The Tomco Blog

Right Call – Safe at Home

By Tom Sweeney August 9, 2018

Bob and Lois learned firsthand that it can be faster and easier to make one’s home more accessible and safe for aging in place than to find suitable senior housing in their city. It had been 27 years since a stroke compromised Bob’s right side. As he approached his 80thbirthday this year, he and Lois began to explore selling their home. They had built the two-story homestead on Blaine’s Laddie Lake in 1968 and hired Tomco Company to remodel the…

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Foster Lake’s Fine-Feathered Nest

By Tom Sweeney July 18, 2018

When Jim and Sue built their custom St. Michael home in 1992, they deliberately downsized the master bath to make room for a fourth upper level bedroom that would accommodate their growing family. Now empty nesters, the couple called on Tomco Company to reclaim the space for a stunning master suite. Tomco annexed an adjacent bedroom to create separate his and hers walk-in closets and a large tile bath with a spectacular view of Foster Lake. The master bedroom stayed…

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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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