Every home has a story.
Jon and Trixi Hunt’s home has a story that comes full circle. The couple has spent the last five years taking their 1962 home in Robbinsdale back to its roots. The avocado kitchen is back. The bathroom has been refurbished to all of its pink glory. Whiskey barrell furniture makes the basement rec room certifiably ‘groovy.’
“You have to appreciate your history,” says Trixi Hunt. “We call it Mad Men on a budget. It’s not mid–century modern, it’s mid–century modest.”
Renovations started in the kitchen when the couple noticed the cheap, white flooring peeling back in the corner to reveal avocado linoleum that was in great shape. They moved on to the countertop, bravely chipping away layers of trendy tile from previous decades. “It looked like a layer cake,” remembers Jon Hunt. “I said, let’s start demolishing. So I took a hammer and this was under here and it was in pretty good shape.
Jon and Trixi had to problem solve along the way, using neighbors and the internet to discover what went in large holes in countertops. Then, they had to find the missing pieces. They found inset cutting boards and a Nutone food center that can be used to chop vegetables or sharpen knives. What they couldn’t buy from a retailer or manufacturer, they searched out at thrift stores and estate sales.
“We would go to estate sales and find things in the it’s for free box or in their dumpster and we’re like, do you want that?” says Trixi.
Their hard work generated media attention, as retro renovation websites featured their projects and the house made the front page of the Star Tribune’s Homes section twice.
“People started coming to us, saying I had this lamp I got from my mom and dad,” says Trixi. Someone else stuck a vintage ashtray through their mail slot with a note saying it was for “the 60s people.”
Now the couple wants a house with a more open floor plan to accommodate their two children and the family’s interest in music. But they don’t want to leave their house to a flipper who won’t appreciate a hurdee ring around the sink or the pink toilet.
“The worst thing is if a flipper bought this house and was like, all of this has to go,” says Jon. “We want someone who loves it to move into this.”
But they realize they will have to let go of this labor of retro love and perhaps trade it in for another.
“Ideally the house we want, is a time capsule split level house,” says Jon, who hopes the new house is in Robbinsdale, New Hope or Crystal. “We have bits and pieces to put into next home because we hope the next home isn’t a big project, but we hope it’s a project because we have a lot of fun doing this.”
The Hunts home is currently listed at 9,000 by the Korby Home Team.
Shannon Slatton, reporting
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