Photo by Dean Riedel
Originally built in the 1960s, this Edina two-story colonial home didn’t need a minor nip-and-tuck; it needed major surgery. The exterior was unremarkable, the home lacked a master suite and mudroom, the interior decor was outdated, and the floor plan was dysfunctional.
Enter the remodeling “surgeons” of Schrader & Companies, rejuvenating homes through enhanced architecture, craftsmanship, and excellent customer service.
The major challenge for Schrader & Companies, selected by the homeowners after seeing one of Schrader’s projects on the Remodelers Showcase, was completely reconfiguring the floor plan to create a larger kitchen space (they had to bump out the main level four feet) and adding on a full master suite above the garage.
“We had to alter the location of several rooms in order to create a natural flow throughout the main level,” says Andy Schrader, principal. “And we had to be mindful of the owners’ wishes to maintain the scale of the home to fit the neighborhood.”
Before the remodel, the kitchen lacked personality. The cabinets and windows were white, the walls were light—there was no infusion of color, no character. In addition, the horseshoe-shaped layout made the room seem closed off. Now the room has a higher ceiling and features a more open layout, complete with a center island, dramatic hood and range, interesting backsplash, earth-toned countertops, new appliances, creamy cabinetry and rich woodwork.
The exterior of the home is equally dramatic, as is the addition of a modernized master suite above the garage, complete with a fireplace.
“Our greatest compliment is when the original and the renovated parts of a home is indistinguishable,” Andy says. “Our goal is to create a dialogue between the old and new.”
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