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2021 Fall Remodelers Showcase: Woodbury Main Level

Great Room Remodel Woodbury MN

September is here, which means one thing to our team: the Fall Remodelers Showcase is just around the corner! We look forward to sharing this project with you in just a few short weeks!

Fall Remodelers Showcase
Entry R20 – 1814 Interlachen Alcove, Woodbury
Open three days only: October 1-3, from 12-6 PM

Originally built in the late 1980s, the main level of this Woodbury home was due for an update. Since the kitchen was already remodeled in 2000, we could focus most of our efforts on refreshing other areas in the home, including the bathroom and great room. Our team worked together to seamlessly blend each area of the main level, resulting in a truly stunning remodel!

Highlights of this remodeled main level include:

  • New hardwood floors throughout
  • Custom built-in cabinetry in the family room
  • Reclaimed wood ceiling beams and fireplace mantle
  • Kitchen beverage center
  • Brand-new exterior and windows

This remodeled home is a must-see, so don’t miss your chance to tour it during the Fall Remodelers showcase! We hope to see you there!



Celebrating 12 Years in Business!

The GNB team is humbled and proud to celebrate 12 years in business this month! Each time we pass a significant company milestone, we cannot help but reflect on how fortunate we are to do this work we love every day.

Did you know GNB’s founder, Chris, was raised in the building and construction industry? His grandfather started a custom millwork company in the early 1970s. Eventually, Chris’ father and uncles took over the family business themselves.

In 2009, Chris established Great Northern Builders. He is honored to further his family’s business tradition and collaborate with so many talented and hard-working professionals. GNB will always be a family business legacy; to this day, many of his brothers and other family members still work for the company.

Thank you to our clients, trade-partners, families, and friends who continue to support us year after year – we are grateful for each of you. We hope to continue serving you all for many years to come!

Remodeling Vs. Building: What are the Benefits?

Our homes worked hard for us this past year. During the height of the pandemic, most of us were doing everything from schooling to working to playing to exercising at home. It’s no wonder so many homeowners are interested in remodeling after spending all that time cooped up inside!

As the costs of building, material shortages, labor demands, and rising prices are on everyone’s mind, how do you know what move is right for your home and your finances? Today, we’re going to weigh out the benefits of remodeling vs. building a new home. Keep reading for the four reasons why we think remodeling is the better option!

  1. Resale Value Remains High
    As we face a low inventory of available homes, the value of housing continues to rise. Whether you decide to move or build from the ground up, you will face significant costs. However, remodeling means saving yourself the trouble of navigating this wild market! Skip the stress of moving, and reinvest that money in your current home. It will pay off when you are ready to sell your home further down the road!
  2. Low Interest Rates
    Another advantage to staying put and remodeling? Interest rates are historically low right now. From taking out a personal loan to home equity loans to home equity lines of credit, there are plenty of financing options to choose from! Get in touch with your lender to learn more about your local resources.
  3. Bigger Builders Can Limit Options
    When working with a big builder, there’s often a big difference between fully and semi-custom homes. Unless your budget allows for a completely custom home, you may find your material and finish options fairly limited and lower in quality. Remodeling allows you to select whichever products and materials you love instead of starting over with builder-grade finishes.
  4. Shortened Timeline
    There is no denying that planning and executing a remodel takes far less time than building an entirely new home. Instead of waiting months or up to a year to get into a new home, you could spend half that time perfecting the one you already own! Not to mention, duking it out in this competitive housing market could mean making countless offers over asking price before you’re lucky enough to succeed.
  5. More Cost Effective
    When you get down to it, remodeling is more cost effective than starting from scratch. There is simply no comparison between building a new home versus working within your original footprint or adding a small addition. Material prices may be higher than usual, but remodeling still requires less of them than creating an entirely new home!

Are you ready to start planning your own remodel? Reach out to our team anytime; we’d love to help you get the ball rolling! 

Stunning Main Level Update

Our team recently completed this beautiful main level update, and we cannot get enough of the lovely results!

The space is filled with thoughtful design details throughout. From the soft white tones to the warm wood textures to the accent lights to the cozy built-in seating to the spacious walk-in pantry to the classic built-in bookcases, every finish is unique.

