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Scott and his father, Paul (Mike) started the Cokato-based business in 2009, at a time when construction was at an all-time low.
“The only way we survived was by providing unbeatable customer service, displaying quality craftsmanship, and maintaining productive and orderly job sites,” Scott said.
Within the last year, the construction industry has seen a complete turn-around.
Now, Scott is seeing a trend among baby boomers who are wanting to make home improvements that will allow them to stay in their home as they age.
“It’s renovating today with tomorrow in mind,” he said.
Most recently Niemela Design and Construction, in collaboration with Debra J Designs, transformed the home of Mel and Bonnie Allrich with potential future needs in mind.
With many large projects, getting a second quote is not only common, but often recommended.
For Mel, one consultation with Scott was all it took no second estimate was necessary, he said.
“He’ll do us no wrong,” Mel commented.
In addition to a complete update of the old Dassel farmhouse, the project included making the home wheelchair accessible, particularly the kitchen and bathroom.
Because Bonnie’s father built the farmhouse, it was important to keep some of the sentimental elements of the home while giving it a fresh look, explained Deb Halonen, designer and owner of Debra J Designs.
This was made clear during the consultation process; an essential part of the remodel which ensures the contractor, designer, and homeowners are all on the same page.
Communication continues throughout the process using a Cloud-based software where information on the project is accessible by the clients and the contractors.
From planning to completion, the project took 12 weeks.
The rooms involved in the project included the entry and office area, the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and two bedrooms.
“You have to have quality employees to have the quality people come to expect on projects like these,” Scott commented, adding that he provided the technical aspect while Halonen had the creative vision.
As the general contractor, Scott uses highly skilled local subcontractors.
“We are fortunate to be in an area where we have quality subcontractors,” he added.
In addition to a free consultation, Niemela Design and Construction provides warranties on building materials and appliances from faucets to flooring.
At the job’s completion, the Allriches were extremely pleased with the outcome.
“It’s fantastic,” Mel said, adding that Scott and his team provided Class A workmanship.
To set up a free consultation with Niemela Design and Construction, call (320) 286-2142, or to learn more, visit them online at www.niemeladc.com.