance than natural stone, the aesthetic of quartz can mimic marble or granite.  Often an island or specialty area of the kitchen is made more dramatic through a stunning countertop while utilizing a more subtle pattern for the perimeter spaces.

Wrapping Up 2019: A Look at Our Year

As 2019 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite moments and milestones of the past year. We had a full season of projects, which we’re so grateful for! Thanks to our talented team for another year of outstanding work, and of course, thank you to our wonderful clients for supporting us. Scroll below to read all about what we’ve been up to in 2019!

 

Spring Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase + St. Louis Park Home Tour

We helped the homeowners of this St. Louis Park home remodel their lower level to accommodate their growing family! This wonderful family was gracious enough to let us show off their space during the 2019 Spring Parade of Homes and St. Louis Park’s annual home tour – explore details and project photos on our blog.

 

10 Year Business Anniversary

Great Northern Builders celebrated its 10th business anniversary this past August! To commemorate the event, we shared stories, photos, and trips down memory lane throughout the month. Thank you to all of you, clients, and supporters, who’ve kept us busy during this last decade – there would be no business without you!

 

Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

What started as an exterior remodel quickly became a full-on main-floor renovation for these Woodbury homeowners! Our team had a fantastic weekend during the Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase, chatting with guests and giving tours of this lovely home. 

 

Finalist for BBB Torch Award for Ethics

Over the last ten years, GNG has made it a point to build a strong business that our trade partners and clients are proud to be a part of. Our team strives to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish by completing every project with integrity and quality of service in mind. On that note, we’re thrilled to share some exciting news; Great Northern Builders was chosen as a finalist for the 2019 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics!

 

Grand Opening of Lambda Delta Phi Sorority House

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Great Northern Builders had the great joy of celebrating the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for Lambda Delta Phi Sorority in September! What started as a typical estimate to inspect some failing stucco, became a full-scale remodel. It was our pleasure to work with Lambda Delta Phi over the last year and a half to create an amazing space the sorority sisters can enjoy for generations to come!

 

2019 ROMA Award Win

Our team ended the year on an exciting note: we won Housing First Minnesota’s 2019 ROMA Award for Interior Remodel under $200,000! We are genuinely honored to have received this award. We were up against some fierce industry competitors and couldn’t be more thrilled to be recognized amid such talented professionals. Thank you to our excellent team and clients for making this possible!

Great Northern Builders Wins 2019 ROMA Award

Great Northern Builders Wins 2019 ROMA Award

Our team at Great Northern Builders has some exciting news! We recently attended Housing First Minnesota’s BIG Night and took home the 2019 Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) for Interior Remodel under $200,000!

Housing First Minnesota has been presenting the ROMA Award to remodelers since 1982. This prestigious award is meant to recognize creativity, design, and the ability to meet the client’s expectations. Winners are chosen by the Builders Association of Sioux Falls, SD after they’ve evaluated photographs, floor plans, and descriptions of each nominee’s project.

Remodeling projects that earn a ROMA Award are truly the best of the best,” explained Housing First Minnesota executive director, David Siegel. “The remodeling professionals who review each entrant know that they’re not just looking for the prettiest spaces; they take into account the challenges and customer wishes as they evaluate each project.”

Great Northern Builders is genuinely honored to have received this award. We were up against some fierce industry competitors and couldn’t be more thrilled to be recognized amid such talented professionals. Thank you to our excellent team and clients for making this award possible!

Grand Opening of the Newly Remodeled Lambda Delta Phi Sorority House

 

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In September, we had the honor of attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Lambda Delta Phi sorority. Taking part in this event was a special moment for our team. Over the course of a year-and-a-half, Great Northern Builders had the pleasure of working with the ladies of Lambda Delta Phi to remodel their existing sorority house.

Our first meeting began as just an estimate to inspect some failing stucco on the front and side of the property. However, what started as a straightforward project snowballed pretty quickly! That estimate turned into a full-scale remodel, which is the largest remodel we have tackled to date!

Although we preserved as much of the original structure as possible, this remodel called for demolishing a large part of the house. Our team collaborated with Lambda Delta Phi to create a beautiful design that not only housed more residents but also made the structure safer. We added much-needed fire suppression systems, full monitoring services, and ADA compliant access to the home, bathrooms, and living quarters. Our team also increased the property’s energy efficiency by installing new windows and doors throughout the home, as well as all-new closed-cell spray foam insulation.

Great Northern Builders is proud to play a pivotal role in creating this amazing space for generations of sorority sisters to come. This was such a rewarding project, and it was great getting to know so many of the wonderful people involved. Scroll below for a peek at the grand opening event!

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

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GNB Announced as Finalist for 2019 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

Over the last ten years, Great Northern Builders has made it a point to build a strong business that our trade partners and clients are proud to be a part of. Our team strives to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish by completing every project with integrity and quality of service in mind. On that note, we’re thrilled to share some exciting news; Great Northern Builders has been chosen as a finalist for the 2019 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics!

According to the Better Business Bureau, this prestigious award recognizes local businesses “who display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. ”

This year, the Better Business Bureau of MN and ND received approximately 600 nominations. Great Northern Builders is honored and humbled to have been chosen as a finalist from such a large pool of worthy businesses. It wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing team and clients. Thank you for your hard work, kindness, and support!

The winner of the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics will be announced at a ceremony on November 20th, 2019. The ceremony will be held at the Radisson Blu, Mall of American from 2:30 to 5:00 PM.

2019 Fall Remodelers Showcase

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Whether you’re ready or not, fall is just around the corner. In addition to cooler weather, a change in seasons brings the 2019 Parade of Homes Fall Remodelers Showcase. While we aren’t quite ready for summer to end, we can’t wait to show off this exciting remodel in Woodbury, Minnesota!

2019 Fall Remodelers Showcase
#63 – 9537 Hillingdon Rd. WoodburyMN 55125
September 27th-29th from 12:00 to 6:00 PM

What originally started as an exterior remodel soon evolved into a main-floor remodel at this Woodbury home. To enhance the home’s curb appeal, the family wanted to update the existing side with LP Smartside siding. With the new siding completed, we moved indoors to begin updating the main level. The new and improved kitchen is not just gorgeous; it’s also more functional! It features shaker-style dual-tone cabinetry as well a custom island with a Cambria countertop and integrated stool storage. In addition to remodeling the kitchen, we also updated the home’s laundry room and half bathroom. Each includes luxury vinyl tile flooring, custom cabinetry, and Cambria countertops.

Rounding out this remodel is a newly constructed deck, perfect for hosting a summer BBQ or just hanging out with the family. Built with Trex decking materials, the deck includes ADI railing and beautiful decor lighting. With so many amazing details and exceptional craftsmanship, this home is a must-see during the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase!

Have questions about this home’s stunning remodel? Contact our team for more information. You can also find more details about the Showcase and directions to the home here.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary Great Northern Builders

Great Northern Builders was founded 10 years ago this August! To celebrate, we’ll be sharing stories, photos, and trips down memory lane all month long on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. But first, we’d like to say thank you to all of our clients and supporters who’ve kept us busy over the last decade; there would be no business without you!

Have you ever wondered how we got our start? Here’s the story!

Our founder, Chris, was born into the construction industry. His grandfather started a custom millwork company in the early 1970s. When he passed away, Chris’ father and uncles stepped in to take over the business and support the family.

Chris started GNB in 2009 and is proud, not only of the successful business it has become but also of the talented professionals who have joined his team. The company is still steeped in tradition, recently purchasing the exact same building his grandfather built and used for his business over 40 years ago!

The team behind the business.

Our hard-working talented team is what makes our business so great! Without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today. Meet our team members here.

Taking a trip down memory lane…

September 7th, 2013 when our team participated in the Inver Grove Heights Days Parade

Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see some of our favorite memories from the last 10 years!

