Brett, Megan & Noah's Bungalow Loft

Brett, Megan & Noah's Bungalow Loft

Laurie McGinley
Mar 8, 2012

Name: Brett, Megan, and Noah
Location: Prospect Park, Minneapolis, MN
Years lived in: 10

Space efficient design meets bungalow charm in this unassuming home on a quiet street in Prospect Park in Minneapolis. Well thought out space planning, nooks placed just where they need to be, and an elegant balance between old and new make this home both familiar and ultra modern.

Geoffrey Warner of Minneapolis based Alchemy Architects and Wee House fame lived in this home previously and designed the kitchen renovation and half story build out that gives the house a reclaimed nautical feeling. The kitchen feels much larger than it is because it opens up to the second story addition through rafters and ample eastern light pours in two skylights.

If you are in the market for a well designed home in a quiet neighborhood, this one could be yours because it recently went on the market.

Apartment Therapy Survey

Our style: Cozy. Simple. Modern.
Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Geoffrey Warner, Sarah Susanka
Favorite element: The kitchen nook, skylights, steel accents, and the prairie style slate tile design around lower level fireplace
Biggest Challenge: Converting the basement from a dark dungeon to a light, open, and inviting space
What friends say: Funky!

Reclaimed lumber, counter weighted garage doors on tracks, and industrial rubber drawer pulls make the second story a well designed almost nautical space. The master bedroom bleeds into Noah's room which is connected to the home office that overlooks the kitchen below. The space is elegantly connected to give the sensation of a much larger series of separate rooms in a very compact space. Built in cabinets surround a load bearing wall and chimney and are elegantly designed to maximize space efficiency. Industrial drawer pulls give the birch cabinetry a very soft and tactile feel.

Proudest DIY: Renovating the basement in Warner's style.
Biggest indulgence: A high efficiency gas fireplace in the basement and paying to have slate tile around fireplace and backdoor entry cut and placed into a Prairie Style pattern.
Best Advice: If you are a DIYer know your limits. When it came time for finish work like the wood trim, mudding, and taping drywall I called in the pros.
Green elements/initiatives: The upper level remodel is covered in reclaimed and recycled materials. We chose wool to use carpets throughout the house. The tankless water heater saves energy.

Brett and Megan took on the challenge of converting a dark and dreary basement into usable spaces. Not only did they take on the challenge of finishing a basement in a classic bungalow, but they completed it along the same design lines as the kitchen and second story. A high efficiency gas fireplace, slate tile hearth, and stainless steel finishes effectively match Warner's original design style and make the lower level a warm and welcoming space.

Appliances: We have a mix of classic and modern appliances.
Hardware: The industrial rubber drawer pulls in the second story.
Furniture: Room & Board
Living Room: Vermont Casting wood burning stove
Dining Room: The original built in hutch and wall of windows is a classic element mixed with a custom light fixture designed by Geoffrey Warner and circular coiled radiators.
Kitchen: The open ceiling to the upper level with skylights make the space. Refinished birch cabinets, eat in breakfast nook, tile back splash, and stained glass windows add to it.
Bedroom: Multiple skylights, vaulted ceiling, steel wrapped beams, closet doors on garage door tracks, and space efficient built in cabinets all make this space efficient and elegant. And there is a roof top deck right off the master bedroom.
Bathroom: Custom designed and built metal vanity, steel wainscoting, custom lights, custom cabinets, slate floor, slate tiled shower all mix well to make a tiny bathroom work well.
Lower level: We remodeled with steel wall covering, slate tile fireplace, and a concrete hearth. We took the time to re-route the utilities next to the load bearing beam to streamline the ceiling.
Lighting: Contemporary original Geoffrey Warner designed and built lights run throughout the house.
Rugs and carpets: Natural wool rugs from Room & Board and New Zealand wool carpet upstairs
Tiles and stone: Slate tile in a Prairie Style pattern
Artwork: Jill Logan, Todos Santos, Mexico
Flooring: Hard maple wood flooring, wool area rugs, and wool carpet.
Entry: Cedar deck, seating and a water feature welcome guests to our home.

Thanks Brett, Megan, and Noah!

(Images: Laurie McGinley

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