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Frank Lloyd Wright designed home boasts inspiring renovation in Minnesota

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SALA Architects in collaboration with Braden Construction renovated this incredible home originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, located in Grant, Minnesota. This historically significant property was constructed in 1955. The original vision of the project consisted of the main house, which is a 1,875 square foot residence named the “Studio” by the original owners, and three cottages.

Construction of the “Studio” began in 1955 and was carefully built by the hands of the original owners Don and Virginia Loveness. Of the three cottages that were designed by Wright, only one was built. That 600 square foot structure, simply referred to as the “Cottage,” was built in 1974 from a design that Wright created prior to his death in 1959. These buildings were designed during Wright’s Usonian period which gave rise to his “Prairie School” Style of Architecture.

Project Team: Architecture: SALA Architects | Construction: Braden Construction | Interior Design: Talla Skogmo Interior Design | Landscape Architecture:  Jason Aune at Aune Fernandez L.A. | Structural Engineering: Rollie Johnson | Cabinetry: Eull Woodworks

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The Studio renovation entailed the installation of a totally new Mechanical/Plumbing Systems which included a concrete floor hot water heating system. The in-floor heating system was a complicated task as it required the removal of the existing concrete floor to facilitate the installation. Structural correction to the roof was performed and a new composite roofing system and insulation were installed. The stone chimney, which had deteriorated above the roofline, was also rebuilt.

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From an aesthetic standpoint, all existing woodwork, windows and exterior doors were salvaged, refinished and re-installed. The kitchen was updated with new quarter-sawn oak cabinets, solid surface countertops, and new appliances. Then the master bedroom and Master Bath were revamped with a large soaking tub, new cabinetry, ceramic wall tiles, and updated fixtures.

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What We Love: This amazing home originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has some incredible design features. Interior living spaces are clean and uncluttered, updated with modern improvements while keeping the spirit of the original design intact. The overall design stays true to Usonian Architecture — a simple, stylish small house.

Tell Us: Are you a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work? What details of this home most inspired you and why in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, SALA Architects: Dreamy lakeside getaway nestled on the shores of Lake Minnetonka and Beautiful modern dwelling designed for sustainable living in Minneapolis.

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Garage and Office: This building is of totally new construction, designed to reflect the Wright influence of the existing structures. The 600-square foot Office features a massive limestone gas fireplace that separates a wet bar from the Office/Gathering space. A hallway with tall wooden lockers and a bath are located between the Garage and Office area.

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The Garage is spacious, built for two vehicles with plenty of storage. Both the Garage and Office have an in-floor hot water heating system and forced-air system to condition the space. A Wright-inspired Garden Sprite and Cast Concrete Light were added to the limestone and cedar exterior to further enhance the connection to the other structures on the property.

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Photos: Troy Thies Photography

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