5 Kitchen Remodeling Designs We Love

At Great Northern Builders, we love helping our clients breathe new life into their outdated kitchen by creating a beautiful and functional design. Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of working on many kitchen remodels. While we try not to play favorites, there are some kitchen remodeling designs we get excited about time and time again. So, we thought we’d share five of our favorite kitchen design elements. Check them out below!

Timeless Design Details

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When planning your kitchen remodeling design, it goes without saying you want it to last for as long as possible. After all, remodeling requires a big investment! There’s nothing as disheartening to find your design outdated just a few years down the road. With that in mind, you can’t go wrong with a kitchen featuring timeless design details! Think bright, white cabinets and classic elements like subway tile and elegant quartz countertops.

Two-Tone Cabinetry

Is an all-white kitchen not quite your speed? Two-tone cabinetry may be the perfect solution. We’ve been seeing more and more homeowners utilizing this design in their kitchen remodel lately. And, we can see why! A two-tone design is a great way to add dimension and visual interest to your kitchen. Opting for lower cabinets in a darker hue adds balance while the addition of lighter cabinets on top draws the eye upward. This trend can be customized according to your preference, too. Whether you create a two-tone effect with just your island cabinet or you want to mix and match painted and stained cabinets, the choice is yours!

Natural Wood Accents

A kitchen remodeling design we can totally get behind? Natural wood accents! Adding wood elements to your design not only looks beautiful but creates warmth. There are many different options for incorporating wood into your design, too. One of our favorite ways? Wrapping the kitchen island in wood planks. From shiplap to rough-sawn planks to reclaimed wood, the result is sure to wow! Some other options include open wood shelving, exposed ceiling beams, butcher block counters, and statement walls.

Beverage Stations

It may be small but what a beverage station lacks in size, it makes up for in function. This versatile space can be used as a coffee nook or a mini-bar, depending on your preferences. The countertop offers a convenient place to house your coffee maker, while the built-in cabinets can hold anything from coffee mugs to wine glasses to small appliances. Below the cabinets, a beverage fridge will keep drinks perfectly chilled while freeing up valuable real estate in the fridge. If you love to entertain, adding a beverage station to your kitchen remodeling design is a must! Having a designated area for drinks makes it easy for guests to help themselves to a beverage during a get-together.

Eye-Catching Range Hoods

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Eye-catching range hoods are the perfect way to make a statement in your kitchen remodeling design. What’s really wonderful about this trend is the many different options to choose from. Range hoods can be found in a variety of materials and shapes, so finding one that complements your kitchen design is a breeze. To really help this focal point pop, consider adding a tile feature in between the range hood and the stove top like the kitchen pictured above.

Interested in seeing more kitchen remodels from Great Northern Builders? Our project gallery is chock-full of some great projects! To learn more about our remodeling process, feel free to contact our team.

3 Things to Know About Great Northern Builder’s Exterior Remodeling Services

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First impressions matter and when it comes to owning a home, it all starts with the exterior. Beyond excellent curb appeal, your home needs to be able to stand up to the harsh Midwest climate; from hot and humid summers to polar vortex winters and everything in between. If your home’s exterior isn’t up to par, you may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

Luckily, Great Northern Builders is here to help! Whether enhancing your outdoor space with a new deck, updating your home’s windows, or a complete exterior renovation, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for three important things to know about our exterior remodeling services.

1. We Can Handle Any Aspect of Your Exterior Remodeling Project

Our team is experienced in many different areas of exterior remodeling. We have the capabilities to handle a wide range of projects depending on your needs.

Our exterior remodeling services include:

  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Windows
  • Gutters
  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Landscaping
  • Insurance restoration

 

2. We Are Certified Installers of Many High-Quality Products

Great Northern Builders’ goal is to provide exceptional service to our clients, no matter how big or small the project. With that in mind, our team has become certified installers of a number of the high-quality products we use. This extra level of knowledge ensures materials and products are installed correctly.

3. We Are Not Limited to Specific Manufacturers

Working with Great Northern Builders for your exterior remodeling project means you can use materials from brands you trust. Our knowledgeable team can install almost any product or material on the market. Whether a window, siding or roofing product, we’ve got you covered! As long as the product is a high-quality product we can stand behind, we are happy to use it for your project.

