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JPC Custom Homes

New custom rambler in Buffalo, MN!

Congratulations to the homeowners of this custom rambler in Buffalo, MN! We are so excited that you get to call this stunning house “home”. From the rich cherry cabinetry to the relaxing screen porch- your custom selections came together so beautifully to make this home a wonderful blend of functional and beautiful. Thank you for entrusting in us as your builder.

A few of the many features:

  • Welcome guests with red fiberglass double front door
  • Maple hardwood floors
  • Cherry cabinetry
  • White enameled millwork
  • Granite countertops in kitchen and lower level wet bar
  • Smooth ceilings
  • Screen porch with low maintenance deck and rail.
  • Steam shower with ceramic tile in master bathroom
  • Gas cultured stone fireplace in lower level
  • Custom wet bar in lower level
  • 97% high efficiency furnace
  • Recessed mechanical room

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New Custom Home in Buffalo, MN!

Congratulations to the homeowners of this rambler in Buffalo, MN! It was wonderful getting to know you and designing your home built for life. The tall ceilings and doors, large kitchen island, 4 stall garage and more make this open floor-plan home even more spacious and inviting!

A few of the many features:
-Knotty alder woodwork (cabinets and interior doors)
-White enamel casing and base trim
-Beautiful laminated wood flooring
-Granite kitchen and bathroom countertops
-Large kitchen center island with seating
-10’ ceiling in foyer and great room
-Hand-scraped timbers in great room
-Cultured stone fireplace
-9’ patio door in dining room and master bedroom
-Dual vanity with make-up counter in master bathroom
-Recessed mechanical room
-JamesHardie HardieShingle siding
-Double Exterior Door
-Arched garage doors

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New custom home in Carver, MN!

Congratulations to the homeowners of this new custom home in Carver, MN! It was wonderful to work with you throughout the build-process and are excited for you to call this house, "home".  So many beautiful features throughout, and we love the uniqueness the reclaimed pieces gave! Welcome home!

A few of the many features:

-LP siding front and vinyl on rest
-Stainable fiberglass front door and wood grain garage doors
-Custom cedar gable décor and columns
-Shakes and cultured stone

-Laminate wood floor
-Knotty alder wood work

Living Room:
-Box ceiling
-Gas fireplace with cultured stone front and sides

-Reclaimed pantry door
-Ceramic subway tile backsplash
-Granite countertops
-Unique drawer microwave
-Stainless steel farmhouse sink

-Marble countertops
-Transom window
-Ceramic tile floors and walk-in shower

Lower Level:
-Finished lower level with bedroom, bathroom and family room
-Reclaimed dresser vanity in bathroom
-Recessed mechanical room

Screen Porch:
-Low maintenance floor and rail
-Cedar posts
-Reclaimed tin ceiling
-Hot tub patio below porch

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New Custom Home in Buffalo, MN!

Congratulations to a wonderful family on your new home! It was such a pleasure working with you to build your custom home to fit your lifestyle! We enjoy being a part of every build-process and have the same level of excitement everytime we see all the features come together, both functional and aesthetical. And this home was no exception; from the beautiful kitchen to the sport court downstairs, it all flows so perfectly and we are excited for you to call it "home".

A few of the many features:

-LP siding in front and vinyl on the rest
-Wood grain garage doors and wood grain stainable fiberglass front door
-Cultured stonework
-Concrete driveway
-Garden shed in the back
-Extensive landscaping

-Fully furnished heated 3 car garage with shop area
-Epoxy floor
-Floor drain
-Painted walls
-Base, windows and doors trimmed out
-Utility sink

-Distressed wood floors
-White enameled wood work, doors and trim
-Knotty alder built-ins
-Top moulding on windows

-Granite countertops
-Ceramic tile backsplash
-Commercial stove
-Custom range hood cover
-Stainless steel farmhouse sink

Formal Dining Room:
-Wainscoting and crown molding
-Buffet cabinet

Master bedroom and bathroom:
-Tray ceiling
-Granite countertops
-Dual-head walk-in shower
-Ceramic tile floor and in shower

Bathrooms / Laundry:
-Cultured marble countertops in main level and upstairs bathrooms
-Luxury vinyl floors with in-lay grout

Lower Level:
-Sport court with epoxy floor
-Gas fireplace with cultured stone in lower level living room
-Chicago tile and granite in lower level kitchenette/bar
-Recessed mechanical room

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Bella Vista neighborhood in Buffalo, MN

Looking to build in Buffalo, MN?
We have 3 walk-out lots available in the Bella Vista neighborhood located in Western Buffalo! Bella Vista means “Beautiful View” in Italian. The neighborhood was designed for its residents to experience the “beautiful views” of the lake, groves of trees and untouched wetlands. It provides the perfect setting for recreational opportunities- canoeing or kayaking, gathering with friends and neighbors for an evening bonfire by the lake, walking or biking through the many trails and walking paths throughout the neighborhood. Your family will truly enjoy all of the community amenities including the association maintained private outdoor pool and cabana.
Contact us today for more information or to tour the neighborhood! (763) 498-8607

New Custom Home in Lino Lakes, MN!

Congratulations to the home owners of this 1 ½ story slab-on-grade home in Lino Lakes, MN! It was a pleasure working with you to build your custom home that fits your lifestyle. Enjoy!

A few of the many features:
-Exterior is stone and LP siding and shakes
-In-floor heat throughout entire lower level
-Knotty alder doors and trim throughout
-¼ sawn oak cabinetry throughout
-Custom painted island and mudroom built-in lockers
-Granite countertops in kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms
-Ceramic tile in bathroom floors and shower
-Laminate wood floors
-Custom barn door leading to storage area
-Recessed mechanical room
-Tankless water heater
-Covered porch with wood-burning fireplace

Screened Porch in Buffalo, MN!

This is a 12’ x 16’ screened porch we recently completed on a home we built a few years ago in Buffalo, MN. Screened porches allow you to enjoy the outdoors comfortably and provides protection from the weather and bugs.

This porch boasts many features, including:

  • -Vaulted ceiling
  • -Natural finish cedar tongue and groove walls and ceiling
  • -Composite rails and flooring
  • -Aluminum spindles
  • -SCREENEZE screens used for a larger viewing area (not as many posts needed) and for it’s durability (may never have to rescreen again!)

Looking to build your custom porch, deck, or addition? Contact your trusted builder, JPC Custom Homes, Inc.; we would love to make your dream a reality.

New Custom Home in Shorewood, MN!

Congratulations to the homeowners of this stunning new home in Shorewood, MN! It was such a pleasure bringing your wish list to life. From the cultured stone fireplace to the energy-efficient details, it paid off giving you a great home to enjoy with low utility bills. This Galaxy floorplan home was assigned an HERS index score of 40. This home is 60% more energy efficient compared to the home building standards prevalent in 2006 and 90% more efficient than the typical resale home!

A few of the many features:

-Maple doors and millwork
-Cumaru hardwood floors
-Hickory kitchen cabinets
-Granite kitchen countertops
-Linear fireplace with dry stack cultured stone (no grout lines)
-Tray vaulted ceiling in master bedroom
-Tile shower with dual showerheads in master bathroom
-Full view glass French doors to office
-Finished bonus room above the garage
-Triple pane glass windows
-42” wide Therma-Tru Classic Craft fiberglass front door
-Spray foam insulation
-Recessed mechanical room
-Multi-stage variable speed furnace
-75 gal water heater (normal is 50 gals)
-High efficiency plumbing

New Custom Home in Albertville, MN!

Congratulations to the homeowners of their new custom two-story home in Albertville, MN! It was such a pleasure working with you again (2nd time building with JPC!) and we love all of your unique selections to make your home, Home! Enjoy!

A few of the many features:
-Custom ceramic tile work
-Hickory hardwood floors
-Knotty Alder cabinets
-Walk-in pantry
-Quartz countertops throughout
-Vaulted great room with wood ceiling and beams
-3 sided fireplace with stone surround
-Front porch using low maintenance composite
-Steel siding
-Cultured stone on front
-Anderson windows
-Tuck-under garage
-In-floor heat in basement
-Spray foam insulation throughout the house

New Custom Rambler in Nowthen, MN!

Congratulations to the homeowners of this stunning rambler in Nowthen, MN! A beautiful home on a beautiful piece of land. Lots of custom features to make your home truly yours to fit your lifestyle. It was a great pleasure working with you!

A few of the many features:
-In-floor heat in the house and garage
-Wood plank ceramic tile flooring
-Gas fireplace with cultured stone front
-Enameled woodwork
-Kitchen granite countertops – honed finish on back countertops
-Tankless water heater
-Recessed mechanical room
-Whirlpool in master bathroom
-Ceramic tile shower
-LP siding with cultured stone
-Cedar timbers and columns in front entry way
-Large covered back porch

New Custom Home in St. Michael, MN!

Congratulations to the owners of this stunning custom home in St. Michael, MN! Thank you for choosing JPC Custom Homes, Inc. to build your custom home; built to fit your lifestyle! It was such a pleasure working on this- the pictures speak for themselves on how quality and functionality matched with stylish and personal selections make for such an amazing finished product! Welcome Home!

A few of the many features:

-Knotty alder kitchen cabinets with open display shelving
-Engineered wood flooring
-Gas cooktop with pop up downdraft venting
-Custom Boot bench / locker by back door
-Ceramic tile walk-in shower in master bathroom
-Luxury vinyl flooring in master bathroom
-Upper level laundry
-Recessed mechanical room
-Zone heating
-Covered deck
-Large concrete front porch
-Root cellar, cold storage, and/or storm shelter under concrete front porch accessible from basement
-Walkout basement

New Custom Home in Buffalo, MN!

Congratulations to the homeowners of this beautiful walk-out rambler in the Bella Vista Neighborhood in Buffalo, MN! It was a great pleasure working with you! Thank you for choosing and entrusting us with your vision; we are so excited for you to enjoy your custom home!

A few of the many features:

-Vinyl siding/ cultured stone on exterior
-Low maintenance composite decking
-2 gas fireplaces with cultured stone
-Box vaulted ceiling in living room
-Hickory kitchen cabinets and open display shelves
-Granite countertops
-White subway tile backsplash
-Walk-in pantry
-Engineered plank wood flooring
-All ceramic tile shower in master bathroom
-Tankless water heater
-Recessed mechanical room
-Zone heating
-Custom locker and bench by back entrance
-Large finished basement

Home Remodeling: Top Five Remodeling Trends for Bathrooms in 2016

Homeowners can choose to go simple chic or loud and extravagant with their home remodels, but most feel the same when it comes to bathrooms: it should allow them to be themselves. Bathrooms are an integral part of the remodel project; in some cases, its design is the first consideration and everything else adapts.

Here are five trends for bathroom remodels that experts predict will continue in 2016. If you have your home remodeling project lined up for this year, the following design tips would be good to know.


Freestanding Tub: Soak Anywhere 

More households appear to abandon built-in bathtubs and opt for larger shower stalls. The fast-paced lifestyle is often the main reason for this; many busy homeowners have very little time for a soak. Built-in tubs are also fixed; they do not allow owners to redesign bathroom interiors whenever they want to. Many homes are getting freestanding bathtubs to give homeowners a choice, with some putting their tubs inside the shower.

Double or Trough Sink: More is Less 

More space, less time. Again, this trend suggests speed and flexibility; it allows homeowners to do things simultaneously to save time. Trough sinks are bigger, letting more than one person wash up at the same time. Couples who need to rush to work will have no crowding issues. A trough sink is also big enough for washing more than hands, such as bed sheets, blankets – or babies. Perfect for cleaning one-off stains.

Ambience: Unmasking “Me” 

This year, more homes are putting the “me” or “we” into bathrooms, transitioning pure functionality to function-and-mood. Since people want to be themselves inside a bathroom, this is a place where they could be less stiff, guarded, formal or structured. Thus, mood lighting, furniture-inspired custom cabinetry, and personalized faucets will be in vogue.

Natural Materials: Adding Texture 

The natural vibe will still be part of bathroom designs, but wood will not be the only material to earn the favor of homeowners this year. Designers say any natural material, such as stones or rocks, will give bathrooms more texture. These materials will not be part of the flooring only, but will grace walls, fixtures and accents.

White with Color: The Shade of Pure 

Who said black is the trend now? Certainly not for bathrooms. Looks like many homeowners still could not shed off that feeling of being clean when they have white surroundings. It is here to stay. White on white, however, may not always be the norm. Homeowners are adding color backsplashes, tiled walls and creative patterns to accentuate.

These design trends will be useful for your bathroom remodel this year. A remodeling company in Minneapolis, such as JPC Custom Homes, can give you more ideas on how to perk up your bathroom.

20 Hot Bathroom Trends for 2016, decoratorswisdom.com
15 Bathroom Trends Splashing Down in 2016, www.houzz.com
Top 10 Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2016, www.modernkitchenva.com

When Building New Homes in Minneapolis: Choosing Type of Flooring

When choosing the type of flooring material for your home, there are five essential things you need to keep in mind: durability, exposure to moisture, cost, maintenance and difficulty of installation.


Here are brief pointers on these considerations:

• Essentially, durability involves knowing who will be living in the home to determine the degree of foot traffic. If you are a large family or if you entertain guests all the time, durability should be your top priority in choosing flooring. You also need to note critical home residents, such as children and pets, who will be contributory to the floor’s natural wear and tear.

• Moisture presence will depend on where the floor will be installed, or where the home would be built. Will the room be in the basement, close to the home’s foundation? Will the home be built in a city that receives more than the fair amount of rain or flood? In these cases, your floor should be fixed and durable. Also have flooding-protection measures in place. Low-moisture rooms can accommodate any floor type.

• Cost is a natural deal maker or breaker. Often, the culprit in expanded budgets is installation. Flooring material prices are upfront; you can predict the total amount you will spend based on the floor material’s unit price. If you can’t handle installation (which is most of the time), a building contractor will have to be called in. Make sure you know the correct installation cost to avoid misunderstanding.

When considering material only, laminate flooring is the way to go. Quality laminates are offered on bargain in some shops. Ceramic and porcelain tiles, and resilient tile and sheet flooring, are among the lower-priced options. Next in line are engineered wood, solid hardwood types, and higher quality laminates. The most expensive are the exotic hardwood, such as mahogany, and plank laminates.

A builder of new homes in Minneapolis, such as JPC Custom Homes, guides the homeowner through the process step-by-step. The owner gets to choose the materials and supervise installation. No flooring will be set without the approval of the homeowner, so costs are kept within what the homeowner can afford.

• In terms of maintenance, laminate, tile vinyl and concrete are the best options. While concrete is cold and hard, you can “set it and forget it” as they say. Wood requires a lot of maintenance, but in terms of beauty, it is still the best. To protect wood floors, place area rugs, carpets or runners in critical areas.

Don’t belittle floors just because you step on them. Your flooring’s functionality and lifespan are critical to a lasting home, more than the aesthetics. In building new homes, flooring should be one of the first items you should decide on.

How to Choose Flooring, homerenovations.about.com
Vinyl Flooring Buying Guide, www.lowes.com
Picking the Perfect Floor, www.thisoldhouse.com
Guide to choosing your floor, www.karndean.com

Color Power: Choose Home Themes with the Help of Custom Home Builders

Have you ever experienced walking into a friend’s house, anticipating an awesome interior because of the house’s posh exterior, only to be greeted by a living room that borders on disappointing and disgusting?

Often, the room construction is not the problem; the colors are. Indifferent homeowners may claim their right to design their house as they see fit, but let’s face it: colors in a home do have a subtle effect on the homeowner or his guests.

Here are two common ways you can pick the colors to paint your Minneapolis home with, through the help of reputable home builders.

Beige Living Room

Choose based on lighting.

Light can change the final appearance of paint colors in a room. The most natural look comes from daylight. Incandescent lamps create a warm tone and allow the yellow hue to surface, while fluorescent lamps highlight the blue.

If you want to paint a room with a strong color, interior design experts suggest not to do it on all walls, or to paint it on the wall farthest from a window, to avoid an “overpowering” effect. Introduce lighter hues with varied saturation on separate walls to produce a luminous effect.

Choose according to mood.

While paint does not allow you to change themes depending on your mood for the day or during a season, you can use color to influence your mood instead. Purple brings out creativity, orange enthusiasm, and neutrals are flexible.

Red is best for activity areas, like living rooms and dining rooms, where the family congregates the most. It raises the energy level and stimulates people into conversation or action. For this reason, it is not ideal for bedrooms.

