Driving Directions: From I-94, south on Snelling Ave 1.5 miles. East on Palace Ave to home.
DESIGN TEAM: Meghan Kell Cornell, AIA; Dan Wallace, AIA; Kelly Kraemer, Assoc. AIA
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
FEATURED SPONSORS: Marvin Windows & Doors, Lucy Interior Design, Olin Construction
Looking to downsize from their long-time family home not too far away and move within steps of their young grandchildren, this humble and vibrant, family-friendly urban neighborhood drew this couple immediately. The pair’s commitment to home design that supports the flavor and scale of the established community is at the heart of this teardown and rebuild project.
The home boasts a friendly, front and center sunroom, a nod to the rhythm of front porch living in this neighborhood. The scale and detail of the exterior emanates a vintage vibe, mixed with modern nuances, proportioned for a comfortable human scale. The interior repeats these themes with a fresh, bright and simplified spatial layout that makes the most of a modest size footprint. In order to support the creative and professional endeavors of the homeowners, rooms have been designed to adapt to different functions. An unexpected lofted space allows southern sun to reach deeply into the gathering spaces and provides a transitional place to perch adjacent to the Couple’s Suite at the upper level. With aging-in-place in mind, a main level bedroom is located in the more private, rear portion of the home. The back covered porch, wired for retractable screens, extends the house and adds another outdoor living space. The detached garage with bonus space above mimics the house and adds another versatile living space to the property.