Scroll below to explore photos of this warm and sophisticated home. Are you planning your own remodel? Feel free to connect with our team anytime; we would love to help you get started!

Bright Transitional Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling remains popular as ever this spring, which means our team has been hard at work completing projects for our clients! We recently finished this bright transitional kitchen. It’s so fun to collaborate with clients who make distinctive design choices, and this kitchen is absolutely unique. The room strikes a delicate balance between classic elements and playful surprises.

There are so many features and finishes we love throughout the space, but the star of this kitchen is clearly the center statement light. Floating above the soft blue island, the ethereal beaded strands sparkle and shine while bringing a touch of glamor to everyday life. The new dining room light also elevates the space with its diamond-style finish. Both lights are truly the jewelry of each room!

Ready to explore more of this beautiful kitchen remodel? Scroll below for more photos and design highlights. Ready to begin your own remodeling project? Please, connect with our team anytime; we would love to help!

Spring Remodelers Showcase Recap + Full Photos

Thank you to each of you who stopped out to visit us during the Spring Remodelers Showcase! We loved sharing this stunning lower-level remodel. The Showcase may be finished, but we still want to shine a spotlight on this Lakeville home! We thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite elements from this renovation; they include: 

  • The incredible clients – we loved working with them!
  • Custom cabinets at the new wet bar and entertainment area 
  • Unique Turkish stone backsplash – a product flown in from Turkey! Sourced by local business: Chateau Global
  • Stunning HansStone Quartz countertops 
  • Cozy custom created three-sided fireplace by Twin City Fireplace
  • New durable LVP flooring by Lawrence Interiors

These clients were such a joy to work with; they collaborated on many unique design elements with our team, making the project so fun! Explore the full final project photos below.

This project was a collaboration between GNB and Velinda Neinow (our preferred designer) at Vee Marie Designs.

2021 Spring Remodelers Showcase: Lakeville Lower Level

The snow is melting, and warm temps have arrived in the Twin Cities, which means it’s almost time for the Parade of Homes Spring Remodelers Showcase. We are so excited to share this fun project with you at the end of the month!

Spring Remodelers Showcase
Entry R4 – 16768 Falkirk Trail, Lakeville
Open three days only: March 26-28, from 12-6 PM 

This lower level was lackluster at best. Between distance learning, working from home, everyday family needs, this space was being stretched thin. Our team helped this family create a multipurpose, personalized area they will be able to enjoy for years to come.

A few of our favorite features include: 

  • Custom cabinets at the new wet bar and entertainment area 
  • Turkish brick, quartz countertops 
  • A custom three-sided fireplace  
  • Durable new LVP flooring  

We would love to give you a tour of this incredible Lakeville lower-level remodel – we hope to see you there!

Form Meets Function: Our Four Favorite Bathroom Trends

Our most successful client bathroom remodels are often a mix of good organization, fun trends, and smart design. Unlike some rooms, your bathroom gets used every single day. This busy space needs not just to be beautiful but practical too!

We love creating bathroom designs that are equally efficient and interesting and have remodeled countless spaces for our clients over the years. Scroll below to explore a few of our favorite bathrooms and four fun trends!

Stunning Showers
Showers are the perfect place to start the morning fresh or wash away a stressful day. Never underestimate the value of a really nice shower! They’re an excellent place to invest your resources because showers get used so frequently.

Bold Powder Rooms
Powder rooms are an ideal opportunity to make a statement! A smaller space like this allows for more character and fun that could be overwhelming in a larger space. Chose a vibrant countertop or a strong wallpaper to add a playful element to a room that’s often overlooked!

Playful Tile
One of our favorite ways to create a beautiful bathroom is by playing with tile. From bold patterns to bright colors to unique shapes, tile lends itself well to expressing your distinct design personality!

All-Out Organization
The unsung hero in any home’s design: storage! Organized, well-planned storage is the secret weapon that makes any bathroom look beautiful and feel peaceful. There are countless ways to customize your bathroom around your lifestyle and storage needs.

Ready to freshen up your bathroom’s style? Give us call – we’d love to help!

