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Continued: Attic inspiration

  • Article by: JIM BUCHTA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 12, 2007 - 2:36 PM

In many cases those inexpensive products became a starting point leading to more expensive choices. For example, a half-wall/railing that connects the upper-floor master suite to the main level was originally going to be made of traditional plywood was built of sheets of a more finished-looking maple plywood.

The reverse was true, as well. Bader and his clients shopped for high-end fixtures and materials that appealed to them aesthetically, then found less-expensive versions that looked similar.

For example, they fell in love with high-end light fixtures for several hundred dollars, but passed on them. They found similar fixtures at Ikea for a fraction of the cost.

What the Home of the Month jury said about their house

"This project proves that when you have a small budget, you can't afford not to hire an architect. There is a nice experimentation of materials in this kitchen remodel and attic conversion - it's historically honest. It's now a modest little bungalow that celebrates a once neglected space in a lot of light."

 

Jim Buchta • 612-673-7376

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