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 »

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    Cutting Corners: 4 Construction Industry Shortcuts That Could Devalue Your Home

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO When you step into your newly constructed home for the first time, you should feel great. It’s a fresh start, a new place to call your own. But what if your construction company cut corners? What if you knew certain components would fail or fall apart within a few… Read more »

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    Parade of Homes: Remodelers Showcase 2015

    By Samantha Grose, Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO We have a treat for you this year! We transformed a basic, one-story rambler into an elegant and functional two-story cottage! How did we make the seamless transformation? With sophisticated design, smart construction, and a clear vision. We focused on making a smooth transition from the existing space to… Read more »

  • It’s Spring! Buy the Fresh, Foraged & Local

    It’s Spring! Buy the Fresh, Foraged & Local Now that winter has passed, we can start enjoying some delicious, fresh produce—some of it is even grown right here in the Minnesota. You can find these local edibles at the co-op, farmer’s market, and even on the forest bed. Shopping local goods not only gives you… Read more »

  • Décor for Kids: Rugs

    By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace. A well-designed kid’s room is equal parts fun, safety, and functionality. I’ve always enjoyed designing and decorating children’s rooms because they offer the chance to be playful and bold. Your kid’s room is… Read more »

  • 5 Home Gadgets That ACTUALLY Make Sense

    By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO Talking refrigerators, LCD screens on washers, ovens with more buttons than your laptop. Sure, there are lots of technologically advanced gadgets and gizmos out there, but how many of them are really useful? And which ones actually save you time or money? It’s easy to be wowed by “the… Read more »

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    LOVE Your Kitchen (Part Two)

    By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes Continuing last week’s topic, here are three more tips that will help you fall head over heels in love with your kitchen… 1. Be comfortable If your kitchen is stiff and uncomfortable, liven it up! Choose bar stools for your island that you’ll actually want to sit in. Place… Read more »

  • Checking out Chalkboard Paint

    By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace. The chalkboard has graduated from the classroom and is quickly becoming a fun and surprising new addition to the home. With the advent of chalkboard paint, this reusable matte surface has been reborn,… Read more »

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    LOVE Your Kitchen (Part One)

    By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Instead of fighting the crowds and waiting in long lines to get into a restaurant this year, why not try cooking a special V-Day dinner at home? If the thought of that is daunting, it could be that your kitchen (not your cooking skills!)… Read more »

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    The Beauty of Minimalist Design

    By Samantha Grose, designer for JP&CO and Optima Homes Have you ever walked into a room and immediately felt cramped and uncomfortable without really knowing why? Maybe the room was neat and tidy, with everything in its place, but it still seemed cluttered and chaotic. Why might that be? The answer: The room was probably… Read more »

  • JP&CO. was awarded Best of Houzz 2015!!

    JP&CO of Minneapolis Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World  Minneapolis, MN, January 23, 2015 – JP&CO of Minneapolis has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for… Read more »