5 Home Remodeling Trends to Watch for in 2021

After a challenging year, it’s safe to say we’re all happy to say goodbye to 2020. While we may only be a few weeks into the brand-new year, our team has already started to see some new home remodeling trends emerge for 2021. With that in mind, we wanted to share some of the trends we can’t wait to help our clients make their own this year. Check them out below!

Stunningly Scandinavian

Founded in the belief that there’s beauty in simplicity, Scandinavian design embodies a sense of minimalism and functionality. But simple doesn’t mean boring! The Scandinavian home remodeling trend is sure to add a touch of elegance to any home with creative storage solutions, neutral accents, and hygge-inspired textiles.

Rustic Meets Industrial

Move over Chip and Jo; today’s homeowners are leaning away from the well-loved farmhouse style and toward a rustic industrial vibe. While farmhouse design isn’t necessarily gone for good, it’s definitely transitioning into a more modern style. Hallmarks of this home remodeling trend include rustic design elements paired with warm earth tones and raw materials like glass, metal, and concrete.

Dedicated Home Offices and Flex Space

An increase in remote work and distance learning has left homeowners in need of dedicated work from home spaces. While home offices are sure to be at the top of many home remodeling project lists, some homes lack the square footage. Flex spaces allow homeowners to make the most of their existing space by assigning more than one purpose to a room. These multi-purpose areas add functionality and can double for both live/work purposes.

White on White

There’s a reason why the modern white home remains a popular trend year after year. With clean lines and a “light and bright” feel, this timeless home remodeling trend creates an air of sophistication that can’t be beaten. White design elements give small spaces the illusion of being larger and work especially well in areas lacking natural light from windows, such as kitchens. Homeowners can easily take this classic look up a notch with metallic finishes, statement lights, and wood accents.

Blending Indoor and Outdoor Living

Coming off the heels of a year where we spent more time at home than ever before, many homeowners are experiencing cabin fever. The solution? Extending indoor living areas into the great outdoors. We’re talking screened-in porches, patios and decks, outdoor kitchens, and more! Incorporating fireplaces or firepits into outdoor living spaces ensure they can be enjoyed well into the cold season.

There you have it; our favorite home remodeling design trends for 2021! Ready to start planning your next home remodel? We can help! Get in touch to learn more about working with Great Northern Builders.

2020: A Look Back at Our Year


As we enter the holiday season and the year begins to draw to a close, we can’t help but reflect on some of our favorite memories and milestones of 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic certainly made for a challenging year, we are grateful for the projects we completed, the wonderful clients we worked with, and the commitment of our talented team. Thank you for your support! Scroll below to see what we’ve been up to in 2020!


Spring Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

Kitchen Remodel with stained island and white cabinetry

The 2020 Spring Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase may not have happened as planned due to COVID-19, but we were happy to get creative with a virtual tour of this newly remodeled home. Featuring an 8-foot island and custom cabinetry, the heart of this Woodbury home is just as functional as it is beautiful. Get the scoop about this stunning remodel on our blog.


Rustic Exterior Renovation

Rustic Home Exterior Renovation

The exterior of this client’s 1980s home needed some curb appeal, and we were happy to deliver! With plenty of space to pull up a chair and take in the view of their sprawling property, this rustic exterior renovation was exactly what the homeowner envisioned. The reclaimed timber gable truss creates a gorgeous focal point and has local ties; the Douglas Fir beams came from the Old West Publishing building in downtown St. Paul.


State-of-the-Art Sport Court

Custom Outdoor Sport Court Highland Park MN

Our team had so much fun helping this repeat client add a custom outdoor sport court to their Highland Park home this fall! The 22×38 foot court has some pretty awesome features, including rebound netting, custom decals and graphics, and specially-licensed Minnesota United FC banners. Designed with versatility in mind, the court can be used for basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and more! Get a closer look at the details here.


Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

Minnetonka Manshed2020 Fall Remodelers Showcase

There’s a lot to love about the fall season, but one of our favorites will always be the Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase! This year we got to share a peek inside this modern and playful man shed featuring natural finishes, reclaimed wood, and a commercial-style garage door that brings the outdoors in. Our team had a wonderful weekend chatting with guests as they explored the details of this unique space.


