With rising interest rates, supply chain challenges and limited inventory, it’s not necessarily easy to buy, build or remodel right now.
Yet for the price of a ticket ($30 to $5), people can learn about the latest trends in home design—and meet local builders and renovators who are ready to take on those challenges—at the upcoming Artisan Home tour.
The ninth annual tour is produced by Housing First Minnesota, a trade association for home builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers to the building industry; it is also the organization behind the Parade des Maisons.
A portion of the proceeds from this tour will benefit the organization’s Housing First Minnesota Foundation, a nonprofit that builds and renovates transitional housing for Minnesotans in need.
The 2022 Craft Home Tour opens Friday, June 10 and runs weekends until June 26. This year the tour includes 17 new homes; the final weekend, June 24-26, will also highlight six renovated homes.
“What’s so fun about visiting a handcrafted home is that each of these homes is so carefully created and custom-crafted that you’ll see bolder choices, more unique features, and truly unique details in every home,” Katie Elfstrom, a spokesperson for Housing First Minnesota, said in an email to Pioneer Press.
“Some of the unique features you can find in this year’s tour are a full bar located in the main living area, a downstairs library with a hidden room behind a shelf, a hunting room, a wine cellar of 1,400 bottles with a ceiling made up of the owner’s personal collection of wine cases, an outdoor loggia overlooking a swimming pool, as well as a video games room and a cinema room. Not to mention that many homes feature lakeside living and swimming pools.
Here are five more highlights from this year’s tour:
Japandi is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics – think of it as a clean nod to nature. A modern backpacker in Medina, no. 1 on the tour, was inspired by Japandi’s design principles. The builder, Swanson Homes, incorporated elements such as white oak cabinets with frosted glass doors, Asian-inspired wall coverings and a large paper lantern.
A lake-style home on Tanager Bay in Orono could be a fun place to work, however close it might be to Lake Minnetonka; again, the house no. 5 by Stonewood has embraced the reality of remote working with a main-level home office that includes a fireplace and adjacent balcony. A coffee break can be enjoyed on the patio, which is surrounded by retractable “ghost screens”. In addition to the lake, there is also a pool, hot tub, and outdoor lounge area.
A renovated home in Prior Lake – available for viewing June 24-26 – includes a former stable that’s now a game room with a golf simulator as well as classic arcade games. More practically, space, no. 18 on the tour by Highmark Builders, also has a remodeled kitchen and bathroom.
Beyond the Gray
Instead of opting for the popular gray and white palette, this remodeled home in Arden Hills — available for viewing June 24-26 — leans into the classic cabin vibe with its warm hues and rustic features . However, its fittings are not rustic: have you heard of a “spare kitchen”? This place, no. 19 on the Michels Homes tour, has a newly organized floor plan on the main level that made room for a new “support kitchen space” with a second refrigerator and pantry. Also be sure to check out the hammered copper kitchen hood, hickory wood floors, and reclaimed ceiling beams.
A modern, newly built home features a rooftop entertainment area overlooking Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun). Located in Minneapolis, no. 9 on the tour by Sustainable 9 Design has a third level with a full bar leading to the outdoor rooftop space. This spot features a fire pit, hot tub, and outdoor cooking station, all with views of the lake and the downtown Minneapolis skyline.
TOUR OF ARTISAN HOUSES 2022 BY HOUSE PARADE
- What: For three weekends in June, the public can tour 17 newly built homes located in the Twin Cities (sorry, none in St. Paul); in addition, six renovated houses will be open on the last weekend of the tour.
- When: From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Six upscale remodeled homes will be open the final weekend only, June 24-26.
- Admission: An all-access ticket ($30-$20) or single-visit ticket ($5) is required to enter the foyers.
- Information: More tour and ticket information at ArtisanHomeTour.org.