Rebuilding Neighborhoods | In the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, Urban Homeworks focuses the combined resources of individuals, churches, businesses, government entities and other nonprofits to transform foreclosed, condemned or boarded properties into dignified, quality places to live.
The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development…
Ever lived in a home with a damp or leaky basement? Chances are that if you grew up in the Midwest, you’ve had to deal with lower level flooding, mold, or foundation issues at some point in your life. This past fall, Urban Homeworks, along with BASF, the University of MN, Cocoon, and American Environmental, worked together to pilot an innovative process to address an age-old problem. How can we keep basements dry?
By installing exterior foundation insulation to the basement level, homes can be dry and more energy efficient. This fall, 902 22nd Avenue North was the first Urban Homeworks property to undergo this new process. This house was the perfect candidate to try this new technique, because it had a history of basement problems. During the summer, the basement collected water, and in the winter, that water froze, and the subsequent expansion caused the foundation to buckle. With the new exterior foundation insulation, 902 has a new dry, energy efficient basement.
Partnering with others to break new ground is exciting. We can’t wait to see 902 22nd become a home that saves money for our neighbors while leaving a smaller footprint on the environment. Quality. Innovation. Community. These are core components of who we are.
Don’t miss Hagstrom Builders’ story—they’ve been instrumental in turning this property into a home!