Interested in learning more about our exterior remodeling services? Contact us for more information or to chat with our team about an upcoming project. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

3 Things to Know About Our Insurance Restoration Services

No homeowner wants to file an insurance claim. Doing so means your home has suffered interior or exterior damage, and sustained damage due to a fire, flood, storm, or other catastrophe. While unfortunate, these life-altering events can occur without warning. If and when they do, having a professional skilled in insurance restoration is key to the recovery process.  They’ll asses the damage to your home and help you restore it to its former glory.

In the Twin Cities metro area and western Wisconsin, Great Northern Builders can help you do just that! Keep reading for three reasons why our team is the perfect choice for your insurance restoration project.

 

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1. We Have 10 Years of Experience

Great Northern Builders has handled hundreds of insurance claims over the last 10 years. This extensive experience has given us the knowledge to handle insurance restoration projects of any size. With our expertise, you can rest assured our capable team will have your home on the road to recovery in no time.

2. We Handle Both Residential and Commercial Insurance Restoration

Disaster can strike when you least expect it and no home or business is immune. Our team has the capability to handle both residential and commercial projects. From interior and exterior restoration to structural repairs, we’ve got you covered.

3. We Manage Every Aspect of the Claim

Our goal is to make the insurance restoration process as simple and stress-free as possible for our clients. With that in mind, our team manages the claim from start to finish. Whether coordinating schedules or hiring vendors, we’re there to ensure the project runs smoothly so you can focus on the important things.

Interested in learning more about our insurance restoration services? Contact Great Northern Builders for more information or to chat with our team about an upcoming project. We can’t wait to hear from you!

2019 St. Louis Park Home Tour: A Peek Inside Our Featured Home

Did you hear the news? The 2019 St. Louis Park Home Tour is just a few weeks away! Great Northern Builders is excited to share one of our newly remodeled homes during this self-guided tour. Featuring a completely updated designed, this lower level is a must see! 

2019 St. Louis Park Home Tour
3201 Colorado Ave S., St. Louis Park, MN
May 5, 2019, from 12:00-4:00 PM

We loved helping the homeowners of this St. Louis Park home remodel their lower level to accommodate their growing family. The main goal of this remodeling project was to increase the livable space of this home. With that in mind, our team added an additional bedroom and three-quarter bath to the lower level. The new bedroom is the perfect solution for a guest suite and can double as a bedroom for an older child if needed. 

Our next step was to revamp the lower level’s entertainment area. To increase its functionality and add extra storage, we added built-in cabinets to create a media wall. Completing this lower level remodel is a gorgeous dry bar topped with a quartz countertop, as well as two refrigerators. Tying the whole design together are shiplap accents and unique lighting to delineate the area. The end result is an amazing family-friendly space that the homeowners are sure to love for years to come! 

The 2019 St. Louis Park Home Tour is a one day only event and you’re not going to want to miss taking a peek at this beautiful home! Our team will be on-site during the tour to chat about the home and answer questions about the remodeling process, so be sure to stop by! Until then, here’s a glimpse inside…

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Have questions about this home or need more information? Contact our team or visit the 2019 St. Louis Park Home Tour website to learn more. 

2019 Spring Parade of Homes

2019 SPRING PARADE OF HOMES REMODELERS SHOWCASE MARCH 29 TH – 31 ST , 2019 FROM 12:00-6:00 PM

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A Labor of Love: Welcome Baby Biljan to the Great Northern Builders Nursery!

Great Northern Builders Biljan Baby Nursery

Photos courtesy of Heidi Torgerson Photography

A very special nursery remodel for a very special little one to the Great Northern Builders’ team. The Biljan Baby Nursery! Excited to share our latest special project. This renovation was very special to myself and everyone at Great Northern Builders. This was just a basic 13 ft x 13 ft room that was transformed into a Nursery. It was special because it was for my son, Camden Cole Biljan.

Thanks to all!!! 

