Downsize vs. Remodel: Home Tour Offers Solutions for Empty Nesters


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For many couples whose children are grown and permanently living away from the nest, the sudden abundance of living space can prompt conversations about downsizing or modifying their home to better suit the needs of two adults rather than a family with small children or teenagers. This year’s Homes by Architects Tour showcases a handful projects that address this exact issue, each in a unique way.

Dan Feidt and his wife considered moving to a new home when they became empty nesters, but chose instead to remodel their current home (Home #2) to allow them to continue living in the neighborhood they loved. Luckily, Dan is a residential architect and designed the remodel himself. He brought the style of the home up to date and reconfigured the living spaces to better suit their new lifestyle.

Interior designer Renee LeJeune Hallberg and her husband found themselves in a similar situation, and went the way of working with Kurt Baum & Associates to design their dream home (Home #4), incorporating historical architectural detailing they’d always loved yet maintaining a modern, streamlined aesthetic and living space.

Stop by these two different solutions to the empty nester conundrum and talk with the architects who designed them to find out what design solutions might be best for your lifestyle.

Advance tickets are available online or at AIA Minnesota for $15 (until 2 pm on September 18). They will also be available at each home during tour weekend for $20 for a full ticket or $10 for an individual home.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Follow us on Facebook (HBA Tour) and Twitter (@aiamn #hbatour).

The 2015 Homes by Architects Tour is supported by Marvin Windows and Doors; Midwest Home; Streeter & Associates; CS Media; Kolbe Gallery Twin Cities; Kroiss Development; Landscape Renovations; Marvin Design Gallery by Shaw Stewart; Mattson MacDonald Young; RLH Studio; Synergy Products; Warners’ Stellian; Braaten Creative Woods; Ferguson; Fiddlehead Design Group; Jodi Gillespie Interior Design; L. Cramer Builders & Remodelers; North States Window & Door Solutions; Otto Painting Design; Steven Cabinets; TreHus Architects+Interior Designers+Builders; Uson Design Solutions; and American Mortgage & Equity Consultants.

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Photo by Brit Amundson

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