What Goes Up When Something Comes Down?

One day I was out walking around one of the city lakes here in Minneapolis. I came upon this retaining wall and gate. Not so unusual except that the house that once stood behind this gate was no longer there.


Here’s the house that used to be on this lot. My thanks to Dorothy Childers for permission to use her photo. It was a white stucco house with a red tile roof. The design has some quirky features and there appears to be an addition (possibly two)made over time.

2358 W Lk Isles - DChilders

Here’s the new house that is going up.¬† I took this photo back in October, 2012. I haven’t been back to see if they’ve completed it yet.


Here’s a shot of the back side:


This new one has a lot of detailing:




I like the copper accents. I’m not sure I care for the “wavy” brick exterior. No doubt there is a name for this look; I don’t know what it is. I think house numbers with a bit more polish would be better for a home of this stature. Perhaps the owners are creative types and preferred a bit of whimsy over elegance. What do you think? Do you like this new house or the old house better?



2010 Parade of Homes Dream Home

4602 Bruce Avenue
Edina MN

It’s the last two days of the Parade of Homes.
See this Parade Dream Home Oct 2-3.

This new home was built by Refined. What is particularly nice about this home is the well-designed floor plan, the spacious but not over-sized rooms, and the highly attractive detailing and finishes. It’s a very inviting and comfortable home.

Interior window wall adds a distinctive touch.

Refined builds new homes in established neighborhoods and seamlessly blends the new home with the existing surrounding architecture. The partners in the company  have worked in the luxury custom home industry. The exquisite quality of design and materials shows throughout this home. Click on the photos below to see them larger.

Formal Dining Room

Fireplace in Living Room

Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom
Lower Level Entertaining Areas
Bar in Lower Level

Classic Design that Fits into Neighborhood

Refined LLC’s website

Parade of Homes Website