– Chris Biljan, CEO of Great Northern Builders

Determine If You Need Home Repairs

How do you determine if it’s time to put on a new roof, install new windows or add new siding?

Consider these tips below:

Age of roof: The quality of your roofing system can determine when it’s the right time is to add a new roof. Some roof systems will not last more than 10 years before repairs are needed. Others can wear out much sooner. Others may have more wear and tear than normal based on past storms or previous damage that’s gone unnoticed. A field supervisor can inspect your roof and provide a free analysis.

“It always good to have a specialist walk your roof to make sure you do not have any missing shingles or damage to the shingles caused by wind or hail,” says Chris Biljan, owner of Great Northern Builders.

Draft coming through windows: If you feel air coming through your windows, it’s time to consider installing new windows. Especially when it comes to the cold Minnesota and Wisconsin winters – and even in the summer when the air conditioning is on. Drafty windows can drive up energy bills, costing you more money over time.

“Installing energy efficient windows lowers your energy bills because your heat is not leaking out in the winter and your cool air is not leaking out in the hot summer months,” says Biljan.

Benefits of new siding: Curb appeal. An old house can turn into the nicest in the neighborhood with new siding. A newer house can stay updated and looking sharp with new siding. But the benefits go beyond appearance. New siding can help secure your house and provide added water protection. Insulated siding can also reduce energy costs providing extra protection. There are a wide variety of siding options available, including vinyl, LP, cedar and hardie. A GNB field supervisor can discuss best options and prices during your free estimate.

Home improvement loans available: Remember, there are home improvement loans available through various counties throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Dakota County, for example, offer no interest home improvement loans to assist in these repairs. Every county is different and has different rules/qualifications so check with your local county office or on the county web site for more information.

Tax credits: There may be tax credits available for new roofing, siding and windows. Also, if you own a home office, these repairs may also help reduce taxes. Credits also change from year-to-year pending on new tax laws. This is not tax advice, just a suggestion to check with your accountant to see what is available.

Investment in property: By investing in your property it can raise the property value of your home. And it can save money over time by maintaining your homes.

When choosing a roofing, siding or window contractor be sure to get references and be sure they are registered with the Better Business Bureau and have a good reputation. Most of all, be sure they do what’s best for your situation.

“We’ll take the time to really listen to what you want and need to help make sure your project is done right and completed the way you expect,” says Biljan.

Call Great Northern Builders today for a free estimate.

 

Great Northern Builders: Biljan Baby Nursery Provides Woodland Feel with Nautical Elements


As the owner of a construction company, when I found out we were having our first child, I immediately began envisioning what type of nursery we would create. Read More→

Great Northern Builders Renovates Dream Gym for Fitness Entrepreneurs

It’s not unfair or unreasonable to say the majority of us at one point or another have become bored of our mundane, predictable gym experience in an effort to stay healthy and fit.

In an effort to offer fitness that is engaging and effective, entrepreneurs Robyn Widman, Brittany Widman, Drew Keller, Zach Zweig decided to launch their own Farrell’s eXtreme BodyShaping gym location. This is not just your ordinary “machines and weights” kind of gym. These entrepreneurial visionaries wanted a location that enhanced and played on the kickboxing-bodybuilding combination that their fitness program offers.
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Great Northern Builders Luxury Remodel of The Salon

Most people have grand visions for the business they would like to one day open, but few take the chance and really go for it. A little over one year ago, Jessica Johnson and her husband, Justin Johnson, decided to bring their dream of opening The Salon, a high end salon in Woodbury, Minnesota a reality. With 15+ years of experience in the industry, Jessica didn’t want to just create another cookie cutter salon in town. So they consulted with Great Northern Builders (GNB) when they decided to make their dream a reality.

“I wanted to create a progressive, upscale, boutique salon located in the heart of Woodbury that creates a unique client experience. An experience that is unforgettable and includes every detail to provide the utmost relaxation, renewal, and restored balance,” says Jessica Johnson, co-founder of The Salon.

