Everyday Solutions: Entry addition adds function to bungalow

  • Article by: Lynn Underwood , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 19, 2013 - 1:50 PM

A Minneapolis bungalow’s new front entry adds charm and purpose.

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pasaraApr. 21, 13 8:43 AM

Beautiful design. What an improvement!

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GaviotaApr. 21, 13 5:32 PM

Perfect design! It looks like the entry could have been original to the house (only it's a so- much-better integration than the three-season porch was). (The treeware version of the Star Tribune has three pix showing the addition's interior.) Re "He (architect Nepp) designed the new structure with a porch aesthetic to comply with Minneapolis zoning codes": It's easy to see how matching the pitch of the new entry's roofline to that of the house's roofline makes for a big improvement. It's not so easy to see how the City of Minneapolis's Planning and Zoning Division can allow some architects to get by with designing a big box topped with a virtually flat roof, the front elevation given a flimsy porch treatment that amounts to no more than tarting up the box. You can see an example of this kind of architect-designed, City-approved monster home going up in southwest Minneapolis, on Robbins Street, where it looks like the block's little cottages that once fronted Minnehaha Creek are doomed. Like what happened, too late, after the Metropolitan Building was razed, some day we will regret that we allowed our city's residential neighborhoods to be destroyed. When vernacular streetscapes lose their integrity because of builders' greed and the City's laziness, we get debased neighborhoods.

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