Love the one you're with: rebuilding on an existing lot.
Empty nesters Lynne and Bill were ready to leave behind the small, cramped ranch home they’d lived in since their marriage, and looked for a new home for two years before deciding that they’d be happiest staying right where they were. “We loved our neighborhood,” says Lynne, “and we knew someone would buy our house for the lot and start over. So we thought, why not us?”
They had long admired a custom-built home nearby in St. Louis Park; they called the city for the name of the builder, and the partnership with Highmark began. The couple talked with a few other builders but ultimately chose Highmark. “We really liked the unique architecture and details we saw in Highmark homes.”
Both Lynne and Bill come from large families, so their must-haves for their new home included a large dining area for family holidays, as well as room for overnight guests. They also wanted to incorporate a bit of the old house into the new, so Highmark salvaged brick from the original exterior and used it in the great room’s new fireplace surround.
An open plan with soaring 10-ft. main floor ceilings provides beautiful day-lighting. Lynne loves the new kitchen as well as the dining room with a built-in hutch and wine refrigerator. A flexible first-floor space serves as a den now but could become a bedroom.
The upper level master suite provides a private sanctuary away from the main living quarters. Two guest bedrooms, second bath, a sitting/living room and laundry/craft room round out the upstairs.
The ease of the building process surprised Lynne. “You hear stories of how stressful it is to build, and all the decisions you have to make,” she recalls. “Working with Highmark was so easy. At the walk-through, I told Matt (Kruckeberg) and Kristen (Schammel) that I was actually sad it was over. I’m going to miss the whole crew!”
This custom home was featured on the 2013 Fall Parade of Homes.