Structural Design Elements

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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!

Ben Juncker


When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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