A Windom Remodel Worth Talking About

From Margaret Everton on April 29, 2010 in Minneapolis

minneapolis addition patioIn the 10 years that Jackie and Dan Millea have lived in the Windom neighborhood in Minneapolis, they’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with their surroundings. Unfortunately, the 1920s bungalow they purchased in order to reside in such a picturesque area was originally more of a mess than a treasured retreat. Pulling together a top-notch team at her own Minneapolis firm, Shelter Architecture, Jackie set out to transform her family’s cramped and crumbling abode.

The main complaints were low-hanging ceilings, a closet-sized kitchen, lack of office space and an enclosed stairway that required ducking in order to avoid a head injury. The Milleas decided to hire Buck Brothers Construction to tackle the heavy labor, and worked closely with architects to ensure that several elements of the home were environmentally-friendly.

Since a lack of usable space was one of the biggest problems of the original layout, they added two flat-roofed dormers to the upstairs, along with a 110-square-foot addition to the back of the house. The latter allowed for a much more functional staircase, along with a multitude of energy-efficient windows to help with heating and natural lighting.

minneapolis addition kitchenThe kitchen was given a top-to-bottom facelift that included an island addition for more seating. As a local business owner, Jackie insisted on using mostly local materials, including countertops from Cambria, a sink by local artist Peter Zelle, and tile from Mercury Mosaics.

A newly-brightened dining room (previously used as a bedroom) was placed next to the kitchen, and Dan was given his requested office space, along with a massive bookcase by 3Ring Scenic. Even better, the master suite received taller ceilings and foam insulation to ensure a comfortable temperature year-round.

Now that the remodel is complete, the Milleas have the perfect home in the perfect setting. It can’t get much better than that.

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