The clients were away in January of 2014 when they had the misfortune of losing their entire home to a fire. Fortunately, nobody was home but almost all of their personal belongings were lost. The clients were motivated to get started right away on rebuilding so J&R Sundberg commenced demolition late February 2014. Their home is roughly the same size, but now it has new floor plan and style including a finished basement. The upshot: they gained a more energy-efficient and retirement-friendly home. The new home features superior R-values (walls R-26 & attic R-60), Geothermal heating and cooling, minimal stairs, and wide access and doorways as well as a walk-in custom shower. The finished basement also provides great overflow space for visiting family and guests, as well as a large open space with walkout windows and a patio area.
Situated on a beautifully landscaped lot in rural Duluth (Lakewood Township) – the clients enjoy Lake Superior views from several vantage points in the house as well as from the main-level cedar deck, which features glass railings overlooking the walk-out basement patio area.
Much was lost in the way of belongings and treasured items – but, the clients feel they have also gained much through technological advancements & efficiencies and look forward to retiring in their new limited maintenance home with low utility costs.
The MorgansA list of potential contractors was developed with specific questions on quality, schedule, cost, responsiveness and coordination of sub-contractors. I then obtained a reference list of past customers that I contacted to score for each contractor. Also toured several recently completed homes.JR Sundberg scored consistently as was well organized, on schedule and delivered high quality construction. My experience from start to final completion matched the references.Sundberg was an active partner in evaluating options to keep costs at budget.Sundberg will not be the choice if you are looking for low cost construction. If you are designing for high quality and minimum (near zero) construction and schedule issues, you will be extremely satisfied choosing JR Sundberg.