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Continued: Homegazing: You can have this remodeled Mendota Heights lake home for $950,000

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 30, 2013 - 6:05 PM

They also added two stone fireplaces and replaced every window and door, striving for a vintage European aesthetic — so distinctive that the home was used in scenes for “Matthew 18,” an indie thriller shot earlier this year. “They liked the Gothic look,” McCloskey said. (The couple knew someone connected with the production; photos of the cast and crew in the home appear on the film’s Facebook page, “Matthew 18 Movie.”)

Transforming their three-bedroom, 2,150-square-foot house from the studs up wasn’t easy. “There was one problem after another,” McCloskey recalled. “The steps were too steep, so we had to rebuild them to make code. And it was unbelievable how difficult it was to get the floors level.”

The process gave Rose a new appreciation for professional architects and interior designers and what they do, she said, such as figuring out how to transition from one space and one material to another. “It’s the details that kill you.”

But after all the sweat and stress, they’re happy with the results. “Sometimes I look at it and pinch myself — Can you believe this?” Rose said. “Not to give ourselves credit, but all the stone, all the materials we were able to use.”

After five years of living in their home, McCloskey and Rose say they’re ready to downsize. And this time, Rose isn’t interested in another fixer-upper. “I used to love to look at [home and design] magazines,” she said. “But I’m done. It was so intense.”

The home is for sale by owner. Contact Barb Rose, 651-983-1818, or at


Kim Palmer • 612-673-4784


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