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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.

Wrapping Up 2019: A Look at Our Year

As 2019 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite moments and milestones of the past year. We had a full season of projects, which we’re so grateful for! Thanks to our talented team for another year of outstanding work, and of course, thank you to our wonderful clients for supporting us. Scroll below to read all about what we’ve been up to in 2019!


Spring Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase + St. Louis Park Home Tour

We helped the homeowners of this St. Louis Park home remodel their lower level to accommodate their growing family! This wonderful family was gracious enough to let us show off their space during the 2019 Spring Parade of Homes and St. Louis Park’s annual home tour – explore details and project photos on our blog.


10 Year Business Anniversary

Great Northern Builders celebrated its 10th business anniversary this past August! To commemorate the event, we shared stories, photos, and trips down memory lane throughout the month. Thank you to all of you, clients, and supporters, who’ve kept us busy during this last decade – there would be no business without you!


Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

What started as an exterior remodel quickly became a full-on main-floor renovation for these Woodbury homeowners! Our team had a fantastic weekend during the Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase, chatting with guests and giving tours of this lovely home. 


Finalist for BBB Torch Award for Ethics

Over the last ten years, GNG has made it a point to build a strong business that our trade partners and clients are proud to be a part of. Our team strives to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish by completing every project with integrity and quality of service in mind. On that note, we’re thrilled to share some exciting news; Great Northern Builders was chosen as a finalist for the 2019 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics!


Grand Opening of Lambda Delta Phi Sorority House

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Great Northern Builders had the great joy of celebrating the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for Lambda Delta Phi Sorority in September! What started as a typical estimate to inspect some failing stucco, became a full-scale remodel. It was our pleasure to work with Lambda Delta Phi over the last year and a half to create an amazing space the sorority sisters can enjoy for generations to come!


2019 ROMA Award Win

Our team ended the year on an exciting note: we won Housing First Minnesota’s 2019 ROMA Award for Interior Remodel under $200,000! We are genuinely honored to have received this award. We were up against some fierce industry competitors and couldn’t be more thrilled to be recognized amid such talented professionals. Thank you to our excellent team and clients for making this possible!

Great Northern Builders Wins 2019 ROMA Award

Great Northern Builders Wins 2019 ROMA Award

Our team at Great Northern Builders has some exciting news! We recently attended Housing First Minnesota’s BIG Night and took home the 2019 Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) for Interior Remodel under $200,000!

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.

Remodeling projects that earn a ROMA Award are truly the best of the best,” explained Housing First Minnesota executive director, David Siegel. “The remodeling professionals who review each entrant know that they’re not just looking for the prettiest spaces; they take into account the challenges and customer wishes as they evaluate each project.”

Great Northern Builders is genuinely honored to have received this award. We were up against some fierce industry competitors and couldn’t be more thrilled to be recognized amid such talented professionals. Thank you to our excellent team and clients for making this award possible!

Grand Opening of the Newly Remodeled Lambda Delta Phi Sorority House


Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

In September, we had the honor of attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Lambda Delta Phi sorority. Taking part in this event was a special moment for our team. Over the course of a year-and-a-half, Great Northern Builders had the pleasure of working with the ladies of Lambda Delta Phi to remodel their existing sorority house.

Our first meeting began as just an estimate to inspect some failing stucco on the front and side of the property. However, what started as a straightforward project snowballed pretty quickly! That estimate turned into a full-scale remodel, which is the largest remodel we have tackled to date!

Although we preserved as much of the original structure as possible, this remodel called for demolishing a large part of the house. Our team collaborated with Lambda Delta Phi to create a beautiful design that not only housed more residents but also made the structure safer. We added much-needed fire suppression systems, full monitoring services, and ADA compliant access to the home, bathrooms, and living quarters. Our team also increased the property’s energy efficiency by installing new windows and doors throughout the home, as well as all-new closed-cell spray foam insulation.

Great Northern Builders is proud to play a pivotal role in creating this amazing space for generations of sorority sisters to come. This was such a rewarding project, and it was great getting to know so many of the wonderful people involved. Scroll below for a peek at the grand opening event!

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Lambda Delta Phi Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

Sorority Grand Opening Great Northern Builders

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GNB Announced as Finalist for 2019 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

Over the last ten years, Great Northern Builders has made it a point to build a strong business that our trade partners and clients are proud to be a part of. Our team strives to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish by completing every project with integrity and quality of service in mind. On that note, we’re thrilled to share some exciting news; Great Northern Builders has been chosen as a finalist for the 2019 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics!

