The home of Jeff and Julie Anderson, owners of Rivertown Inn, was featured in Midwest Home Magazine’s June/July 2009 issue. The Anderson’s own a lavish 1881 Victorian Queen Anne home located in Stillwater, Minnesota. The article focused on the Anderson’s vision of an outdoor project for their home that would create an open-air living environment that went beyond the standard pool addition. They chose designer Ed Hawksford, who specializes in period homes, to help them make their dream a reality. Since 1999, Ed has provided the artistic vision that is Rivertown Inn. Their project included a raised deck that resembles a terrace in style and feel, and a series of interconnected activity areas, including a gazebo with elaborate timber framing and stained-glass windows, a wine cellar-inspired pool house, a cozy hot tub nook, fire pit, and border gardens with European statuary and flowering urns. Added to the level of difficulty was that all of these additions were to be made on a hilly plot that required extensive land-mass removal, soil testing, and zoning accommodation before construction could even begin. It was quite the obstacle course.
The result? The Anderson’s outdoor living space now complements both the house and its natural surroundings. Midwest Home’s Erin Anderson wrote that, ” It is a rustic-yet-refined nod to the quintessential English garden”. But for the Anderson, the payoff is not just in the landscaping. “It’s amazing how opening up our living area has actually brought us closer as a family,” says Julie. “This house is more than a place to live. It’s a way of living.”
You can see the article in Midwest Home Magazine’s June/July 2009 issue on pages 48-55. On stands now. (I recommend picking up a copy to see all of the photos of the home. They are truly stunning.)
Or view the article online!