Welcome to the TreHus blog! Our goal for this page is to provide useful, relevant information pertaining to the remodeling industry. This could range from information about proper care and maintenance of oak floors, to new regulations and their effects on the remodeling industry and our clients, to stories of recently completed projects and how they enhance the lives of those for whom they are built. We are open to suggestions as well - if there is a particular issue about which you would like our input or thoughts, please contact us, and we will respond to you either via email or a blog post.
TreHus Wins Seven 2013 Design Awards
December 10, 2013
Every year, remodeling companies and custom builders like TreHus vie for recognition in various awards competitions. Over time, the level of competition has gotten higher and higher as more companies have submitted their projects for consideration. Given this high level of competition, we feel fortunate whenever we are able to come away with a win. In 2013, five TreHus projects were honored with a total of seven awards, presented by five separate organizations. To read more about the award-winning projects and awards from previous years, visit our awards page. Here is a look at the winning projects (and the trophies):
Exterior Remodel in Bloomington: Winner of Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) - Special category Master Bath Remodel in Lake Elmo: Winner of Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) - Bathrooms $35,000-75,000
Minneapolis Kitchen Remodel: MN Contractor of The Year (COTY) Award - Kitchens $100,000-125,000
Master Design Silver Award - Kitchens over $100,000
Minneapolis Basement Finish: Master Design Gold Award - Basements
Chrysalis Regional Award - Basements
Minneapolis Light Commercial Remodel (The MN Birth Center): Regional Contractor of The Year (COTY) Award - Commercial Interior
This project also won five awards in 2012.
2013 Fall Remodelers Showcase Tour
September 27, 2013
Come visit this classic Tangletown home on the 2013 Remodelers Showcase!
Location: 5050 Gladstone Avenue, Minneapolis.
Tour Times: Friday, Sept. 27, 1-7pm,
and Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 28-29, 12pm-6pm.
See map below.
Designed for a professional chef, this kitchen is as practical as it is beautiful. Open storage is utilized, providing easy access to dishes and cookware and to expedite the preparation of the latest delicacies. The design incorporates materials and details inspired by the clients’ childhood homes and their fondness for vintage diners. Beams and beadboard on the ceiling tie the kitchen and dining room together and rich textures like carrera marble countertops and handcrafted mint green tile add a higher level of refinement and a little spice to this kitchen.
Here are a few photos of the project. For more information and photos, click here to visit the home's project page.
See map below.
2013 AIA Homes By Architects Tour
September 14, 2013
This year TreHus will be participating for the first time in the AIA Homes by Architects Tour. Come visit this beautiful custom home in Excelsior on September 21-22.
Location: 151 1st St., Excelsior
Tour Times: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21-22, 10am-5pm.
Tour tickets are required. They can be purchased ahead of time at www.homesbyarchitects.org for $15, or at the door for $20. Tickets are good for all 23 homes on the tour.
See map below.
2013 ROMA Awards
July 15, 2013
The Builders Assocation of the Twin Cities (BATC)recently held its 32nd annual ROMA (Remodeler of Merit Awards) and TreHus took home 2 awards. One was for bathrooms $35,000-75,000, and the other was in the 'Special' category for an exterior remodel in Bloomington. Here are a couple of photos of the winning projects:
New Custom Home
June 14, 2013
TreHus is in the process of completing a new custom home in Excelsior. Though the entire home was designed in 2012 and built in 2012-2013, our designers made it look like a historic lakeside cottage by using traditional design elements and materials. For instance, the first floor features hickory floors and a tongue-and-groove enameled wood ceiling throughout. Climbing to the second floor, the visitor notices natural light streaming in through two skylights in a cuppola over the staircase. The exterior is white lap siding and cedar shakes with a gray bleaching stain, helping the home look natural in its historic setting. Here are a few photos:
Take a look at this home's project page for more photos.
TreHus Project in Houzz Article
May 17, 2013
A TreHus project was recently featured in an article on Houzz.com - a popular site where users can create ideabooks from hundreds of thousands of design photos (including ours). This article is about how to organize and declutter your home. The TreHus photo that was used was also named a 'Best of Houzz 2013' and added to more than 8,000 ideabooks. See the article here:
2013 Chrysalis Award
April 30, 2013
One of our projects, a basement, won a 2013 Chrysalis regional award! We have now won 13 Chrysalis awards in 7 consecutive years, including 2 national awards. Taking inspiration from a Jackson Pollock painting and the owner’s own work as an artist, this basement is full of whimsy and color. Strand-woven bamboo flooring is reminiscent of splatter painting, and walls flared at various angles add to the artful effect. A horizontal gas fireplace is central to the room, and a site-built barn door opens from the main living space into a painter’s studio.
Here are a few photos of the winner:
Unique Designs for Unique Homes
April 17, 2013
One of the challenging (and fun) parts of what we do is designing unique spaces for unique homes. Pictured below is a very unique home and a bathroom we just remodeled for the master suite. We picked up on the character of the home by curving the walls and the sides of the vanities to imitate the curves of the exterior. We also used a burled walnut veneer on the vanities and a painted glass sink to mimic with the faux painting present throughout the home's interior (one of the owners is a faux painter). Another great detail is the backlit mirrors - putting a rope of LED lights around the back of a mirror can be a classy way to make the room and mirror feel lighter.
