There are 3 main types of countertops used in homes. They range from natural stone, like granite, soapstone, and slate, to ceramic tiles, to wood. So how do you know which one you will like most? Windsor Construction is here to help you find out. 

Granite countertop
A very popular natural stone found in kitchens is granite. Though once found in mainly expensive and high-end homes, granite is becoming more and more common today. Granite has become so popular because it comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. From deep reds to vibrant blues, granite is a great choice for your kitchen countertops. 

Ceramic tile
Ceramic tile is becoming less common because of the shift toward low-maintenance and seam-free counters, however it can add an artistic flair to your space. Ceramic tile is often added on top of existing plastic laminate. When picking out which tiles you want in your home, be sure to use tiles rated for your usage. For instance, you really don’t want to use wall tile on your countertop because it is too thin and can crack easily.

Wood countertop
The third and final countertop material is wood. Wood is also losing its prominence in the kitchen due to misconceptions about its cleanliness. In a University of Wisconsin study, microbiologists contaminated wood cutting boards and plastic cutting boards. They found that 99.9% of the bacteria on the wood board died within 3 minutes of exposure. Many people believe that plastic is a more sterile environment but the University of Wisconsin study shows evidence against that. Wood countertops are typically crafted from rock maple which is a dense, blond hardwood.

If you’d like to learn more about countertops and how a simple change can make a dramatic difference in your home, please contact us at Windsor Construction.


pocket doors add interest to your space
If you are running low on square footage or if you just like a clean presentation for your room's entrance, consider pocket doors! Cherished for their functionality, pocket doors can also add architectural interest to your home. Check out the doors above that we installed for a client. Instead of plain wood doors, we opted for doors with windows to maintain an open feeling, even when the doors are pulled into the closed position.

Why else might someone want to install pocket doors in their home? In addition to their good looks, pocket doors are also handy for bathrooms used by people in wheelchairs or who use walkers. If accessibility is of concern, ask us about the options available for your space.

Questions about how to install pocket doors? Be sure to contact us - we can help!
Sometimes you just don't know how the details of a remodel will unfold. Such was the case for a house we worked on, remodeling the bedroom wing excluding the master bedroom. Our main objective was to gut two large bedrooms and the kid's bathroom and then put in a laundry room and bedroom in one area and rework the other bedroom. To accomplish that which was set before us, we did the following:
  1. Removed all the paneling and saved it for the hallway.
  2. Stripped paint*, sanded, and finished the paneling that went into the hallway.
  3. Installed clear fir cabinetry into the laundry with a full-length counter over the washer and dryer. We even included big fir bins for dirty clothes, a nice laundry sink, and fir upper cabinets.
  4. In the bathroom the kids got a new tub, tile surfaces and a heated floor in front of the vanity.
  5. Insulated both bedrooms to the max since there was no wall insulation and we blew in ceiling insulation.
  6. Replaced all bedroom doors with Rogue Valley fir doors which were fit and finished onsite. This kept the doors from harm during transportation.
  7. Installed new carpet in the bedrooms with slate tile extended in key areas to tie in with the rest of the house.
  8. Changed out the glass in the windows from single pane to insulated glass.
  9. Painted all the rooms, even allowing the kids to pick out their own colors.

*No lead was involved because of the age of the paint. We went this route because the owner liked the wood paneling we did earlier and wanted to extend the look in the house. With a lot of effort the end result was gorgeous.

Not all contractors are created equally and at Windsor Construction we pride ourselves on the attention to detail and craftsmanship that comes with the nature of our work. Check out our gallery and see for yourself!

Welcome to the new website for Windsor Construction. We look forward to sharing more with you about current projects and industry news that may make a difference for your home.

Until next time,

P.S. A big thanks to Evan Kaufman for our wonderful photographs!
Remodeled House
Sometimes a kitchen remodel turns into more than just the kitchen. This was the case with this project which was started in June 2010 and finished in November 2010.

Some of the work involved with this project included removing the flat ceiling over the kitchen and continuing the vaulted ceiling from the family room back into the kitchen. There was some engineering that was done to insure the integrity in one part of the roof that was different from the rest. We matched the living room vault with kiln dried beams and clear fir paneling.

In addition, we installed all new electrical, plumbing, windows and a nice big expansive door system to access their back deck. About 1100 sq. ft. of oak was put down in the foyer, hall, kitchen, and family room. All new cabinets were installed in the kitchen and laundry, and new granite tops, appliances, carpet, base moulding were installed in all main living areas, bedrooms, and hall.

In the rear of the home, we removed the existing decking, installed a new composite deck with cable rail, removed dryrotted floor joists that were sticking out, cut them off and installed an independent system, eliminating any chance of water getting into the house. In the front of the home, we installed another composite deck with cable rail.

Remodeled Kitchen
Remodeled Kitchen
We began this project in the fall of 2009, where we were hired to gut the basement, install all new walls and ceiling, electrical, plumbing, etc., and at the same time work on the kitchen upstairs, laundry, office, dining room, and family room. During this process we reused a lot of materials after sanding and cleaning them up to make them as good as new.

Some of the details you might notice in the work... If you look at the cabinets there is the wood pattern that is prevalent throughout, only stained the green color. The island's 5' x 9' granite slab took 6 guys to get into place, and there were 6 different cabinets that made up the island's base. The vent hood was reworked to accommodate a very high cfm fan. The concrete floors were sanded and stained. All the windows we changed out to have thermal panes and be highly efficient. We also replaced slate in the hall, foyer, stairs to the bedroom, sanded down all the wood in the living room, ceiling and walls, and recoated them with a low-sheen lacquer. In addition, we reformed the hearth and put slate on it, as well as rediscovering the first mantle that was on there and restored it beautifully.

In the guest bedroom, we stripped all the old wallpaper off, gutted the private full bath and installed new cabinets, a solid surface top, plumbing fixtures, flooring, paint, etc., and installed a new full-light door which replaced the existing one.

Outside of the home, we cut windows in the basement walls, cleaned up a wood storage area, and poured a concrete slab. On the patio roof we installed 3, 4' x 4' skylights over openings that were already there. In the front of the home, we built a 1600 sq. ft. garage with custom garage doors, and we reused the windows that came out of the basement. We totally finished the inside, including pine paneling on the ceiling plaster painted walls. We also dug a trench down the side of the driveway, across the driveway, and down a planting bed across a sidewalk just to drain the water off the garage roof onto the street.

5'x9' Granite Slab
Slab Flooring, Interior Wood Work
Remodeled House

This project began in November 2005 and we were asked to rebuild the front wall that holds up the arched brick window. This was specified by an engineer which means that this wall would be up long after the house is gone. In addition to the front wall, there were several other items we were asked to work on, including the basement, where we installed all new walls, heating, plumbing, electrical, and we had to make sure all of this tied in with the three-story addition. The three-story addition was also engineered, which meant extensive strapping and nailing schedules.

Some of the other touches we worked on included the installation of all new Pella windows to coordinate with the rest of the house, and replicating the details of the older house with the new construction so it would appear seamless. We also installed a new 50-year composition shingle roof. Once the structural work was done, we took care of the interior touches, too. New paint, newly refinished floors, new bathrooms, carpet, and a fully finished garage. The house was virtually brand new when we were done.

After all was complete, the owner of the home wanted us to build the "boat" house behind his home, which does house a small sailboat. It turned out quite cute.

Remodeled House Back
Three Story Addition