From Margaret Everton on September 21, 2010 in Minneapolis
When Jen and Scott Hanson moved into their Orono home in Minneapolis, they didn’t think it needed much improvement. But after three years of dealing with mold and critter infestation, they threw in the towel and embarked on a total overhaul. Luckily, what they ended up with was far better than either could have imagined.
Lake Minnetonka home before renovation
Built in the 1960s and remodeled somewhat haphazardly in the ‘80s, this Lake Minnetonka home was already an impressive 4,000 square feet. So the Hanson’s weren’t interested in increasing the existing footprint, but giving it a better flow. They turned to Scott’s high school friend, Tan Nguyen of local Nguyen Architects, to get the ball rolling.
Nguyen’s plan? To reconfigure the windows and take advantage of sweeping lake views, while doing away with the existing choppy layout. Jen also encouraged a complete kitchen revamp, which meant adding African mahogany cabinets, a reddish-brown Lyptus flooring, extra counter space in the form of a peninsula adorned with elegant soapstone, and a large picture window to let in natural light.
Besides giving the Hanson’s a home better suited to fit their lifestyle, Nguyen was also interested in adding as many green features as possible. Among the additions: spray foam insulation, double-pane windows with low-E glass, dual-flush toilets and water conserving appliances. They also used low-VOC paints and other materials that are considered environment-friendly.
As the remodel nears its end, the couple is now looking forward to their next adventure: raising newborn twins. At least now they have the perfect place to bring them home to.