Architectural, Interiors, Residential


St. Paul, MN

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Completed 2010

Team: Shelter, Palladian Builders

Photos: Tracy Le Capitaine

Accolades: Lavender Magazine, Star Tribune Home of the Month: January 2013

We searched for the right site for this home, as the homeowners wanted two floors but didn’t want a typical “upstairs” for living and “downstairs” devoid of light. The chosen site is perfect for a walkout basement that allows the spaces to have light and views.

Elements of the Design

he lower level houses a personal gym, media room, a bedroom, and storage. The main level is where the magic happens, and spontaneous dance parties too. The kitchen was designed for just ONE person, no assistants please, and it is a perfect place to engage with the rest of the family and guests. The living and dining space connect with the outdoors by a narrow but functional deck space. Floor to ceiling windows and doors let the light shine in  and open up to spectacular views. The master bedroom, bath, and clothes closet complete with laundry room are located on this main level as well as a small guest suite for visitors. To further our modern aesthetic, we ran the grain of the walnut cabinets horizontally and used simple finger pull hardware. The concrete floors are heated to provide year-round comfort for bare feet, and instead of typical baseboard, we used a metal channel to give a finished edge at the floor. This home lives large in its mere 1800 square feet.