According to the Better Business Bureau, this prestigious award recognizes local businesses “who display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. ”

This year, the Better Business Bureau of MN and ND received approximately 600 nominations. Great Northern Builders is honored and humbled to have been chosen as a finalist from such a large pool of worthy businesses. It wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing team and clients. Thank you for your hard work, kindness, and support!

The winner of the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics will be announced at a ceremony on November 20th, 2019. The ceremony will be held at the Radisson Blu, Mall of American from 2:30 to 5:00 PM.

2019 Fall Remodelers Showcase

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Whether you’re ready or not, fall is just around the corner. In addition to cooler weather, a change in seasons brings the 2019 Parade of Homes Fall Remodelers Showcase. While we aren’t quite ready for summer to end, we can’t wait to show off this exciting remodel in Woodbury, Minnesota!

2019 Fall Remodelers Showcase
#63 – 9537 Hillingdon Rd. WoodburyMN 55125
September 27th-29th from 12:00 to 6:00 PM

What originally started as an exterior remodel soon evolved into a main-floor remodel at this Woodbury home. To enhance the home’s curb appeal, the family wanted to update the existing side with LP Smartside siding. With the new siding completed, we moved indoors to begin updating the main level. The new and improved kitchen is not just gorgeous; it’s also more functional! It features shaker-style dual-tone cabinetry as well a custom island with a Cambria countertop and integrated stool storage. In addition to remodeling the kitchen, we also updated the home’s laundry room and half bathroom. Each includes luxury vinyl tile flooring, custom cabinetry, and Cambria countertops.

Rounding out this remodel is a newly constructed deck, perfect for hosting a summer BBQ or just hanging out with the family. Built with Trex decking materials, the deck includes ADI railing and beautiful decor lighting. With so many amazing details and exceptional craftsmanship, this home is a must-see during the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase!

Have questions about this home’s stunning remodel? Contact our team for more information. You can also find more details about the Showcase and directions to the home here.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary Great Northern Builders

Great Northern Builders was founded 10 years ago this August! To celebrate, we’ll be sharing stories, photos, and trips down memory lane all month long on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. But first, we’d like to say thank you to all of our clients and supporters who’ve kept us busy over the last decade; there would be no business without you!

Have you ever wondered how we got our start? Here’s the story!

Our founder, Chris, was born into the construction industry. His grandfather started a custom millwork company in the early 1970s. When he passed away, Chris’ father and uncles stepped in to take over the business and support the family.

Chris started GNB in 2009 and is proud, not only of the successful business it has become but also of the talented professionals who have joined his team. The company is still steeped in tradition, recently purchasing the exact same building his grandfather built and used for his business over 40 years ago!

The team behind the business.

Our hard-working talented team is what makes our business so great! Without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today. Meet our team members here.

Taking a trip down memory lane…

September 7th, 2013 when our team participated in the Inver Grove Heights Days Parade

Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see some of our favorite memories from the last 10 years!

5 Kitchen Remodeling Designs We Love

At Great Northern Builders, we love helping our clients breathe new life into their outdated kitchen by creating a beautiful and functional design. Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of working on many kitchen remodels. While we try not to play favorites, there are some kitchen remodeling designs we get excited about time and time again. So, we thought we’d share five of our favorite kitchen design elements. Check them out below!

Timeless Design Details

rustic meets modern timeless kitchen design

When planning your kitchen remodeling design, it goes without saying you want it to last for as long as possible. After all, remodeling requires a big investment! There’s nothing as disheartening to find your design outdated just a few years down the road. With that in mind, you can’t go wrong with a kitchen featuring timeless design details! Think bright, white cabinets and classic elements like subway tile and elegant quartz countertops.

Two-Tone Cabinetry

Is an all-white kitchen not quite your speed? Two-tone cabinetry may be the perfect solution. We’ve been seeing more and more homeowners utilizing this design in their kitchen remodel lately. And, we can see why! A two-tone design is a great way to add dimension and visual interest to your kitchen. Opting for lower cabinets in a darker hue adds balance while the addition of lighter cabinets on top draws the eye upward. This trend can be customized according to your preference, too. Whether you create a two-tone effect with just your island cabinet or you want to mix and match painted and stained cabinets, the choice is yours!

