New Spaces Quarterly Newsletter September 2022

New Spaces Design-Build
October 10, 2022

Here's what's been happening at New Spaces.


Founded by Doug and Carol Nelson in 1980, New Spaces is a leading full-service design/build firm serving the metro area. Today, the family tradition continues with the second-generation – President Shawn Nelson. Shawn has served the Twin Cities remodeling and building industry spanning two decades, as the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) President in 2014, and as a Life Director for The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Shawn currently serves as a city council member for the City of Bloomington and as a board member for the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2006, New Spaces received the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award and has continued to be honored with industry recognition for design and remodeling projects.


Evan Braaten, Project Coordinator/Intern

We are thrilled to welcome Evan to the team. Evan is working part-time while wrapping up his degree — he will graduate at the end of the year and start as our FT Project Controller in January 2023. Welcome, Evan!

Tate Murchison, Project Manager / Carpenter Trainee

Project Controller Tate, is now following his passion and training to become a Lead Carpenter with New Spaces.

Congratulations Ross!

Our beloved Ross will be retiring at the end of the year. We have so much appreciation for his 32 years as part of the New Spaces family. Thank you, Ross!

Ross and Wife, Jackie
Congrats Ed & family

Congratulations to lead carpenter Ed‘s daughter, Jenna, who recently graduated with a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science with honors from Concordia University St. Paul.  


This month we asked Designer, Jayme, to share a few things she’s looking forward to as we approach the Fall season in the Twin Cities!

What food, restaurant or treat are you excited about this month?

Well, its pumpkin spice season at last, and I am known to indulge in a Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew now and again! Fall is soup season—and it’s time to get the Halloween decorations out! Anyone else excited for the Hocus Pocus sequel??

Any activities or events planned for October?

It’s my daughter’s 12th birthday is this month, and we are also looking forward to our annual trip to Sever’s Fall Festival.

What design feature, material or colors are on your radar this month?

I am currently obsessed with colors like Sherwin Williams Pewter Green (SW6208), Homburg Gray (SW7622), Greenblack (SW6994) and Jasper (SW6216) — they feel like fall to me! The project below combines my inspiration colors for the cabinets, paired with warm quartz and mixed metals.


Scandinavian Crayfish Party

Thank you to all those who stopped by our Scandinavian Crayfish party hosted by our friend and client Amy Haugen. We ate, sang and made some unforgettable memories.

Visit to see more photos from the fun gathering!

Pride Festival in Bloomington

Home Advisor Jen celebrated Pride Month at the Bloomington Pride Celebration on August 13. Her favorite moments were running into previous clients and seeing the community come together.

Chrysalis Award

We are so excited to announce New Spaces won the 2022 Chrysalis Award for a Whole House Remodel and Addition for our 1949 Edina rambler home that had a complete interior and exterior transformation.

Parade of Homes – Finland Trip

Home Advisor Bjorn spent the month of July in his home country of Finland where he caught up with family and consulted with Finland’s Parade of Homes leadership to generate ideas on how to create a Remodelers Showcase Tour for The Finnish Parade Of Homes — like the one we have here in our Twin Cities.


There is something magnificent about the changing of the season. A time for reflection for all the summer memories made and a time of restoration as we prepare for the winter to come.

As we wish one of our team members, Ross, a happy retirement and look forward to new people joining our team, I once again am humbled by this company my family started 40 years ago.

Our Plans for 2023 include new team members and new business initiatives—like the Exteriors Division for our past clients. Our team continues to do an amazing job adapting to the current market environment and always finding ways to improve.

Our team is also working with a national bank exploring financing product development initiatives and helping them develop new renovation financing products for markets across the U.S.

We are working with local industry associations like NARI MN and MN Housing First, and with local chambers and community leaders, ultimately influencing the industry and elevating renovation standards and procedures. We look forward to sharing more about the work we are doing in the Twin Cities in the months to come.

I hope to see you at our upcoming Remodelers Showcase Weekend!

— New Spaces President Shawn Nelson

FRI-SUN, Sept 30-Oct 2, 12-6 PM

New Spaces is proud to present two entries in the Fall 2022 Remodelers Showcase.