For the bedroom or bathroom, designers recommend blue. This color lowers the blood pressure, reduces heart and respiration rates, calms and relaxes the nerves. As a home theme, though, light blues could have a chilly, cold effect, especially when the room does not receive enough sunlight. Experts suggest balancing light blues with darker, warmer ones in cushions and furniture.

If blue represents calm, yellow represents happiness and cheerfulness. A yellow room creates an upbeat mood. Bathrooms, dining rooms and kitchens are perfect for yellow paints. However, designers do not recommend it as a primary home theme. Studies found that a yellow room agitates people, causing them to lose their temper easily and causing babies to cry. Yellow is good only in moderation.

Green is the best color for any room. It combines the serene effect of blue and the sunny influence of yellow. It encourages togetherness in the living room, tempers excitement in the kitchen, relieves stress in the bathroom, and even promotes fertility – something for the bedroom.

When you don’t know what to choose.

When you don’t have any idea what color of paint to use on your home, you may test color combinations using paint chips in the paint shop. But it’s best to consult custom home builders, like JPC Custom Homes, which allow you to review and approve room designs before doing the job.

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors, www.hgtv.com
Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood, freshome.com
Color Matters for the Home, www.colorvoodoo.com

Home Builders: Design Trends That Will Remain in 2016

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) anticipates a rosy outlook for the housing industry in 2016, particularly new home construction. The housing crisis that held back home construction in mid-2015 is now fully behind. Towards the end of last year, housing construction regained its pace.

If you are looking to build a house for your family, this year is the right time to do it. Approach the best home builders in Minneapolis, MN for design ideas and explore interior decors for your dream home.

Living Room

Unconventional fireplaces 

Contributor Katie McKenzie, in an article for Newhomesource.com, cites uniquely positioned fireplaces as one of the continuing design trends in 2016. Fireplaces used to be a living room centerpiece, but contemporary homes are now building them in breakfast rooms, master bathrooms, kitchens, or virtually any room in the house.

Relaxation rooms 

Hints of a more burdened life are also evident in home interiors. House builders turn master baths into luxurious personal spas with their own whirlpool tubs and large showers to relax the body. Some big homes include meditation rooms, where they can leave their care behind, McKenzie said. Homeowners choose spare bedrooms or guest rooms when no other places are handy, and design them with candles, cushions, piped-in music, and yoga mats.

Black trim 

Black trims and shades around windows, doors and shelves are replacing wood and white trims, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Blankets of deep color in walls and windows lend a plush look to the home.

Statement lighting 

Moving away from conventional lighting, statement lighting not only illuminates the room but also draws attention to the overhead piece. It is used to contrast the dominant color of the room, complement another design, and make the place look elegant.

Open floor plan 

When it comes to floor plans and partitioning, dynamism and mobility wins. An open floor plan removes the division of kitchen, dining and living areas, leaving residents to breeze through various rooms with ease. Such freedom and flow fit current fast-paced lifestyles and make up for the small floor and lot areas of urban households.

A general contractor, such as JPC Custom Homes, helps homeowners plan the house of their dreams. The company’s pre-set floor plans give home buyers the best of modern home layouts, while allowing them to customize features and plans to suit their distinct preferences.

Outlook: New Home Construction to Climb in 2016, Due to Strong Demand, www.homebuyinginstitute.com
What's In — And Out — In Home Design?, www.newhomesource.com
Home Design Trends, www.bhg.com
3 House Plan Trends For 2016, saterdesign.com

Building Your Dream Home: Home Builders’ Secrets to Keep in Mind

Regardless of the size of the home you are trying to build and no matter how much budget you have, it cannot be denied that you would still want to save a few hundred bucks here and there. Fortunately, your own home builders can give you a few tips on how this can be done.

Planning Is Important

When one mentions that word, “planning”, the first thing that typically comes to mind would be laying down the basics of the project. Although this is true, most custom home builders in Minneapolis would tell you that planning should also involve going through each of the details in your plan. For example, you should not stop at having the floor layout, you should also discuss with your contractors what kind of material would best suit the design and the floor layout.


DIY is Not Always the Answer

Doing it yourself is one of the many ways you can save on costs. This, however, only works if you have sufficient knowledge when it comes to building the type of home that you have in mind. Now, if you are not knowledgeable in home building and all the intricate details that come with it, doing it yourself might cause you more headache and cost you more money in the long run.

If that is the case, it would be better to leave everything in the hands of professional home builders. The most that you can do in that kind of situation is to visit the site every now and then to see how much progress there had been for the day.

Be Particular with the Materials

When it comes to home building material, you will discover that you have a lot of options to choose from. The trick is knowing which of these options will not only save you money but will also be the right material for your need. Doing research before starting work can help you determine which materials you can go with. You can also get the opinion of your contractors as they would definitely have worked with people in the past who can provide the right materials that you need.

Of course, you need to make sure that you have this settled and onsite by the time work starts. Do not wait for the start date to come before having them delivered as you might have some problems with delays as well as with the correctness of the measurements and material for your need.


10 Golden Rules for Saving Money on Construction, home.howstuffworks.com

7 Tips for Building Your First Home, thehousedesigners.com

New Custom Rambler in Rogers, MN!

Congratulations to the owners of this gorgeous custom rambler in Rogers, MN!  It was such a pleasure working with you to build your dream home.  All of your personalized selections have made this house your home and we are so excited for you to live in and enjoy it!

A few of the many features throughout:

Main Level
Hickory hardwood floors
Soft arch in the entry way
White enameled cabinets to the ceiling with upper glass window display
Knotty alder stained custom range hood and extra large center island with corbels
Granite countertops
Unique ceiling drop soffit over center island with striking lighting and materials
Butler's pantry with ample storage and prep sink
Master Bedroom
Tray ceiling
Patio doors to future deck
Beside lighting with switches
Master Bathroom
Transom window above vanity
Walk-in shower with dual shower heads
Built-in shower niches
Rolling shower floor (no curb)
Laundry Room
Accessible through hallway and master bedroom closet
Farm sink
Lower Level
Ceramic Tile Floor
Handicap features / amenities
Rolling shower floor (no curb)
High rise toilet
Roll-up vanity
Extra large patio doors
Antiqued center island and half bath vanity
Exercise room with wall-mount TV and ample electrical hook-ups
Ledger boards in place for future 4 season porch and deck

Make Your Home Your Own With a Stress-Free Home Remodeling Project

Unless you have recently built a custom home that has been specifically made for you, you may find that there are aspects of your home that are not quite perfect for you after all. For example, even if you love your home and do not want to move, you may still need more living space, wish the kitchen had a different layout or have other desires for your space. While you could move out and into a new home, a much better, less stressful idea is to complete a home remodeling project. Remodeling your home is a great way to add the functionality you need to make your space your own.


Make a List of Needs and Wants

Before you begin your home remodeling project, take time to make a list of things that your home absolutely needs. These may include functional things like more space for foot traffic in the kitchen or more storage space in the front of the home for shoes, jackets and bags. These are practical things that can make your life more enjoyable and relaxing on any given day. Then, think about things that you want to accomplish out of your remodeling project. These may include a specific style that you desire for your space, the addition of more windows or a skylight in the living room, a luxurious walk-in shower in the master bathroom and more.

Establish a Budget

When you meet with a contractor about your home remodeling project, you can request an estimate for the needs portion of your list, and you can get an itemized list for the cost to complete each item on your wants list. There are different steps that you can take to finance or pay for your remodeling project, such as using money in your savings account or refinancing the home. You can determine which of your needs and wants you want to move forward with based on the overall amount of money that you have available for the project.

Remodeling a home gives you the ability to create the ideal look and function that you desire in your home without having to go through the stress and expenses associated with moving into a new home. If you are ready to improve your home, begin making a list of needs and wants for your project then, get in touch with a reputable contractor.


Benefits of Green Remodeling, HGTV

Benefits of Remodeling Bathrooms, ImproveNet

What Makes Minneapolis the Perfect Area to Construct New Homes In?

When you are in the market to purchase a new home in the Minneapolis area, you may be drawn to new construction homes because of their modern style and overall appeal. Some older homes have character and charm of their own, but some people are simply more enticed by modern style of today’s new homes. There are other benefits associated with building a new home over buying existing homes.


More Energy Efficient Features

Energy costs can be sky high in the Minneapolis area, and many local residents want to reduce heating and cooling costs when possible. Over the years, there have been great advances in energy efficiency, and this includes in everything from the heating and cooling systems to insulation, exterior construction materials and more. New homes in Minneapolis that are built with energy efficiency in mind may use half as much energy as older homes that are not well-sealed and that have not been updated in recent years in some cases. Each home is unique, and it can be difficult to determine when buying an existing home how energy efficient it is. With a newly built home, you can research each of the new features before they are installed in the building to determine how efficient it is. Many home builders also prefer using green features that can save you money on living expenses.

Home Values

Home values in the Minneapolis area have largely recovered from the recession from a few years ago. At one time, there were great deals available on existing inventory, but it can be much harder to find a great deal on the perfect home for you now. With this in mind, building a dream home on the lot that you choose may be just as affordable as it would be to buy an existing home. This varies from neighborhood to neighborhood in Minneapolis and also varies based on the quality of the home, but you may be surprised how affordable it can be to build a new home that is specific to your needs.

The decision about whether you should build a home in Minneapolis is not a matter to take lightly, but you do want to focus on these points when making a final decision. These are only a few of the many important benefits that you can enjoy when you choose a new construction home over an older, existing home.


9 Reasons to Buy a Newly Built Home, U.S. News

Start Fresh, New Home Source

Home Builders on The Unique Architecture Style of Minneapolis Homes

Minneapolis and St. Paul are two cities that have some of the most unique home designs in the Midwest, due in no small part to the skill and creativity of local home builders. When a person walks through Minneapolis, they can see how home design has progressed throughout the decades. For example, if an individual drives down Cedar Ave. and gets close to 35th St. where the legendary Matt’s bar is located, they will see that a lot of the homes are two-story and that each home has a unique feel to it. Even though every single home is different, there are certain characteristics that give the overall neighborhood a unified feel.


The same thing is true if a person walks down Clinton Ave between 27th and 25th. They will see larger homes, some of which have now been divided into multi-residential dwellings. Again, each one of these homes has a unique feel to it. The homes in Minneapolis and in St. Paul are drastically different than those that are found in the surrounding suburbs. For example, if a person goes to Lakeville, Minnesota and they drive down Pilot Knob, they can turn off on any of the surrounding communities and will see a lot of homes that are basically cookie cutters. With the exception of some little detailed changes, all of these homes look exactly alike.

For this reason, when a person chooses to build a home in the city of Minneapolis, they have different criteria than they would if they were looking to build a home in Minnetonka or in Chanhassen. They want a custom designed home that is going to reflect who and what they are as opposed to a home that looks just like their neighbors. One of the nice things about building a home in the Twin Cities area is that since so many of the homes have their own unique style, a homeowner is freer to express themselves when building a home from scratch. Additionally, since a lot of the homes that were built in the Twin Cities in the 1920's and 1930's were larger, the plots that are available for sale are equally large.

Minneapolis custom home builders are able to work with clients to come up with unique yet tasteful custom homes that work well with the overall design of Minneapolis neighborhoods. This makes the building process fun for the builder and the new homeowner.


Style Overview, Houses of Minneapolis

Architectural Style, MinneapolisMN.gov

How Your General Contractor Can Save You Money When Building a Home

When building a home in Minneapolis, MN, you will pay a general contractor a fee for his or her services throughout the scope of the project. This is a professional who essentially will oversee and coordinate the work of all of the subcontractors that work on the home, and his or her efforts are critical to the overall success of the project. You often will work with the general contractor from the initial phases of the project until you take ownership of the home. A general contractor also will ensure that the project is completed on time and on budget. What you may not realize is that general contractor professionals actually can save you money with your home building project as well.


Assistance With Lot Selection

If you have not yet chosen the lot or piece of land that you want to build on, you may consider consulting with your general contractor before you finalize your decision. The lot that you choose will impact cost in a number of ways. For example, land clearing, the thickness of the foundation or size of the basement, the need to run utilities to the land and more all will impact cost, and these all can vary based on the lot that you select.

Hiring the Right Subcontractors

In addition, the contractors often will have professional relationships with subcontractors and other home builders in the Minneapolis area. The most experienced professionals in the industry will know which subcontractors can get the job done right for the best price, and he knows which ones offer dependable, quality service. Keep in mind that experienced general contractors may have assisted with the building of dozens or even hundreds of other houses in the past, and their experience can be put to work to help your project stay on budget or even to save you money.

The right general contractor can be beneficial to your home building project in a number of ways. This includes helping you to stay on budget or even to save money. Your contractor may also have other money-saving ideas to help you save additional money as you build your home.


Tips to Build on Your Lot, New Home Source

23 Ways to Save Money Building Your Dream Home, Good Financial Cents

New Custom Home in Oak Grove, MN!

It was so much fun building this beautifully customized 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom walk-out rambler in Oak Grove, MN! We love all of the selections and unique features.  This home boasts a balance of everyday living convenience and ample entertaining opportunities!


A few of the many features:
-Custom oak sill and apron and toppers on both windows and doors
-Custom oak cabinetry and built-ins throughout
-Vaulted ceilings throughout
-4 car garage
-Granite countertops
-Walk-in pantry
-Kitchen farm sink and veggie sink in island
-Fireplaces in both living room and in master suite
-Master Suite has direct outside access with exterior door, a fireplace, and large walk-in closet that includes laundry
-Media Room
-Custom pillars, art niches etc
-Spray foam insulation in walls and attic
-Painted enamel storage lockers
-Back entry cased opening / pass through to the pantry for easy grocery stocking!

New Custom Home in Hanover, MN!

Congratulations to the owners of this custom Boulder floorplan home in Hanover, MN!  We are so excited for you to call this stunning house “home” to live and enjoy for many years to come!


A few of the many features:
-White enameled cabinets and trim work
-Granite countertops
-Stained poplar wood center island, rail posts, storage lockers
-Iron balusters
-Gas fireplace with thin cut brick tile face
-Vaulted master bedroom ceiling
-Laundry room that connects to master closet and upper landing/hall

New Custom Home in Buffalo, MN!

Bella Vista means Beautiful View, and this home’s location lives up to that! Congratulations to the owners of this Boulder floorplan custom walk-out home in the Bella Vista neighborhood in Buffalo, MN! It was such a pleasure working with you! (Be sure to look at the last picture to see what we’re talking about with the beautiful view!)

A few of the many features:
-Hickory wood floors
-Knotty Alder cabinetry
-White enameled trim work
-Raised panel wrapped wood columns
-Stainless steel appliance with vented range hood
-Granite countertops
-Gas fireplace with stone face
-Lots of custom built-ins (office, locker storage and desk area etc)
-Tray vaulted master bedroom ceiling
-Walk-in master shower and curved master tub

Three Great Home Remodeling Ideas You Will Enjoy Now and in the Future

Home remodeling projects are a great way to revamp your home’s look every once in a while and increase its value at the same time. It’s likely that your needs will change as the years go by. For instance, you may find that your windows are no longer considered energy efficient by today’s standards or your kitchen is just too outdated. Therefore, it only makes sense to look into remodeling from time to time. Here are some great ideas for your Minneapolis home.


New Windows

Windows are one of the home’s most important features. Not only do they add to the aesthetic appeal but they are also good sources of natural lighting. New windows can also help your Minneapolis home to stay at an optimal temperature too since they will prevent air from escaping. Consider adding window replacement to your list of remodeling tasks. There are many choices for you to choose from. There are bay windows, double or single hung windows and casement windows. Ask your remodeling contractor for suggestions.

New Bathroom

One of the best upgrades you can make involves your bathroom. You can enhance the one that you already have or have another one built based on your preferences. A good bathroom should have enough storage room to meet your needs. You can add custom cabinets or shelves depending on how much space you are working with. This is a great time to have a new tub or shower installed along with a new toilet. You can also have a new sink installed to give your bathroom a unique look. Choose a new paint color and think about having your floors redone. You can pick out tile, vinyl, or wood floor options that will help your property to look its best.

New Kitchen

Consider redoing your kitchen to make it a fun and functional place to cook in. You can make sure that you have enough countertop space and have custom cabinets built around your specific needs as well. You can choose from many different materials and styles to make sure that your kitchen looks exactly the way that you want it to.


