When a Spiral Staircase is a Dealbreaker

Indoor Spiral Staircases vs. Outdoor Spiral Staircases Maybe it’s because I’m a 6’2″, 220 lb. male, but I’ve never particularly been a fan of spiral staircases. Too tight (at least for me) and occasionally, flimsy. Like overly-generous use of mirrors, they also suggest cramped quarters that somebody is trying not to make seem even smaller...
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Style Mashups That Work — and Don’t

Spiral Staircases & 1920’s Bungalows What makes I.M Pei’s pyramid in the Louvre Courtyard an instant classic? At the other extreme, why is the 2003 renovation to Chicago’s Soldier Field — adding Contemporary luxury boxes to the Greco-Roman stadium — widely regarded to be an architectural fiasco? Search me. Style Hits & Misses But I think...
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Open Today 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Dramatic Contemporary Near Cedar Lake Where: 2812 Sunset Blvd.What: 4 BR/4Bath Contemporary (built 1981) with almost 4,200 (!) finished square feet just down the street from Cedar Lake; minutes to downtown and uptownHow much: $525kWhen: noon to 1:30 p.m.Who: listed by Ross Kaplan, Edina Realty City Lakes Please stop by my open house later today...
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Raising the Roof on Dean Blvd.

From Rambler to . . . Rockin’ No, they didn’t throw an over-the-top party the other night on Dean Blvd. The owner literally raised the roof. Instead of the dowdy 1955 rambler (pictured above) that sat there for more than half a century, there is now a sleek Contemporary — atop the original home’s huge...
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Two’s Company Overlooking Minneapolis’ Cedar Lake

“If you hit a wrong note once, then shame on you, but if you hit it twice then you’re playing Jazz.” –old joke amongst musicians As the parent of a 9 year-old boy, I’ve observed how one (slightly) nerdy kid can be a lonely island, but two is suddenly . . . a club! (It’s...
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