Rosemount, MN homeowners, Stacy and Steve had known their 27-year-old home needed new windows, doors, siding, gutters, soffit, and fascia for a few years but hadn’t felt the timing was right until last spring.
Stacy recounts, “A project of this scale is a big undertaking, for any family. For us, it is particularly so. Steve was diagnosed with ALS 6.5 years ago.”
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. However, Steve, a former high school math teacher, coach, and avid Minnesota sports enthusiast was determined to live with ALS, rather than be defined by it. Although he was almost completely paralyzed and utilized a computer to type and speak for him, Steve took the lead on researching companies and products, setting up appointments, and narrowing the couple’s decisions. Steve was well-versed in the realm of home improvement, having helped many friends and family members over the years with their projects. His skillset had included building sheds & decks, painting, and laying paver patios. The love and care he gave these projects showed firsthand his commitment to quality work.
Ultimately, the couple chose to work with Lindus Construction for their exterior renovation because of their confidence in our dedication to excellence.
“Mitch was so patient when working with us on choices. His ability to wait patiently for Steve to use his eyes to type his questions on his computer was saintly! He told us that we wouldn’t be disappointed by choosing you, and he is so right! Having Mitch here to show us our options and share his passion for your company sealed the deal,” said Stacy.
With the goal of creating a more aesthetically pleasing home with long-lasting products and exemplary workmanship, here’s a behind the scenes look at the products the couple selected for their project.
Windows & Doors: Infinity® from Marvin windows proved to be an optimum choice for the home’s living room and basement. Infinity® windows are custom manufactured to withstand the temperature fluctuations that Twin Cities residents are all too familiar with. Steve and Stacy opted for the Everwood® finish, which allowed the windows to retain the aesthetics of wood and match the home’s preexisting woodwork. An Infinity® sliding patio door was installed in the kitchen area. Its svelte profile allows as much natural light to enter a home as possible. A blue Provia entry door was also added to enhance the home’s security and curb appeal.
“Sam who measured our windows even helped us with measuring the windows on our screen porch, so we could consider another project. Jake & Jim went well above and beyond by crafting two threshold ramps to assure that Steve was able to access our deck and screen porch without damaging our new patio doors,” said Stacy.
Siding, Soffit & Fascia: LP® SmartSide® was chosen to replace the home’s original siding. A warm brown hue was used, and dark blue staggered shakes were utilized on the front of the garage. LP® SmartSide® was an excellent selection because it imitates the beauty of wood without the maintenance. TruVent® hidden vent soffit and fascia were installed to provide the necessary roof ventilation without detracting from the home’s architectural style.
“TJ and his crew (Mike, Tony & Val) were awesome too! They honored our request to have as little “downtime” as possible for our screen porch so Steve could continue to spend time out there while they worked. They answered all our questions, and like the others, made time to get to know us and build a positive relationship with us,” said Stacy.
Gutters: LeafGuard® Brand Gutters offered peace of mind because they are guaranteed to be clog-free, alleviating the concern of any future maintenance. They’re patented, one-piece and have earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal of approval. Even more reassuring is that the seamless aluminum gutters have been certified to handle over 32 inches of rain in an hour.
When asked to reflect on the project’s outcome, Stacy said, “We have been impressed with everything. The crews do high quality work, are proud of the company they work for, and are meticulous about keeping their workspace and our yard cleaned up. We have been blessed with getting to know the high caliber people on each crew. Every one of them has gone above and beyond to be helpful, kind, and patient. All the ‘big work’ on our house is now completed. Steve knows the work is backed by a company that stands by its work and will be here in future- long after ALS takes him from us. That means more than words can say. I will recommend Lindus Construction to family and friends … and we will turn to you the next time we need help with a project, too!”
Epilogue: In October, Steve passed away after his courageous battle with ALS. He was married to Stacy, the love of his life, for over 30 years. Together, they raised two amazing sons, Isaiah and Zach. His family and friends fondly remember him as a man of faith with a contagious laugh. He had a passion for athletics, including coaching his sons’ teams and cheering on the Minnesota Twins and Wild.
“Steve left us knowing he saw the completion of the project and was so happy with the results. We spent every evening on our screen porch together right up to the night before he entered home hospice. While Lindus did not build the screen porch, you did the siding on the house-side of it, sealed the corners where the screen porch and house meet, and your window guys helped me measure the “window openings” for the EZ-Screen windows we ordered, and the gutter guys helped me with fixing the angle of the downspout that drains the water that comes off the deck Your work made it even better than it was before,” said Stacy.
Here are Lindus Construction, we feel privileged to have been a small part of the journey of a phenomenal man who brought so much joy and inspiration to his family, friends, students, and the athletes he coached.