An Inside Look At An Incredible Kitchen Remodel, Huffington Post

7 Secrets To Success With A Renovation Project In Another Country, Huffington Post

Customize the Look of New Homes with Stylish Flooring and Cabinets

Many residents in Minneapolis are enjoying having their new homes built according to their needs and preferences. Nowadays, skilled builders allow future homeowners to be much more hands-on when it comes to design. After all, it is going to be your home and you are paying hard earned cash for it. You can pick out the flooring type, cabinet style, and much more to make sure that your home is built to your unique specifications. From master suites to the kitchen, bathrooms, living room, and more, you can have the home of your dreams built the way that you have always wanted it to be.


New Flooring

There are all sorts of new flooring options to choose from. For instance, Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for new homes in Minneapolis because of its strength and durability. It is also a great option if you are after versatility and many design varieties. You can find different colors, species, and styles to meet your unique needs. Wood flooring is also good for your indoor air quality. It does not hold on to dust, pollen, or pet dander and can be easily cleaned. Tile, carpet, and vinyl are other premium flooring options that you may consider too along with many other choices.

Cabinet Style

Builders can construct cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom that will enhance the look and function of your space. There are practically endless styles and design to choose from as well. If you prefer to have cabinets custom built, you can also ask your builder what would work well with the layout you already have. Of course, you will have the final say in the matter but your builder may have better suggestions especially when it comes to more complex details like size, dimensions and multi-use features of the cabinet.

Your customization freedom, of course, is not limited to flooring and cabinet options. They’re just examples of what you can modify to fit your personal needs provided that you work with experienced builders in the industry. You can even have custom porches and decks built to compliment your home.


Places That Will Inspire You To Customize Your Castle, Huffington Post

6 Amazing Home Renovations You Have To See To Believe (PHOTOS), Huffington Post

New Custom Home in Corcoran, MN!

Congratulations to the owner of this country-style home on an acreage lot in Corcoran, MN! It was so fun building this house with you- we love all the detail and selections from paint color to all the custom built-ins! So happy that it’s a place for you to call “home”.

A few of the many features:
White enameled cabinets, doors and trim
Stained newel posts with white balusters
Luxury vinyl plank flooring
Stained center island
Bonus room for future expansion
Granite countertops
Many custom and unique built-ins (family room, bedroom etc)
Front porch! (love)

Home Builders: Green Materials and Appliances Make Sustainable Homes

Owning a home is part of the American Dream. Having the opportunity to have it built just the way you want it is the height of that dream. Since today’s homeowners are concerned with the environment and the world they will leave to their grandchildren’s grandchildren, many custom home builders in Minneapolis give their clients the option to build a green home. Here are some of the hallmarks of a custom built green home.


Energy Efficiency

Homes that use less energy contribute less to the amount of soot and greenhouse gasses in the air. There are several ways to ensure that your custom home uses less energy than a conventional home. First, the home must use its energy wisely. That means energy efficient windows and above average insulation in the exterior walls and in the attic to prevent heat transfer into and out of the house. Second, it means choosing high-efficiency HVAC systems and major household appliances that use less energy. The Energy Star label is a good way to find energy efficient products.


The materials your home builders in Minneapolis use to build your home also determine if the home is considered green, or environmentally responsible. Materials made from recycled content or that can themselves be recycled are a good choice. Rubber roofing tiles, metal roofing and fiber cement siding fall into this category. Some sustainable materials may surprise you, like cedar shakes. Today’s shakes are made from a fast growing variety of white cedar harvested at a rate that keeps in mind the trees' ability to reproduce. Ask your custom home builder if the materials you are interested in are sustainable products.


A well-built home is an investment in your children’s future, and building a home with durable materials diverts many tons of waste from the landfill over the home’s lifetime. Some roofing materials, like metal and some high-quality asphalt shingles are warranted for 50 years. Fiber cement siding can last 30 years. Brick can last 50 years or more. Quality varies among manufacturers, so ask your home builder about the most durable building products.


Top 15 Green Home Building Techniques, Conserve Energy Future

Sustainable Building, Habitat for Humanity

New Custom Home in Monticello, MN!

Congratulations to the owners of this two story custom walk-out home on an acreage lot in Monticello, MN!  It was wonderful working with you to build your home that fits your lifestyle!

A few of the many features:
-Rustic Hickory cabinets
-Granite countertops
-Tray vaulted ceiling in master bedroom
-Ceramic tile floors and walk-in shower in master bathroom
-Gas fireplace with stone face and pine detailing
-Front porch
-Geothermal heat
-Insulated garage

New Custom Home in Buffalo, MN!

This past summer we finished a custom rambler home in the Bella Vista development in Buffalo, MN. The floorplan was inspired and then customized from our Churchill Ridge design: http://www.jpccustomhomes.com/design-gallery.html
It was such a pleasure working with the family building the perfect home to fit their lifestyle!

A few of the many features:
White oak hardwood flooring
White Enameled woodwork- cabinets and trim
Stained Knotty Alder- interior doors, newel posts
Iron balusters
Granite countertops
Ceramic tile backsplash
Transom windows
Box ceiling in living room and master bedroom
Dual faucets in master shower
Custom designed master closet shelving
Stone fireplace with knotty alder built-ins

Home Builders: Four Innovative Trends in Custom Home Design for 2016

Thinking about calling a general contractor for building a custom home in 2016? If so, then read on for some of the best custom home design trends in Minneapolis, MN for this year.

Outdoor Living Areas

Outdoor living spaces allow the home's occupants and guests to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors. Custom home and remodeling designs will incorporate outdoor living rooms filled with overstuffed couches, built in kitchens, fireplaces, and bars to allow for a comfortable outdoor lounging and entertaining area.

Home Design

Increased Technology Capability

Due to the fact that technology is becoming a very important part of daily life, custom homes are being designed with technology in mind. According to The American Institute of Architects’ most recent Home Design Trends Survey, products, and systems that simplify home management and double as energy-saving solutions are steadily growing in popularity. Popular features include more electric plug capabilities in each room. Traditional sockets are being replaced with U-Sockets, which offer two built-in USB ports to accommodate the use and charging of multiple devices. The TV room is being replaced by large media areas, complete with big flat screen TVs and plentiful seating. Home automation systems that can turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, and record television shows from your smartphone are becoming popular.

Functional Spaces

More and more home builders in Minneapolis are building with functionality in mind. Homeowners are incorporating clever layouts that include versatile spaces that can be used for a number of different things. These rooms have great storage and functionality that grow with the family. The concept of universal design is taking off. This allows the home's design to shift and evolve as the family changes and grows.

In-Law Quarters

Due to cultural and economic changes facing us today, homeowners are choosing to design and build custom homes to accommodate multi-generational living. A popular trend is in-law or mother-in-law quarters, which are tiny, often very cute guest homes. Today's homeowners want homes that can accommodate 2 to 3 generations, which include aging parents or the boomerang generation. Aging-in-place concepts, such as walk-in tubs, wall mounted sinks, and roll in showers are popular in in-law quarter additions to ensure functionality all generations. According to the Wall Street Journal, adding in-law quarters can help boost your home's value as these tiny structures are very much in-demand.

With Upturn, Homes Are More Specialized and Technologically Savvy, The American Institute of Architects
The Hottest Home Amenity: In-Law Apartments, The Wall Street Journal

New Custom home in St. Michael, MN!

Congratulations to the new owners of this custom slab-on-grade home on an acreage lot in St. Michael, MN! We love all of your selections and customizations, built with quality to fit your lifestyle!
A few of the many features:
-Two story family room with many windows and a loft
-In-floor heat
-Ceramic tile floors
-Custom hickory cabinets
-Knotty pine: vaulted ceilings, panel doors, trim and railings
-Granite countertops
-Gas fireplace with stone face
-Exterior features included cultured stone, half log pine siding, corrugated tin in gables and porch roof, vinyl siding


New Custom Home in Rockford Township, MN!

We are so excited for this family moving into their custom rambler in Rockford Township! Your home is beautiful and the view is breathtaking! Congrats!

A few of the many features:
-Hickory hardwood floors
-Granite kitchen countertops
-White enameled kitchen island
-3x6 subway tile backsplash in kitchen
-Knotty Alder cabinets and trim, with stool and apron topper pieces on the windows
-High vaulted family room ceiling with trapezoid windows
-Bonus room over garage for future finishing

How Home Remodeling Adds Value to Your Humble Abode in Minneapolis

While home remodeling in Minneapolis represents a significant investment, it can be one that will pay off in the long run. Adding a new kitchen, putting in a new bathroom or finishing your basement can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home. Why is this the case?

Home Remodeling Adds Value

You Can Never Have Too Much Living Space

Whether you are a single person or married with children, you can never have too much space. An unused bedroom can come in handy when family or friends come over for the holidays while that extra bathroom can come in handy if you and your significant other both need to get ready for work in the morning. A finished basement can be turned into an entertainment space large enough for a pool table or anything else that might not fit anywhere else in the home.

Finished Basements May Reduce the Odds of Water Damage

In most cases, a finished basement is one that has been properly drywalled and otherwise waterproofed. This means that you won't see any mold, mildew or other bacteria seeping into the lower levels of the home or the foundation. When water cannot get into the home, it makes it less likely that termites or other pests will find their way in. It also means that you won't have to worry about cracks in the foundation that could cause the entire home to come crumbling down. Therefore, when the home goes on the market, it will be worth more because there is less maintenance that needs to be done on it.

Modern Amenities May Reduce Energy Costs

Adding a new refrigerator or stove to your home may reduce the amount of electricity needed to run those appliances. Adding new windows may allow you to reduce the temperature in your home because heat is not being lost during the winter. These upgrades represent improvements that a future homeowner won't have to make, which means a buyer would be willing to pay more.

If you want a new kitchen, need a new bathroom or want to finish your basement, a remodeling company may be able to help. A professional home remodeling contractor Minneapolis may be able to provide an estimate and offer suggestions to get the most out of your home improvement project.


Will Your Home Remodel Pay Off?, Investopedia
Which Home Remodeling Projects Are Worth Your Money?, Money.usnews.com

Why Rent When You Can Work with Custom Home Builders in Minneapolis?

The great state of Minnesota possesses some 10,000 lakes and accompanying woodlands as backdrops. In the incomparable state there is no more unique location than the Twin cities, where residents benefit from both beautiful nature and convenient city living. When you are trying to decide whether to rent or buy a house from Minneapolis custom home builders, there are a number of pros to home owning that you should consider before you settle for renting here in this four season, fairy-tale land where there is literally something for everyone in the family.

Custom Home Builders in Minneapolis

What Economists Say about Skyrocketing Rent Prices

Economists have claimed recently that the prices of rentals are jumping faster than the accepted government inflation measure. Rental prices nationally are on target to be up 3.9% for 2015 alone. They will keep roaring ahead year in and year out, so long as the economy holds up well.

The same economists will tell you that when you purchase a house at a locked-in fixed rate at today's still amazingly-low interest rates, then your payments for mortgage will remain at the same price they are now until you pay off the mortgage or eventually sell the house. This translates to a simple correlation: while rents continue rising, owning a new home costs will remain constant.

Renting Compared to Buying from Home Builders

Home buyers enjoy some significant advantages in Minneapolis, such as:

• Possibility of a return on the investment
• Chance of claiming tax benefits
• Building up home equity and value, rather than a landlord's home equity
• Ability to repaint or remodel and personalize the home
• Investing in the future growth of rising property values

Renters in the Twin Cities, on the other hand, miss out on certain benefits since they have no:

• Monthly payment stability
• Return on rent payments as potential investment gains
• Equity growth in the property
• Tax return benefits
• Easy repainting or remodeling opportunities

Besides these tangible differences and pros versus cons of owning versus renting, there are certain intangible benefits to buying and owning a custom home. The emotional stability and pride of ownership home owners gain is a value that you cannot put a price on nor calculate at all.


Buying A Home Is Now 38% Cheaper Than Renting, Forbes
Rent or buy a home? What millennials should know, CNBC

4 Upgrades and Additions With Great Return on Investment for New Homes

Whether you are ready to upgrade your current home or have just now begun looking at new homes in Minneapolis, it is always important to think about how your choices will affect the value of your property. Here is a closer look at four upgrades and additions that will have an excellent return on investment and make your home more comfortable for you and your family.

Great Return on Investment for New Homes

1. A Bedroom Addition

One of the best ways that a homeowner can add value to their property is to create another bedroom. When it comes time to put the home on the market, adding a number to the total bedroom count will increase the pool of potential buyers. Basements, studies, and attics can all be upgraded to a bedroom with some basic additions such as insulation, a closet, and more electrical outlets.

2. Additional Storage Space

No matter how much storage space a home has, almost everyone feels like they could use a little bit more. Dressers and drawers will give a family a few extra places to stash away their belongings, but those that want to add value to their property should consider permanent options. This might include built-in shelves and cabinets in one's garage, basement, or unused rooms throughout the house.

3. High-Efficiency Windows

Families that are looking to add more value to their brand new homes in Minneapolis should consider upgrading to high-efficiency windows. In addition to adding value to your home, newer windows could also cut back on your energy bills by as much as 15 percent a month. Modern window treatments often have multiple layers of insulation to block out UV rays and keep indoor temperatures as consistent as possible.

4. A New Deck

Depending on the location of the home, a new deck can add an incredible amount of value to one's property. In addition to being a key selling point, a new deck is an affordable option for adding living space without investing in more footage. Homeowners have more options than ever when it comes to unique deck designs and layouts that will improve the "personality" of a home.


Save Money and Energy — Choose ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows, Doors, and Skylights, EnergyStar.gov
Master Suite Addition: Return on Investment, Houselogic

Useful Tips for a Successful First Meeting with Your Home Builders

After you have decided which general contractor around Minneapolis, MN you want to hire for assistance with your custom home building project, you will likely meet with your builder numerous times before the construction process actually begins. Building a custom home is a major undertaking, and you want to get the process off on the right foot.

First Meeting with Your Home Builders

By following these tips, you can make your first meeting with your home builders in the Minneapolis area a great one.

Have Solid Ideas in Mind

When some people initially meet with a custom home builder, they may know exactly what they want to build. Others may have a vague idea and may need guidance and recommendations. In order to ensure that your home lives up to all of your expectations, you should define your expectations up-front. There will be design meetings to pick out various types of materials for flooring, counters and more, but you and the builder should share the same vision from the start to ensure that all of the plans come together. If possible, take time to develop a portfolio of your own ideas to show to the builder during your initial meeting.

Be Open to Suggestions

While it is beneficial to have a firm idea in mind for your home design, it is also important to be open to suggestions. Your builder may have many years of experience in the field, and you can benefit by putting his or her experience and know-how to work for you. The builder's suggestions may help you to save money, may improve the floor plan in ways you have not yet considered or may otherwise improve your living experience in the home. If you are not certain the builder's suggestion is in line with your ideas, take time to learn why he or she is making the suggestion. Team work and collaboration are important between the builder and client.

Your general contractor is instrumental in the custom home building process, and you will need to work with your contractor closely for a smooth process and a finished home that you love. This process begins with the initial meeting, so take time to prepare for the meeting.


(First meeting with builder - what to ask?, gardenweb.com)
(New Construction Meeting with a Home Builder, justforbuyersrealty.com)

New Custom Home in Delano, MN!

Congratulations to the owners of this Austin floorplan home in Delano, MN! It was a wonderful experience working with you, from lot selection and purchase to custom finishes. We know you’ll enjoy your wooded, private oasis on the river to live and raise your family.

A few features:
Beautiful woodwork throughout:
-Hickory wood floors
-Custom railing with variations in spacing
-Rift cut oak cabinets
-Oak millwork
-Crown molding above all windows and doors, and along ceilings
-Stool and apron window trim
Ceramic tile in bathrooms
Granite countertops throughout
2 gas fireplaces with stone
Upper level bonus room
Finished basement:
Wet bar
Theater room
Home office
Deck: Cedar floor and aluminum railing
Out garage: 30 x 30 insulated and heated, cable, gas line for future furnace. LP siding
Lamp lights along driveway

Call the Home Remodeling Experts to Help Create Your Very Own Man Cave

Home remodeling is always an exciting prospect, whether you’re adding more living space, or renovating or converting a room or two. There are many reasons to go into home remodeling, but one that has been gaining popularity is to come up with a man cave where the man of the house can spend a few hours for himself and his leisurely pursuits.

Expanding at Your Command

You may simply convert an extra or underused room into your very own man cave, but you could also put it up as an addition. Houzz contributor Bud Dietrich says that you can plan with your contractor about building a new wing and design the man cave from scratch. If you go with this option, planning the building materials is very important from the outset. From here, you can think about a linking structure or antechamber connecting the man cave with the house.

