Older homes are the best, arent’t they?

Maybe we should clarify: in terms of unique details and amazing woodwork, they can’t be rivaled. In terms of pre-existing conditions, surprises and cost to remodel…. well, unfortunately they can’t be rivaled there either.

Lisa La Nasa, laNeva Tile’s fearless leader had the opportunity to work on a beauty of a 1907 4-Square home in Minneapolis’ Kenwood neighborhood not once but twice. In 2006-07 she designed the remodel for the lower level laundry room and 3/4 bath. In 2011 she was called back to design a master suite in the semi-finished-then-gutted attic space. The owners wanted spa-like spaces tucked under the eaves while keeping the original windows and adding a rooftop deck to gaze among the treetops. Oh, wouldn’t those leafy treetops be grand this time of year!

The bedroom and closet are incredible, the refurbished windows are enchanting but the bathroom is divine. laNeva’s 4″x8″ Modico Tile in a straight stack was used for the majority of the shower and the bathroom baseboard. The sink splash is Modico 2″x8′ straight stack. The crisp white glaze of laNeva’s ceramic pops against natural gray grout and an array of turquoise-gray mesh-mounted pebbles, which were inexpensively sourced from a local big-box store.

The contractors, Metamorphosis Design-Build, did an excellent job with the preexisting conditions- a mess of hand-built trusses, major electrical challenges and a previously installed geo-thermal system to name a few- and also designed and constructed the exterior deck.  You can see more of the ‘after’ pics when you visit the Metamorphosis site. Scroll down on their site to see all of the photos.

Our resources included an array of Minnesota-based small businesses. Here are a few:

  • Wood From The Hood provided Minneapolis Elm for the hardwood floors and bathroom countertop.
  • Andy’s Woodworking custom built the bathroom and bedroom cabinetry.
  • Storganize designed and built the closet storage, including their attic hanging systems which are suspended from the sloped ceilings.
  • MN Window Restoration removed and repaired/rebuilt 7 original windows.
Of course, any remodel is a team effort. We are thankful for the fabulous homeowners, dedicated Design-Build team at Metamorphosis and all the hard working subcontractors and suppliers. We are proud to not only be a part, but to have had the opportunity to see our second project for this family from the very beginning to the end result – and for laNeva’s Modico 4″x8″ field tile to find a beautiful ‘new’ home.