Celebrating 38 Years


  • 2019

    Design Excellence Awards – Multiple Rooms – Less than 999 SqFt

    Such an attractive house deserved an equally beautiful kitchen. The owners of this 1909’s craftsman style home wanted a better functioning kitchen with more natural light and a larger opening to the dining room for their active family.

  • 2019

    Design Excellence Awards – Residential Kitchen 300-400 SqFt

    The palette is subtle in this beautiful kitchen, but the patterns and finishes are sophisticated.

  • 2019

    Best of Houzz – Customer Service
    Best of Houzz – Design

    TreHus has been awarded ‘Best Of Houzz’ for Customer Service and Design by Houzz! Houzz is a platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community. Thank you Houzz, homeowners and design enthusiasts! Visit us on Houzz!


  • 2019

    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Gold Award –  Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration $250,000 and Over

    This beautiful 1923 English Cottage, with sweeping views of the St. Paul bluffs, was in desperate need of restoration.
    The new design optimizes the space and utility while preserving the character of the house.

  • 2019 

    Chrysalis Awards National Award – Addition Under $250K

    Functionally, the project addressed all of the client’s priorities. A dedicated, and gracious entry creates a welcoming space with room for a cherished antique furniture piece. The main floor bedroom was expanded creating a more generous space for their two sons while providing additional closet space, and room for a bookcase in the hallway. The 4-season porch is a light-filled oasis with sliding French doors and views of the lake. Aesthetically, the look of the home was completely transformed into a unique lakeside cottage that blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

  • 2019 

    Chrysalis Awards Regional Award – Kitchen Remodel Under $75K

    Although this was not the clients forever home, they felt the investment was important for them to enjoy living there, as well as when they move, to leave a house that has been remodeled. They were involved in the neighborhood organization dedicated to keeping the housing instead of tearing down. They also wanted to utilize every inch of storage in their kitchen and create a space that would work together to create a balance between function and style.

  • 2018

    Chrysalis Awards – Decade of Excellence Award 

    We are incredibly honored to have won the Decade of Excellence Award presented to us by the Chrysalis Awards. It is granted to companies who have won an award in ten separate years since Chrysalis became a national competition in 2000. It’s the highest, and largest, award that Chrysalis can give.

    Throughout TreHus history we have won 24 total Chrysalis awards! We are 1 of 4 recipients from among 450 remodeling companies that have won this Chrysalis Award since 2000.

    Thank you Chrysalis Awards for the recognition and to our amazing team of architects, project managers, carpenters for all their beautiful work. We also want to thank our customers for trusting us with your homes!

  • 2018

    Chrysalis Awards National Award – Residential Insurance Restoration

    B.L.E.N.D. Award – Residential Fire Restoration

    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Gold Award –  Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration $250,000 and Over

    After a tragic fire last year, this old federal style house from the 1900’s needed to be rebuilt from the studs. The goal was to connect the old with the new and replace what the owners had once loved about the original house. The inspiration for the new colors, windows, trim and doors was copied from burnt materials and old photographs. While restoration was already underway, the owners decided to add an addition, deck, finished attic, master bath and other projects. It is now a beautiful home that embodies the history and satisfies the client’s unique tastes.

  • 2018

    Chrysalis Awards Regional Award – Bath Remodel Over $75,000

    A tranquil space cloaked in a Carrera marble tile, this master bath finds it’s sophistication in simplicity.

  • 2018

    Chrysalis Awards Regional Award – Residential Interior $100,000-$300,000

    Master Design Awards –  Residential Interior More Than $100,000

    American Society of Interior Designers ASID (1st Place) – Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence 0-999 SF

    Such an attractive house deserved an equally beautiful kitchen. The owners of this 1909’s craftsman style home wanted a better functioning kitchen with more natural light and a larger opening to the dining room for their active family.

  • 2017

    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Silver Award – Residential Exterior Up to $200,000

    This newly renovated 1890’s Edina farmhouse offers a look that is both modern and rooted in history after years of wear. It had been remodeled and added on to many times, and the owners wanted to restore its original farmhouse soul, while also making it fit into its high-end neighborhood.

