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Xavis Homes for Generations

Remodeling is Finished!


The City of Coon Rapids kicked off its Home for Generations program early in 2009. This program demonstrates to residents how to remodel older style homes to meet the needs of today’s families all within a modest budget.

"One of our housing goals is to promote reinvestment in our existing neighborhoods," said city manager Matt Fulton. The city will do this by purchasing vacant, bank-owned properties and work with a contractor to determine what work should be completed. Re-using materials and shopping at liquidators and re-use centers will be methods encouraged to residents for their own projects and will help to keep the cost of this project reasonable.

Each of the homes selected in the Home for Generations program will be open to the public for a Pre-Open House before construction begins and an Open House midway through the construction process. Once the construction has been completed, there will be several Open Houses scheduled to showcase the finished home to existing homeowners to demonstrate what they can do to invest in their own homes, and also to new homebuyers attracting them to buy in Coon Rapids.

Click HERE to view "before" and "after" photos of 11635 Xavis St.

10911 Dogwood Street - Status: Complete

Click here to view before, during construction and after photos of the remodel of this home.


After 10911

537 109th Avenue - Status: Complete

Click here to view before, during construction and after photos of the remodel of this home.

537 109th Avenue Image

537 after

Click here to view before and during during construction information.

Completed Homes:

The second Home for Generations home is located at 12924 Crooked Lake Boulevard NW. The home was purchased through a short sale for $109,000 and closed on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010.

The house is a 1979 split-entry home and consists of 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms - with just over 2,000 square feet of finished space. The Pre-Construction Open House was held on May 2nd.

The final project was completed and open houses were held in August and September for the community. In all, there were over 1,500 residents that toured 12924 Crooked Lake Blvd, they saw how an older home could be updated and transformed under a modest budget, and hopefully became motivated to do similar projects in their own houses. See the completed project below.

Crooked Lake Residents
Open Houses and Demolition

Crooked Lake Exteriorfront of house

12924 Crooked Lake Blvd.
Status: Complete

Front of Home - Before/After

Crooked Lake Entrywayentryway stairs

Stairway - Before/After


Front Entry

Crooked Lake Kitchen

Kitchen and Living Room - Before/After

great roomliving room


Crooked Lake downstairsbasement

Family Room Downstairs - Before/After

master bedroom

Master Bedroom

The first Home for Generations home was a small Orrin Thompson rambler, so being able to demonstrate to homeowners how they can renovate, update and re-invent their 1970s and 1980s split entry homes will be a great opportunity. Basic plans include creating a master suite on the upper level, removing a wall in the living area to create an open great room and enhancing the entry way to include more space and a main level laundry room.

For more information, call the Neighborhood Reinvestment Division at 763-767-6517.

Staff Directory

  • Kristin DeGrande, Neighborhood Coordinator
    763-767-6517 or E-mail
  • Matt Small, Housing Inspector
    763-767-6575 or E-mail
  • Leya Drabczak, Housing Inspector
    763-767-6420 or E-mail
  • Adam Mitlyng, Code Enforcement Tech
    763-767-6596 or E-mail
  • Code Enforcement - 763-767-6470
  • Weed Complaints - 763-951-7200