Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes

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The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) is proud to launch our newest Parade of Homes event, the Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes.  We’ve had over 60 years of experience presenting the nation’s largest Parade of Homes tours. And, for the last 18 years we’ve opened five or six extraordinary homes (our Dream Homes) in every tour, spring and fall, which benefit our BATC Foundation with a $5 donation at the door. Now, our Dream Home builders have asked us to give them another opportunity to show you their work and to help our Foundation even more.

You’ll get to tour new homes designed and constructed by our most exceptional homebuilders, and eight amazing remodeled homes by the regions top remodelers. Whether new or remodeled, these are all  incredible residences which truly combine artistic vision with master craftsmanship, and do it perfectly. Each has been peer reviewed by our Artisan Builder Committee to assure they meet the exacting standards of design, high-level finish, and impeccable craftsmanship, which make them Artisan Homes.

Proceeds from each entry fee benefit the BATC Foundation, please see below. Tickets are available for the 2016 Artisan Home Tour (June 10-12, 17-19 & 24-26) online and at Bachman’s retail locations beginning May 23.



The Builders Association of the Twin Cities is the leading voice for builders and remodelers. BATC represents 1,100 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers in the region, with a mission to help its members grow their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections.

You know us best as the Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase. We attract over a hundred thousand visitors each tour to see and experience the latest in new homes and remodeling and to meet the professional builders and remodelers who help make the Twin Cities one of the most desirable metro areas in the nation.

BATC is also widely recognized as a powerful force at the state Legislature and with state regulatory agencies. Our goal is to make sure those who enact laws and set regulations are fully educated on the impacts of those policies — and not just on the many businesses that build and remodel, but most importantly, on the families that need quality, healthy, affordable housing in the region.

Minnesota’s Green Path is one of BATC’s newest programs designed to aid homebuyers and homeowners in choosing the right home or remodeling services for their needs. Every Green Path home is tested by independent RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) raters. The homes are then awarded a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score and a Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR). The HPR is a lot like the window sticker you find on a new car, and will help homeowners understand the expected energy use of their homes. Additionally, both new homes and remodeling projects can be green certified for homeowners who choose a higher level of green.


BATC Foundation

The charitable arm of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, the BATC Foundation taps the talents and resources of the association’s member builders, remodelers, suppliers and others to support our communities. They build homes, provide remodeling and repair, as well as offer scholarships for young people entering the construction industry.

Formerly called the Builders Outreach Foundation, the group began as a community service committee in the early 1990s building two homes — one for Cornerstone Battered Women Shelters, and one for Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners.

Over the years, the Foundation partnered with the Frogtown Community Development Corporation to complete a dozen-plus new homes in the neighborhood, and completed projects in partnership with a number of other area charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Homeward Bound, and Project for Pride in Living. Then in 2008, the Foundation completely renovated the home of a wounded Iraq war veteran as Operation Dream Makeover.

Today the foundation continues to build, remodel and repair homes for families in need in the Twin Cities area. With dedicated volunteers offering their time and talents, generous financial support, and support from the public during the Parade of Homes tours when they visit Artisan Homes, Dream Homes and Dream Remodeled Homes we continue to “make a difference…one home at a time.”

See our latest projects here.


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