This 1914 St. Paul bungalow was converted to a duplex at some point in its life. The owners have lived here for over 20 years, using the home as a single family residence. To better accommodate the family’s lifestyle, the house was completely reconceived and remodeled. Being mindful of the original character of the home the extra back stair and separate entrance were removed, which created opportunities to fully reconsider the home’s interior. The kitchen space became a center point of the family’s daily life and includes a cozy breakfast room and remarkable views of the re-landscaped backyard (the owner is a landscape architect). A primary project goal was to lovingly preserve and thoughtfully extend the charming bungalow feel of the original house by incorporating new built-ins throughout the main floor, in the entryway, living room and dining room.
A new low-slope dormer was added across the back of the house to add more space to the upper floor. The entire envelope was upgraded with high density spray foam to improve the energy efficiency and an ERV was installed to maintain air quality and efficiency. Careful attention was paid to restoring the existing exterior details, replacing windows and rebuilding the front porch to respect the spirit of the original house.