Address: 349 Woodlawn Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55105
Square Footage: 4,750
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Bathrooms: 4.5
Style: Modern English Tudor
Detail Homes is a boutique design-build firm that creates unique custom homes in and around St. Paul. Taking great pride in its work, Detail Homes builds high-quality houses with an emphasis on budget, all while making selections that don’t compromise the overall design. With backgrounds in construction, architecture, and interior design, the team values collaboration with architects and interior designers to develop creative options and solutions for challenges as they arise. The company’s commitment to deliver timeless and unparalleled attention to detail—from planning to completion—is what sets it apart from other builders in the industry.
Founded in 2009, Detail Homes is led by Chris Van Klei and Ben Richter. “I’ve had a passion for home design and construction since I was a young child,” Van Klei says. Starting at age 14, he was working with a finish carpenter, soon followed by a job framing new homes when he was 16. “By then, I knew this would be a lifelong career.” His background in architecture and interior design drives the creative aspects of Detail Homes’ building process. On the other side of the business, Richter works behind the scenes to ensure the day-to-day operations run smoothly. From budget management and business planning to financing and operations, his eye for opportunity proves a valuable asset for Detail Homes and its clients.
“We truly enjoy our work and pass that joy along to our clients,” Van Klei explains. By streamlining the building process within the company, Detail Homes eliminates stress and ensures that every product meets each client’s desires and needs. This dedication to client collaboration is what brings people back for future home projects. Van Klei says, “A referral from a client who’s been in their home for 10 years is the highest compliment.”
A recent project on an urban St. Paul lot is a testament to the firm’s passion. Detail Homes was the first company involved on this new build—meaning the team was involved in helping decide on the perfect lot, the architect, and everything in between. With the help of Henri Interiors and Ben Nelson Residential Design, each team member worked together to accomplish the client’s specific goals.
This single-level English Tudor features timber details, stucco, and natural stone accents on the exterior. The period details carry into the home with large vaults and beams, white oak floors, arched doorways, and a courtyard layout—allowing the home to flow outside from numerous vantages. Throughout the entirety of the open-concept main level, an undeniable feeling of coziness emanates through thoughtful design details fitting for both a large family gathering or more intimate affair. Through a collaborative effort between the architect, interior design team, and the staff at Detail Homes, everyone worked together cohesively to achieve the client’s dreams.
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