Jennifer McClellan
HOME ADVISOR

Loves spending time with her husband and 4 children - ranging from 2nd grade to college. Likes reading mysteries and meeting new people. Favorite Ice Cream: Kemps Peppermint Bon Bon. Professional Profile: Jennifer is a recent addition to New Spaces and has been with the company about 5 years. She is the first point of contact for our customers, so often hears about the reasons people want to remodel. One customer stands out in her mind - a family that had waited 30 years to remodel their kitchen. 30 years! New Spaces removed the original appliances from the home when they remodeled. Jennifer loves that New Spaces was able to make the family's dream come true and that they now have a kitchen that brings them so much joy. Jennifer is definitely in the right place. As she says, "I am proud to be a part of such a great team."

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Bjorn Freudenthal
HOME ADVISOR

Bjorn is a dual citizen who grew up in Helsinki, Finland and will always feel at home in the Scandinavian countries. He has an appreciation for cultural differences and loves spending time fishing & boating with his wife and 2 grown children at the family Cabin in Finland, on The Gulf of Finland/Baltic Sea. Bjorn is the Chef of his household and likes cooking and experimenting with new recipes. He has been known to host traditional Finnish Cray Fish Parties for his past clients. Favorite Ice Cream: Salmiakki (Finnish Salted Black Licorice). Professional Profile: Bjorn is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, who loves good design and he has been building and remodeling design award winning projects all over the Twin Cities for over 20 years. Bjorn has served on the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI MN) Board of Directors between 2006-2011, as President of NARI MN in 2007, and as Vice-Chair for the Strategic Planning Committee for NARI National 2011-2013. “We are honored to get invited to help shape our clients’ homes - We get to “move in with you” for a while to provide game-changing transformations”

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Ross Gravrok
LEAD CARPENTER

Has three main hobbies: his teenage daughters, golf and camping. Has known Doug - the founder - since the early days. Much prefers the challenge of remodeling over new home construction. Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla. Professional Profile: Ross has been with New Spaces since 1991. He worked with Doug years before that; they each knew the other as a great carpenter. When it came time to hire more people in the early 90's, Ross was the perfect choice. His expertise and skills matched New Spaces rather exacting standards and he really understood New Spaces approach to remodeling. Ross says, "What I love about New Spaces is that I have the time to do things right. We have always been focused on quality and that's exactly how I work. They let me do a good job for each and every customer."

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Duane Busch
MAINTENANCE

Loves spending time with his 4 grandkids. Enjoys fishing at his cabin in Canada. Knows what it's like to be a satisfied New Spaces customer. Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip. Professional Profile: Duane is the person who comes in at the very end of a project, when all the work is done, for a final thorough cleaning. He's there when the homeowners are gushing about how much they love their new kitchen, or bath, or family room. He understands how they feel. Duane has been a New Spaces customer himself! He says, "I really loved how New Spaces did the work on our house. We opened up the kitchen and remodeled the dining room and adjacent family room. My wife and I are so pleased with the end result. We are very satisfied customers." Even though Duane is now semi-retired, he loves being around the New Spaces team. "It's really a terrific group of people. We're more like a family."

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Ed Finneseth
LEAD CARPENTER

When he isn't at work building things out of wood, he's at home building things out of wood. Loves to golf, garden and read. Has two grandsons who are about to get their first hammer. Favorite Ice Cream: Cherry. Professional Profile: Ed has always been a carpenter. He started out building custom homes, but quickly found his calling as a remodeler. He says, "I love remodeling. I love the new challenges that come with every job. I can't imagine doing anything else." New Spaces has been fortunate to have Ed on the team since 1996.

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Shawn Nelson
PRESIDENT, CHIEF COOK AND BOTTLE WASHER

Wishes he could golf a lot more than he has been lately. Makes a mean spaghetti sauce. Is allowed to move dirt if no one else is available. Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry. Professional Profile: Grew up working every kind of job at New Spaces with a first-hand look at remodeling and the difference it could make in a family's life. Earned a B.A. from Valparaiso University in Business and an MBA from the University of Saint Thomas - School of Business. His favorite tool is his computer. Shawn is most proud of the way New Spaces helps its customers discover the right project for them - one that fits their needs and their budget. Shawn started early in the business. Though it may have violated some child labor laws, we have photographic proof of him out on a job with his dad when he was a young kid.

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Sharon Barczak
LEAD DESIGNER

A MN Qualified Builder and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Sharon is a seasoned designer with over 20 years of experience. She knows a lot about cabinets– Shaker, slab, and more. Sharon owns her own business, Simply Divine Home, Hearth and Table. When she's not working, she spends her time outdoors and at the cabin with her husband and three teenagers.

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Jayme Lennon
DESIGNER

Jayme is an Interior Designer with 5+ years experience in the residential remodeling industry. Her passion for design and all things creative have given her the opportunity to design projects ranging from kitchens and bathrooms, to additions and exteriors. She enjoys surrounding herself with other creative people and seeks inspiration from books and all things mid-century modern. When designing for clients, she always keeps their lifestyle and budget as top priorities. Jayme believes creativity can lend a solution to any problem.

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