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ABOUT GRANDPA'S POOL HOUSE

In fall of 2020, I bought my grandparents old house in hopes of bringing it back to life. The house was built by my grandpa, Vernon Christensen, in 1980. It is such an incredible house but as they got older, they were unable to keep up on needed repairs, and then the home sat vacant for 2 years. The property was completely overgrown, the rodents and spiders had taken over as tenants, and almost every system in the home had to be replaced.


Against my family’s cautious advice, I took on the challenge and started planning my escape from 13 years in the corporate world. I started this project with the background of a sociology degree and a mortgage career, and zero actual skills. And now, I have a few skills. But mostly, I’ve found success in this home renovation project because of the people I’ve hired to help me (see Thank You page).

Grandpa Vern and Grandma Gin were of the depression era, and it took many a dumpsters to get the place cleared out. They saved every church bulletin. Eventually, new floors, siding, chandeliers, and counters went in. Nearly every item in the home is 2nd hand, and was hauled up in my old red truck. Thank goodness for Facebook Marketplace and thrift stores. The house is decorated in 70s and 80s vintage kitsch style.

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WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING

“It was quite literally the best birthday ever.  I thought every detail was on point!! The playboys, the glassware, the matches on the table, the car!!! Literally everything.

 

You can tell you put a lot of effort and love into it for sure. The costumes and wigs were a huge hit, and I think we sang karaoke for about 4 hours yesterday. 

 

I am already trying to plan the next visit haha!!

- Oxeye Photo

Photographer and birthday girl

 

THANK YOU

Sauter Construction
Ken Sauter
(Sadly, he has now moved to Arizona.)

 

Justincredible Construction
Justin Peterson, my absolute go-to guy

Mora,  MN

763-219-6575

 

Cross Country Mechanical (HVAC)
Dustin

Mora, MN

763-229-5561

 

Bryan Ganzer Construction

Zimmerman, MN 

218-244-0756

 

Seestedt’s Carpet

Saint Paul, MN

651-224-5474

Town and Country Pool and Spa
Kevin and Jake

Saint Paul, MN

651-246-6026

MinnStar Electric

Cambridge, MN

763-567-2700

Uber Creative Website Design

Mpls, MN

612-801-6987

 

Reliable Tree Service 

Grandy, MN

763-319-8458

 

Shawn’s Roll Off Dumpsters

Braham, MN

612-423-3604

 

Nick’s Lawncare & Landscaping

Blaine, MN

763-316-9144

 

Angela’s Painting LLC

Cambridge MN

612-290-2184

Aunt Michele
Volunteer

 

Jenn Sayavong
Always generous with decor items and a creative vision

 

Chris Sayavong
Misc. lawn and electrical work

 

Charles Wagner, Electrician

Chisago, MN

 

Plumber Pete

 

Todd
Security System

 

Neighbor Carey

 

Menards in Cambridge
My second home