Spatial Illusion

Wozniak Project

THE TEAM

Remodeler: Vujovich Design Build Inc., Minneapolis, Vujovich.com

Architect: Joe Metzler, SALA Architects Inc., Minneapolis, SALAArc.com

THE IDEA

Vujovich Design Build Inc. transformed this Mound, Minn., non-descript 1970’s lake retreat into an Arts and Crafts-style dwelling. One of the common design principles of the American Arts and Crafts movement is the repetition of elements to achieve a decorative effect and define space. In the Wozniak project, well-placed columns create the illusion of separate rooms and define a traffic area, starting at the front door and running the depth of the house along the living room and dining area.

Because of the size and spacing of the columns, they essentially become room-separating louvers. When viewing the long side of the columns from a slight angle at the home’s entrance, the sightline of the living room is interrupted. When viewing the short side of the columns, the field of vision between the living room and kitchen is open, revealing a great room.

THE MATERIALS

The painted drywall columns measure 6 1/2 by 20 inches and include rift-sawn white oak architectural trim details. Also incorporated throughout the house are new Arts and Crafts-style millwork, cabinetry and mouldings. The handmade solid oak floors give the home an earthy feel while large windows from Marvin Windows and Doors offer views of Lake Minnetonka.

Do you have an inspirational single element from a recent remodel to share? If so, send it to Jon.Minnick@cygnusb2b.com.

 

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