3 ROMA Award Wins in 2020

Great Northern Builders Wins Three 2020 ROMA Awards from Housing First Minnesota

The GNB team is ending the year on an inspiring note! We won three 2020 ROMA Awards from Housing First Minnesota in the following categories: Lower Level Under $125,000, Residential Exterior, and Whole House $800,000 & Over. We are so honored to be recognized alongside so many talented industry professionals. Thank you to our amazing team and clients for making this achievement possible!

GNB Wins Three 2020 ROMA Awards!

We have exciting news to share! Our GNB team was honored to receive three 2020 ROMA Awards for a Lower Level recently: Under $125,000, a Residential Exterior, and a Whole House: $800,000 & Over.

Housing First Minnesota has been presenting the ROMA Award to remodelers since 1982. This prestigious award is meant to recognize creativity, design, and the ability to meet the client’s expectations. Winners are chosen by the Builders Association of Sioux Falls, SD, after they’ve evaluated photographs, floor plans, and descriptions of each nominee’s project.  The Little Big Night Building Industry Gala is typically help in person but this year they put together a great online awards presentation Click here to view the video!

Thank you to Housing First MN for this incredible recognition; we are so honored! Up against some fierce industry competitors, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be singled out amid such talented professionals. Thank you to our excellent team and clients for making this award possible!

Custom Outdoor Sport Court in Highland Park

The Great Northern Builders team has been lucky enough to work with many great clients over the years. We’re always excited when our long-time clients reach out with new project ideas. This garage teardown and rebuild in Highland Park, Minnesota, is no exception — especially because it had a fun twist!

Our team has helped this family with an array of interior and exterior renovation projects in the past. Some of these projects include a new main level addition, kitchen remodel, new windows and siding, a basement remodel, and bathroom remodels. The owners have been so great to work with, and we were thrilled when they contacted us about this new project! In addition to tearing down their existing garage and rebuilding, they wanted to add an attached outdoor sport court.

Both the homeowners and our team couldn’t be happier with how this project turned out! The new sport court spans 22 x 38 feet with custom rebound netting on three sides. The fourth side of the court butts up to the garage and features a custom-built rebound wall. The wall will soon feature custom decals and graphics, which will pair nicely with the court’s specially-licensed MN United banners.

Ready to see all the cool details of this sport court? Scroll below for a peek — and be sure to reach out to Great Northern Builders when you’re ready to start your next home remodeling project!

Outdoor Athletic Court Great Northern Builders Sport Court

Outdoor Athletic Court Great Northern Builders Sport Court

Remodeling Q&A: Frequently Asked Questions

As people spend more time at home in 2020, remodeling has become more popular than ever right now. If you’re considering remodeling, you might be wondering, is it a good time to start a project?

Our short answer: yes! Home financing rates are at an all-time low; it’s a great time to invest in your home. From offices to play spaces to workout rooms to areas for virtual schooling, there are countless ways to make your home work better for you!

To help demystify the process, we’re answering our most common client remodeling questions below. Want to learn more about renovating with our team? We’d love to chat!

Question 1: How long will my project take?
Answer: On average, after the design and permitting phase is complete, bathroom remodels take between 4-8 weeks, and kitchen construction typically lasts from 10-12 weeks. Please keep in mind, project length is also based on material availability. 

Question 2: How soon can you start my remodel?
Answer: The timing of your specific remodel all depends on the design process and permitting approval. Once we’ve dug in and started planning, then we can give you an informed, tentative project timeline!

Question 3: I’m ready to go; what’s the next step?
Answer: If you’re ready to get started, then get in touch with us ASAP. The influx of demand caused by COVID has slowed down the remodeling process, and many needed products (such as windows and siding) are on backorder right now. Give yourself enough time to plan your project and reach out to us sooner rather than later!



Parade of Homes Fall Remodelers Showcase: Minnetonka Man Shed

Parade of Homes Fall Remodelers Showcase
October 2-4, 2020
Open from noon to 6 PM
11401 Oakvale Road North, Hopkins, MN

Fall is a season marked by so many special events, heading back to school, football season, apple picking, etc., but our favorite fall tradition is the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase. Earlier this month, we shared a sneak peek of this modern, and playful man shed, and now it’s finally time to welcome you inside to explore for yourselves!

