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Continued: Empty nest, open arms

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 17, 2007 - 11:27 AM

Although they've traveled far and wide, the new riverside retreat is the place to firmly plant their roots and entertain their family and friends, including a recent picnic party for 115 guests.

"The home wasn't done for show," said Hansen. "Just for the owners' delight in living there."

Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619 lunderwood@startribune.com

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  • The Home of the Month program is a partnership between the Star Tribune and the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It features architect-designed houses selected by a jury of experts. The houses represent a range of prices, styles and locations.
  • THIS NEW HOUSE Architect: Todd Hansen with project designer Mark Tambornino. Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Minneapolis. Contractor: River City Builders and Millworks, Nerstrand, Minn. Time frame: 15 months to build. Square footage: Approximately 8,000. Cost per square foot: Approximately $325. HOME OF THE MONTH Home of the Month appears the first Saturday of every month. The program is a partnership between the Star Tribune and the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The 12 architect-designed houses were selected by a jury of experts. DESIGN DETAILS • The country home and barn are a blend of familiar rural and northern European influences. • A linear floor plan, dictated by site limitations, is composed of a long row of interconnected rooms that parallel the river. • One wing is for common functions (living, cooking and eating) and the other for private spaces (bedrooms, den). Drawbacks? It's a jaunt to the kitchen from the master suite. • Transoms above old-fashioned double-hung windows provide ultimate views. • Placement of the barn/garage screens the view of the home and pool for privacy. • The main living spaces are on the river side. The garage, mudroom and laundry are on the entry side. • Flooring is farmhouse-style reclaimed southern yellow pine in common spaces and contemporary ebony-stained maple in private spaces. • Rustic white-washed ceiling beams in master bedroom and family room help large spaces feel more intimate. • There's a storage area for everything from the broom to the owner's prized antique linens. • Rolling library ladder glides from the kitchen to the pantry and has a storage spot.

    LYNN UNDERWOOD

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