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Complete Exterior Home Remodeling in Stillwater, MN: Before & After Photos

At Lindus Construction, we are an experienced company of home remodelers in Stillwater, MN.  Some of our favorite Minnesota remodeling projects have been completed on historic homes. While historic home remodels are challenging at times because of components that cannot be fully understood until after demolition has been completed, the end result gives our team a true sense of accomplishment.  Many times, the work that must be done is substantial and must be completed in phases.

Adam & Erin’s Decking, Window, Metal Roofing, Insulation, & Siding Project

In Adam’s case, the first time we worked on his 1880’s home, it was shortly after he’d purchased it.  At that time, the top priorities were a new asphalt roof, soffit & fascia, and gutters.

Once those projects were completed, Adam and Erin sought our advice for how to best approach the next exterior remodeling renovations on his list.  The siding on his home and garage had become discolored due to age, one of the most obvious signs that siding has reached the end of its lifespan.  The two wooden decks on the back of the house were undersized and weathered.  Three of the home’s windows were underperforming.  A flat section of the roof was prone to ice damming and the couple wanted a permanent fix.  Here are the solutions we offered Adam and Erin to help them on their quest to restore their historic home’s exterior.

New Siding On The House To Replace Old, Deteriorating Material

Siding installation on a historic home presents a unique challenge, especially when other areas need remodeling.  In many cases, there are multiple layers and the likelihood of finding asbestos is high.  Such was the case with Adam and Erin’s home.  This meant that additional precautionary measures were needed during the tear-off process to keep our installers safe.  It is imperative that type of house siding and siding color pair well with the home’s architecture.  For this project, 5” lap LP® SmartSide® in a custom selected color was the perfect fit.  Blue tones were commonplace on historic homes and the utilization of a dark custom color worked well to produce a modern effect, while still respecting the home’s architectural style.  LP® trim products were used to recreate the window details.  7” Cedar scalloped shakes on the home and garage’s gables added interest and provided a nod to the home’s history.  Adam added to the detail by hand cutting each of the scroll details above windows.

We Installed Energy-Efficient Windows At The Same Time As The Siding

Home siding projects present the perfect time to evaluate the current quality of the house’s windows.  Replacing windows in an old house in tandem with siding can actually be a more cost-effective approach because the caulking and sealing of window openings happens only once, making the process less labor intensive.  There were three windows in Adam and Erin’s home that had lackluster looks and subpar energy efficiency.  In the basement, we installed two SeasonGuard awning windows.  Hinged at the top, they offer expanded ventilation, making them ideal for basement installation.  In one of the home’s bathrooms, we replaced the glass block windows with a double hung window.  These are top-tier energy efficient windows because of their triple weather-stripping.

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Roof & Insulation Replacement To Stop Temperature Swings

A resounding theme from surrounding historic home remodels is that the insulation often needs improvement.  Our team had plans to remove the home’s preexisting 1/12 pitched rubber portion of the roof because ice dams and leaking was commonplace in that section of the home.  Once the roof had been removed, we were able to evaluate the insulation which had been previously inaccessible.  Adam and Erin’s complaints of extreme temperature swings in that area of the home were not without warrant.  In fact, our team uncovered an entire cavity where insulation had been missed completely.  4” of closed cell foam insulation was sprayed in to reach an R28 value over the previous R5.  After new insulation had been installed, an Englert seamer panel steel roof was installed on that section of the home to prevent any future leaking.  The homeowners reported to us that these improvements have not only added to the overall comfort of their home but have saved them an average of $150 on their home’s utility bill each month.

Deck Remodel: From Wood To Composite

The back of the historic home remodel had two separate small wooden decks.  One acted as an entry point to the back door and the other served as a walk-out from one of the home’s bedrooms.  Both were small, wooden, on the same side of the house, but on different levels.  He asked for our input on composite deck designs that would work well with his home’s current layout.  Our advice was to expand the footprint of the decks in order to make decks more usable and add aesthetic appeal to the home.  In terms of material, we felt strongly that Zuri® Premium Decking was the right fit.  The deck boards replicate the aesthetics of exotic wood and have built-in UV light-resisting technology that allows it to maintain its aesthetics for years to come.  Lauded for its durability, Zuri® decking is the ideal material for high traffic areas, like home entrances.  Black maintenance-free aluminum railings completed the look.

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What Stillwater, MN Residents Say About Our Contractors & Installers:

"Excellent workmanship, great crew and we highly recommend Lindus' gutters."

James S.
Stillwater, MN
March 18, 2024

"We have called upon Lindus Construction at least three times. The first was for gutters, the second for roofing and gutters, and most recently for a replacement patio door. On all projects we were satisfied with the product, installation, and timeliness. We will likely call upon them again."

Jerry H.
Stiillwater, MN
December 20, 2023

"Jake was very helpful and responsive in getting through this catastrophic event when a huge chunk of ice crashed through our family room ceiling. He was helpful in discussions with insurance company, especially as when they sent out an evaluator he spent less then 20 minutes on the job, then disappeared."

Gary I.
Stillwater, MN
September 10, 2023

"Your installers were highly professional, skilled, and worked diligently to complete the agreed to project/scope of work. Good communication between the homeowner and the provider is extremely important and a rare commodity these days. Please thank your crew members on our behalf for a job well done."

Bob E.
Stillwater, MN
July 27, 2023

"They replaced our roof following hail damage last summer. Did a wonderful job! Replaced sheathing in an area around the fireplace chimney where we have had a leak for many years and nobody else has been able to find it. Also replaced our soffits with a continuous vent design which hopefully will lessen our ice dam problems in the future. Excellent workmanship all around!"

Dianne B
Stillwater, MN
July 14, 2023

"We are very happy with the gutter and roofing project at our home. It took only two days for the complete roofing (with lifetime shingles) and underlayment project!  The next day the gutter crew came out and completed our 163 feet of LeafGuard® Gutters.  Everyone was friendly knew their job! They were a well-oiled machine."

David S.
Stillwater, MN
May 19, 2023
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