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Bath Gallery: Set 54


Photography by Joy Watson of Modern Joy Photography

HOME LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN

After Orfield Design

This young professional couple was planning on starting a family and really loved their 1 ½ story house in an upscale urban neighborhood. But the 1940’s built house was tight on space. The solution was removal of the entire attic level to create a full 2nd story the entire circumference of the homes foundation. This provided them with a luxury Master Suite (Bedroom & Full Bath & Walk-in Closet), another grand Bedroom, and 3 more nicely sized Closets!

After exploring and eliminating other options that might meet their needs such as a possible basement finish or a rear main level addition, it was decided the best “bang for the buck” was to go straight up. This necessitated a Variance from the City of Minneapolis because the original 4 feet of the as-built front main level protruded into the now present setback rules of the neighborhood. We agreed with our clients that delaying the project start to go through this costly and time-consuming process in order to gain a better 2nd floor plan was most important!

Our clients wrote the following review to Angie’s List: “Ron and Laura took our ideas and work through not only second story layouts, but alternatives in the basement layout that might achieve our needs as well. In the end, the second story worked best, and the final design is better than we ever could have imagined... Laura is the ultimate project manager.  Our project required a variance with the City of Minneapolis.  Laura was amazing in dealing with the issues with the city, and actually recommended that we expand our remodel from our original intentions.  The recommendation from Laura expanded the square footage of our addition at minimal cost to us.” 

On the exterior, we installed new Marvin Integrity All-Ultrex casement windows, and matched the current siding, fascia, soffit, gutters & shutters. On the interior, a brick chimney ran from the basement through the main level and attic and out the roof – and this we completely removed! Timeless class is represented in the use of Hirshfields paint, Bayer-Built 2-panel Doors, Schlage Hardware, window treatments and organizational systems. The stairwell up had the head & side enlarged, carpet removed and original wood steps stained dark in order to transition from the main level Oak floors to the new 2nd floor Mirage hard Maple Greystone flooring. The new bathroom has a space-saving design that has a 6-foot long soaking Ultra Azur tub, a 2-person sized subway tile shower, and a Pottery Barn 2-sink vanity with Delta fixtures. Steel penny round tiles seamlessly border the room and white Carrera Marble slabs on the shower curb, shampoo shelves and tub half-wall, create cohesion with the vanity.

The owners reported to Angies List: “During the Bathroom tiling my wife and I were on vacation. Laura communicated with us via email and made some design suggestions based upon how the tiling was going. We went with her suggestions and could not have been happier. Her sense of design and her excellent project management skills are the ultimate compliment to Ron’s architectural background and attention to detail. It is evident that Ron and Laura have a deep commitment to doing the job well no matter what. I would recommend them to any of my friends or family, and we plan on using them for future projects.”

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