The fourth annual Coon Rapids Home for Generations II home remodeling tour noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, will showcase six houses where renovation projects have taken place.
The city’s Home for Generations II program provides financial incentives to homeowners who take on large home improvement projects, both inside and outside.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to experience first-hand what other Coon Rapids homeowners are doing in remodeling their homes and to be able to talk one-on-one with these homeowners and learn from them,” said Kristin DeGrande, city neighborhood coordinator.
The first three years of the home remodeling tour have been very popular with anywhere from 150 to 400 visitors to each home, according to DeGrande.
One of the homes on this year’s tour was part of the original Home for Generations I program, where, during the recession, the city bought older homes, changed the floor plans, remodeled them from top to bottom and showcased them through open houses before and after construction before selling the homes, she said.
Paul and Jessica Weber purchased the house at 10911 Dogwood St. NW through the Home the Generations I program and have now added a room addition using the Home for Generations II program, DeGrande said.
The addition has been built onto the back of the home off the kitchen with a wood-burning stove and small deck and stairs, which allows for easy grilling and access to the backyard, according to DeGrande.
The other five homes on the 2017 home remodeling tour are:
–10439 Thrush St. NW, Brad and Cindy Thielke, complete kitchen remodel, including removal of a wall that divided the kitchen from a formal living room, installing new white cabinets with self-closing drawers and doors, granite countertops and large island, new hardwood floor and new stainless steel appliances.
–1470 105th Lane NW, Karen and Dina Inderlee, kitchen remodel, including new custom cabinets with built-in buffet along one wall, luxury vinyl flooring, granite countertops and glass subway tile backsplash, and new glass doors and windows for more light. The mother and daughter duo have already started more home improvements, DeGrande said.
–250 110th Lane NW, Vicki Parsons, 22-by-16-foot four-season porch and extensive backyard landscaping that combines boulders, pavers, patios, walkways, gardens, sitting areas and green space plus a pond and waterfall. “This backyard is a must-see,” DeGrande said.
–12316 Holly St. NW, Sandy and Steve Landvik, kitchen remodel in which the wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed; a large 11-foot island complete with a sink, wine refrigerator and a lot of storage was built; and granite countertops, a glass backsplash, two-tone cabinets and acacia hardwood flooring were installed.
–2222 132nd Ave. NW, John and Margie Rask, kitchen and bathroom remodel that included taking out the wall between the kitchen and old living room to open up space, constructing a breakfast bar overlooking the family room, new laminate flooring, dark gray maple cabinets with under-cabinet lighting, granite countertops with glass mosaic tile backsplash, large bathroom shower with glass surround and double sinks in bathroom vanity.
According to DeGrande, city staff representatives will be at every home tour location to answer questions about the Home for Generations II program and so will a representative of the contractors hired by each homeowner for their project.
The tour aims to showcase homes in various parts of the city and different housing styles, DeGrande said.
Home for Generations II program guidelines include a project valued at $35,000 or more in a home that is at least 20 years old. There are no income limits.
The homeowner must get an architectural consultation, which is subsidized, before a participation agreement can be signed with the city, which offers grants up to $5,000 for eligible projects as well as a building permit fee rebate.
Homeowners can get their own financing, but the Coon Rapids Mortgage Assistance Foundation has a package available at a fixed 4.5 percent interest rate up to $50,000, DeGrande said.
Since the program started in late May 2013, the city has received 221 applications with 187 applicants going through the mandatory architectural consultation process, according to DeGrande.
Seventy-four participation agreements have been signed, freeing up the financial incentives; 68 projects have been completed with six in progress, DeGrande said.
Almost all of the projects have a value well over the minimum $35,000 and some have cost more than $200,000, she said.
Through the program, some $5 million has been invested in remodeling properties at a cost of $290,000 to the city in incentives and rebates, according to DeGrande.
Funding for the program in the amount of $100,000 a year is provided in the annual Coon Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority budget.