Proj Overview

Molin Concrete Products Company produced the precast concrete used to construct a two-story, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in northern Minnesota.  The home features insulated architectural precast concrete walls and a prestressed concrete structural beam that supports the prestressed hollow core upper-level floor.

The exterior architectural precast concrete walls have a rough-sawn wood pattern and a wainscot that resembles stacked ledgestone. A concrete staining process was used to achieve the natural wood and natural stone appearance.

The main level ceiling features an exposed, painted hollow core precast concrete and faux wood beam design element.

A double-sided fireplace that has interior and exterior facing wood-burning fireplaces adds warmth and charm to the home. The challenge of preventing heat loss while still taking measures to ensure fire safety was accomplished by using precast concrete panels with an insulated fire separation wall between the two fireplaces.

This home’s design also considered the potential for severe weather, so parts of the home are fully constructed of structural precast to offer storm protection.

The homeowners, who served as designer and general contractor on the project, were proud to see their vision become reality.


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Project Team


Molin Concrete Products Company


Greg Saterdalen


Greg & Dawn Saterdalen


Molin Concrete Products Company

Precast Specialty Engineer:

Molin Concrete Products Company

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Key Project Attributes

Fire Resistant: The precast concrete building enclosure coupled with the steel roof will protect the home from wildfire.

Storm Resistant: The homeowner designed the home with safety in mind as Minnesota is known to experience severe weather and high wind events.

Energy Efficient:  With a combination of high insulation factor, radiant heating system, and “thermal mass”, this home will have significantly reduced heating and cooling costs.

Low Maintenance: The exterior precast walls were designed with a combination of stacked stone and a rough sawn wood pattern which was then stained onsite with a premium grade concrete stain that offered a 25-year warranty against fading, cracking, chipping, or pealing. 

Pest Resistant: The homeowners chose a large, wooded lakefront property for their dream home. They are able to sleep peacefully because they know that precast concrete protects their home from insects, rodents, and other regional pests like woodpeckers.

Sound Proof: The homeowners love the fact that precast concrete provides them with a quiet, serene place to call home.

Speed of Construction: The installation of the precast building components was completed in less than five days.

Project/Precast Scope

  • 4,200 sq. ft. of 12” thick precast insulated architectural wall panels
  • 21 lineal foot prestressed beam
  • 900 sq. ft. of 8” thick hollow core plank