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This home epitomized late 1980s interior design. Laminate tile flooring, Formica countertops, and vintage appliances were just a few of the home's dated features. Functionality, storage, and inspiration were lacking throughout, and as the main areas of the home were closed off, natural light was limited and rooms felt cramped.

The scope of work for the project would be to remodel the main floor living areas of the home in addition to converting the existing deck into a screened porch. The goal for the project was to create modern, practical, and inviting spaces.

To start the remodel, all areas were fully gutted. Our next step was to remove the wall between the living room and kitchen, which would convert the main level into an open-concept...

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National Association of Remodelers

Michels Homes Earns Four Contractor of the Year Awards From NARI, MN Chapter North Oaks, MN (December 4, 2017) – Michels Homes is proud to announce that the firm earned four Contractor of the Year Awards at the 21st Annual National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Minnesota Chapter, Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards in Minneapolis, on Thursday, November 16. The firm’s Medicine Lake remodel received a Gold Award in the interiors category and their Car Showroom and Outdoor Living project received a Gold Award in the special element category, a Silver Award in the outdoor living category, and the Best in Show Award. The CotY Awards recognize excellence in the remodeling industry. Over 80 entries were submitted for this...

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This 1980s-built, lakeside home was dated, dark, and lacked inspiration throughout. Our firm was called in to modernize and improve the interior and exterior of the house. The greatest challenge we faced was that we were working within a small footprint. We wanted to include a number of exciting features and not have the updated areas be overwhelming. To address this issue, our team thoughtfully created an innovative and cohesive design that would maximize space and take advantage of the stunning lake views.

An undercapitalized area of the main floor of the home, which needed significant work, was the kitchen. The existing space was boxed in from the incredible lake views and offered little to no storage or counter space. One of the exist...

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The homeowner of this property reached out to our firm looking to add storage space to his home for his collection of luxury vehicles. The initial thought was to convert the existing mechanical room under the garage into additional storage. With that thought our team began to brainstorm ideas of how to make this work. Underground tunnels and car elevators were suggested. After pursuing all potential options, our design team opted to convert the existing indoor pool into a car showroom. We should note that the pool was very much abandoned and not being used.

In addition to converting the pool into a car gallery, our team planned to alter the existing enclosed porch into an open-air ramada that would allow cars to enter and exit the showroo...

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The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) awarded Bob Michels Construction a Remodeler Of Merit Award (ROMA) for best interiors for a total home remodel we completed in North Oaks! This home was also selected as the 2014 BATC Foundation Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase Dream Home. In addition, BATC awarded Andy Michels the Rising Star Award, which is an award that honors emerging leaders within the building industry. Both awards were received at the BATC Big Night, the largest awards ceremony for the building industry in the Twin Cities. This event is a chance for industry members to celebrate and recognize the hard work of builders, remodelers, and associates. We owe a big thank you to all of our subcontractors, clients, designers, and architects, as it would not be possible to complete the work we do without their continued support! See photos from the BATC Big Night and a project description for our ROMA Award win below!

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Our project that received the ROMA Award was for a 1987-built French County cottage total home remodel. The existing interiors lacked design and functionality. All rooms throughout the home were dated and underwhelming. We planned the remodel in phases with a ‘grand plan’ in mind. Doing so allowed for us to keep consistency between floors. Though the home had some major functionality and design issues, it did have some beautiful features we wanted to showcase. Such features were the stone masonry wood-burning fireplace centrally located within the home and the original stone exterior. The newly renovated home features reclaimed flooring and exposed beams, an open main floor plan that extends into a four-season porch, an open and inviting kitchen, and an updated master suite with a walk-in closet, spacious bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the historic James J. Hill farm barn. Additionally, this home has a finished lower level and a renovated back patio complete with a stone fireplace and large grilling oven. This home is Minnesota Green Path Advanced Certified and scored at 64 on the HERS index, which means that this home is 36% more energy efficient than the reference home built to code in 2014. See before and after photos of the interiors below. To see additional photos of the home, click here.

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We are back with more tips from, Right From the Start: Insights Into Building and Remodeling Your Custom Home. This week we are discussing the key qualities you should be looking for when selecting a builder. You should select a builder you trust, has competence in building, and offers a fair price. Read below for more information!

Part One: Before You Build

Chapter 28: Why Picking the Right Builder is Half the Battle

How important is it to choose a good builder? It’s #1 on the list! You will have a lot of decisions to make as you build your custom home—selecting colors and finishes, determining size and layout, and more. But no decision will impact your homebuilding experience more than the all-important decision you’l...

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Don’t Buy That Lot! Call Your Builder First

We are back with more insights from, Right From the Start: Insights Into Building & Remodeling Your Custom Home. This week we are discussing the importance of talking with your builder prior to purchasing a lot. A builder can provide you with accurate and informative details that are essential to choosing the correct lot. Read below to learn more!

Part One: Before You Build

Chapter 25: Don’t Buy That Lot! Call Your Builder First

People sometimes call me when they are “almost” ready to talk to a builder. They’ve been looking at lots and have narrowed their choice down to two or three options. As soon as they purchase their land, they want to talk with the builder to...

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This week we are discussing the importance of limiting the number of builders that you have bid on your new home construction. Having too many builders bid your home can cause confusion and make the whole process of selecting the right builder a difficult challenge. You should select your builder based on trust and respect, not necessarily the lowest bid. Read below to learn more and be sure to check back next week for more discussion of, Right From the Start: Insights Into Building and Remodeling Your Custom Home.

Part One: Before You Build

Chapter 26: How Many Bids Should I get For My New Home?

Recently I met with Ross at a lot where he was considering building a new home. About 25 minutes into the meeting, I noticed he was distracted ...

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We are back with more insights from, Right From the Start: Insights Into Building and Remodeling Your Custom Home. This week we discuss the importance of setting a realistic and workable budget. Hiring the right builder to keep your selections on track is essential to staying within your budget. Read below to learn more and be sure to check back next week for more insights.

Part One: Before You Build

Chapter 24: Will I Go Over Budget?

If you’re like most people, yes, you will probably go over your budget. On the way home from work, I occasionally stop at the grocery store just to pick up a couple of quick items. As I get out of the car, I’m thinking I’ll be in and out in five minutes.

Twenty minutes later, I’m sta...

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Some people find they are more comfortable with having an attorney review their construction contract. If you do decide to have an attorney review your construction contract, be sure to hire someone that you feel comfortable with and has a background in real estate and construction. Read below to learn more!

Part 1: Before You Build

Chapter 16: Should I Hire an Attorney?

Some people just feel better if their attorney reviews the construction contract, and that’s okay. If you do this, be sure you hire someone who knows the real estate and construction business and will complement the process.

In my own business, my customers and their attorneys recognize that our contract is neutral and does not favor one party over the other.

If yo...

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