  • 2017

    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Silver Award – Entire House $250,000 to $750,000

    The owners of this historic Colonial-style house in Edina wanted an addition and whole house remodel that focused on maintaining its classic proportions and characteristics while making it practical for family and friends. The addition added several feet to the back of the original footprint, complementing the Colonial appeal while doubling the home’s size. Its innovative design completely satisfied the homeowner’s requirements.

  • 2017

    B.L.E.N.D Award – Addition Remodel

    The addition on this beautiful 1900’s Tudor home allowed the family to utilize the space more efficiently and live comfortably in their home. The existing kitchen, built in the 90’s, was cramped and its location separated the main living spaces, making it difficult to access the basement and family room. The family of five was also sharing three small bedrooms and one bathroom.

    The remodel consisted of a kitchen, dining room, living room, powder room, a nook, bedrooms and two bathrooms. Once the remodel was finished the spaces were much more open, beautiful and functional.

    Check out the whole project here!

    Exterior Addition

    Exterior Addition

  • 2017

    Chrysalis Award – Residential Specialty Remodel 

    The Owner wanted to convert a Lower Level kitchenette into a quality space to store wine. The cabinets were linked in series and utilize a professional humidity control system as well as an electronic temperature control, without the look of being oversized refrigerators. A very plain but serviceable lower level walk-out was transformed with the highest level of quality in both equipment and finishes, suitable for the clients desire to bring these spaces up to the standards and appearance set on the main floor of the house.

    To see more photos – https://trehus.biz/project/sunfish-basement-remodel/

  • 2017

    Best of Houzz – Customer Service
    Best of Houzz – Design

    TreHus has been awarded ‘Best Of Houzz’ for Customer Service and Design by Houzz! Houzz is a platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community. Thank you Houzz, homeowners and design enthusiasts! Visit us on Houzz!



  • 2016

    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Silver Award – Residential Addition Over $250,000

    This 1900 home required a little TLC and extra space to make it work better for the entire family. Creating a functional kitchen with good social access to the main living areas was the owner’s top priority. A close second was an attached two-car garage and mudroom, which replaced the detached one-car garage. Additional improvements to the main floor office, bath and laundry improved previous remodeling that did not fit the home’s character.


  • 2016

    B.L.E.N.D Award – Addition Remodel 

    This well-proportioned addition holds a new study.  The addition’s architectural details blend beautifully with the rest of this Craftsman style home.

    To see more pictures from this addition, Click Here

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  • 2016

    B.L.E.N.D Award – Addition Remodel
    Master Design Award – Exterior Facelift
    Chrysalis Award – Residential Exterior
    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Gold Award – Residential Exterior Over $200,000

    Project goals for this early 1900’s home included fixing the siding, improving curb appeal, creating a more functional entry and making a stronger connection to the outdoors while staying true to its Craftsman style.

    To see more pictures from this remodel, Click Here


  • 2015
    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Award – Entire House $500,001 to $750,000

    Lake Harriet Whole House Remodel 

    This grand home on Lake Harriet was blessed with gracious rooms and details, but had tangled circulation, and lacked the spaces suited to a 21st century family. To solve this without a new addition, we relocated stairways, improving the flow and freeing up enough space to gain a mudroom, a generous kitchen, and room to move furniture into the attic. Creative strategies, including opening the floor beneath a dormer, increased the amount of daylight, and improved views without adding new window openings. The more modern floor plan is paired with details and materials consistent with the original home, gracefully blending the new with the old.  Click Here to see more photos of this home.

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  • 2015
    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Award – Residential Bath Over $100,000

    Lowry Hill Master Bath Remodel

    This historic home now has an elegant master suite befitting the home’s stately character. Two existing bedrooms were reconfigured into a master bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet. Statuary marble and beautiful Italian tile inlays give this master bathroom quiet, understated luxury. The custom mahogany double vanity and cushioned bench add a warm and inviting touch.  Click Here for more photos of this project.

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  • 2015
    Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Award – Commercial Interior 

    MN Birth Center St. Paul

    It’s hard to imagine that our clients’ second birth center began life as an uninteresting office duplex. Freshly outfitted with birthing suites, exam rooms, waiting room, children’s playroom and education room for parenting classes, The Minnesota Birth Center – St. Paul is a comfortable and home-like space for mothers and their families.  Click Here to learn more about this project.