Natural Wood Accents

A kitchen remodeling design we can totally get behind? Natural wood accents! Adding wood elements to your design not only looks beautiful but creates warmth. There are many different options for incorporating wood into your design, too. One of our favorite ways? Wrapping the kitchen island in wood planks. From shiplap to rough-sawn planks to reclaimed wood, the result is sure to wow! Some other options include open wood shelving, exposed ceiling beams, butcher block counters, and statement walls.

Beverage Stations

It may be small but what a beverage station lacks in size, it makes up for in function. This versatile space can be used as a coffee nook or a mini-bar, depending on your preferences. The countertop offers a convenient place to house your coffee maker, while the built-in cabinets can hold anything from coffee mugs to wine glasses to small appliances. Below the cabinets, a beverage fridge will keep drinks perfectly chilled while freeing up valuable real estate in the fridge. If you love to entertain, adding a beverage station to your kitchen remodeling design is a must! Having a designated area for drinks makes it easy for guests to help themselves to a beverage during a get-together.

Eye-Catching Range Hoods

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Eye-catching range hoods are the perfect way to make a statement in your kitchen remodeling design. What’s really wonderful about this trend is the many different options to choose from. Range hoods can be found in a variety of materials and shapes, so finding one that complements your kitchen design is a breeze. To really help this focal point pop, consider adding a tile feature in between the range hood and the stove top like the kitchen pictured above.

Interested in seeing more kitchen remodels from Great Northern Builders? Our project gallery is chock-full of some great projects! To learn more about our remodeling process, feel free to contact our team.

3 Things to Know About Great Northern Builder’s Exterior Remodeling Services

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First impressions matter and when it comes to owning a home, it all starts with the exterior. Beyond excellent curb appeal, your home needs to be able to stand up to the harsh Midwest climate; from hot and humid summers to polar vortex winters and everything in between. If your home’s exterior isn’t up to par, you may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

Luckily, Great Northern Builders is here to help! Whether enhancing your outdoor space with a new deck, updating your home’s windows, or a complete exterior renovation, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for three important things to know about our exterior remodeling services.

1. We Can Handle Any Aspect of Your Exterior Remodeling Project

Our team is experienced in many different areas of exterior remodeling. We have the capabilities to handle a wide range of projects depending on your needs.

Our exterior remodeling services include:

  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Windows
  • Gutters
  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Landscaping
  • Insurance restoration


2. We Are Certified Installers of Many High-Quality Products

Great Northern Builders’ goal is to provide exceptional service to our clients, no matter how big or small the project. With that in mind, our team has become certified installers of a number of the high-quality products we use. This extra level of knowledge ensures materials and products are installed correctly.

3. We Are Not Limited to Specific Manufacturers

Working with Great Northern Builders for your exterior remodeling project means you can use materials from brands you trust. Our knowledgeable team can install almost any product or material on the market. Whether a window, siding or roofing product, we’ve got you covered! As long as the product is a high-quality product we can stand behind, we are happy to use it for your project.

Interested in learning more about our exterior remodeling services? Contact us for more information or to chat with our team about an upcoming project. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

3 Things to Know About Our Insurance Restoration Services

No homeowner wants to file an insurance claim. Doing so means your home has suffered interior or exterior damage, and sustained damage due to a fire, flood, storm, or other catastrophe. While unfortunate, these life-altering events can occur without warning. If and when they do, having a professional skilled in insurance restoration is key to the recovery process.  They’ll asses the damage to your home and help you restore it to its former glory.

In the Twin Cities metro area and western Wisconsin, Great Northern Builders can help you do just that! Keep reading for three reasons why our team is the perfect choice for your insurance restoration project.


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1. We Have 10 Years of Experience

Great Northern Builders has handled hundreds of insurance claims over the last 10 years. This extensive experience has given us the knowledge to handle insurance restoration projects of any size. With our expertise, you can rest assured our capable team will have your home on the road to recovery in no time.

2. We Handle Both Residential and Commercial Insurance Restoration

Disaster can strike when you least expect it and no home or business is immune. Our team has the capability to handle both residential and commercial projects. From interior and exterior restoration to structural repairs, we’ve got you covered.

3. We Manage Every Aspect of the Claim

Our goal is to make the insurance restoration process as simple and stress-free as possible for our clients. With that in mind, our team manages the claim from start to finish. Whether coordinating schedules or hiring vendors, we’re there to ensure the project runs smoothly so you can focus on the important things.

Interested in learning more about our insurance restoration services? Contact Great Northern Builders for more information or to chat with our team about an upcoming project. We can’t wait to hear from you!