Home #5 Detail Homes
With its classic white columns, red roof, loggia (covered exterior patio), balcony, stucco walls, arches, and simple landscaping—this Mediterranean-style home, situated along a quiet tree-lined street across from the Mississippi River, evokes images of olive groves and turquoise seas. It really makes a statement here in Minnesota.
Making a statement comes naturally to Ben Richter and Chris Van Klei of Detail Homes, whose outside-the-box homes—the majority located in the St. Paul neighborhoods of Crocus Hill, Macalester-Groveland, Highland, Summit, or along the river—are anything but cookie-cutter.
They not only deliver exceptional homes, but believe in using products true to the neighborhoods during the particular era a home was built, or—if that’s not a feasible option—go to extreme lengths to find new products that look and feel like the original materials. In this case, they partnered with talented local residential design studio Charlie & Co. Design to perfect classic architectural elements both on the exterior and inside. The open, airy interior, with clean lines and ornamental details, has both a contemporary edge and fresh vibe.
Memorable details can be seen throughout the five-bedroom, five-bathroom, 5,235-square-foot home, from the Gothic arch shape of the doorways, carried to the Gothic arch handmade metal railing, to the center island with intricately carved legs, a pattern that’s repeated in the custom cabinetry of the powder room and master bath.
With a supreme location across the street from the river, the home was designed with a connection to outdoor spaces. This is evident not only in the loggia, but also the sun-filled panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass flex space off the kitchen, and master suite bedroom tower, with 270-degree treetop views.
This elegant and timeless house looks right at home here in St. Paul, like it could have been built more than 200 years ago.
Read our article on this home: “Detail Homes Brings the Mediterranean to St. Paul”