NBH Converting to Castle

The Natural Built Home Store will be converting to a 4th Castle BRI showroom.


Three years after acquiring The Natural Built Home Store, Castle Building & Remodeling has
completed the integration of the store’s eco-friendly products and processes into its project
standards, and has therefore decided to convert the store into a fourth Castle showroom.

The transition in signage and hours will take place on September 1st, 2017 and will allow Castle to
focus on its goal of being the most professional and best value design/build remodeler in the
Twin Cities. The change will also allow Castle to serve the South Minneapolis and the
Longfellow neighborhoods with better proximity.

Castle Building & Remodeling will continue to offer eco-friendly remodeling, inclusive of all the
products from The Natural Built Home Store, in remodeling projects. Castle will no longer offer
material-only sales, flooring install-only services, or countertop-only replacements. This change
will allow Castle to focus on the continued growth of design/build remodeling services, which
centers on kitchen and bath remodeling. The widespread availability of eco-friendly building
materials at most retailers has made it tough to compete on this specialization alone.

A list of eco-friendly retailers that carry similar products and offer similar services is available
below. As of 12/31/17 The Natural Built Home Store brand will be decommissioned with the website and Facebook pages will be taken down. All educational classes for the remainder of 2017 will continue as planned.

Castle Building & Remodeling, Inc. is a professional design/ build remodeling company that
specializes in residential remodeling. Castle is a second-generation family business, founded in
1977, which has served over 3,200 past clients in the Twin Cities area. Its four unique design
studios in Minneapolis and St. Paul allow Castle’s professional team to help clients plan any
project. Castle Building & Remodeling strives to help clients get the best value and helps them to
get a designer look on a budget they can afford. Castle’s detailed planning process allows a
guaranteed favorable experience by ensuring there are no unforeseen costs and by providing a
guaranteed completion date. Its professional design team and convenient showrooms sets Castle
Building & Remodeling apart from the average remodeler. Visit us at www.castlebri.com to find out more.



Referral List for NBH:

Flooring: Marmoleum, Cork, Wool Carpet, Bamboo: Floors of Distinction a:12642 Bass Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369 p:(763) 553-1800 w:http://floorsofdistinction.com/

Cambria Countertops: Select Surfaces a:2800 Fairview Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113 p:(651) 483-1576 w:http://selectsurfaces.com/

Recycled Glass Countertops: Dakota Surfaces p: (612) 968-1412 w:http://dakotasurfaces.com/ or
Element Surface (Rust Brothers)a: 2303 NE Kennedy Street, Suite 7 Minneapolis, MN 55413 P:866.503.3341, W: http://rustbrothers.com/sustainable-surfaces/element-surfaces/

Chemical sensitivity type projects/remodeling: Healthy Exposure Construction, Inc. – Darren J. Vigil
E: healthyexposure1@gmail.com, w: www.HealthyExposure.com, p: 612-216-2453, c: 612-237-4819

June 2017 Natural Built Home Newsletter


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2017 Castle Home Tour : Sept 30th – Oct 1st


Featured Project: Kitchen Remodel + Bath Dormer

This sneak peak 2017 Home Tour project included adding a 2nd floor dormer bathroom to an attic space that already had 2 finished bedrooms, as well as renovating the kitchen. 


The kitchen was a full renovation with a new, more functional layout.  The cabinets were custom made with traditional details like inset doors and drawers, and stiles that run to the floor to add old character and charm. The new layout makes the kitchen feel much larger, although no square footage was added or gained from adjoining spaces. 

A trash/recycling/compost center was added under an existing window, and the homeowner’s original banquette seating area was reinstalled with a new wood top and fresh coat of paint.   The backsplash is a handmade, traditional craftsman style tile, but in a fresh, modern size to maintain an updated look.  Hardwood floors were installed to match the existing in the rest of the home, and traditional fixtures we used to reinforce the old-style charm.

The attic dormer was completed for a new ¾ bathroom on the upper level where the master bedroom was.  This modern bathroom oasis features a grand Carrara marble shower with shaving ledge and storage niches, a beautiful porcelain heated tile floor, and new traditional cabinetry to match the new kitchen.  The plumbing fixtures, lighting and accessories all enhance the space – adding a little sparkle and keeping with the more traditional feel.

See this project, and more on this year’s Home Tour, September 30- October 1st. See more details on the 2017 Castle Home Tour.


Product Spotlight:  Soapstone Countertops

As used in this featured Home Tour project, charcoal soapstone countertops offer a wonderful matte texture, that will patina over time. An excellent choice for virtually any style remodel, but especially those with a historic feel. Soapstone countertops are completely natural, fully recyclable and since they are non porous, they won’t absorb bacteria, making them a healthier option!

Educational Spotlight: Soapstone Maintenance

In order to create and maintain the dark look to soapstone countertops, many people choose to apply mineral oil (available at pharmacies). Mineral oil helps the stone oxidize, and in return, gives it the rich, gray color many homeowners prefer. This oil should be applied every 1-3 months, as desired to maintain the look, but you’ll know you need another application when water spills start to leave noticeable marks.

If deep scratches occur, the nice thing about soapstone is that you can buff them out with fine sandpaper, and then simply reapply mineral oil! NEVER use harsh cleaners on soapstone- mild dish soap will do the trick! 

Upcoming Education Classes:

The Natural Built Home Store classes are offered on Saturday mornings at 10 AM.  These classes are not a sales pitch, they are designed to be informative, educational and feature some of the most common remodeling projects. If you would like to attend one of our classes, please register here or call us at 612-767-3739.

June 17th Green Bath Remodeling
July 22nd Planning a Green Kitchen Remodel

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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.
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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.