Ryan is an experienced and award-winning industry professional who has worked in the design and remodeling field since 2001. He is a multi-talented designer who brings with him a diverse portfolio of work focused on bringing about unique and purposeful transformations for his clients. Ryan is an Edina resident and a proud father of two teenage boys, and when he is not designing beautiful new spaces and architecturally pleasing structures, he enjoys watching his boys’ hockey games and creating his signature dishes — tacos and steaks.
Duane loves spending time with his 4 grandkids. He also enjoys fishing at his cabin in Canada. He knows what it’s like to be a satisfied New Spaces customer.
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip
Professional Profile: Technically retired, Duane is the person you will see around our office and showroom making sure everything is up to par and has a little shine. He is part of the New Spaces family, and he really takes good care of all us. He has the best schedule of all the staff: wintering in Florida, and summering in Canada.
Ross has three main hobbies: his wife & daughters, golf and camping. Has known Doug – the founder – since the early days. He much prefers the challenge of remodeling over new home construction.
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla
Professional Profile: Ross has been with New Spaces since 1991. He worked with Doug years before that; they each knew each other as a great carpenter. When it came time to hire more people in the early 90’s, Ross was the perfect choice. His expertise and skills matched New Spaces’ rather exacting standards and he really understood New Spaces approach to remodeling. Ross says, “What I love about New Spaces is that I have the time to do things right. We have always been focused on quality and that’s exactly how I work. They let me do a good job for each and every customer.”
When Ed isn’t at work building things out of wood, he’s at home building things out of wood. Loves to golf, garden and read. He has two grandsons who are about to get their first hammer.
Favorite Ice Cream: Cherry
Professional Profile: Ed has always been a carpenter. He started out building custom homes, but quickly found his calling as a remodeler. He says, “I love remodeling. I love the new challenges that come with every job. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” New Spaces has been fortunate to have Ed on the team since 1996. Ed recently took over the Production Manager position and New Spaces. His outstanding carpentry skills, attention to detail, and ability to problem solve make Ed the perfect fit for the Production Manager role.
When Sharon’s not working, she spends her time outdoors and at the cabin with her husband and three teenagers. Sharon also owns her own business, Simply Divine Home, Hearth and Table.
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies & Cream
Professional Profile: Sharon has been designing at New Spaces for 7 years. Sharon Barczak is a MN Qualified Builder and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon is a seasoned designer with over 20 years of experience, and knows a lot about cabinets– shaker, slab, and more.
When not working, Jayme loves to spend time with her husband, Nick, her daughter, Maycee, and their 2 chihuahua-mixes, Archie & Birdie. She is an avid cook, which furthers her passion for kitchen design.
Favorite Ice Cream: Spumoni
Professional Profile: Jayme began as an intern in 2006. Since returning in 2012, she has been a full time lead designer for 9 years at New Spaces. Jayme has been designing beautiful and unique spaces for our clients at New Spaces for 9 years. She prides herself in always designing one-of-a-kind projects tailored to her client’s needs. One of her favorite parts of her position is getting to know her clients, their families, and helping them to be inspired by the space in which they live. While Jayme loves all things retro and mid-century modern, she enjoys designing spaces of all styles, with no two projects ever looking the same.
Shawn wishes he could golf a lot more than he has been lately. He makes a mean spaghetti sauces and is allowed to move dirt if no one else is available.
Favorite Ice Cream: Strawberry
Professional Profile: Shawn grew up working every kind of job at New Spaces with a first-hand look at remodeling and the difference it could make in a family’s life. He earned a B.A. from Valparaiso University in Business and an MBA from the University of Saint Thomas – School of Business. His favorite tool is his computer. Shawn is most proud of the way New Spaces helps their customers discover the right project for them – one that fits their needs and their budget. Shawn started early in the business. Though it may have violated some child labor laws, we have photographic proof of him out on a job with his dad when he was a young kid.
Bjorn is a 20+ year remodeling industry veteran, qualifying builder & 2007 past president of NARI-MN (National Association of Remodeling Industry, MN Chapter). Fun fact: Bjorn is a dual citizen who grew up in Helsinki, Finland and will always feel at home in the Scandinavian countries. He has an appreciation for cultural differences and loves spending time fishing and boating with his wife and 2 grown children at the family Cabin in Finland, on The Gulf of Finland/Baltic Sea. Bjorn is the Chef of his household and likes cooking and experimenting with new recipes. He has been known to host traditional Finnish Cray Fish Parties for his past clients.
Favorite Ice Cream: Salmiakki (Finnish Salted Black Licorice)
Professional Profile: Bjorn is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, who loves good design and he has been building and remodeling design award winning projects all over the Twin Cities for over 20 years. Bjorn has served on the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI MN) Board of Directors between 2006-2011, as President of NARI MN in 2007, and as Vice-Chair for the Strategic Planning Committee for NARI National 2011-2013. Bjorn says, “We are honored to get invited to help shape our clients’ homes – We get to ‘move in with you’ for a while to provide game-changing transformations.”
Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and 4 children who range in age from 15-25. She especially enjoys watching their sporting events! Jennifer is the staff party planner and is always hosting our clients, staff and her many friends. Jen is also an avid reader who especially enjoys mysteries and meeting new people.
Favorite Ice Cream: Kemps Peppermint Bon Bon
Professional Profile: Jennifer has had the pleasure of being part of the New Spaces team for over 10 years. When asked what her favorite part of the job is she is quick to respond “building relationships with our clients and having complete confidence that our team will help them achieve their remodeling goals with honesty, pride, and integrity.”