This compact heritage house has relaxed scandi-modern style

Fika Estella

In a compact home with no option to make additions, every inch of space has to earn its keep. This family home in a historic parkway in Minneapolis, Minnesota, dates back to 1925, with a symmetrical foursquare floor plan – a room in each corner of the property, with a central hall and stairway. 

One of the world’s best homes, it was built to the classic cedar-shingled cape cod style, so is attractive inside and out. However, since the home is on a modest scale, the owners wanted to rethink the interiors to make them work better for themselves and their two young sons. The couple enlisted the help of Victoria Sass, principal and design director at Prospect Refuge Studio (opens in new tab), to ensure they got the most out of the available space. ‘We needed to design every square inch to function at the highest level,’ says Victoria. ‘We went through the home and made sure each floor and every room served a specific purpose – so that the whole home would be used and enjoyed.’

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