When you buy a house built in the 1920s, your home doesn’t always come with all the amenities that you’d find in many homes today. A walk-in closet, master suite, spacious kitchen, and a modern layout are sacrificed for charming details of the past. Fortunately for Patti and Brian Wagner, their ambition and passion for old homes led them to have the best of both worlds in their 1927 home in Minneapolis, MN.
Patti is a senior designer at Target, and Brian is a commercial banker. They both have a love for old homes and have renovated several houses that they currently rent out. For their “forever home,” the couple is working to keep as much of the original character as possible while updating the space to include modern-day conveniences. They purchased their home toward the end of 2011 and have been renovating it ever since. Practically living in what is now their daughter’s room when they began renovations, they’d come home from their day jobs and go straight to working on the house for months on end.
After about a year, they began tackling the biggest part of the renovation process – turning the attached garage into a kitchen and building a new detached garage. “While my husband did demolition work on the old attached garage, he uncovered 11 steel beams!,” Patti shares. “Our house is pretty solidly built, I’d say.” From picking out the hardware to sketching out the cabinets, Patti and Bryan were a part of every little detail of the renovation process.
“For now, the majority of the renovation has been completed, but we still have a few more projects to tackle,” Patti shares. From beautiful archways and wall niches to vintage green tile in the home, the small details make a large impact. –Tawnee
Photography by Melissa Oholendt