A few of our favorite features of this project include the natural finishes, reclaimed wood, and the commercial-style garage door that brings the outdoors inside. This build is also a smart solution for any family feeling tight on space after spending much of 2020 stuck at home. Creating an entirely new space on your lot opens up a whole new world of possibilities for entertaining, working, and playing.

Want to learn more about what we do together? We’d love to give you a tour of this charming Man Shed and discuss what ideas might inspire your own addition, remodel, or building project! Don’t feel comfortable visiting in person? Explore more photos from this project below, and feel free to connect with our team online or over the phone!

Design Details to Take Your Kitchen Renovation to the Next Level

A kitchen remodel is one of the most significant projects a homeowner can take on. We can think of nothing more disappointing than investing in a kitchen renovation that doesn’t meet your expectations. So, how do you take your kitchen renovation to the next level? It’s all in the details!

Of course, elements like cabinetry, lighting, flooring, and appliances have a significant impact on your overall design. However, it’s often the little details that make the biggest difference and make a space feel uniquely your own. Our team loves helping clients pour over every detail to create kitchens that are perfect blends of beauty and function. From pot fillers above the stove to built-in spice racks, there’s no limit to modern kitchen customization! In the end, it’s about designing a kitchen that suits your specific needs and lifestyle.

Are you searching for some inspiration for an upcoming kitchen renovation? We’ve got you covered! Scroll below to take a peek at some of our favorite design details from past projects. When you’re ready to start planning, be sure to give our team a call!


Exterior Remodeling: Making a Memorable First Impression

Beautiful summer weather has arrived in the Twin Cities metro, which means we’re all spending as much time outside as possible! As we all hang out at home more because of modified COVID-19 restrictions, it’s easier to notice tasks for your to-do list. Whether your home’s exterior is looking dated, has been run-down by a few too many winters, or you’re just ready to upgrade, we can help! From roofing to siding to windows and doors to gutters to decks to landscaping – our team does it all. Scroll below to learn more about our exterior remodeling services!

Roof Replacement
A well-maintained roof not only protects your home from the elements, but it also makes a big impression. Whether you need to update an older roof or fix storm damage, our GAF certified installers are pros who will leave your home looking incredible!

Siding Services
Another sure-fire way to give your home a design refresh is by replacing your siding. We use quality siding brands with warranties you can count on, and provide in-house 3D renderings to help you visualize your home’s new look.

Windows and Doors
Installing new windows and doors can give your home an entirely new look, they’re also a smart investment. Modern building technology has made windows and doors more energy-efficient (and therefore cost-saving) than ever!

Gutters and Leaf Guards
We get it; new gutters aren’t the most exciting home purchase. However, we think they’re one of the most underrated heroes of any home’s exterior, protecting everything from your foundation to landscaping.

Decks, Patios, and Landscaping
There’s nothing like enjoying a perfect summer day on the deck, relaxing on the patio, playing in the yard, or hosting friends for a BBQ in your outdoor kitchen. We can help you entertain in style!

Insurance Restoration
Midwest summers are magical, that is until severe weather makes its annual appearance. No matter what kind of damage you’re dealing with, our team will help you navigate the repairs and insurance process!

Ready to Get Started?
We’d love to help you get the process rolling! Please, connect with our team to learn more about working with GNB.

Modern Kitchen Remodel in Inver Grove Heights

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There’s nothing like being stuck inside for weeks on end to make you realize what your home is lacking. For these homeowners in Inver Grove Heights, it was an updated, functional kitchen. Originally built in 1957, the room had been updated once before, and had the 90s look to prove it! (Think soffits above the cabinets, laminate countertops, and a mundane 12×12 floor tiles.) These clients wanted to work with a design-build firm that could fulfill their need for more storage and functionality without sacrificing style.

The existing kitchen layout was rather small, so we had to get creative when it came to design. To increase the square footage, we borrowed space from the master bedroom closet that backed up to the kitchen, which we converted into a pantry. This minor change had a huge impact and gave the homeowners some much-needed storage! The pantry can be easily accessed by an eye-catching sliding barn door purchased from Artisan Hardware.

Once the project was underway, the homeowners also decided to remove a knee-high wall, replacing it with an open decorative railing on the lower level staircase. The open railing helped make the space feel larger while adding another decorative element.

