Though folks nationwide call Minneapolis and St. Paul the “Twin Cities,” they really couldn’t be further apart than they are. There are some definite differences between these two places both in attitude and architecture. So when you are a part of the Minneapolis construction industry like we are, it would behoove us to be familiar with these differences. But the common layman, in all likelihood, is not familiar at all. So let’s go over the building character of these two related cities and see what makes each one unique in its own way.
As the state capital of Minnesota, St. Paul has been around for a long time. The city is widely known not so much for modern style or convenience, but on more archaic ways of building which give the city a much older character. As a result, St. Paul construction needs to be focused more on maintaining the same level of sophistication that older styles are known for. In this sense, the grander the exterior, the better off you’ll be.
But at the same time, St. Paul construction needs to be done in such a way to maintain the same aura, as it were, of classicism without looking like a cheap reproduction. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, such as using period-accurate materials like wood shingles and siding, and more open interior floor plans with a focus on larger rooms. Stone can be used to tremendous effect as well for exterior walls as well as fences and property boundaries.
Minneapolis construction, on the other hand, is an entirely approach. Minneapolis is a city which emphasizes bold architectural choices across a wider space of time. Modern styles can be applied to new buildings in this city, in keeping with the artistic vibe Minneapolis possesses. Whatever your opinion is on modern architecture, it does lend a unique feeling to the city.
But there is one other thing which distinguishes Minneapolis from its twin. Minneapolis possesses a plethora of “prairie homes,” which are known for being single-story homes with wide open living areas and smaller secondary rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms. Prairie homes were invented in Minneapolis by Frank Lloyd Wright, who built two homes in this distinct style. So if modern eccentricity isn’t quite your spiel, quaintness and simplicity can fit in Minneapolis construction as well.
Count on Coty
However you decide to build your custom home in Minneapolis or St. Paul, we will be there to help you out. Coty Construction is familiar with all the different building techniques you expect from a contractor as well as all the different materials which goes into making the home of your dreams. Be sure to contact us to find out how we can help you.