This fall’s Remodelers Showcase is September 28th – 30th.

[image title="2012 Fall Remodelers Showcase" size="full" id="1144" align="none" linkto="default" ]Please visit the home with us during the showcase weekend. Our house will be open Friday 1-7pm, Saturday-Sunday noon-6pm. Quartersawn has designed this beautiful new home at the corner of the Minnehaha Creek and the Minnehaha Parkway, just a bit west of the falls. We are proud that the home is the cover story for this year’s tour's showcase magazine.

To download the article click here:   Fall 2012 Remodelers Showcase Article.  Copies of the magazine are available at a Holiday Station Stores.

What is a Gabion wall?

The word Gabion is derived from Italian and Latin, meaning ‘cage’, or ‘big cage’.  These cages are typically filled with rocks and used for retaining walls to stabilize steep slopes or to help stabilize shorelines against erosion.  When Quartersawn started to design a new home perched on a Minnehaha Creek ravine edge, the steep slope down to the water was an immediate design challenge.  A gabion wall system was designed to provide a small level patio behind the home. Concrete was reused from the foundation of an old home that was removed from the site.

Open Farms Day

This summer Quartersawn volunteered time at Open Farms of Open Arms! Open Farms is an organic garden that grows 30,000 pounds of veggies each year. This food goes directly into free meals that are cooked and delivered in Minnesota to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS, breast cancer and more than 60 other diseases.

What is Quarter Sawn Lumber?

There are three different types of wood cuts. Quarter sawn is considered the best cut method. Plain sawn is the most common because it is the fastest to cut and it produces the least amount of waste. However, plain sawn boards will tend to cup and warp in the direction opposing the curve of annual growth rings in the wood. Plain sawn boards also tend to expand and contract much more. Quarter sawn boards are simply much more stable than plain sawn which is a large reason why fine furniture and cabinet makers have traditionally used them. Aesthetically the finished woodwork has an increased depth and distinction that further differentiates quarter sawn wood from plain sawn.

Remodelers Showcase: Spring 2012 Preview

Low basement ceilings no more…  Quartersawn dug out and dropped the basement floor 7” in this Southwest Minneapolis home to give the newly finished basement that little extra space it needed.  Combine the extra head height with south facing windows and a once tight and gloomy basement is transformed.  Along with the fresh new lower level, Quartersawn also transformed the back of the home to include a spacious new mudroom, where there is space, light, and room for the whole family to maneuver. The home will be opened to visitors the last weekend in March for the Remodelers Showcase!