The new layout features custom Dura Supreme cabinetry topped with natural Quartzite countertops. In addition to under cabinet lighting, we added dimmable lights throughout the room. When it came to plumbing fixtures, no expense was spared! From the fire clay farmhouse sink to the pot filler over the stove, each piece perfectly complements the other. Tying the entire home together is new flooring throughout the main level, which matches the engineered hickory hardwood in the kitchen.

We had so much fun helping these homeowners reimagine their kitchen, and the result is stunning! Want to see more of this gorgeous transformation? You’re in luck! Scroll below for a look inside, and be sure to get in touch with our team to discuss your own remodeling project!



Rustic Exterior Renovation in Inver Grove Heights

Rustic Exterior Remodel


Spring is here to stay in the Twin Cities, and front porch season has arrived along with it! Today, we’re featuring a stunning rustic exterior renovation in Inver Grove Heights.

This client’s late 80’s home was in desperate need of some curb appeal. The dated front exterior was wrapped in the original rough-sawn cedar lap siding, which had endured years of abuse from weather and the elements.

Aside from being dated, the porch was also too cramped for the homeowners to enjoy. They wanted more space to pull up a chair and take in the beautiful view of their sprawling property. Our owner, Chris Biljan, carefully planned a new design that incorporated a more extensive, open-air porch with an expanded roofline and front walk approach.

To create a low maintenance space to enjoy for years to come, we used a mix of natural and easy to care for products. Bonus? These materials also provide a lot of design character!

The focal point of this stunning porch is the reclaimed timber gable truss. The towering Douglas Fir beams were pulled from the Old West Publishing building in downtown St Paul. Not only did the material make an incredible addition to the project, but it’s sure to be a conversation piece for another one-hundred years! Engineered from original sketches and hand-hewn individually before being shipped to the site, the 1,500-pound truss was assembled on-site and set into a place with a crane.

To finish the porch, Trex decking was installed to provide a low maintenance and durable surface. New nickel-gaped, rough-sawn pine was added to the ceiling vault and stained to appear weathered. Lighting was also installed throughout the porch and surrounding landscape to give a sense of warmth and, of course, provide needed illumination. LP Smart siding, reclaimed white oak details, and new faux wood garage doors finish off the front of this beautiful home.

Want to see more of this incredible exterior? Explore the full photos below! And don’t forget to get in touch with our team to start planning your next home project.






Front Exterior with Stone

reclaimed timber front porch

new garage with wood door

truss for new front exterior of home

renovated new front exterior of home

2020 Spring Remodelers Showcase

Updated 3/18/2020: In light of COVID-19, the Spring Remodelers Showcase has been canceled. Please enjoy the images below (plus more to come)!

Spring is making its annual appearance, and with it, comes the 2020 Spring Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase! While we’re thrilled about the warmer weather’s early arrival this year, we’re even more excited to show off this stunning Woodbury, Minnesota remodel!

2020 Spring Remodelers Showcase
#48 – 6976 Wyndham Way, WoodburyMN 55125

At Great Northern Builders, we believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where families come together to gather, make memories, and share their days. To make this Woodbury home’s kitchen and main level more functional, we began by removing a wall to create an open floor plan.

In the kitchen, we added a custom 8-foot island and cabinetry, both of which feature specialty storage. Next, a breakfast/coffee bar adds an extra level of functionality and charm to the space. The final touches to make the kitchen pop were the unique backsplash and gorgeous quartz countertops.

To tie the kitchen’s design to the rest of the main level, we installed new luxury vinyl plank flooring, lighting, and an Anderson Windows patio door. From the stunning design details to the exceptional craftsmanship, this home is a must-see during the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase!

Have questions about this transformation? Contact our team for more information, and find more details about the Showcase and directions to visit here!

Product Details:
Eischen Cabinet Co; Andersen Windows; MJ Appliances; HanstoneNature’s stone; Arrow Building CenterFerguson

Photos: Cassi Biljan Photography

Get the Scoop on GNB’s Commercial Construction and Remodeling Services

Did you know Great Northern Builders offers commercial construction and remodeling services? It’s true! Our team is well-versed in all things commercial construction and remodeling, and our portfolio is stacked with some fantastic projects from throughout the Twin Cities area.

