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A Custom Transformation


Typically, builders showcase glamorously designed and finished work in this kind of context. While we share our eye candy, too, it’s often not the true project story. Frequently, the greatest challenge lies in project goal alignment—the interactions between the needs and desires of our customer, the capabilities and limitations of the physical structure and site, and regulatory requirements governing the envisioned outcome.


With this particular home, various factors led to a full-scale transformation. The owners, an empty-nester couple, wanted something other than a well-located condo. After consulting with us, they purchased a one-and-a-half-story house, tired but beautifully situated a block from Lake of the Isles. Since their primary goal was one-floor living, the challenge was to select the best strategy for expanding the existing footprint to deliver the necessary functionality, with second-floor privacy for visiting children and guests.


After extensive analysis, we determined that the best strategy was transformation with some additions, which required a setback variance and numerous regulatory negotiations. After a lengthy but successful approval process, we executed the plans with our signature workmanship, attention to detail, and finish level. Our clients were extremely pleased with the results.


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