Bungalow Exterior Makeover

Highland Park Bungalow Exterior

Highland Park Bungalow, Before
Highland Park Bungalow, Before
Highland Park Bungalow, After, Side View
Highland Park Bungalow, After, Front

A customer contacted me from my ad in the Twin Cities Bungalow Club newsletter about doing an exterior rehab on a bungalow in Highland Park. This was a very exciting project because the owners wanted to do a complete exterior makeover to bring the house back to it's original glory. Like many early 20th century homes, this one had much of it's architectural details obscured by cheap low maintenance exterior cladding. There was aluminum siding on the upper half story, and the stucco below had been painted.

The Green Bungalow

A view of the completed exterior. The dormers which add so much to the upper floor are barely noticed from the street and finished to match the home. Wood storm windows and storm door replaced aluminum storms and give the house a more traditional look. Refinished vintage front door and vintage fixture along with period paint colors are details which enhance the front of the home.

Here's a good shot of the house before we started the project.
Kitchen before- yes that's 1960's plastic tile on the wall. Electric range.
Kitchen after-This room was gutted and insulated with closed cell foam. All new
Living/Dining room before.
Living/Dining Room After. The goal here was to enhance the space without comprom
The best part of this house was the upper floor.
We gutted the attic and cut the roof open framing a dormer off each side
Here's a shot of that space again after it was finished. We only really added ab
The dormer on the other side provided room for a ľ bath and walk in closet.

 This featured project is my own home. It was purchased and remodeled quite intentionally as a demonstration project for what I feel is a huge area of potential—the Twin Cities “Bungalow belt” of homes from the early 20th century. This was a pilot project for the MN Greenstar program, which achieved a Silver rating fora type III project. A type III project is a remodel that adds living space without expanding the footprint of the home.

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