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  • 2015
    Chrysalis Regional & National Award –  Whole House > $1,000,000
    Contractor of The Year (CoTY) Award – Whole House > $1,000,000

    Lake Minnetonka Modern Whole House Remodel

    Set along the shores of Lake Minnetonka, this home’s new butterfly roof with transom windows creates a modern coastal statement. The pine ceilings carry through to the exterior soffits, creating one continuous plane. Generous windows and a neutral color palette bring nature into the space, further adding to the feeling of modern, simple beach living.  Click here for more photos.






















  • 2015
    B.L.E.N.D Award –  Commercial Remodel

    700 Hennepin Commercial Warehouse Remodel



    700-718 E Hennepin were originally two separate buildings, which have now been combined and renovated. A light industrial warehouse and auto shop,were converted into a workshop, gallery and garage, giving the owner the ultimate work/play space. The result of the combined projects is a historically accurate restoration of a previously dilapidated and neglected building. Rather than being the neighborhood eyesore, it is now a center of industry and culture, and a representation of what the neighborhood was, is, and can be.

  • 2015
    Best of Houzz.com – Design

    TreHus Is Honored by Houzz.com for Third Straight Year

    TreHus’ portfolio is among the most popular on Houzz.com, the leading home remodeling & design website, and was recognized with a ‘Best of Houzz 2015 Design’ award.  2015 is the third year in a row that TreHus has received this distinction.  Click here to visit our Houzz.com profile.  Below are a few of the most popular images on our Houzz profile:

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  • 2014
    Chrysalis Regional & National Award – Interiors > $100,000

    Revised Layout and Upgraded Finishes Beautify Tangletown Home

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    The layout at the rear of this Tangletown home was restructured to meet the needs of a modern family.  The rear entrance was moved from the kitchen to a living area, which was converted to a mudroom.  The kitchen was opened up to the dining room, making both feel larger.  The owner is a professional chef, so the kitchen needed to be as practical as it is beautiful.  Open storage is utilized, providing easy access to dishes and cookware and to expedite the preparation of the latest delicacies.  The design incorporates materials and details inspired by the clients’ childhood homes and their fondness for vintage diners.  Beams and beadboard on the ceiling tie the kitchen and dining room together and rich textures like carrera marble countertops and handcrafted mint green tile add a higher level of refinement


  • 2014
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Interiors < $100,000

    Midcentury Modern Basement Remodel Ties into Home

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    The owners of this home desired to update their 1970s-style basement to fit continuously with the midcentury modern aesthetic of the rest of their home. The popcorn ceiling and old carpet were removed, and restructured duct work created an intentional design for the ceiling.  New Peruvian walnut flooring and a new fireplace insert with surrounding stone create a simple, modern look in keeping with the tastes of the homeowners and style of the home.  Details like the bar area and hickory wall paneling (actually flooring put on the wall) provide them with a customized space that is uniquely their own.

  • 2014
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Kitchens > $100,000
    2013 Regional Contractor of The Year (COTY) Award – Kitchens $100,000-120,000
    2013 Master Design Silver Award – Kitchens > $100,000

    Historically Sensitive Kitchen Remodel Brings Old-World Craftsmanship And Modern Conveniences to Grand Lowry Hill Home

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    The owners of this extraordinary 1906 home have spent years restoring it to its former beauty. It was important to them to make the new kitchen historically sensitive and to blend with the high-end finishes of the rest of the home, but also to meet their needs as a food-loving modern family (with no servants, like there would have been in the early days of this home). The TreHus team met the clients’ needs by incorporating design themes found throughout the home. Authentic materials like quartersawn oak, granite, marble, soapstone, and stained glass add to the historic aura of the space. The result is a unique and beautiful kitchen than fits seamlessly with the grand old home.

  • 2014
    Best of Houzz.com – Design

    Best of Houzz 2014 Design


    TreHus’ portfolio is among the most popular on Houzz.com, the leading home remodeling & design website, and was recognized with a ‘Best of Houzz 2014 Design’ award.  2014 is the second year in a row that TreHus has received this distinction.  Click here to visit our Houzz.com profile.  Here are two of our most popular images from our Houzz profile:

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  • 2013
    Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) – Bathrooms $35,000-75,000

    Unique Bathroom Draws Themes from Eclectic Home

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    The owners of this eclectic home desired a bright, modern master bathroom that tied into the unique character of their home. Our designers answered the call by creating curved walls and vanities to match the home’s curved exterior walls, and by using rich textures like burled walnut and painted sinks to match the home’s faux-painted interior. The result is a strikingly unique bathroom with a flavor that jives with the rest of their funky and eclectic home.

