home renovation

For Lake Minnetonka Military Family, Home is a Labor of Love

A military family poses for a photo in their kitchen.

The Shipstads love the charm and location of their home near Lake Minnetonka that they’ve owned since 2003. After years of saving, Scott and Jenny Shipstad are finally making some dream updates.

“Scott grew up in this neighborhood four blocks away, and my father-in-law still lives in the house he grew up in. When it came time for our oldest to go to kindergarten, we always knew this is where we wanted to live,” says Jenny Shipstad. “It’s nice having Grandpa close by to help carpool or babysit the kids.”

In the Neighborhood

What should you look for when choosing a contractor? Loren Schirber of Castle Building & Remodeling has 25 answers to that question. On the Castle Building website (castlebri.com) under the education center tab, click on “Video, Links and Documents” and you will find a detailed discussion of what makes a good contractor. Marty Schirber, Loren’s father and founder of the company, wrote the article. He begins by making sure you aware of the obvious: get several bids and use someone who is licensed and insured.

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