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Continued: AIA Home of the Month: A reinvented rambler in Golden Valley

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 2, 2013 - 1:50 PM

In the center of the floor plan, Wessel designed a rectangular floating bar clad in warm walnut to define the dining-room space, create more storage and double as a serving table. “It’s a built-in piece of furniture influenced by midcentury modern architecture,” he said.

For the flooring, Winship chose a durable green product called Ecofusion, which is made from reclaimed furniture veneers and is a blend of dark gray and reddish-brown tones.“It’s sleek and has a lot of movement,” he said.

As part of the renovation, Wessel relocated the new family-friendly kitchen to the front of the home so Jen could have a kitchen sink facing the street. “I like to wave to people staring at our house,” she said.

Passersby are usually gazing at the floating turquoise cabinets made of wood and acrylic, suspended in front of the kitchen windows, which Jen called a “playful alternative to traditional upper cabinets.”

“I played with models and color,” said Wessel. “I wanted to break up the big picture window but not block the view.”

The rest of the kitchen is a neutral base palette of crisp white cabinets paired with gray-flannel stone countertops to make the red-orange glass backsplash and turquoise shelves really pop, said Winship.

From the thick shag area rug in front of the fireplace to the soft gray walls, Winship chose a harmonious composition of design elements to give the interiors a calming effect, which the Schmeichels needed after the storm and its upheaval.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone,” said David, who managed every step of the four-month renovation from beginning to end. “We had a child and a dog, and it was hard making all those decisions in such a short time.”

But extensive damage from the perfect storm allowed Jen and David to design the perfect house for their family.

“The storm was very chaotic and disruptive,” said Jen. “Now our home feels so calm and peaceful.”


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619

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  • Kerrik Wessel’s exterior makeover included cedar and fiber-cement siding, new windows and blue acrylic panels. He reduced the width of the eaves for a clean, modern look.


    What: Extensive renovation and updating of a 1960s rambler after a tree crashed through the roof.

    Size: 3,500 square feet includes a 400-square-foot bedroom addition and finished basement.

    Design team: Architect Kerrik Wessel with Heather Sexton, Wessell Design, www.wessel, Roseville, 651-484-9190.

    Interior design: Cy Winship, Cy Winship Design,, Minneapolis, 612-379-4070.

    Contractor: Reuter Walton Construction, Minneapolis.

    View more photos of the Golden Valley home at

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