Dormer Addition Brings New Life to Minneapolis Home

From Margaret Everton on March 26, 2010 in Minneapolis

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With a cramped master bedroom in the attic and no room nearby for a baby nursery, Doug and Ann Thielen of Minneapolis were faced with the age old dilemma: to move or not to move? They opted not to move and instead used the slanted walls of their second floor to add a dormer, increase their square footage, and make the place more baby-friendly.

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They enlisted the help of architect John Anderson of JDA Design Architects in Minnetonka. John was able to create a detailed design plan and ease the couple’s worries. Although they had considered building an entirely new second story, they were able to save $50,000 by sticking with the dormer. The dormer increased the space by over 300 square feet.

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The master bedroom was given a much-needed facelift, more head room and beautiful French doors that lead out to an upper deck. Upgrades include oak hardwood floors, revamped baseboards and a series of 1920s-inspired doors from St. Louis Miracle Doors.

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The luxury and comfort of the space continues on in the bathroom, with a marble vanity top and shower walls.

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With more room on the upper level, the couple was able to situate their toddler’s room right next to theirs.

Remodeling mission now complete, the Thielen’s offer these suggestions for anyone heading down the same path:

  • Don’t hesitate to hire an architect.
  • Don’t always go through your contractor to purchase fixtures.
  • Always consider salvage shops to grab some fantastically cheap materials.

Sound advice from those who have lived through it.

Photo Credit: Glen Stubbe

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