  • 2013
    Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) – ‘Special’ category

    Exterior Overhaul Adds Character And Flair to 1980’s Home

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    The owners of this 1980’s home are avid entertainers who throw large outdoor parties on a regular basis. Their new exterior is maintenance free and welcoming. The new color scheme is bold but timeless and adds color to a neighborhood dominated by beige and gray homes. Stonework and a copper roof at the entry, brackets, new gables with board and batten siding, pillars, and carriage doors add character and flair.

  • 2013
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Basements
    Master Design Gold Award – Basements

    Whimsical Design and Unique Materials Give Personality to Colorful Basement

    Taking inspiration from a Jackson Pollock painting and the owner’s own work as an artist, this basement is full of whimsy and color. Strand-woven bamboo flooring is reminiscent of splatter painting, and walls flared at various angles add to the artful effect. A horizontal gas fireplace is central to the room, and a site-built barn door opens from the main living space into a painter’s studio.

  • 2013
    Regional Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award – Commercial Interior
    2012 Chrysalis Regional Award – Commercial Remodel
    2012 Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) – Special-Other Category 
    2012 B.L.E.N.D. Award – Remodel, Addition, or New Construction (Commercial) Category
    2012 Master Design Gold Award – Commercial Remodel
    2012 MN Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award – Commercial Remodel

    The Minnesota Birth Center


    The Minnesota Birth Center is the first Birth Center in the City of Minneapolis. It provides a beautiful, safe, homelike setting for expectant mothers to bring new life into the world, while being more cost efficient than a hospital. The grand 1910 home had been converted to a triplex and had grown dilapidated, even sitting vacant for several years. Though nearly every surface of the building was gutted and remodeled, great care was taken to preserve historic elements where possible, and to honor the spirit of the home in the new finishes.

  • 2013
    Best of Houzz.com – Design

    Best of Houzz 2013 Design


    TreHus’ portfolio is among the most popular on Houzz.com, the leading home remodeling & design website, and was recognized with a ‘Best of Houzz 2013 Design’ award.  Click here to visit our Houzz.com profile.  Here is one of our most popular images on Houzz:

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  • 2012
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Additions $100,000-250,000
    Contractor of the Year (COTY) Regional Award – Additions $100,000-250,000
    2011 MN Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award Honorable Mention – Additions over $200,000

    Dining room addition & kitchen remodel create an ideal space for entertaining

    This design gives the homeowners an elegant and spacious new area in which they can enjoy simple family dinners or large parties. By linking the kitchen to the living area with a new dining room, the TreHus team created a space that can be used either as a set of three smaller rooms or one large whole. In the dining room, spherical light fixtures hang from the barrel-vaulted ceiling, creating a curvy design theme with the round window. The new island and buffet areas add storage and counter space, and their natural wood tones add to the aesthetic appeal of the space.

  • 2011
    MN Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award – Additions under $200,000

    Small addition brings authentic prairie style detailing into new space

    The owners of this 1915 prairie style home desired to expand their kitchen and bring in the authentic old-world detailing of the rest of the home. They loved the screened porch at the back of their home, so that space was not a possibility for the expansion. Instead it was decided to extend the kitchen space and open it to the dining room, providing more length and a spacious feel. The dining room’s beamed ceiling was carried into the kitchen, and the prairie style woodwork present throughout the first floor was meticulously duplicated. The flooring throughout the main level of the home was terrazzo, but the cost and difficulty of carrying this through to the kitchen ruled it out. Instead, it was decided to use marmoleum and put in a border inlay to imitate the border inlay of the terrazzo. This solution not only makes it look authentic, it also gives the room a warmer feel and it is softer under foot.

  • 2011
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Whole House $250,000-500,000

    1950’s tri-level transformed into beautiful two story with master suite addition

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    This home is a transformed 1953 tri-level that overlooks the majestic Mississippi River with nearby bike paths and parks. Light, open rooms with large windows and hand-made details give the remodeled home a clean, modern aesthetic. On the first floor, a remodeled mudroom, powder room, kitchen and family room give the owners fresh spaces to entertain, cook and relax. The new second floor gives the owners more room and a true master suite that includes an exercise/music room, a reading nook, a master bath with steam shower and a custom fir vanity. The master bedroom boasts built-in bookshelves, a walk-in wardrobe, a gas fireplace, large windows, and a walk-out second-story porch with panoramic views of the River.

