This house in Saint Paul’s Highland neighborhood is perched above a wooded ravine.  However, its south end, with the greatest potential for dramatic views, was cut off from the exterior.  The addition connects the kitchen to the woods by way of a new informal sitting room, including a dining area looking into afternoon gardens surrounding a new deck.  The reeded vaulted ceiling was inspired by a discussion of the Japanese room at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Floors are reclaimed hardwoods, and the walls were plastered by a decorative painter.  The lower level now has a guest walkout bedroom.  And exterior limestone stairs now connect the upper gardens to the lawn below.

Construction: Buck Brothers Construction

Photography: Todd Hafermann Photography