Capacity and Character
Lemke Construction completed a three-season porch addition and deck
onto the Wolff residence, the family had only one problem: figuring
out how to turn their house around 180 degrees.
found themselves preferring the back of the house to the front.
Prior to the addition, the family of six had a small, cramped family
room; three on the couch, three on the floor, and no space for the
family to interact. The Wolffs needed more space, a three-season
porch and a more open layout.
Homeowner Dan Wolf comments that “everything went very smoothly with
the project and everyone at TLC was a pleasure to work with.” He and
his wife Mary also appreciated feeling like a partner with TLC in
the project’s design. Working collaboratively meant that the
finished design was not only beautiful, but exactly what they
wanted. It took less than four months to complete, and the new
addition accommodates the whole family and is now the hub of the
project’s completion, the homeowners found themselves entertaining
four straight weekends–finally they had the space for it. “The best
thing about our project is that we have no regrets. Quality is
excellent, plans become reality. The second best thing is that it
really did not compromise our summer with our family. Having someone
do all the work rather than trying to do the project ourselves saved
a lot of stress on our family,” says homeowner Mary Wolff.
Showstopper in Scandia
This lake home was beautifully transformed into a true northern
escape, easily enjoyed all year round.
complete remodel in Scandia was done in several phases. The first
project was an overhaul of the first floor–inside and out. A new
kitchen, bathroom, and deck formed the beginning of the
transformation of the entire house. Next, the homeowners asked us to
return to install new windows and doors, to finish the basement to a
recreation room and create two new bedrooms for guests. The third
phase brought a 25-foot-long screen porch overlooking the lake and
an update to the exterior of the house. Finally, the last phase was
a front addition–with the finished project finding nearly every
aspect of the house pleasingly refreshed.
Originally a lakeside getaway, this house became the primary home
after the homeowners retired. The remodel and additions created a
great space for visiting children and grandchildren to stay. The
project was not without its obstacles–including the installation of
beams and structural supports in tight locations, the moving of a
boiler, and the addition of forced air heat and air conditioning
into newly discovered unused areas of the foundation–but every
challenge was successfully overcome.
crew did a wonderful job, as this was a tricky project,” the
homeowners said. “Sometimes they had to be creative and do something
other than what was on the plan–and it was always the right thing.
They were forever solving problems–including making custom-made
lighting. We are the envy of the neighborhood!" (See "Before" photo
in siding section)
More than 1,300 homeowners toured this
lovely St. Paul home as part of the fall 2006 Remodelers
Showcase. The family loved
everything we did--and when we asked for their
permission to show off their house, it was a resounding
YES. They were so proud. (See
more details on 3-day
event on REMODELERS SHOWCASE)
Construction has worked in and around the entire 1924
home. The family wanted it updated, but to retain the
feel of a 1920's gracious home in the Mac/Groveland
area. They got that…and much more.
Created a master bath upstairs out of an unused porch.
(See kitchen and bath section
Extended the present kitchen, adding a first-floor
laundry room, built-in wine bar and wonderful Marvin
windows and French doors (see
kitchen and bath section for details)
Built new detached garage with upper level to match the
home's design details (see garage
Updated stucco siding and added new roof
Wonderful patio area outside the dinette area, easily
accessible through French doors (see deck section)
Built a covered pergola leading to the garage
Installed new mechanicals and central air
|A Home in the Woods
with a Commanding Backyard View
|The Happy Owners
"What better words to
express how we felt about our new sunroom addition. This
15x15 room is much too beautiful to call a porch.
"The easy-to-love Pella
windows with the built-in blinds make the room appear much
larger and the openness and brightness have extended our
living area immensely. The cathedral ceiling is so special.
We just love it all!
had a deck off the house but couldn’t access our backyard
easily. Now we have a sliding door from the new sunroom to a
new deck. Better still, this deck leads to a bridge over an
awesome waterfall that brings you to a second deck with a
unique Stone Deck flooring.
When inside looking out, these
exceptional Pella windows expanded the family's living area
space with light and openness. The backyard now is a
accessible, practical and just plain WOW with new decking,
bridges and amazing landscaping, including a waterfall under
the bridge. (More Pictures here.)
"We tried to be open to the
unusual suggestions for the sunroom, decking and landscaping
– and both Tim and the creative landscaper were always right
on with what would please us.
"Our neighbors were so
impressed with the considerate letter Tim Lemke Construction
sent before starting this huge project. The letter explained
their effort not to disturb the neighbors more than
necessary, and their responsibility about cleanup.
|"We recommend Tim Lemke
construction to anyone who asks, and our neighbors have seen
the results of this company’s attention to detail. We’ll say it again …
Fabulous. Wonderful. Outstanding!" - T. & P. W.