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January 13, 2015
Tiled Showers

Over time, a bathroom can look dated or no longer suit your current needs. This is why a bathroom remodel is one of our most popular remodeling projects. We're noticing a growing trend when it comes to bathrooms, that is, opting for a tiled shower instead of tub/shower combo. A tiled shower is great for adding your own personal touch. There are so many options such as...

Type: Ceramic, porcelain, travertine or glass

Size: 4x4, 3x6, 6x6, 12x12, 13x13 or 13x18

Shape: Square or rectangle

Color: Neutral or color

Floor: mosaic -- 1x1, 2x2 or pebble 

Decorative Accent: Nice way to add color or use a different type of tile 

Design Elements: Built-in storage, small bench

Tiling the walls up to the ceiling is wise as it prevents issues with water/moisture. Similarly if the bathroom has a lower ceiling, we recommend tiling the ceiling. Cleaning the shower is easy because we use Power Grout, which is stain resistant. You can also customize your tiled shower with multiple shower heads, grab bars or rainshower showerhead. Pair the tiled shower with a glass door and the shower really becomes a focal point of the bathroom. Below are a few of our tiled shower projects. 

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October 28, 2014
Andersen Exterior Trim

Andersen has an innovative, new system for trimming windows and doors. Andersen Exterior Trim products are:

- Low-Maintenance. The trim never needs painting and won't fade, flake, blister, chalk or peel, no matter what the climate.

- Long Lasting. Made from a high density composite material called, Fibrex. Andersen also offers a ten-year warranty; coverage is fully transferable from one owner to the next.

- Easy To Install. Trim system can come preassembled, precut or as individual components; simplifying installation.

- Environmentally Friendly. Fibrex contains 40% preconsumer reclaimed wood fiber by weight.

- Stylish & Versatile. The trim is available in a wide variety of colors and styles to complement your home's architecture.

Andersen Window & Door Trim Colors

Andersen Window & Doors Profile Options

Andersen Windows & Doors Head Trim Options

Andersen Windows & Doors Sill Options

If you would like to learn more about Andersen Exterior Trim System, feel free to contact us. We're happy to answer any questions!

October 28, 2014
Hammer Time!

One might think a hammer is a hammer, right? Actually, there are different hammers for different applications. The wide variety of hammer designs lets you find one that's right for your project. Here are three of the most common types of hammers:

Finish Hammer

Hammers_2.JPG - Usually around13 oz.
- Short handle, less than 16 inches long
- Curved claw for easy nail removal
- For finish nails

Curved or Straight Claw Hammer

Hammers_8.JPG - Usually around 16 oz 
- For driving and removing nails
- Performing general carpentry
- Curved claw provides leverage when removing nails
- Straight clasw designed for ripping out boards

Framing Hammer

Hammers_5.JPG - Between 22-28 oz
- For driving and removing large nails
- Performing heavy carpentry work
- Added weight and longer handle give added power to the hammer.

The handle of a hammer can be wood, steel or fiberglass. The benefit of steel or fiberglass is that they are stronger and have better balance. The cost of hammers can vary significantly. Generally speaking, the price reflects the quality of how the hammer is made and how it will perform. If you plan to use the hammer a lot, I recommend investing in a good quality hammer. 

The other day, we had a friendly little hammering competition between Home Check Plus and Dale Gruber Construction. CLICK HERE to watch the video and see who won! 


October 23, 2014
New Cambria Colors!

Cambria Quartz is one of many great countertop material options. Here's why: 

  • There are a wide variety of colors and appearances to match anyone's style.
  • All colors are the same price! No price tiers.
  • Cambria is very durable, not as porous
  • Low maintenance - no sealing needed.
  • Lifetime, limited warranty. Includes both residential and commercial applications.
  • Quality in fabrication and installation. Cambria fabricates all their own product installed in Minnesota and has only a select few certified installers. 

Cambria is always adding new colors to their selection. Here are some of the latest - Ellesmere, Seagrove, Nevern, Hampshire, Galloway and Wentwood. Click here to see the complete Cambria design palette

September 30, 2014
NOW HIRING!! Carpenters & Foremans!

Home Check Plus and Dale Gruber Construction are now hiring! We have carpenter and foreman positions available. Excellent benefits. consistant work through winter months and all local work! Click on the carpenter and foreman job opening for more information. Apply today!

St. Cloud Carpentry Job Openings:


Carpenter Foreman

Send your resume to rachel@homecheckplus.com, mail it to: 120 Osseo Avenue North, St. Cloud, MN 56303 or visit our office and fill out an application.