Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2019

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Ryan Hanson's client loved the location of his urban home, nestled in the sought-after Linden Hills and Fulton neighborhoods in southwestern Minneapolis. However, the 1920s bungalow no longer suited his taste or daily living style, and the nearly 100-year-old house was no longer efficient, becoming particularly diffi- cult to keep warm during brutal midwestern winters. Rather than relocate and leave his beloved community, the bachelor opted to work with Ryan and his brother, Chad Hanson, owners of DWELL 44, the brothers' design business, and Sustainable 9, their design/build firm, to create his dream home in collaboration with Studio Grey (interior design firm) and David Charlez Designs (architectural firm). The process included a complete teardown of the existing structure to make way for a new home that showcases cutting-edge tech- nologies and sustainable design inside and out. For example, solar panels on the roof aid in offsetting costs associated with electrical needs of the home and a 'green' garage roof features a deck and vegetation, which helps to make heating and cooling more efficient. On the inside, lighting, sound and security are all controlled by a smartphone, while material/product choices address environ- mental concerns while seeking to minimize maintenance. PUSHING THE ENVELOPE Another overriding theme of the home was to showcase a modern design style. "He wanted something super modern… something that would push the envelope," says Hanson. "This was his forever home and he wanted it to be cool! He entertains a lot and he wanted to include 'talking-piece' elements that visitors hadn't seen before." In the kitchen, that objective was accom- plished via the high-gloss Lustrolite thermo- plastic panels that steal the spotlight as the backsplash and ceiling accent. Their vivid turquoise blue hue is not only the homeown- er's favorite color, but is also one of the colors Modern Kitchen Pushes Design Envelope BY KIM BERNDTSON A complete teardown of a 1920s bungalow makes way for a new home that showcases cutting-edge technologies and material/ product choices that focus on environmental consciousness and minimal maintenance. Photos: Spacecrafting VIVID BLUE BACKSPLASH Steals the spot- light and serves as a 'talking- piece' element for visitors FAUX STACKED-STONE FEATURE WALL Fulfills the client's wish for 'green' product choices ON-TREND GRAY CABINETRY Warms up the kitchen and supports a 'Minnesota Modern' design style 32 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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