Square footage: 4,260 square feet (three bedrooms, four bathrooms plus an unfinished bonus room)
Interior highlights: An open, flowing kitchen and dining room allow for a fun integration between the spaces, giving the home a feeling of unity as well as spaciousness. A four-season sunroom is the perfect place to relax on a sunny summer day or chilly winter evening. Each of the bedrooms and an upper level office feature a private deck. Other notable details include in-floor heating, hickory hardwood flooring, soapstone and Carrara marble countertops, unique light fixtures, a high-energy furnace, and an environmentally-friendly geo-thermal heating and cooling system.
Neighborhood amenities: Walk down the oak-lined backyard to the banks of the St. Croix River, where—on a warm day—you can relax on a sandy beach with your toes in the water, or—when it’s cold out—watch the wildlife on a peaceful morning.
Design influence: English country house
Square footage: 4,676 square feet (five bedrooms, five bathrooms, spacious garage)
Interior highlights: The unique black walnut flooring and stairway is beautiful as well as memorable. Other “wow” factor features include the ceiling in the kitchen/dining/living room, Carrara marble countertops in the kitchen and powder room, custom cabinetry throughout, a built-in walnut coat armoire, fireplaces in the great room and lower level media room, a soaking tub in the master bath, an open stairwell with an iron railing, and beautiful Marvin Integrity windows.
Exterior highlights: This European-styled house features a premium stucco finish, curved dormer roofs, a sitting garden directly connected to the den, a large rear terrace constructed of Ipe wood, and a stained vertical grain cedar garage door.
Price: $2.6 million
Square footage: 10,640 square feet (five bedrooms, six bathrooms)
Unique interior features: A 40-foot vaulted gathering room ceiling and two-sided frameless see-through fireplace paint a lasting first impression when entering this home. Main level highlights include acacia wood flooring, granite countertops, custom built-ins, beautiful oversized knotty alder woodwork, charming breakfast nook, dining room for formal gatherings, and master suite overlooking a pond, complete with wraparound outdoor patio and master bath featuring a spacious travertine walk-in shower. The upper level features loft area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, playroom, and laundry. The lower level is home to an exercise room, a home theater with multi-level seating and five built-in flatscreens, guest room and bath, craft room, and a 900-square-foot Fighting Sioux-themed sport court.
Square footage: 4,056 square feet (five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms)
Unique home features: A multi-purpose planning center, a relaxing sunroom, an upper level bonus room, quartz countertops, Whirlpool® white ice appliances, a luxurious tiled shower, and a huge kitchen pantry are all part of this beautiful Life Tested™ home design—featuring a smarter use of space and rooms you’ll use year-round.
Neighborhood amenities: Notting Hill is minutes from Eden Prairie Center, fine restaurants, city parks, and more.
Square footage: 4,279 square feet (four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms)
Unique home features: A central planning center, 8-foot tall doorways, stacked stone fireplace, basement with a full wet bar, heated tile floor in the owners’ suite, optional Jenn-Air® appliances, beautiful curved staircase, gourmet kitchen, and stamped concrete patio.
Neighborhood amenities: Access to a private neighborhood pool overlooking Lake Minnetonka, beach house, and private sandy beach. A paved trail leads to a nearby regional park.
Price: $2.7 million
Square footage: 5,100 square feet
Unique home features: You’ll feel like you stepped back in time as you notice gas lanterns adorning a bluestone paved walkway up to this stunning Minnesota Green Path Certified home. Interior highlights include a spacious gourmet kitchen, a cozy study featuring reclaimed timbers, beautiful venetian plastered walls in the master suite, a cozy screened porch with a fireplace, and a custom wine cellar. Nearly every room in the home features views of nature.
Neighborhood amenities: Located on Mirror Lake in Edina, this home is close to the action of the “big city” while retaining the character of a small-town community.
Square footage: 2,456 finished square feet
Unique home features: Custom hickory cabinetry and detailed woodwork is found throughout. Natural slate tile, American walnut wide plank wood floors, a three-way natural stone fireplace, smooth ceilings, and a library with 14-foot ceilings are just a few of the features you will find in this custom built home.
Neighborhood amenities: The home overlooks a beautiful natural wildlife preserve in the Sanctuary development.
Type of project: Kitchen and bath
Age of the home: 1953
Condition of the home before the project: The original kitchen and bath were in need of modern updates.
How the space was transformed: The kitchen was modified to accommodate two cooks. Features include expanded storage, additional countertop space, a built-in banquette, and recessed niches to showcase personal artwork. A light color palette creates a bright and airy feel.
Unique aspect of this project: Green Path certified bathroom also designed for aging-in-place, with a walk-in shower in place of a tub. Dramatic remodeling did not change the existing footprint.
Type of project: Whole house interior renovation with two-story addition and cosmetic exterior upgrades.
Age of the home: Built in the late 1970s
Condition of the home before the project began: Outdated, cramped, and dark.
How the space was transformed: The kitchen was moved from one end of the home to the other, a large dining room was added, complete with a generous barrel-vaulted ceiling, the living room was converted into a music room, the main level laundry became a mudroom, an upper level bedroom was converted into a laundry room, and the basement was remodeled into an open, sun-filled space.
