Artisan Home Tour

Artisan Home Tour

Save the Dates: October 9-25, 2020

Open Fridays-Sundays, 11am-5pm

Imagine the life you’ll love to live. Housing First Minnesota is proud to introduce our Parade of Homes event, the Artisan Home Tour by the Parade of Homes. View the Twin Cities’ most gracious and well-appointed homes representing the vision and craftsmanship of some of the most respected and innovative homebuilders in the Metro area. The seventh annual Artisan Home Tour (2020) is your chance to step inside more than 30 homes designed and constructed by the region’s most exceptional builders and remodelers. These artisans create incredible residences that blend artistic vision with unmatched craftsmanship. For more information visit

Questions? Contact Casey Scozzari at 651-697-1954 or


Interested in Advertising in our Artisan Home Tour Guidebooks? See details here.

Logos and Graphics:  Augment your entry with your own public relations or advertising. We have logos and graphics for to enhance your efforts. Please email  for more information. Remember to adhere to our service mark agreement.



2020 Timeline

*Timeline subject to change. For more information, contact 651-697-1954. 



Builder/team photography scheduled (as needed)



Entry submission materials due



Builder content due for Artisan Guidebook (information for builder & home pages)



Preferred placement ad deadline for Artisan Guidebook



Guidebook ad reservation deadline



Guidebook proofs released to builder



Guidebook & Parade Smart ad materials due



Entry payment due in full



Deadline for withdrawal from guidebook (partial refund based on withdrawal date)



Guidebook proofs due back from builder



Staffing information due (if builder is providing ticket-taker staff)



Parade Smart mobile app live


9/9/20 home/builder profile content live



Tickets for sale at



Builder event details due (wifi codes, emergency contact, completion date, final staffing details)



Guidebook published



Tickets for sale at Bachman’s



Holiday Station brochures with coupon on display



Builder & Remodeler Orientation


Aug/Oct TBD

Home photography (schedule directly with Landmark Photography upon home completion )


Sept/Oct TBD

Directionals delivered to entry + yard signs installed


10/9-11; 16-18; 23-25/20

Artisan Home Tour 2020; 11am-5pm



Remodelers Artisan Home Tour; 11am-5pm



Look Book ad reservation deadline



Look Book ad materials due



Look Book published



Builders may begin using Artisan Landmark photos in mass media formats

artisan home tour ENTRY DETAILS

If you're interested in entering a home into the Artisan Home Tour, please contact Kori Meewes at (612-801-9874) or Brad Meewes at (651-269-2399).


Can I have my entry listed under a different name than the company name on my Builder License?

All participating builders will be listed exactly as their company is shown on their Contractor License. If you market under a different name, you must add that name to your Contractor License as a DBA. Please contact Charlie Durenburger at the MN Department of Labor and Industry. Any new DBAs must be approved by DoLI by Final Proof Deadline to be included in the Guidebook.


Can I name my architect, realtor or other trade partner in my entry?

Because the Parade of Homes is a Housing First Minnesota member benefit, all company names listed within any home entry in the Guidebook or online MUST be members of Housing First Minnesota. Please ask your trade partners to contact Heather Griffis, Housing First Minnesota Membership Manager, (651-697-7573) for membership information.


Can I enter a tear down with a pre-existing foundation?

Tear downs are allowed if there were no standing framed walls. Older buildings refurbished into condos/lofts may be entered as long as everything but load-bearing elements are new.


What must be included in my published price?

Your home price must be “as shown,” and you must be willing to sell that home OR reproduce it at the SAME PRICE on a like-priced lot for any consumer who signs a contract during the Parade of Homes tour. Prices must include the price of the lot, all built-ins, landscaping, architectural fees, paid specials, financing and commissions. You may exclude costs for furniture, window treatments, interior design fees, free-standing appliances or free-standing A/V equipment ONLY.


How do I get the Green Path icon included on my entry?

To receive a Green Path icon, your home must be energy-tested by a certified RESNET rater, including during construction inspections and final blower door test. Every participating home will receive a Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR). When entering your home online, please select the Green Path Energy Tour under Marketing Options to receive the icon.


Why do I need to send in a close-up map and what format should it be in?

For people using the Guidebook, the small map in your entry strip is an important tool for them to find you. These should include at least one major thoroughfare, plus all access roads to reach your home, which you should mark clearly. Hand drawn maps can be scanned and uploaded, or mailed/faxed to Housing First Minnesota. File formats can be png, jpg or gif. Please take the time to drive the route and record all street names and turns accurately.


What should I include in my text writeup?

You have a total of 575 characters to describe your home. Use descriptive language to point out the key selling features of the home, the neighborhood and/or your company. You can include lifestyle benefits but not who should live there. As a member event, please do not include company names of non-Housing First Minnesota members (architects, designers). We also suggest you do not include names of real estate agent(s) who represent you due to the long lead time and shelf life of the publication.



Eligible Builders: Housing First Minnesota Builder “B” members in good standing. Builder “C” members must submit proof of three completed homes sold under their current Contractor License and non-members must submit Housing First Minnesota membership application by January 2, 2019, including proof of three homes.

Eligible Homes: New, never been lived in homes. Buyers of sold homes may not move in until after the tour closes. Entering builder must be entity which will convey title to buyer.

Open Hours: All homes and development entries must be open and staffed all open days and hours (Thursdays - Sundays, noon to 6pm).

Insurance & Builder License: You must carry and provide proof of liability insurance on the entry ($1,000,000), with Housing First Minnesota listed as an additional insured, and include a copy of your current MN Contractor License.

Pricing: Published home price must be accurate and identical to any prices shown on sales literature and shared with sales agents. Parade Home must be sold or reproducible exactly as shown (on a like-priced lot) at the published price for PAs taken during the tour. Parade model may be sold for lower than the published price (e.g. Parade of Homes discount). See participation agreement for specifics on what must be included in the final price.

Participation Agreement: All participating builders must read and sign the participation agreement. The rules have been established to ensure a positive home buyer experience. Penalties will be imposed for violations.

Completion: Parade Homes must be completed by 12:00 noon on opening day of the tour. If Housing First Minnesota receives a complaint about an unfinished home, Builder must produce a Certificate of Occupancy to remain open. If you are uncertain that you can complete your home by the tour start date, you should banner “not available for showing” by banner deadline. Incomplete homes that are not bannered will be in violation. If you have unforeseen construction delays after banner deadline, contact Housing First Minnesota IMMEDIATELY for further instructions to avoid a more severe penalty. PLEASE NOTE: NO construction can be done during open Parade of Homes hours.

Early Sale: If you sell your home prior to the tour and your buyer either has changes that revise your price or wants to move in before the tour, please notify Housing First Minnesota immediately for further instructions to avoid a penalty.

Signage: Remember, you are responsible for stakes and posts for all signage. You may order additional directional signs to be delivered with your sign package by notifying our sign partner, Turn-Key Signs, at least three weeks prior to the tour start date. Additional and replacement signs may also be purchased from our sign partner during the tour. Turn-Key Signs: 651-276-0356. 


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