Inviting and Empowering New Entryway

This gorgeous house near Theodore Wirth Park in Golden Valley was built in the 1920s, but there was a small, or rather big, problem: the front entry was completely falling apart and leaking. There was a tarp over the roof and a lack of space in an area of their house that they use regularly. The back hallway is tight like most houses in this vintage, which meant no useable mudroom. Their boots and coats hung down the basement stairway.

With an active family of four, including young kids, who all cross-country skied, biked, surfed, and kayaked, this was unacceptable. They needed a home remodel designed to suit their needs.

I noticed the tarp on the entry and asked what was going on. They explained the situation. I was able to work with them to find the best solution. We hired an architect at Petersen/Keller to design a better space for them. The concept plan had more in it than the final scope decided. We then interviewed a couple of contractors. Together, we decided on the final scope of work that would suit their needs the best and keep in their budget.

The house has a whole new feel – inviting and empowering – and they love the outcome. Everyone loves driving by at night when it’s all lit up.

Project Type

Entryway remodel



Completion Date



The Handler Family


Client Testimonial

“We had a great experience working with Skäpar. Nate was approachable, accommodating, and overall very easy to work with. All the workers he had on our project were friendly and professional. We liked all the subcontractors he used as well. Everything was done on time and on budget. Nate and his crew were very sensitive to minimizing any disruptions to our personal space as they built our addition, and they kept the work area clean and tidy. Best of all the project came out great. The addition fetches a lot of compliments, and makes our house way more pleasant and functional.”



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