TreHus Project Named 'Best of Houzz 2013'
January 22, 2013
Every year, the community on the popular website houzz.com chooses its favorite projects. This year, a craft room designed and built by TreHus was chosen. So far it has been added to 5,383 ideabooks on the site (and counting). If you haven't visited houzz.com yet, it can be a fun way to prepare for a project - you can browse over 1,000,000 home design photos and put together ideabooks of your favorites. Click here to visit our profile on the site. Below is the winning photo:
TreHus Kitchen on The Cover of Early Homes Magazine
November 28, 2012
The cover of the Fall-Winter issue of Early Homes Magazine shows a snapshot of a kitchen designed and built by TreHus. It is a country style kitchen with a blue hutch, a white marble-topped island, red stools and a red mudroom. The colors play together to create a nostalgic, homey feeling with character built into every inch. The design is simple but complete, with nothing extra and nothing missing. Read the article below or go to oldhouseonline.com.
Click here to read the PDF article.
Video About Latvian Blacksmith/Woodworking Team
October 18, 2012
This is a really inspiring short video about a Latvian blacksmith/woodworking team making an axe. It is such an amazing and uncommon thing to see this kind of skill, care and time going into something as seemingly commonplace and ordinary as an axe.
2012 B.L.E.N.D. Awards
October 11, 2012
On September 25th, the ceremonies for the 2012 B.L.E.N.D Awards and the new EcoB.L.E.N.D. awards were held at the offices of Linden Hills Power & Light, a local conservationist group. In addition to the presentation of the awards, there were presentations on Linden Hills Power and Light and its purpose, and on the Hawthorne Eco Village, a project that is revitalizing a four-block area in the Hawthorne neighborhood by building eco-friendly new homes.
According to the B.L.E.N.D. Award website, the award "encourages and rewards builders, architects, and home owners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis neighborhoods." TreHus received an award for the MN Birth Center, which was conciously remodeled in a way that respected the home's original character and that of the neighborhood. This is now the fourth B.L.E.N.D. Award that TreHus has received since 2009. As it happens, the awards ceremony was held in a building where TreHus has done a lot of work: TreHus remodeled the offices of Linden Hills Power and Light and built a condo on the back of the building (see our loft & condo project page), as well as the Wild Rumpus bookstore, which is on the first floor of the same building. So we felt like we had home field advantage. Click here to visit the B.L.E.N.D. and EcoB.L.E.N.D. Award website. Here are a few photos from the event:
Fall Remodelers Showcase
September 19, 2012
The Fall Remodelers Showcase will be happening Friday, September 28 from 1pm-7pm and Saturday and Sunday September 29-30 from 12pm-6pm. If you've been considering remodeling, this is a good opportunity to get to see how a newly remodeled home looks and feels, and a chance to meet the TreHus team. Click here to read more. Here's a before/after of the kitchen:
TreHus Kitchen Featured in Southwest Journal Blog
September 12, 2012
A few days ago, the Southwest Journal posted a short article on their Tumblr blog about 'favorite rooms'. It was about a couple who gained space, beauty, and a view of their garden through a TreHus remodel. The new kitchen fits well with the 1908 house and has details that give a nod to the owners' Scandinavian heritage. Click here to see the blog. Below is a before/after of the kitchen:
Star Tribune Article Highlights Birth Center Benefits
July 16, 2012
Today's Star Tribune features an article about the MN Birth Center. Read it to find out why it offers a great alternative to traditional hospital births. TreHus remodeled the Victorian home in 2011 to make it into the Birth Center, which has so far won two design awards: a Chrysalis award for best light commercial remodel, and a ROMA award for specialty-other. Click here visit the Star Tribune website and read the article.
The MN Birth Center Wins Another Award
June 29, 2012
Last night at the Remodeler of Merit Awards (ROMA), TreHus was recognized for the MN Birth Center project. The ROMA awards do not have a light commercial category, so the Birth Center was in the Specialty-Other category. This is now the second award this project has won in the last few months, the first being a Chrysalis Regional Award in the Light Commercial category. Competition was stiff as usual, so we were grateful for the recognition.
TreHus Wins Two 2012 Chrysalis Regional Awards
April 30, 2012
We are proud to announce that for the sixth year in a row, our work has been selected as the recipient of a Chrysalis Regional award. This year, two of our projects were winners. The first is in the Additions $100,000-250,000 category, and the second is in the Commercial Remodel category. Here are a few photos of the winning projects - click on a photo for more information, or visit our awards page:
April 24, 2012
A part of who we are is a member of a community of artisans serving the Twin Cities by making beautiful and useful products. As an acknowledgement of this, we've made a web page on which we will be posting photos of work done by other members of the artisan community that we appreciate, as well as links to their websites. Click here to visit our Artisan Community page. Here are a few sample photos of the sorts of things you will find there: