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“They enjoy being Lake Minnetonka residents,” says Dan Knepp, principal at TEA2 Architects, who said he and his team moved from a historic brewery mansion to a bright, airy renovated home. tells the story of a retired couple who helped downsize the company. “They love the heritage of the lake and living on the lake, and ultimately wanted to live in a home that more beautifully resembled a lake home.”
A few years ago, our client built a secondary building while raising a family in a classic home on the property, with the intention of eventually moving in when the couple was ready to renovate the home and downsize. Ta. The pool house/guest house is designed with a small pool in one wing and a guest bedroom, family room, and kitchenette in the other wing.
The couple contracted with TEA2 several years ago to expand into a 1,900-square-foot shingled building with white trim and a low-slope roof. Matthew Erickson, TEA2’s senior project manager, said: “The client wanted a renovation related to the old main house and barn on the property, but with a brighter aesthetic and openness to the outdoors. ”.
The couple also wanted to bring home family heirlooms, art, antiques, and existing furniture, along with a love of historical detail and traditional tastes. “While they enjoyed living in older homes for many years, they also appreciate historic homes and value their beauty, allowing for more natural light and more insight into how they want to live now. I was ready for an open sensibility,” explains Interior. Designer Sue Weldon.
TEA2 transformed the square footage of the original pool area into a new living room and living room, and added square footage for a dining area and office. The team added his 3,100 square foot second floor with a bedroom, a large dressing room and closet, and a bath overlooking the lake. This level is supported by fieldstone piers and columns (both material and construction are reminiscent of old houses). These overhangs create a sheltered lakeside porch and an outdoor living area on his first floor, where the client repurposed existing outdoor furniture. Knepp says the contrast between the home’s refined woodwork and the rough stone “creates a wonderful tension between the formal and informal aspects of the home.”
Large glass surrounds your new home and blends seamlessly into the exterior. The breezeway between his two wings of the house has been transformed into an entryway with walnut floors and a walnut-trimmed staircase. The original circular window was repurposed as a new design element to bring natural light into the stairwell. A new entrance separates the private and public areas of the home and opens towards the rear of the home with views of the lake. Other existing windows were reused and transom bands were added to let in more daylight and add texture to the exterior.
“One of our biggest challenges was reusing the existing building while incorporating the client’s new program and ultimately ensuring that the lighting, spaces, walkways, and storage were properly positioned,” Erickson said. say. “It was like a bit of a jigsaw puzzle.” Knepp added, “We didn’t want to compromise by using valuable original footprint or forcing a fanciful layout, so the resulting structure was unique.” It’s a hybrid. Everything fits together perfectly with its own logic, creating the right room and the right light. Even the space behind the stairwell – the elevator, the mudroom, the dog room, the pantry – is small and tidy. It’s zoned.”
The interior features “mainly white-painted woodwork; [with] Cabinetry, window trim, baseboards, ceiling moldings, wainscoting, built-ins and other details from the old house are carried over into the new home,” Weldon explains. “We incorporated historic elements into the new home, providing a modern sensibility that provided the lightness and freshness the client was looking for.”
The kitchen cabinets and island with soapstone countertops resemble freestanding furniture, and “the rotated pieces are very beautiful and remind you of what you’d find in furniture,” says Weldon. A large door in the kitchen provides easy access to outdoor dining. Decorative light fixtures were brought in from old homes or sourced from vendors who specialize in period and traditional elements.
Seventy-five percent of the furniture in the library, living room, and family room was reupholstered or rebuilt and brought in from older homes. The dining room features existing furniture, and the living room features two new sofas and paisley side chairs, flanked by tables and accessories from the old home. Upon request, the new home is decorated with the couple’s existing treasures, with a crisp, clean aesthetic rooted in tradition.
The curtains in the family room are Osborn and Little. Ralph Lauren in the living room and dining room. And Schumacher in the bedroom. The wood floors are carpeted by Wilton and feature custom rugs from Woven Arts. Rugs from other homes cover the library floor, featuring the home’s deep fall colors.
“A lot of the furniture, especially the antiques, was collected by the couple,” Knepp says. “We planned and sized specific locations for these items in our home design. We placed those items in key locations because they have an emotional connection to them. This was very important to our clients, especially in their new home, which has a lot of glass, lots of light, and an open feel.”
The client has worked with TEA2 in the past and is grateful to Dan, Matthew and their team for their attention to detail and designing a project with great integrity, functionality and beautiful design. ” said Weldon, who designed the project in collaboration with Crown Construction Company. Brought to the project by TEA2. “My job was to support the details that Dan and Matthew brought to the project and incorporate them into the interior.”
She further adds: “I really enjoyed working on this project. This is a client that appreciates working with an architectural team that understands what the client wants and a team that respects their aspirations for a truly thoughtful project.” The result is a brighter, open, window-filled home that offers lakeside entertaining and modern living. It is filled with historic details, rare furniture, and collectible art from a beloved former home.