Utility Links

Your ideal man cave will need extensive utility links to make the place comfortable for you and your guests. Are you planning for the man cave to be your personal entertainment spot? Consult your remodeling contractor about the electrical setup for the room and have them account for new links in the circuit breaker. This will be essential if you plan to have electronics and gadgets, such as a full videogame/plasma TV set and a wet bar fridge like the Juggernog from Call of Duty Black Ops III.

Plan on expanding the existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system’s ductwork into the man cave. Considering Minneapolis’ weather changes, the place should be well-insulated from the elements. Your budget and project schedule will help govern the appropriate choices, but make sure to review everything before signing off on the final plan to avoid going over-budget.

Please Make Yourselves at Home

A man cave can never be complete without all the fine furniture needed to enhance the experience. The design you draft up with your contractor should include the furniture that you plan to buy or transfer from other parts of the house. A batch of theme furniture can accentuate the man cave’s design, backed up with your decors and accessories of choice, including trophies or souvenirs. Signs posted outside the man cave’s door will also let everyone know whose territory they’re about to enter.

Everyone deserves a bit of personal space, even at home. A man cave will allow you hours of fun and relaxation without having to leave home at all. Call trusted contractors like JPC Custom Homes, and start the ball rolling on this project.

Spare Room? Lucky You. Here are 12 Fresh Ways to Use It, and Adding On: 10 Ways to Expand Your House Out and Up, Houzz
10 Tips to Designing and Building the Ultimate Man Cave, DIY Network
Planning Guide: Home Additions, HGTV

Decking Out New homes in Minneapolis with Environment-Friendly Siding

A house is always meant to be a main shield from the elements. Part of that protective effort includes installing the right siding material to help preserve the structure and improve its resistance to the elements. At the same time, siding also provides visual flair all its own. An ideal siding is one that can protect the home with little environmental impact, while enhancing your home’s appearance.

If you’re about to build a new home in Minneapolis, and you want it to be “green” in the truest sense of the word, see it come to life with a builder of new homes such as JPC Custom Homes. One of the things you will need to decide on with your builder is your siding material.

Making Your Choice

There are many types of siding, and in choosing one, you have to consider a number of factors. According to the Minnesota Green Affordable Housing Guide, your siding must be something that lasts the entire duration of a mortgage you’ll be taking out for the project, which is around 30 years. Environmental impact should be underlined by the fact that the siding material is recyclable in case you decide to strip everything down. They must also not off-gas toxic compounds to the environment when exposed to tough weather conditions.

Here are some good picks for an environmentally-friendly siding material:

  1. Wood – A time-tested classic, wood siding is often seen in high-end home renovations because they are relatively easy to machine. Their shining value comes from special sealers that bring out the quality of the wood, but each sealing product has its own frequency of application.
  2. Brick – Fire resistance is the name of the game for this material, as they have been hardened in special kilns. Your contractor may have brick siding available in earthen colors.
  3. Fiber-Cement – Fiber-cement siding has amassed a reputation for low maintenance, temperature tolerance, and easy substitution value. It is mostly comprised of wood pulp, sand, and cement. Fiber-cement siding is so versatile, they can mimic the appearance of other materials like stucco or wood.

Inner Defense

To enhance the protective properties of your home’s siding, consult your contractor about the need for additional features or materials. For example, some siding may require insulation batting or anti-moisture liners to prevent long-term damage.

The right kind of siding will make a good investment that will add value to your home, and protect it for many years. Trusted contractors can help you find the material that will match your functional and aesthetic preferences.

Buyer's Guide for Exterior Siding, DIY Network
9 Top Siding Materials, Houzz
Exterior Siding Options, Architecture About
Cladding (siding), Minnesota Green Affordable Housing Guide

Custom Home Builders Can Help You Choose Where to Build Your Home

When people think of building a new home, many jump ahead to the idea of how many floors should be built, what type of flooring should be used, or what color the master bedroom would be. One aspect that a lot of people tend to skip early on is the location of the home itself.

Experienced home builders knows that location is one of the most important aspects when choosing a new home because it significantly affects the type of home that you will have. For example, if you choose to build your home in a low area that frequently receives rainfall, you should probably avoid building a basement because you’ll just end up facing recurrent flooding problems. Even the type of materials that should be used on your home largely depends on the condition of the place where you wish to build your home. Here is a list of factors that you should consider when choosing a home lot:

  • Community Type – What kind of community do you want to live in? Do you prefer the bustling city, a gated community, the town outskirts, or a quiet lifestyle in the countryside? If you’re looking for a subdued atmosphere, for instance, don’t expect to find it in the heart of the city. Choose an area that promotes the type of community you prefer.
  • Appreciation – The house lot is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make in your lifetime. The price of the house itself might depreciate over time; however, the land that it sits on will only continue to increase in value. If you’re looking for a great investment property, lands in developing areas are the best choices because you can purchase them for relatively lower from city estates.
  • Environmental Conditions – What is the average amount of rainfall in the area? Is it near potentially disruptive establishments like nightclubs or cell towers? How is the water quality in the area? Is the traffic and road access good? These are all simple factors that will play a big role in your comfort and safety. Do your research properly before you agree to a sale.
  • Tax – Remember that some areas are more heavily taxed than others.

One last thing to consider is expert opinion. Consult with an agent or contractor on whether the area is suitable for your needs or not. Once they’ve approved the place, start with the paperwork and hire experienced custom home builders like those working with JPC Custom Homes in Minneapolis to build your dream home for you.

Lot Selection Criteria for Owner Builders, Home-Building.com
How to Buy Residential Lots and Land, homebuying.about.com
8 Tips for Buying Residential Lots and Land for a New Home, blog.lotnetwork.com


Cluttered Home? Ask a General Contractor for More Built-In Storage

A built-in storage is a great way to get rid of unused spaces and maximize the floor footage of your home, while at the same time promoting a cleaner and safer living area. Built-in storage is ideal for everyone, whether you live in a small or large home, having a dedicated space to store your belongings is key. Also, having multiple storage options can make a home look bigger than it actually is; by consuming unused spaces, you are opening up extra volume for something more functional. Here are some built-in storage ideas that you can discuss with your home builders:

  • Beneath the stairs – The space beneath your stairs is one of the most common targets for built-in renovations. Some people would opt to turn this area into either shelves or pull-out cabinets, but it can also be made into a small reading nook if you wish to.
  • Door corners – Most people leave their doors clear of any objects, thinking that additional items will obstruct the path; however, with the help of a skilled general contractor in Minneapolis, MN like one working with JPC Custom Homes, you can add built-in shelves that blend easily with the walls without blocking the path.
  • Kitchen walls – If you have a barren wall in your kitchen, you are not putting this valuable space to its best use. Just add some built-in racks and cabinets and you can turn this into an open pantry, a wine cellar, or even an indoor herb garden by lining up small potted herbs.
  • Closet – Do you own a lot of clothes? You can maximize the use of your walk-in closet by stacking it with drawers from floor to ceiling. If you’re worried about not being able to reach the top drawers, you can ask your builders to make the lower drawers sturdy enough to be stepped on to extend your reach.
  • Vaults – You can add a vault in your wall and have it concealed with a mirror or large portrait. Keep all important documents here, and you don’t have to worry about prying eyes.
  • Floor storage – The most wasted space in the home tends to be the floor. Take advantage of this by adding built-in cabinets where you can store the seldom used items; if you cover it with a rug, it immediately converts into a secret stash-away.

Adding built-in storages in your home has plenty of benefits. Aside from keeping things in order, and saving space, you can also prevent accidents by keeping sharp and dangerous objects in high drawers so that children can’t reach them. You can also keep some of them closed with a simple lock system, thus adding more security for you.

Our 50 Favorite Built-In Storage Ideas, MyHomeIdeas.com
Built-in Storage Ideas, ThisOldHouse.com

Home Remodeling Tips: Add a Splash of Refreshing Color to Your House

The colors you combine in your home’s interior create ambiance. The color schemes you choose for each of your room set a tone that builds its own unique character. If your Minneapolis home looks boring, uninviting, and dull on the inside, a home remodeling project may be just what you need, plus adding a splash of refreshing colors to give your interior an updated look. Here are some remodeling tips to help uplift your home’s interior mood.

Home Remodeling Tips Add a Splash of Refreshing Color to Your House

Paint the Walls

A fresh coat of paint can liven up any room in your house, but only with the right color combinations. If you’re not aiming for minimalistic design, you can afford to go crazy with colors. Light colors on walls are very relaxing, especially pastel colors like light blue, cream, pale yellow, and pink. It also makes a room look brighter, and leaves you more room to add even more colorful furnishings to perk up the space.

Darker tones, on the other hand, add a sense of subdued elegance, especially if accented with neutral hues. Accent walls with warm colors also make great centerpieces in a living room.

Wood Flooring and Ceiling

With all the talk about colors, the last thing you’d expect to discuss is wood finishing on floors and ceilings. Yes, they do come in various shades of brown, and add a certain allure when utilized with the right elements in the room. Light-colored wood flooring, for example, creates a warm, cozy look, especially when combined with good lighting. Plus, the evenness of wood flooring makes a room look even more spacious and open. If your house has high ceilings, dark wood ceilings and fancy hanging light looks absolutely beautiful, homey, and draws the eyes up.

Colorful Furniture

Walls, floors, and ceilings aren’t the only things that could benefit from a color scheme update. You can also turn your furniture into the center of attention or a complimentary feature to your new paint job. If you already have colorful walls, choose neutral-colored couches, coffee tables, shelves and chairs so they don’t clash with the colors.

Off-white, grey, chocolate brown or black are excellent choices. Meanwhile, if you have a wall that doesn’t make much of a statement, bright and colorful furniture with tones of blue, bright red, and green could whip up the space to make it look much livelier.

There are many other ways to make your house pop with color. Let remodeling companies in Minneapolis like JPC Custom Homes help with your project.



Light Vs. Dark Interior Paint Colors, SFGate

Light vs. Dark Interior Paint Colors, eHow

Light Wood vs Dark Wood, Houzz

How To Pick The Right Colors For Furniture, Compartment Life

Rambler vs. Two-Story: Making the Right Choice for Building New Homes

For the longest time, the American dream means being able to own and live in one’s very own home. If the preference is to custom build the house of your dream, the closer you get to crack down on the details that you’ve designed yourself. By far, the most common house types you can find in Minneapolis and throughout the U.S. are the rambler or ranch-type homes, and the two-story houses. If you are planning to build new homes, you’ll have to decide beforehand the type of house you want.

Rambler vs. Two-Story Making the Right Choice for Building New Homes

If the Price is Right

As a smart soon-to-be homeowner, your first concern is how much your dream home is going to cost you. In the current state of the housing market, budgeting for a custom-built home is within reach now more than ever before, but the real perk for those who choose to build from scratch is that every detail of the home gets to fit their needs and preference in style and function.

A sprawling single-story rambler is going to cost you with foundation requirements and roofing. A two-story house, on the other hand, will cost you in terms of slower production, need for special equipment, and additional budget for added floor space, rooms, and stairs. Based on resale value, however, with the inherent advantage of each, there isn’t much difference between the two.

Lifestyle Check

Certain house types appeal to certain types of people. For instance, you only have to look to TV’s popular sitcom shows to see that families with two or more children prefer to live in two-story houses. Then again, ramblers do tend to fit the needs of empty-nesters, single adults, and younger, smaller families. You might want to settle for a two-story home if you have kids or plan on having kids in the future.

Having all the rooms on a single floor can give parents more peace of mind with the assurance that their children are sleeping soundly close by. If you want to maximize space, preferring more open interiors, maximum accessibility, and mobility, you’ll find a rambler a much better choice.

More Comparison

With two-story houses, you get more privacy on the second level. With added floor areas on the upper level, there could be bigger rooms or closets, more space for a yard, and less roofing to maintain. Ramblers give you more living space, safety for mobility-challenged people, less need for additional bathrooms, and more opportunities for upgrades.

Still can’t decide which kind of home is right for you? Talk to expert builders of quality new homes in Minneapolis from companies like JPC Custom Homes.



Maximizing Your Home: Rambler or Ranch-Style House, HomeDit

The Good and the Bad: 2 Story Houses, Decor Chick

Mythbusters edition: Single-story vs two-story homes, HomeCrunch

Minneapolis Home Builders Are Poised to Meet Surges in Market Demand

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is one of the country’s most vibrant metropolitan areas. With lush sceneries, a fabulous arts and culture scene, historical sites, best in class shopping centers, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and excellent schools, the Twin Cities area is rightfully considered one of the best places to relocate.

Minneapolis Home Builders Are Poised to Meet Surges in Market Demand

As home to some of the country’s most progressive companies, Minneapolis-Saint Paul boasts of strong job growth, high income rates, and a low unemployment rate, fueling new home constructions for many of its 3 million residents. Individuals and families who are looking to move to this part of the Midwest would do well to work with reputable home builders such as JPC Custom Homes.

Improving Housing Market

According to the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), single-family permits as of June 2015 are 12% higher compared to the previous year in the same period. As per a Keystone report, 476 permits were issued for a total of 1,150 units within June 2015. Among the top five cities are Minneapolis (308), Maple Grove (228), Chaska (148), Lakeville (48) and Woodbury (41).

Metro Study anticipates that after a laggard first quarter, the Minneapolis home building industry is expected to bounce back in the second half of 2015, assuming the economy remains steady at its current pace. With the industry as competitive as ever, and propped by higher construction standards, it comes as no surprise that more people are looking to build new homes within the area.

Response from Industry Players

In response to the surge in market demand, custom home builders in Minneapolis make it much more convenient to own a home. For instance, builders such as JPC Custom Homes provide prospective homeowners a selection of carefully chosen, ready-to-build lots to make the property so much more convenient.

Moreover, the best contractors are gearing towards green building designs. This commitment entails making sure that the home complies with all building codes set by the local council and that all materials used are energy efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. New homes built today offer greater long-terms savings as compared to those built some 20 years ago.

Can’t find an existing home in the Twin Cities that is to your liking? Then a custom built home is the way to go. Reputable builders such as JPC Custom Homes provide you a wide selection of lots in conveniently located and quality neighborhoods, not to mention considerable control over the cost and overall design of your new abode. Count on such a contractor to deliver everything according to your specifications and ensure that your new home is as perfect as can be.


Twin Cities See a Boost in Residential Construction in June, BATCOnline.org

Homebuilding in Twin Cities' north metro stays strong, StarTribune.com

Sell the Old One before Hiring Custom Home Builders for your New Home

Before you hire your home builders for your custom home in Minneapolis, you might have considered whether it was feasible to keep your present home as an investment and have it rented out, or simply put the house on the market. If you don’t have sufficient money to make a down payment for your new home, or if your income is not enough to pay for two mortgages at the same time, Bankrate.com suggests selling your current home as the more practical move.  Here are five tips to help you sell it faster:

Sell the Old One before Hiring Custom Home Builders for your New Home

  1. Enhance the curb appeal. Take a good look at your home from afar. Imagine if you were a prospective buyer, is it worth rolling down the window as you drive by? Curb appeal matters a lot; it’s the impression your home leaves the buyer at first sight. Fix your roof, paint it with a fresh coat, plant some flowers, manicure your lawn, and buy a new mailbox to make it appear alive and inviting.
  1. De-personalize. Buyers are more attracted to homes which they can picture as their own. This can be hard if you have political posters, religious items, family photographs and other personal things around. Additionally, you can make your home appear more spacious if these items along with excess furniture are stored elsewhere. For a more polished look, hire professional cleaning service.
  1. Ensure the home listing is neat and catchy. Many homebuyers would start their hunt online and choose the homes based on how they look on photos. You’d want something more attractive than a simple snapshot. Moreover, your listing should include not just a picture of the house, but also of nearby facilities and recreations, as well. To sell your home you have to sell the lifestyle, too.
  1. Make it easily accessible. The more flexible your time frame is for visits, the better. Prospective buyers would sometimes like to drop by on short notice, so don’t make it hard for your agent to show them your home. Setting strict and limited time frames, as well as requiring visitors to set appointments far in advance, is not advisable.
  1. Set a reasonable price tag. Research the Internet, the newspapers, and seek the advice of a real estate agent to check on the comparable prices of homes in the area. Set your highest and lowest price point, given your priorities. Would you like to get the most out of the sale? Or do you want your house to sell more quickly.

