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Case study: Remodeling project makes a 100-year-old home more livable by today's standards


When architect Joseph G. Metzler, AIA, and colleagues from SALA Architects in Minneapolis began on this extensive remodel, they faced the challenge of modernizing on old home’s functionality while maintaining that ever-important character of its architecture. According to

Houses built around the turn of the last century have plenty of character, but they can also be a little too formal for modern family living. This house, for example, reflected the typical architecture of the period. The formality of the exterior and entry was echoed on the interior, which meant the kitchen was in a room of its own with no real family living space.

Builder Ed Roskowinski of Vujovich Design Build shines some light on just one of the ways in which the character was maintained during the project: “As well as restoring part of the trellis, we were able to salvage the red bricks. Around 70% of the bricks are from a chimney we removed on site.”

In addition to the salvaged building materials, the remodel also included Ultimate Double-Hung windows and swinging French doors from Marvin Windows. You can see more photo and read more about the project on