A Shady Backyard Arboretum and a Client for Life

It began ten years ago when the owners bought their “forever” home. Our first remodeling project created a cozy, comfortable second-floor master bedroom with full bath.


Six years ago, we remodeled the basement with a big, warm family room and fireplace, updated laundry and utility room, and a custom wet bar. Read the whole story.

Two years ago, we extended the first floor into the backyard and created a large, open kitchen/dining/family space.

We remodeled the existing bath and added a roomy ¾ bath with shower. Two existing first-floor bedrooms were updated as well.


Jacobson Remodel



The second floor was expanded to the side and toward the backyard creating a larger master suite and another bedroom. The remodel features custom dormers, and a total exterior update. All this work doubled the home’s square footage on both the first and second floors, and transformed their house into a comfortable, full featured four-bedroom home. Photos of all this will be coming once the furniture arrives…

With all this construction the backyard was in dire need of landscaping. Like an arboretum, the backyard features mature trees with abundant shade for Minnesota’s hot and humid summers. The patio is perfect for summertime barbecues. Naturally stained cedar fencing surrounds the yard, and a small utility shed mimics the home’s exterior.

Notice the second-floor dormer and windows, and the first-floor expansion (+ 30 feet) with windows looking into the family room and kitchen. Imagine the view of this backyard from the kitchen table, where owners often work from home. As plants grow over the years, it will only get better.