Custom designed condo facing Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis for $599,000
Jay Nuhring doesn’t hesitate to bring work home. After all, he runs an interior design, architecture, and arts consulting firm.
“It’s been my go-to business for nearly 25 years, mostly helping people use what they currently have in their homes and revamp what they have, and then supplement it with things they may want. -be replaced,” he said.
So when Nuhring and his partner Jerry Daigle bought a first-floor condo unit at Bridgewater Lofts across from Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis two years ago, it was slated for a design overhaul.
“I took it as an opportunity to make it something experiential — really changing the whole dynamic without really having to clear out all the space,” said Nuhring, also listing agent for the Prudden Company real estate. and head of its home styling department.
“In a typical builder-style property, with really thoughtful changes and the right finishes, you can make it look like something completely different,” he said.
Nuhring and Daigle purchased the unit, built in 2006, painted red and tan and trimmed in blond wood. Nuhring set to work to make the spaces more functional and distinct.
New highs, pocket change
The condo’s 13½-foot high ceilings gave Nuhring space to work. He removed the 7-foot-tall wooden French doors from the master suite and replaced them with taller, steel-framed ones.
“There was a disconnect with scale and space,” he said. “Getting this scale was really important to me, so we had custom 9½-foot-tall glass French doors installed that were more proportionate to the height of the ceiling,” Nuhring said.
He also replaced the doors of a second bedroom which also serves as a boudoir. But in this case, he opted for sliding glass doors to break up the traffic jam in the hallway, which also housed the main entrance as well as doors to a second bathroom and a closet.
Raising the height was not his only goal. In the kitchen, he laid a soffit that lowered the ceiling.
“The kitchen, the living room and the dining room are all in one space. Everything blended together and they didn’t have their own identity,” he said. “So by lowering the ceiling above the kitchen and changing the color of the kitchen, it created a room within a room.”
Color was a key element in giving each space its own identity. Wall coverings have been added or spaces have been painted.
“I was thinking about the contrast between light and dark. The boundary of the kitchen was defined by the dark color choice. It’s in the middle of the living space, so the idea was to make for the kitchen to come out of the limelight and let the living space shine,” he said. “I wanted the rest of the space to be warm and luxurious, but not as dark, I so I chose medium to lighter neutral tones [for the living and dining areas].”
He also painted the doors dark maple and installed new lighting in every room.
“To me, lighting is like the jewelry in the house. It makes such a difference in making a space highly personalized and updated.”
For the lights, he was inspired by the sites that surrounded him.
“I was channeling being near Guthrie and what I would call a cultural district in the Mill District, the theater district. The idea was something more dramatic – a little more glamorous, a little more experiential , a little theatrical – but livable,” he said.
In his work, Nuhring strives to make a house functional. And he did it in the house he shared with Daigle.
“It’s really important to me that when I work with clients that they live in every square inch of their home, that no space is left unused,” Nuhring said. This involved creating multifunctional rooms, such as a bedroom/living room with a sofa bed and a desk.
Although they love the space, it’s time for Nuhring and Daigle to move on to the next place they can transform.
“My partner and I like to make plans,” Nuhring said. “He has always enjoyed renovating houses and that is something we share in common.”
So they listed the 1,240-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo, which also has a private terrace.
The building features a rooftop pool, fitness center, and two-story community hall overlooking Commons Park and US Bank Stadium.
“We love living across from the park,” Nuhring said. “It’s just amazing views.”
Jay Nuhring ([email protected]; 612-229-1854) of Prudden Company has the $599,000 SEO.