In 2012, the owners of this South Minneapolis home were faced with the choice of moving to a house that immediately fit their growing family or remodeling the home that they had adored for years. The quality of life this family enjoyed in their neighborhood was a main consideration in their decision to stay in place. Livability and connection to the site and Minnesota’s seasonality were achieved through a modest but impactful kitchen addition alongside the introduction of a gracious screened-in porch that steps down to the backyard. These elements allowed the family to flex inside and expand into the out-of-doors, enabling activities to shift seasonally as the family continues to grow and change. Situated at the back of the house, the porch peeks around the side of the home to offer more daylight and to nod to the street—connecting the owners to their natural and neighborly surroundings.
Versatile blended living spaces were achieved through widened connections and incorporation of organization solutions that keep this small home from becoming cluttered and allow the family to work, read, cook, dine, and live together seamlessly.