April 28 & 29 tour is opportunity to check out recently remodeled homes

If you’re looking for practical and creative remodeling ideas, be sure to check out some of the 60 homes participating in this weekend’ s Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour.

During this free, self-guided tour, Minneapolis and Saint Paul homeowners open their doors to show off their renovation projects (additions, kitchens, bathrooms, landscaping, etc.). Visitors can talk directly with homeowners about their project. At many homes, the project’s contractors, architects or trades people will also be on hand to answer questions.

The tour is a great way to see how homeowners have remodeled rooms and found more living space within their home’s existing footprint. 

Homes are open Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. To figure out where to start, take a look at www.MSPHomeTour.com for home descriptions and photos, or pick up a printed Guide at libraries in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, Minneapolis or Saint Paul.

There are also three special attractions on the Tour – the historic Gale Mansion at 2115 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis (charging $5 admission), the SpringHouse Ministry Center - the old Salem English Lutheran Church reworked for three congregations, and the new Heritage Park Senior Campus just north of Downtown Minneapolis with its new, green health and fitness center.

The North Minneapolis portion of the tour follows the path of last spring’s tornado, showing how some good has come of disaster as residents repair and remodel for the better.  In south Minneapolis, Kingfield and Nokomis East neighborhoods each have a cluster of homes. Two homes are on Lake of the Isles and two prominently feature solar power.

City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and its partners are participating with homes at 3647 Emerson Ave. N. (one of the tornado stories), 3309 3rd Ave. S., and the Greenleaf Apartments with SpringHouse, at 28th Street and Lyndale Avenue South.

The tour is sponsored by the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, American Institute of Architects Minnesota and 30 private sector sponsors, and coordinated by Pro Media, Inc.

The tour began 25 years ago as a celebration of city living and a way to encourage homeowners and potential homeowners to remodel homes and stay in the city, or even move back from the suburbs.

 

Published Apr. 26, 2012