Once you’ve had these settled, consult with a Minneapolis, MN-based general contractor like JPC Custom Homes to start planning your options on building your dream home.

Source: 10 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast, MoneyUSNews.com

Source: 5 tips to sell home before buying another, BankRate.com

Custom Home Builders Offer the Last 3 Lots at Bella Vista Development

JPC Custom Homes takes pride in being one of the most recognized and trusted home builders in all of Minneapolis. Since John Kothrade started in the new home construction business, he has built over five hundred custom homes throughout the Twin Cities and St. Cloud areas, and is still increasing that number to this day. Our Bella Vista development site in Western Buffalo started out with numerous lots available for building custom houses. Now, it’s down to the last three lots, and we are encouraging those looking to settle in Buffalo to grab the opportunity before it’s too late.

The City of Buffalo is located in the Wright County of Minnesota with a modest population of nearly 16,000. Although it is not a densely populated area compared to some of the busiest cities in the U.S., it is one of the most ideal places to live due to several reasons. For one, the education system here is something to boast of. City-data.com lists 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 4 high schools, including alternative and transitional options within Buffalo alone.

As for the local economy, Livability.com reports that small to medium enterprises are flourishing. Major industries include the supermarkets and other grocery sector, nursing care facilities, and machine shops. Residents of Buffalo also have easy access to affordable and quality health care.

These are just some of the things that make Buffalo enticing for a lot of home buyers. Bella Vista, in particular, is seemingly designed for families in search of a lovely neighborhood. The name Bella Vista, which translates to “Beautiful View” in Italian, is an accurate description of what one can find here: lakes, plenty of trees, and untouched wetlands for all sorts of recreational activities. We build dream homes on a daily basis, and it all starts with the perfect location. Bella Vista is just about as perfect as it gets.

JPC Custom Homes is a general contractor company based in Minneapolis, MN that builds custom homes throughout the Minnesota Area. We also do remodels, additions, decks, porches, window replacements, finishes, and more. Our family-owned company uses the highest quality of materials and superior craftsmanship to build the best homes.

Customized and Pre-Built New Homes: Which One Offers Better Perks?

Summer is only halfway through, but a lot of homebuyers in Minneapolis are already excited for fall. Builders have kicked off the Fall 2015 Parade of Homes by breaking ground on this year’s model home showcase. Many are looking forward to seeing new homes on the market, featuring eco-friendly and green amenities. This season’s event also highlights outdoor living, something many Minneapolis residents certainly relish.

Customized and Pre-Built New Homes

The event not only serves to showcase these new homes for sale, but also gives future homeowners the chance to know some of Minneapolis’ most reputable builders and contractors, including JPC Custom Homes.

Custom vs. Pre-Built

Entries for the Parade of Homes are all pre-built, but many of the participating builders and remodelers are also open to doing custom houses. In fact, a custom home offers many advantages over a pre-built one. Apart from reflecting your personality and meeting your specific residential needs, it eliminates the need for a lifestyle change. You would surely want to live in a home designed to match your very own preferences, and because every corner of it reflects what you want, you are less likely to renovate soon.

Costs and Budget

Building a custom home may cost more than a pre-owned one, but you can save on costs if you do it wisely. Remember that you have the freedom to customize the design and features to meet your budget. If you’re just starting a family, you can opt to have a smaller house with perhaps, just one or two bedrooms, but you can ask your builder to make provisions for future expansions, which you can carry out when your financial situation allows or as your needs warrant.

Additionally, the costs for operating a new home are much lower compared to a pre-owned one. A new home, particularly a custom one, would have all-new materials and systems that are compliant with the latest codes, and will therefore not need intensive maintenance for a good number of years. You may also incorporate the latest energy-saving and eco-friendly technology that can give you substantial cost savings as well. New homes also typically require lower insurance premiums, and come with a long warranty that can further save you repair and maintenance costs.

Owning a home is a dream shared by many, but having a home built exactly as you have always wanted it can give you better satisfaction and help improve your quality of life.



31 Things to Consider before Moving to Minneapolis, estately.com

Benefits of a Custom Home, infographicjournal.com

Home Remodeling Ideas: Turning Your Boring Basement into a Man Cave

Have you ever thought of having a room dedicated to your male pursuits, such as watching sports, doing carpentry, and even working out privately? It could also be your very own game room, except that it’s exclusively created for your satisfaction. Known as the man cave, this special room is becoming a popular addition in many homes in Minneapolis and elsewhere. Perhaps it’s time for you to have one of your own in your next home remodeling project.

Home Remodeling

What exactly is a man cave?

A man cave is a recreational space made especially for men. It can be any idle room in the house, although most men prefer the basement. If there’s a room or space in your house that does not serve any vital purpose, you might want to transform it into a man cave. Not only will it give you the privacy all men want from time to time, but it can also serve as a hangout for your buddies, or a venue for small men-only parties.

What do you need in your man cave?

A man cave is called a “cave” for a reason, but do not take it literally. Unless you want a Flintstones-inspired interior, take the word “cave” as a euphemism for a male hideout, which features what you want to do on your free time. It doesn’t have to look like your dirty garage to imply masculinity. Instead, you can furnish it with stuff and amenities for your personal comfort.

Basically, though, a man cave often has the following amenities:

Stackable Fridge. You may want to stock up on the beer for those nights you’ll spend working on your hobby, or watching football on your HDTV. You surely wouldn’t want to have to leave the room and scour the family fridge every time you want a bottle or two.

Wet Bar. If the prospective space for your man cave is wide enough, consider building a wet bar with limited seating. This is the best way to replicate your favorite downtown bar except yours is truly exclusive.

Comfortable Seating. Your man cave isn’t your bedroom so scrap the idea of putting a bed down there. Instead, put a huge and nice-looking sofa and lots of other unique chairs (for visitors).

Entertainment Center. Add a TV and audio system and some of your favorite recreational sports. You may want a pool table just like the one in your game room.

Whether you are opting for a personalized or a generic design, make sure to work with a trusted remodeling contractor like JPC Custom Homes, so you can be assured of a long-lasting and excellently built male sanctuary.


What is a Man Cave?, wisegeek.com

32 Things You Need In Your Man Cave, buzzfeed.com

10 Things Every Man Cave Needs, homerehabonline.com

JPC breaks ground at the Riverwood National development

July 7, 2015

JPC Custom Homes, Inc recently broke ground on a model home in the Riverwood National development in Otsego, MN. The home will be featured in the upcoming Fall Parade of Homes and is a kick-off to the completion of this golf-community neighborhood. There are six additional walkout home sites available and ready to build!
As a long-time, family owned and operated local home builder, JPC Custom Homes is committed to building high-quality custom homes to fit each individual lifestyle. They treat each home build as if it were their own and provide exceptional one-on-one customer service to ensure every detail is completed seamlessly. The Ridgewood National development and JPC Custom Homes are a great match for new home buyers that are looking for a high-quality, single-level open floor plan villas on a national golf course along the beautiful rolling countryside of Otsego.
The exciting new villa floorplans feature a spacious open-concept living area, knotty alder woodwork, granite kitchen countertops, vaulted ceilings, a deck overlooking the course, two-stall garage and a tuck-under garage for golf carts. The homes have a predesigned layout with interior options to choose from to meet individual style. “We designed the villas to maximize functionality, style and golf course views,” says John Kothrade, President and owner of JPC Custom Homes, “and when we say ‘on the golf course,’ we mean it!”
All of the available lots at Riverwood National, “A Golf Course Community,” are located on the front 9 with easy access paths to the course and clubhouse. The course offers four sets of tee boxes to provide many different levels of enjoyment, with the Championship tees measuring over 7,000 yards, promising even the best golfers a challenging and rewarding round of golf. Also, the Vintage Golf Course is an 18 hole, executive links style course located across County Rd 39 (via tunnel) from Riverwood National.
The neighborhood has much more to boast about than just the golf course. Lawn care and snow removal are included for members of this Riverwood National community, allowing for more time to enjoy area attractions and recreation, such as boating or bass fishing on the Mississippi River (with access less than a mile away) or taking advantage of many nearby parks and trails. The Albertville Outlet Mall, Otsego Target, and several restaurants are just a short drive away. Coupled with nearby access to high-quality healthcare and amenities, Otsego provides the perfect balance to enjoy life.
The 2015 Fall Parade of Homes will be held September 12 – October 4. To see this model or for more information on this golf course community, please contact Jon Hartell at (763) 286-6756 or Chuck Hartell at (612) 991-7168.

JPC Custom Home Builders Opens First Model Home in Riverwood National

Hanover, Minnesota (July 7, 2015) – JPC Custom Homes, one of the leading home builders in Minneapolis, has recently broken ground on its very first model home in the Riverwood National, a distinguished golfing community development in Otsego. The said unit will be featured in the 2015 Fall Parade of Homes on September 12 to October 4, 2015. Six more walkout lots are also available and ready for building.

The homes have a predesigned layout with interior options to choose from to meet individual style. The villa floor layout features an open-plan living area, intricate alder woodwork, granite kitchen countertops, vaulted ceilings, a 2-stall garage, a tuck-under garage for golf carts, and most importantly, a deck that provides a good view of the golf course.

“We designed the villas to maximize functionality, style and golf course views,” said John Kothrade, President and Owner of JPC Custom Homes. All available lots in the Riverwood National are nestled on the front 9 with convenient access to the course and clubhouse.

The golf course is designed with 4 sets of tee boxes to provide enjoyment to golfers with varying levels of proficiency. The Championship tees cover an expanse of over 7,000 yards, offering even the most skilled golfers an exciting and worthwhile time on the course. Located just across County Road 39 from Riverwood National is the Vintage Golf Course, an 18-hole, executive-style course. Parks and amenities are easily accessible, and among the area’s notable establishments is the prominent Monticello School District.

JPC Custom Homes and the Ridgewood National development make a perfect tandem for new home buyers in search of a premium-quality, single-level open floor plan villa in a beautiful Otsego golf course community. For more information, get in touch with Jon Hartell at (763) 286-6756 or Chuck Hartell at (612) 991-7168. Also, feel free to check out www.JPCCustomHomes.com for more selections.

About JPC Custom Homes

JPC Custom Homes is a family-owned and operated local home builder in Minneapolis. The owner, John Kothrade, has been building reasonably-priced, high-quality homes since 1984. Its commitment to provide excellent, personalized customer service has made it one of the most trusted custom home builders in the state. It partners with only the best developers in the industry to provide its clients a gratifying homeownership experience.

Custom Home Builders Can Improve Your Home with an Open Floor Plan

Since the middle of the 20th century, people began to build compartmentalized homes that featured separate rooms with doors that were connected to one hallway. As time went on, however, floor plans have undergone their own evolution. Today's floor plans have become more open than their predecessors, incorporating a design philosophy that aims to create a sense of open space and air in the home. An open floor plan has several benefits for homeowners:

Floor Plan

Make a Small Space Feel Larger

An open floor plan is ideal for making a smaller home in Minneapolis feel larger. Without the confinement of walls and doors, more natural light will fill your home and make it feel brighter and more inviting. By using an open floor plan, you can actually live large in a modest space.

Provide More Moving Space for Guests

If you enjoy throwing parties and dinners, an open floor plan can facilitate your needs. By freeing up a considerable amount of space indoors, an open floor plan can move your kitchen away from being a traditional work room and can make it the center of your home. An open floor plan can also improve the traffic patterns in your home, which can reduce that tight squeeze in a traditional hallway and allow your guests to mill about at their leisure. Custom home builders can help you design the open floor plan that best suits all of your social needs.

See Everything that's Happening

Whether it's the 4th quarter and you have just finished your nachos, or you want to keep an eye on the kids while cooking dinner, an open floor plan improves the lines of sight in your house. This means that you can work in one room without feeling isolated from the rest of your family.

Home builders in Minneapolis can build you the custom open floor plan that you have always dreamed about. Whether you are looking for a completely open plan, or you want to make your kitchen the centerpiece of your residence, specialist builders can help you design your custom home to fit your particular needs.


(The Pros and Cons of Having an Open Floor Plan Home, freshome.com)

Minneapolis Home Builders Weigh in on Concrete and Asphalt Driveways

If you are a Minneapolis, MN resident looking to build a new driveway either in your existing home or in your new home, you will need decide on how to pave your driveway. There are two main options to pave your driveway: concrete or asphalt. They are similar but have key differences with respect to suitability for the climate, maintenance requirements and cost. Professional home builders outline these differences for you:

home builders

Concrete Driveways

Some owners prefer the lighter color of concrete compared to the dark color of asphalt and so choose it for aesthetic reasons. Another advantage of concrete is that it has a long life expectancy and it can last 30 to 40 years. Concrete driveways are also low-maintenance and don't need to be resealed as often as asphalt driveways. Concrete driveways handle hot weather better than asphalt and do not soften in hot weather.

Concrete driveways, however, are notably pricier than asphalt ones. The period for curing is also longer, taking about seven days to cure. It is susceptible to cracking in cold climates and damage from salt. Damage to a concrete driveway is difficult to repair, meaning that the whole driveway will usually need to be replaced. Concrete also stains easily when compared to asphalt due to its light color.

Asphalt Driveways

Asphalt driveways are less expensive and less likely to crack in cold weather, performing better than concrete in very harsh or snowy climates. Snow removal is also easier with asphalt. Since asphalt is generally dark in color, in doesn’t show oil stains. Cracks and holes can be filled more easily with asphalt driveways. Lastly, asphalt driveways can be repaired or re-layered, while concrete generally needs to be replaced.

Asphalt, however, doesn’t last as long as concrete, possessing a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, which is about half as long as concrete driveways. Compared to concrete driveways, asphalt driveways will require more maintenance, needing to be resealed around every three to five years.

After considering all the above factors, you can decide on whether you want to go for a concrete driveway or an asphalt driveway. You can then hire the services of experienced general contractor like one from JPC Custom Homes to pave your driveway and complete your house’s look.


(Asphalt versus concrete: Which material is better for your project? By Amara Rozgus, pwmag.com)

(Pros and Cons: Asphalt vs. Concrete Driveway, angieslist.com)

Home Remodeling Company in Minneapolis Offers Energy-Efficient Windows

Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 9, 2015) – JPC Custom Homes, a home remodeling company in Minneapolis, offers new windows that will not only add to the aesthetic value of a home but improve its energy efficiency as well.

Windows are essential parts of the house. They let in natural light and warmth from the outside to provide comfort for the home’s inhabitants. However, the wrong type of windows can affect the home’s energy efficiency in a negative way, racking up the costs of cooling or heating.

Replacing windows can help improve energy efficiency, especially if the house badly needs repairs and if it was built a long time ago. Houses built before 1960 often have single-pane windows coated in lead-based paint. The friction from opening and closing the window can release lead dust that might cause poisoning in children. Replacing the current windows with the help of professionals who take precautions in reducing lead dust during the project will eliminate that risk. Windows that have been damaged beyond repair through the years will also need replacement to better protect from different weather conditions.

Any window can be made more energy efficient through methods like caulking, adding storm windows, and weatherstripping. However, a homeowner needs to ask himself whether it would be more convenient to replace the windows with new ones or just go with these steps. Normally, newer windows today are already made according to certain standards to ensure that they are energy efficient.

According to the U.S. Energy Department, choosing a window will depend on three factors: orientation, size of glass, and regional climate. In areas that don’t require much cooling, houses need to have windows facing south to let in light during the winter and minimize heat gain during summer. Windows on the walls on the north, east, and west sides of the house need to be adequately sized to provide better control of light and heat.

For more information, visit www.JPCCustomHome.com.

About JPC Custom Homes

JPC Custom Homes is a well-known remodeling company in Minneapolis that provides various services including construction of custom homes, remodeling, window replacements, and more. The owner, John Kothrade, has been a construction professional since 1984 and has built over 500 custom homes.  JPC Custom Homes has made a name in construction throughout the Minnesota area.

Ready-To-Build Lots for New Homes Available in Bella Vista and Carver

Building homes using only the highest quality materials has always been our passion ever since we started our company. For years, we at JPC Custom Homes have been committed to providing the best services which is why we make sure that we construct new homes in the finest areas around Minneapolis, like Carver and Buffalo. As of now, we have several highly sought after and ready-to-build lots available in both areas. One lot is in Carver Ridge and four other lots are in Bella Vista.

