Home Tour showcases city and neighborhood initiatives, energy efficiency ideas

If you’re looking for practical and creative remodeling ideas, be sure to check out the upcoming Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. During the 2011 tour you will see how many of the 55 homeowners were able to access affordable financing and adapt environmentally responsible features into their remodeling efforts.

This year there are five locations that showcase the work of City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) partners. Homes include the Hartzell residence built in the Hawthorne EcoVillage, the Killebrew residence in South Minneapolis that was rehabbed by Urban Homeworks, two additional homes in the Jordan and Webber Camden neighborhoods renovated to EPA Green Communities standards by PRG, Inc. and Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation and the Mill District City Apartments that demonstrate Downtown apartment living.

The homes and apartments are among 38 in Minneapolis and 17 in Saint Paul that will be open during the 24th annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. The free, self-guided tour happens Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and gives homeowners inspiration and ideas on how to improve their homes.

On the tour, visitors can speak directly with homeowners; and in many cases, their contractors and architects. CPED and more than 30 private sector companies are represented on the tour with a wide range of projects, and they also assist in sponsoring the tour which is coordinated by the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program and City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development.

Published Apr. 26, 2011