#R32 located at 5416 Shoreview Avenue S. Minneapolis — ­featuring kitchen, mudroom and primary suite renovations and #R8 at 4850 Four Seasons Court, Eagan — ­featuring kitchen renovations.

#R32  5416 Shoreview Avenue, Minneapolis

1940’s Cape Cod  


Come see what is possible in a 1948 Classic Cape Cod home transformation! Our homeowner wanted to restore her childhood home — the one her father had built. A brilliantly executed compact Kitchen/Mud Room Addition allowed for the critical space plan necessary to help this classic Minneapolis Period home add amenities you won’t generally find in this era home.

An all new kitchen with center-island & mudroom addition featuring a covered deck overlooking a back-yard garden, plus a generous owners’ suite on the 2nd floor with a custom tile walk-in shower and walk-in closet, this charming older home was transformed into a well-functioning "forever home".

#R8  4850 Four Seasons Court, Eagan

1990’s Traditional 2-Story  

You won’t want to miss this beautiful kitchen remodel perched atop a hill on a quiet cul-de-sac in Eagan. This beautiful new space features white upper cabinets with contrasting wood lowers — the sophisticated Cambria countertops and backsplash along with he copper hood are the perfect pairing to complement the existing oak woodwork! If you want to see how to successfully blend
the old with the new this is a great project to tour!

Join us for Trends and Spends Hosted @ #R8 Sunday, Oct 2nd from 1-2pm. From finishes to features, the options are endless. Join the New Spaces team to hear about the latest remodeling trends and how these trends could potentially impact your investment. If you are planning
a remodel or simply looking to be inspired, please join us for real remodeling project examples and investment information.

Why New Spaces?

Both our Showcase Project clients had their own unique project needs, wants & wishes and were at very different phases in their lives. Learn more about their projects and see before-and-after pictures at


Get Inspired and learn more at one of our upcoming HAPPY HOUR HOME TOURS


Find more info & RSVP @

  • 10/20 – 1990’s MODIFIED 2- STORY — Burnsville - Kitchen/Main Level - This 1990 built multi-level home underwent a dramatic overhaul! We removed the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room area to take full advantage of the views of sunset pond! We also updated the main hallway and 3/4 master bathrooms. We maximized the storage options in the master bathroom by adding a very small yet functional addition into their adjacent garage space.
  • 11/17 – 1940’s CAPE COD — Minneapolis Kitchen/Mudroom Addition/Primary Suite Transformation - Our homeowner wanted to restore her childhood home — the one her father had built. A brilliantly executed compact Kitchen/Mud Room Addition allowed for the critical space plan necessary to help this classic Minneapolis Period home add amenities you won’t generally find in this era home. With an all new Kitchen with center-island & new mudroom addition featuring a covered deck overlooking a back-yard garden, plus a generous owners’ suite on the 2nd floor with a custom tile walk-in shower and walk-in closet.
  • 12/15 – 1990’s TRADITIONAL 2-STORY - Lakeville Contemporary Whole Home - This unique project showcases a rare opportunity to incorporate contemporary design into a suburban home. Built in 2000, this Lakeville residence was once filled with honey oak, but has been transformed into a magazine-worthy oasis for its homeowners.


with New Spaces Homeowner Advisors and let’s start a conversation about the possibilities in your home!


Bjorn Freudenthal | Call  952-715-6972  or email


Jennifer McClellan | Call 952-367-6821 or email


One of the things we are most proud of at New Spaces is our relationship with our clients.

Bryan and Pam Morrison first hired the New Spaces team to completely gut and remodel his-and- hers bathrooms in their 1978-built, traditional two -story home back in 2012. They were so happy with the results that they invited us back in 2014 to do a kitchen and powder room update!

Fast forward to 2022 and we are giving their home an exterior facelift with a fresh new paint job and installing a beautiful double-wide front door. During a recent meeting with Bryan and Pam we asked what they liked most about working with the New Spaces team,  their answer — the people and workmanship



At New Spaces, we value our relationships with our clients. We appreciate the trust you put in us to make your build/remodel experience the best it can be and to create the home your family has been dreaming of. Referrals are the highest form of flattery – if you love your new space, tell a friend. We would love to talk to them about their project! You can also share your positive experience with us on our Google Business Listings – Edina and Burnsville.

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