  • 2011
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Additions $100,000-250,000

    Small addition creates big change for 1940’s colonial

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    The owners of this 1940’s colonial home wanted to update and add character to the rear of their home. They wanted more room, but without encroaching too much their backyard and eliminating valuable space for their daughter to play. A four foot addition accross the rear of the home provided enough room for an expanded kitchen, an informal eating area, and a mudroom. They also gained a new covered porch, an entry, and additional windows to flood their remodeled kitchen with natural light.

  • 2010
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Additions $100,000-250,000
    Master Design Bronze Award – Additions over $200,000
    Janus Award – Awarded to projects that win both a Chrysalis and a Master Design Award
    2009 MN Contractor of The Year Award – Additions over $200,000

    Sensitive addition to 1900 Victorian home blends authentic design with the homeowners’ international tastes


    This 2 1/2-story late 19th century home was moved from the Minneapolis downtown area to its new site in the Kenwood neighborhood in 1908. Previous residents had completed a family room addition and kitchen remodel that were disparate from the rest of the home’s character and detail. The owners wanted to recreate the existing addition and kitchen to make them match the style of the rest of the house, and accomplish a more natural connection from the kitchen to the family room to the back yard.

    In the new kitchen, custom cabinets and millwork were installed to match the old-world craftsmanship of the existing home, and design elements such as pagoda-style cabinet pulls, the island’s bamboo butcher block top and the hutch’s rice paper windows reflect the owners’ Asian-influenced tastes.  Other details like the olive ash drawer insets on the hutch and island and ebony accents on the tapered stained mahogany legs of the island match the homeowners’ existing furniture.

  • 2010
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Residential Exterior Renovation

    1980’s modern home transformed into arts & crafts beauty

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    The front porch of this 1988 modern home with cedar lap siding had settled and was in need of repair. This “repair” became the basis for a new front façade facelift. The owners wanted a low maintenance exterior that would add curb appeal but still look like home. The addition of a gable over the garage, natural stone at the entry and Arts & Crafts era inspired detailing erased the home’s modern 80’s styling. Extended rakes with large fascia boards and brackets harken to homes of the past and add authentic detail, while including cedar lap siding keeps it familiar to the owners. Updated landscaping and new paint contribute to the inviting new feel.

  • 2010
    B.L.E.N.D Award – East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood

    Spanish revival home brought into the present with family-friendly addition & remodel


    This 1908 home was remodeled to make room for an active family of six. An addition on the rear of the home provides a master suite on the second floor and a breakfast nook and mudroom on the main floor. The rest of the home was remodeled, giving the owners more open spaces, uniquely suited to their lifestyle. The paneled formal dining room with butler’s pantry is perfect for entertaining, while the family room and adjoining kitchen at the center of the home are a great place for family time.

  • 2010
    North Central Region Contractor of the Year Award – Residential Exterior Specialty
    2009 MN Contractor of The Year (COTY) Award – Residential Exterior Specialty
    2009 B.L.E.N.D. Award – East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood

    Addition of patio to historic brick Georgian Revival home gives owners a place to relax


    This grand Georgian Revival brick home was originally built in 1909, with a 1954 sunroom addition designed by renowned architect Edwin Lundie. As charming as this sunroom is, it lacked an easy connection to the large lawn off of the southeast corner of the property. The owners, parents of two young children, wanted a place by the lawn for family and friends to visit while watching the children. TreHus paid meticulous attention to the scale of existing structures and design themes and produced a patio that is as warm and inviting as it is stately.

