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Continued: A Minneapolis homeowner updates her century-old home on a tight budget

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 20, 2013 - 2:15 PM

Robin was back on track. She refinanced her mortgage to help fund the expansion. Bill tackled many of the DIY jobs, even painting the kitchen three times because Robin changed her mind on the shade of gray. The entire Brusman family sawed and sledgehammered over a weekend to demolish the porch. “I won’t lie — it was super hard work, but worth the money savings,” said Bill.

After four months of dirt and disruption, the Brusman project was completed last fall. Overall, the remodeling went smoothly, said Bill. Robin would call him whenever she experienced anxiety, such as when the floors didn’t line up because the heating coils weren’t in yet. “It all came together so well because everyone worked as a team with the goal of a nice project that was affordable,” added Frank.

The new spaces reflect Robin’s whimsically colorful decorating style — sort of like Jonathan Adler on a budget. She mingles black-and-white chevron-patterned bar chairs with a pink striped sofa and a vintage chandelier with modern globe lights.

“It’s quirky and not for everyone,” she said. “But that’s what I like.”

For Robin, it’s wonderful to have a new “blingy” half-bath and a comfortable room with enough space to throw a baby shower. But she’s also pleased that she accomplished her remodeling project as a single woman.

“I did have so much support — my dad is the best — but at the end of the day, it was my decision to move ahead,” said Robin. “I hope other people feel they can do it, too.”


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619


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