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Linden Hills, a leafy neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis abutting recreational Lake Calhoun, is a spot where few fences divide the ranch houses from the Cape Cods and the bungalows, most of them modest exercises in Midwestern economy.
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  The house, which was built in 1922.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    The house, which was built in 1922. Photo by Chad Holder.
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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.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    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. Photo by Chad Holder.
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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.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    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. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  Owen and Quentin and a vintage Eames rocker populate the other end of the swingroom.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    Owen and Quentin and a vintage Eames rocker populate the other end of the swingroom. Photo by Chad Holder.
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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.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    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. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  The living room remains largely unchanged from when it was built in 1922.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    The living room remains largely unchanged from when it was built in 1922. Photo by Chad Holder.
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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.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    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. Photo by Chad Holder.
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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.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    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. Photo by Chad Holder.
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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.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    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. Photo by Chad Holder.

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