The Tomco Blog

Lino Lakes Addition Overlooks Remarkable Landscape

By Tom Sweeney June 24, 2018

Most remodeling projects look great the day they are finished. But Tomco projects maintain their appeal – and value – for many years. This two-story Lino Lakes, MN addition is a good example. Tom Schiebout designed and built the addition in 2012 and his trade partners returned last year to reside the entire house and upgrade the main entry. However, the most important construction details may be what goes unseen. During excavation, the Tomco team discovered one corner of the  home’s…

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Remodeling for Life

By Tom Schiebout May 14, 2018

One of the good things about having operated Tomco Company since 1979 is that I have overcome all sorts of remodeling challenges. That’s practical, experience-based knowledge that we can apply to your project. But it’s not everything. I also have earned a number of certifications and participated in continuing education over the years to keep current with best practices in design and construction. Last week I  attended an hour-long NARI MN presentation by Louie Delaware from the Living In Place…

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From leaky shower to stylish makeover

By Tom Sweeney April 17, 2018

Call this the silver lining project. It started with a leaky shower last fall in the Shoreview home that Larry and Cindy had built 26 years ago. Rather than simply repair the plumbing, they decided to seize the moment and update the entire master bath to enhance the home’s resale appeal and their own enjoyment of the space. Tomco started by tearing out the dated, corner-mounted jetted tub that Cindy guessed hadn’t been used in 10 years. They replaced it…

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Same Footprint, Whole New Impression

By Tom Sweeney March 3, 2018

This Tomco project is a case study in smart remodeling and teamwork. The main level makeover demonstrates how to gain functional and attractive living space without adding on. It also shows how you can make a floor plan more open, within limits, for the best of both worlds. Martin and Linda had four objectives when they contacted Tomco Company last year on a subcontractor’s recommendation: Enlarge their tiny master bath to make it more accessible and enhance resale appeal. Open…

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Looking Good After 21 Years

By Tom Sweeney December 1, 2017

Jan and Gary’s Minnetonka house was built in 1960 and they had called it home for the past 21 years. Tomco Company remodeled the kitchen and dining room, banished the pink main bath and created a proper basement suite for their returning grad student daughter. They love it so much they expect to retire in place someday. But for now they are focused on celebrating the new space with family and friends over the holidays. As with so many ‘60s…

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Over-the-top Thinking Avoids Post & Beam

By Tom Sweeney August 17, 2017

When Tim and Amy Wysocki were ready for their third remodeling project since 2005 this year, they again contacted Tomco Company. The New Brighton couple was confident they could count on Tom Schiebout for quality work and a fair price. But this kitchen remodeling experience brought something extra. Tom had both designed and built their addition in 2005 and remodeled their master suite after that. He also had replaced all of their windows and most of their interior millwork. For…

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