Located in the traditionally styled Country Club neighborhood of eastern Edina, this unique property stands out in both style and size. While the neighborhood is filled with a mix of traditional two story colonial and Tudor homes on single lots, this one and half story limestone house sits on three lots.
The clients, a family of four originally from California, acquired the stone house less than five years after completing a whole house transformation in the same neighborhood only a block away. However, the massive stone form with its small leaded glass window openings was the antithesis of the bright, sunny and open interiors that they were accustomed to and wanted in their new house. Programmatically the house was a relic of the past. It had never been added on to (only the kitchen had seen a recent upgrade) and consisted mostly of a series of dark rooms.
The project includes an addition, whole house remodel and a new detached garage. The addition incorporates a new family room that steps down from a large eat-in kitchen with a master bedroom suite above. Stepping down into the family room provides the space with more volume and also allows for taller openings and ample daylight. The steps also place the family room at grade and create an easy transition between the interior space and a room-like exterior courtyard. An existing stone porch to the south, a new pergola to the east and the new garage to the north enlarged the existing courtyard and focused the space on the new rectangular pool. The project creates new and existing spaces that flow together, satisfying the clients desire for open living.