  • 2009
    Janus Award – Awarded to projects that win both a Chrysalis and a Master Design Award
    Master Design Bronze Award – Residential Historic Renovation
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Residential Historical Renovation
    2008 Contractor Of The Year (COTY) Award – Residential Historical Renovation

    Homeowner calls restored Greek revival home their new “Island Cottage” of comfort


    The National Association of the Remodeling industry (NARI), has once again recognized TreHus Architects, Interior Designers and Builders for their combined efforts in excellence in the category of Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration. The original charm of this home has been brought back and enhanced with life and comfort. Originally built in 1900, this island cottage is a classic Greek revival, with 6 over 6 windows, corner pilasters and wide plain frieze all characteristic of this style. After HPC approval, a small addition was added to create main floor living spaces that connect effortlessly to one another. This renovation also features a mudroom, which was recreated from historical photographs to match the one original to the house. The 50’s kitchen was gutted entirely and replaced with period appropriate detailing and cabinetry.

  • 2009
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Residential Specialty
    2008 Contractor Of The Year (COTY) Honorable Mention – Residential Interior Specialty

    “Seamlessly Recreating The Past”


    The homeowners of this 1909 home were passionate about honoring and highlighting the craftsmanship details so prevalent in this period home. Much time and thought were spent on the recreation of the living room fireplace, and specifically in deliberation over selecting just the right Arts and Crafts tile to compliment the custom woodwork. Every detail was consideredÑfrom the Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper, selected by the owners, to matching the exact finish on all the new and existing woodwork. In the end the owners wanted a seamless return to the past without calling attention to the new. Neighbors who visited the completed project were unable to tell what as new and what was original.

  • 2009
    Chrysalis Regional Award – Additions Over $250,000

    Creative design brings more space, light, views & openness


    The owners of this charming 1940 Colonial Revival wanted to update the kitchen, add a family room and open up the main floor for better traffic, views and access to their glorious back yard. Additionally they wanted direct, interior access to the attached garage. The master bath was cramped and dark, so they were anxious to bring light and space to the littleist room in the house. Their budget required a compact addition and a fair amount of design ingenuity. The two-story addition provided room for a new vaulted master bath, while the main floor kitchen was opened up to the family window wall room through the creative positioning of fabricated steel posts that extended from the roof to the basement footings.

  • 2009
    Master Design Honorable Mention – Green Remodel

    Environmentally conscious project brings color to center of family life


    This Edina home was updated to meet the needs of its owners, a family four with two young children. The goal was to create kid-friendly spaces with minimal encroachment on the backyard (their play area), emphasizing color and the use of environmentally friendly materials. This was accomplished by expanding and remodeling the existing kitchen using bright yellow, low VOC paint, multi-colored recycled glass countertops, recycled aluminum pendants, an energy-star fridge, and cork flooring. Exterior lights were bought on Craigslist rather than buying new, and some of the existing lights were reused . A master suite and second floor patio were added above the kichen, and a new mudroom and garage were constructed. All of this was accomplished while only adding about 200 square feet to the home’s footprint, leaving plenty of room for the children’s play.

  • 2009
    B.L.E.N.D. Award – Lynnhurst Neighborhood

    Addition fits in seamlessly with existing home


    The owners of this 1918 Lynnhurst neighborhood home had outgrown their space and needed to expand. A two-story addition added approximately four hundred square feet to the rear of the home and gave them a new mudroom, 1/2 bath and expanded kitchen on the main level with a new master bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. The cramped kitchen was transformed into an open, airy kitchen with white enameled cabinets, granite countertops, and oak hardwood floors to match the existing floors. The addition’s exterior is stucco to match the existing home as well as blended roof lines. The cornice, windows and trim were all designed to match the existing home details. Careful attention was given to water run-off with gutters, downspout locations and re-grading the backyard. Throughout the project, the original character of the house and neighborhood were respected while meeting the needs of the owners.

  • 2008
    Chrysalis National Award – Kitchens 150-300 Square Feet
    Chrysalis Midwest Regional Award – Kitchens 150-300 Square Feet
    Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) – Kitchens 150-300 Square Feet

    Epicurean Kitchen Design Opens Up New Possibilities for Gourmet World Traveler

    Chrysalis Awards honors TreHus with their prestigious Midwest Regional & National Award in the category of kitchens. Judging was based on design, use of materials, use of space and integration into the existing space.

    The remodel project centered on the kitchen of a two-story ranch house built in 1969. The kitchen was originally separated from the living area and also had a small island that was nearly unusable. The owner requested the disparate kitchen and living area be unified along with a gourmet kitchen where the work zone was separate from the entertaining area. As a frequent world traveler, the owner wanted to come home to a refuge that was the antithesis of a cramped airline cabin.

