Nestled within Minneapolis’ Linden Hills neighborhood, this new home is a careful composition of light, volume, color and texture. The homeowners and architects top priority was to introduce a contemporary design for this home that still respects its historical context. By stacking the program vertically, starting with the garage at the lowest level, the design afforded a smaller building footprint and larger yard space, and a scale appropriate for the neighborhood.
The heart of the home is the seemingly floating modern stair case wrapped in reclaimed white oak. A dry-laid limestone wall provides a stunning visual backdrop for the full rise of stair that is naturally illuminated via continuous span of skylights above. Other highlights include a backyard terrace with fireplace, a hidden pantry in the kitchen, large expanses of windows and doors, and open yet architecturally defined main living spaces.
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does the staicase railing has to be the same design as balcony railings ? »
Can you describe how these stair treads were constructed? I don't see any end grain showing. - I am trying to build a similar stair case, but not sure how to get the clean look of these chunky stair treads. Most stair builders I talk to want to face glue the wood so that the edge grain is on the top/bottom of the stair tread, the face grain is on the long sides, and the end grain is facing out on the short sides of the tread. I'm not sure how this will look using white oak lumber. »
Natural light washing across the surface from top to bottom makes this stairway a place to be, not just a place to walk through. In fact, placing a window or skylight at the top of the stairs is one of the most enriching ways to bring natural light inside. Think about what's more enjoyable — a stair that is bathed in light or one that's closed in by walls.
Create a background. Our lives play out against the walls, floors, ceilings and other physical features of our homes. So design those features to enrich your life, letting you live the way you wish and allowing for the unexpected and meaningful.