The Bluestem design and build process respects the story of your family, your home and your neighborhood while embracing the unique dreams you hold for the spaces you share. When we are done, we want you to feel that your home fits together perfectly – and tells a tale of belonging, comfort and grace. We bring the design integrity and craftsmanship that will provide a welcoming place for you to create your own new stories for years to come.
We create a more collaborative and satisfying path for your remodeling experience, a path focused on close communication and discovering a shared vision for your home.
From initial design to final construction, Bluestem’s uniquely attentive team of specialists, designers and craftspeople guides you through each step of the journey leading to a finished space that reflects your needs, aesthetics and values.
To us at Bluestem, green building is simple – reduce or eliminate the negative impacts to our environment that come from building and from living in our homes. There is no perfect solution, particularly in remodeling, but we strive to find the best practices available.
Green building can come in any style and suit any taste – it’s simply an approach to building that considers environmental factors in the planning and decision-making.
We have LEED certified staff members on our design team, and Timothy Ferraro, our owner, is a Green Certified Professional through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
We deliver on what we promise.
We provide accurate, guaranteed financial information.
We stay current on design trends and building practices to be able to lead the remodeling process with authority.
We will give you complete information to help you make the best decisions possible. Including: design choices, technical options or costs.
We work as a truly integrated team on every project. Designers, craftspeople and project managers.
We listen to homeowners’ needs and desires.
We use local businesses for both our materials and our trade subcontractors whenever possible.
We actively seek to create and employ a workforce of diverse race, religion, age, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.
We support organizations seeking economic, environmental and social justice.
Living-Wage Jobs and a Well-Trained Workforce: Our employees are paid in accordance with local industry standards and receive health care, dental coverage and compensated personal leave. We provide training opportunities for employees. Our employees are our best asset.
Responsible Business Relationships: We encourage our subs and vendors to engage in fair and equitable workplace practices.
We treat our clients’ homes with care.
We build to the highest standards of craftsmanship.
We Own the Results
Our integrated team approach means you can be assured that we will deliver what we promised. The design solutions, finishes and quality that we planned together with you, are what you will actually get. Your beautiful, functional and durable remodel is delivered as efficiently as possible.
This is what our design-through-construction process allows us to do with certainty. You will know that the design, finishes and solutions that all were planned together are what you will actually get. An integrated team stands together to bring you a beautiful, functional and durable remodel in the most efficient time.
Bluestem is known for its full-service and customized design build process, focusing on strong collaboration and close communication with homeowners. The team has been delivering high-quality, high-value projects for over 20 years and is passionate about creating great remodeling experiences for Twin Cities homeowners.
We are a dedicated, motivated team that stays with you throughout your entire remodeling journey.
Our owner, Timothy Ferraro, is a Master Certified Remodeler and Green Certified Professional with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
On our design team, Mary Ellen Rantanen has an interior design degree from the University of MN, and has been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for many years. She has also also served on the ASID board of directors and chaired various committees.
Mark Enlow has a BA and Masters in Architecture from Tulane University, is a Registered Architect, and holds an advanced LEED certification in building design and construction signifying advanced knowledge in green building.
Emma Fritz has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is an Allied ASID member. She has a certificate from Parsons The New School in Healthier Materials and Sustainable Buildings, and is currently enrolled in a masters at MCAD for Sustainable Design.
We are a Lead-Safe Certified firm, a National Kitchen and Bath Association Member (NKBA) and a member of the Association of Professional Builders (APB). We hold all current licenses and insurance required in the industry and are always continuing to develop the best practices and stay informed of the newest materials and technology.
Bluestem is Proud to Support the Following:
Amnesty International USA
The mission of Ampersand Families is to recruit and support permanent families for older youth, and to champion practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope. www.ampersandfamilies.org
The Center for Victims of Torture
An international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture and violent conflict. cvt.org
Environmental Defense Fund
Honduras Hurricane Relief Fund
A fundraising campaign to raise money for community-based organizations affected by Hurricane Eta. www.globalexchange.org/2020/11/08/honduras-hurricane-relief-fund/
Human Rights Campaign – HRC
“Our goal is to ensure that all LGBTQ people, and particularly those of us who are trans, people of color and HIV+, are treated as full and equal citizens within our movement, across our country and around the world.” www.hrc.org
Park Square Theatre
Performing-arts center with an emphasis on contemporary theater and education.
“Dedicated to providing care for children and families in need.” www.shrinersinternational.org
St. Louis Park Emergency Program: STEP
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
A performance theatre for youth in the greater Saint Paul area with an emphasis on education and diversity. “We Believe: Young people are artists, makers, and doers; They need to belong and to contribute to their world; When young people make art together, they change themselves and the world around them for the better.” www.steppingstonetheatre.org
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
Founded in 1929, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. is an African American, nonprofit social service agency open to all, primarily serving the Summit University area of Saint Paul, Minnesota and the broader Twin Cities metro area. www.hallieqbrown.org