    TreHus kept the owner’s desires top-of-mind through each phase of design and implementation and created an easy-living, open space by removing the interior walls between the kitchen and living area. The completed project revealed a spacious room where the owner can unwind and entertain. The walls around the kitchen came out, opening up the house from north to south, where light now streams in, and the private back yard can be viewed from main floor living spaces.

  • 2008
    Chrysalis National Award – Residential Interiors
    Chrysalis Midwest Regional Award – Residential Interiors

    Family room exhibits European industrial chic warmed by floor to ceiling cherry bookshelves

    The Chrysalis Midwest Regional & National award for residential interiors focused on the combination of several key elements, namely the use of materials, use of space and how the design integrated into the existing space. These homeowners wanted a warm, but highly functional family room with European look and warm feel.

  • 2007
    Best of the Best Design Award – Outdoor Living

    Innovative solution blends outside & inside combining porch & den for children


    The Best of the Best Design is a national residential remodeling competition judged on construction quality, visual appeal, effective space planning and functionality. TreHus won the Outdoor Living Silver Award for this 250 square foot Craftsman style porch.

    The parents of two young boys wished to add a screened-in porch to their home while preserving the south side yard area for play. Enlarging the existing porch off the kitchen would have placed the play area on the north side. The solution connected the porch to the existing den by a set of full view French doors allowing the play area to remain to the gently sloping sunny south.

    The porch includes a wood burning fireplace, a wall-mounted television with hidden speakers in the ceiling joists and removable storm windows that help extend the seasonal use of the space. The existing rear porch was modified to include a cedar beam and decking to match the cedar siding on the new porch. This is truly an amenable outdoor living space whether curling up on the couch with a good book or enjoying entertainment with family and friends.

  • 2007
    Chrysalis Midwest Regional Award – Kitchens Over $100,000
    Master Design Gold Award – Room Remodel

    Timeless gourmet kitchen design reclaims wasted space, solves traffic flow problems


    Chrysalis Awards honors TreHus with their prestigious Midwest Regional Award in the category of kitchens over $100,000. Award participants from across the country were divided into four regional competitions with judging based on design, use of materials, use of space and integration into the existing space. This project also won the Master Design Gold Award, the highest honor in a national competition, in the room remodel category.

    At the center of this home, the 300 square-foot kitchen serves as the hub for daily life and the passageway to all areas of the home. The corridor that once extended around the perimeter of the old kitchen not only wasted valuable floor space but also made a lengthy route to other destinations within the home. The new floor plan maximizes traffic flow, natural light and functionality, giving the client a comfortable space to relax, spend time with family, cook, enjoy meals and entertain friends.

    The kitchen draws its elegance from the balance of textures, the soft reflective surfaces of granite tops, the oil-rubbed finish of the hardware and the grain of the wood island top with its built-in marble surface. The columns, arch and thickened wall that separate the kitchen and family room, create a strong boundary for each room. The result is a timeless, gourmet kitchen that performs as well as it looks.

  • 2007
    Remodeler of Merit Award (ROMA) – Additions Under 300 Square Feet

    Designers create dual use kitchen, dining, schooling solution for cramped family of eight


    The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) has awarded TreHus their esteemed Remodelor of Merit Award in the category of additions less than 300 square feet. ROMA judging is based on creativity in meeting the unique challenges of remodeling, and in successfully meeting the needs, desires and budgets of clients.

    When a family of eight decides to remodel, space is usually the first request, but with six active children, they were not willing to sacrifice the backyard to accommodate a large expansion. With a 150 square-foot addition, the client gained a kitchen that stands up to daily meals while also serving as a dining space/school room, as all of their children are home-schooled. The mudroom, main thoroughfare of the home, was a top priority for the abundance of boots and jackets, and as the indoor/outdoor transition area.

  • 2006
    Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award – Specialty Exteriors

    Visionary Design Work Combines Luxurious Spa/Garage For Road Weary Homeowners


    The National Association of the Remodeling industry (NARI), has recognized TreHus for their visionary work in building architect Richard Laffin’s design for a combined garage and spa/retreat. The project features a clay tile roof, round window in a barrel-vaulted dormer and gas-light carriage sconces. Inside, the homeowners can escape their busy life and find solace in the spa amenities which include a steam shower, custom, mosaic-tiled spa tub and sunroom.