Living in Minneapolis already has a lot of benefits. For one, it has been known for the many positive attributes of its communities. According to Sperling’s Best Places, Minneapolis ranked number one as the best places for sleep among all the most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. Due to its peaceful atmosphere, the research showed that people living in the area enjoy a better quality of life in terms of overall happiness and lower unemployment rates. Minneapolis also ranked number one for categories like “Best U.S. Cities for Seniors” and “America’s Most Playful Cities”.

Families considering a move to Carver and Buffalo for a fresh start would also be glad to know that it is one of the safest in the U.S for young children. This is in part due to low fire rates as well as safety laws that are instrumental in lowering pedestrian accidents. Houses in Minneapolis are also required by law to have a carbon monoxide alarm, which makes the city the leading combatant of the toxic gas.

Both Carver and Buffalo have excellent education systems, and the recent growth in job opportunities should make it an ideal place to settle in. Perhaps the biggest selling point of these areas for those looking to build homes here is the aesthetic appeal of their neighborhoods. The climate in the area is generally favorable, especially during Fall and Spring.

JPC Custom Homes is a family-owned business that specializes in constructing new homes. Our priority is to build quality dwellings in the most desirable areas of Minneapolis, which is why we are always looking for suitable parcels of land to build on. Our expert contractors create homes that are specifically designed to fit your unique needs and preferences, either on one of our available lots or a lot of your choice. We pride ourselves in our excellent track record of making sure that the construction of your dream home is done properly, on time, and well within a planned budget.

Maximize Functionality: Space-Smart Minneapolis Home Remodeling Ideas

When remodeling your house, the hardest thing that you must think of is creating ways to fit everything you want inside your living space. Questions like “Should I transform the guest room into a personal office or keep it for the guests?” may arise. Let’s face it; sometimes, what we want is not always what we need, but who says you need to sacrifice your dream house just because of limited space. Here are some Minneapolis home remodeling tips to cheat your limited living space.

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  • Pull-Outs, and Customized Shelves – Count the shelves and cabinets inside your house, then try to think of how much space they take up overall. The best way to create more space is to remove those big shelves and instead keep them in pull-out drawers that you can have built on places like the stairway, or the floorboards. These not only save up space, but also keep the house looking neat and organized at all times.
  • Dual Function Furniture - You can save up on space by using customized furniture you can have built during your Minneapolis remodeling. How about a chair with a drawer underneath, or a mini fridge built in your counter tops, or even a pull out bed in your den to easily transform it into a guest room.
  • Make Everything Functional –You can try having garbage chutes in your counter tops, and even transforming dead spaces like that beneath the stairs into a functional reading room. Also choose bigger glass windows in spaces like the living room in order to save up on energy as well.
  • Keep Some Secrets – Build a classic behind-the-bookshelf secret room in your house where you can keep everything you don’t want your guests to see. You can even transform it into a hidden walk-in-closet, or a small bedroom.
  • Middle Ground – Build the bathroom in an area where it is accessible from most parts of the house; this way you don’t have to spend space on an extra bathroom.
  • High Ground – If you have a high ceiling, you should consider adding bunkrooms or lofts, which you can use as smaller nook areas or extra storage spaces.

You don’t have to sacrifice your dream space when remodeling your homes. All it takes is a little creativity and a good contractor like those from JPC Custom Homes. Buying the right furniture and using your limited space wisely not only give you more room, too, but also a stylish one.


(31 Insanely Clever Remodeling Ideas For Your New Home, buzzfeed, January 4, 2014)

(6 Smart Home Remodeling Tips, HGTV)

Create One of the Best New Homes in Minneapolis with These Great Ideas

Buying a pre-owned house can sometimes be hard especially if you can’t find one with all the features you want. One house may have a kitchen that’s too small, the other a garage that’s too big, and making renovations could only cost you more money than what you’re willing to spend. If, after a long search and you still can’t find the right house, then you should consider buying an empty lot and call on builders of new homes in Minneapolis, who can help you have the home of your dreams. You can have all the custom features you want, including some truly stylish ones, like those listed below:

A home contractor holding blueprints outside a home in progress

Living Room Pit - Create a pit a few steps deep in your living room and surround it with comfy sofas. The lowered ground gives a house a grand feel to it, and makes it seem bigger than it actually is.

Pillow Room – Make sleepovers extra fun for your kids by adding an empty room, and just filling it up with lots of pillows and a TV set for their movie marathons.

Vertical Herb Garden – Impress your guest with your creativity and cooking skills by adding rows to a wide and plain wall, and transforming into your own personal herb garden.

Outdoor Cinema – Turn your backyard into a weekend hang-out spot by adding a porch with a wide projector screen, where you can watch movies while laying down on beach benches. You can even add a barbeque grill and turn the place into a picnic spot.

Beach Fire Pit – Create a small pit in your backyard and fill it up with real sand, and place a fire pit in the middle. It will be an awesome way to relax and have a mini vacation in your own backyard.

Hidden Room – Create a secret room in your house where you can store your valuables. You can even take it up a notch by removing all traditional door entrances in your house and transforming all rooms into secret rooms. Imagine the look of surprise on your guests every time you open a door.

Secret Storage – Keep your things hidden by adding secret storages in places other people would never have guessed, like beneath the staircase, or under the floor mat.

There are really endless possibilities for good and unique home ideas. The only general rule you need to remember is to get rid of as much dead space as possible, and to keep it within your budget. With the help of trusted Minneapolis new homes builders like JPC Custom Homes, fancy doesn’t always have to be expensive. Sometimes, all you need are new materials, a fresh vision, and a good team of workers.


(33 Amazing Ideas That Will Make Your House Awesome, boredpanda)

(31 Insanely Clever Remodeling Ideas For Your New Home, buzzfeed)

Home Builders in Minneapolis: House Additions Must Be Done Seamlessly

A house with a large lot can give you and your loved ones a lot of outdoors fun, but can also be the core for future additions. Kelley Beamon reports on a such a case in This Old House magazine, recounting how a home owner, architect Robert Resnett, planned on expanding his house from the get-go.

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Core Design

When Resnett’s home was completed in 1956, it sported a Y-shape, with the family room, two bedrooms, powder room, and a bathroom located on the long arm of the Y. The living room and study were on one short arm and the garage on the other.

Here’s where things got more interesting: a new masters’ bedroom and study was built at the far end of the Y’s long arm in 1968. In 1973, the garage was expanded to include a workshop, while the study near the living room was expanded by several square feet, and a laundry area was built beside the kitchen in 1995.

The This Old House article states that the key to the project was “very few” load-bearing interior walls, with a 6” x 14” ridge beam and “rafters three feet on center” providing much of the strength. A set of vertical beams every six feet will channel the load to the rest of the frame.

Designing the New Wing

Unlike Resnett, you may not have built your home with future expansions in mind. This doesn’t mean, however, that additions are impossible. When you are set on an expansion, consult expert home builders in Minneapolis who are also well-experienced on home additions. As a general rule, David Andreozzi, chairman of the American Institute of Architects' Custom Residential Architects Network, says that an expansion must be done seamlessly, such that it becomes an integral part of the house. Otherwise, if you decide to sell your property in the future, the expansion may leave telltale signs and turn away potential buyers.


If you belong to a homeowners’ association, any expansion project you undertake must have the association’s approval to ensure compliance building codes set up by the association. A professional contractor can fix up the blueprints and expected loading to reconcile with association guidelines and avoid any a tear-down order.

Expanding a house can benefit you in the long run, in terms of recyclable materials and potentially higher property values. The get optimum value from your investment, however, work only with experienced custom home builders in Minneapolis like JPC Custom Homes, who has long history of delivering quality service.


The Forever Expanding House, This Old House

4 Questions to Consider Before Adding Onto Your Home, U.S. News and World Report

Trust Minneapolis Home Builders with Helping You in Site Selection

There are people who espouse clean living and aspire to build a house that does wonders for promoting environmental awareness. One way to do this is to hire a seasoned homebuilding company to help would-be homeowners determine the proper site. An article on the healthy living website Gaiam Life by John Schaeffer underlines a “deep knowledge” of the subject location as prerequisite for building a green home.

Suburban House

Building a house with environmentally-sustainable attributes can appeal to some people in the Twin Cities areas. The city government is already making some progress in a project to build up to 100 green homes in the northern sections, specifically lots where former houses have been torn down. Since site selection is key to the overall homebuilding experience, you should make that first step with experienced Minneapolis home builders like JPC Custom Homes.

Family Considerations

You always need to consider your family as a driving factor in the site selection process. According to Mother Earth News, you should look for sites in neighborhoods that are within walking distance of basic services, as well as your day job or school. It pays to do research on the general atmosphere of such communities too.

Environmental Conditions

The general condition of the proposed land is also vital to the entire undertaking. Schaeffer said the property itself should have an ample water supply and strong drainage attributes which will lessen moisture in the house when it is complete. A lot with highly stable subsoil also reduces stress on the house foundation. If your plans involve setting up a solar array for the house, make sure the area has minimal tree blockage and clear weather.

Choices, Choices

For site selection, you often have the choice of buying your own lot from other sources or picking one from a number of tracts that your preferred general contractor in Minneapolis, MN has on their inventory. The contractor can encourage you to look them over and see which fits all of your preferences.

Picking the site where your dream house will be built and understanding all the intricacies of site selection can make a difference during the final thrust of the program. Your loved ones will appreciate the effort you put into determining the location of your humble abode. Talk to your homebuilder today.



12 Steps to Choosing a Site for Your Green Home, Gaiam Life

Location, Location, Location: How to choose a sustainable place to live or build, Mother Earth News

Kitchen Remodeling in Minneapolis: Quartz and Granite Countertops

In any kind of remodeling in Minneapolis, using the right materials for the right purposes is crucial. After all, every home improvement project has a goal, and the right material should help you attain that goal. For kitchens and dining areas, in particular, homeowners primarily remodel for aesthetic reasons. When it comes to overall countertop design and convenience, granite and quartz can’t be beat.


Aesthetic Appeal and Versatility

Engineered quartz and granite are among the most popular materials used in kitchen countertops because of their elegance and flexibility. Both can adjust to whatever kitchen design you plan, and you don’t need to make major changes just for them. You may choose custom design and edging with quartz or reflect wealth and good taste with granite.

The colored quartz chips and modified resin compounds comprise a neat look, an adaptive beauty regardless of the shade and style. These rock-like countertops are chosen mainly for their luxurious appeal and lasting features.

Granite counters are generally recognized for their mottled patterns and colors, giving a sense of sophistication. The material itself has a natural shine that doesn’t need much polishing to reveal its beauty.

Since it’s a one-of-a-kind naturally occurring material, each slab (and consequently, each countertop) is unique and is guaranteed to be the only style of its kind in the entire universe. You don’t have to worry about another house in your street having the same countertop look.

Durability and Convenience

Quartz and granite counters are known for their strength, heat and scratch resistance, and general durability. With a refined appearance, quartz’s solid surfacing is suitable for homeowners who adore the look of stone on their house furnishings without having to tend to it too much. Quartz counters also boast of being almost maintenance-free.

The benefits of granite, meanwhile, often outweigh its relatively higher cost than most other kitchen countertop materials used for home remodeling in Minneapolis. Since granite is formed from pressure and heat, it could withstand a certain level of these stressors. Granite is also easy to clean with water and detergent and causes no problem in bacterial contamination.

Probably because of its value and installation cost, the presence of granite in a home raises the value of that home, and the value of the counter itself does not diminish over time. Households planning to install granite countertops, however, must make sure that the cabinets or islands that will serve as support for the slab must be as sturdy as the rock.

Now that you’ve chosen your countertop, a Minneapolis remodeling contractor like JPC Custom Homes, with its years of home-building experience, can help you complete your dream kitchen and do the same for the rest of your home.


Kitchen Countertops 101: Choosing a Surface Material. Houzz.com

Current Trends with Kitchen Countertop Materials. Porch.com

Minneapolis Home Builders Wins North Crow River News Readers’ Choice

Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 16, 2015) – JPC Custom Homes, one of the premier home builders in Minneapolis, received the North Crow River News Readers’ Choice award for Best New Home Builder for 2015. This makes it the company’s fourth consecutive time to receive this recognition.

The North River Crow News is a local news publication based in Wright County, serving the cities of Albertville, Hanover, Rogers, and St. Michael. The newspaper conducts a weekly publication, with each issue out every Monday. It released the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards last February.

JPC Custom Homes won the award alongside many other community businesses across different industries, including dental offices, vision clinic, meat markets, food service, financial institutions, formal education, specialized schools, automobile service, and medical services. The newspaper published the winners online through Sun Newspapers presenting a list of the winners and their respective thanks to the readers.

JPC Custom Homes was founded by John Kothrade, who has been in the business of construction since 1979. He started out as a framing subcontractor and then branched out later on to carry out business on his own, building his first home in 1984. Seeing that some builders take shortcuts in the construction process to lower costs, thereby compromising quality, it became Kothrade’s driving force in deciding to start his own construction company. Today, over 500 residents of the Twin Cities live in homes constructed by John and JPC Custom Homes.

JPC Custom Homes is delighted to receive the Readers’ Choice Award for the fourth time. The home builder company is happy that people see their team’s dedication to the work they are doing. For them, the award will serve as further motivation to continue striving to be the top among quality Minneapolis custom home builders.

To learn more about JPC Homes and its services, please visit JPCCustomHomes.com.

About JPC Custom Homes

JPC Custom Homes maintains “quality” as its top priority in all aspects of home planning and building processes that it undertakes. The company believes that quality must be built into each plan, decision, selection of material, and method of construction whether a current project is a new home or remodeling.

By this philosophy, the home builder only hires experienced individuals who have substantial knowledge, and are highly skilled and trustworthy at what they do. The company ensures that any minor issue or nuance is corrected in every construction project.

New Homes in Minneapolis: Choosing a Site and Architectural Style

New home sales are on the rise across the nation as of late, and according to the Star Tribune, “Sales of new U.S. homes in February climbed to their fastest pace in seven years, as an otherwise dormant housing market showed fresh signs of life.” The sales in new homes jumped to 7.8 percent in February, which is the strongest since February of 2008.


This is good news for those looking to build new homes in Minneapolis. If you are among them, it is the best time to draw up a plan and start making your dream of having your own home a reality.

The first thing that has to be done is to choose a site for your new home. A nature lover might want to go with a location where there is a lot of greenery, while others may prefer to be close to the city. Scout the potential site and get to know the surroundings well. Learn about nearby amenities, schools, hospitals, and the like, especially when you have kids to consider. These will all factor in the decision on where to set up the new home.

In terms of architectural style, there are a lot to choose from. Minneapolis has a diverse mix of styles, with some incorporating multiple styles. Some of the most common architectural types found in Minneapolis are the split level style, townhouse, bi-level, Victorian, contemporary, and colonial, with each one having its own distinguishing features. In choosing a home style, consider what will go well in the neighborhood you have chosen.

In building your home, it is important to conform to the zoning requirements of the area. After checking to see that the site can accommodate the needs of the house as well as any potential expansions, review the features of the lot as well. The topography of the site can play into the home design, and could determine any add-ons. For example, flat sites can be great for a basketball court, a pool, and so on.

Those who are looking to settle in the City of Lakes should get in touch with companies renowned for building new homes in Minneapolis, such as JPC Custom Homes, who have a long history of building custom homes using the finest materials, and doing it on time and within the client’s budget.

(Source: US new-home sales jump 7.8 percent in February as builders shake off winter, Star Tribune, March 24, 2015)

Skilled Minneapolis Home Builders: What to Consider in Building a Deck

According to Consumer Reports, “About 80 percent of homeowners who install decks use wood.” However, there are other decking materials available that are also great in their own right. When looking to build or replace a deck, it is best to use a material that complements the style of your house. Skilled Minneapolis home builders can help with home decks and recommend the material which would go best with your home design.


There are four basic types of materials used for decks, and these are wood, plastic, composite, and aluminum, with wood being the most popular, as pointed out earlier. Homeowners have the choice of pressure-treated pine, redwood, cedar, and tropical hardwoods. Of all of these, pressure-treated pine is the most used, and this is because it is affordable and easy to install.

Perhaps second to wood is composite, which is rising fast in the market. Most of the composites being used are made from recycled plastic and come in a range of colors. They are very low-maintenance, as owners only need to watch out for mold and mildew. They do not splinter or split, and do not have to be sanded or stained.

Plastic decks excel in resisting the elements. The material won’t crack, splinter, or warp, and is stain resistant. The main types of plastic used are PVC and polyethylene. PVC is fire resistant and UV resistant, and has a hard exterior. On the other hand, polyethylene is more flexible and softer.

