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    Default A converted flour mill on the Mississippi riverfront

    In the fall of 2007, Will Hopkins and Mary K. Baumann made what many New Yorkers would consider a puzzling real estate decision and moved to a converted flour mill on the Mississippi riverfront in Minneapolis.



    They paid $550,000 for two basement units that together had been the turbine room of the old Standard Mill. They knocked out the dividing wall, hoping to design the space to fit an office, a guest suite, a kitchen, a media room and a professional library. A pivot door has a one and a zero, for 'in' and 'out'; the couple, both graphic designers, chose the font, Futura.



    To bridge the gap between work and domestic spaces, Geoffrey Warner, the architect, attached casters to a pair of Room & Board tables and laid a 50-foot floor track that stretches from dining room to office. One minute, the tables are set for dining, the next, they're roller coasting to the office for a conference.




    Renovation has not polished away the mill building's industrial past. Photos from the couple's personal collection hang in front of a bricked-up turbine shaft, and river water still flows through a sluiceway under the floor.



    The condo is half underground, but design tricks help banish the darkness. A platform lifts the media room up to the windows, and Mr. Warner minimized the dark recesses above the windows by fashioning "clouds" — white, wavy drywall forms that slope up from the window tops to the 10-and-a-half-foot ceiling.



    Although the couple knocked out a wall, some barriers weren't budging. This wall, a patchwork of limestone, brick and concrete block, harbors knickknacks like a wind-up robot in its crevices.












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    I would live there, how unique and cool!

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    I love when old buildings are repurposed and recycled. They make the coolest, most kick-ass homes.

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    Some details I like, eg, the bathroom floor. Otherwise I'm underwhelmed.
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    I only really like the bathroom. The patchwork wall is very ugly and looks decayed. I hate the kitchen and in general this place just isn't my style.

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    this place is great! i did a double-take on the sofa...it's the same as ours.

    Quote Originally Posted by lisalucy69 View Post
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    i agree.
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    I was concerned when i read the first paragraph and it noted that they bought two BASEMENT units, but they did a terrific job of not making it feel like a basement. It is a really cool space.

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    Love this!
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    i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it
    when can i move in?
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    Pretty awesome.. love the walls with little knickknacks..

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    No likey. Why go through the trouble to lay track in your home's floors, and then attach casters to furniture just to slide a table 50 down a straight line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalucy69 View Post
    I love when old buildings are repurposed and recycled. They make the coolest, most kick-ass homes.

    I agree! I just don't really care for the decor in this particualr one. I would love to live in an industrial style loft one of these days! *sighh*

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