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OutoftheAshesBYFRANHOWARDOnawarmdayinApril2009,Ronopenedthedoorstohishouseandwentouttobeginspringclean-upinhisyard.Allofasuddenhisneighborcriedout,"Ron,yourhouseisfilledwithsmoke!"WhenRontriedtorunintothehouse,hewasthrownbackbytheforceofthedraft.Thecauseofthefirewaslinkedtoakinkedwire,buttheintensityandhowquicklythefirespreadwaslikelytheresultofbothdoorsbeingopenatonce."Thefireshotupfromtheutilityroomtothefirstfloortothesecondfloor,andwithin10minutes,itwasover,"recallsRon.LuckilyhiswifeCindywasout,butthecouplelosttheircatandbirdtothefire.Ironically,twootherhousesinRonandCindy'sneighborhoodsuf-fereddamagefromseparatefiresinrecentyears.ThatcoincidencealongwiththetraumathatresultedfromtheirhomebeingengulfedinfiremadeCindypause,butRonknewhewantedtorebuild."Igrewuponthelot,"hesays."Whenmyfolkspassedaway,Itoredowntheiroldhouseandbuiltanewone."Atthattime,Rondesignedhisformer3,000-square-foothometofitthelot,whichflankstheshoreofWhiteBearLake.Thelotisonly50feetwidewith10-footset-ins,withasteephillleadingdowntothelake.www.paradeofhomes.orgParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSM|9"Theworkablefoot-printispreor-dained,"Ronnotes."Itwillonlyaccom-modateatall,nar-rowstructure."OnceCindyagreedtorebuildafterthefire,RoncalledCaryBeckerofBeckerBuildingandRemodeling,inNewBrighton.RonlikedthequalityofBecker'swork,andtheremodelercamehighlyrecommendedbyafriendofRonandCindy's.Limitedonceagainbythelot,RonandCindydecidedtobuildanearlyidenticalhouse,withafewimprovements.Comparedtotheoriginalfloorplan,Beckerbumpedoutanexteriorwall,whichadded175squarefeet,andthendesignedaturretwherethedeckoncewasforanadditional125squarefeetoflivingspace."Theexteriorisverydifferentfromtheotherhome,"saysRon."Wechangedthepitchlinesoftheroofandthematerials."Thehome'sformergrayvinylsidingwasnothingRonandCindycaredtorepeat.InsteadtheychoseasoftgreenHardieboardwithcedarshakesandwhiteover-sizedtrim.Theyalsoeliminatedskylightsandvaultedupper-levelceilings,whichhelpskeepthespacewarminthewinter.Perhapsthemostimportantchange,though,liesinupdatedfirecodes.Today'swiresareinstalledinsuchawaythatakinkedwire-liketheonethatsparkedthefire-becomeshighlyunlikely.CodealsoYoucanseethisfabuloustear-downremodelbyBeckerBuilding&Remodeling,LLCduringtheFallParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSMat#R52,361WildwoodAvenue,WhiteBearLakeorvisitthemonlineatwww.choosebecker.comR52THEFIRESHOTUPFROMTHEUTILITYROOMTOTHEFIRSTFLOORTOTHESECONDFLOOR,ANDWITHIN10MINUTES,ITWASOVER┬╗CONTINUEDTOPG19

10|ParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSMwww.paradeofhomes.orgOctober1-3,2010Friday12-8pm,Saturday-Sunday12-6pmTheCityLifeBYFRANHOWARDUrbanitesbynature,AnneandLancedecidedtomoveintotheheartofMinneapolisoncetheydeterminedtheywouldbesendingtheirchildrentoprivateschools.LancegrewupinChicagoandAnnespentherchildhoodinaDetroitsuburb."Wewantedtobeinthecitynearthelakes,"saysAnne."Welikethelifestyle,theactivity.Peopleareoutenjoyinglife,exercising.Peoplesnowshoeandcross-countryskiinwinterandwalkthelakesyearround.Wefeelmorealivewhenwearearoundactivepeople."AftersellingtheirEdinahome,Lance,Anne,andtheirtwochildrenmovedintoastatelycolonialonLakeoftheIsleswiththeintentionofremodelingthekitchenandaddingafamilyroom,butleavingthehome'sformaldiningareaandlivingroomintact.LanceandAnne'sthirdchildarrivedaboutninemonthsaftertheymovedintotheirnewhome.Beforetakingtheremodelingleap,thecoupleinterviewedfivebuilders,narrowingtheirselectiontothree.Intheend,LanceandAnnechoseVujovichDesignBuild,inMinneapolis,fortheproject.Duringthesix-monthremodelingprocess,thefamilyrentedahouseontheshoresofLakeCalhoun.Insteadofvisit-ingthesiteoften,LanceandAnnecom-municatedwiththeprojectmanagerviae-mail,receivingbothupdatesandsched-ules.Annevisitedtheprojectsiteonceaweek,andLancewasonsiteabouteveryotherweek."Vujovichwasveryorgan-ized,veryprofessional,friendly,respect-ful,punctual,andeasytoworkwith,"saysAnne."Havingyoungkids,Ididnotwanttobeinvolvedatallwiththemanagementoftheproject."AndLancewastoobusywithwork.Insomewaystheremodelingprojectwasfairlyroutine.Vujovichremovedamudroomandaddedabackyardadditiontomakeroomforapowderroom,familyroom,andbreakfastroom.Vujovichalsoenlargedthekitchenbyremovingadefunctthree-storychimneyadja-centtothekitchen.Inanearlierremod-el,thechimneywascoveredwithfauxcabinets,whichVujovichalsoremoved.TheremodelerreplacedaC-shapedislandwitha10-footislandthatrequiredanentireslabofgraniteforthecountertop.Onthesecondfloor,Vujovichremodeledabathroomandaddedthebaby'sroom.Thechallengecameinthelowerlevel,wheretheremodeleraddedaworkoutroomaswellasacoolexercisepoolthatrequireslessspacethanatra-ditionalpoolbecauseitallowsswimmerstoswimagainstacurrent."Thebiggestchallengewasthepool,"saysAnne."Itwasamajorunder-HAVINGYOUNGKIDS,IDIDNOTWANTTOBEINVOLVEDATALLWITHTHEMANAGEMENTOFTHEPROJECT.YoucanseethisfabulousremodelingprojectbyVujovichDesignBuild,Inc.duringtheFallParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSMat#R30,2774W.LakeoftheIslesParkway,Minneapolisorvisitthemonlineatwww.vujovich.comR30┬╗CONTINUEDTOPG19