Red kitchen accents are among the many stylish design elements of this urban farmhouse by Refined, LLC.

Two years ago, Marta and Brian Drew toured house after house hoping to find a workable space for their family. Marta’s friend Angie Porter may have nudged the Drews away from buying an existing home and toward building a new one. Actually, it was Angie’s kitchen that persuaded Marta.

When Jim Rubin returned from his morning jog a number of years ago, the first thing he told his wife Laura was, “I just noticed that my all-time favorite house in Edina is for sale!” And he suggested they take a look at it.

The Edina Historical Society sponsored an extensive historic homes tour in September. Take a look inside some of Edina's most stately residences. All photos by Dianne Plunkett Latham, Dan Latham and Marci Matson.

Jeff Schoenwetter of JMS Custom Homes donates his services to the University of St. Thomas education house in Edina.

With two days to go before Thanksgiving last year, the team of builders from JMS Custom Homes worked diligently to set the roof trusses on an Edina home that won’t just benefit a family, but, hopefully, the next generation of real estate leaders.

The new year presents an opportune time to tackle a resolution. Among top resolutions is organizing one’s space. The office in particular presents a challenge for many.

Edina seniors ready to modify their living arrangements need not modify their preferences for luxury, privacy and a comfortable quality of life. As the population ages, the search for suitable senior housing rises to the top of to-do lists for many local families.

Co-founder of Little Hospice Bob Solheim.

Think for a moment about your own definition of “home.” Is it the bricks and mortar, the rafters and roof? Is it the family inside? The sense of belonging? As more Minnesota families are faced with caring for an elderly parent or grandparent, defining “home” becomes more important than ever.

What’s the difference between a house and a home? Laura Orfield–Skrivseth, co-owner of Orfield Design & Construction, Inc., has the answer: It’s about bringing the personal together with the practical.

Homes are a-changin’ in Edina.  The city approved 101 permits for new home construction last year—more than 2011 and 2010 combined—and the pace didn’t slow in the first half of 2013, says Steve Kirchman, Edina’s chief building official. For some residents, however, the boom has not been a boon.

In the popular imagination, hiring an au pair is often considered an extravagance, a thing of fantasy. Think Mary Poppins. Think Maria von Trapp.