1Inspired by Great Northern Builder’s work, Jessica and Justin met with Chris Biljan, founder of Great Northern Builders, last May to review the design and build of the new space that coincided with their vision of highlighting every detail to deliver a memorable customer experience. The space selected for The Salon was originally an orthodontic space, which needed to be gutted and completely redesigned.

“We chose Great Northern Builders to build The Salon after seeing the unique design work they’ve completed. They are very well known for their amazing reputation in craftsmanship. Their Atmosfere project in Minneapolis initially peaked our interest. It exudes a rustic yet chic look, integrates a beautiful usage of reclaimed barn wood and materials, and an elegant display of lighting and attention to detail.
Their team met with us several times prior to starting the project after we bought the space. They were right on point with listening to our ideas, had great suggestions on how to design and implement on our vision. They were able to really articulate our vision and were with us every step of the way in this build or renovation,” said Johnson.

Jessica and Justin knew they wanted their 2,300 square ft. space to have a rustic and modern feel that emanates comfort and luxury. Every detail of The Salon was crafted with this in mind. Great Northern Builders articulated that vision by determining type of reclaimed wood, placement, and made sure everywhere a client looked, there was something new to see.

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One of the most unique aspects of The Salon is the re-inspired use of reclaimed wood throughout the salon. Great Northern Builders applied an original artistic display featuring the reclaimed wood in a vertical display versus the more commonly used horizontal display. Multiple depths and widths of the wood had to be milled in order to achieve this layered look. Great Northern Builders started with three different pre-selected widths and 3 varied thicknesses. Each piece was individually ripped, cut, and fitted to get the very unique, detailed, and layered look. The vertical application of the reclaimed wood is a design aspect that Great Northern Builders implemented to allow the customer to flow through the salon without realizing they are doing it, and redirects the eye to details such as ceiling height and ornate light fixtures. The 3-sided fireplace encased in the vertical reclaimed wood adds a warm and cozy touch.

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“Working with Great Northern Builders and the finishing touches they implemented really helped us create that warm feeling, the unique experience from start to finish for our clients. The reclaimed wood feel was completely different in a vertical application vs. horizontal. It was such an artistic application, it wasn’t something they just slapped on the wall,” says Johnson.

Windows encompass 75% of the wall area on the south side, allowing natural lighting to cascade across the space, and is balanced by Minardi custom LED lighting that allows energy savings. The eco lighting has a number of benefits for both employees and customers, and provides the natural light balance to see the intricacies of the hair more clearly, while providing a relaxing environment to clients while they are in The Salon. The lighting is tied together by three breathtaking chandeliers to add a touch of luxury to the space.

The Salon includes 14 chairs and a full shampoo wall, relaxed lighting, soothing music, and even luxury faux fur blankets from Restoration Hardware with lumbar pillows to get cozy in as the customer is being shampooed. Clients also see the cozy fireplace while they’re being shampooed.

To the left of the shampoo area holds a treatment room for services such as massages and facials. In line with The Salon founders vision of a spectacular experience for clients, Great Northern Builders applied a carefully constructed sound barrier to this space by adding a special sound board in place of standard drywall or sheet rock. Mineral wool was added between the studs for additional soundproofing.

Between the shampoo space and treatment room lives a 9’ by 4’ wide sliding barn door hand selected by Great Northern Builders and the Johnsons. The door has a steampunk style and is a unique focal point upon entry, while also serving to separate the salon area from employee area. This door blocks the color wall, and can slide back and forth to display or encase this wall. This feature adds an unrivaled level of depth, dimension, and convention to the entire space.

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Finishing touches to The Salon include polished concrete floors, and the plush, comfortable Belvedere furniture that adds the final touch of luxury to the client experience.

6“We really enjoy turning our client’s vision into reality. Creating and renovating these highly unique commercial spaces is truly a blast and a fun challenge,” said Chris Biljan, owner of Great Northern Builders.

The Salon celebrated its grand opening in February, 2016, and have had such an enthusiastic response from the community they plan to submit for the “Salon of the Year” award with Salon Today.