Unique aspect: The interior layout of the home was transformed while maintaining the architectural elements of the exterior, creating a seamless integration between old and new.
Last word: Visit this home and see why Schrader & Co. was named “Remodeler of the Year.”
Type of project: Creation of a master suite/bath and an entertainment suite
Age of the home: Built in 1909
Condition of the home before the project began: The majority of the home has been restored over the years, but there was never a master suite. The lower level was only semi-finished.
How the space was transformed: The updates added beauty and functionality to this home’s turn-of-the-century charm. Changes include a spacious master suite and the creation of a new master bath carved from what was originally a second-floor sleeping porch. The master bath now features a large expanse of windows, a slipper tub and a spa-like shower. The remainder of the sleeping porch became an additional bedroom/office space. The lower level remodel includes the creation of a distinctly deco-inspired entertaining area, complete with a wine cellar, bar, billiards table, and theater. The lower level laundry is now a bright finished space. The mechanical area was relocated and hidden from view.
Type of project: Kitchen/main level remodel
Age of the home: Built in 1990
Condition of the home before the project: Outdated, poor/tight traffic flow in the kitchen, and old appliances.
How the space was transformed: The space was opened around the kitchen to resulting in a better flow/connection of the space, a new bistro area—the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee—was created where the original dining room once existed, a contemporary fireplace focal point became part of the landscape, and new flooring was incorporated throughout. The stairway to the lower level was opened up, and a stylish and modern railing was added. This traditional home was completely transformed into a home with a modern, contemporary feel.
KITCHEN DESIGN WORKSHOP: September 28, 2012 • 6 p.m.
Type of project: Kitchen/main level remodel
Age of the home: Built in 2006
Condition of the home before the project: The existing home was understated and outdated, and didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to connect to a stunning backyard.
How the space was transformed: Many improvements were incorporated into the new layout, but the selection and use of finishes really tells the story. What was once an understated main level, now proudly shines in its full potential. The home now feels regal and sophisticated.
Unique aspect of this project: Natural sunlight, raised ceilings, and open space create the perfect lofty great room.
KITCHEN DESIGN WORKSHOP: September 29, 2012 • Noon
Type of project: Kitchen/main level remodel
Age of the home: Built in 1968
Condition of the home before the project: The house was more or less original to the build. The layout was inefficient and the overall flow needed vast improvements.
How the space was transformed: The home now flows as one cohesive space. The addition of a mudroom and butler’s pantry create more space. A new kitchen is the centerpiece of the home, surrounded by new millwork, flooring, and finishes.
Unique aspect of this project: Ispíri was able to add two new rooms—the butler’s pantry and mudroom—without changing the overall square footage of the home.
KITCHEN DESIGN WORKSHOP: September 30, 2012 • Noon
Type of project: Whole house restoration with a two-story addition to the rear, and a new front porch.
Condition of the home before the project: The house, originally built in 1883, was run-down, outdated, and dreary. The front and back porches lacked proper foundations. The home wasn’t conducive to modern living.
How the space was transformed: This elegant, historic home now features new 20th-century interior detailing, interweaving the old with the new. The exterior was restored to look similar to how the home may have looked when the house was built. The home earned Minnesota GreenStar Type IV Gold-certification as one of the most comprehensive, green historic home restorations in the Twin Cities metro. Features include geothermal heating/cooling, closed cell insulation, recycled floors and tile, energy-saving appliances and lighting, reused wood, and much more.
Type of project: Kitchen/office remodel.
Condition of the home before the project: A small outdated kitchen and dining space was separated by a common wall. The office was the original living room and felt disconnected from the rest of the home, which was built in 1958.
How the space was transformed: The wall separating the two spaces was removed, creating a larger kitchen with an expansive island with casual seating, as well as a corner booth for informal dining. Features include custom enameled Shaker-style cabinetry, Cambria countertops, Lauzon hard maple flooring, and a unique glass and stainless steel tile backsplash.
Type of project: Kitchen remodel, with the dining and living room impacted.
Condition of the home before the project: Not many updates had been done to the kitchen, originally built in 1962. There was very little counter space, and the room featured a wall oven and countertop range—typical for that time.
How the space was transformed: Several walls were removed to open the space to the dining room and pantry. Custom mission-style maple and cherry cabinets were installed, along with granite countertops, a slate backsplash, an oak floor, and new windows. Old appliances were replaced with new stainless steel appliances.
Type of project: Two-story addition and kitchen update
Condition of the home before the project: This home, built in 1935, lacked modern everyday living spaces, natural light, and curb appeal.
How the space was transformed: A new sun-filled great room with built-in cabinetry and fireplace opens up to a bright white kitchen, while a custom mudroom provides additional storage. The master bedroom features a charming bath with a pedestal tub and walk-in shower. Additional practical spaces include a second-floor laundry, full bath, and bonus room. The exterior is stylish and welcoming.
Type of project: Whole house, kitchen, and master suite with bath remodel.
Condition of the home before the project: The outdated kitchen and dining room of this mid-century home were separated, obstructing gorgeous lake views and natural sunlight.
How the space was transformed: The kitchen and dining room were opened to each other, and a new mudroom created. The relocated master bath allows for better lake views from the remodeled master suite. The original architectural aesthetic of the home was preserved while modern fixtures, finishes, and materials were integrated into the design.