DESIGN TEAM: David Wagner, AIA; Marta Snow, AIA
SALA Architects
Home Sponsors: Showcase Renovations, Pella Windows and Doors

Project Address: 1445 Fairlawn Way, Golden Valley, MN 55416
Driving Directions: From the West: from I-394, take Exit 5A toward Xenia/Park Pl Right onto Park Pl Blvd. Left onto Wayzata Blvd (0.5 mi). Left to stay on Wayzata Blvd (0.2 mi). Right onto Fairlawn Way. Destination is on the left. From the East: travel west on MN-62 to MN-100 N. Take the exit toward Cedar Lake Rd. Right toward E Frontage Rd. Left onto E Frontage Rd (0.2 mi). Right onto W 16th St/Douglas Ave (0.2 mi). Left onto Fairlawn Way. Destination is on the right.

Empty nesters who love their neighborhood worked with an architect to craft a home that allows them to pursue their interests in art and books, and that they are excited to come home to every day.

This renovation project accentuates and enhances the modern split-level characteristics of the home. The basic bones were kept in place, while a dramatic new entry and a more open floor plan were established. Bedrooms and bathrooms were renovated to provide more spacious and updated accommodations. The home also incorporates many sustainable design elements, from an electric car charging station and solar panels to new windows, improved insulation and upgraded air infiltration rates.

The “spectacular sanctuary” requested by the clients was established by converting an unused front living space to an intimate library space, and creating a large-scale curio cabinet from blackened steel boxes set within the tall wooden wall of the front entry space and stairway that allows the owners to display a rotation of collectibles and artwork. The home uses its material palette as a luxurious, neutral base for the homeowner’s collection of art, books and ephemera.

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