Big undertaking: getting into finishing phase

January 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last few weeks, although interrupted by holidays, were full of small changes that will make all the difference.  Lighting, all kinds of it, fun built-ins, door hardware and, ofcourse, accessories are slowly making its way into the space.

Niche cabinet is lit by LED tape

Cabinetry - 13 euro ply maple plywood

Two of these lights will be recessed into each tread of the staircase

Seven of these minipendants will form a chandelier to be hung in the stairwell

Bathroom vanity pendants

Sliding door in the family room - very slick German hardware

Emtek modern collection

We couldn't pass by this intriguing young lady...



Big undertaking: it’s all in the details…

December 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Simple look doesn’t necessarily mean it is simple to deliver.  In most cases it requires more attention to detail and great deal of patience.   It is less forgiving to imperfections and flaws in the workmanship.

Dealing with 7-foot high ceiling wasn’t easy, especially when it came to door installation.  A standard height door plus trim barely fit.  Cutting beautiful flush maple doors was the last thing we wanted to do.  So, architect Jeff Lindgren (JALIN Design) created a very nice door jamb detail. It was somewhat challenging for the dry wall installers, but it came out just perfect – simple clean lines contemporary design is known for.




Door jamb - inprogess

Door jamb

Door jamb - detail

Big undertaking: several weeks later…

November 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

We realize it’s been quite some time since we updated our blog, but great things don’t happen overnight.   We are happy to report that the new floor is indeed great, including the radiant heat system underneath it.  Getting beautiful concrete floor is a multi-step process, from choosing the aggregate mix to sealing the finished surface to applying control joints to prevent cracking, and takes a little more than a few days.  It’s important to do the research to understand the process and the end result, but it is even more important to work with the right professional.   Concrete Arts (Hudson, WI) delivered exactly what we were looking for: natural concrete look with a hint of warmth and refinement.  Our goal was to showcase the beauty of concrete, so we chose fine aggregate mix, which was exposed during the grinding process, highly diluted maple syrup color and about 800 grits polish.  Check out the pictures to see the finished product.

Big undertaking: week 2

November 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

 Think positive, no matter what happens, even if you are losing ground under your feet!  Or, concrete floor, in our case.  Last week we learned that transite heat ducts running under the concrete slab of the basement are completely rusted away and full of dirt.  We panicked at first, and then decided that it was meant to be.  The uneven and cracked concrete floor was busted and removed in just two days, almost 1000 SF of it.  Duct work went to the dumpster along with 4″ of dirt and the new polished concrete floor is getting radiant heat.  Perfect solution for the cold basement floors!  These pictures were pretty scary, but you gotta see passed the rubble…

Stay tuned for the finished floor pictures next week!

Big undertaking: week 1

October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

The work on the 1950’s Edina home’s basement has begun.  We are especially excited about this project as it is been a long road to this day – design ideas, changes, new ideas, more changes.  But, it was well worth waiting for – the end result is going to be great!

 Although, the old basement was old, smelly and very dark we knew the potential was there: 1,000 SF of walk-out space overlooking wetlands.  The entire space was stripped down to concrete block and exterior walls, and the new layout will include a laundry room, a guest bedroom with bath, a hearth room and a library. 

The most impressive change happened during the first week.  To open up the staircase, the closet above was removed, the back wall was replaced with floor to ceiling windows and door and the steps were rebuilt to meet current code.  Hard to imagine it is the same space, isn’t it?

Stay tuned for more updates…

You never know…

October 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

…what to expect from Philippe Starck’s next design project.  One thing we can be certain about is that it is going to be brillaint.

A conversation with a friend of mine inspired me to write our first post dedicated to the renowned New Design artist who breaks all the boundaries to produce spectacular interiors.  His recent undertaking was IKON Brickell Tower in Miami.  Residential tower + boutique  hotel were completed in December of 2008 and are equipped with garden, spa, night club, two-acre park terrace and a deck pool.  An ultimate destination for a luxury modern living!

Witty, bold and unprecedented, Phillipe Starck once again blows your mind with his vision and concept of modern interiors.


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