Building & Remodeling
Martha O'Hara, Builder: Hendel Homes
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If you’ve made the major decision to either build a new house or renovate an existing one, how do you know where to begin your search? We can help. Whether you’re interested in building or remodeling a single room or an entire house, Minnesota builders and remodelers are at the top of their game when it comes to creativity, quality craftsmanship, communication, and applying sustainable practices during the building/remodeling process. In the following pages, we highlight some of the most reputable builders and remodelers in the area.
Erotas Building Corporation
Once someone has made the decision to build a new home or remodel their existing home, what should be their first step?
The first step should absolutely be to put together the builder, architect, and interior designer team. The collaborative team approach brings a wide range of expertise to the table, streamlines the design process by allowing efficient and timely input and coordination, and keeps the construction budget and design process in sync as the builder provides progress pricing and construction recommendations.
What are the most important qualities to look for in a builder?
It is crucial to talk to past clients about how the building experience was for them—both during the process and after they moved in. A builder must actually know and understand construction, not just how to sell it. The quality of work must be exceptional both on the surface and under the drywall. Also, the level of experience, service, personal attention, and job supervision provided is equally important. Finally, talk to the builder about their organizational techniques utilized both with their clients and the subcontractors.
What are the benefits of working with Erotas Building Corporation?
We have spent over 20 years building a company that provides our clients with unsurpassed quality, value, and personal attention. Our unique system of communication, flow of information, and supervision keeps each project running smoothly and our clients well-informed. Most importantly, we build personal relationships with our clients as we listen to their wishes and dreams. Their home is tremendously important to them and we care about that. We recently completed a home right before Christmas and I commented that we would be finished in plenty of time to get the tree up for her grandchildren. Our client told us, “I knew you would remember.”
Since 1962 Hagstrom Builder has maintained a tradition of craftsmanship with the philosophy of building an above-average house for a fair price at a superior value.
No shortcuts. Ever. This applies to the high level of craftsmanship and relationships developed during the process of the project.
Energy efficiency is no longer a cutting-edge feature, but more of a normal conversation we have with clients and architects as we’re designing a home. We pay particular attention to heating/cooling, appliances, and landscaping. We work hard to research new technology and aren’t afraid to bring in the experts when necessary to maximize all energy-efficient features.
One of our most rewarding building experiences:
An out-of-state businessman who was moving to the Twin Cities bought one of the homes we built. He hired us to do a remodeling project because in his opinion he told us, “I’ve lived in houses all over the world and nothing compares to the quality of this house. No one other than Hagstrom Builder is going to touch this home.”
Lake Elmo, MN
Yielding the best return on investment:
When quality materials, quality design, and budget expectations are addressed from the beginning of a project and followed through to the end, you’ll achieve your best ROI. Your home is one of your most valuable assets. At Hendel Homes, we begin with careful project planning and material selection, then follow through with the construction of sound, functional structures that enclose carefully-appointed, comfortable environments, all while keeping costs within budget.
What sets you apart from other builders and remodelers?
Micro-detailing. Our understanding and attention to detail and quality make us different. We, as builders, are focused on achieving a house that is completely unique with a balanced approach to the cost. All the little things make a big difference in the scope of a project—proportions, textures, finishes, depth, materials, and of course—design. For example, we try to incorporate a completely unique designed trim for each house—at a very minimal cost, something that can differentiate the home from others. Another difference is our ability to keep the lines of communication open at all times. We believe it’s important to be proactive in communication, eliminating extra work and using time efficiently.
The Ispíri experience:
It all comes down to inspiration, inspiration that comes from collaborating with our award-winning certified designers and a licensed architect to help you imagine more tailor-made design possibilities with multiple design options. You’ll actually see what your project will look like thanks to our 3D design and modeling software. At the end of the day, there’s nothing we love more than hearing our clients say “We love it!”
Our philosophy is all about you. We are extremely good listeners and very inquisitive about how we can improve your lifestyle and help you enjoy your home more than you could have ever imagined. The Ispíri Design Team uses experience, talent, creativity, ingenuity, and skills to build on your ideas, your aspirations, your hopes—and just as importantly—your budget.
What do you offer over the competition?
That’s simple: Peace of mind. You’ll be able to relax knowing that our experienced and trusted designers, project managers, and craftsmen will do a quality job, on time and within budget. Our business has grown every year thanks to incredible testimonials and heartfelt referrals, in addition to positive data results from a national third-party surveying company. We’re proud to report that we rank head and shoulders above our peers.
Making life a little more convenient:
Ispíri offers a one-stop, state-of-the-art home remodeling and design showroom where you can actually see, feel, and touch a vast selection of trend-forward design ideas and innovative products. We are also in the process of implementing a cutting-edge project management software that will allow us to increase efficiency and enable interactive communication on project details with clients.