Minneapolis, MN

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January 16, 2009
Originally published in The New American Home
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  The house, which was built in 1922.
    The house, which was built in 1922.
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  Karie and Mason enjoy a playful loll on the bed in the Deans’ new master bedroom. The perforated wall facing the neighbors’ backyard offers a great deal of diffuse light while still managing to conceal the Deans’ boudoir from prying eyes.
    Karie and Mason enjoy a playful loll on the bed in the Deans’ new master bedroom. The perforated wall facing the neighbors’ backyard offers a great deal of diffuse light while still managing to conceal the Deans’ boudoir from prying eyes.
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  A BluDot hutch and yellow painting by Minneapolis artist Ellen Richman occupy one end of the new "swingroom", which connects the original house to one of the two additions.
    A BluDot hutch and yellow painting by Minneapolis artist Ellen Richman occupy one end of the new "swingroom", which connects the original house to one of the two additions.
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  Owen and Quentin and a vintage Eames rocker populate the other end of the swingroom.
    Owen and Quentin and a vintage Eames rocker populate the other end of the swingroom.
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  The Deans’ new kitchen is long and narrow, punctuated by the small windows that dot the façade and one large light-giving window at the end.
    The Deans’ new kitchen is long and narrow, punctuated by the small windows that dot the façade and one large light-giving window at the end.
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  The living room remains largely unchanged from when it was built in 1922.
    The living room remains largely unchanged from when it was built in 1922.
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  On sunny days fewer spots are nicer than the Mangaris deck between the Deans’ kitchen and master bedroom. Long willow switches hide the water meter behind Karie, who oversees her sons from a Bertoia Diamond Lounge. This is just a fraction of the boys’ formidable Lego collection.
    On sunny days fewer spots are nicer than the Mangaris deck between the Deans’ kitchen and master bedroom. Long willow switches hide the water meter behind Karie, who oversees her sons from a Bertoia Diamond Lounge. This is just a fraction of the boys’ formidable Lego collection.
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  Linden Hills offers enough public outdoor space by way of city parks and Lake Calhoun that the Deans had no qualms about extending their house and deck into the backyard and taking up all of the side yard between the master bedroom and the neighbors’ yard.
    Linden Hills offers enough public outdoor space by way of city parks and Lake Calhoun that the Deans had no qualms about extending their house and deck into the backyard and taking up all of the side yard between the master bedroom and the neighbors’ yard.
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  Just a few blocks from the Deans’ house, residents of Linden Hills are stating their opposition to thoughtless new construction and gaudy remodels. Extending their 1,000-square-foot domicile to a scant 1,600 has thus far spared the Deans the ire and invective of the locals.
    Just a few blocks from the Deans’ house, residents of Linden Hills are stating their opposition to thoughtless new construction and gaudy remodels. Extending their 1,000-square-foot domicile to a scant 1,600 has thus far spared the Deans the ire and invective of the locals.
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