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Continued: Minneapolis bungalow makeover is eco-friendly – and cat-friendly

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 11, 2014 - 7:56 PM

“I don’t think I’d feel at home in an all-white kitchen,” added Humphrey.

The light-stained maple cabinets are a contrast to the dark oak woodwork in the old part at the front of the house. But the couple wished to preserve some of the handsome Craftsman architectural details from the Arts and Crafts period. They still climb the original dark oak staircase to get to the second floor. “We kept it, squeaks and all,” said Hardner.

Yelland relocated the Craftsman oak buffet from the back dining-room wall to a newly built wall between the dining room and the new kitchen. “They definitely wanted to keep it,” he said. “Placing it in the core of the house made the most sense.”

Upstairs, Yelland opened up Humphrey’s cramped home office by removing a wall and replacing it with a sliding bookcase, a look Hardner had seen in a magazine. It allows them to convert the adjacent TV room into a bedroom when they have guests.

The rear addition houses a spacious master bedroom and tropical flavored bathroom. The walk-in shower walls are a translucent aqua, and the vessel sink is as green as grass. The floor is covered with dark blue Marmoleum. “The colors keep you awake in the morning,” said Humphrey.

Today the revitalized bungalow consumes much less energy, will last for many more decades and is customized for Humphrey, Hardner and their cats. The couple’s favorite spot is the kitchen island, where they can relax and bathe in the natural light from the floor-length windows. Aurora and Nokomis spend a lot of their time on the new window seats.

“They love to watch birds or lounge in the sun,” said Hardner. “The glass is always full of noseprints.”

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