Eco-Friendly Home Remodel

Designer Katarina Andersson employed smart design choices and sustainable materials to turn this duplex into a functional single family home.
Contemporary Stairs and Ceramic Urn

Contemporary Stairs and Ceramic Urn

A metal and wire railing gives this contemporary stairway a delicate feel, contrasted by the heavy ceramic urn.

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From: Katarina Andersson

A complete home remodel can be pricey, but designer Katarina Andersson found she was able to give this duplex the boost it needed by choosing quality materials and nixing details that weren't important to the overall functionality of the home.

Contemporary Home Remodel

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Modern Welcome

The contemporary entrance features sleek wood floors and minimalistic design choices.

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Outdoor Entertaining

The home features an outdoor spot that is ideal for solo relaxing or getting together with friends.

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Washing Up

Cool gray tiles and the addition of sleek features, like the faucet and hardware choices, add to the main bathroom's contemporary look.

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It's All in the Details

The master bath mimics many of the same design choices as the powder room, relying in sleek faucets and hardware, a glass-enclosed shower stall, and modern wall sconces to continue the home's contemporary look.

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Spa-Like Bathroom

A home sauna gives the bathroom extra appeal.

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Artistic Touch

The deep brown leather armchair and ottoman is offset by a red-toned sculpture.

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All Dressed in White

The powder room's all-over white design received a pop of green color from the tile backsplash.

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Hint of Green

A subtle decorative fabric on the couch and a plush green ottoman give the otherwise neutral living room a hint of color.

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Gather 'Round

An all-white modern seating area is accented by a funky overhead lighting fixture.

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What were the main items on the family’s wish list?

Preserving the old duplex exterior built in 1905 and converting it to a single-family home. Low energy and use of sustainable materials were also high on the list.

What was the single largest challenge you wanted to address for this client?

We chose an open space plan to keep the home spacious and provide natural light as much as possible throughout the building.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

Creating a full height basement, by digging two feet below the existing basement and giving the main floor more height. Heavy steel beams were installed across the entire house to support the new very open floor plan.

How does the end result match up with your original vision for the space?

The original plan had a roof top deck. but as a result of costs we had to leave it out for the time being. Large roof top windows and a door provide an abundance of light and are also a highly effective way to cool the house during the hottest summer days.

What surprised you the most about the project?

The low energy bills — it really paid to spend money on spray-on insulation, energy efficient roof material and radiant heated, warm board floors. It is always important to work with quality materials because the higher costs in the beginning lead to big savings in the long run. Being sustainable is about spending your money in the right places; remodeling labor costs are very high. Most of the furnishings are old, but I feel they give a lot of character to the house.

What are the hidden gems in your plan?

The huge kitchen window overlooking the small garden with a tulip tree. The core steel garage is also provides a beautiful backdrop for year-round scenery. The sauna in the lower lever is a special treat.

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