Summer/Fall, 2008 C U STO M BUILDING Gracious Lakeside Living You’d think that lakeshore property in the land of 10,000 lakes would be fairly easy to come by, but that’s hardly the case, given our year-round love of the water. So when a lovely Lake Minnetonka lot became available in Orono, Highmark partners Jim Moras and Terry Gaulrapp decided to use this exclusive location N. Sh N. Shore Dr. ore D r. as the setting for their striking 2008 Luxury Home Tour model. Crystal Bay Fairv ie Minnetonka ood dyw Rd. • The home’s dramatic design elements include impressive main floor lakeside windows, arched openings, and a doublesided arched stone fireplace facing the lake and dining room. • A sloped beamed ceiling graces the master suite, which also features a warming drawer for towels and a relaxing soaking tub. • The lovely lower level includes a game room, unique stone wine cellar, bar with tin ceiling, stone floors, and guest bedroom with slate steam shower. • Enjoy luxurious lakeside living with a bluestone patio, convenient outdoor lake shower, and mud room complete with a recessed tile boot-and-pet wash! • The two-car attached garage includes a second floor bedroom; an additional detached three-car garage features a lake view studio or bonus room. “This was a rare opportunity on several counts,” said Jim. “Orono’s lakeside real estate is a precious commodity in general, and this particular property offers nearly 180 Sha HighPoints w Ch as e R d. Shorelin degree views of the lake.” The vistas are quite impressive, because the lot’s position and a lack of obstructions creates stunning views as you look across the lake as well as east and west down the shoreline. This idyllic location sets the theme for Highmark’s exquisite five-bedroom lake style cottage home, which received rave reviews during the Luxury Home Tour in June. The combination of the unique lot and bright, airy design is complemented by graciousness and warmth from rustic white oak floors and a lakeside hearth room. Contact us for a private showing. OUR MISSION IS TO RAISE THE BAR OF CREATIVITY, QUALITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE TO THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE MARK FOR OUR CLIENTS. www.highmark-builders.com [email protected] Office 952-882-8904 Fax 952-736-7545 12237 Nicollet Avenue South, Burnsville, MN 55337 License #20393854 C U STO M REMODELING More room for kids—of all ages. As Doug and Tama Pudvah’s children became teenagers, their traditional 1915 Arts and Crafts home needed to expand as well, so Highmark added 700 square feet on two levels to accommodate the crew. “The kids grew so much and so fast that things were getting cramped, especially in the kitchen and when their friends were visiting,” explained Tama. Working closely with Doug and Tama, Highmark created a design and project plan that would add extra space and comfort to daily living. “We focused on both function and style so that their family life would run smoother, but not at the expense of ambiance and entertaining,” said Highmark partner Terry Gaulrapp. The expanded floor plan included: • A private wing for the second floor master suite and bath includes a secluded view of the back yard. • Creating expansive main floor living by removing two walls to open the kitchen to the dining room and the rest of the house. • Installing new stainless steel kitchen appliances including a six-burner Wolf range. • Adding a dinette with oak ceiling beams, large windows, and access to the new screened porch. • Doubling the number of bathrooms, including a new main floor powder room with pedestal sink and white mosaic tile floors. An arbor and three-season porch add to the exterior appeal of this lovely Arts and Crafts home. • Adding a mud room with a locker system, shoe bench and organizer cabinet that includes purse/briefcase storage and drop zone for iPods and cell phones. • Carrying existing interior trim and other details throughout to maintain original style. • Hydronic radiant in-floor heat under all new floors, and whole-house high-velocity air conditioning. • New energy-efficient Marvin double-hung windows throughout. C U STO M REMODELING When you don’t have room, make some. With youngsters aged two and four, Matt and Lisa Larson needed extra space for a family room and storage , but their 1990’s salt box home lacked a full basement, so some creative thinking was required. “In the design stage, it was clear that our best option was to expand over the garage,” said Matt. Because the Larsons had a three-car garage, the expansion’s final design encompassed 900 square feet . “Our goal was to give them both added space and livability, so we worked hard to ensure everything enhanced their current lifestyle,” explained Highmark partner Terry Gaulrapp. Along with the upper renovation, Highmark created a new garage entry that includes a mud room with locker storage system to hang coats and control clutter from shoes, bags, cell phones and iPods. The garage was also expanded to include a new workshop. This stunning upper-level expansion included: • A game room with built-in toy storage cubbies • Family room with wet bar • Guest room with three-quarter bath • Existing garage entry modified to include: - Organization area with drop desk and filing - Storage area for purses, briefcases, iPods & cell phones - Mud room with locker system - Powder room • New garage-level workshop Before: An above-garage expansion was the Larson’s best option to add a family room, guest bedroom and office. • Added shed roof to front porch to match updated exterior style of garage. After: Gables, shed roofs and other new exterior details enhance this home’s traditional curb appeal. Visit Us! HIGHMARK NEWS Parade of Homes Fall ShowcaseSM September 6-October 5, 2008 New Hammer 4336 Browndale, St. Louis Park This lovely 3 bedroom/3 bath Craftsman bungalow offers timeless ambiance and a superb location near downtown St. Louis Park. • Luxurious first-floor master suit • Exotic wood floors on main level • Piano room and open staircase • Granite remnants used for countertops • Energy-efficient soy foam insulation and geothermal heating/cooling • Cedar Shakertown siding Parade of Homes Fall Remodelers ShowcaseSM Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 10-12 A warm welcome to carpenter Mike Tchida, who joined our crew in June. New Skills In August, our entire crew benefited from a two-day educational seminar on energy efficient windows at the Marvin Windows plant in Warroad. New Projects St. Paul/Historic Renovation Whole-house treatment of an 1880’s Summit Avenue home, designed by Cass Gilbert. Shorewood/Remodel Master suite remodel expands main floor living in a 1970s townhome. • Master suite and bath • Expanded kitchen, added dinette, and opened entire dining area to main floor • Doubled number of bathrooms, including new main floor powder room • Existing interior details carried throughout to maintain original style 2-½ St. Albans Road East, Hopkins This 1998 salt box home added style and functionality with a stunning 900 square foot family room expansion atop the three car garage, plus a new ground floor workshop. • Game room with built-in toy storage cubbies • Family room with wet bar • Guest room with three-quarter bath • Main level entry includes organization and storage area, mud and powder rooms • Ground floor workshop www.paradeofhomes.org Minneapolis/Remodel Full kitchen expansion and upgrade in a classic urban bungalow. Members of ©Highmark Builders Inc. License #20393854 The Parade of HomesSM is a service mark of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and is used with permission. 12237 Nicollet Avenue South Burnsville, MN 55337 4808 Aldrich Ave. So., Minneapolis This traditional 1915 four-square stucco home was gracefully expanded with a 700 square foot, two-level addition.