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minneapolis-home-show.jpgThe Minneapolis Home + Garden Show opened its doors today at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Of particular interest at this year's show are the Idea Home and the Tiny Home Village displays.

The Idea Home highlights three new building design concepts: a Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) outer shell referred to as the barnHouse, a flexible Smart Core, and an additional lightHouse for optimized living.

Designed by Alchemy Architects and constructed by EPS Homes inside the convention center in four days, the 912-square foot barnHouse features rural aesthetics with contemporary techniques to create an energy efficient and flexible home.

Within the barnHouse sits the Smart Core, which contains the necessary utilities for the home and can be built within a factory setting. Andrew Blaisdell of Alchemy Architects said that the Smart Core and corresponding lofted dormer where tilted 10 degrees to maximize space within the barnHouse shell.

"We tried a few different angles in the design process, 7 1/2 degrees and even 15 degrees," said Blaisdell, "but eventually decided that 10 degrees was ideal given the space."

Lee Bergum of EPS Homes noted that all of the SIPs panels for the barnHouse where delivered by truck and constructed by his team onsite. The lightHouse, he added, (the 264-square foot guesthouse on display in the Idea Home "backyard") was built to completion in the factory and then delivered as a whole unit.

As if building a home within the convention center isn't enough, this year's show also features a Tiny Home Village comprised of five homes from five different regional builders. The homes, ranging in square footage from 144 to 330 (tight, eh?), are full of builder ingenuity. The tiny homes were designed and constructed by:

  1. Cypress Vantage Home, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  2. The Getaway, Glenmark Construction
  3. The Gifford, The sanctuary Minnesota
  4. Tiny Solar House, Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and partners
  5. ESCAPE Traveler, SALA Architects

There's certainly plenty to see at the Home + Garden Show taking place this weekend, February 26-28, and next weekend, March 4-6, but we were especially excited to see the number of local and regional architects, designers (even bumped into our friend Carter Averbeck of Omforme), builders, and remodelers interacting with attendees, answering their questions, and establishing relationships with customers. We've listed them below. A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

Architects & Design

  • Alchemy Architects
  • Chris Doehrmann Architect Inc
  • Loon Architects LLC
  • Lucy Interior Design
  • Nguyen Architects Inc
  • Nicolette Interior Design & Pristine Painting & Remodeling
  • Omforme
  • PURE Design Environments
  • PAF Architecture LLC
  • RDC Architects
  • Sneak Peek Design


  • A Home of Your Own Inc
  • Boyer Building Corp.
  • Capstone Homes, Inc
  • Escape Homes
  • EPS Homes
  • Glenmark Construction Inc
  • Homes by Legacy Builders
  • Nordaas American Homes
  • Premium Construction LLC
  • Rongitsch Homes
  • TJB Homes, Inc
  • Voyageur Log Homes


  • Above & Beyond Construction
  • Aspen Building Contractors Inc
  • Austad Construction
  • Bluestem Construction
  • Builders & Remodelers, Inc
  • Craftmasters Remodeling
  • Custom Remodelers Inc
  • Dercon Construction Services
  • Elite Design Build
  • Enhanced Interiors Remodeling
  • Finished Basement Company
  • G.R. Builders & Remodelers
  • Handyman Connection of Western Metro
  • Hoffman Weber Construction
  • Homestead Remodeling & Consulting LLC
  • J Brothers Home Improvements Inc
  • JG House Construction
  • Legacy Design-Build
  • McDonald Remodeling Inc
  • Minnesota Kitchens
  • Murphy Bros Designers & Remodelers
  • Northrup Remodeling
  • Plekkenpol Builders
  • Purpose Driven Restoration
  • Regal Remodelers Inc
  • Reliable Construction LLC
  • Remodeling Dimensions
  • Roberts Residential Remodeling Inc
  • Roncor Custom Rebuilders
  • Sandau Construction
  • Sears Home Services
  • Sela Roofing & Remodeling
  • TLC Remodeling
  • To Serve Contracting
  • Trinity Construction Services LLC
  • Twin City Home Remodeling
  • Valley Interior Products
  • Your Home Improvement Company
  • Zen Windows Twin Cities

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