Minnesota Modern – Architecture and Life at Midcentury

Larry Millett conducts an eye-opening, spectacularly illustrated Minnesota tour of the rich and varied landscape of midcentury modernism. A history lesson as entertaining as it is enlightening, Minnesota Modern provides a close-up view of a style that penetrated the social, political, and cultural machinery of the times. Books will be available for sale at the event. This class will be held on Saturday April 30th at 10am. There is no cost to attend. Please register here.
Minnesota Modern Larry Millett

Why Membership in The Green Home Institute?

The Natural Built Home Store is a proud member of The Green Home Institute and will soon be completing a certified green remodeling project.
Formerly the Minnesota GreenStar (MNGS), GreenStar Home Certification is a robust above code renovation, addition & new construction program. This program ensures healthier, more durable homes that save energy and water thus reducing the cost of living and improving comfort. GreenStar is based on the 5 pillars of green; Energy, Health, Water, Materials and Place and how these are affected systematically by the 7 components of a home including, Outdoor/Site, Building Envelope Systems, Mechanicals, Electrical/ Lighting, Plumbing Systems and Fixtures, Finish Materials and Coatings and Waste Management.

Whether you’re remodeling a room, adding an addition or building a new home….

Take the guesswork out of doing the right thing: make it Greenstar.
3rd party quality assurance inspections

Trust but verify, Greenstar raters and quality assurance reviewers help ensure what was stated to built is actually in the home to help ensure performance and improve home value.

Why GreenStar vs other labels?

Unlike other programs GreenStar is a nonpolitical market driven voluntary program that is not built into legislative mandates and is designed to educate the market to make homes BETTER. GreenStar is continuously improved based on the changing nature of sound building science and works closely with our users to ensure the program is relevant and viable.

Over the coming months we plan to follow a kitchen addition remodeling project in South Minneapolis through the remodeling and certification processes and will share that with you in our monthly newsletter. Upon completion you will be able to visit the home during our annual home tour! Stay tuned for more on this exciting project.

Classic Hand Painted Signage from Local Sign Painters Featured on MN Original

The Natural Built Home Store Production Headquarters and Warehouse recently underwent a makeover that turned it from “50 shades of gray over graffiti” to the best looking warehouse in Minneapolis. We couldn’t have done it without local artisan sign painters Phil Vandervaart and Forrest Wozniak and their amazing sign painting skills. Phil Vandervaart (https://signpainterphil.wordpress.com/) and Forrest Wozniak (http://forrestwozniak.com/) will be featured on Minnesota Original (http://www.mnoriginal.org/) on TPT (Channel 2) Sunday January 17th, 2016 at 6pm and 10pm.


This segment shows Phil and Forrest working on the signage for Castle Building & Remodeling and The Natural Built Home Store Production Headquarters located at 2710 E 33rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 in the Longfellow neighborhood. Check it out here!Warehouse Web

A big thanks goes out to the Lake Street Council that helped with a facade grant to cover a portion of the costs for this project.

Informative Class – 1/2 Story Remodeling

Considering a remodel or addition for your 1/2 story home?  Join us for a free informative class that will provide common sense ideas and solutions, while incorporating energy upgrades.

Class will meet on Saturday, January 16th, 10:00-11:30, at the Natural Built Home store, 4020 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

The class is not a sales pitch, but is designed to be educational. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by phone at 612-767-3739 or visit : www.naturalbuilthome.com/education-class-schedule-sign-up-sheet/

Plaid is the New Black

The Natural Built Home Store is a proud member of The Metro Independent Business Alliance and is once again participating in the their buy local holiday campaign called Plaid Is The New Black. Visit us on November 27th and wear plaid and we will give you an additional 2% discount (above sale prices) on all orders. You’ll be able to avoid the big box crowds and support the retailers who live and work right here. This promotion helps you to find unique gifts while experiencing exceptional customer service at a locally owned, independent retailer. Find a full list of participating businesses here: http://ow.ly/UOVPE.

Don’t forget to wear your plaid to show your support and get your additional discount.