The Witch Hat Garage

Purcell is currently working on a project with a very unique style of a roof, a witch’s hat. Although not limited to a specific type of architecture, this style of roof is typically seen as a turret  on a Queen Anne style home. 
Here are some images of our witch’s roof: 

This style of roof can be seen all over the world.  Seen here locally in the Twin Cities the Prospect Park Water Tower was built in 1913 and is one of the most iconic examples of a “witch hat roof”.

Prospect Park Water Tower                             Purcell’s Witch Hat Roof       

The labor involved on this style of roof is considerably more time consuming vs a standard pitched roof, thus this type of roof is rarely built anymore. The roofing material can be asphalt, cedar, slate, clay tile, and/or standing seam metal.  Usually the roof is capped off with a finial made of copper or similar metal:

Copper Capped Witch Hat Roof

 Have you ever seen any examples of this roof style?

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Trends in Counter Tops

We spoke two local stone distributors regarding which trends they are seeing in countertop selections and specifications lately. 

Paul Hilborn of Minnesota Tile and Stone here is his input on trends of countertops: 

The most recent trends in stone counter tops are quite varied.    
Leather Finish- Granite

Textures are hot. We are seeing more leather or brushed surfaces than in the past. The use of polished and honed surfaces are quite common but the strongest growth is in textured material 

  •  A honed finish offers a matte look, that has more of a dull appearance and is non-reflective in nature. It is also fairly popular, but the honing process does make the material more susceptible to staining and scratching.    
  • A satin finish is somewhat similar to a honed finish, but offers a smooth, softer look with a vibrant, non-reflective finish.
  • leather finish offers a smooth, yet soft look and appears slightly more polished than a honed finish, but with a slight texture. This finish has the same care recommendations as say a honed finish but is much more forgiving (i.e hiding crumbs and fingerprints)
Vermont Danby White Marble.The sales of white marble in kitchens is also quite strong but the problem has been White Carrara is not a great performer in the U.S. Sales are quite strong for White Carrara but the new trend is the Vermont Danby Marbles. These stones are much better performers and have soft veins of tan and black similar to Calcutta Gold but at a very reasonable price. With softer and warmer looks it has become the next “Thing” in white kitchen counter tops. 
Vermont Danby White Marble
 If Marble scares you in a kitchen the look to “Super White” a granite with soft blends of gray and white with varied layers which produces a “dreamy” effect to the looks but performs as most granite’s have done, very well.
Super White Granite

Barb of Paramount Granite shared the following tips regarding trends she is seeing in  countertop sales: 

Exotic Colors—While most people have heard the phrase, “Keeping up with the Jone’s,” when it comes to countertops, consumers may want granite, but they may not want the same color, as their neighbor, or someone else they know. Many consumers are willing to pay a little more for a stone that is unique and speaks to them.

*Amazonia Bamboo Granite                        *Typhoon Bordeaux Granite- Leather Finish

Multiple Color Combinations—Some consumers, these days, are mixing and matching colors for their countertops. With the multitude of colors available, some people like variety and are choosing one color for an island, and another color for their perimeter tops. We have seen others that mix it up even more, choosing 3 or more colors, depending on the kitchen layout.

Backsplash Variety—3-1/2″ high backsplash runs are still quite popular, but many consumers are also adding tile. With hundreds of tile options and varieties, this combination makes it easy to tie a variety of colors together with their countertops and other decor.

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Trends in Kitchen Lighting

Current trends in kitchen lighting include: bold, black and glass finishes.

More and more we are seeing large industrial style pendants and stream lined chandeliers.
These are great options of timeless pendants in a bold color to add a fun pop of color to the kitchen.

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In Celebrating our Independence…

We have compiled a list of traditional home styles that can be found in various parts of the world, but are also found in the Minneapolis- St. Paul area. What else speaks traditions like a cozy front porch and an American Flag?

The American Craftsman

  • Origins date back the the late 19th century in Boston, MA
  • Features include: Low pitched roof lines, deep overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, front porch beneath extension of main roof, tapered or square columns, and handcrafted stone or wood-work
  • Notable architects include:  David Owen Dryden, Frank Llyod Wright, Greene and Greene, and Herberg Hapgood  
The Queen Anne 
  • Origins date back to the United Kingdom while  the American Queen Anne dates to the mid 19th century.
  • Features include: sash windows, local brick and stone, large wrap around porches, decorative trim, elaborate architectural elements, and  patterned shingles
  • Notable Architects: Sidney Stratton
The Tudor Revival
  • Features include: half timbering, herringbone brickwork, mullioned windows, high chimneys, dormer windows

The Dutch Colonial 
  • American Origins date back to early 17th century in Pennsylvania
  • Features include: gambrel roofs, flaring eaves, double hung windows, shutters, and a central double dutch door
The Georgian
  • American origins date back to the late 18th century
  • Features include: Symmetrical facade, double hung windows, paneled door with pilaster, and a pediment crown
The Second Empire
  • American origins date back to mid 19th century
  • Features include: Mansard rood with dormers set into it, patterned shingles and deep eaves with decorative brackets.

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Getting to Know Tim Purcell Jr.

My background…

  • I have always had a passion for entrepreneurship, I started my first business around eleven or twelve, lawn mowing. Shortly there after I started a magic show business with a friend. We traveled around to daycare centers, retirement homes, private parties even high school halftime shows. Yes, we have a video but it’s locked away and I have no idea where the key is! 🙂 
  • During junior and senior high, I had a very strong interest in wood shop class, I enjoyed building furniture. 
  • After I graduated, I jumped into the business with both feet and the rest is history. 

If I could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why…

  • My answer would be different when asked at a younger age but now I would say Minnesota. Being around family is very important to me, I  think its important for my three boys to discover where their parents where raised and who their family is.  I don’t really enjoy winter, I think eventually I would like to be somewhere warmer, but my boys would have to come along!
  • With that being said my brother lives in London with his wife and newborn daughter and my sister lives with her boyfriend in San Francisco. I wish my boys could spend more time with them but it sure does give us great places to visit!

My dream home…

  •  Would have lots of land and history

My hobbies include…

  • Coaching youth hockey
  • Golfing
  • Working around our yard
The Chicken coop, I recently completed in our backyard

 5 things I can’t live without…

  • Sun
  • Lunch and dinner
  • My wife and kids
  • Great friendships
  • Being busy

Not in that order!

Fill in the blank, No home would be complete without a ________________.

  • A conversational piece