1907-Inspired Garage, Workshop, and Studio

This beautiful Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in St. Paul was designed by Close Associates. The colors and materials match the house, which was built in 1907. The new structure is much larger than the original garage, and the project included water and sewer. So the permitting process with the city took some extra effort.

On the ground level, there’s a small heated workshop, separate from the main garage. The stone outdoor fireplace with a copper chimney is a perfect place to gather.


A Light-Filled Loft

Upstairs, our client produces beautiful rugs. And what’s an artist’s studio without light? There are windows on three sides. Adjustable, dimmable lighting fixtures were attached to collar ties, which soften the angles of the vaulted ceiling.


Contemporary Creature Comforts

Upstairs, the loft is dressed with vertical grain fir trim and fully equipped with modern amenities. There’s a kitchenette for preparing tea and snacks with a compact dishwasher for tidying up. The cork flooring is durable and beautiful.


Cool and Cozy

In the winter the gas fireplace is a relaxation station. Mini-splits were used for both heating and air conditioning. Whether it’s 90 and humid or 30 below, the space stays comfortable.

Team Credits

Architect: Close Associates
Project Manager: Sam Quie
Photos: Troy Thies

More Vintage Home Remodeling

Edwin Lundie Classic

A home originally designed by Edwin Lundie undergoes a transformation from a three-season porch to a fully enclosed room.

Living Connected

A first-floor remodel in Highland Park, St. Paul, allows homeowners to start fresh and make changes for a more suitable, comfortable living space.

Historic Beauty

When the homeowners purchased their home on Summit Ave, renovating the kitchen was at the top of the list.

feature image with water closet, clawfoot tub, shower

Vintage Meets Transitional

New to the neighborhood — and an old home — this family looked to our team for a full bathroom gut and hallway laundry room remodel.

Reimagined Living

Although the footprint is the same, it feels like a brand new kitchen. In the room adjacent, a new mudroom for this family of four.

A Bungalow Gem

Knocking down walls and maximizing space in a historical home.

antique tudor fireplace

One Hundred Years New

New arts and crafts home in St. Paul with universal design features + authentic details.

New Space with an Old Soul

Renovation enhances livability but preserves character of 1914 home in St. Paul.

kitchen and dining room opening with island

Goodbye Fireplace, Hello Spacious

What started out as a kitchen and dining room remodeling project turned into bonus space for all three levels of this 1906 home.


Blends Perfectly

We were able to make major changes to the house while keeping its “soul” intact. The new work blends in perfectly with the original design of the house while accommodating our needs as a modern family.

~ Mary and William Baker