The Twin Cities are filled with story-and-a-half homes that are perfect for a certain kind of addition, called a shed dormer. Learn more about this popular remodeling project.
Modern Addition, Traditional Minneapolis Home
A remodel is underway. Take a look inside.
Follow along as we build a contemporary 2-story Addition on their traditional American Foursquare style home.
Demo & Excavation
The Homeowners Tackle Some Teardown
We started to demo, preparing for the Addition construction. Our clients, using some good old fashioned elbow grease, tore down the old screened porch and removed a paver patio themselves.
Prepping For An Excavation During A Minnesota Winter
The next step is digging a hole for the new Addition foundation. At the end of November, we laid frost blankets to keep the ground from freezing, making excavating less difficult.
Excavators needed to get from the street to the backyard. Laying plywood across the yard limited the damage from heavy excavating machinery.
Surprise Challenges & Solutions
We started to dig a hole for the new Addition foundation. Old houses are sometimes full of surprises! On the second day of excavating, we discovered a problem. A laid up stone foundation under a portion of the home was deteriorating. We shored up the area, preparing to repair the crumbling failing foundation below. Another portion of the house also cantilevered out unsupported by the foundation, so measures were taken to support this area as well. We will repair these areas of the home’s foundation while laying the foundation for the new Addition.