On April 29th and 30th homeowners will open their doors, greet visitors, and share their home improvement ideas and experiences during the 2017 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. The 30th annual home remodeling and preservation tour is sponsored by the planning and economic development departments of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as corporate and non-profit businesses, to promote city living. This year’s tour will present more than 50 new and recently renovated homes!If you’re looking for fresh new ideas for your basement, bath, or kitchen, you’ll have an opportunity to talk to contractors, architects, and other real estate professionals about your building or remodeling project in a casual obligation-free setting. The homeowners who volunteer to open their homes to the public are also available to talk to visitors. “What people enjoy most about the tour is talking to the homeowners,” said tour coordinator Margo Ashmore. “Real conversations are shared and friendships are formed. We get three or four new homeowners every year who want to volunteer their homes for the tour. They learned great things from it and want to give back!”

The homes chosen for the tour reflect the diversity of areas, sizes, and living styles in city housing. New homes showcase green construction, energy efficiency, and exemplify latest non-profit and government-sponsored projects. Some of the featured homes are for sale by developers who will be on hand to talk to you about their innovations. The newly remodeled homes feature enticing expansions such as new rooms, multi-story additions, or entire overhauls! Visitors will see homes that highlight life stage adaptations, life/work spaces, unusual settings or materials, remodels done on a budget, and accessory dwelling units. (The private homes are not for sale.) New to this year are a number of unique commercial buildings that will open their doors to visitors as well.


The renovations featured in this year’s tour range from simple to complex. Be certain to stop by the St. Paul duplex owned by two sisters — they saved money on their remodel by using the same kitchen design for each housing unit, but they selected different materials and décor to create two very different and beautiful rooms. You’ll also want to see the Minneapolis Whittier neighborhood home, built in 1907, that has just been totally renovated with green construction.

The 2017 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is a free, self-guided event that will take place regardless of weather conditions. To plan your tour go to www.msphometour.com and download a home tour guide. Printed guides with home descriptions and maps are also available at most metro libraries and at the tour’s homes themselves. Homes will be open to visitors on Saturday, April 29 from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, April 30 from 1 to 5 PM.


By Judy Kallestad