From Margaret Everton on April 29, 2010 in Minneapolis
In the 10 years that Jackie and Dan Millea have lived in the Windom neighborhood in Minneapolis, theyve 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 familys 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.
The 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 cant get much better than that.