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Roseville woman moves up without moving out

Lynn Geadelmann wanted a brighter, more open home that would be better suited to entertaining and integrated with the outdoors. Rather than move from her long-time Roseville neighborhood near her  tennis club, she recruited Murphy Bros. to transform the p


Award-Winning Designer Cherie Poissant on Entertaining Kitchens

With the shift to more indoor activities and planning holiday gatherings, we asked Murphy Bros. designer Cherie Poissant what she considers when designing kitchens for clients who love to entertain. Here's what she said: Cherie Poissant FLOOR PLAN It is


Do No Harm

Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath and pledge to do no harm as they care for patients.  Murphy Bros. takes a similar approach with remodeling. Although we don't wear white coats, we think of ourselves as house doctors and will go to great lengths to keep y


Competitive Bidding - Less Than You Bargain For?

Consumer advice columns will tell you that seeking competitive bids is the standard approach to get the best price for a remodeling project. But it also has some unfortunate consequences that go well beyond the pitfalls of choosing the cheapest proposal.


The Murphy Method vs. Murphy's Law

We pride ourselves on a process we call "The Murphy Method." In many ways, it's the opposite of the better known Murphy's Law. Withthe Murphy Method, everything that can go right will. We didn't develop the Murphy Method overnight. Over 30 years in the co


Planning to add or replace a deck on your home?

Building a deck can be a very simple project. Especially if it is rectangular in shape, straight off the back of the wall, there is an existing ledger board properly installed and it is at ground level.  In fact, it is not unusual for the building of a de


Accessible design boosts comfort, safety, and resale appeal

You don't have to be disabled to appreciate the benefits of universal design and aging in place features in your next remodeling project. Whether you want to adapt your home for retirement or just make it more welcoming for visiting parents, Murphy Bros.


Nellie's New Home

At nearly 93, Nellie Fischbach didn't take the easy road to her new Murphy Bros. home.  Yet the long-time Brooklyn Park resident's journey serves as a poignant reminder of what independent senior living can look like when you combine a strong will and nea


Why is the "Cheap Guy" the cheap guy?

A chronic theme that I encounter in the building industry is stories from people who repeat the usual list of complaints about the guy who built or remodeled their home.  They will complain about the shoddy workmanship, the lack of communication, the chea




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