James Hardie Siding Design Flexibility

One of the reasons we have chosen James Hardie Siding as our siding product of choice, is the ability we have to use the different products to put together designs that other products don’t allow.  With their offering of lap siding, panel siding, shake siding, trim products, soffit and fascia, we are able to design exteriors that not only look good, but will hold up to our harsh Minnesota climate.  With the assistance of some exterior design tools, as well as our project consultant’s many years of experience, we can help you come up with the right solution for your siding project.

On this project we totally transformed the exterior using a variety of different James Hardie projects.  The main body of the house is James Hardie 6″ lap siding in Deep Ocean.  The gable accents are accomplished by installing 3″ James Hardie lap siding in Boothbay Blue.  We closed off the gable on the front entry and gave it a barrel vault.  On the exterior of the front entry, we installed James Hardie Staggered Edge shakes in Deep Ocean.  By adding a window in the garage gable, we were able to break up that large space to be more aesthetically appealing.  All of the windows are trimmed out in James Hardie 4″ trim.

A good siding contractor should help you to put together a solution to your exterior needs that balances, functionality, design and budget.  If you would like us to come take a look at your project, give us a call at 763.276.7465 or fill out our contact form.

From Eyesore to Masterpiece

Re-siding a home can spark an exterior transformation. You may not think so, but new home siding can look so good it makes you second-guess whether you’re pulling into the right driveway. There’s just something about fresh James Hardie® siding and trim that turns a drab-colored, worn-out looking home into a clean, updated, bright one. It’s enough to cause a double take.

Why is James Hardie siding the perfect way to enhance your home’s exterior? Here are a few reasons:

Durability: Every James Hardie siding product is engineered to help withstand damage from pests, fire and Midwest weather (such as freezing temperatures, moisture, snowfall, ice, hail, wind and extreme temperature variations).

Lasting color: When you invest in ColorPlus® Technology, you won’t only get gorgeous color—you’ll get color that lasts longer than a typical paint job.

Warranty: James Hardie is so confident in its products that it offers a 30-year non-prorated limited substrate warranty on its siding products and a 15-year non-prorated limited substrate warranty on HardieTrim® boards.

Take a peek at this before-and-after; it may just be enough to get you looking at siding samples:

This Minneapolis home got a hefty boost in curb appeal with fresh home siding and trim and a new front porch and dormer. The Midwest home is now clad in HardiePlank lap siding in Monterey Taupe and HardieTrim boards in Arctic White.

The updated look stays true to the original details, like the porch’s natural wood bead board ceiling and different size lap sidings.  It feels classic and polished with a pop of color.

As a full service exterior remodeler, we are able to take on any size project to turn your home into the pride of the neighborhood.

Contact us for a detailed estimate and design consultation.

Window Composition Defined

Window Composition Defined

One of the confusing aspects of researching potential replacement windows, is what materials windows are made of.  There are three main categories of windows: Aluminum Clad, Fiberglass, and Vinyl.  Each material has different benefits and disadvantages.  When determining which window is best for your home, what the window is made of should be one of the first decisions made.

Fiberglass Windows

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Fiberglass Exterior

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Fiberglass Real Wood Interior



  • Fiberglass is dimensionally stable – Won’t expand and contract
  • Real Wood Interior
  • Very Energy Efficient
  • Stronger than vinyl and aluminum
  • Extremely Hail Resistant

Aluminum Clad Windows


Aluminum Clad Exterior


Aluminum Clad Interior

Vinyl Windows


Interior of a Vinyl Window


Exterior of a Vinyl Window

Vinyl windows are the most popular window right now for one reason – price!!  Vinyl windows are quite energy efficient.  One of the main disavantages of vinyl windows is the look.  While some manufacturers do have a “faux” wood finish, it doesn’t look very good most of the time.  So if you don’t want white or beige on the inside of your home, vinyl probably isn’t for you.  Another drawback to vinyl is that it is not as strong as fiberglass or aluminum.  In our extreme climate, vinyl is always expanding and contracting, which can lead to problems down the road.

If you would like us to come and take a look at your project, please call 763.276.7465 or fill out the form at our Contact Us page. Along with your windows, we also install James Hardie Siding, GAF roofing, and Azek decking.

Window Replacement Confusion???

ConfusedHomeownerStarting the process of replacing your existing windows can be a confusing proposition. With so many manufacturers, product lines, materials, and glass packages, it can even be confusing to us contractors. As a home improvement contractor that has helped many homeowners make these decisions, we don’t come into a home pushing a certain product. Many contractors get perks, rebates, or rewards for selling a certain window. We have learned over the years that each home and homeowner is different, and one window doesn’t fit all situations. We work closely with major window manufacturers such as: Marvin, Pella, Andersen, and Richlin. When we come out to look at your window needs, we assess what the current situation is and recommend a couple of options based on your needs and budget. This open approach allows us to work with you in finding the best solution for your project.  If you would like us to come and take a look at your project, please call 763.276.7465 or fill out the form at our Contact Us page. Along with your windows, we also install James Hardie Siding, GAF roofing, and Azek decking.

Structural Design Elements


One of the things most contractors and homeowners overlook when updating their home’s exterior is adding a portico, porch, or other minor construction.  It is easy to get caught up in selecting colors, styles, textures, and all of the other decisions that a remodeling project can entail.  The addition or alteration of existing porticos, porches, eyebrows, and gables can be a great “bang for the buck.”  When done correctly these design accents can turn a ho-hum siding job into a neighborhood favorite.


By adding a portico with stone columns to this St. Louis Park home, these homeowners created a welcoming feel to their front entry.


With the addition of a gable and some PermaCast fiberglass columns, these Eden Prairie homeowners added some architecture to break up their 70 foot long rambler.


This was a fun one!  We added the gables above the upper windows, as well as the garage gable to break up this big space.  With the standing seam metal roof on the bay and porch, these homeowners are the talk of the neighborhood.  On your next project, don’t forget that a little bit of construction can turn your siding project into an exterior tranformation!