Minneapolis Custom Home Builder

Custom Homes

Whether it is a trear down and rebuild or a new build on your own lot we have the expertise to design precisly what you want.

Minneapolis St. Paul Twin Cities Area custom homes Designer & Remodeler

Custom new homes carefully designed and hand-crafted

We get a lot of calls from homeowners who want to build new but don't have many of the ingredients needed to do so except their desire to make a home of their own.  They have a lot of ideas about the home itself, but not a lot of actual essentials in hand, such as the land. 

While we are happy to sit down at our offices in Blaine and discuss basics, unless you actually have the land and the answers to most of these questions a face to face may be premature.

  • Are you in our geographic area?
  • Is your lot big enough for the home you envision?
  • What are your environmental considerations? These include such factors that may affect your construction plans such as issues like slope, soil conditions, trees, well and septic, road access, or protected areas that may require special permits or additional costs.
  • What is your timetable? The planning and design of a true custom home can take considerably longer than most homeowners expect, so it is always best to have a realistic understanding of the time it takes to do it right and thoroughly.
  • Do you have an adequate budget and have you considered what kind of financing you would use or need?
  • Why do you want to build a custom home rather than remodel a current home?


Tear-down new home project—decrepit rambler becomes prairie classic!Green building principles and contemporary design guided this 1969 new build

The couple who bought this 1960’s rambler fell in love with the shoreline property and the spectacular view on Linwood lake. The home on the other hand, with all the charm of a fish cleaning shack, had to go. Murphy Bros. reduced the home to its foundation and transformed the entire property into a stylish lake home masterpiece. "It was the third home I designed and built," recalls John Murphy, owner of Murphy Bros. Design | Build | Remodel, "And by far the nicest. Fortunately, we completed it just before the great recession of 2008."

COMPARISON: Above, existing condition of the rambler; Below, after completion of new home build.
Front entrance designed with echoing archways, and a mix of slate tile and Brazilian hardwood.

Close up of front elevation showing entrance and front porch.
Front elevation in winter.
Living room space with massive Marvin window wall overlooking lake and patio door access to the deck.

Kitchen Island, reverse view into living room. Granite countertops on custom maple cabinets with prep sink.

The main floor was lifted for higher ceilings, more light, and better lot presence. Electrolux kitchen appliances like the double ovens, and the high-capacity refrigerator, make this kitchen a chef’s dream. The island sink gives two cooks plenty of elbow room. A variety of natural woods, ceramic and stone finishes perfect for a Prairie Classic home decor. Details like lighting fixtures were selected complement architectural details, like the arched doorways.

Maple Island granite "Yellow River". Knotty Alder perimeter cabinets, flooring Cumararu Brazilian hardwood. Note access to 4-season porch in the background.
4-season atrium porch off the kitchen—perfect for a cup of morning joe. All floors in the entire home are heated. Makes winter bearable.


Strong durable energy-saving foundation

Saving energy and reducing environmental impact was important to the family. The foundation was poured with energy-saving insulated concrete forms (ICF’s).

Master bedroom with stunning view of Linwood lake.

Master bath covered in Travertine tile.
Dry-stack stone facade with custom hand-tapered application.
Back elevation showing landscaping and deck.
Lower level kitchen dinette/bar, stone backsplash, and cork flooring.

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