The 2014 Home Tour wants your home, or your neighbor’s

The 2014 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is already looking for homeowners and home improvement professionals to feature on the late-April tour of “Real Homes. Real People. Real Ideas.”

Homes can be recently remodeled, expanded, or simply well-preserved examples of their architectural eras. Nominations/applications are due Jan. 15, and early submissions are encouraged. It’s the tour’s 27th year; it will be held April 26 and 27, 2014.

“People attending the tour are looking for ideas on how to remodel or expand their homes,” said tour coordinator Margo Ashmore in a statement. “Homeowners on the tour enjoy feedback and find it’s also a great promotion for their neighborhoods.”

Contractors often help staff the homes, and homeowners ask family, friends and neighbors to contribute time hosting. “Good support makes it fun. It’s a great incentive to finish up the last few little projects,” Ashmore said. “Recruit help at fall and winter gatherings. It’s even advantageous for homeowners and visitors when there are two or more homes close together on tour.”

Contractors and other vendors may nominate homes they have worked on, and are encouraged to call for more information about sponsorship. Green, energy efficient, and historically-sensitive remodels and expansions get special notice among the 50 homes. It is not necessary to have remodeled the whole house.

The tour is a celebration of city living that encourages homeowners to improve existing homes, and to complement the neighborhood vibe if they build new. For more information, call Tour Coordinator Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874 or email mfashmore@aol.com. There is an online submission form or downloadable options at www.MSPHomeTour.com.

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