Home Tour Highlights

by Josh on May 2, 2009 · 1 comment

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Last weekend I visited a handful of homes on the Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour. Three of the four homes I toured were near my neighborhood and the fourth I sought out specifically for its energy improvements.

Although this post will include several photos with descriptions, additional photos can be found in the 2009 MSP Home Tour collection on the photos page.

Solar hot water control panel

The picture above shows the control module, expansion tank and some other hardware for the solar hot water system at a house in southeast Minneapolis.  With the substantial tax credits now available, I’ve begun to think seriously about solar possibilities for my place.

Modern bungalow basement

Next on the tour was a heavily remodeled bungalow with this spectacular basement den.  With two south-facing egress windows and lots of lighting fixtures, the space felt about as airy and comfortable as a bungalow basement could.

Bungalow modern shower

The third house I visited was a bungalow with a traditonal exterior but lots of modern remodeling touches inside.  This shower with coin shaped tiles was particularly striking.  It’s not my style, but I think it looks pretty cool. 

Tudor den

Finally, this big comfortable den in a tudor revival cottage was a great stylistic match to the rest of the house.  The arches and scrolled bracket details, for example, are almost identical to similar elements in the living room and dining room.  This project’s historically sensitive approach is closest to my own remodeling preferences.

Thanks to my Minneapolis neighbors for opening up their homes to share ideas and satisfy the curious.

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Christopher Busta-Peck May 4, 2009 at 11:18 am

I’ve seen the round tile historically referred to as “penny tile”, due to the size and shape. I have some in my house, and it’s original. I’ve never seen it used before on walls.

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