Luxury Home Tour Spotlight: TJB Homes (North Oaks)

This self-guided tour runs three weekends in June: June 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22 and showcases the work of the area’s most sought-after custom builders. The tour is perfect for those who admires architecture and fine craftmanship, those with champagne wishes and caviar dreams, those who are looking for unique ideas to incorporate into their own home, and those interested in hiring a custom builder to create their very own dream home.

Every week through the end of the tour, we will feature one or more of the 14 luxury homes on this blog, so be sure to check back for the full lineup.

Home #14

1 Rapp Farm Boulevard, North Oaks, MN 55127

Situated on a cul-de-sac overlooking a wooded conservation area, this home—built in the private Rapp Farm neighborhood of North Oaks—brings a little bit of country ambiance to city life.

It’s not unusual to look out the expansive great room window and see a deer roaming out back, part of the appeal of this site. Future homeowners will also appreciate the green spaces, miles of groomed walking/biking trails, community clubhouse and pool, and location in the high-performing Mounds View school district.

The home, built by TJB Homes, is open, airy, and bright. The main level includes a formal dining room, butler’s area, den, kitchen with high-end appliances and plenty of room for congregating, mudroom off the garage, and three-season porch with a fireplace.

The angled corner stairway, off to the side, leads up to bright bedrooms, a bonus room, laundry room/craft area, and master suite with a rounded sitting area, fireplace, and built-in cabinetry.

The lower level features radiant floor heating, an exercise room, wine cellar, sauna, guest room, playroom, and walkout to the secluded backyard.

One of the trademarks of TJB Homes is their commitment to designing and heating homes for less. Tom Budzynski, founder and owner, has actively studied cold climate housing techniques and understands how to choose the right insulation, keep heat in, keep moisture out, and avoid insulation gaps. His track record speaks for itself—he’s been building super-tight homes since 1982, with a long list of satisfied customers who appreciate their lower heating bills. • 763-780-2944

The 14 homes are located throughout the metro area. Single-tickets can be purchased at the homes for $5. Passports can be purchased for $20 at Caribou Coffee. For more information about the Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour, visit