Aluminum decks are known for their toughness and slip resistance. These decks will not rust, crack, splinter, or warp and can resist even the toughest weathers. Compared to the other materials, it is much lighter, but also much stronger. What’s more, it stays cool in the sun and does not get brittle in cold weather. It may be the most expensive of all the materials, but homeowners are sure to get their money’s worth.

As can be seen, there are a lot of options when it comes to decking and each of the materials have their own advantages. Decks are an investment, so it’s best to weigh all the options before settling on a material. A general contractor in Minneapolis, MN such as JPC Custom Homes can help in the decision process on which material to use for your deck.

(Source: Decking buying guide, Consumer Reports, December 2014)

JPC Custom Homes: What Clients Say About Our Company and Our Work

Over the decades, JPC Custom Homes has been happy to build new homes and remodel existing ones for hundreds of individuals and families from the Minnesota area. We love bringing their dreams to life, and receiving wonderful feedback is just icing on the cake.

Here are some of the kind words that previous clients have said about our company and our work:

“We had a wonderful experience with JPC! Right from the start, their down-to-earth approach made us feel comfortable with the whole process. There are so many different facets to building a home and they were great at guiding us throughout the project. Being a smaller builder allows JPC to provide a high level of personal attention to each detail of the home. They were responsive and patient with all the questions that we had and we never felt rushed or pressured to make any decisions. Their focus on customer satisfaction shows that they truly care for each family they build for…

You will not be disappointed when you choose JPC!”

- Chris & Hannah, Rogers, MN

“Our Realtor recommended we contact JPC for our Custom Build. We had a very unique floor plan in mind and they helped us every step of the way, from drawing up plans to finishing details. The process was smooth and the quality far surpassed our expectations! John, Jane and Phil were always available to answer questions. The best part of the process was their flexibility. They truly made our dream home a reality. If you trust them with your dream, you won't be disappointed!”

- Josh and Melissa, St. Michael, MN

“From the moment I met John and Jane, I knew “my” project became “our” project. Their knowledge of building a beautiful home customized to me and my family was evident throughout the entire building process. We walked the land and talked things through before the first stake went in the ground. During the review of blue-prints, we removed and moved walls to optimize space, provide natural lighting all while maintaining the desired open floor concept. Making selections for fixtures, flooring and cabinetry was effortless. The craftsmanship and custom cabinetry are the first things mentioned when friends come to visit. We are finally home.”

- Kim Peterson, Hanover, MN

We look forward to helping you build your dream home! Call us at 1-763-498-8607 for a project consultation.

Our Mission at JPC Custom Homes: To Bring Your Dream Home to Life

Are you planning on building a new home or doing a remodel on your existing property? Let JPC Custom Homes handle the construction project! Our team and our network of subcontractors can help you in the entire home building or renovation process you’re planning.

It is our mission as a full-service, custom construction company to help you build your dream home from the ground up or remodel your current home to realize your dreams. Whether you’re a first-timer homeowner or a veteran entrepreneur who flips houses, we can guide you throughout the project you’re planning and infuse it with your ideas. Building a new home or remodeling one takes time, vision, and experience, and we maximize all three during the construction process to bring your dream home or remodel to life.

Making Most of Your Time

We can help you select a site for your new home, design the property and choose the materials to be used, start and finish constructing the home, hand you the keys to it and discuss your warranty details, and everything in between. Throughout the process, we will assess your needs and wishes for the project. We will give you a reasonable and realistic timeframe of how soon we can finish the project, and since we’re a small, family-owned company, we can personally update you or answer your questions on a regular basis.

Driving Toward a Vision

We will allow you to customize the project according to however you envision it, and we will work diligently to make sure you’re satisfied with the outcome of the construction. You can take inspiration from our model homes and our past work, but you can always tweak them to your liking. Remember that we want to make your dream home a reality, and that will always be the goal we will strive to hit.

Relying on Solid Experience

We use our years of building experience and attention to detail when bringing your new home to life. Over the years, we have always emphasized that quality trumps any other trait, and we don’t cut corners to make things easier or cheaper. You can trust that JPC Custom Homes produces projects that balance your requirements or creative ideas with fair prices and reliable craftsmanship.

Please call us at 1-763-498-8607, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further inquiries.

JPC Custom Homes: How We Started Out, What Working with Us Is Like

JPC Custom Homes is a true standout among other home building companies. When you see the humble roots of our company, the value we want to provide, and the steps we take to deliver that value, you would see why we’re a cut above the rest. Take a closer look at how we built the company and what it’s like working with us.

How We Started Out

JPC Custom Homes is the product of John Kothrade’s drive to provide clients quality homes. John has been in the building industry since 1979, where he started out as a framing subcontractor. Later on, he expanded his skillset and built his first home in 1984. Before establishing the company, he observed that some builders sacrifice the quality of their constructions only to save costs. He did not tolerate cutting corners, so he ventured to offer quality home construction on his own terms.

Thanks to referrals and repeat customers, more than 500 homes in the Twin Cities have been built by John and the JPC Custom Homes team. Aside from these numerous properties, we have also built home additions, finished basements and decks, done kitchen and bath remodels, and accomplished more renovations for homes in the Minnesota area. The products of our labor are truly recognized for their quality. (Recently, we have even been voted as the “Best New Home Builder” in the 2015 Readers' Choice for North Crow River News!)

What Working with Us Is Like

As a locally- and family-owned business, we build every home and treat every project as if it were our own. We cherish your projects no matter how small or big they are, and feel privileged that you trust us with constructing or remodeling your home. When you partner with us, you will receive exceptional one-on-one customer service, so you can get exactly what you want out of the project.

That emphasis for customer service is coupled with the knowledge and experience needed to build your quality, dream home. We want to build a home that you can enjoy for decades. If you’re building an investment property, we want you to maximize the returns you can get after having the home constructed or remodeled by our company. We make best use of our extensive background in construction, so you can be satisfied with the project you build with us.

Call 1-763-498-8607 for more inquiries.

How to Follow JPC Custom Homes, What to Expect from Our Online Pages

At JPC Custom Homes, we want to reach out to our clients as much as we can. As an established company that builds new homes in the Minnesota area, we know that our market has a thirst for practical knowledge. It’s just natural for prospective homeowners, realtors, and other individuals, couples, or families who are interested in constructing a new home to want to learn about the process to make most of their investment.

You can follow us online to quench that thirst and get access to sought-after information about our company and industry. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+. You can also browse our blog, and visit the “Current Projects” section on our website.

Here are some of the things you can expect from our online pages:

Explore what and where we are building.

You can check out samples of the homes we’ve built in the past and the neighborhoods or cities where we currently have construction projects. These will give you an idea on the types of jobs we take on and the locations where you can see our work for yourself. You can also explore our other services, such as basement finishing, room remodels, re-roofing, and home addition constructions.

See what developments we are currently in.

You can look into our most recent projects and our available model homes and lots in the locations you’re interested in. You can view our completed homes, which you can purchase and customize to your liking. You can also inspect our build-ready lots and start planning the construction of your new, custom home.

Stay current on industry trends and company news.

You can learn the latest standards of home building and remodeling. We make sure we’re at par with the most modern standards and inform our clients about it. We also keep you posted on the recognitions or awards that JPC Custom Homes receives, so you can better appreciate our standing in our industry.

Be inspired with consumer trends and creative ideas.

You can browse through the latest consumer trends when it comes to the materials, designs or styles, colors, and other details of a home construction or remodel. These can help you generate ideas and wish lists when the time to build comes.

You can also reach us at 1-763-498-8607 for any queries about JPC Custom Homes and our comprehensive services.

JPC Custom Homes: Top Five Reasons to Customize Your Home with Us

Are you thinking of building a new home, finishing a room, or building an additional living space? Let JPC Custom Homes help you in constructing it! Our company can certainly help you in the meticulous process. Check out the top five reasons to use us for your upcoming project:

1. A Focus on Quality and Craftsmanship

We focus on the functionality and longevity of a home and keep an eye out for quality throughout the construction process. We don’t cut corners to lower costs, and we have long-term relationships with trusted subcontractors. We provide careful attention to details and follow through on the guarantees we give for our work.

2. Outstanding Service and Personal Attention

We are a local, family-owned company, and we encourage client involvement every step of the way. When you partner with JPC, you work directly with the builder, so you can be hands-on when it comes to the specific construction details of your home. We will closely work with you and offer guidance when you need it, from choosing your property’s location to giving you a final walk-through and providing assistance when you use your residential warranty with us.

3. Flexibility with Options and the Opportunity to Customize

When you build a custom home, you have the freedom to choose everything, from the lot to the light switches. The property and all its features will be customized to your lifestyle. We’ll provide you an impressive set of options and give you the freedom to decide which ones you prefer most.

4. Knowledge and Experience

An expert team makes all the difference, and you can have one on your side when you work with our company. The owner, John, has been in the building business for decades. His longstanding subcontractor relationships and the depth of his knowledge make the home building process fun and seamless for every client.

5. Value for Your Money

JPC Custom Homes delivers unsurpassed value, as we offer top-of-the-line products and materials for a fair price alongside our excellent workmanship. Plus, we employ our own maintenance and framing crew for each client’s assurance of quality. These factors make the home constructed with us an asset you can enjoy for years or reap significant higher return upon the potential future sale.

We build custom homes, finish rooms, and build additions in the Minnesota area. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-763-498-8607 to learn more about our services.

To repair or replace your deck?

If you have an existing deck, be sure to check it for signs of rotting or structural decay. Your deck doesn’t have to be ‘old’ to potentially pose a safety issue. Elements such as snow, rain, heat and wind all take their toll on hardwood decking over time.
What to look for: Signs of rotten wood can include mold, soft wood that you can easily break away with your fingers, and water stains that are a different color than the wood surrounding them.
What to inspect: The bases of the deck posts, under the deck around the joists, the railings and the deck surface.
All hardwood decks require some maintenance and repair to ensure longevity and safety. Annual treatments with a water sealant often go a long way to increasing the lifespan of your deck. If rotten wood is noticed in many places of your inspection, then replacing may be the best option. However, if your inspection only reveals a couple small areas, then a few minor repairs may be all you need.
If you have any questions on what to look for or if a repair or replacement may be needed- please contact us, JPC Custom Homes at 763.498.8607
We build decks and porches in the Twin Cities surrounding areas- Medina, Orono, Minnetonka, Wayzata, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Dayton, Rogers, St. Michael, Hanover, Elk River, Otsego, Buffalo, Monticello and more.

New Custom Home in Otsego, MN!

“Welcome Home” to the owners of this modified Itasca floorplan home in Otsego, MN! It was a great pleasure building this custom home- so many thoughtful features that add the highest level of functionality and style for the homeowner’s lifestyle.
(Excuse the paint supplies in the background of some pics. Exterior paint, driveway etc to be completed soon as weather permits)

A few features:
Arched openings and doorways
Built-in boot bench in the mudroom
Engineered stained and hand scraped hickory wood floors
Granite countertops in kitchen; marble countertops in bathrooms
Ceramic tile backsplash in kitchen
Stone fireplace face
Large walk-in master closet that connects to the master bathroom and laundry room
Master bathroom with separate vanities
Tray vaulted ceiling in master bedroom
1 1/2” recessed floor in mechanical room (to prevent potential water damage from sump pump, water heater etc)

New Custom Home in Greenfield, MN!

Congratulations to the homeowners of this stunning custom rambler home in Greenfield, MN!  3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, with gorgeous custom woodwork throughout, a large entertaining space in the basement and a spacious (enormous) garage!  A few of the many features of this home include:

-Tons of custom woodwork: 2 built-in lockers (1 upstairs, 1 downstairs), built-in entertainment centers, curved archways, bar with display shelving and more
-Large windows overlooking the private, wooded yard (upgraded to Anderson windows and doors)
-Custom cherry cabinets upstairs and oak downstairs
-Granite countertops
-Racetrack ceiling in master bedroom
-Heated floors in master bathroom
-Tons of recessed lighting
-Custom bar area with brass foot rail and glass display cabinets and shelving with mirror backing
-Pool table space
-Entertainment center to fit their components (media area)
-Gas Fireplace with river rock face
-20’ vaulted ceiling “enormous” garage: insulated, sheetrocked, painted and heated. Access to main floor and basement with 4 stalls, 2 being double deep = 6 stall capacity!
-Attic and all walls in house and garage are heavily insulated (very energy efficient)
-Steel siding
-Seamless gutters
-Custom deck with low maintenance, cellular PVC decking

Wooded lot available in Carver, MN!

Now is the time to build YOUR custom home! We have a lot available in the beautiful rolling-hills neighborhood of Carver Ridge in Carver, MN.

Perfectly situated on a wooded lot in an established, quiet neighborhood. Minutes from the historic downtown Carver and within 30 miles from downtown Mpls. Build with JPC and call picturesque Carver, HOME.

Contact Us for more information!

New custom home in Buffalo, MN

Happy New Year! We completed this home in Buffalo just in time for the homeowners to move-in before the new year! This is a modified Itasca Floor Plan home with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, built specifically to fit budget and lifestyle. Congrats to the homeowners! A few features of this spacious home include:

  • Large mudroom with lots of storage
  • Built-in charging station in the mudroom
  • Walk-in shower with seat in master bathroom
  • Guest bedroom with private bathroom
  • Convenient upstairs laundry room
  • Gas fireplace with stonework
  • Lots of custom built-in woodwork
  • Finished basement
  • Heated garage

Looking to build a custom home in Buffalo, MN? Contact us today! We can build on your lot or ours.

January / February Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Clean or replace furnace filter
  • Clean or replace air-cleaner
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV)
  • Clean snow from air intakes, exhaust and meters
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Remove snow from roof to prevent ice dams
  • Clean and check sump pump and pit
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater
  • Clean faucet aerators and turn on infrequently used faucets and put water in floor drains to maintain the trap's water barrier

New Home Construction, Rogers MN

There’s no place like home for the holidays! We completed this gorgeous home right before Thanksgiving; it was an absolute pleasure working with the homeowners! This is our Galaxy Floor Plan that the homeowners modified to make it fit their lifestyle. Some of the many features include:

-Lockers in mudroom
-Entertainment center in living room
-Upstairs desk
-Laundry room cabinetry
White enameled coupled with dark poplar woodwork
Rounded display niche
Granite kitchen countertops
Finished bonus room above garage
Tray vaulted ceiling in master bedroom
Double walk-in shower
Home Office
Recessed mechanical room floors
Basement living room, 2 bedrooms and bathroom are finished through sheet rock- ready for future completion
Oversized 3 stall garage

Cork Flooring?!

We have installed cork flooring in a few homes recently and love the uniqueness of it, among many other great features:

10 Reasons Why You Should Choose Cork Floors (Source)

Cork floors have impeccable strength and durability. They can be easily used in areas with high foot traffic. They last for decades and are easily repairable.

Cork has been introduced in the flooring world by highlighting its excellent comfort element. With cork flooring in your home or office you'll have a cushioned feeling under your feet.

Cork floors are very elastic and compressible. Due to their elastic nature, they can maintain their shape even when pressure is applied by resuming to their original shape soon after the pressure is released. Cork's elasticity also results in its very durable nature. It is known to withstand years of foot traffic.

Noise Resistance:
Cork flooring has the ability of reducing the transmission of sound and vibration. Its miniature cells composition absorb vibrations and direct impacts. Cork floors are a valued choice for recording studios, libraries and any other place where minimal sound is required.

Allergy and Insect Resistance:
Cork is naturally safe from mold and insects due to the presence of a substance called Suberin in the composition of cork.

Thermal Insulation:
Cork flooring acts like a natural thermal insulator. It prevents heat loss in rooms and even body heat loss through the feet. It is regarded among the efficient most non-conductors of heat and cold. Cork floors will help maintain a mild and comfortable environment.

Moisture Resistance:
Cork is highly resistant to moisture penetration. Suberin, a waxy substance naturally present in the cork oak, helps prevent cork floors from decay and damage due to moisture.

Heat Resistance:
Due to the presence of Suberin, cork floors are resistant to extreme heat. It makes cork a natural fire inhibitor. For similar reasons, cork floors do not release any toxic gases on combustion.

Aesthetic Value:
Being a natural flooring material, cork floors have a very attractive look, especially if kept clean and maintained. They are not only very practical in their function as a flooring material but have good aesthetics too.

A wide range of design and color variations is also available to suit every style of décor. They offer unique surface patterns appearing in speckled whorls, and a vast range of colors from golden yellow to nut brown.

