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6743 Knoll

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

This house renovation was drawn up for a couple and their child who fortunately survived a rain and wind storm during the summer of 2010. Their house and yard didn’t survive as well as their family. A large tree crashed through the roof and as a result of a perfectly flat mid-century roof, the rain which had pooled on the roof, came pouring into their house. Most of the interior walls, floors and kitchen had to be ripped out immediately. The couple were thinking of putting a new kitchen in and adding a third bedroom before the storm hit. With the insurance money and some of their own, they decided that they should go ahead with their plans while they lived in a hotel room for 6 months. The hotel had a pool too.




Model Images

Completed Images Coming!

Oman/Harper Residence

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The Oman/Harper Residence remodel was a design/build effort. I supplied the design drawings to a contractor from which he renovated the house. The original house was a small Cape Cod style residence located in south Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Oman/Harper couple have 2 children and a grandmother who owned the original house. They combined their resources in the Fall of 2009, added another level and renovated the original house for everyone to live in together.



Model Images

Completed Images Coming!

Stoleson Residence

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The Stoleson Residence is located just outside of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Stolesons wanted to live in a mid-century home but were unable to find any mid-century homes for sale in La Crosse. Even though there is a mid-century neighborhood not far from the Stoleson’s new house, very few ever go up for sale.

Stoleson Residence is 95% complete. With a little help the landscaping, metal panels, exterior doors etc. will be completed by the end of the summer.

Stoleson windows

Entry and living room blue Panelite windows.

Stoleson front door

Front door and green wall minus metal panels. The carport green wall is in the background.

Stoleson courtyard

Garden courtyard and patio minus the landscaping. Studio is on the left.


Interior photo of the mid-century open plan with dining, living and fireplace all in one open space.

1148 Oakcrest Avenue Update

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Spring 2010 photos

DECK VIEWdeck2.jpg

New deck

Alumn. panel

New aluminum panel with bathroom window laser cut out

Redwood siding

Restored old growth redwood siding

Redwood siding

Built-in gutters and aluminum drain to water tank below

1148 Oakcrest Avenue

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Roseville, Minnesota
1954 front

1148 Oakcrest Avenue is the address of the home/office of Kerrik Wessel and Heather Sexton. This house was originally designed by architect Max Buetow in 1954. The house was designed for a family of four. The first owners enjoyed living there for almost their entire lives and kept it very original. The house is 1,100 s.f. upstairs and 750 s.f. downstairs. It was designed with many of the same features that Wessel Design incorporates into their own designs such as full height southern windows, open floor plan, low pitch roof, strip windows and modern detailing.front1
Since moving into the house in spring of 2005, exterior work has included a new roof with built in gutters which drain to a water holding tank. The water holding tank is hooked up to a drip hose which helps to water the front garden in the summer. Interior work includes scraping down “cottage cheese” ceilings, adding a new cork floor, stripping wallpaper, repainting all of the walls, refurbishing the interior redwood feature walls, re-designing the entry closet, adding built in cabinets to the living room and adding new bathroom fixtures.1954

Future work on the house will mostly concentrate on the exterior. The exterior siding is redwood that was stained brown. The siding is in great shape and is slated to be sanded this spring. The model photographs show that there will be a new covered entrance as well as a partially covered deck in the backyard.

rear2Landscaping the front and back yard has been an ongoing project. The garden design is inspired by Japanese gardens and Dr. Suess landscapes. It is composed of undulating, curving mounds carpeted in groundcover and shrubs with bursts of colorful, ostentatious flowers.

Sjolunden Weaving Studio and Boat House

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Sjolunden Weaving Studio
weaving studio (vavstugan)

boat house (bathuset)

swedish village (sjolunden)
concordia language villages, bemidji, minnesota

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Bussey Residence

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Bussey Residence
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St. Croix Falls Residence

Friday, November 1st, 2002

St. Croix Falls Residence

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