Featured Project- St Paul Bathroom Addition

This month’s featured project is a St Paul bathroom addition. This bathroom won the COTY Award 2011 for Residential Bathroom under $30,000 Honorable Mention.

Since the house only had one bathroom, Johnell thought it was time another one. She met with me to discuss the plan: Add a spa-quality bathroom in the storage space. The challenge was to maximize the space which included the shower, toilet, and vanity while also leaving room for plenty of storage.

Behind the scenes many things needed to happen:

  • Remove the existing wall separating the storage room and bedroom to add two feet to the new bathroom area.
  • Frame a new wall. Add a glass block window.
  • Modify the current plumbing dividing the room and add a toilet, a sink, and a full shower.
  • Install a heat run from the basement through a main floor linen closet and into the bathroom, while still keeping the linen closet functional.
  • Spray foam the angled ceiling to maximize R-value without sacrificing head room.

Then we got to the stuff that the transforms a cramped storage space into a luxurious bathroom:

  • Install custom storage cabinets at two different angles for a seamless appearance.
  • Install vanity and granite countertop.
  • Tile the shower, floor, and the remaining wall space.

The result for Johnell is a spa quality bathroom where the cabinets blend into the angles of the ceiling and transform this uneven, dark and slanted space into a functional, spacious, and royal setting.

Good Luck

Jason- J Carsten Homes


J Carsten Homes wins ACE Award

2012 Achievement in Consumer Excellence Award

National Association of the Remodeling Industry, MN Chapter

NARI of MN is proud to announce the newest recipient of the Achievement in Consumer  Excellence (ACE) award. The ACE award recognizes companies that provide outstanding service in quality, responsiveness, meeting deadlines, professionalism, and communication. JCarsten Homes is a recipient of the NARI of MN Achievement in Consumer Excellence award.

What is the ACE Award? ACE – Achievement in Consumer Excellence is a consumer rated award program that recognizes NARI MN members who provide exemplary service. All members who provide products or services to consumers are eligible. Member companies of all types and sizes can be recognized as ACE Award recipients based on consumer evaluations of their work.

The ACE Award recognizes members who receive an average score of 4 (out of apossible 5) on five criteria: quality, responsiveness, meeting deadlines, professionalism, and communication. Consumers who have directly worked with the NARI member rate them in each of the five areas. To qualify members must receive an average score of 4, with no score in any individual category lower than a 3. Members who receive the required scores on a minimum of five surveys are recognized as a NARI MN ACE Award recipient.

Good Luck

Jason- J Carsten Homes

The Houzz- A great resource for design ideas

I was recently introduced to www.Houzz.com. The Houzz is a leading destination site for home design enthusiasts– professionals and homeowners. The Houzz site and mobile apps feature nearly 250,000 high quality interior and exterior photos, thousands of highly-engaging articles written by design experts, product recommendations and social tools to manage the remodeling and decorating process.

On the Houzz platform:

Design professionals showcase their portfolios, sharing their work with a community dedicated to home and landscape design. 25,000+ professionals have uploaded nearly 250,000 inspiring photographs, making Houzz the Internet’s largest database of design and decorating ideas.

Homeowners collect their favorite photos, find design professionals in their areas, upload photos of their homes and gardens, and swap tips and questions with other members. 800,000+ ideabooks have been created by Houzz members, and new ones are added every minute.

Site visitors can browse by 7 different styles and 21 different spaces such as kitchen, bathroom, or wine cellar.

Check it out.

Good Luck

Jason- JCarsten Homes