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1919 Build, Lynnhurst

Minneapolis, MN

A family of three, with a young daughter, wanted a cozy place for their extended family to stay during visits. Although the renovation began with the bedroom, they were also thrilled about increasing their home's usable space. Prior to the remodel, the basement was in disarray due to various updates throughout the home's history. During the design phase, this family had a lot of expectations. They wanted a family room, an updated full bathroom, and a laundry room. Thanks to Refined Homes, they now have an award-winning space that meets all their needs.

  • An unusual 18-inch raised floor beneath the porch area was removed and underpinned adequately for structural soundness—this area became the new bedroom.
  • Added family room with enough room to play games and watch movies—at the same time.

  • A newly installed egress window provides a secure location for guests to stay overnight and for their daughter to have sleepovers.
  • Refined Homes constructed a well-designed laundry room that features a door to provide privacy when entertaining guests.
  • Add comfort with an expanded HVAC system, including a basement climate zone.

1915, Mac-Groveland

St. Paul, MN

Paul and Jenny had a growing family. They knew it was time to remodel or move on from their beloved home. With Refined Homes, Paul and Jenny renovated the house to fit their family’s lifestyle while maintaining the period character and integrity they love about the home. After multiple projects, Paul and Jenny say they “could not find a better home in the St. Paul neighborhood they adore, and we looked!”

  • The details were not taken lightly. To match existing moulding and millwork throughout the home, custom made cornice and baseboards were made era specific.
  • Owners' ensuite: custom built, stained, vanity including a quartz vanity top with fixtures from the Kohler Artifacts line. The new bathroom is in the space that was formerly a bedroom (now a bathroom and pantry).

  • Owners' suite walk in closet
  • Every detail including the 3 shower niches (one not pictured) was carefully selected and placed per their preference.
  • Added a half bath on the main floor after reconfiguring the stair landing and doorway. 
  • Cut in a new stair landing into a lath & plaster wall with new custom built and stained molding.
  • Added mudroom for a family of 4 to use for winter boots and sports gear rather than using the stairway.

This bathroom is part of a first-floor home renovation. Read about the entire project here. Explore the entire first floor through a virtual walkthrough here.


Excavation, concrete, framing, drywall, paint—from below ground to the roof, Refined Homes takes great care in selecting our trade partners. We select partners who align with our values of respect, extraordinary service, exceptional skill, and history of success. These long-term partnerships ensure our projects stay on track with open communication and priority scheduling:

  • Concrete: poured foundations, foundations, underpinning, flat work
  • Custom cabinetry
  • Custom glass
  • Design
  • Drywall hanging & taping
  • Electrical
  • Elevator install
  • Finish carpentry
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring
  • Framing: house, interior remodels, deck
  • Garage door
  • Glass, shower & mirror
  • HVAC
  • Insulation
  • Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Plumbing & plumbing supply
  • Roofing
  • Solar panels
  • Stucco: repair, tie-in for remodeling, new construction
  • Tile setting
  • Wallpaper hanging
Just ask our clients about our service and craftsmanship:

I really appreciated the additional time I was given to evolve through the process. Input along the way brought me to the best possible outcome.

-Customer Feedback via Survey Monkey

Excellent service! I loved being able to discuss large and small projects for my home for different options. Exceptional quality of work. I hired Refined Homes at least 3 times each year over a 5 year period and was extremely pleased with the work, outcome and communication. If you have a home project, please call Refined Homes! You will not be disappointed!

-Anna R., Bloomington, MN 

Everything went great and we appreciate the personal attention and commitment to the agreed upon timeline. Our kitchen update looks fantastic.

-Customer Feedback via Survey Monkey

We have nothing but great things to say! We hired Refined Homes to do a complete basement overhaul and are so happy with the outcome! We had a unique structural component that we debated about dealing with due to cost. But we are so happy we went for it, adding an entire bedroom with a closet and egress window. Our home feels so much bigger with the finished space. The work quality is fantastic! Ian and Tricia were true professionals throughout the entire process and the nicest people to work with. All of the subcontracts they used were just as great. They did a great job cleaning up after their day; we always knew where things were at with orders and timelines, and they were quick to respond and explain any questions we had. You will not be disappointed with Refined Homes!

Not only were the contractors respectful and courteous, all of the subcontractors were as well. If I had more projects, I'd hire them again in a heartbeat.

-Customer Feedback via Survey Monkey



Refined Homes takes pride in process, meticulous attention to detail, and working with trade partners who are closely aligned with our mission to make building your dream home exciting and rewarding. Let’s Build Yours 



Refined Homes founders Tricia and Ian Wiitanen, personally focus on each project to provide superior craftsmanship and customer care. Discover Our Approach

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