Castle Enters The 5th Annual BLEND Award…

Castle is excited to announce our entry in the 5th Annual B.L.E.N.D. Award! The B.L.E.N.D. Award organization encourages and rewards builders, architects, and homeowners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into their existing Minneapolis neighborhoods. Industry professionals and neighborhood residents select projects for recognition, following guidelines with a focus on projects that not only ensure the redevelopment builds upon the qualities that have made Minneapolis a place where people have chosen to live for so many years; respects privacy, light access, private views of neighboring properties; but also encourages redevelopment and construction of homes that are diverse and innovative in design all while remaining compatible with the neighborhood.

Castle’s entry boasts an extraordinary 2nd Story addition and remodel of a 1920’s center hall Colonial in South Minneapolis, which expanded this living space without sacrificing the period feel and remaining authentic to the integrity of the neighborhood’s streetscape.  The architectural details of the home were kept intact and replicated with arched openings, built-in corner cabinets, breakfast nook, crown moldings, bead board ceilings with cove detailing, wainscoting, and a blend of stained and painted woodwork helped create the charm and beauty of yesterday with the functionality of well-designed twenty-first century space needed for today.

Buy Local and Reap the Rewards in Your Community

A recent article talks about a new online tool that measures the economic impact on communities of spending at local independent businesses versus the larger national chains. In one city, the tool showed that for every $10 spent at local independent businesses, $4 goes back into that community! Compare buying at Castle Building & Remodeling versus The Home Depot, and how that local buying benefits and gives back to the community in so many ways. The article goes on to talk about how independently owned businesses are contributing more tax dollars to neighborhood development than the large national chains. Click Here and read the full article!

Art-A-Whirl this weekend…

This weekend Castle will join the Northeast Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl and host an Open House, featuring local artist, Jacqueline Athmann Presented by NEMAA, Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio and gallery tour in the U.S.  More than 500 artists participate in Art-A-Whirl, including potters, painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, glassblowers, printmakers, textile designers…and more.
Join us!


Castle’s owner visits Frank Lloyd Wright studio in Oak Park, IL…

Castle’s owner, Loren Schirber, recently visited the Frank Lloyd Wright studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Loren left the studio knowing Frank was right in that he didn’t need any stinking architecture degree to change the world of architecture, and the style of homes we live in today.  Loren took a walking tour of the Oak Park neighborhood where 8 of Wright’s early projects are located.  Many of the homes were quite revolutionary at the time and not all in the neighborhood were thrilled with the new style.   Click the link to see the slideshow.  Frank Lloyd Wright Slideshow