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Frontenac Project

Updated: Sep 9, 2019



As we approach our one year anniversary on this project, we find ourselves reflecting back to where we were one year ago today. We had our sights on a different kind of project. We wanted to push the envelope from a design perspective, challenge ourselves beyond a traditional client project. Our real estate agent was given the job to source a property with real bones, but required a creative challenge to bring it back to life. When Frontenac was found, we knew upon our initial site visit we had a story. I vividly recall standing in the front yard doing simple and quick math and said 'it's ours, make an offer this afternoon".

This house is located in one of St.Pail's tucked away neighborhoods, Desnoyer Park. Blocks from the Mississippi River paths and waterfront, heavily wooded, and boasted daily wildlife sightings .. in the middle of the city. The house needed to be entirely re-imagined. Layout, comfort, functionality and design were all primary concerns. With the single car tuck under garage and 1500 square square feet, we had our work cut out for us.








After selecting the final layout we could work with, we went to work on demolition. Taking the entire house down to the studs and in some cases, total gut. Not only did we re-imagine the space, we replaced all the electrical, HVAC, plumbing, roof and sewer line to the city's main line. A small addition to the second story was added as well. We always ask our clients what their top 3 renovation goals are, it’s easy for the scope to get beyond the budget, so this helps bring the conversation back to the primary reason we’re meeting. We asked ourselves this same question. 1) expanded 2nd story for a 3rd bedroom and bathroom 2) keep the kitchen on the main floor for ease of accessibility 3) creating a custom renovation livable for years to come, cut no corners. The design process lent itself to the era of the home. Mid 50’s home, with natural wood elements we wanted to leave in the home and design around. The redwood paneled ceiling was a stunning example and an architectural masterpiece.


We used additional natural elements throughout the remainder of the home. Quartz counter tops throughout, custom wood cabinets from our shop , maple hardwood flooring, ceramic and cement tiles in a variety of geometric shapes.
















In the end, we finished this project within 6 months, just in time for the spring market. We truly brought the outside in, an extension of our west coast design inspiration we like to say. A self guided tour to bring our friends, clients, subcontractors and more through the house.


The house was on the market for 2 short weeks, we were thrilled to not have to mow the lawn one more time. Everything we imagined this project to be and more. We are so excited to share this project with you, enjoy!

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