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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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Kitchen

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Front Entry

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Dining Room

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Living Room

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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This week’s excerpt from, Right From the Start: Insights Into Building and Remodeling Your Custom Home, discusses the importance of considering your future needs when planning to build or remodel your custom home. When designing your custom home, first address your immediate needs. Second, consider the market conditions. And finally, reflect on how long you will be living in your home. There’s no sense in putting a large amount of money into home that won’t fit your needs a few years down the line. Read below to learn more and be sure to check back next week for more insights!

Part 1: Before You Build

Chapter 15: You’re Going to Live Here How Long?

If you ask someone who is ready to build or remodel a home, they w...

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Bob Michels Construction, Inc. was recognized and awarded at the 2015 BATC Foundation Recognition Luncheon for participating in two 2014 BATC Foundation projects. The BATC (Builders Association of the Twin Cities) Foundation is a non-profit organization composed of BATC members and supporters. Their mission is to work in partnership with others to revitalize communities and create safe, quality, and affordable housing.

The first project that Bob Michels Construction, Inc. was recognized and awarded for was for acting as a Build Partner with Special Spaces Minneapolis in the BATC Foundation sponsored Dream Room Makeover for “Kate The Great.” Special Spaces gives room makeovers to those suffering from life-threatening illnesses...

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This week’s excerpt from: Right From the Start: Insights Into Building and Remodeling Your Custom Home, discusses the importance of keeping resale in mind while designing your custom home. It is necessary to find a balance between your wants and needs and market appeal. Your builder and designer can be sources of guidance for finding that balance. Read below to find out more and be sure to check back next week for more insights!

Part 1: Before You Build

Chapter 14: Design Your New Home With Resale in Mind

Who thinks about resale value when building or remodeling a home? While it may seem odd for a person who’s building to think about selling it, it’s important to address what you want and what the market wants even in t...

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With 2014 upon us, and already a month has flown by. I chalk this up to a good thing because of fun activities going on in business and personal life! I am planning on doing something kind of fun with the blog. I plan on mixing both personal and business things together, since this is how I live my life and should make it more interesting. From discussing products we encounter on a daily basis, project status’, things happening with Jet & I, and whatever else crosses my mind, I’ll try to capture whatever I can. I encourage you to ask questions, and I can try to focus a blog on it.

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Bob, Andy & Cousin Jeff on Vermilion River Backcountry Riding

As most of you who know me know that I am an avid snowmobiler. Bob and I have had some great trips to the UP of Michigan, Northern MN in the Iron Range area (north of Lake Vermilion mostly), and am happy to report over 1200 miles on my Ski-Doo this year and not once have been stuck in the deep snow they have up there. It’s been fun. We are looking forward to a bunch more miles and weekends coming up!

We have several projects we are working on now. What I really enjoy right now is the variety of remodeling, new home and an insurance type of job. The new home we are working on in North Oaks is still in the framing stages. Katie has been doing a great job of posting photos to our Facebook page (and if you haven’t liked it, you should do so by visiting the Bob Michels Construction Facebook Page) of the new home. As the project has been evolving from the ground up, so have a few sections of the plans by both the architect and owner. It started as a really neat home, and is becoming even more so! It’s quite exciting.

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Small Model of the home we are currently building.

On the remodeling front, we have a great 1900 built home on Bald Eagle Lake in White Bear Township we are in the painting stage on. The project entailed creating a 2nd floor master suite. The owner was looking for high end finishes, and desired to keep the flow of the house in line with the overall appearance. I plan on shooting a short video walkthrough this week, so look for that.

This coming Wednesday, our clients are moving back into their home after a small fire started in their home, they contacted us to repair, we started and are now a few days away from completion. Just before Halloween 2013, we were contacted by the owner telling us of the disaster they faced due to an electrical fire that occurred in the kitchen. I will give a review this week as well of the process we took the owners through to get them back into their home after a major overhaul.

In two weeks Bob and I head to Las Vegas for the International Builders Show (IBS) to preview new products, new innovative ideas we can bring back to you, our clients and friends. Last year we were inspired to come out with Bob’s book “Right from the Start”. We are looking forward to another fun trip out there.

Have a great week

Andy

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Bob Michels Construction, Inc.

5959 Centerville Road,

Suite 250B,

North Oaks, MN 55127

Phone. 651-653-1210

Email. info@bmichels-const.com