First Home Remodel in Minneapolis

How to make your home your own

Although this was actually the second project for this homeowner, the first being a condo kitchen remodel, this was the first residential home she could call her own. Now she wanted to literally make it her own. That was our mission.


Design/Build Consultant — Cherie Poissant

Project Manager — Jamie Rosenlund

Lead Carpenter — Ryan Whalen


Photography — Alyssa Lee


BEFORE: Lighting and paint color were two major points to address in this remodel.


“Zoe (the homeowner) had a real vision for updating her 1926 home to make it her own and I was really excited to work with her on it,” remarked Murphy Bros. designer Cherie Poissant.

“Cherie worked with me to review the whole home, assigning budgets to the different goals that I had”, explained Zoe. “Then I chose which projects to tackle first! But the real surprise was coming in under budget!”


Sherwin Williams #6473, Surf Green and a new lighting fixture transformed this room.


The top priority was the only bathroom in the house. It was dated and the bathtub was unnecessary. We updated it with a new floating vanity, Cambria Countertops and a custom tile shower with frameless glass enclosure with matte black hardware.

“The updated Moen plumbing fixtures in brushed gold tie in beautifully with the beautiful wall sconce”, points out designer Cherie Poissant. “We utilized a small dresser for added storage and character in the space and the room was designed to work with its dimensions.




Lead carpenter Ryan Whalen craftsmanship on the new treads and risers was outstanding.

The 2nd priority was to update the stair area. “Opening it up to the main Level made the room feel larger,” says Poissant. “There are many details to getting the stairs right in an older home.


A new bottom stair section below the landing were added to eliminate a steep riser and increase safety. A custom matte black railing really brought it up to date.


The 3rd priority tackled was a formerly (poorly) converted porch entry. It was cold, dark and not welcoming. Removing the dark paneling and insulating with spray foam and installing new drywall really freshened up the space. Now it is a useable room, great for Zoe’s home office where her cats can keep an eye on the neighborhood.


The hyper vigilant cat on the chair by the front door is "Katie".


“Zoe has been so great to work with,” says Poissant, “And of course coming in under budget is a big win for everyone. That’s really hard to do especially with older homes which have a lot of unknowns.”

What was Zoe’s reply when we shared these “after” photos of her remodel with her? “Thanks for the update! Looking forward to working with you all on the next project.” And so are we! That will be our third and counting.


Living room looking back towards entryway.


Vanity — Custom paint grade cabinetry with full overlay

Countertops — Cambria Swanbridge Matte

Bathroom: Sherwin Williams #9139, Debonair

Stairway/hallway/UL landing: Sherwin Williams #7004, Snowbound

Dining room: Sherwin Williams #6473, Surf Green

Living room: Sherwin Williams #7668, March Wind

Entryway/porch: Sherwin Williams #7667, Zircon



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