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Fresh Start Companies, Inc.

901 Sixth Avenue South

Stillwater, MN 55082

phone: 651.430.2412

fax: 651.304.1242

MN BC454532


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As only the third owners of this historic Stillwater home, the Englunds decided early on that a few changes needed to be made to update it and make it their own.  The most obvious first step would be to remodel the second story bathroom.  It was the only bath on the second story of the home and clearly hadn’t been updated since the 1950s.  It was poorly laid out, especially since it was the only bathroom for the three bedrooms on that level.  The remodel would include converting this existing bathroom to a master bath and adding another bathroom into an area that was used as a closet and a hallway to an unused secondary stairway as well as an exterior door to a porch.

Once we protected the rest of the home from construction dust, we were ready to begin the demolition.  As in most old home remodels, there were a few challenges that popped up for us to address. The tile floor in the bath was set over a concrete mud base that was about six inches  thick and weighed significantly more than was ideal for the framing.  That, coupled with the fact that the floor joists were deeply notched and undersized, meant that the framing was buckling under it’s own weight.  We couldn’t even walk on the floor joists or they would snap, so we replaced the entire floor framing system with engineered joists and beams.  We also had to support the stairs to the attic as we would be removing some support walls for it.  The resulting space is solid and strong, ready to support whatever is thrown at it.

We sprayed foam in the walls after updating the plumbing and electrical and installing a new Andersen window in the master bath and a small picture window in the master shower.  The master bath got a dropped soffit to add some aesthetic detail and a place for lighting over the tub.  The details are where we had all the fun though.  In the guest bath, the homeowner’s tile selections were timeless and fit the room perfectly.  We reused as much of the original trim as we could to match the rest of the home and added a chair rail and transom window over the door with beveled glass to mirror the five panel doors in the whole house.  We also added a linen insert recessed into the old stairway which we converted to a pantry in the kitchen below.  The results added up to a guest bath that looks like it’s alway been there despite being added from a hallway.

In the master bath, the details again make the space.  A large walk in shower with plentiful natural lighting is the focal point as you enter the room.  The obscured glass panels flanking the shower controls have glass shelving on the bathroom side, perfect for decorating.  The wide base as well as the crown moulding in the recessed ceiling frame the whole room while the chair rail adds definition to the two-toned color scheme.  The pedestal sinks and tub that the homeowners selected add a touch of traditional elegance that is too often missed in historical home remodels.  Our final results are two functional, beautiful and timeless bathrooms.

Englund Bathroom Remodels

“It was a pleasure working with Todd and Eric.They Always had great ideas they brought to the table and listened to our ideas as well.  Their craftsmanship is wonderful and we were always excited to come home after a long days work to see the progress on our remodel.

-Todd and Jen

-Bathroom Remodel

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