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Continued: Home of the Month: A contemporary Deephaven house is reimagined

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 1, 2014 - 9:45 PM

Down the hallway, the redesigned master bedroom boasts an open dressing room, and an artsy bathroom that marries energizing black and white tile in a chevron pattern with white and gray marble on the vanity. In the master bathroom, Alt also dropped the vaulted ceiling and added a skylight.

‘Calm and energetic’

Alt turned the kitchen, which had been in an inefficient trapezoid shape, into a modern work space, without the traditional upper cabinets that would block sightlines. Suzanne chose a quiet palette of gray-veined marble and high-gloss white cabinets accented by stainless steel appliances. To create “warm textural interest,” she also paneled one side of the peninsula with steel.

Suzanne didn’t want the peninsula to serve as a breakfast bar. “I like us to look at each other when we’re eating,” she said, so she didn’t line the bar with chairs. Instead, the family uses a nearby kitchen table for everyday meals.

The top-to-bottom renovation took nearly a year to complete. But now, “the character is different but the volume is the same,” said Alt. “It illustrates how old spaces can be made new without overworking the design.”

For Suzanne, the new, cohesive home is a jewel of modern architecture while being comfortable for the family. “This house expresses who we are,” she said. “It’s energetic and calming at the same time.”

For her husband it’s even better: it’s home.

“When I drive through the neighborhood, I can see our house on the bluff,” said Kevin. “When I walk in, my stress level drops.”


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619



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