“Providing a unique, unforgettable experience to our clients is at the foremost of our business. It’s incredible to see our dream become a reality, and the space that Great Northern Builders designed completely exceeded our expectations. It’s a dream come true,” said Johnson.

With over 15 years of experience and an impeccable reputation, Great Northern Builders specializes in residential and commercial construction, renovation, remodels, and restoration throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin with expert crews, unrivaled customer service, and quality workmanship.

We turn your vision into a reality. Call us today at 651.455.9371 for a free consultation!

GNB Cares: Rich Hennen Memorial & Golf Tournament Sponsor

Great Northern Builders cares about our community.  We proudly support our community members and local philanthropic events. Oh, did we mention we like making really cool things that people enjoy? We had a blast designing and creating these handcrafted wine racks to donate to the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial Silent Auction.

Great Northern Builders custom wine racks

Great Northern Builders custom wine racks


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Great Northern Builders team at the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial


Our team enjoyed the summer sunshine and teed off at the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial Golf Tournament to raise monies for the charity.
Great Northern Builders team at the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial Golf Tournament

Great Northern Builders team at the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial Golf Tournament


 
 

GNB Cares: Rich Hennen Memorial & Golf Tournament Sponsor

Great Northern Builders cares about our community.  We proudly support our community members and local philanthropic events. Oh, did we mention we like making really cool things that people enjoy? We had a blast designing and creating these handcrafted wine racks to donate to the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial Silent Auction.

Great Northern Builders custom wine racks

Great Northern Builders custom wine racks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Northern Builders team at the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial

Our team enjoyed the summer sunshine and teed off at the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial Golf Tournament to raise monies for the charity.

Great Northern Builders team at the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial Golf Tournament

Great Northern Builders team at the 4th Annual Rich Hennen Memorial Golf Tournament

 

 

Benefits of Remodeling and Renovating Your Home

Beyond just the personal joys of having an updated look and feel to your space, remodeling and renovations bring several other benefits to your home including a more functional and enjoyable use of your square footage, increased space, energy savings, increased property value and greater buyer interest when it comes time to sell.

Great Northern Builders | Remodeling ExpertsAt Great Northern Builders, we’ve helped many homeowners bring their visions to life through renovations and remodels of kitchens, patios, decks, bathrooms, windows, garages, additions, and outbuildings. We’ve learned how these projects add tremendous value to your home, and we are going to cover some of the key ways to add value to a space and the benefits you achieve as a homeowner.

According to HGTV, remodeling projects that yield the top returns this year include:

  • Bathroom remodel with an average return at resale of 102%
  • Kitchen remodel with an average return at resale of 98.5%
  • Vinyl siding, paint, and updated front entry with an average return at resale of 95.5%
  • Attic bedroom conversion with an average return at resale of 93.5%
  • Major bathroom remodel with an average return at resale of 93.2%
  • Deck, patio, or porch addition with an average return at resale of 90.3%
  • Basement remodel with an average return at resale of 90.1%
  • Window replacements with an average return at resale of 89.6%

Increase Property Values

There are many factors that go into the appeal of a home for a potential buyer. It really comes down to putting yourself in the buyer’s shoes and remembering what makes a home that much better when you are living in it. Let’s cover some of the important factors that buyers are looking for in today’s market, and then we will discuss trending remodeling projects that are yielding the highest returns.

Any real estate agent will tell you that the more spacious a place feels, the better. Having lots of natural light will sell more quickly than a space that feels dark and cramped. Remodeling projects that benefit smaller houses are those that open up the floor plan, and give a small space the illusion of a large living area. If taking out walls isn’t your thing, simply widening doorways can make a home feel more spacious. Replacing windows can also make a huge difference in the feel of a space. A popular renovation is replacing windows with French doors that open to the backyard, which provides more light and makes the room feel bigger and less cramped.

