Historic Home Addition in Northfield

November 30th, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer

Historic addition

John Tripp’s work is coming along well on East Fourth Street in Northfield. This project expands the existing kitchen and provides space for an entryway, laundry facilities, and a bathroom. The addition is on the right side, behind the pickup truck.

As with may historic renovation projects, this one had its challenges. Limited space on site, unknown existing structure capacity, existing plumbing and electrical, and the desire to add significant amenities to the home.

The small addition takes its cues from the front porch, staying low and discreet. Details from the existing home are replicated for a good fit. The final shape is the result of multiple study options of smaller additions. Kudos to our client for understanding the interior value a larger exterior addition afforded: ample dining area, efficient kitchen, and reasonable other spaces inside. This decision cost more upfront but will result in more functional space and no future remodeling to this area.

Our architectural design services can help improve your home, whether in Northfield, Lonsdale, Minneapolis, or London!

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Peace of Mind: Professional Liability Insurance

November 24th, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer

VIVUS carries professional liability insurance to help provide our clientele with peace of mind.

The last thing anyone wants is to be injured by an error or omission in design documents. There has NEVER been a claim made on our policy, yet we pay our premiums to protect your best interests. Our coverage is there, should it be needed.

We wish you every success in your project!

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Fresh Eyes Service

November 23rd, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer

It happens to homes and churches, offices and retail shops, newer construction and historic buildings: When you see your facility day in and day out, you become less able to see your space through the eyes of a visitor.

It may be a potential customer, client, or business partner whose fresh view sees something you would rather they did not: burnt out bulbs, accumulated clutter, crooked picture frames, carpet staining or a thousand other things. These often overlooked items have an effect on your guest’s perception and perhaps on their decision making process.

To help you see your space, we offer a new service called Fresh Eyes.

Fresh Eyes brings an architect and interior designer to your space, to offer our professional insight into what we and your guests see. Our report could help you:

  • Improve your appearance
  • Make better use of your space
  • Identify overdue maintenance issues
  • Call out and correct lighting issues
  • Make your space more accessible
  • Simplify flow and circulation
  • Make a better impression on those who matter
  • Find out more! Call Peter or Mary at 507-645-9020!

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    Northfield to Minneapolis on the Metro Express

    November 12th, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer

    This week, I’ve taken the Metro Express bus to Minneapolis then home again.

    The occasion is the 75th annual Convention of the Minnesota American Institute of Architects, favored by architects near and far for quality opportunities to learn about current practices, philosophy and materials in the industry.

    Metro Express appealed to me as a supporter of sustainablility and as a guy who would prefer to avoid driving in rush hour traffic.

    It has been a pleasant experience. The driver is polite and conversational, the ride is smooth and continuous, taking just less than an hour to downtown Minneapolis. The walk to the convention center gives me a chance to stroll Nicollet Mall and take in the local architectural vistas.

    At $10 to ride (each way), the cost is very competitive with driving myself ($10 parking per day plus about $11 in gas). After a long day of seminars, it has been very nice to have travel time to process information and unwind instead of pumping the clutch through stop-and-go traffic.

    The departure times work well for all-day events downtown.

    I recommend you give it a try when you get a chance.

    Thank you to the Northfield Transit Initiative for your work in making this bus route an option!

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    Looking for a few good homeowners…

    November 4th, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer

    LEED for Homes

    VIVUS would like to help a few good homeowners to achieve a LEED for Homes certification. This could be new construction or a significant remodeling of your existing home.

    LEED for Homes helps us measure the sustainability of your project through a point-based rating system. At the same time, it encourages market transformation within the construction industry toward more sustainable materials and practices.

    We would like to hear from you if you desire a greener home.

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