Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, MN
Redesign the front façade of the house and devise ways to utilize the front yard as a living space while opening up the house to beautiful views of Lake of the Isles and a charming street. Remodel the main floor living room and study to allow integration with a new façade and front yard. Demolish an existing Sunroom that was foreign architecturally and often too hot or too cold.
The front façade has been reshaped and re-detailed to more directly express and intensify the Mediterranean Revival origins of the original house. A new sunroom was added to capture sun and views of Lake of the Isles Channel, and a charming streetscape. A new front door, new front terrace, a new tile roof canopy over a new balconette, and a new chimney top were the main changes to the façade. Additional detailing and a new color scheme all work to integrate a richer more 3 dimensional whole. A large arched opening and new French doors connect the living room to the Sunroom and to the new front terrace. The elevated front yard terrace with masonry wall gives the owners a sense of space and pleasing separation to the street while maintaining a friendly connection to neighbors and passersby. The overall result is a house that has a much friendlier and a more positive street side expression.