Home Location : Minneapolis, MN
Home Built : 1928
Photographer : Heinz Richter, GMP Photography

Summary :

The unusual design of the building is the result of reworking original 1928 built grain towers into 12 floors of residential Condominiums in 1983. Quality concrete building with architectural interest at every turn, distinguished by gracefully curved and exposed concrete walls. Living units with balconies have expansive views overlooking Lake Calhoun and the downtown skyline.

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Scope & Objectives :

The owners of this particular unit did not like the outdated master bath and general bath. They wanted to freshen the spaces, as well as create usable storage although this was somewhat controlled by the existing buildings curving concrete walls, floors and ceilings.

The extent of the remodel was restricted by the Condo management’s rules which prohibited us from moving any toilets, tubs, or showers from their existing locations. We could however change the sink plumbing. Besides the obvious issues, partial wallpaper and glue, dilapidated sliding doors, and drab materials, the General Bathrooms top complaints were the confinement felt by stepping into the small tub/shower combination and lack of accessible storage next to the toilet.

Challenges & Solutions :

Removing the tub and just having a shower opened it up right away. Installing a new framed shower door with horizontal towel bars solved the problem of the lack of a place to hang towels. Further updates were all new plumbing fixtures, custom European style very dark black painted finish vanity with open shelving, a corresponding custom mirror, and a Calcutta Gold 1 1/4″ marble countertop. Subtle details such as the light jade colored tile shower walls and wainscot that continues as the vanity splash, along with a black Greek pattern floor tile and shower border detail serve to create interest in this contemporary space and reflect the owners’ personality and fashionable taste.

Anytime you work in a multi-housing building it’s a little more complicated. We had to be considerate of not only our clients, but also the building’s rules regarding work hours, waste disposal, the secured entrance, elevator use, limited parking, and of course the neighbors above, below, and adjacent in regards to noise, water shutoffs, and cleanliness.

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