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Duluth Township

Description: New energy efficient concrete home. Single family ranch on a wooded lot in the country with acreage. Perfect for a small family or a retirement home. This home is slab on grade with in-floor heat.


  • ICF Foundation & Exterior Walls
  • One-level living with in-floor heat
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Master suite with walk-in closet
  • Triple pane windows
  • LP Smartside siding & trim
  • Bruckelmyer Brothers Custom Cabinetry
  • Heated 2-car attached garage


Commercial Building

Description: A new 3,700 square foot shop and office for Johnston Masonry.


  • ICF Foundation & Exterior Walls
  • Clopay Insulated Overhead Doors
  • LP SmartSide Lap Siding
  • Stone and Stucco Veneer
  • Thermo-Tech Windows
  • 2,500 sqft in-floor heated shop space
  • 1,200 sqft in-floor heated office space
  • Stained & Stamped Concrete floor in office
  • Poplar Interior Doors & Trim

Sauna & Meditation Buildings

Description:  Designed by renowned architect, David Salmela, AIA, this urban backyard has been transformed into a peaceful retreat. The project included building an outdoor sauna, meditation building, deck, privacy screens, table & benches, and custom doors for the existing garage.


  • H-Windows
  • Cedar siding and privacy screens
  • IPE decking, table & benches
  • Basswood sauna benches and paneling
  • Wood burning sauna stove
  • Electric in-floor heat in meditation building
  • Standing seam metal roofs
  • Custom entry doors
  • Custom overhead garage doors

*Photos of this project are featured in the book "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Tradition" by Nordskog, Michael/ Salmela, David/ Aaronm, W. Hautala

Found in any local book store!




Island Lake 3

Description:  The site for this new two-story home rests on the waterfront of Island Lake in a secluded bay. The owners moved an existing log cabin and several small out-buildings to make room for their dream home along the landscaped shoreline.


  • Slab on grade, Wood framed construction
  • ICF Foundation stem walls
  • Geo-thermal in-floor Heating and Cooling System
  • Heated Garages. Two attached and one detached
  • Rumford Fireplaces of Natural Brynmawr Stone
  • Marvin Windows and Exterior Doors
  • Synthetic Quarry Slate Roofing
  • Natural Brynmawr Stone and Stucco Exterior finish with stained wood trim band
  • Timber Framed Exterior entryways from solid beams of Reclaimed Douglas-fir witha  stain finish
  • Timber Framed Porte-cochere between the house and auxiliary garage of solid beams of reclaimed Douglas-fir with a stain finish
  • Second story interior bridged walkway
  • Barrel vault ceiling between main entry foyer and great room
  • Bruckelmyer Brothers custom cabinetry and closet systems

FEATURED IN:  The Woman Today Magazine,  Duluth/Superior Magazine



Lakewood Township

Description:  This residential remodeling project in Lakewood Township began late January 2007. Originally, this home overlooking Lake Superior was a ranch style on a walkout basement. However, our clients needed to add more space for their growing family. After much input from Bruckelmyer Brothers, Owners and Architect, the final plans were ready. The slab floor in the existing attached garage was removed to accomodate a new slab with in-floor heat tubing and floor drains. The new second story is also complete in floor heat system, accomplished with hot water tubes installed under the sub-floor. Demolition included removal of most interior walls on the main floor. All of the ceiling drywall and attic insulation was taken out along with electrical wiring where it was necessary. On the exterior, siding, main level windows, doors and complete existing roof system were removed. Due to the complex angles of the existing foot print, the planning phase for the second floor was extensive. Attic trusses were used for much of the new second floor. But in the great room, with its ceilings peak close to 27 feet high, hand framing was required using S.W.I. rafters. On the walk-out basement side of the home, which faces toward Lake Superior, multiple tier decks were constructed with square stone support pillars. A large open ceiling screen room, also on the lake side, adds additional outdoor living space. The exterior was completely redone with stone, fiber cement siding, and Marvin windows and doors. The covered front entry roof was later redesigned adding beams which were built and finished by our millwork team. Custom cabinetry, closet organizers, benches and lockers all designed and built in our cabinet shop provide a quality finish to the new interior.


  FEATURED IN:  The Woman Today Magazine



Beaver Bay

Description: This new three bedroom, two-story home with a full walkout basement, rests on a hillside in Beaver Bay Minnesota, not far from Lake Superior. This modern design includes many windows to capture the views and a screen porch and large decks for enjoying the northland outdoors.


  • ICF Basement & Foundation
  • Wood framed Construction
  • In-floor Heating System
  • Fiber Cement Siding
  • 2nd Floor Master Suite With A Balcony
  • Marvin Windows & Patio Doors
  • Bruckelmyer Brothers Custom Cabinetry thoughout the home
  • Temperature Monitoring Network System
  • Large Maintenance-free decks


Bristolwood 7

Description: This new home site is located on a wooded lot in Bristolwood. The construction drawings, by Mindy Sonneman of MS Designs, feature a spacious single-story floor plan with a full, finished, walk-out basement.


