Undeniably, the best part about remodeling is being able to show off the changes made in the home. Admit it: the best feeling in the world for a homeowner comes as a result of the “oohs” and “ahs” followed by the “it looks so great in here” or a similar compliment. These four resources help homeowners experience that coveted euphoria as well as provide people with carefully curated treasures for the new-old spaces.
Castle Educational Home Tour
With a purpose to educate and inform the public on affordable remodeling projects, Castle Building and Remodeling, Inc. (a professional design and build remodeling company) recently announced a tech-savvy home tour. Each of the 25 homes on the tour will feature an educational topic meant to assist visitors in making smart decisions for their own homes.
In conjunction with this tour, a mobile app has been launched for both iOS and Android platforms which serve as virtual tour guide books, complete with directions from home to home. The smartphone app will also include pictures and project descriptions for each home on the tour. Perhaps the most exciting aspect for the consumer are the contests offered through the app for attendees to win $10,000 in remodeling and prizes. For those who may not be technologically inclined, Castle Building and Remodeling will be printing 5,000 tour guidebooks – a number drastically reduced compared to similar home tours – in attempts to cut down on paper waste.
The Castle Educational Home Tour will take place September 28-29, with homes open to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. More information can be found at www.castlehometour.com.
Parade of Homes Remodeler’s Showcase
Held in the Twin Cities for 26 years, the Parade of Homes was designed to allow remodelers a chance to show off their work to the public. From the public’s perspective, this is a chance to experience first-hand the quality of the remodelers’ work. In a sense, it allows people a chance to “shop” both in terms of style as well as meeting the remodeler to see if they are a match.
Presented by the professional members of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), the showcase offers 88 projects representing 73 remodeling firms this year, ranging from entire home remodels to basements. All of the homes are free to tour with the exception of three Dream Remodeled Homes which request a $5 donation to the BATC Foundation to enter.
Visitors can plan to attend 14 events during the tour, including design and remodeling seminars, cooking demonstrations, and local wine tastings. Comprehensive guidebooks are available at area Holiday Stations.
The tour runs September 27-29, with homes open Friday from 1:00pm to 7:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Online tour planning is available at the comprehensive website www.paradeofhomes.org.
Architectural Antiques Annual Fall Sale
Featuring the lowest prices of the year, Architectural Antiques is pleased to announce its annual fall sale. Every item in the store will be sold at a discounted price. “We have had some awesome purchases this year and we want our loyal customers to have access to these unique pieces,” says Scott Anderson, the store’s owner
In business for just shy of 40 years, Architectural Antiques has made it a priority to “Integrate Past Environments into Yours” and the fall sale will continue that mission. Customers will be able to take advantage of the storewide discounts showcasing some of the most unique and desirable architectural pieces in the country.
With 28,000 square feet of retail warehouse space, Architectural Antiques is able to offer freshly stocked antiques originally heralding from coast to coast. Anderson says the store specializes in decorative architectural elements, with not only the largest selection in the Minneapolis area, but also in the country. Customers are likely to find vintage light fixtures, original fireplace mantels and doors, decorative hardware, plumbing fixtures, stained glass windows, terra cotta, and ecclesiastical relics.
The sale spans three days: October 4-5, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and October 6, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Architectural Antiques can be found at 1330 Quincy Street NE, Minneapolis, and online at www.archantiques.com.
The Cottage House
Serving as a popular occasional market, The Cottage House has just expanded to double the size of its current location. The Cottage House, located at 4304 Chicago Avenue South, has occupied a two story farmhouse for over seven years. Last year, the business took on a neighboring vacant building and renovated it, significantly increasing its size. Come May, The Cottage House will host a grand opening of the new building.
Only open five days each month, both local and out of town shoppers frequent the popular home décor destination, The Cottage House boasts a whopping 43,000 fan base on Facebook. Featuring a different theme each month, the store uses the time between sales to transform, from overhauling merchandise to painting floors and walls.
Best known for a shabby-chic style of furniture at low prices, store merchandise is a generous mixture of antiques, redesigned, reinvented and refreshed home furnishings and décor, garden, vintage and salvaged finds. The shop boasts a creative team of vendors, many of whom are professional artists and designers, who create their own space within the shop.
Upcoming sales for The Cottage House run October 9-13 and November 6-10. Additional sales, hours and details are available online at www.thecottagehousempls.com.