1940s Charm

A new home sports vin­tage style to fit in with the his­toric neigh­bor­hood.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Extra - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR PHO­TO­GRAPH BY KEN GUTMAKER

Buyinga house is a lit­tle bit like mar­ry­ing into a new fam­ily—you

not only get the house, but the neigh­bor­hood as well. This his­toric part of Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota, is full of charm­ing 1930s and ‘40s cot­tages. When a fam­ily bought one of the prop­er­ties with the in­ten­tion of build­ing a larger house, they still wanted it to fit in with the feel of the area. “The scale and height of these houses are dif­fer­ent,” says ar­chi­tect Jean Rehkamp Lar­son of Rehkamp Lar­son Ar­chi­tects. “They have lower pro­files com­pared to mod­ern houses.” Jean and her team helped to cre­ate a vin­tage look for this new house.

SQUARE FOOTAGE

First, they needed to add square feet with­out mak­ing the house look mas­sive from the street. “We made the back of the house higher than the front,” Jean says. “The gable in the front comes down to the first floor. In the back, it’s more like a two-story house.” By mak­ing the front façade match the look of the sur­round­ing homes, Jean gave the home­own­ers both the look and the space they wanted, for a full 3,000 square feet.

DOWN TO THE DE­TAILS

When it comes to the charm­ing curb ap­peal of the cot­tage, the se­cret is lay­er­ing var­i­ous el­e­ments to cre­ate a co­he­sive whole. “All those lay­ers help give it tex­ture and make it charm­ing,” Jean says. For ex­am­ple, Jean used mul­ti­ple forms of sid­ing, from the gran­ite stone base and hand-split shakes to the board on board inside the gable. “We played with the tex­ture of the board on board,” Jean says. “The boards are shaved, so it cre­ates a lit­tle wave.” The col­umns also have a wave de­tail. The shut­ters are real, and the win­dows have full trim, in­clud­ing a sill and an apron. The scal­lop de­tail on the eave tops it off, for a re­sult that’s both charm­ing and eclec­tic.

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