Homes

What should you look for when choosing a contractor? Loren Schirber of Castle Building & Remodeling has 25 answers to that question.

When Erin Hearst moved into her Minnetonka home in 2013, there was nothing in her backyard but an expanse of grass and a small 1970s hot tub.

Marilyn Turner is a story keeper, a guardian of tales told through collections of weathered stones, culled pottery and the silent secrets kept by the Saint Paul bungalow she shares with her husband, Clarence.

When asked about his career, Matt Muenster, host of Bath Crashers on the DIY Network, simply says, “I have been very lucky.” He didn’t start out looking for the camera; it found him, so there was some luck in that first step.

Tucker Thomas Interior Design is new to the Lake Minnetonka design scene, but its most recent project was a throwback of epic proportions.

Julie Ann Witt tries on a lot of shoes. The face behind Julian Design approaches home décor projects by keenly understanding how clients function and circulate within their homes. “They know better how they live than I do,” she says.

A Minnetonka mom—who was happy in her career and balancing the hectic lives of her four kids—had no aspirations to be on television.

The lakefront land along Halstead Bay will be the home of a brand-new neighborhood: The Cove on Lake Minnetonka.

If there are two things that embody the essence of Excelsior, it’s community and charm. Gray Home + Lifestyle, opened in November by local mother-daughter duo Dee Dee and Chloe Lappen, offers just those things.

When professional organizer Brenda Gauvin-Chadwick bought a 1904 home on Maple Street in Excelsior in 2010, she hoped she’d one day downsize and retire there. At the time, she had no idea she’d marry—and share the home with—her husband Jim Agre, a physician at the University of Minnesota.

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