Over the years, we’ve worked on many different commercial projects, including assisted living and senior centers, hotels, multi-family housing, office space, dental clinics, bars, and restaurants – we’ve even worked on a sorority house!

As it is with residential remodeling, every commercial project has a different scope of work. Whether it’s an insurance restoration or a standard build/remodel, each poses a unique set of expectations and challenges. That being said, some of the commercial services we provide include the following:

  • Remodeling
  • Full buildouts with all-custom design
  • Insurance restoration due to mold, fire, water, or storm damage
  • Landscaping/curb and parking lot repair/striping
  • New builds and additions
  • Door and hardware replacement
  • Window replacement
  • Roofing and siding
  • Architectural and interior design

Great Northern Builders Specializes in All Types & Sizes of Commercial Projects

We specialize in “light commercial projects,” so don’t look to us to build your next skyscraper. Our commercial services include buildouts, remodeling, and small new construction along the lines of retail, hospitality, multi-family housing, etc. We cover anything from a simple new entry door unit on an existing building to a million-dollar insurance loss that needs special attention. Regardless of size, we understand how important it is to keep an existing business up-and-running throughout the entire project or complete a new build promptly. We always tell our clients that we get it because we are a small business too.

What We Love About Commercial Construction and Remodeling

Some of our favorite parts of working on commercial construction and remodeling projects are the versatility that comes with each. There is often so much freedom within each space, which lets us get creative in ways that don’t work for residential projects. It’s also great knowing that so many people get to see and experience our work in a commercial setting. There’s another rewarding aspect of the commercial side of work as well. In some situations, we work with residents living in a senior living home or multi-family housing that are displaced to property damages. Being able to put their homes back together even better than before is an amazing feeling!

Common Challenges of Commercial Projects

Commercial construction and remodeling can be very challenging. Commercial projects are entirely different than residential projects. There are tight timelines, budgets, and variables—like the weather—that impact each job. Also, some elements don’t follow the typical residential code, such as design, building codes, and ADA compliance. With so many things to balance, being well-versed and knowledgeable about the commercial process and codes is a must.

Are you interested in seeing our commercial services in action? Our project gallery is chock-full of some great projects. To learn more about our commercial construction and remodeling services, get in touch with our team. In the meantime, scroll below for a peek at some of our latest commercial projects.


Six 2020 Design Trends

As 2020 begins, the design industry is cozying up to new trends. We asked our talented designer, Tracy Donlan, for her perspective on what styles will be popular in the coming year. Read on below to see what she had to say!

1. Color and Comfort
Painted cabinetry is still the most common request for kitchens and bathrooms, with white being the strong leader.  However, we direct our clients to a softer, warmer version – a linen or creamy white – especially with our long Minnesota winters, a true white can feel harsh and cold come February.

2. Bold Tones
Color usage is becoming deeper and softer.  Jewel-toned dusky sapphires, dark teals, terra cotta, and rich jade are balanced against soft sunset blushes and warm taupe.  Greys are still popular but trending from the cooler to a warmer undertone giving a sense of serenity and calm.

3. Touches of Warmth
Adding touches of warmth through natural materials is gaining even more prominence.  Whether wood, rattan, or burlap, the inviting quality of natural materials makes a room feel more livable.  These finishes are moving away from being as rustic, with less rough-hewn appearance and a more touchable and sophisticated appeal.

4. Playing with Texture
Combining multiple textures can also add interest and elevate a design.  The richness of velvet juxtaposed with burlap can lead to unexpected elegance. Whether it’s something simple as a table setting or in a larger format such as pillows on a sofa.  Performance textiles are allowing more variety in color and texture to be used on furnishings without the worry of maintenance and livability.

5. Kitchen Zones
Bringing this theory into kitchen design, more kitchens are utilizing multiple cabinetry finishes.  Combining painted and stained cabinetry or multiple colors can designate different zones, add interest, and animate a kitchen.  Special attention can be brought to unique features within the room by highlighting them with the finishes selected.

6. Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are the surface of choice for many homeowners.  Allowing for less maintenance than natural stone, the aesthetic of quartz can mimic marble or granite.  Often an island or specialty area of the kitchen is made more dramatic through a stunning countertop while utilizing a more subtle pattern for the perimeter spaces.