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Continued: Homes by Architects tour features just-right designs

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 14, 2013 - 5:34 PM

Let the sunshine in: A screen porch in the original plan evolved into a fully enclosed, south-facing sunroom with paneled walls and white plantation shutters and a special spot to showcase a 125-year-old antique cupboard. “We kept it open so it flows into the dining room and kitchen,” said Becky.

Fits like a glove: Colliander was able to nestle the home on the narrow lot by designing a long, rectangular floor plan punctuated with a center staircase. The attached two-car garage is angled off the back of the home.

Biggest splurge: “Larry went shopping and bought a six-burner Thermador range, and he doesn’t even cook,” said Becky with a laugh.

Twist on tradition: The kitchen has a vintage vibe with a black beadboard covered island, Shaker-style cabinets and farmhouse sink. “The light fixtures are reminiscent of old jelly jars,” said Becky. An auto dealer spray-painted white Pottery Barn metal stools red to bring vivid color into the black-and-white kitchen.

Barn motif: Colliander designed a light well with two skylights above the second-floor landing. “It’s so bright and neat to look at the stars at night,” said Becky. “It reminds me of a hayloft.”

Unexpected upsizing: The empty-nester couple were planning on downsizing from their Minnetonka home. But for future resale — and the grandkids — they finished off the lower-level basement and a bonus room, bringing the home to 3,800 square feet.

The lower-level family room is outfitted with a massive stone fireplace. On the far wall is Larry’s dark-stained curved bar with an old-fashioned flip-up top. There’s even room on the floor for a future shuffleboard. “This is our last hurrah,” said Larry. “We thought we may as well do it right.”


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619

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