DESIGN TEAM: Christian Dean, AIA; Jessica Harner; Assoc. AIA; Nathan VanWylen, Assoc. AIA

Driving Directions: From Hwy 100, drive east on Excelsior Blvd (0.5 mi). Right onto Natchez Ave S. Left onto W 39th St (1.2 mi). Left onto Upton Ave S. Home is on the left.

Despite receiving advice from realtors that the ‘dirt is more valuable than a redeveloped structure,’ the homeowners of this 1955 South Minneapolis rambler were determined to revitalize their property and make their home more sustainable for the future. The couple hired Christian Dean Architecture to devise a design solution that was highly customized and uniquely responsive to their situation.

Designing and building to a high quality and making a smaller home live large instead of embracing the current teardown trend were primary among the project’s goals. The design respected the existing footprint, but added space and stature to the home by expanding upwards to add a light-filled master suite. The main level spaces were replanned and updated, including a custom kitchen inspired by the clients' love of mid-century design.

Most notable may be the use of Ludowici Nexclad clay tile shingles to reclad the exterior of the home. Unique and durable, this siding material gives the home a new modern look while recalling the familiar texture of shingle-style homes and giving a nod to the clay roof tiles of neighboring Spanish colonial-style houses.

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