Great Northern Builders | Remodeling ExpertsCurbside Appeal: Doors, Windows, Siding, Garages

First impressions matter. It’s going to be really hard to get a buyer to consider your home when they don’t even want to step inside because the outside is dated and dreary. Replacing older features like the front door, windows, garage door and siding often yields much better returns in attracting buyers than other remodeling projects. Even adding shutters, a new driveway, or walkway to your home can also lead to great returns because it makes the home welcoming. Of course, don’t underestimate the appeal of attractive landscaping around your home.

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Outdoor Living: Decks and Patios

As we all know, being outside is very popular in Minnesota’s nicer months, so adding or renovating a deck or patio in the backyard will provide a great place for you to entertain friends or hang out you’re your family. It will also provide greater appeal to buyers down the road. According to HGTV, homeowners recoup 65%-90% of their investment by adding a deck or patio.

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Kitchen Remodels Provide Max Returns

Everyone gravitates towards the kitchen, and for that reason one of the best ways to add value to your home is through a kitchen update or remodel. Remember to add space, have plenty of counters and cabinet space, windows, and stainless-steel appliances for the best returns. If done correctly, kitchen remodels can yield close to 100% return on investment.

Commodes are a Commodity

Bathrooms are a hot commodity. According to HGTV, if your home only has one bathroom, you can recoup 80%-130% of your addition costs merely by adding a new bathroom. This is why both adding and updating bathrooms yields considerable value for your home. Half-baths can easily be created out of closet space for spaces with too few bathrooms. For those spaces with plenty of bathrooms, adding things like ceramic flooring, whirlpool tubs, and skylights can add great value to a home. Remember to keep the look consistent to your home’s theme.

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Reinvent Your Space: Additions and Renovations

If you have an attic or basement or spare room you’re not using fully, remodeling these spaces into bedrooms, entertainment areas, or home offices can yield great returns. Turning these parts of your home into usable space is always a win. Need more space for your toys? An additional garage can help you save indoor space by providing extra storage.

Reduce Energy Bills

Remodeling can help you save on energy bills. A good remodeler should help you integrate ways to save energy and provide recommendations to integrate cost-savings into your next project.

Great Northern Builders | Energy Star PartnerAccording to a joint study by the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Sentiment Tracking Study and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the top five energy upgrades are:

  • Added insulation in walls or attic (71%)
  • Insulating windows (66%)
  • High efficiency furnaces (59%)
  • Lighting (56%)
  • A/C units (50%)

Replacing old appliances with energy-efficient models is also a big energy saver that also increases your home’s appeal, should you decide to sell down the road. Energy Star rated appliances use less energy, save you money, and are better for the environment. Who wouldn’t be interested in that?

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Hiring a Remodeler

If you decide to hire a contractor, shop around before you choose someone to work with. Make sure you get at least three quotes from the contractors you interview. Thoroughly check references for the contractors before you agree to a contract or work order. Look at their reviews, their testimonials, and their work performed. Be aware of home improvement repair scams.

 

Call the experts at Great Northern Builders at 651.455.9371 for a free estimate on your next project!

Great Northern Builders is a local leader in residential and commercial remodeling and restoration projects throughout the Twin Cities, Minnesota and Wisconsin. As a licensed general contractor, we can help you with any renovation or remodel project including kitchens, patios, decks, bathrooms, windows, garages, additions, and outbuildings. With a Better Business Bureau A+ rating, numerous happy customers, and rave reviews, we help you achieve your vision with expert crews, unrivaled customer service, and quality workmanship. Great Northern Builders is a proud member of the Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm, and an Energy Star Partner.

 

GNB Cares: River Heights Chamber Ambassador Volunteer

We love getting involved with our community! Great Northern Builders is a proud member of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce. Our amazing staff member Natalie Velez is a Chamber Ambassador and enjoys welcoming new members to the community! Pictured below is a recent Ambassador’s visit with Patty’s First Aid! Every month, Natalie volunteers her time with the River Heights Chamber Ambassadors to help connect, inspire and welcome new members.

Great Northern Builders staff member Natalie Velez with River Heights Chamber

Great Northern Builders staff member Natalie Velez with River Heights Chamber Ambassadors