East Isles Federal Revival

See before photos of this project.

During previous remodeling projects, this residence gained a 2-story addition and attached garage which did not conform to the character of the original house. Much of the original exterior detail had been removed or covered with formed steel siding. Envious of the beautiful residence across the street, the homeowners of this Federal Revival house turned to us to help restore the exterior character and gain more outdoor living space.

Our task was to unify the existing addition to the original house and recreate the Federal design vocabulary across the entire structure. We removed the existing steel siding to uncover the original millwork, and identified existing windows that had been removed. The original lunette pediment above the front door was exposed during the remodel, and we rebuilt the front entrance’s missing details. Now, as the homeowner said, the house looks “even better than the house across the street.”

With only five feet of space between the house and property lines on the left and back of the lot, the homeowner’s desire for better outdoor living space meant the new screen porch needed to be added at the front of the house. We carefully considered its proportions to balance with the rest of the building and unify the vertical tensions between the original house and the addition. The millwork we designed is based on the building’s uncovered architectural details, and the screen provides a sense of privacy to the street.


Minneapolis, Minnesota


David Heide Design Studio


MDS Remodeling

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