Parental Housing

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a popular way to provide separate and independent living quarters for aging parents.  This project added a bedroom, 3/4 bath, kitchen and living space with separate outdoor entrances.  A common indoor entrance was shared through the garage. The overall impact on the property included upgrading the septic system to accommodate the additional bedroom.  In terms of resale, it was estimated that up to 75% of the cost could be…


Message From Santa

Happy Holidays! Not sure where your kids fit on Santa’s list? Check to see if they have been naughty or nice. Would they like a personalized message from Santa Claus? Each year, a very special jolly bearded man in a red suit visits our house to spread cheer with his reindeer bells, songs and presents. My favorite part is experiencing it through the eyes of my son….especially when he is excited about it! All the…


Universal Design Training

SeanCAPSSean Gallagher and Traci Tenhulzen attended CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) training earlier this week. The 2-day professional designation program includes negotiating doorways, elevators and barriers in a wheelchair while wearing dark glasses smeared with petroleum jelly.

Since 2001, the CAPS designation has established professional means for adapting homes to accommodate mobility challenges.

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Lakeside Master Suite

This mid 1970’s daylight rambler has been transformed to accommodate a simple lifestyle. with intentionally designed spaces. Cabinetry panels create warmth of the vertical surfaces while elements of stone, metal and glass add subtle and accessorizable personality. This bathroom was once a lower floor kitchen directly below the upper floor kitchen. Modern conveniences include heated towel bar, barrier-free shower and hydrotherapy tub.    

Customer Service Goals

As Tenhulzen Residential began re-training personnel to perform to improved standards, staff agreed on the following list of features and benefits offered to our customers:

Community Commitments

  1. Respect for the home
  2. Trustworthy
  3. Family friendly
  4. Performance-oriented
  5. Integrated process
  6. Creative environment
  7. Stress reduction
  8. Convenient location
  9. Timely response
  10. Quality workmanship
  11. Respectable crew
  12. Professionalism
  13. Trade partners
  14. Quality control
  15. Award-winning
  16. Jobsite safety
  17. Building technology
  18. Philanthropy
  19. Community leadership



Compact Kitchen

With less than 130 available square feet, the tight budget limited the new design to keeping all plumbing, electrical, and appliances to their original locations without affecting the existing hardwood flooring. Through proper space planning, maximum storage was achieved, thus allowing the client to customize two of the upper cabinets for display storage with reeded glass door fronts. A dual-purpose wine rack located within easy reach of the stove also houses vinegars and oils for…