Preserving Charm: A Family Home Expansion

This busy family was expanding and needed space for kids and working from home. They love the neighborhood but couldn’t find a larger house that fit their needs. It was very important to them that the character of the 1946 vintage house was preserved and that the second-floor addition was cohesive with the first floor. They also wanted the exterior of the house to blend into the neighborhood which consists of houses primarily built in the 1940s. The charm of the house remains intact and includes the additional space and modern amenities it needed.

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Our Process


After you reach out to Anchor Builders, we’ll discuss what you’re looking for and the goals for your new home. We’ll decide if we are the right team for your vision. If the answer is no, we’ll recommend other options. If the answer is yes, we’ll walk you through a budget presentation and a subsequent follow-up discussion.


We’ll come out to the property and get some measurements. Then, the real fun begins —the design kick-off and space planning. Together, we’ll start developing the home that will be your family’s anchor for years to come. Later, we’ll go through a rough bid presentation and then the actual design development will begin.


Next, we’ll get to work with a build kick-off as we begin the construction. You’ll be kept up-to-date on the progress with onsite walk-throughs as your Anchor home gets closer and closer to being finished. After completion, it’s champagne time! We’ll welcome you into your new home with a finished home reveal.


Sun Sailer Award- Best New Home Builder - St. Louis Park


Best of Houzz Design


Best of Houzz Design


NARI Gold CotY Regional Award (Residential Addition over $250,000)


NARI Gold CotY Regional Award (Residential Addition Interior $250,001-500,000)


Sun Sailor Readers’ Choice Awards (Best Interior Design and Best New Home Builder)

  • Scott J.

  • Minneapolis

"Thank you for your honesty, diligence, transparency, and expertise. We appreciate you. We love the home you have built for us and will treasure our years here."

  • Lisa S.

  • St. Louis Park

"Although the home we moved in to was no longer working for our family, we never wanted to tear it down and start over. Anchor Builders – and in particular, its design team – helped us achieve that, and we simply added another chapter to our original home’s story."

  • Katie S.

  • Minneapolis, MN

"It was easy to work with Anchor for many reasons. Having an in-house designer who guided us along the way with our planning was extremely helpful. Though I thought I'd have little need for a designer (I'd like to call myself design savoy), our designer proved to be very valuable."

  • Anna L.

  • Minneapolis

"We love our home and really enjoyed the design and build process. All of our neighbors who were living next to the build also have made comments about how respectful Anchor was throughout that process."

Your home is the anchor of your family.

Life is full of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, as long as you have your family, health, and a happy home, life is good.

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