Bella Vista Neighborhood in Buffalo, MN

Looking to build in Buffalo, MN?

We have 6 lots available in the Bella Vista development located in Western Buffalo! Bella Vista means “Beautiful View” in Italian. The neighborhood was designed for its residents to experience the “beautiful views” of the lake, groves of trees and untouched wetlands. It provides the perfect setting for recreational opportunities- canoeing or kayaking, gathering with friends and neighbors for an evening bonfire by the lake, walking or biking through the many trails and walking paths throughout the neighborhood. Your family will truly enjoy all of the community amenities including the association maintained private outdoor pool and cabana.
The views are beautiful- even when snow covered (we do live in Minnesota!) Call us today for more information or to tour the neighborhood!


New Home Construction, Hanover MN

Congratulations to the new homeowner of JPC’s modified-Itasca plan home in Hanover! It was a pleasure building this spacious custom home- complete with many functional features!

A few of the many features:

  • 4 car garage
  • Laundry tub and set-up for future heat in the garage
  • Oak woodwork throughout
  • Metal balusters
  • Gas fireplace with stone face w/ built-ins on both sides
  • Custom decorative arches throughout
  • Ceramic tile backsplash in kitchen and walk-in shower
  • Granite countertops in kitchen and master bathroom
  • Glass tile decorative work above range

New Home Construction, Delano MN

We recently finished our modified Boulder floor plan home on a lot chose by the homeowner in Delano, MN. It was wonderful working with the new homeowners and we are excited that they are all moved in to this gorgeous custom home that fits their lifestyle!
A few of the many features include:

  • Screened porch- flat stained pine ceiling with aluminum rails (low maintenance)
  • Center island enameled gray (pewter cast)
  • Glass tile on fireplace and backsplash
  • Ceramic tile plank in master bathroom
  • Knotty Alder kitchen cabinets
  • Stained poplar interior doors and trimwork
  • Metal balusters on stairs
  • White Thermo-Tech windows
  • Recessed mechanical room


November / December Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Check attic for signs of moisture
  • Clean or replace furnace filter
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV)
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of snow, debris etc
  • Remove snow from roof to prevent ice dams
  • Check adjustment of door thresholds
  • Check garage floor for cracks - seal & caulk

Basement Remodel, Howard Lake MN

We recently completed a basement remodel on a home that we built back in 1987! A few years ago we also built a custom addition that included a family room and home office as well as a new deck.
The basement remodel turned out great- fit for the homeowner’s lifestyle. We started at the stairs- installed all new stair railings, solar tube lighting that provides warm indirect natural lighting, and then removed a door that was at the bottom of the stairs to make the entry to the basement more open. Downstairs we built a custom bar with an island on wheels for ease of movement to create a traditional bar set-up as seen in the picture or to push against the side wall for a more open concept. The bar features custom cabinetry built around a sink, microwave and wine cooler with display and easy-access drinkware storage. The backsplash features a beautiful glass and stone blend mosaic. The countertops were completed with striking dark granite.
We also installed a cultured stone gas fireplace with a tv mount above using media tubing to hide wiring and make it easy to fish future wiring.
The remodel was complete with new carpet and luxury vinyl flooring.
It was a pleasure working with the homeowners again- we love continuously customizing homes to make it fit your current lifestyle.


New Home Construction, St. Michael MN

We recently completed this slab-on-grade country-style home on an acreage lot in St. Michael! It was a great pleasure working with the homeowners who designed their very own custom floor plan to fit their lifestyle.
A few of the many features include:

  • In-floor heat in house and garage
  • Barn wood on fireplace
  • Pot filler faucet above range
  • Staircase lights
  • Granite kitchen countertops
  • 10’ ceiling in family room
  • Study nook under the stairs
  • Enameled trim and doors
  • Urinals in lower bathrooms
  • Spacious upstairs playroom
  • Master closet doubles as a poured concrete storm shelter
  • Spray foam walls
  • Large bonus room above garage to be completed as desired

September / October Home Maintenance

  • Check fireplace and chimney; service or clean if needed
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV)
  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests etc
  • Do safety checks: smoke detector, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, door and window locks
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed
  • Check roofing and flashing for signs of wear or damage
  • Check roof vents / soffit vents
  • Close outside hose connection and rain
  • Winterize landscaping and blow out irrigation system
  • inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater
  • Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout property
  • Adjust thermostat for season change, check humidity levels to prevent excessive moisture
  • Clean dryer vent



JPC Custom Homes Is Committed to Sustainable Building

Being environmentally responsible is all the rage right now, but you'll be happy to know that JPC Custom Homes has been doing it all along. We have always gravitated toward the most effective home designs and the most efficient appliances. We have always been extremely proficient in managing buildings and land to be renewable and useful for the long term.  These are the basic and most important precepts of sustainable building and living.

Sustainable building comes from green building to be the more encompassing concept used today. This is a good thing because it brings everyone into the mix. Not every home can accommodate windmills and solar panels, but every custom home can be built to minimize its overall impact on the surrounding environment, be as energy efficient as possible and be a nice place to live where comfort is not contingent upon consumption. Sustainable living also helps to maintain a cleaner and safer environment. Though there is a certain amount of investment in green living, most people see the benefits of geothermal energy, ambient energy, reclaimed materials and other products of the green economy.

Great emphasis is placed on the lifelong planning of buildings and property when using sustainable building practices. The idea is to come up with long term, practical solutions with sources for utilities, energy conservation, solid waste, organic waste and surface water management. These are usually tied into the larger needs of community.  Good solid neighborhoods address these issues. That is why JPC Homes works well with prominent local developments to provide answers to all homebuyers concerns.

At JPC Custom Homes customers help make important decisions regarding plumbing fixtures and HVAC systems. They can make informed decisions regarding long term commitments to the use of land. Customers can choose from several of our top- of- the- line architectural designs. All of which can be customized to include green innovation like angled and oversized glazing in walls and ceilings, heat absorbing tiles or stone and natural ventilation and lighting. Our competent association of architects, builders and interior designers actively encourage all the best sustainable building practices.

JPC Custom Homes must stay true to their primary mission of building durable, comfortable, high-quality homes.  This increases their determination to use the latest technology. The whole industry including designers, product manufacturers and building code regulators are actively going green. General contractors play a vital role in matching the desires of home buyers with the most effective green technology.   JPC Custom Homes meets and exceeds industry standards in their quest to be the best Custom Home Builder in Buffalo, MN.  We are the company to call when you need a home that's comfortable, practical and environmentally responsible.

As the industry changes, there will be new ideas and materials that will contribute to the principles of sustainable building. It is up to responsible general contractors to do the proper research and figure out which ideas work for the long haul.  Because we are actively building on an ongoing basis, JPC Custom Homes stays informed in sustainable building practices.

July / August Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests etc
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed
  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV)
  • Air out damp basements on dry days or use dehumidifier
  • Have furnace (heating system) serviced
  • Check hot water heater for mineral buildup, drain, refill
  • Check and repair interior caulking and grout on tile in shower baths
  • Check and repair all exterior caulking and weather stripping, especially around windows and entry doors
  • Seal coat and repair asphalt driveway as needed
  • Replace air conditioning filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Clean A/C condenser


Deck in Plymouth, MN

Just finished this beautiful, all-wood deck in Plymouth, MN!  Now's the time to be outside- make the most of it with a custom, quality deck by JPC Custom Homes! We serve the Minneapolis and surrounding communities such as Maple Grove, Rogers, Greenfield, Hanover, Dayton and more! Call us today 763-498-8607

Maintenance Free Screen Porch + Deck in Buffalo, MN

We recently completed this beautiful screen porch and deck using maintenance free materials in Buffalo, MN.  Enjoy the sunshine out on the deck or pop into the porch to be in the shade and away from those bugs! Looking for a quality custom deck and porch contractor in the Minneapolis or surrounding areas (Rogers, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Hanover, St. Michael and more). Give us a call today - 763-498-8607

May / June Home Maintenance Checklist

• Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV)
• Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc
• Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed
• Open outside hose connection
• Check and clean central air conditioning system
• Check landscaping sprinklers to ensure proper alignment (do not let them soak your siding or foundation)
• Replace air conditioning filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer
• Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater
• Clean A/C condenser
• Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout property


Things You Should Know Before Before Building Your Custom Built Home

When getting a custom built home, you will be taking a bigger role in the actual construction of it. Getting educated to the process is the first step; Here are some pointers on things you need to consider.

It would be nice to just pick a piece of property and build a house. But, just choosing the property means thinking ahead. For starters, what are you doing about power, water and sewer. Even when money isn't an issue, local building codes, environmental regulations and practicality present limitations. For example, will you tap into the public sewer, or install a septic system? Will water come from a well or local water line? Is the land cleared or will timber need to be removed? If so, you may need permits to cut. These concerns can be alleviated by buying ready to build properties.

After finding the property, you'll need to find a home that fits your lifestyle. Architects are trained to plan around a family's living pattern. Areas that are most frequented are given priority. Supporting areas are placed close by in order to accommodate easier use and more comfortable living. Vaulted ceilings, stone, tile and prominent grains in wood, can give comfort to some, while others may like the sleek lines and light colors of more modern interior design. Some popular models are very adaptable and can be customized to most anyone's needs. This option allows you to take advantage of time tested, quality designs and still move rooms around to suit your needs.

From this point, looking at the cost of appliances, flooring, tile, counter-tops and a whole host of other home finishing products is crucial. It's easy to over indulge when letting the imagination take over. Still, it's just as easy to settle for inferior products that will leave you wishing you had studied a little more. While it's true that quality doesn't always have to cost a lot, it's easy to get something that looks good only to find that it won't hold up in the long run. The way to address this issue is to decide what you want well ahead of time, and get well-known name brand products that have good manufacturer support. Addressing these issues early also keeps the imagination on budget as well as easing the mind of your general contractor.

Having a responsive, experienced builder is probably the most important step in the process. He is the one that will be working with you on a regular basis throughout the project. Make sure he has a clear vision of what you want and has the ability to fulfill these expectations. A proven track record, good standing in the community and a list of happy customers will go a long way toward proving his worth. The right custom home builder helps bring your dreams and feasibility together. Some builders would like to say that anything is possible, while others will say no to anything extra. The right contractor for your custom built home will say he knows how to get what you want, and he's willing to explore every means of getting it.

It does seem like more work than just going shopping for a house. But then, all these issues will have been addressed for someone else. The pay-off with a custom builder is having important input in designing your dream home.

March / April Home Maintenance Checklist

• Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV)
• Clean or replace furnace filter
• Clean snow from air intakes, exhaust and meters
• Remove snow from roof to prevent ice dams
• Check gutters and downspouts and clean ifneeded
• Inspect basement / crawl space for seepage / leakage
• Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout property
• Be sure to check for settling after spring thaw
• Check and repair any screen damage
• Inspect roof for damage and make repairs when necessary
• Adjust thermostat for season change, check humidity levels to prevent excessive moisture



Why Build a Custom Home?

Custom homes are the answer to many of the nagging questions that homeowners invariably have when buying a new home. Whether a first time buyer, getting a second or third home, or developing property, a custom builder gives a buyer options. Those options are often the difference between just buying a house and building your dream home.

Why Build a Custom Home?

Buying previously built homes, people find themselves seemingly relegated to two choices. Buy a brand new house in a location not of your choosing, or buy one in a favorable area only to find it used and old. Both of these options can lead to regrets, some immediately apparent and some that show up over time. New homes can usually be trusted for materials and systems that are guaranteed and in good shape, yet it may not be a match in personality or living style. You may find an older home with character and the location you want, but it may be fraught with hidden problems caused by age and use.

Newer tract homes are often billed as starter homes or a medium income option. This entices people to consider them without fully examining what's available. They are often sold with huge marketing efforts, which include commercials, road-side signs and experienced salespeople. They can often get people excited enough to overlook issues that can be a major detraction such as undersized yards, windows that face walls or fences, or a house that does not fit your family. Not to mention the fact that the location may not work for you.

Older homes can often be found where you want them, and often with features you like, but they are always a risk. Even high dollar mansions can have problems. Inspectors seldom catch every issue with a home and even if they do, an old house often has out of date plumbing or HVAC systems that will eventually have to be changed. Buying a used home will usually also incur an ensuing remodel cost when the new owner replaces carpets, flooring, or paints.

Get Exactly What You Want

Custom built homes include the buyer in crucial decisions right from the start. Custom builders are experts in building to match their customers living patterns. For example, a family that spends a lot of time outdoors will want to make the best deck and outdoor atmosphere available. Someone that enjoys sunsets and views may want a second story patio or picture windows in a room with relaxing décor. You may have ideas of your own that will make your house one of a kind. A custom built home is the only way to get exactly what you want.

No matter what income level, those looking to buy a house should consider a custom built home. When comparing price per square foot, the difference isn't that much. When comparing what you get for your money, it's huge. Get the cabinets, flooring, colors and layouts you choose. Make sure you have your dream home. The satisfaction you get when moving in will only be replaced by the contentment felt a few years down the road.

A Top to Bottom Approach to Home Inspections

Home Inspection TipsLearning to do a home inspection is a skill that will last you a lifetime. Doing a general inspection once a year will help you stay ahead of the maintenance on your home. Also, when buying or selling a building, knowing what to look for will help you make informed decisions.

Inspecting by sections

It is best to think of the different areas of the house independently, then consider how they all tie together. For example, most modern heating systems will use electricity even when it's not the primary energy source. Inspect both heating and electrical systems separately, then inspect where they join together. In this example, that may be the thermostat and the wires where the power hooks up. For house sections, think the same way. Inspect the panels or planes first, then inspect the corners or where those planes join. During an inspection everything you see is worth noting. Whether keeping mental records or writing it down, rate everything you see as excellent, passing, below average or needs repair.

Inspection method inside

Inside, you should start from the attic crawlspace. This is an important area to inspect because it has a high probability of producing problems. Here, because of trusses or blown in insulation, an inspection can be difficult. Do your best to check the underside of the roof panels, OSB or plywood as thoroughly as you can. See if there is any light showing through that would point out leaks in the roof. Then, inspect the condition of the wood trusses for buckling or moisture damage. As best you can, check the corners for birds and varmints. Down below, in the actual living space, consider each room separately. Inspect the ceiling, the walls and then the floors. Finally, the windows, doors and jambs.

Common problems inside

When it comes to identifying problems, the most common reasons for damage are moisture, buckling and over use. Water damage is often found by discovering mold. Buckling can be caused by water, but can also reveal weight support and structural issues. Over use shows up in door jambs, windows, appliances and flooring. Inspectors also need to look for signs of pest control issues like ants, termites or rodents. Pet damage is also very common.

Exterior inspection method

Outside, start with the roof ridge, and work your way down. If you have a tile roof, note all missing tiles. If you have panels, examine them carefully for missing screws or punctures. If your roof has valleys, you may have to clean them to take a good look. Make sure the gutters are in place and working properly, including the downspouts. Moving down to the exterior walls, check for missing pieces, holes in the siding and missing trim pieces around windows and doors. Check the condition of the paint, as it's also a sealant against the weather. Under the eaves of the home, you should check the condition of soffit and bird block. Where your siding meets the ground, check for signs of moisture or pest damage.

Problems found on a homes exterior

The most common problems outside are caused by weathering, but pests, pets, and usage can certainly be heavy contributors as well. Water run off from the roof is one key issue that can effect every section of your exterior and even out into the yard. The same is true about infestation of bees or other insects. Sections of porches or siding that have been set aside for pets commonly will have paint worn away and deep gouges in the wood. Trees that over hang or are too close can contribute several types of problems as well.

A lot to look at in the basement

In order to have a good home inspection, you must have a complete inspection of the basement. In fact, this is where the systems of your house will integrate with the structure. So, here you will inspect both the condition of the basement and the systems in it. You need to check plumbing and ventilation lines to make sure they're insulated properly. Look at the condition of the brackets and bracing holding them. Both gas and plumbing lines are susceptible to damage when not anchored properly. With vents, make sure no air is escaping. After you've checked the lines of the various systems, you need to check the units themselves. Get the operational specifications of water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners or furnaces. If you have these units inspected once a year by a professional, all the better.

Making it easier

Homeowners can make a checklist that will help guide them on their once a year inspection. If you're inspecting something that is new to you, this method will help you get solid information on a residential building. Be adaptable, when you run into something a little different. This system is built on basic principles that will help in any situation.