Building the ASID Showcase HomeBy Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows
We recently took you on a tour of the ASID Showcase Home in Minneapolis. The owners wanted to bring the magic of the beach to Minnesota. While the interior designers made the coastal vision come to life through furnishings, textiles, color palettes, etc., the builder had the task of transforming an older house into a beachy home. So naturally, we wanted to know more!! Read on to see how Scott Busyn of Great Neighborhood Homes pulled it off.
Q: We’re here, miles away from the beach, so how did you make this house into a landlocked beach house? What was your approach?
A: The house was a transformation from a 1920s Tudor to the storybook coastal shingle style home it is today. We worked with the existing bones of the home, the mass, and the roofline to create the client’s dream home while maintaining the character of the neighborhood.
Q: How did the homeowners come up with the idea of wanting a coastal house? For the interior decorators, that must have provided a lot of chances to be creative, but how did you as the builder bring their vision to life?
A: The homeowners’ goal was capture the essence of coastal beach living while preserving the soul of their historic Minneapolis home, so the project was not a complete tear down. Great Neighborhood Homes (GNH) and architect Mike Sharratt developed a complex strategy to make modern updates to the house while keeping the original framework intact.
Throughout the building project, careful considerations were made to bring the outdoors in–which is a key feature of any coastal home. Expansive sliding glass doors and a front dutch door extend the open floor plan and create a breezy feel. Natural elements like reclaimed barn wood, sea glass, fibers, pebbles, and rope are integrated throughout. A 4-step process was developed to achieve the perfect shade of driftwood gray for the custom woodwork and doors.
Other special features include a full-width front porch with fireplace and swing, a custom winding staircase, and his and hers master baths.
When ASID designers presented their ideas for each room, the GNH design team made sure the individual plans would support the coastal chic vision and maintain a cohesive flow. Once approved, many of the proposed elements had to be executed by GNH including custom ceilings, unique wood finishes, and trim carpentry details.
The GNH design team was also responsible for the interior design of the kitchen, featuring a herringbone ceiling and the first-ever installation of the new Cambria “Britannica” surfaces.
Q: Why was Marvin a good fit for this house?
A: We have used Marvin and/or Integrity in all of our homes. It would be difficult to replace their track record of high level of quality, ease of installation, performance, design, and level of service.
Q: Was there a reason you chose to use both Marvin and Integrity in the house instead of just one?
A: We often mix Marvin and Integrity as a way to provide their superior design and quality while still meeting the budget of the client.
Q: What was your favorite part of the building process?
A: Driving by now that the home is completed and seeing a happy family enjoying their new home.
Q: What was the most challenging part of this project?
A: The most challenging part was installing a new foundation for the home. We literally jacked up the house on cribbing, removed the old foundation, and installed a new foundation to provide the client with 9’ ceilings in the basement.
Q: Can you describe Great Neighborhood Home’s philosophy of home building?
A: We are a boutique builder providing a concierge and turnkey approach to the design build process. We focus on building infill (teardown) custom homes in great old neighborhoods while still maintaining the character of the other homes. A tagline we like is that we would like to build the home of your dreams in your favorite old neighborhood.
Thanks Scott! To see more pictures of this home, please visit this post. If you’d like to learn more about Great Neighborhood Homes, please visit their website.