Tour Tomorrow!

RUSTIC COTTAGE 4,200 SF | 5 BEDROOMS | 4.5 BATHS JOIN US FOR A TOUR AND HORS D’OEUVRES THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST FROM 1-4PM AT 6124 OAKLAWN AVE. EDINA  Our vision was to create a quaint European Cottage perfect for a family.  The spaces you use most are thoughtfully designed and stylish.  Beyond the design you can see… Read more »

Top Reasons to Do a Green Remodel in 2017

Thank you to Kaitlin Krull from for writing a guest blog on a top we are always interested in – Green Remodeling! By Kaitlin Krull   If you’re a homeowner, renovation projects and remodels are probably always on your mind. As trends change and the latest home technology increases, it can be difficult deciding… Read more »

When Will Solar Start to Pay Off

We are always researching ways to make our homes more high performing.  We have been excited about the advancements in Solar even in MN with our cold winters.  It is great to see this industry growing.  Thanks to Courtni with for writing this guest blog.  Enjoy! By Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel, a guest blogger from In… Read more »

Unveiling…Our Edina Cottage

By: Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Nestled within blocks of newly renovated Pamela Park in East Edina, our latest home construction has all the features of gorgeous, yet functional, family home. With a focus on energy efficiency, sophisticated design, and healthy elements, this home was designed with the conscious customer in mind. Step inside this rustic Edina… Read more »

Winterize Your Home (the inexpensive and easy way)

A guest post for Samantha Grose (Optima Homes, JP&CO) by Seth Murphy Seth Murphy started PapaDIY to share tips and advice on DIY and help others. His mission is to make DIY something that anybody can feel comfortable with.   Winterizing your home may sound like a process that can only cost money, and probably… Read more »

My Favorites: 5 Unique Holiday Recipes

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO The holidays are a special time for me, filled with family, good friends, and great times. This is the time to spread joy, swap stories, and indulge in delectable holiday treats. You’ve probably had the old holiday standbys more times than you can count–sugar cookies, pumpkin or apple pie,… Read more »

5 “Nice to Have” Features to Consider for a New Home

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO As a designer, I know how crucial it is to get the basics just right. The design should be functional, attractive, and fit with your family’s lifestyle. The materials used should be high-quality, long-lasting, and timeless. But what if we go beyond the basics? There are TONS of great add-ons… Read more »

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5 Design Features of our Stand-Out Optima Homes

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO There is a fine line between homes that are over-designed and ones that are lacking any kind of design. Interior designers often want to put their signature style on a home and, in the process, end up adding embellishments and over-the-top features that are not likely to stand the… Read more »

10 Ways to have a HIGH-PERFORMING home

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO You’ve probably heard the term “high performance” associated with cars. That could mean they have great gas mileage, are designed for speed, have an excellent handling and braking system, or are outfitted with the latest technologies. You’ve probably seen ads that talk about each aspect of a high-performing car–but what… Read more »

5 Cool and Easy Bathroom DIYs

Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Giving your bathroom its much-needed makeover doesn’t have to be expensive or even difficult. You just have to find the right ideas and materials to get started. One good idea is to do a few DIY projects for your bathroom. Not only can they help save you money, but they… Read more »

  • The Perfect Little Garden Shed

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s that time of year. Time to take advantage of the summer sunshine and harness your inner gardener! As you probably know, gardening involves more than putting a few seeds in the ground. There’s weeding, thinning, aerating your garden beds, watering, and harvesting as well. All these tasks (along… Read more »

  • 10 Secluded Garden Nooks (from Houzz)

    Dream Spaces: 10 Secluded Garden Nooks

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    Homes Throughout the Decades: Part 2

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO This post continues our look at the various pros and cons of homes throughout the decades. In the last post, we talked about homes from the 1900s-1970s and in this post, we’ll focus on homes from the 1980s through the modern day. 1980s Things got a little weird in… Read more »

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    Homes Throughout the Decades: Part 1

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Homes Throughout the Decades: The Good, The Bad, and the Really Ugly Homes have changed a great deal from the beginning of the 20th century until today. Each era has its good features, its bad features and, yes, its ugly features! This guide can help you take some of… Read more »

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    Summer Grilling: Tips and Recipes!

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO It’s that time of year again: time to fire up the grill, sit on the patio with friends, and enjoy the sunshine. You don’t have to be a grill master to enjoy some delectable burgers or shish kababs, but a few tips go a long way. Here are some… Read more »

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    20 Amazing Energy Facts

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO ENERGY: It makes the world go round, yet we usually pay little attention to it. Our electricity and gas (among other energy sources) power our laptops, keep our food fresh, provide warmth and cooling, charge our cell phones, and cook our meals…yet we hardly notice these systems unless they… Read more »

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    10 Ways to Use Vinegar in Your Spring Cleaning

    Samantha Grose, Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO There’s been a big movement in recent years to ditch chemical cleaners and embrace the natural stuff, and rightfully so! Chemical cleaners can cause headaches, nausea, skin irritation, respiratory issues, and are often toxic if ingested (never a good thing if you have a toddler running around!). One of the… Read more »

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    Do YOU Have a Healthy Home?

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO   One of our top priorities at Optima Homes is creating a healthy, holistic environment that promotes physical and mental wellbeing. What does that mean? It means eliminating clutter, encouraging sunlight, and not using toxic materials in our building process. Here are some of the key things to look… Read more »

  • April Checklist From Houzz

    To get an early start on your spring cleaning check out this Houzz article.  April is an easy month to get your Home Maintenance List started. To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist

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    THIS WEEK: Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase

    Samantha Grose, Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Starting this Friday: The Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase! The home we’re featuring in this year’s Remodelers Showcase is a basic rambler transformed into a two-story cottage. Wondering how we made such a seamless transition from one-story to two? Curious about adding “healthy home elements” to your house, like natural lighting,… Read more »