Building & Remodeling
Martha O'Hara, Builder: Hendel Homes
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If you’ve made the major decision to either build a new house or renovate an existing one, how do you know where to begin your search? We can help. Whether you’re interested in building or remodeling a single room or an entire house, Minnesota builders and remodelers are at the top of their game when it comes to creativity, quality craftsmanship, communication, and applying sustainable practices during the building/remodeling process. In the following pages, we highlight some of the most reputable builders and remodelers in the area.
Charles Cudd De Novo
Charles Cudd De Novo is the Twin Cities’ leading residential design/build firm specializing in creating fine, principled, architectural homes and major renovations.
Our mission and passion is to beautifully design and meticulously build exceptional homes that create lasting value and utter enjoyment for our customers.
What we offer over the competition:
Because we are a design and build firm, we are able to offer the ease and joy of a seamless process from start to finish, culminating in extraordinary results.
• First: Our wonderfully creative in-house architectural team led by Jim McNeal, AIA, has the inspiration and ability to carefully listen and artistically capture what it is you want in a new home.
• Second: Our award winning interior design team, working out of our own professional design center, are there to help guide you through a highly organized, fun and enjoyable selection process.
• Third: You will experience a detailed and disciplined approach through the entire building process with a comprehensive quality control management system administered by our highly skilled construction experts. This ensures that the job will be done right, to the highest standards, on time, and within budget.
Carl M. Hansen Companies
For three generations Carl M. Hansen Companies has been a family-owned and operated company creating and remodeling beautiful custom homes.
How do you incorporate energy efficiency into your projects?
At Carl M. Hansen Companies, our goal is to build a home that is sound in structure by providing the highest level of quality—a reputation we have upheld in the community for over 80 years. The most important aspect of energy efficiency for a homebuilder is the building envelope (the “envelope” is a term builders use to refer to the exterior surfaces of the home). Making sure the home is properly sealed will ensure peak efficiency of heating and cooling. Features like high quality windows, foam insulation on exterior walls and in the attic, and vapor barriers keep the home insulated while preventing moisture issues and air leakage. Once the envelope is complete, we conduct a blower test to ensure a proper seal. There are many choices available to homeowners to enhance the efficiency of their future home. From large items like furnaces down to small details like lightbulbs, we work with our clients and their budget to help them make the best decision. Many energy efficient features can be incorporated later as new technology becomes available, but won’t reach optimum efficiency if the building envelope is not performing properly.
Home building/remodeling trends:
We’re receiving more requests to build a smaller footprint, yet provide all the bells and whistles that were standard in larger homes. We see homeowners needing less gross space, accepting smaller rooms, incorporating transitional spaces into the functional space, and splurging on high-end appliances, finishes, and spaces for family entertainment. Another big trend is the in-home workspace. Lastly, but certainly not least, is the need for the home to be technologically integrated. Automated blinds, lighting, and sound and climate control—all accessible from the homeowners’ iPad or smartphone—allows remote control access to the home from almost anywhere. Being able to remotely control your home’s temperature is also a major bonus to energy efficiency.
West Ridge Farm in Parkwood Knolls
Parkwood Knolls Construction Company, developing Edina since the 1920’s.
The preferred builder:
Carl M. Hansen Companies, a local, family-owned company that has been building homes for over 80 years.
West Ridge Farm in Parkwood Knolls is over 90 acres of bluffs and meadows basking in western sunsets. Perched at one of the highest points in Edina, West Ridge Farm offers panoramic views of the southwest metro. There are currently 25 lots available, representing approximately 20 acres of land. Lot prices starting at $379,000.
Being located in the first-ring suburb of Edina offers homeowners the convenience and amenities of a big city, combined with the friendly-neighborhood feel of country life. Just a short 15-minute commute from downtown Minneapolis, West Ridge Farm is also conveniently located near many area hospitals, private schools, universities, large companies, shopping, and entertainment. Residents of West Ridge Farm enjoy neighborhood parks, landscaping featuring ponds and beautiful tree-lined streets, and a strong sense of community.
The family-friendly neighborhood is located in the Hopkins Public School district, with bus service to the Edina school district. Current residents attend schools in Edina, as well as Our Lady of Grace, The Blake School, Breck School, The International School of Minnesota, and Providence (to name a few).
Do you—as a developer—believe you have enough financial strength to see the project all the way to completion even though the real estate market is slow?
Parkwood Knolls Construction Compny started developing in Edina in the 1920s. In the 1940s, they started developing the Parkwood Knolls neighborhood. West Ridge Farm represents the last 25 lots of the Parkwood Knolls development and the neighborhood has been under continuous development, without interruption since the 1940s. We are committed and capable of seeing this development through fruition and are committed to maintaining the integrity and value of the surrounding supporting cast of homes and residents. We have not, and will not, compromise quality for quantity!