Archive for February, 2011

This past Monday, Andy took pictures at a house he built over a year ago down in the Ventura/Clear Lake area.

It’s a beautiful, rustic, cabin-type of home.  Basically, it’s like Andy’s dream home because it’s got stained wood galore and lots of wild game trophies hanging from the walls.

I love it because of the beautiful windows and the huge open living area and loft over the kitchen… and the amazing stone fireplace.

They are just finishing out the basement now.  Waiting to finish a basement is a popular option for many new home owners that want to spread out the overall cost of building.

Actually, I shouldn’t even be calling it a basement because that brings to mind dark, dirty, concrete walls.  This my friends, is more appropriately called a “lower level”… yeah.  🙂

So back to business.  Andy and the guys were doing some more great stonework in the family room downstairs.  They are surrounding the TV’s alcove with beautiful El Dorado stone and they also installed all this great wainscoting with a picture rail above it to display photos or other artwork.

I am really excited to see the finished product in person because this house is really magnificent and the homeowners do a great job of decorating the space and making it feel homey without feeling like a showroom or too cluttered.

Enjoy the slidehow… sorry about the dust in some of the pictures – like I said, Andy took these.

I guess then you know they’re really working when they’re stirring up that much dust!


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Steel in the Mud

Andy and the guys have been working in Lake Mills this past week, putting up a 24×75 addition to the side of a big steel sided shed.

The weather has been absolutely wonderful, as we all know, with temps in the 30s and 40s… but that always leads to another problem with the melting snow.  MUD.

Yeah, I don’t envy these guys at all.  I hate getting mud all over my boots and pants so I guess that’s why I don’t swing a hammer.  Luckily, it doesn’t seem to slow them down at all.

I can’t believe how fast this is going up.  They were just putting up the posts on Monday and now they are almost ready to start with the steel siding and that won’t take them long at all.  I can’t wait to share the finished product with you next week, if the wind cooperates.

Today it was a bit too windy in the morning to accomplish much with the siding, so the guys are working down by Clear Lake finishing out a basement in a house they built a couple years ago.  Hope to share pictures of that soon as well!



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Hi there!  Welcome to the new, Andy Houg Contruction blogsite!!!

It’s a great thing to have a blog that also serves as a website for our current and potential customers.  It will provide lots of helpful content as well as feature up-to-date news and pictures from current projects.

To get things going I will probably post a little bit about past projects too, but today I want to showcase one of the projects Andy is currently working on.

This is a beautiful new home for the Lunning Family in Albert Lea, MN.  It’s a nice, roomy rambler with lots of windows on the back side to enjoy the view of the lake.

Ground was broke on Oct 11, 2010 and so everything has gone very quickly on this project, even during some of the coldest and windiest days this winter.  Andy’s crew is definitely tough for all the work they do in adverse weather.  It’s only been four months and they are getting close to being done, it’s up to the plumbers and electricians right now to get their work done.  Before you know it they will be putting siding on!

Can’t wait to share the finished product with everyone.  Thanks to the owner for sharing all her wonderful pictures.  She’s done a great job documenting the project.

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