  • Single story wood framed construction on a finished basement.
  • ICF foundation walls.
  • Home theater and surround sound entertainment system.
  • Three car attached garage with in-floor heat.
  • Marvin windows and exterior doors.
  • Master bedroom with trayed ceiling and His and Her walk-in closets.
  • Bruckelmyer Brother’s custom cabinetry and closet systems.
  • Basement sauna and changing area.
  • Exterior finish a combination of fiber cement lap siding, cultured stone and stucco.
  • Vaulted ceilings in the great room and breakfast room.
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Restaurant Renovation

Description: Renovation of this bar & grill will feature all new interior finishes and handicap access to all areas of the restaurant.


  • Bruckelmyer Brothers custom cabinetry.
  • New interior dividing walls.
  • Concrete ramps for handicap access to all levels.
  • New interior half walls.
  • Concrete ramps to all levels.
  • Birch trim, chair rail, paneling, base & moldings.
  • All new floor coverings of commercial laminate, carpeting, & quarry tile.
  • New can, cove, & under cabinet lighting fixtures.
  • Fresh paint throughout.
  • Corian & Dupont countertops.
  • Employee restroom and storage closet remodeling.
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West Hillside 2 

Description: This new two-story custom home rests atop a hill within the city limits of Duluth on property with acreage.  The sprawling main floor provides one-level daily living space while the 2nd floor makes room for spacious guest quarters.  This home was displayed during the 2008 Annual Parade of Homes for all who wished to see the fine details & personal touches built into each room in order to complete the owner’s “perfect” place to live.  Two of the most notable features are the 165 square foot master closet complete with custom cabinetry and closet organizers and the antique butcher block built in to the kitchen’s custom cabinetry.  To see more details click on the project photos link below.


  • Slab on grade, wood framed construction.
  • ICF foundation stem walls.
  • Geo-thermal in-floor heating and cooling system.
  • Fiber cement shingle and lap siding along with cultured stone veneer on the exterior.
  • Three car attached garage with in-floor heat.
  • Marvin windows and exterior doors.
  • Bruckelmyer Brother’s custom cabinetry throughout the kitchen, pantry, and wet bar areas.
  • Double Rumford stone fireplace.
  • Heated breezeway and screened in porch.
  • Master bedroom with vaulted ceilings and walk-in closet featuring Bruckelmyer Brother’s custom closet systems.

FEATURED IN: The Woman Today Magazine


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1201 Denney Drive

Minnesota RemodelOur Client on the hillside in Duluth, Minnesota, taking advantage of their awesome home site wanted to upgrade their home with an extensive remodel project. Starting out with, flattening the driveway, and all the way through, creating a second story with a large library, looking out over Duluth, & Lake Superior.

The Master Suite was crowded and a bit hard to use, ceilings in bathroom were low, Kitchen was small and out dated, garage needed to expand, entry too small, and rear deck needed updating.

Working from plans provided by a local Architect Bruckelmyer Brothers with our team of employees, and Sub-Contractors started this remodeling project in the Middle of October 2006,  (we feel winter construction season is a great time for remodeling) especially when removing roof systems and trying to protect existing structures, and finishes.

There are many challenges in any remodeling project, and this was no exception. Immediately upon start of excavation it was realized that the driveway would need to be cut through ledge rock that did not show, our excavator was able to rent a hammer tip for removing the rock, and the excavating continued on schedule.

As soon as our carpenters started to work on site, the Client was encouraged to meet with our cabinetry, and interior finish designer to lay out Kitchen details, baths, library, closet systems, etc. to insure window locations, door locations, room sizes, were all as accommodating as possible for function and style. Providing our own Custom cabinetry, Closet systems, etc. makes the process much easier for our Client. With our Custom design software we provide 3-D design of all important areas within the home, with colors, lighting, wood species, etc. While the structure is being altered and new areas being built, the finish pieces are being fabricated in our state of the art Wood Shop.
 On this particular project the Clients expressed that the existing heating/cooling system was cumbersome, and uncomfortable. (It had three different air conditioners) Converting the heat system from part electric, and part oil furnace, to a natural gas high efficiency furnace, and one central Air conditioning system, along with super insulating the new structure, made a lot of sense.  The electrical service was moved & updated to allow for the kitchen to be added to. Original plans showed a different siding going on upper level addition, after some discussion we both agreed (Client/Contractor) that matching existing would tie in the additions better.   The flexibility we offer to our Clients, is one of the big advantages of hiring us.

Lighthouse Restaurant

The Lighthouse Restaurant:  This project began in Dec. 2006 just before Christmas.  This unique wood frame building is between Hwy 61 and The Scenic drive North of Duluth Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  In trying to capture the feel of the lighthouses of old this unique design incorporates some real interest in all phases of construction.  A middle of the winter start to any project can be a challenge in Northern Minnesota.  Bruckelmyer Brothers has the E-3000 Ground Heater, this was used to keep frost from causing problems when the foundation work was being done.  A mild start to our winter was also a big help.  Stop in and dine in this unique family restaurant.

Commercial Building Construction

Commercial Building Construction