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Real Family

The House that Art Built story by KATY BAAR photography by JIM KRUGER, LANDMARK PHOTOGRAPHY home built by LDK Builders, Inc.

An oversized tree branch, decorated by the kids and covered in colored yarn, hangs proudly in the family room of the Peterson’s house. There’s a collective excitement as the family talks about how much they love their new home, built last year by LDK Builders, Inc. The two-story family home in an established west metro neighborhood is Heather and Doug’s dream home. It’s the perfect place for daughters Azia and Zoe to grow up—making friends with the neighboring kids, playing in their scenic backyard, or creating art projects at the kitchen table (like that Technicolor tree branch). Building a new home fits this creative family well. Doug is a user experience designer, and Heather is an environmental designer in an architecture firm, as well as owner of a wall graphics design company, so creativity runs through their blood. “Our daughters share our passion for art and design, too,” Heather shares. “We are constantly drawing and painting together.” Heather grew up in a house full of art; her parents and brother are architects, “so I have a deep love for architecture and grew up

drawing under drafting tables and walking through some of the most amazing buildings and homes that my dad designed.” Surprisingly though, despite their backgrounds, the family never thought they would build. There are a lot of myths out there about new construction and, like most young couples, building your dream home can often feel like just that, a dream. One common misassumption they had was that building a brand new, shiny, never-beenlived-in-before home wouldn’t be attainable in an already established neighborhood in a first-ring suburb. “We desired to be close to the center of things and, being more urbanminded, we had a negative connotation of living in a new development,” Doug thoughtfully explained. In addition, they weren’t looking to build a McMansion or break their budget. Doug explained how they

These hand-turned wooden pendant lights were designed to look like vintage children’s toys


| Parade of Homes

SM | September 12–October 4, 2015 | Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm

Parade of Homes Fall Showcase Guidebook  
Parade of Homes Fall Showcase Guidebook  

Tour 390 New Homes in the St. Paul and Minneapols Area from September 12 - October 4, 2015. Presented by the Builders Association of the...