A House in White

This classic Victorian home in the Kenwood neighborhood had previously been updated in the 1980’s, resulting in a half bath and an abandoned chimney separating the kitchen from the dining room, and a closet separating the front hall from direct access to the back yard.

Our job was to open these connections up and provide the flow that the house lacked. The long narrow living room was shortened by relocating the half bath at one end, allowing the kitchen and dining room to be reconnected. The kitchen was completely remodeled using stainless steel Ikea cabinets below the counters contrasted with full height custom cabinetry on the sidewall. An existing window to the side yard was discovered and brought back to get additional daylight. The entire house including the wood floors were given a coat of bright white paint, allowing objects, furniture and art to play the starring roles against a clean neutral background. The master bathroom was completely remodeled, and better connected to the bedroom via a pair of repurposed pocket doors discovered in the walls on the first floor.

Project Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Project Type: RemodelingKitchenBathroomLiving RoomMusic Room

Project Team: Ian A. McLellan, AIA, PartnerTodd P. Hansen, AIA, CID, Partner



  • Star Tribune AIA Home of the Month Award | April 2015
  • ASID Award - Best in Show | November 2014
  • ASID Award - First Place | November 2014
  • Star Tribune AIA Home of the Month Award | June 2014
  • MSP Home Magazine | June 2014
  • RAVE Second Place Award - AIA Mpls/ St. Paul | May 2014