The 2013 Minneapolis-St. Paul Home Tour taking place rain or shine this weekend includes 54 stops in 33 Twin Cities neighborhoods—including a few in Southwest Minneapolis.
The event runs:
- Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Sunday, April 28, 2013, 1–5 p.m.
As of Saturday morning the event's website appeared to be down. Here are several Southwest Minneapolis homes on the tour (with links to Google's cache of msphometour.com web pages):
100 West 52nd Street
Tom and Mary Parsons
Minnehaha Creek and the Tangletown neighborhood drew us here. In this wonderful two-story house, we loved the breakfast booth, the butler’s pantry and the east-facing windows of the sunroom. Keith from Holtan Kitchens and Remodeling helped us open up the kitchen, gave us better work areas and space-saving features, and uncovered the wonderful fir floor. The new off-white cabinets have flush inset doors—some of them glass. The butler’s pantry really helps with storage and frees up counter space. For the bathroom, we chose a hexagon porcelain tile floor and subway tiles for the walls. The Bancroft-style pedestal sink and comfort-height toilet suggest the 1920s style. We’re glad we finished these big projects before we retire.
5509 Aldrich Ave. S.
Nancy and Gene Zemske
How to make the best use of space in the typical 1.5 story? We were lucky to have an attic ceiling that was just high enough for our new master bedroom and bath, and we were able to take advantage of closet space on the main floor to accommodate the new mechanical chases. The entire half-story space is now super-insulated. We take advantage of natural light at the base of the stairs with a glass-paned door. Knee-wall access for really tucked-away storage is made easy with magnetic closures. And the stair rail can be removed for moving bed and furniture up and down. We’re settling in though, and won’t be leaving for a long time – we love our neighborhood and the new space is perfect!
2804 West 55th Street
Matt and Alethea Anderson
Our home is a great example of maintaining neighborhood aesthetics and charm while increasing the square footage to fit a growing family. The decision to remodel was based primarily on the desire to remain in a close-knit neighborhood, in an area that is in proximity to an ever-growing number of family activities, fabulous restaurants, and recreational hobbies. To fit our needs, we maintained the existing footprint of the home but added a full second story addition, complete with a master bedroom, master bath and walk-in closet. The addition also included two more bedrooms, another bath and a laundry room. With an updated kitchen and main-floor bath, we created a space that we will love for years to come.
4919 Queen Ave. S.
Anne and Dan Arden
Living in the suburbs, we’d missed the feel, character and friends of the city. We decided to move back to our old neighborhood and are glad we did. Although outdated, this Colonial house had good bones and the potential for a great layout. This project updated every room in the house but took care to stay true to the Colonial style and sense of scale. An addition to the back expanded the old cramped kitchen and included a new pantry, mudroom, powder room and connection to the garage. The second level includes part of the new master suite, which then made room for an open study area for the kids and a gracious stair landing befitting such a house.
3900 Zenith Ave. S.
David and Teena Pflum and family
After 18 years of expanding and improving a bungalow in the Fulton neighborhood, our family of six finally ran out of space. Not wanting to leave Southwest Minneapolis and the kids’ Lake Harriet School, we were challenged to find a five-bedroom home in the area. We were led to the Joseph-Greenberg home, where we found a great space, history, character and potential. Seeing the need for a new kitchen and family area, we contacted Sala Architects and Mulberry Builders to help us create a space that would meet our needs and fit with the rest of the home. We now are enjoying the incredible, family-oriented space. We have also transformed our master bath, as well as our basement to make this house our home.