Minnesota vacation home takes Sugar Land residents to their roots – Houston Chronicle

Having a vacation home in Minnesota felt good to Jeanne and Jeff Megna, Sugar Land residents who moved to the Houston area nearly 30 years ago.

It took them back to Jeanne’s home state and, now, closer to their two daughters and grandchild who live there. It’s been a nice escape from Houston’s worst summer weather, but as Jeanne spent more time there, she grew less satisfied with some parts of the home.

“I love to look at houses — it’s kind of my hobby. I look and think, ‘What would I do differently?’ ‘Would I want to live in that house?’” she said of their home on Lake Minnetonka. “I felt funny remodeling because it was a nice home to start with, but it was outdated. You come in the door and step down, which was dangerous, and they forgot to put a kitchen in the house, it was so tiny.”

So the Megnas launched a substantial remodeling project that touched nearly every room, including using the attic to add a bunk room and rebuilding the garage, taking part of that space to enlarge the kitchen and create a pantry and mud room.

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