BATC Foundation Features Two Dream Remodeled Homes in the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase®

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ROSEVILLE, MINN. (February 28, 20124) — During the Parade of Homes, the public has an opportunity to help area families in need when they visit the BATC Foundation Dream Homes. During this event, visitors can tour two very special Dream Remodeled Homes.

All visitors to the Dream Remodeled Homes are asked to pay a tax-deductible $5.00 admission fee at the door. All proceeds will be used by the BATC Foundation (the charitable arm of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities) to help continue their work building and remodeling for low-income or specially challenged Twin Cities’ families. All other Remodeled Homes are open for viewing at no cost.

Remodeled Home #R49
Vujovich Design Build, Inc.
160 Woodlawn Avenue, St. Paul
Whole House Historic Renovation


Reviving a Colonial Revival

“This home was a pleasure and a privilege to renovate,” says Vujovich owner, Ed Roskowinski. It had all the historic features of a stately period home: tile roof, copper gutters, full brick exterior, and solid quarter-sawn-oak entry doors. Plus, it boasted a classic symmetry throughout, from the placement of windows to the smallest details.

Vujovich’s first task was to step into their “programming” process with the clients. Their process helps them truly understand the lifestyle of the family, who they are and how they live their lives. That intelligence was then translated into a renovation plan that offered the most impact for dollars.

At the top of the homeowners’ list of must haves was a new kitchen. They wanted it to honor the historical beauty of the home while fitting their needs today. Vujovich went to work, making sure the cabinetry and storage was carefully planned, the features and appliances met the family’s expectations, all while incorporating sophisticated historic details to keep the room authentic.
The kitchen became more inviting with a sit down peninsula for every day family dinners but that same peninsula doubles as a buffet leading off to the formal dining room when the gatherings get larger. They also designed a casual hang out space off the kitchen. Here was a chance to drop the formality of the original home and allow for the more comfortable style of the new owners.

With a careful eye to authenticity, Vujovich followed through by updating and restoring all the finishes in almost every room of this original Colonial Revival. The result is thoroughly contemporary lifestyle embodied within a beautifully appointed historical home.

Remodeled Home #R51
Klein Design & Build
1285 W. Como Blvd. St. Paul
Whole House Historic Renovation


A Dreamy Victorian Dream Home

Built in 1902 on a one-acre lot bordered by Como Park and Lake, this Queen Anne residence needed a complete restoration. Klein Design and Build partnered with Kurt Baum Architects to modernize the home’s crippled infrastructure while complementing the original Victorian design by Karl Wessel, St. Paul inventor and architect.

Key to their design was the engineering of an attached, partially underground, three-car garage below the existing pergola and new kitchen. An elevator was installed immediately inside the entry to the home from the garage, affording wheelchair access to all four levels.

Outside, a comprehensive drainage solution rerouted runoff that had invaded the corner property for a century and an exterior restoration replaced the rotted, lead-painted cedar hidden by faded siding. The property’s unique and original pergola, gazebo, fountain and veranda — all fully restored — now shine thanks to a complete landscape restoration.

The home’s solarium required a new foundation and floor. Radiators were removed and replaced with in-floor heating. The room’s three tier fountain was restored as was the ceiling glass which, when removed and stripped, revealed copper framing and a very early brass blade fan.

Four new interior rooms — a butler’s pantry, second-story sunroom and porch, powder room and kitchen — incorporated as many reclaimed features as possible, including original molding and doors as well as a large built-in Victorian wall cabinet in the powder room that the owners rescued from a Dumpster!

One inch cross-laid oak flooring runs throughout the addition to match the original flooring throughout the entire home. A large marble-topped island, integrated appliances and expansive custom cabinetry elevate the kitchen as the crown jewel of the addition.

The 2013 Spring Remodelers Showcase is sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors.